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From street style to designers, the fashion industry has been influenced by the Asian aesthetic for years.
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henever the word “Asia” is brought into conversation, a traditional setting of the Far East courses through a person’s brain. In my experiences, this part of the world has so much to offer, and of course it’s very modern. The mega-continent supports and influences the western world in more ways than one might think. Especially in fashion. New York City has been built upon the foundation of various backgrounds. We have all sorts of people here, with each community having their own niche. The Asian communities have created their own little towns within the great metropolitan area, including Chinatown, Japan town and Koreatown (or K-Town). From business suits and hobo chic to those people who look as if they just came straight off the pages of anime comic book, these little strips of land flaunt diversity – and illustrate how these little niches help maintain their community’s way of life by integrating their culture into the face of the city. Here you’ll discover a new way to experience clothing. With men and women pairing designer pieces with some of their “native” clothing. These trends have spilled over to create a street style bloggers and stylists report and replicate in a manner that’s ultimately spread this attire accomplishment throughout the industry. From street style to designers, the fashion industry has been influenced by the Asian aesthetic for years. From Alexander McQueen’s 2011 Resort to Vivienne Tam’s Fall/ Winter 2013, the runways and tents of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week have seen their fair share of this intriguing influence. And although the designer dominates the clothing, the model rules the runway, which have been filled with an extraordinary number of Asian models. From the mesmerizing Geisha to the animated Harajuku (as well as the many street styles in Asia), I can conclude one thing: In an area of the world holding their past and culture to be as relevant as ever, even in the 21st century, the inhabitants surely understand how to harmoniously marry tradition with the modern world and style. •
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Like the trends we see every season, there comes a time when we all must welcome in the new. This time it came from the beautiful East I adored as a child.
or many years during my childhood, I was infatuated with Asian culture. I don’t know what it was exactly, but I always believed no one had more elegance or style than the Geisha. They were so simple, chic and beautiful. (But that’s a tangent I won’t get into here or in this issue.) Though I grew up with this dream of Asian beauty and ravenous curiosity for their cultures, I devoutly practiced the belief that true beauty and style derived from Europe, more notably from the French and Italian. From France’s Haute Couture to Italy’s leathers and luxurious quality, the hierarchy of fashion was innately visible. However, like the trends we see every season, there comes a time when we all must welcome in the new. This time it came from the beautiful East I adored as a child. Although I don’t know exactly when it happened, all of a sudden it seemed to become almost imperative to speak Mandarin instead of French. And “Made in Italy” became “Made in China” (read more about that later in the issue). This transition resulted in cheaper manufacturing, which meant a chance for younger designers to be able to produce their collections. This also meant if you had connections with the factories, you had an even greater chance of success. Like Alexander Wang, whose business seemed to go from $0 to $6 million over night. With this in mind, the editorial team at myCulture decided to pay homage to the great continent and its significance in the fashion industry. From Asian models on the runway to Asian-inspired accessories, you’ll find it here, in our fourth issue. As we celebrate Asian culture in fashion and in our city. •
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featuring: President’s Letter Editor’s Letter From the Subcontinent: India’s Ayurveda
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and five home remedies
Harajuku Makeup Learning the tricks
Spring Fashion For Men Spring seems to always bring out the loveliest of memories
Springtime Fashion Fates & Trends
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Tips to help all of you find the perfect little number
Beauty Fate Items Because we all deserve to be pretty
Spring Beauty Trends Embrace the season with the vibrant, the natural and the fresh
Discover Asia Fashion’s frontier
Made In China The now in fashion
Bleachin’ Asia: A demand for lighter skin
Asian Designers Our top ten
Fashion Accessories Branch out with asian styled accessories
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Health & F i t n ess
From the Subcontinent: India’s Ayurveda and Five Home Remedies An Assortment of Foods, Herbs and Spices for Balanced Health B y P a m e l a Wa r re n
yurveda, the 5,000-year-old ancient science of life and healing originating in India, has long since been based on the understanding of how foods affect the body and how certain foods and mixtures of spices are used to promote health by creating balance from where there is imbalance. The philosophy behind Ayurveda states how when the mind and body are out of balance we experience symptoms signaling us to bring it back into balance. It is believed that when we are chronically out of balance is how we develop illness and disease. Food maintains a significant component of Ayurveda and is regarded as the most important healing element for all living beings. So much so, that instead of saying, “We are what we eat,”in Ayurveda we say,“What we eat is who we are.”Therefore, practitioners do not only eat food simply for growth and nourishment, but they also eat food to heal and balance the mind and body in order to avoid illness and disease. Ayurveda emphasizes the consumption of freshly cooked, seasonal foods accompanied by adding assorted herbs and spices (to taste). Introducing spices to your cooking not only creates great flavors but also provides an abundance of medicinal and healing qualities in your daily life. To better benefit your health, here are five great examples of how to use foods, herbs and spice as natural home remedies.
1. Detoxifying Tea To one 8 oz. glass of boiling water, combine the following herbs and leave it covered overnight: 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger, 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, ½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, 6-8 mint leaves. The next morning, boil it again in order to make a strong tea; strain out the herbs. To enhance the flavor for your personal taste, add any of these: fresh lemon or lime juice, honey, black pepper or black salt. Drink once daily, either first thing in the morning on an empty stomach or throughout the day at room temperature.
