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My Spirit Animal Shows Up At NYFW: Designer Alexander Wang’s Niece, Aila

September 14th, 2012 | 5 comments | Posted by Jen

I generally do not like excessively well-dressed children. Clarification: I generally do not like the parents of excessively well-dressed children, specifically their inability to keep their desperate aspirational spooge from spilling over onto their offspring in such an obvious way.

Don’t get me wrong. I like excessively well-dressed people. Grown-ups who have had a say in the matter of what they’re wearing (and have actually paid for what they’re wearing, too). And I do like cute kids’ clothes, I really do, and I don’t think a kid has to dress like Sesame Street just vomited on them, but when the way a child dresses starts to veer into “chic” or “cool” or what fashion people call “style,” I’m out. (Same goes for rock t-shirts on babies. Stop it with the Metallica and Beastie Boys and David Bowie shirts, all of you.)

So imagine my surprise when I saw pictures of designer Alexander Wang’s niece, Aila Wang, at this year’s New York Fashion Week, and found myself wondering if this 4 year-old wasn’t some kind of sartorial chosen one? Or, at the very least, my spirit animal:

Maybe it’s because she’s Asian and a total muffin, regardless of what she’s wearing. Maybe it’s because I want her entire outfit head-to-toe (Nike Free Runs with a python dress designed by her uncle?! Genius.) I don’t know. I’m so confused right now.

[via Buzzfeed]

[ElleUK.com: Was Liberty Ross or little Aila Wang the woman of the Alexander Wang show?]

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BABEWATCH [Fashion Week Edition]: Alexander Wang’s Amazian Jr. Niece

February 22nd, 2011 | 6 comments | Posted by Diana

Last week, I caught up with the goings-on of NY fashion week almost entirely through the musings of our pals The Fug Girls for NY Mag, who thankfully survived a 20-minute fashionista pileup at the Erin Fetherston show, multiple uses of those hideous Port-a-Johns in Lincoln Center, and about a zillion (which is probably a zillion too many) sightings of the newly-single Vanessa Hudgens:

Is this leather? Or pleather? Whateather; I hate it!

But aside from The Fug Girls’ fun anecdotes, stories about this annual fashion clusterfuck tend to just annoy and/or confuse me. Maybe I’m grouchy because I need a new bag. And some new booties. And a new brown pleather minidress. And I’m suffering from a raging case of lady hormones. And I’m freezing my arse off (LA’s in the 50s right now–but it feels like 37 degrees in my house), so looking at a bunch of skinny people with bare legs instead of winter coats in February in cold-ass New York just makes me feel COLDER.

Now London is celebrating its own Fashion Week, and I can’t seem to deal with it either. My fingers are freezing just as I type the word “fashion.” Is that why I can’t look at these pictures of you outside the Burberry show, Gemma Chang? Whoever you are? Who are you?

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

February 9th, 2011 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine

Nary Manivong was abandoned by his parents at the age of 14, leaving him and his siblings homeless. Today he’s a fashion designer showing a collection designed with Ally “Yes, My Dad Is Tommy” Hilfiger for Fashion Week, and the subject of the documentary, Dressed, now playing in New York City. [HuffPo]

The new It Bag? A murse! Luxury handbags from fashion houses such as Gucci, Burberry, and  Louis Vuitton are de rigueur status symbols for today’s affluent Chinese man. [LAT]

Jared Eng, creator of the popular gossip blogs Just Jared and Just Jared, Jr., shows that being a nice guy and a celebrity gossip blogger are not mutually exclusive. [NYT]

When Mark Zuckerberg unfriends you, he doesn’t fuck around: The Facebook founder has taken out a restraining order against Pradeep Manukonda, who’s stalked Zuckerberg at the Facebook offices and once at his home. [Gawker]

Italian fashion label Prada is planning to go public on the Hong Kong exchange. Their stock certificates are probably going to be gorge. [NYM]

Los Angeles-based musician Daniel Ho has two albums nominated for this year’s Grammy award for Hawaiian music. This is raising questions of authenticity among native Hawaiian musicians who’ve been overlooked in this category. [NYT]

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Intern Jasmine’s Links of the Daysian

September 15th, 2010 | 1 comment | Posted by jasmine

This commercial for Nissan’s electric car (and former BABEWATCH), the LEAF, is strange and affecting. Effective. [HuffPo]

Cathy Horyn of The New York Times wrote that designer Alexander Wang “is not a great designer” when reviewing his spring/summer 2011 collection. That is so wrong!  [NYT]

Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of New York has been hearing reports of the queer API community being kept out of certain clubs in New York City. If this bullshit has happened to you, report it to GAPIMNY online. [GAPIMNY]

Party people! Hyphen Magazine‘s release party for issue #21, The New Legacy issue, is this Friday night at Mighty in San Francisco. [Hyphen]

Asian-American students continue to outperform other SAT test takers, the only group to see gains in scores since last year. So does the A in “SAT” stand for “Amazian”? [WSJ]

Thanks, Jason!

