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by GV Miao

Everyone can be a Model (Part 2) – Watch Me on Stage: My Modeling Album & Video

July 6, 2014 in African Fashion Night, African Tribal Style, Amina Lamarre Delafoulhouse, Brands, Collections, Designers, Exotic Ethnic, Fashion, Fashion Shows, Modeling, Prints, slide-show, Slideshow, The Original People Design, Women's Day by GV Miao

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As a blogger, I am quite used to be a regular attendee of fashion shows. It is, however, one thing to watch models performing on stage and quite another to be a model myself. I have never really experienced the magical power of clothes and had a taste of a delicate relationship with the creative mind behind them until I walked out onto the stage to model the looks, which was merely to represent the designer’s original interpretation of fashion and style with my body – my poses and postures. I have written a lot from a reviewer’s perspective about The Original People Design (TOPd)’s signature ethnic exoticism featuring the vibrant colors of passion and unique bold prints by Hong Kong-based French-African designer Amina Lamarre Delafoulhouse (also read African Fashion Show in Hong Kong: All Are Equal; All Are Welcome!), but this time I decided to write less (let you read less), feel more and act more (let you see more). Transformed into a TOPd girl, I focused on how the clothes felt on me and followed that feeling to express and pose spontaneously to show off every distinctive look, that is, to feel a sense of oneness with the pieces I was modeling. It is often said a picture is worth a thousand words. Visuals, after all, are far more direct and straightforward than texts. Let me show you my modeling album and video of Women’s Day Fashion Show and the previous African Fashion Show. Just be honest about what you see, do you like my “demonstration,” si or no?

Women’s Day Fashion Show (Hong Kong)

Designer: Amina Lamarre Delafoulhouse@The Original People Design (TOPd)

Makeup, hair & headpieces: Angel Wong Image

Photographer: Fab Malone

I rocked the exotic bold style with Angel Wong Image’s crystal floral headband to enhance the folklore vibe. Wearing only one Che 2 silver and black dangling earring added a bohemian touch to the overall look.

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Exotic tribal style can be stylized in an elegant way by wearing a classy origami headband and carrying an evening clutch. I made a fashion statement in this bright tribal fishtail gown exuding both feminine elegance and dareness to express my fashion personality.

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Finale – my peacock feather-embellished tri-colored sphere headband echoed with an exaggerated round shape flower featured prominently on the bust of the floor-length tube gown, a wonderful mix of sexiness and playfulness.

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African Fashion Night (Hong Kong)

Designer: Amina Lamarre Delafoulhouse@TheOriginal People Design (TOPd)

Make-up artist/hair stylist: Vanilla W.

Photographer: Fab Malone

I believe I can fly; I believe I can touch the sky.” I dream the impossible dream, who says I can’t?

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Can you hear me sing “L’amour! L’amour! L’amour! L’amour?!” Carmen came to life on the runway.

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Thank you for watching. Now who is next to come up on stage? Don’t be shy, sisters. It’s your turn to shine!

by GV Miao

I Say NO to Fashion Rules (are there such things?) – Everyone can be a Model: Women’s Day Fashion Show (Hong Kong) Backstage

April 22, 2014 in African Tribal Style, Amina Lamarre Delafoulhouse, Brands, Collections, Designers, Exotic Ethnic, Fashion, Fashion Shows, Modeling, Prints, slide-show, Slideshow, The Original People Design, Women's Day by GV Miao

I do not reach the height of 175cm, but so what? I do not need to look up to the petite editor Myroslava Duma to feel better about myself either. The high-end fashion world, however, is full of contradictions. If you ask “America’s Next Top Modeljudges what makes a female supermodel, they will probably give you personality, individuality, uniqueness and more professional sounding clichés while still conforming to the same rigid impeccable standards of beauty same height (175cm or above), same body shape (skinnier than skinny) and same hairstyle (long silky straight) which are not meant to be subverted. Such beauty standards which are almost unattainable for most real women are good for nothing but fostering self-loathing which hurts self-esteem. Being one of the very few in fashion to advocate diversity of beauty, Hong Kong-based French-African designer Amina Lamarre Delafoulhouse, who has just recently named her brand The Original People Design, has always been enthusiastic and determined to carve out a niche against the norm. She took the opportunity of International Women’s Day to throw a fashion show seeking to empower women of different beauty types. Amina’s models were not to portray the fake ideal beauty image on stage, but to convey to every single female audience the concept of real, strong and powerful beauty coming from having our own style, living our own way and having our own mind and kick away those feelings of inadequacy and shame about our bodies, making them realize that each woman is beautiful in her own special way and deserves to be celebrated and respected. Who still needs to be a supermodel when in fact we can all be the heroines of our lives to rock our stage?

May every woman bloom; show the world your best. If I can, anyone can.

In many people’s eyes, a performance by an unprofessional model like me is nothing worth mentioning but I insisted on doing it the professional way because I have faith that if I seize every opportunity that comes my way, and take every assigned fashion task seriously, whether it be blogging or modeling, over time people will see my passion and my effort will pay off eventually.

Perfection is another word for fashion. What inspired me about modeling during this extraordinary experience was the pursuit of perfection through continuous improvement and an unwillingness to settle for second best. From the moment I walked out on stage, I reminded myself that I could show the guests only the best of myself despite the hectic and crazy backstage and the resultant inevitable stress and frustrations. Practice makes perfect is the ultimate solution to reaching perfection. My try at modeling (this was my third time walking the runway for Amina’s show) has left me with a longing for more chances to walk in fashion shows. Let’s keep them coming! I’m up for taking on a double role as blogger and model. The more exposure and insight the better, why not?!

