July 14, 2017

I Spy With My Big Red Eye

I spy with my big red eye.


I'm not going to lie: I'm a trend follower. But wait–why should I feel ashamed for liking trends?! Yes, following trends just to be accepted by society can be really silly. However, if you feel that you genuinely like a trend, why pretend that you aren't interested in it? Originality isn't about staying the same. In order to find your style, you have to go through a lot of phases and trends by picking up the ones you like and leaving behind the ones you don't. Your style is essentially what you've curated over the years after trying out different things.

In this case, I love red, and I'm glad that it has become a hot color (lol) in the fashion world which means more red options for me! I'm pretty much obsessed with anything that is red. The Y2K trend is also continuing to grow, and while I initially disliked this comeback, I am starting to embrace the fun behind it (those tiny sunglasses though?!). It's so ugly that it's kind of cute... I recently finished Gilmore Girls which ran from 2000 to 2007 which might have helped me warm up to the trend. Am I the only one that isn't into the Gilmore Girls revival?

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July 5, 2017

Kenzo Featured An All-Asian Cast For Its S/S 2018 RTW Show

Recently, Kenzo featured an all-Asian cast for its S/S 2018 RTW show which I find interesting simply because of the lack of Asian models found in the fashion industry. The show featured not only Japanese models but Korean and Chinese models as well. According to Kenzo's instagram, the designers kept muses Sayoko Yamaguchi and Ryuichi Sakamoto in mind as they were designing this collection. Sayoko Yamaguchi was Kenz┼Ź Takada's original muse while Ryuichi Sakamoto is the house's modern inspiration. According to another post, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim "felt like it would be really beautiful and poetic to cast a full Asian cast and celebrate the heritage of the brand." I, too, think it is beautiful.





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July 4, 2017

Pretend you're a character in an indie film.

Pretend you're a character in an indie film.


I have gotten way too obsessed with online shopping which obviously isn't productive, so I decided to channel my shopping addiction towards making Polyvore sets. I'm not really great at making them, but I thought it would be fun to try anyway. This set features two trends that I've been really into: red and raw hems. I already have a black button-up denim skirt, but I've been itching to buy one with a raw hem like the one above. I'm also looking for some sunglasses with red lenses. I've never owned a pair of glasses that I have liked, but this trend is too cool to pass up!

So... pretend you're a character in an indie film. What does that even mean? Well, I really only named the set that because there's an "admit one" ticket, pencil shavings, and a paint-swatched background. With the latter two elements being artsy, I thought I would go through that "indie/tumblr/hipster" rout to name the set. However, I think the title could just be simplified to Live like you're in a movie, meaning that you should avoid living stagnantly! It's so incredibly easy to accept your current conditions. "Oh, it's not that bad." Never settle for less. You only live life once so you might as well make the best of it, right? Of course, you don't want to romanticize things too much, but it's important to go outside, try new things, and make mistakes. That way, you'll experience new things and learn from them.

This has been something I have been struggling to keep in mind lately as recent events have given me second thoughts. More often than not, many situations do not have one right or wrong way to act. It's really important to tend to your needs as while keeping up with your responsibilities, so don't just work to feed your family or gain a particular status in society or give up on your hopes and dreams for the sake of being "responsible." Only you know your situation, so don't act on the opinions of those who have never stepped in your shoes.

Note: If the owners of these images would like me to remove these images from my blog, I will be happy to do so! Just shoot an e-mail at mail@lucypham.com, and I will do so quickly.

July 3, 2017

Vietnam International Fashion Week S/S 2017

Hey there! This post is actually several months late because Vietnam International Fashion Week (VIFW) was held during April 25th to the 28th. However, I still decided to post about VIFW because I wanted to highlight the growth of the fashion industry in the motherland! I believe that not all of these labels are founded by Vietnamese designers, but the existence of a fashion industry in Vietnam is really all that matters to me. This is my biggest fashion week "recap" as of now; I have spent a lot of time cutting out each and every individual paper doll (fifty-five in total!). Anyway, I will be highlighting some of my favorite looks in each show:

21 Six by Sandy Doan
I'm reeaaaally into (traditionally) feminine looks right now... The pink dress with it's puffy ruched sleeve, collar, and pleats is everything I could've asked for in a traditionally feminine dress. I've also been insanely attracted to and obsessed with the color red. It's a fire-y and passionate color; it's no wonder that it's been trending. The last two looks incorporate both femininity and the color red!

