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.
China Fashion Week without Guo Pei, the leading Couturier from Beijing and the first iconic Chinese luxury brand NE-Tiger was like soup without salt. Frankly, most runway shows featured were rather unexciting and lacked talking points. There’s still a long way to go for young Chinese designers to sharpen their competitive edge for securing a position on the world fashion stage. It literally surprised me in a negative way when a model appeared on the runway in a girly pink frilled bikini holding the Hello Kitty doll in her hands. It wasn’t a toy fair after all was it? I’m sure it wasn’t a childrenswear show either. I keep my fingers crossed that it won’t get treated like a laughing stock in front of the foreign press.
In spite of this, I could still spot some goodies such as a Mongolian boqtaq inspired headpiece and an ethnic pompon basket to complete the multicolored ethnic tribal style, which is my favorite way to dress up these days. I saw at least a little ray of hope at this point.
Photo courtesy of “Fashion Beauty Makeup”
La Mode by GV Miao highly recommends young designers/design students from China, Hong Kong and Macau to join the Fashion‧Terracotta Warrior Inspired Fashion Design Competition co-organized by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) and PolyU’s Institute of Textiles and Clothing. It’s a precious opportunity for young designers to make full use of their imagination and creativity to come up with a design which truly reflects their personality while exuding the essence of Chinese culture inspired by the famous Terracotta sculpture army of Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang.
Even if you’re not from China, fashion enthusiasts like you should keep up with the contest updates and get ready for the birth of a design star.
Designers let’s get into a time machine and travel back to the Qin Dynasty to experience a creative journey in search of Chinese civilization we inherit.
I give my full support to designers who embrace Chinese culture as always, and to fulfill my blog’s mission, I’m so willing to bring the potential ones to the world’s attention.
So why wait? Action now!
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