For the sake of professionalism and pursuit of excellence (isn’t it the right way to work in fashion?), I seeked sponsorship from Angel Wong, the talented and creative make-up artist/designer and founder of Angel Wong Image who designed and hand made a few head-turning colorful headpieces to go with Amina’s exotic tribal collection rich in bold prints in addition to creating a fabulous makeup look and hairstyle for me, which let me steal the spotlight. I could not possibly do it without your support. Words cannot express my heartfelt gratitude, appreciation and thanks for your sincere help, amazing Angel.

Call me an unprofessional professional fashion worker, you may say I do not really have the professional knowledge but my professional attitude counts! Follow your passion, rewards will come I share my uplifting spirit with those women who have been striving for recognition and self-realization. Lift your head up high, sisters!

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Braids are so hot right now! A combination of a celebrity braided hairstyle with wavy locks hanging down gracefully on one side embellished with a crystal floral tiara handcrafted by Angel gave me a sexy and gorgeous look to stun the runway.

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The hue Angel picked for my skin tone was spot on. Warm orange makeup perfectly highlighted my facial features and brightened up my skin.

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Angel Wong (right), make-up artist/designer and founder of Angel Wong Image and Tammy Lee (left), hair stylist at Angel Wong Image

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Angel hand made a few head-turning colorful headpieces including a whimsical tri-colored sphere headband decorated with a beautiful peacock feather and a Japanese style origami headband to go with Amina’s exotic tribal collection rich in bold prints.

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In fact, this was my third time walking the runway for Amina’s show. Here below I showed you more of my backstage shots taken at the previous show before the Women’s Day fashion show.

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Make-up artist/hair stylist Vanilla W.

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Vanilla’s three steps to get me ready to go on stage: did a purple smokey eye, then applied red lipstick and weaved braids; ladies, don’t underestimate yourself. If I can, you can!

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My complete runway album and videos are coming soon, please stay tuned for the next post.

by GV Miao

Review of My Exceptional Festive Season Part 2: Tracing the Missing Postcolonial Culture of Hong Kong

February 13, 2014 in Brands, Culture, East Meets West, Fashion, Jack Wills, Postcolonialism, Season's Greetings, slide-show, Slideshow by GV Miao

More than sixteen years after Hong Kong’s reunification with China has brought about joy mingled with sadness and a mix of gains and losses. What fading fast which, however, I am reluctant to see is what once defined a special cultural identity of the city – the east-meet-west British postcolonial culture. To start my new year, I decided to tour around Hong Kong to rediscover traces of Hong Kong’s former British heritage. My first stop was Jack Wills.

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From the moment I stepped into the shop, I felt like I was going through a nostalgic journey to reminisce about the colonial days. The national flag of the United Kingdom and the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II were familiar, yet alienated. A classic British vibe permeated every corner. Embracing genuine British heritage and celebrating chic college style, Jack Wills, richly decorated with artworks hung along the staircase and a jeep with the signature pink and navy stripes which is a teenage icon to represent individuality, passion and adventure in the middle of the sales floor, exuded the noble and dynamic English collegiate atmosphere which can rarely be experienced elsewhere in today’s Hong Kong. What is more, the fireplace typically found in European households and the splendid crystal chandelier were wonderfully evocative of a traditional English home during the festive times.

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Venue: Jack Wills flagship store Hong Kong, Shop L02, Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Then I headed west towards the Sheung Wan District, the most populated Chinese residential area during early British rule which had witnessed East-West cultural encounters in the history of Hong Kong. As I was wandering rather aimlessly along Hollywood Road, I spotted the stairs halfway down the road leading down to the almost unnoticeable Mee Lun Street. Being in an exploring mood, I went down to find out what have been “hidden” there – didn’t let me down! What I saw was the epitome of East-West hybridity. An interesting and exotic contrast between an European style tea room and a neighbouring shop, both featuring a festively and colorfully painted façade on one side of the street and an antique Chinese statue placed outdoors (obviously there is an antique shop nearby, I did not see the entrance though) just a few footsteps away in the opposite alley brought back bits and pieces of vivid memories of the colonial times.

My outfit:

Faux fur Ilkley Jacket and jewel embellished neckline Lanting Dress both by Jack Wills

Gemstone embellished fluffy bag by Che Che New York

Beige two tone patent leather Mary Jane pumps by Staccato

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Venue: Antique Patisserie, G/F, Shop C, Mee Lun Street, Central, Hong Kong

I continued my trip to Tsim Sha Tsui but I chose not to continue to stay on the road. Instead, I took a ride on the ferry across the infamous Victoria Harbour to the Kowloon side for a breathtaking night view. I was lucky enough to snap this traditional Chinese junk called “Duk Ling” which is an old symbol of the East reminding the origins of the city when it was first settled more than a century ago by the English colonists.

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Venue: Victoria Harbour, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

The wheel of time turns, and ages come and go, but we are still proud to call Hong Kong our home and thrilled to be surrounded by more illuminated skyscrapers. May the Pearl of the Orient shine bright forever! Happy 2014, Hong Kong!