2. Dry Skin Remedy Everyone loves a good facial now and then. Giving yourself a self-massaged facial with quality oils, such as sesame, almond, sunflower or coconut, is great for seasonal patches of dry skin – and even year round. To add fragrance, add any of these oils to your base oil of choice: Ginger, lavender, rose, sandalwood, citrus, jasmine or ylang ylang.
3. Reverse Fatigue with Better Digestion Ayurvedic theory tells us how when our digestion and metabolism are not in balance, foods remain undigested and unabsorbed in our intestines. This can create toxins that will then circulate through the lymphatic system, making us feel lethargic and tired. To improve digestive and metabolism, try 1 teaspoon juice of fresh ginger, ½ teaspoon juice of fresh lemon or lime, 2-3 pinches of black salt and a pinch of freshly crushed or ground black pepper. Take this mixture 10 minutes before lunch and dinner.
4. Balancing Blood Sugar Combine 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds and ½ teaspoon turmeric powder with 2 teaspoons of Amalaki (Indian gooseberry) powder in a glass of hot water. Leave covered overnight. Reheat the concoction in the morning and strain out the herbs. Drink once daily in the morning on an empty stomach.
5. Homemade Facial Mask for All Skin Types Take five shelled almonds, soak and peel off brown skins. Make a paste of the almonds with a piece of ripe papaya, 1 teaspoon plain yogurt, ½ teaspoon egg white, ½ teaspoon coriander seed powder, 2 pinches turmeric 8 m y C ULT URE
powder, ¼ teaspoon honey and ½ teaspoon lemon juice. Wash and steam face to open pores, then apply the smooth paste and leave on for 30 minutes to an hour. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. (Great for weekly use.)
About the Author: A Certified Holistic and Clinical Nutritionist, Pamela Warren, MS, CHN is an accomplished nutritionist with a passion for educating everyone on proper nutrition. Warren has worked with over 1,500 patients in both medical centers and for private physicians in NYC before opening her private practice. Additionally, she works with breast cancer survivors as the Director of Nutritional Services for the NYC-based nonprofit You Can Thrive! Foundation. (917) 842-0177; artofconsciousliving.com •
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The style imitates various pop culture personalities, ranging from rock musician to anime character, even gothic.
arajuku makeup, a popular trend in Japan, gets its name from its actual place of origin, the Harajuku station, where teens gather around to show off their extravagant costumes. The style imitates various pop culture personalities, ranging from rock musician to anime character, even gothic. But this trend doesn’t only include makeup; the influence of Harajaku fashion has begun to spread across the borders of Japan, inspiring designers such as T. Kunitmo and Pas de Calais to open their own fashion outlets in London and New York. Harajuku makeup, much like its fashion counterpart, is eccentric and avant-garde. Since the costumes are original and wild, it is only reasonable the make-up should match. Here are a few tips on how to apply Harajuku makeup for a bold statement. First, you will need the following makeup utensils: A bright, shiny cream eye shadow, dark powder eye shadow, eye shadow brush, white summer eye shadow, black liquid eyeliner, an angle brush, black eyeliner pencil, false lashes, scissors, false lash glue, red lipstick and a lip brush. Begin by applying the cream eye shadow to your entire lid with your finger, smearing the eye shadow into a C-shape. Massage the eye shadow around your eye until the eye is surrounded by an oval-like shadow. Then, apply the powder eye shadow (black or another dark shade of cream eye shadow will work) at the outside corner of your eye and brush lightly upward. Afterward, circle the brush around the outside corner of your eye and up into the crease. Finally, apply and blend a small amount of the darker shadow underneath your eye and finish by blending a white shimmer eye shadow underneath your brow. When you have finished applying the eye shadow, it is time to move on and start applying the eyeliner. (It is important to remember Harajuku makeup is unconventional; therefore, the eyeliner will not be applied lightly.) After you have applied the eyeliner, do not forget to add false eyelashes. Finally, apply red lipstick. Use the lip brush to apply a line of lipstick around the peaks and top middle section of the upper lip, filling in the upper middle section with the red lipstick. Then line the middle section of your bottom lip, filling in the middle section of the bottom lip with red lipstick as well. Note there are no rules to makeup. Allow your imagination to wander beyond the steps mentioned. The Harajuku trend is only expanding with time; so be brave and brush on a bold face. (And don’t forget to check out designers T. Kunitmo and Pas de Calais!) •
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Beaut y & Fa s hio n
Spring Fashion For Men The awakening of spring seems to always bring out the loveliest of memories. Typically, this might mean those picnics in warmer weather, fruitier drinks (or stronger – who knows), flashy sunglasses and jogging through the park. But when challenged with what to wear on these fairweathered days, people may find themselves questioning what to wear. And what exactly the hottest trends for the hottest weather are. By Brandon Bryson
taying stylish during warmer months might seem super easy at first, but in fact it can be an extremely difficult challenge even for the most fashionconscious of men. When looking to avoid clashing what you might think is perfect for spring and what might actually be the right for the weather, a few trends will keep you on track and help figure out what you’re “in the mood” for.
