A fashion blogger of Chinese origin born in Denver, Colorado first started her blog with a review of the ten best in the “Big Four” fashion weeks Spring/Summer 2010 in January, 2010. In the following month, she set up a fan page on Facebook reaching more than 4,000 followers today. Miao has lived a kind of nomadic lifestyle between Hong Kong and Taiwan, Taiwan and Perth, Perth and Europe and so on since she was a child. Her multicultural background has exposed her to various lifestyles and different attitudes towards fashion yet even strengthened her motherland ties and her pride in being Chinese. Having worked in visual merchandising and marketing for the brands such as Ralph Lauren and TSE New York, Miao was trained to have a good eye on fashion and luxury goods. She doesn’t believe fashion as an individual entity, it has got to be linked up with history and culture. Miao is especially keen on the design inspired by oriental aesthetics. She sees it kind of her mission to bring any talented Chinese/Asian designers to the world’s attention.
Realizing the blogging market is so over-saturated, which means fashion bloggers from all over the world are doing more or less the same thing. Miao, being conscious of her Chinese heritage, tends to make her blog unique and genuine by specializing herself in oriental-inspired fashion with eastern motifs cross-fertilizing western styles which brings an exotic feel to it. While most bloggers are keeping an eye on the traditional “Big Four” fashion cities in the West and craving for the latest news about Karl Lagerfeld, Miao is exploring the emerging fashion markets in the East and helps spread the word about the best up-and-coming designers from China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, etc. On top of that, La Mode by GV Miao provides 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 also welcome to leave words about what they think “orientalism” may possibly mean, and what necessary elements should be there to make it oriental fashion. Miao, in addition to being a keen admirer of the glitz and glamour of oriental style, celebrates antique and vintage fashion in her blog. What makes each historical piece special and appealing is the story behind them. It is indeed an interesting experience to feel like having gone through a nostalgia phase when blogging about vintage.
Though it has been a year, I got the chance to watch the official video of #Ukraine #InternationalFashionDays 2012 (#IFDs, Kiev) just now. It brought back my every single memorable moment of this once in a life time #fashion experience, and I feel like it is worth sharing with my dear followers. Reputable #designers, #fashion #editors and #fashionistas from all over the world including myself as the only #blogger based in #HongKong being invited who attended the 5-day event were interviewed by #FashionOne. Click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2_2ffDeWcE&feature=player_embedded to see the full video. You’ll find me right at the beginning conducting the master class and from 8:00 onwards in front of the camera. Thank you once again, the founders of #Ukraine #InternationalFashionDays 2012, Ukrainian #designer duo Myroslava & Orysia Zubachyk (Myroslava/Orysia) for such an unbelievably amazing project. I hope we’ll catch up soon in #Europe.
It was the first time ever that I felt so close to a #fashionlista friend and a follower who is a thousand miles away from me. Thank you an American designer, Mrs. Tamiko Browne once again for participating in La Mode by GV Miao Year-End Gratitude Giveaway Campaign 2012 (#gvmiaogiveaway12). I hope my one-of-a-kind La Mode by GV Miao 2nd #Anniversary canvas shopper bag would bring you luck and a lot of joy. You looked marvelous carrying the bag. May all your wishes come true in #2013! I look forward to meeting you in #HongKong in June.
Further to my last visit to Popup Shop @Bisous Hong Kong where I explored Viniga’s Fall/Winter entire black collection by a passionate and spontaneous designer friend from South Africa Brigitte Mitchell, I attended Viniga’s latest cocktails at Brigitte’s studio in November, and had my first glimpse of the proto samples of Spring/Summer 2013 collection. To respect the designer’s wish not to disclose her new designs until all details are finalized for the official photo shoot, I didn’t snap any pictures of any pieces from the new collection except of a white beaded collar dress picked by the designer. The beaded collar trend that rocked last season will still continue through next Spring/Summer. No no no Viniga is not just about black and white. Brigitte waves bye to all black style and says hi to bold, colorful looks to receive the blossom season. You’ll be stunned by her experiments with bright and loud colors. Delicate materials like organza and chiffon are widely used sewn with exquisite details as what Viniga is known for. Itching to see the collection up close and personal? Pictures always worth a thousand words. I’m looking forward to blog live from the photo shoot. Brigitte, please keep me posted. To be continued, until the photo shoot kicks off.