Betty Tran


So... I love florals.
Confession: I've never seen or read The Devil Wears Prada.
Fine Miranda Priestly, but you have to admit, these dresses aren't bad! They are a little boring (in my opinion), but considering how new the fashion industry is in Vietnam, this is a small preview of what is to come in the future! As an outsider, it is easy to glance over Vietnam as one of the world's impoverished countries. I have no idea what the fashion and entertainment industry is like there (Chau Bui is my only source of information. Love that girl.), but you can tell just from the existence and scale of Vietnam International Fashion Week that there are budding talents and passionate people pushing for an expansion of Vietnam's art scene.

Canifa by Le Ha

This is perfect for resort season. The straw hats, espadrilles, and the the blue shades all remind me of the ocean! This is a little J.Crew for me (not that there is anything wrong with J.Crew, but it's marketed towards older women), but considering how it is currently summer in the United States (and in Vietnam!), it works.

Devon London
This collection is super fun! The diving helmet (or astronaut?) gives off avant-garde vibes. The utilization of wires to make the paper airplanes float is also really something! This collection reminds me of Lazy Oaf, just because of the quirkiness of the brand. The orange suit also pops with the stitch detail. Orange has been a trending color as well. I would imagine this suit pairing well with Old Skool Vans.

Do Long

This collection is a little prom-dressy for me. I mean, these would be really really nice prom dresses, but it doesn't scream "high fashion" to me. I do love glitter and sparkly things, but it's a been there-done that, ya know? Nonetheless, skills are definitely present here. The details are so intricate; it's obvious that these dresses were not made by elementary students. I thought I would share because these dresses would definitely be popular among the average American high school student.

Ha Linh Thu

This gives off Vivetta vibes. I love the bold colors, and the eye-makeup perfectly ties the looks all together. The red tights and gold heel combo in the first of the five looks reminds me of Gucci. I've been into bold colors lately which is one of the main reasons as to why I was drawn towards this collection.

Joao Rolo

Does this collection not remind you of the Paolo Sebastian collections? It could be more interesting, but it is still a beautiful collection.

Lie by Chung Chung Lee

This collection is one of my favorites out of the ones I have seen from VIFW because of the pastel color palette, details (I've been obsessed with textual elements these days), and overall feminine vibe. The femininity is balanced by some of the more androgynous silhouettes and pieces. The colorful eyebrows are also cool!

Third

If anyone is into the whole norm-core x athleisure trend, this collection is for you. This collection definitely reminds me of the many Korean streetwear brands that have been popping up lately such as Adererror, O!Oi, Dim. E Cres., and a BAJILLION MORE. I'm serious; copy-cat brands have been popping up all over the place. Anyway, I'm really digging this norm-core x athleisure trend, so I can't really hate on them.

Thuy Design House

I quite like Thuy Design House, and I have recognized them as being one of my favorite fashion houses from Vietnam ever since I started following VIFW. I love the use of illustrative prints in the both past designs and in this collection. The collection overall has a very regal feel due to the materials, the vibrant colors, the extravagancy and the obvious Asian themes featured throughout this collection. The shoes are also wicked as heck.

Xuan Haute Couture

This collection is also one of my favorites. It's airy, light, and fresh. It's just perfect!

So, that was it for Vietnam International Fashion Week S/S 2017! As for this blog, I'm not really sure what I plan to do with it yet. I've been having some trouble figuring out what I want to do in the future, so I am expecting that this blog will end up turning into my own personal playground for me to experiment with different endeavors, topics, etc (not that it already isn't, but things may end up becoming hectic and crazy here and there!). x.

June 15, 2017

Your Next Statement Piece: Rembrandt x Vosk Studios

I've been on the lookout for a new bag recently. While my current bag (a simple black tote from Korean brand Alice Martha) is literally perfect for everyday use due to its perfect size and style, I've been wanting a substantial statement piece that can still be used often. Clothes can be too expensive of an investment for a statement piece because it's easy to get tired of them, and they might be difficult to wear with a lot of the things I currently own. Shoes are more likely to become worn down, and jewelry has the risk of being too big or too little of a statement piece which renders them to become bad investment purchases also. Bags are the perfect statement pieces because they are (usually) practical, and the selection of styles is so large that there must be a perfectly good statement piece that exists.

Despite this large selection, I've had trouble looking for such an item. However, I think I have found the best solution to my situation so far:
Click on the photo to enlarge (images 1/2/3 by Vosk Studios).

Isn't this so COOL?! I came across Vosk Studios which is a book-clutch brand on Instagram, and I scrolled down their page out of curiosity. To my delight, I discovered this amazing bag which features a fine art painting with a red border and "STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST" centered in the middle. I believe this was their submission for the Rijkmuseum's 2017 International Rijksstudio Award. It's a winner in my book (pun not intended but also kind of intended)!