In Full Bloom However cliché floral prints may be, they are back with a vengeance this spring, but not in the way that you may think. Shoes! Yes, shoes! Floral print shoes are a hot trend for spring with an influx in bright seasonal footwear. For Sping/Summer 2013, florals are reaching far and beyond the traditional ladylike prints you might be imagining from moments with your grandmother and take on a more aggressive approach with darker palettes and bigger scales (as seen in the Supreme x Vans collaboration). Adding to the look of the season, the whimsical approach from Maison Kitsuné hides foxes within the floral patterns; while tropical motifs help bridge the gender gap, bringing a more unisex appeal for brands, such as Y-3 and Paul Smith.
In Real Denim There are about a million ways to change up denim, and this season shows us about 999,999 of them. As the photorealistic and digital printing trend has become super hot among the designers lately, for the warmer months ahead we’re seeing an immense freedom coming in the way they create new denim surfaces. With slim and skinny silhouettes remaining a staple for both guys and girls for the foreseeable future, it is even more important to update the surface to create new looks. Digital laundry effects and photo-real indigo patchwork replicate authenticity while a myriad of bolder imagery creates endless possibilities. 1 6 m y CULTUR E
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In Black and White When reflecting on spring, most people think of bright colors and pastels. However, black and white patterns infiltrated the happier hues of the season by making a huge appearance on many designers’ runways. Here, we can resist the trend of adding a bright accessory to your outfit, but you must remember how skinny jeans and tailored tops will add more dimensions when working with these polar-opposite shades. (And let’s never forget how black is always super-slimming – and wearable day to night.)
This season has a lot more attitude than from what we were expecting. From leather-detailed tops to spiked or studded boots,“punk couture” is moving well into spring. Most people think leather may be too hot for spring but you can actually find fabric-separated pieces that are both comfortable and fashion forward. Zara’s current spring collection demonstrates this trend by adding leather accents to blazers, elbow patches to cardigans and sweaters – and even onto their skinny ties. However, there’s one rule to always remember when enjoying a bit of leather luxury: Be very careful how you launder these items, always check the care instructions and use some sort of leather protectant spray when possible.
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In Punk Couture
For springtime accessories, it is “Back to the Future” meets fashion with futuristic accessories incorporating technology and digital functions.“Wearable tech” has been a growing trend for some time now. Introducing: Google’s augmented reality glasses that display information in a smartphone-like format and interact with the Internet via voice commands. These SmartWatches contain features comparable to PDAs and are buzzing with hype in tech communities. One of last year’s more highly funded projects on Kickstarter, an online fundraising platform, Pebble used its nearly $10.3 million of online-based donations to “kickstart” the company’s E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android, which is expected to launch April/May 2013. Less complex examples of the wearable tech trend range from flash drive jewelry and headwear with hidden earphones to battery-powered purses capable of charging smartphones on the go. •
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In the Future
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Fa s hi o n Tr e n d s
Springtime Fashion Fates & Trends When shopping, there are always those little tips installed by the industry to help all of you find the perfect little number. Obviously, this is what we call a trend. Those sometimes hard-to-decipher waves of common aesthetics among the runways of all the designers across the world. From Peter Som and Rag & Bone to Helmut Lang and Victoria Beckham, they’re there. B y B re n t Ta a l u r R a m s e y
ut it doesn’t stop here: Every so often there’s an exclusive sign from the fashion gods that a certain item belongs just to you. And when you see it, you’ll know. Like recently, I discovered a brand spankin’ new wool coat from Ralph by Ralph Lauren at the designer resale boutique INA located
in Noho. For me, as a blogger, I’ve started referring to these certain situations as“fate items.”If you’ve been reading this magazine for a while, you’ll see that it’s a common installment in our issue – and in my blog. Essentially, a fate item is that once-in-a-lifetime, must-have, never-going-to-find-ever-again last-in-your-size Manolo Blahnik – and to boot, it’s 45 percent off! Or something like that. And fashionista, let me tell you there aren’t that many of those out there. For Spring 2013, there are many amazing trends out there, but I’ve gathered four of the best ways to help you shop your trends and four fate items to buy as you begin your chic march into the warmer months in those stunning Manolos.
Think: Black and White For spring, one might typically call to mind the pastel colors of Easter eggs or the bright florals traditionally found abundantly throughout the season; however, this year we find a strong black and white look. This sleek, day-to-night appropriate-for-every-season might be an oldie, but it’s definitely goodie. Shop for this trend at Alexander Wang, Jason Wu or Marc Jacobs.
Think: Bold Stripes Big, bold and beautiful. From nautical to all-American, stripes are a versatile print deserving a chance to be worn in a big way. Just be cautious not to turn out looking like Beetlejuice. Shop for this trend at Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs or Michael Kors.
Think: Luxurious Leather Give me leather, or give me death. It’s a statement I’ve been saying for quite sometime and, although not very PC, it’s quite true for this season. Leather is a must-have for spring (and an investment piece for seasons to come), but when shopping look for leathers with minimalistic shapes and rich colors. Shop for this trend at Derek Lam or Proenza Schouler.