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Nicole Scherzinger on Racial Drag

September 8th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen
The Pussycat Dolls at NY Fashion Week’s Fashion Rocks last Friday


Nicole Scherzinger on wearing a sari:

“This is my first time in a sari because somebody told me Bollywood is really hot right now. It feels amazing but not quite as sexy as latex pants. I feel like a whole nother person. I put this on and I feel so beautiful and just in touch with all the different cultures and backgrounds that I’m made of. And now for an awkward, non-sequiter shout-out to my fans: Just be true to yourself and stay beautiful.

…I’m so honored if people think that I’m Indian or look Indian instead of a plastic surgery nightmare. Growing up…I didn’t always have a lot of people to look up to who looked like me [cue world's smallest violin]. And I love that everywhere I go [everywhere??--Ed.], even in India, people think, wow, she belongs to us. [Please, for the love of God, India--take this crazy bitch off our hands.--Ed.]


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When Worlds Collide: Lindsay, Sam, and Our Hardass Asian Moms Go to Fashion Week

September 7th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen
Lindsay Lohan with Samantha Ronson (front row) and Diana’s Mom with Jen’s Mom (back row)


DIANA’S MOM: Stuck in the second row. And behind this girl with so many freckles and her skinny boyfriend. Ghê quá! Who are these people? What do they do? I thought they put movie stars in the front row.

JEN’S MOM: And loyal customers. Like us.

DIANA’S MOM: Not anymore they don’t. How things have changed. Young people these days–no respect.

JEN’S MOM: I’m never coming to Fashion Week again. After this, Fashion Week is dead to me. I disown Fashion Week like I did Jennifer when she told me she wanted to be a writer.

DIANA’S MOM: Like Diana, when she told me she wasn’t going to medical school. Or law school. Or not even…architecture school.

JEN’S MOM: Not even architecture school?! Ai ya.

DIANA’S MOM: (shakes head) I know. Such a waste. She could have been bigger than Maya Lin. But instead she chose…er…

JEN’S MOM: What do our daughters do again?

DIANA’S MOM: I have no idea.

JEN’S MOM: Me neither.

DIANA’S MOM & JEN’S MOM: (in unison) Such a waste.

Awkward silence.

DIANA’S MOM: Who are these people in front of us? Why do they get special treatment?

JEN’S MOM: As hard as it is to believe, Freckle Girl is a movie star. Well, she used to be, anyway. And that is her girlfriend. I don’t know what she does. She looks to me like a punk off the street.

DIANA’S MOM: That boy is a girl?! Are you trying to give me a heart attack?

JEN’S MOM: I read it in the Chinese newspaper. They are girlfriend-girlfriend.

DIANA’S MOM: They were in the Chinese newspaper? I don’t believe you. That is a boy.

JEN’S MOM: Ai ya. I’m telling you. That is a girl.

DIANA’S MOM: What about that haircut?!

JEN’S MOM: Don’t ask me. It’s today’s “fashion.” Girls look like boys, boys look like girls, girls date girls, boys date boys, the gay can get married…

DIANA’S MOM: Ghê quá! The world is changing so fast.

JEN’S MOM: Changing for the worse, if you ask me.

DIANA’S MOM: At least our daughters don’t have girlfriends.

JEN’S MOM: And they’ll give us grandchildren one day.

DIANA’S MOM: That’s the least they could do. (beat) But what if they want to focus on…um…

JEN’S MOM: Whatever it is that they do, instead of giving us grandchildren?

DIANA’S MOM: Uh-huh.

More awkward silence.

JEN’S MOM: Ai ya!

DIANA’S MOM: Ghê quá!

JEN’S MOM & DIANA’S MOM: (in unison) Such a waste!

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Rock the Vote…Again

February 6th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

It’s the Wednesday after Super Tuesdaysian, and I’m feeling a comedown after all that hooha, aren’t you? What better way is there to ease the bumpy ride than to vote again? Can I get an amen?!?

New York Fashism Week kicked off last weekend, and the D-listers and social climbers have been out in force. One such sublebrity showed up at the Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony launch party Monday. Can you guess who it was?

(The last time we voted ’round here, it was to determine whether or not Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles star Summer Glau is a rice girl. Click here to view the results. It was as close as Missouri.)

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