I recently became increasingly interested in fine art and art history (check out @artgarments on Instagram!), so I was very excited about this. This also reminded me of Louis Vuitton's recent collaboration with Jeff Koons (an artist) which featured fine art paintings (such as the Mona Lisa!) printed on bags with very simple and classic Louis Vuitton motifs as well as the artist's surname in gold or silver hardware (in the case of the Mona Lisa bag, the name would be "Van Gogh"). I was not personally interested in the collection, but if you wanted something from the collection that you couldn't afford, this bag could be a great alternative for you since this bag also features fine art. Of course, I'm not saying that Vosk Studios copied Louis Vuitton since they actually revealed this bag months before Louis Vuitton did. I also prefer Vosk Studio's bag because of it's simplicity, size, shape, and the phrase, "Steal like an artist."

The painting on the bag is titled Portrait of a Woman, Possibly Maria Trip, 1939 by Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. It is a 42 1/10 x 32 3/10 inch-oil painting on a panel and found at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
Wikimedia Commons
If you want to buy this bag, feel free to just contact them on Instagram or Etsy as it is not sold directly on their Etsy store. You can also check out the rest of their book clutch collection on Etsy if you're more interested in a more traditional-style book clutch. The covers they use for their book clutches are redesigned book covers (such as The Wizard of Oz, Vogue, and Romeo and Juliet) by other artists. It is really cool to see artists collaborate with each other.

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored at all. I was not asked to write this post, and all opinions expressed are personal and true. I'm just really excited about this bag!

June 14, 2017

Why We Need Diversity (and Accurate Representation) in the Media

Photo by Kristina Mordokhovitch (2012)

Diversity on New York Fashion Week's (NYFW) runways have been (mostly) increasing according to The Fashion Spot's Diversity Report for the F/W 2017 shows with F/W 2016 (last year) being the most diverse season in the history of NYFW. The report looked at the castings of major New York shows of the F/W 2017 season to find that 31.5% of the castings were non-white. In comparison to the S/S 2015 shows (less than three years ago) where The Fashion Spot found that 20.9% of the looks featured non-white models, the fashion industry has made great strides in order to increase the level of diversity in its runway shows. However, the other remaining models are white, so having 68.5% of white models in comparison to the 20.9% of nonwhite models means that there is still a big gap. While the fashion industry has become more diverse, this does not mean that the road to diversity is over. I am not trying to downplay the fashion industry's progress because it is still good progress, but it's necessary to discuss the reasonings behind increasing diversity* in order to continue making progress.

The lack of diversity in the media means that the audience is less likely to be exposed to different types of people which sustains (particularly negative) stereotypes or taboos of these minority groups. For instance, a "comedian" in South Korea used blackface along with a brown zip-up hoodie under a sleeveless leopard-print top with a feathery "headdress." The comedian did receive criticism from Korean viewers for the offensive "costume" (Note: Don't wear other races/cultures as a costume EVER, and this includes Indians/Native Americans), but it is almost surprising at all that blackface still continues to exist in this time and day, especially in a first world nation like South Korea. Looking at South Korea's demographics however, you'll find that it is a very homogenized country meaning that conversations of racism isn't as common in South Korea as it is in the United States. Because most South Korean citizens are not experiencing this issue on a day-to-day basis, people don't bring it up (because why would you be racist to your own race, you know?). While their demographics does not excuse acts of blackface, this does emphasize the importance of exposure (and education).

Speaking of excuses, South Korea's use of blackface in the media does not excuse the American media's tendency to portray certain minority groups as violent criminals which is equally as bad, if not worse, than the blatancy of blackface. While exposure to different minority groups is important, the portrayals of these different minority groups must be accurate or more positive in order to make a positive difference. This means that we can't cast black actors and actresses only for criminal roles and call that "diversity." This isn't to say that Hollywood can't cast black actors and actresses for those roles at all, but it is disturbing to see many instances of black actors and actresses being casted in villainous roles rather than lead roles (which is almost always occupied by white actors). Because the stereotype of black people being criminals already exists, the media's use of black actors for such roles further strengthens the power of the stereotype in our culture as well as international audiences (especially homogenized ones). This portrayal of criminals using black actors is likely one of the factors that have led to the police brutality against the African American community.

In the fashion world specifically, the presence of models of color is needed because the fact of the matter is that the media shapes our biases. While physical beauty isn't necessarily important, it isn't something that can simply just go away because the media is always going to exist, and there will always be some kind of standard. At least, however, we can try to encourage self love by normalizing (but also praising) what should be considered normal and beautiful, such as the features of people of color. As we know, a majority of the models featured in the fashion industry are white models which means that the industry is sending out a message that light skin (and other features found in white people) is the standard of beauty.