Shop: Sporty Dresses Flirtatious, form-fitting A-line skirts are here. This might a sporty look, but it’ll be screaming for a trip out into some nightlife. And they’re versatile to boot! Pair the dress with wedges, stilettos or sneakers even. Shop for this fate item at Rag & Bone or Victoria Beckham.
Shop: Statement Sunglasses Add shape and size to your basics (or whatever the outfit may be), as long as there’s a statement. Think big and fabulous. It’s time for the sun to come out from a long, cold winter, and those eyes need some protecting. In style, of course. Shop for this fate item at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Diane von Furstenberg or Anna Sui.
Think: Peekaboo Detailing From cutouts and bare midriffs to slits and sheer panels, skin was all over the spring runways, and sexy peek-abooed out from many designers at all levels of modesty. Perfect for date night or a night out on the town. Shop for this trend at BCBG or Diane von Furstenberg.
Shop: Bermuda Shorts
Shop: Shorts Suits Who ever said you couldn’t show off your legs in office appropriate attire was obviously confused – and hadn’t seen one of this spring’s hottest commodities. The Shorts Suit. Versatile and eye-catching, this will be a knockout addition to any wardrobe. Shop for this fate item at Tory Burch or Helmut Lang.
Essentially, a fate item is that once-in-a-lifetime, musthave, never-going-to-findever-again last-in-your-size Manolo Blahnik – and to boot, it’s 45 percent off!
Boyfriend cut-off shorts be gone; here’s a chic and cool yet slouchy and still flattering number to sport this season. And perfect for every girl. Shop for this fate item at Peter Som, Rag & Bone or DKNY.
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Beauty Tr e n d s
Beauty Fate Items Because We All Deserve to Be Pretty Not that we want to come off as vain, but beauty is everything. Okay, perhaps that’s taking it a bit too far, but along with enriching our minds and our enlightening our souls, giving your best-face-forward appearance goes along with being your best self. Here, at myCULTURE, we like to keep you up-to-date on what can make you as stunning as stunning can be—and you can achieve just that with these beauty fates. B y C h r i s t i n e B u s c i g l i o
Josie Maran Argan Oil Argan oil is an absolute godsend. For your hair, for your skin, for your immortal soul—nothing’s going to keep you hydrated from head to toe better than Josie Maran Argan oil. The formula is 100% pure, so a little goes a long way. And because it’s lightweight and scent-free, the only thing it leaves behind is its amazing results. Not to mention it transcends the seasons. It’s particularly helpful with the dehydrated skin of the cold, dry winter and eliminates any frizzy hair caused by summer heat. And don’t even get me started on its restoring power: Use in your hair and skin every day, you’ll go weeks—months even—without split ends, and your face will start to feel as smooth as a baby’s rear end. $48, 1.7 fl. oz.; josiemarancosmetics.com
Come to Bed Red by Butter LONDON Nail Polish This nail polish is driving me mental! Timeless red, bright but not loud, mature but not passé—this should be a staple in every girl’s collection. And Butter’s quality has the competitors’ beat. The price is a little steep at $15 a bottle—but certainly for good reason. The lacquer goes on strong, dries quickly and has real staying power. Bonus points: When it comes time to for removal, it doesn’t strip or discolor your nails—although Come to Bed Red makes it very hard to keep them bare for too long! $15; skinstore.com
Albolene Eye Makeup Remover
Eye makeup removers can be tricky, but the point of them is easy: To remove that caked-up residue after a long day of suffocation by way of maquillage. However, you don’t want to dry out the gentle skin around your eyes with over-washing. The texture of Albolene is reminiscent of Vaseline and wipes away your greasepaint within seconds, while simultaneously acting as a skin emollient. Best of all, it’s available in a generous supply for only $8. Nothing beats this 12 oz. container of goodness, with the exception of the next 12 oz. container of goodness I’mma ‘bout to tell you about. $7.99; drugstore.com 2 0 m y CULT URE
L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Ladies. Ladies. With the exception of Chanel No. 5, this is the most iconic beauty item on the market. Encased in gold, it’s the backstage go-to for runway stylists, who rave about its luxuriant shine and not leaving their model’s hair looking flakey like some sprays. You can go heavy on the application and then brush it out with the reassurance of knowing it’ll disappear. $14.99; ulta.com
Two Faced La Crème in Nude Beach Two Faced La Crème’s line of lip shades gives you the added oomph of moisture so lacking in a lot of other brands. Striking a great balance between classic lipstick and a gloss, it goes on easy — and best of all, it stays put! (And let’s keep in mind that the gold packaging is absolutely gorgeous!) $21; sephora.com
NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder Try applying foundation without an extra coating to seal everything in and you’ll be painting your face in vain. Though fairly new to the market, NARS pressed setting powder is a lightweight varnish for a finished look, creating a matte complexion and combating unwanted shine. An added advantage: It’s compact, so it isn’t messy and you won’t risk wasting the product while you travel. Certainly worth trying out! $34; narscosmetics.com •
Be a u t y Tr e n d s
Spring Beauty Trends It’s natural for a sense of hibernation to overcome you during the cold winter months, including that of cocooning yourself with dark, monochrome garments and retiring from the use of color in your makeup routine—if you’re anything like us anyway. Spring is a time of renewal, of rebirth and, most importantly, of celebration. A time of rejoicing from the rooftops that the temperature is warmer, the days are longer, and if you’re among the lucky, one step closer to summer Fridays at the office. Let us embrace the season with the vibrant, the natural and the fresh. By Christine Busciglio
Emerald City Perhaps the fashion and design industry were so taken with Oz: The Great and Powerful, inspiration derived from there. Regardless of the catalyst for this color trend, emerald green is Pantone’s color of 2013. And, yes, this means within the makeup world, as well. Happily, emerald is a color that flatters any skin tone. Experiment subtly with shellacked fingernails to revel in the hue or swipe on an emerald liner that can be sultry but not as fierce as black. And, for the more audacious, wear a deep eye pigment for a more dramatic look catered to a night of painting the town red…er… green. Just be careful to stay away from shimmer to avoid looking like a teen. Try this trend with MAC Emerald Green pigment for $12 at maccosmetics.com.
