Asian Designers at the 86th Academy Awards

While we’re ecstatic for Robert Lopez, the first Filipino American to win an Oscar for composing Frozen‘s “Let it Go,” the Academy Awards was once again slim when it came to Asian nominees.

But there were plenty of Asian-designed gowns gracing the red carpet at the 86th annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.86th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsEmma Watson, who joined Joseph Gordon-Levitt in presenting the award for best achievement in visual effects, dazzled in a metallic gray and black Vera Wang dress.86th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsA very pregnant Kerry Washington, star of the hit show Scandal, sports her baby bump in a simple lavender Jason Wu number.

oscars384 year-old June Squibb, one of the best supporting actress nominees for her role as Kate Grant in Nebraska (she lost to 12 Years a Slave actress Lupita Nyong’o) wears an emerald green, form-fitting Tadashi Shoji dress.oscars4Idina Menzel, who showed off her powerhouse vocals last night in a performance of “Let it Go” –– the hit song from Frozen that ended up winning best original song –– wears a sweeping Vera Wang dress.

Jason Wu x Lancôme 2013 Collaboration Launch Party

On a balmy summer evening at Indochine, the renowned New York City lounge nestled demurely between The Public Theatre and Astor Place Theatre, venues known for grandiose spectacles such as “The Blue Man Group” and “Shakespeare in the Park,” visionary fashion designer Jason Wu and French luxury beauty brand Lancôme celebrated the launch of their new show-stopping collaboration.

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A towering poster of Wu’s hand-drawn sketch of the final runway look at his Fall 2013 show at New York’s Fashion Week greeted arriving party guests. The ultraviolet Yves Klein gown was the inspiration for the limited-edition beauty collection, the first in a series of collaborations for Wu and Lancôme. Along with a sampling of Indochine’s French-Vietnamese cuisine hors d’oeuvres and their signature drink, the cucumber martini, guests were also treated to a preview of the line elegantly packaged in iconic Lancôme’s style, with a dash of Wu’s creamy silver signature color.

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The upcoming 15-piece collection is comprised of three daring shades of violet blue eye shadow, including the centerpiece hue boldly on display at Wu’s show ($49 each), three companion neutral pressed powder shadows ($24.50 each), Lancôme’s popular Definicils Mascara in navy blue ($27), the Artliner liquid eyeliner in Noir ($30), the Dual-End Shadow and Liner Brush #18 ($32.50), the attention-grabbing luscious red Rouge in Love lipsticks ($26), and three equally striking crimson Venus in Love nail lacquers.

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“It was a collaboration from the beginning,” said Gracemarie Papaleo, AVP of Product Development. “Jason picked the palette himself and mixed the hues from color shavings and powders with our makeup artists. The makeup you saw on the runway during his 2013 Fall collection show are the same colors and luxury cosmetics we now have available here for our customers.”

“[Wu] has an All-American feel that has global outreach,” said Stacy Mackler, VP of Public Relations for Lancôme, noting that Wu “understands the relationship between the beauty and the fashion industry” and that his work “has a chic elegance, femininity with an edge that is similar to Lancôme’s style and sensibility.”

“I use the beauty component as an essential arsenal to accentuate and extend the theme of all of my shows,” said Wu at the launch party. “The theme for my collection last fall was titled ‘Extreme Femininity,’ and I think the Lancôme artists did a sensational job with bringing that attitude to light.”

The collection is now available exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman and Nordstrom.

By Andrea Apuy

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Comme des Garcons’s Rei Kawakubo Wins CFDA International Award for 2012. Photo courtesy of CFDA.

1. Asians win big at CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America): Philip Lim, Joseph Altuzarra, and Rei Kawakubo.

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Designers Jason Wu and Jimmy Choo Create Michelle Obama’s Stunning Look at the Inauguration Ball

The First Lady and President at the Inauguration Ball (Source)

First Lady Michelle Obama graced the Inauguration Ball with the work of not only one, but two Asian designers. Mrs. Obama wore a ruby-red chiffon and velvet gown which was custom-made by designer Jason Wu. The delighted Wu was also the designer Obama chose back in 2009. Michelle Obama’s decision of Jason Wu was career-making and his work has since then been in collaboration with Target and Nordstrom.

2009 – Michelle Obama’ first Jason Wu gown. (Source)


You may also catch glimpses of the matching red shoes Mrs. Obama chose for the Inauguration. She decided to accessorize with Jimmy Choo shoes who’s founder is from Penang, Malaysia. The entire outfit has people raving that this First Lady has quite the eye for fashion.