Not all modern standards of beauty originate from the Western fashion industry. For instance, pale skin has always been a standard of beauty in many Asian cultures because historically, poor workers would have to work out in the sun while royalty would remain in their palaces. However, the Western media does have an influence on continuing to push such standards which can be seen in the lack of diversity in Asian models and influencers (many of them being of East Asian descent). Many of the top models are Chinese (Ju Xiao Wen, Liu Wen, Ming Xi, Sun Fei Fei, Sui He) so they begin to represent the Asian population when in reality, the Asian population is incredibly diverse physically and culturally.

It is not enough to put a few models on the cover of a "diversity issue" while, in the same issue, using a white model in a Japanese-inspired editorial photoshoot (I'm looking at YOU Vogue March 2017!!!). It is not enough to use models of color for a glorified diversity issue, and then using Kendall Jenner for a special edition of Vogue India. Essentially, we need to reach a point where diversity is normal and the use of a model of color doesn't make a cover innovative and radical simply due to the rarity of such usage.

*Race/ethnicity isn't the only form of diversity that we need, but age, gender, religious, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, body type, and socioeconomic diversity as well.

Also, as always, sorry for any spelling or grammar mistakes. I'm simply too lazy to go through and fix any errors. However, if there are any critical mistakes or corrections that should be made (or even minor ones, I don't care), please let me know.

April 25, 2017

Fashion Revolution Week


If you haven't heard, Fashion Revolution Week is taking place right now! It is essentially a week which focuses on bringing awareness on issues within the fashion industry relating to the environment or the working conditions of garment workers.

Fashion Revolution came about after the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013 which was caused by a failure to repair or stop using the building after cracks were discovered. It resulted in the deaths of 1200+ people, all for the sake of creating incredibly cheap clothing. In order to spread awareness and prevent future tragedies such as this, the organization promotes change in transparency and the safety of garment workers during the anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy.

The goal of the organization isn't to shame those who love fashion. Instead, they are encouraging the combination of social justice and fashion by shopping ethically and calling fast fashion companies to make changes to their current business models or current conditions of their factories. Those who love fashion speak about themselves through their clothing. Do you want unsafe factory conditions and unsustainable shopping practices to be a part of your identity? Probably not, and this is an opportunity for you to start making changes in the way that you shop, even if it means just buying a lot less clothing from fast fashion brands (because I am very well aware that not everyone has the financial means to buy from ethical clothing brands).

Fashion Revolution has good resources to begin educating yourself on some of the negative impacts of the fashion industry and promote awareness of such impacts:

  • Check to see if there are any events near you that you could participate in.
  • If you are brand, wholesaler, or a retailer, find out how you can get involved in making a positive change, even if you are a small clothing maker on Etsy! (Tip: Download the "Get Involved" pack!).
  • Download the Action Kit which provides statistics and ways you could participate during Fashion Revolution Week such as writing a letter to a brand and ideas of events you could hold in your local area.
  • Download the "How To Be A Fashion Revolutionary" booklet which explains how fast fashion impacts its workers and the environment, things that need to be changed, and ways to become more knowledgable about the clothes that you are buying.
  • If you're a YouTube filmmaker, perhaps you might be interested in filming a video to promote thrifting or the appreciation of the clothes that you have purchased (which can be difficult to do in today's throw-away culture). Download the "Haulternative" or "Love Story" booklet if you're interested in doing so.
  • If you are an educator, you can get access to free resources here. Knowledge is power!
  • There are also several other resources such as campaign banners to upload on social media, posters, and other information about Fashion Revolution.
Anyway, I hope that was a good enough start! You can also follow them on their Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram for more updates on Fashion Revolution Week and the organization itself. Remember, there is absolutely no harm done in at least becoming more aware of the issues within the fashion industry. Be sure to assess your current spending and consumption habits throughout the rest of this week and beyond; changing those habits might actually end up benefiting you so much more than you realize! ♡

Images courtesy of Fashion Revolution. I was not asked to write this post, nor am I getting any sort of monetary gain from writing it. I just simply love fashion and social justice is really important!

January 1, 2017

Dear 2017

A little collage thing I made in my Moleskine on July 30th, 2016.

I've tried writing this like five times now, and I can't seem to express what I'm thinking in my head into words right now.

Instead, I just summed up my wishlist for 2017 into a few bullet points or more:

  • I will only buy the material goods that actually bring joy to my life (in other words, be a smarter shopper).
  • Live in the moment!!!
  • Focus less on school, and focus more on being creative (sounds odd... usually people focus more on school...).
  • Be more confident in myself and my abilities.
  • Take more pictures. They are fun to look back on!
  • March to the beat of my own drum.
Sincerely,
Lucy