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It was once said a woman’s self-esteem is reflected within her brows. If that’s true, then let’s hope this season’s thick brows (read: bold, plucky and valiant) is a longlasting trend. The Brooke Shields reference may be tired,
but if we’re going with the aforementioned theory, girlfriend’s self-assurance sure was plentiful. Stowe away your tweezers and whip out your intensifying tools, such as Anastasia Beverly Hills retractable brow pencil for $12 at sephora.com or Benefit Brows a Go Go for $38 at benefitcosmetics.com.
Think Jessica Alba at the 2013 Oscars. There’s something very 1960s about this look that’s also very modern when paired with side-swept hair. Be sure to exfoliate prior to application and pencil in the entire lip area with a like-colored shade for stay-put results. A color more mellow than red yet strikes a winning impression, orange exudes a happy-go-lucky vibe that goes hand-in-hand with springtime weather. And while sporting this pout, don’t forget to keep your eyes low-key so you don’t turn out looking a bit clownish. Try this trend with BareMinerals’ Remix Collection Tangerine Trance for $15 at beauty.com.
Nail art has certainly hit its high point within these past few years, but now we’re taking a more minimalistic approach with pale, almost mannequinlike fingertips. Nudes, light pinks and whites showed up on the spring runways, exhibiting a crisp, clean and natural look. It should be noted that this trend is easy to maintain—and for that alone, you should be ecstatic. Try this trend with Chanel’s Pearl Drop Le Vernis for $27 at chanel.com. •
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The Now in Fashion B y B re n t Ta a l u r R a m s e y
nce upon a time, in a far and distant time, you might have found yourself in a clothing store, picking up an item and reading “Made in America” somewhere with its product information. While those times may be long gone, there are two sides of this story of disappearance to explore: The consumers who eagerly search for lower-priced items while keeping the quality of their higherpriced pals and the designers who look for faster, more affordable forms of production. For today, let’s focus on the latter. Over the years, I’ve noticed how there is always a story behind all art, whether it involves the end result or the working progress of the artist; this holds true for the fashion industry. While working for an accessories company a few years ago, I had the chance to start observing part of this story behind fashion, not only as an art form but a business; the saga behind those shiny new Alexander Wang boots and that lovely Vera Wang dress seen in stores (neither of whom were brands I worked with); the tale of wholesale production and manufacturing. Eventually (and a long time after my employment with the accessories company), I completed this so-called behind-theshops education during a recent talk with a friend of mine, a women’s designer based in Paris (whose name I’ll leave out), discovering more reasons behind fashion’s transition to Asian manufacturing. And, basically, I’ve come to understand it as a simple process, sort of like a cycle of designers, manufacturers and (of course) models — and not entirely based on finances. When people look at the industry’s outsourcing to various Asian countries, they might think it’s a plot to find cheaper materials and production – or finding a way out of American taxes. Sure, finances do play a large part in this decision, but my friend (whose pieces are manufactured in Malaysia) tells me there’s so much more to it. Take a look at all of the more recent emerging designers (Richard Chai, Jason Wu and Alexander Wang, plus the others you’ll find in this issue’s list of top 10 Asian designers); what do they have in common? They’re all Asian (well, most of them – at least all the ones on our list are, of course). And like we always say in the industry: It’s all about who you know. For Alexander Wang, that was definitely the case. Ever since he started his eponymous label in 2004, all at the fresh age of 19, the brand has maintained to be a family affair. (His brother, Dennis, operates as the chief financial advisor; his sister, Aimie, as the chief principal officer. Even mother Wang is involved!) According to rumors – or facts, but one can never really know about those sort of things in the industry – the mother’s fluency in Mandarin and her Chinese connections led way to rapid production and, subsequently, a major influence in sales; all reasons for Alex’s great success, on top of his extraordinary tailoring skills. From the designers to the manufacturers, the made-in-China cycle only tops itself off with one possible route. By how the
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designers present the ultimate outcome and product of their relationship with the manufacturers; yes, I’m talking about presentations, runways and the models working them. In a community as closely knit as the fashion industry is, it goes without a doubt we’d be looking to hire the ones we’re most comfortable with. Hopefully this doesn’t upset you much, dear reader, but casting directors and designers do hire races and ethnicities similar to their own (or ones their more accustomed to). That said, the fashion industry has been going on strong with their Asian-centric vibes for quite some time now. From top designers to emerging models, the production process and manufacturers; we’re all greatly impacted by the transition to China. Whether you look at it for its pros or judge the cons, Chinese manufacturing and Asian designers will now and forever have a place in the industry – and thank god for it! •
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a demand for lighter skin
For years, Asians have considered pale skin an indication of how a person is leading a comfortable life. You might often hear the popular saying, “If you have white skin, you can cover 1,000 uglinesses.” . By Xhiljola Nano
hroughout Asia tan skin has long been associated with lower-income jobs that require long hours of work in the sun. However, throughout recent years, the trend of skin lightening has begun to spread across the atlas, from Asia to a fast-growing global market. Into a worldwide demand of creams and treatments to lighten skin tones, provide a pale complexion and supply that cure to“1,000 uglinesses.”
