— December 29, 2011 —
A few months ago, our marketing manager, Sam, developed an obsession with the images of Yves Saint Laurent's long-time muse, Marisa Berenson. Simultaneously, those in our office have also recently developed a major girl-crush on retro songstress, Lana Del Rey. Yves SaintLaurent went through a period in the 70's when he becameenamoredof a certain kind of beauty: that tragic, mysterious, gorgeous girl whose motto seemed to be live fast, die young. Well, Lana Del Rey very much seems to be channelling Marisa Berenson lately with a hedonistic (and tragic) music video for her new single, Born to Die. She even goes so far as to emulate one of Berenson's most iconic images, with a headpiece made out of large flowers in her hair. So we ask you: who wore it best? Lana or Marisa? Decide for yourself. Whatever the answer is, we think this is a sure sign of a new trend brewing...
Lana Del Rey performs her latest single, Born to Die.
Marisa Berenson in her version of a flowery headpiece.
— December 22, 2011 —
She's one of our favourite new rising stars in the modelling industry, known for her China-doll face, soft sweet voice and unaffected personality. Ju Xiao Wen hails from China and has been modelling for several years now, but has just recently become a "big deal" this year. She's appeared as the face of Taiwanese design powerhouse Shiatzy Chen and is also one of the current faces of Lane Crawford's Fall 2011 campaign, featuring a stunning group of five top Chinese models working in the business today. We caught up with Xiao Wen for an interview at The British Fashion Council's London Show Rooms event in Hong Kong; she was there as a guest of VOGUE China, in town to shoot an editorial feature on British Fashion for the magazine's big February 2012 issue. Xiao Wen tells us and HKHQ.tv a little bit about her personal style, her goals in life (incredibly down-to-earth, mind you) and how she hopes the London Fashion Week F/W '13 scheduling kerfuffle will be sorted out! Watch this face: she's about to blow up big time.
Video filmed, edited and produced by HKHQ.tv for Electric sekki.
Ju Xiao Wen, front row and centre in Lane Crawford's Fall 2011 campaign, alongside heavy hitting fellow Chinese models Liu Wen, Shu Pei, Ming Xi and Fei Fei Sun.
Ju Xiao Wen (left) in a Richard Nicoll Spring 2012 look at The British Fashion Council's London Show Rooms event in Hong Kong.
Ju Xiao Wen on Jonathan Saunder's Spring 2012 runway at London Fashion Week.
— December 20, 2011 —
Girls (and guys!) really go crazy for a red sole. Last night's party was definitely one of the big-ticket fashion events to round off a whirlwind 2011: Christian Louboutin's 20th Anniversary celebration in Hong Kong. The event space was decked out in all things red, the trademark colour of Louboutin's soles: Chinese red lanterns, red lights, red walls. They literally painted the town red. Louboutin has been to Hong Kong several times before, but this occasion was particularly special for him, as he was here to launch his first coffee table book celebrating twenty fabulous years in the business, aptly and simply titled Christian Louboutin. The book is a wonderfully beautiful look back at the designer's life and career, from the early days when he was just starting in the shoe business to his current fetish period, with lots of exclusive photographs and contributions from David Lynch and John Malkovich. It's the perfect Christmas present for all your shoe addict friends (you know they're out there)!
Last night Hong Kong's well-heeled crowd celebrated Christian Louboutin's 20th Anniversary with Mr Louboutin himself.
Mr Louboutin checking out his book in extra-large format!
Mr Louboutin... throughout the years! What a character, he always seems to enjoy life to its very fullest!
And, thanks to the amazing Joanna, Christian Louboutin's power PR in Asia, I got a pair of my shoes signed. Best Christmas gift ever; thanks Joanna!