Tavi Genvinson

Tavi Gevinson at Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2011 runway show at New York Fashion Week

Photo courtesy of The Wizard of Odd

Inspired by the news that the 16-year-old super blogger Tavi Gevinson quitted because of the disappointment she felt with the fashion game she has played in the past three years previously posted on Hamilton Fashion Blog by an insightful American blogger friend William Hamilton, I strongly feel the need to say a few words about the distorted evolution of the blogosphere. Before fashion bloggers have gradually expanded their sphere of influence to become a major media force less than ten years ago, only the commentaries made by high-fashion magazine editors, well-known fashion journalists and reputable stylists would be taken seriously (yes fashion is always an exclusive game for a small group of people). It was until 2009 when Bryan Boy was first invited to Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter show at New York Fashion Week sitting in the front row as a blogger (not an editor, like Anna Wintour or Anna Dello Russo, or a fashion celeb, like Alexa Chung) that the fashion industry has finally recognized the power of blog writing, unprofessional though it may seem, it has indeed officially overturned the traditional media ecology. Bryan Boy, Rumi Neely, Tavi and other super bloggers get a million hits a month on their blogs, which can absolutely compete with the high-end glossy magazines such as Vogue and Bazaar.

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Anna Wintour at Lanvin Spring/Summer 2013 runway show at Paris Fashion Week (front row)

Anna Dello Russo at Lanvin Spring/Summer 2013 runway show at Paris Fashion Week (front row)

Alexa Chung

Photo courtesy of Zimbio, Zimbo and of Alexa Chung’s Style

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Do you know her or at least have heard her name?

yeashin

If you don’t, I suggest you better start getting to know her NOW as she is bound to be a STAR. At just 24-years-old, she has launched her own brand under her name and been invited to participate in major runway shows and exhibitions for the best up-and-coming design talents in Europe including Ones To Watch at Fashion Scout London and Zip Zone Paris Fashion Tradeshow taking place during London Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week respectively. In her final year of her studies at the design school, she was voted The Best Fashion Graduate by Vogue UK and won the WGSN Global Fashion Awards in the Most Creative Student Collection category. Who is she? Listen up! Her name is YEASHIN KIM.

Mini profile of Yeashin Kim:

Nationality: Korean

Occupation: Founder and designer of YEASHIN since 2011

Education: London College of Fashion, class of 2011

Spotted YEASHIN Spring/Summer 2013 collection “Garden of East” from the press package of Fier Showroom Fall/Winter 2013 (Berlin) happening in January for the first time, I have been totally captivated by the designer’s sensitivity to unique color combinations, unlimited creativity to experiment with different fabric textures and materials and imaginative expression in mixing and matching the seemingly irrelevant elements. Being a keen admirer of the 1960s British modern style and deeply inspired by traditional Korean costumes, Yeashin created the uniquely speechless and exceptionally cheery Spring/Summer “Garden of East” collection packed with vibrant, dynamic and vivid color pleated shifts stylized with a gat, a type of Korean traditional hat worn by men during the Joseon Dynasty, which exuded elegance and sweetness with a girly and fun touch, also best exemplified an exotic blend of retro-chic and neo-traditional, of east and west. Thank you Goran of Fier Management for coordinating my interview with Yeashin. Are you ready? Let’s journey into the creative mind and career of this future star of fashion.

YEASHIN Spring/Summer 2013 collection

Hi Yeashin, thank you for taking the time to speak with me……

GV Miao: Since when have you realized that you would decide to develop your career in fashion design? As far back as you can remember, did your interest in fashion start early (or let me put it this way, did your artistic ability start to show at a young age?)?

Yeashin: I graduated from an arts middle and high school in South Korea. At that time my major was in fine art, so I started doing fine art when I was very young. In my last year of middle school, I watched a fashion show for the first time and I thought fashion is a very splendid major because it brings different subjects together such as music, fine art, stage art, business, etc. That’s why I chose fashion which requires a lot of hard work but also very dynamic. And a few years later I entered the London College of Fashion.

Yeashin Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

GV Miao: How would you describe your design/your brand, YEASHIN (in terms of style, aesthetics, etc.)? I understand that many editors, fashion journalists and bloggers have written something about your collections, but somehow to a certain extent, I reckon those descriptions may be an individual’s interpretation of your works which do not necessarily represent the whole picture. I would like to hear it from you directly.

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When: July 22, 2013

Where: Burkhalter Couture studio in Via Tortona, Milano

Who: Fashion blogger Vicki Victoire (Gwen Vikkey Miao) from Hong Kong, couture designer/founder of Burkhalter Couture Stephanie Burkhalter from Geneva

Grasp last chance to win! 

