Photographer: Lucas Huang
Photo taken at New York Asian Fashion Week Extravaganza produced by Vicki Victoire (Gwen Vikkey Miao) of La Mode by GV Miao – an Oriental Perspective – http://la-mode-by.gvmiao.com/
WHAT GOT YOU INTO FASHION BLOGGING?
I first set up my blog in 2010. I guess it was my enthusiasm for fashion,faith in the power of originality, and passion for emerging designers. I used to be a fashion marketer and visual merchandiser for a few brands such as Ralph Lauren and TSE New York. I have a feeling that bloggers from all over the world are doing more or less the same thing. Being conscious of my Chinese heritage, I tend to make my blog unique and genuine by specializing myself in oriental-inspired fashion with eastern motifs cross-fertilizing western styles which brings an exotic feel to it. You will find my blog exceptionally different from the majority of bloggers’ in terms of style, themes and choice of topics.
WHAT IS THE MAIN PURPOSE OF YOUR BLOG?
I’ve set myself the mission of exploring the emerging fashion markets in the East and bringing any potential Asian designers, especially Hong Kong designers to the world’s attention since I started blogging 4 years ago. Considering that their lack of financial resources is always a major obstacle for many prodigious young Asian/Hong Kong designers to moving their career goals one step forward, I feel an urge to spread the word about the best up-and-coming designers from Hong-Kong,China,Japan, Korea, etc. and make the name of our future design stars known,and their works seen as their talents deserve to be valued. That paved the way for the launch of my September’s debut New York Asian Fashion Week Extravaganza – fashion show(https://www.facebook.com/newyorkasianfashionweekextravaganza) initiated and organized in the name of my blog. In addition, my blog aims at providing a platform for fashionistas to comment on their favorite oriental/ethnic/folklore designs and express their views on fashion of an oriental theme. Followers are encouraged to leave words about what they think “orientalism” may possibly mean,and what necessary elements should be there to make it oriental fashion.
WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING PART OF HAVING YOUR BLOG?
The most exciting part lies in heaps of opportunities to travel to different places and meet up with some most brilliant creative talents from all over the world that have come to me, which have broadened my scope of horizons in fashion, art and culture. Also, the satisfaction and happiness of being the first one to discover and share hidden fashion treasures are beyond words.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING?
To maintain authenticity and genuinity of the blog without turning it into another advertising platform for brands.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA?
By traveling, my annual overseas fashion trip – FashionCamp Milano in 2011, International Fashion Days in Kiev, Ukraine in 2012, a visit to and an interview with Hollywood’s celebrated up-and-coming Swiss couture designer Stephanie Burkhalter in her studio in Milan last year, and the latest New York Asian Fashion Week Extravaganza has inspired me to consistently come up with some exclusive and one-of-a-kind subject matter for my blog. My next stop in 2015 is Paris Fashion Week.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT HONG KONG FASHION?
Dynamism, creativity, designers’ unreserved devotion, dareness, and what’s more, a particular role that played by the impact of east-meets-west culture as a result of postcolonialism on one’s design.
WHO IS YOUR READER?
My readers are those who know exactly what style suits themselves best and will never follow trends too much. Trends fade but style stays.