The Growing Industry It’s been said the Asia-Pacific beauty industry brings in $80 billion; the skin-lightening market alone has secured over $13 billion. In China, whitening products make up 71 percent of the market. In the continent of Asia, one out of 10 women uses skin whitening products. In India, the industry is expected to grow to $3.6 billion by 2014 with the skin-lightening cream market coming in at $432 million in 2012 alone. It’s currently trending to grow around 18 percent annually. And it’s not only for the women anymore, skin lightening is now starting to attract a different clientele: men.
Meladerm Skin Lightening, one of the best skin lightening products in the market today, has been said to improve the radiance of skin. It contains Kojic and Lactic acid and is the only product on the market without hydroquinone. Whitaplex, works well for all skin types, although it might take longer to see positive changes. However, once the changes arrive, they will be permanent and long lasting. Side note: Women, don’t be afraid, thinking using any of these creams will affect your makeup routine. Makeup can still be worn after applying the cream. Also, keep in mind most skin-lightening products from the brand Origins are credited as being natural and effective.
The Breakdown There are certain ingredients in most of these skinlightening creams people are often curious about. These ingredients include niancinamide, retinoic acid, hydroquinone and kojic acid. Here’s a short breakdown of what you might find inside: Niancinamide, a vitamin B3 derivative, stops the transfer of melanin from cells to the surface of skin cells. Retinoic acid, a vitamin A derivative, stimulates the falling of the dark-pigmented skin cells. Hydroquinone, a chemical, slows down production of melanin in the skin that can eventually cause ochronosis (a bluish-black hyperpigmentation on the skin). Kojic acid, which is a Vitamin C derivative and the product’s newest addition, blocks a step in melanin production in the skin.
Products to Buy For anyone who wants to buy these products, here are some of the best ones on the market. These products include Celabright, Meladerm Skin Lightening Cream and Whitaplex. Celabright, a proven skin-lightening product, reduces moles, sunburns, age spots and hyper pigmentation. It is designed to work for all skin types without any known side effects. Safe and effective.
Morals on Beauty When it comes to the beauty biz and skin lightening, there’s an underlying debate against its use, claiming that Caucasian features have been pushed as the epitome of mainstream beauty. However, this debate is disregarding how tanning is a prominent trend in many Caucasian cultures. People have different beliefs of what is considered beautiful and will always go to extremes to reach these ideals. The only thing we can hope for is that everyone does their research when purchasing such treatments and products to pick the right ones with the least health hazards. • www.myc ul turemagaz i ne.com 3 7
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rom Comme des Garcons to Kenzo, fashion has many faces, but the designers behind some of the greatest brands out there all have one thing in common. They’re Asian. Although they might be based in various locations, from Paris to South Korea, and although they’ve taken different routes of life to get to where they are now, the designers you’re about to meet are indeed worth remembering.
1. Rei Kawakubo Rei Kawakubo
Graduating was all Kawakubo needed to become one of fashion’s household names. With Comme des Garcons, every season is a breath of fresh air, whether you find it in the silhouettes, constructions, mind-boggling textures or colors. However, her visions are not confined only to fashion, Kawakubo has contributed to many publications, be it graphic, advertising or publishing. She publishes a bi-annual magazine Six and curates stores like the famous Dover Street Market in London. A designer not bound solely by one form of expression in art is truly an artist.
2. Alexander Wang
At such a young age, Alexander Wang has already claimed a massive success many designers can only dream of. Turning his brand into one of America’s household names with his vision to dress women “off-duty.” Now, at 30, he heads the house of Balenciaga as creative director, debuting a strong fall 2013 collection reflecting Cristobal’s cocoon coats, petals skirts and bracelet sleeves. Wang’s versatility from his own brand and diffusion lines to Balenciaga maintains both an effortlessly urban girl to a dark, graceful elegance, yet his style remains omnipresent in both. Definitely setting him apart from many other designers in the market today.