It has been more than three months since the 4-Part Paraiso Purse Giveaway was first launched. Here comes the countdown to the announcement of the winner. If you still have not registered the last three rounds of the game, click on “Incredible Encounter – Interview with Stephanie Burkhalter@Burkhalter Couture in Milano (Part 1) & Paraiso Purse Giveaway,” “Paraiso Purse Giveaway Continues: Incredible Encounter – Interview with Stephanie Burkhalter@Burkhalter Couture in Milano (Part 2)” and “More Fun to Come! Paraiso Purse Giveaway Round 3: Incredible Encounter – Interview with Stephanie Burkhalter@Burkhalter Couture in Milano (Part 3),” read through and follow the instructions on the individual post to enter all three parts of the giveaway plus answer one last question about part 4 of my interview with Stephanie Burkhalter as below, you may then win it all!

The winner will be awarded a made in Italy, one of a kind and totally handcrafted clutch purse embellished with lace and a ribbon in your choice of color and pattern from Burkhalter Couture‘s Panama-inspired Paraiso Collection worth €40 and a special gift from me.

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I cannot do it, but fashion designers can!   

Barbie Gwen Vikkey Shoes by Stephanie Burkhalter

What normal people cannot do but fashion designers can is to capture the true essence of things and further explore their hidden potential. Couture designer Stephanie Burkhalter made me see the other side of me. She revealed the little fancy pinky Barbie inside me which I have never known.

During my last fashion trip to the south of France and Milano, I was extremely pleased and honored to witness the launch of this pair of beautifully handcrafted pretty in pink heels with lace, feathers and ribbons embellishments – “Barbie Gwen Vikkey” named after my blogging pseudonym Gwen Vikkey Miao by the up-and-coming Swiss designer and founder of Burkhalter Couture, Stephanie Burkhalter much loved by Hollywood celebrities (check out her Summer Night Dress at the 85th Academy Awards).

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Hong Kong White Christmas Street Fair 2014

Arrrggghhh! I know, I know, everyone has got back into work mode after the Christmas and New Year breaks a few weeks back except me. I have literally had difficulties getting over my prolonged holiday mentality since I came back from a merry Christmas getaway in Taichung (this time procrastination is more intense than ever but what can I do?). Okay anyway I am so not ready to go back to reality, I may as well indulge myself in staying in wonderland a bit longer, mentally though. Before the trip, I paid my first visit to a snowless white Christmas market here in Hong Kong, White Christmas Street Fair 2014 as whimsical, playful and colorful as Alice in Wonderland and as delicious as Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory hearty with phenomenal goodies – edibles, luscious sweets jewelry, luxury aromatherapy products, adorable homewares, festive decors, all you can eat, shop and enjoy. I allow my thoughts to revolve around this little slice of paradise, which already makes me feel more at ease with my stressful life. Don’t get me wrong, I am not an obsessive consumerist constantly using shopping therapy to beat stress; in fact, I am quite against material culture. But I guess having an epicurean adventure once in a while won’t do any harm, right? Let me take you on a photo walk through this big fun party. I am sure that will make you wish it were Christmas every day.

White Christmas Street Fair 2014, Hong Kong

Food and drinks: Levain Bakery, ABC Cake House, Sugar
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Everyone can be a Model (Part 2) picture 1As 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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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 selfloathing 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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Wish Every Day was Christmas!

Wish Every Day was Christmas!

Arrrggghhh! I know, I know, everyone has got back into work mode after the Christmas and New Year breaks a few weeks back except me. I have literally had difficulties getting over my prolonged holiday mentality since I came back from a merry Christmas getaway in Taichung (this time procrastination is more intense than everContinue Reading …

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

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

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 Model” judges what makes a female supermodel, they will probably giveContinue Reading …

Review of My Exceptional Festive Season Part 1 – Fashion Fellowship: Christmas Isn’t Christmas Till Jesus Comes Into Your Heart

Review of My Exceptional Festive Season Part 1 – Fashion Fellowship: Christmas Isn’t Christmas Till Jesus Comes Into Your Heart

Sadly and pitifully, Christmas under economy-driven culture has degenerated into unlimited consumerism, indulgent partying and epicurean holidays – simply a superficial entertaining idea, anything but spiritual and religious. With God’s love and grace we a group of christians working in fashion got together in fellowship this Christmas to create an exceptional festive experience which revealedContinue Reading …

Paraiso Purse Giveaway Final Call! Incredible Encounter – Interview with Stephanie Burkhalter@Burkhalter Couture in Milano (Part 4)

Paraiso Purse Giveaway Final Call! Incredible Encounter – Interview with Stephanie Burkhalter@Burkhalter Couture in Milano (Part 4)

When: July 22, 2013 Where: Burkhalter Couture studio in Via Tortona, Milano Who: Fashion blogger Vicki Victoire (Gwen Vikkey Miao) from Hong Kong, couture designer/founder of Burkhalter Couture Stephanie Burkhalter from Geneva Grasp last chance to win!  It has been more than three months since the 4-Part Paraiso Purse Giveaway was first launched. Here comesContinue Reading …