3. Daisuke Obana In 2000, Japanese designer Daisuke Obana established N. Hoolywood, celebrating the synthesis of street fashion and fine tailoring. Focusing mainly on menswear, his concepts are intriguing; like his Fall/Winter 2009 collection inspired by fountainheads displayed deconstructed jackets over layers of tailored jackets and pants. Mason Jung
4. Humberto Leon & Carol Lim This duo started relatively humbly with Opening Ceremony, a retail, showroom and gallery, establishing into household names many a brand that came under their wings. Ever since, their knack for modern, wearable and eclectic clothing has only sky rocketed their image. What really puts them on our list, however, is the salvation they brought to Kenzo, a waning fashion house established by Kenzo Takada. It only took Leon and Lim one season to see a drastic turnover, managing to revive the Frenchbased brand with a simple tiger motif.
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Dress. But this Japanese-born designer’s manipulation of pleats of different forms, elasticity, textures and yarn count has proved us all wrong. The way his fabrics wrap around the wearer’s body like a cocoon has become somewhat of a trademark for Issey Miyake.
6. Jimmy Choo The legendary Jimmy Choo first made his mark when Vogue featured his shoes in a record 8-page full back in 1988. Royals from all around the world, such as the stunning Princess Diana, further placed him on the map by placing his work upon their royal heels. Although his shoes might not be the most extravagant or groundbreaking; they are hands-down timeless, profound and comfortable (which is still important to any girl – no matter what you might think). Simply, Choo understands how to give women what they need instead of what they want.
7. Juun. J In 2007, South Korean designer Juun. J debuted his premier menswear collection in Paris, showcasing how he merges classic tailoring with modern silhouettes and demonstrating endlessly mind-blowing details. Since his debut, the designer’s expertise in making deconstructed jackets and combining parkas, bombers and pullovers into the lineup have become a huge part of his brand’s signature.
8. Woo Young Mi South Korean Woo Young Mi is no stranger to any avid menswear lover. Her precision in tailoring, intimacy and high craftsmanship has won her the President’s Prize and Mayor of Metropolis Prize for her contribution in the Korean design industry. Her collection shows in Paris every season during men’s fashion week, always demonstrating power, growth and delicacy — proving her to be one of Asia’s finest.
9. Yeoh Lee Originally from Malaysia, Yeoh Lee found enormous success in America where her love for textures, patterns and silhouette manipulation is celebrated and widely accepted by her ever-growing fan base. Earning her prestigious awards, such as the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for fashion design in 2004 and a permanent place in the Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
10. Mason Jung The last time any other designers decided to combine tailoring, trompe l’oeil and the most complex construction was Hussein Chalayan in 1999 with his echo-form collection. Now bring back what he did to 2013; but this time, you can walk out of your house in it. Mason Jung, a South Korean native based in London, explores the simplest form of garment in the most complex of construction, creating suits that transmogrifies from a blanket. A designer of such immense skills in garment making despite being relatively new in the scene deserves a spot in our top 10 list. •
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Born to a Filipina mother and a German father, Evelin Weber has faced challenges and overcome them in her own ways. As she sat across from me in her fuchsia top and casual cream jeans, she gave off such a positive vibe one can only be comfortable around her. By Irvin Ajes
“In order to overcome the challenges of the finance world, you cant change the game,”Weber said.“ You just need to learn how the game is played and make it work to your advantage.” And it was this game, Weber quickly mastered. As a smart and exceptionally attractive woman, sexual advances and harassment were daily occurrences. Fueled by testosterone, one can imagine how much the financial world put concentration on their somewhat rare female coworker. It was then, as catharsis of all the negativity coming into her life, she wrote The Black and The White. However, although life as an author met great success, the stresses of the workplace did not disappear after publication. Having tried the different spheres of finance, there came a startling discovery: They were all the same. It was then Weber put her life on pause and set off for Africa. During the six months spent in Africa, she learned about a lot, including herself. About how she was in a distant world, alone; how she loved the business world but wanted to stay clear of finance. When the African sabbatical came to end, the trip back home to a major detour to London, where she went to get into the business world as one who helps businesses grow. After the epiphany of how the finance institution would probably never change, Weber remained aware of her surroundings when re-entering this world.
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s a woman in the dogeat-dog, male-dominated world of finance, numerous hurdles and a thick glass ceiling have become part of her daily life. It’s only natural she discovered an outlet for some unexpected yet riveting drama: Weber’s debut novel The Black and The White (with a second novel on the way). Raised in the Philippines, Weber and her family immigrated to the United States when she was 14, into a place where being different was the not always the “cool thing.” In Hammondsport, New York. High school was “impossible,” Weber recalls. “Try growing up being the only minority within 45 miles.” Although being different did not hinder her from being a success in school. Finding a way for her to harness her differences, she tried to participate in as many clubs as possible. Aside from being a member of the art, soccer and skiing clubs, she was a mathlete — an experience that proved extremely beneficial later in life In college, she was like any other bright-eyed bushytailed collegiate, not knowing what to pursue or which major to study. She progressed from studying generic fine arts to physics, finally landing a degree in accounting. And like every student, the young accounting student eagerly sought to find her niche. This time, she found her own group, the international student body. The Philippine Student Organization (PSO) and the Asian Students of America (ASA) clubs became close to her heart. It was while participating in these clubs she helped bring international influence and diversity to the college. (And it was at this point of our conversation she decided it to be the perfect time to show me Tinkling, a native Pinoy dance. Quite lovely, of course! ) The influence these clubs had on Weber’s college career graduated from collegiate living and well on into her adult life. Throughout all of the pitfalls and successes life threw her way, she continued to revere these clubs dearly and continues to work her Alma Mater’s Kappa Phi Lambda, an all-Asian sorority. Through speaking engagements and leadership seminars, she aspires to help these girls prepare for the challenges of being a woman in the workforce.
Her time spent in Africa added a new desire in life: To becoming a humanitarian and conservationist.
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She continued to reiterate,“Know the challenges it brings and know your opponent.”A mantra that eventually helped her gain a stronger understanding of the financial industry, making it work for her again; becoming an advocate of how one should “work with people you trust and like.” Her time spent in Africa added a new desire in life: To becoming a humanitarian and conservationist. Her heart specifically focused on elephants and rhinos, she has worked with the Lawrence Anthony Foundation to shed light on the hunting and poaching of these animals. Through this advocacy, she hopes to help spread an environmentally conscious agenda to the masses. Another side project of hers includes raising awareness on African developments, including employment and community. And as if she weren’t busy enough, Weber found other ways to explore life. After a stint spent commercial modeling in the Philippines, she returned to the United States to become the guest host on WB11’s morning news, eventually moving on to host on Imagination TV. Although now the executive director at Ashmed PLC, a media firm focusing on United Kingdom-based music, she went on to create Juma, a financial recruitment firm with the goal of repatriating Africa, with Claus Smith-Solbakken. The organization hoped to take business executives to Africa and its resources, where these executives would fill roles to help define the community. Portions of revenue earned by Juma go directly back into the community by way of creating social programs to help them grow. An aspiring conservationist, aspiring humanitarian, business executive, model, author and pilot, Evelin Weber has learned to not accept defeat, working her way up the ranks of an industry that put her down until she learned how to play the game as someone to be reckoned with. •
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Branch Out with Asian Styled Accessories The awakening of spring seems to always bring out the loveliest of memories. Typically, this might mean those picnics in warmer weather, fruitier drinks (or stronger – who knows), flashy sunglasses and jogging through the park. But when challenged with what to wear on these fair-weathered days, people may find themselves questioning what to wear. And what exactly the hottest trends for the hottest weather are. By Elizabeth Lilly
ccessories are arguably the easiest way to add on an extra layer of style to your ensemble, especially during spring and summer months when less clothing is preferable and practical. With this loss of clothing, choose to load up on accessories of the moment. This season we are having an intense love affair with Indian-inspired wares. They’re graciously embellished, made in vibrant hues and boast all kinds of details demanding a closer glimpse. Ornamentation might be universal, but it just so happens the inhabitants of South Asia have an innate knack for accessorizing; so much so that a bevy of designers on this side of the world have begun creating pieces inspired by this remarkable people. May we suggest these fabulous finds.
jewels reign supreme for a reason; they’re delicate and feminine. Recently, they’ve received a massive makeover by U.S. jewelers. (Can anyone say Coachella?) Try the Geometric Comb Cuff Earring at Urbanoutfitters.com for $19.
Bracelet-Ring Multitaskers Mixing and matching bracelets with rings is definitely in style right now. Snaps of arm parties flood Instagram, and finding which bracelet perfectly clashes with which cuff is the most math some creatives have done in years. As much as we adore mixing and matching, one can never discount a single piece of multitasking jewelry that also makes a substantial statement. In the heat of the city, it can be a stylish blessing to rock one intense piece, rather than sweat through a wrist full of friendship bracelets. These combination jewelry baubles hark back to the bridal look we adore so much. Except, this is the only ring you need to rock on your finger. Try the Vanessa Mooney Aquarian Bracelet at VanessaMooney.com for $85.
Elegant, Embellished Sandals
Colorful Lobe Grazers If South Asian fashion is known for anything, it’s vibrant colors and designs. It’s tempting to fall into the New York City fashion trap and sport all back, all the time (even during the ungodly heat of summer). However, inspiring colorful jewelry designs can add vibrancy to any all-black attire. These Miguel Ases Cup Beaded Earrings deliver a major dose of color with pink jade stone and sparkling crystals. (And a little 14k gold and Swarovski crystals never hurt anyone.) Available at Shopbop.com for $185.
Walking around in the city during the summer can get quite nasty—not every fashionista can afford cabs—so we love a heeled sandal that demands attention. Marchesa showed an Indian-inspired collection for S/S ’13 that was chocked full of sandals with ornate beading and embellishment. Even though these would make perfect sandals for dancing on the town, we dare you to style them for brunch or grazing the beauty counters at Barney’s. Marchesa’s coral sandals would brighten up an all-denim look, and their gold stunners would look chic while shopping for wall art at Brooklyn Flea. Go for a little extra embellishment when it comes to your sandals. They’re like jewelry for your feet! •
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myCULTURE Magazine explores and celebrates the rich cultural diversity shaping fashion and our lives in the great metropolis we call New Yor...
Published on Apr 20, 2013
myCULTURE Magazine explores and celebrates the rich cultural diversity shaping fashion and our lives in the great metropolis we call New Yor...