Best Fashion Bloggers Who Happen to be Asian UPDATED (and Kate Lanphear)
I’ve been up way too late on many nights surfing the web and my indulgence lately has been fashion street style photo blogs. It started off innocently enough with being the last person on the planet to discover The Sartorialist. Then, I met his chic French girlfriend, another amazing fashion blogger, Garance Doré, and then it spiraled into checking out her blogroll. And then from those blogs, their blog rolls too. Along the way, I found that many of my favorite blogs were created by Asian Americans and my poster child for most amazing fashion blogger is Citizen Couture.
This is why he epitomizes, for me, the reason why I created this blog: to celebrate Asian American creativity and the path less taken! Here’s his story (and he tells it best himself):
“My name is Jason Jean and I’m a former tax professional turned freelance photographer.* After several years in the public accounting industry while diagnosed with juvenile glaucoma and becoming partially blind, I decided to explore my creative side that was suppressed since childhood. I started shooting mid-2008 and fell in love with capturing style/fashion while connecting with various inspirational people throughout the world.”
*I can’t find him on LinkedIn but he worked at a Big 6 Accounting Firm and probably has a C.P.A or was well on his way towards one (I think you need to log something like 2000 hours of accounting at a Big Six firm). There is also mention of him working at a Wall Street Investment Bank.
He came to this creative place by way of accounting while dealing with partial blindness and he takes the most gorgeous photo portraits. Amazing given that he gets about ten seconds to set up his shot!
So, to showcase these fashion bloggers, I am showing you shots that each of these bloggers took of another fashion discovery that I made while reading their blogs: Style Star Kate Lanphear. She’s the Style Director at Elle Magazine and has legions of followers who love her elegant punk chic style. And, from what the bloggers say, she’s the nicest person ever. It’s interesting too, to see how each blogger captures Kate. You can get a real sense of their blogs from seeing their shots of the same person.
What is your favorite fashion blog?
Jason has insider fashion knowledge and has a “less is more” approach. His talent lies in creating portraits of the Fashionista Insiders and he is able to capture their personalities as well as their outfits.
Tommy Ton is the ultimate fashion insider. Not only does he have an encyclopedic knowledge of fashion (he can ID any item on the person he shoots) but he knows the editors, designers, models, and stylists. He has a distinct photo style and often captures a detail like the heel of an amazing shoe. I spotted some cool photos in Harper’s Bazaar the other day, and, of course, they were his.
I love this blog but it pretty much just features blogger Rumi Neely who looks like a model but is also a stylist and über blogger. Her boyfriend Colin takes the shots. This is my favorite one. I like the way she writes. Her posts come off as wryly self deprecating and intelligent. She also always looks great and is credited with creating the term, “shoe porn.” Yep, she loves shoes. The higher the better it seems!
Rumi is the “shoppiest” out of these outfits with an eye of a serious fashion curator shopping and mixing up both high and low. The combination stylist, model, and blogger is a powerful trifecta. Expect to see more of her in the media. She’s gonna be BIG! TV show? Her own line? The sky’s the limit for her.
“I feel like it’s so stupidly me to be posting about a sweater in the middle of summer but this is one of my absolute favorite purchases I’ve made lately. Isabel Marant’s knits this past season were so basic and perfect and I’m already zeroing in on a few pieces from her fall collection that look promising. I’m so inspired lately by almost normal to a fault but clothes that can be worn every day. Also making me happy: that someone with a brain (at a photo shoot for Japanese brand OZOC) finally got ahold of my bangs and cut them in a way that makes sense. THANK YOU.” Her post on 7/3/11
BryanBoy is a friend of Rumi Neely. It does seem to be a very, VERY small world in the land of fashion blogging. Their blogs are part of the same consortium NowManifest and his blog is the most versatile of these blogs. He has videos, lengthy interesting text as well as stunning photos. Alas, he didn’t post on Kate Lanphear either so I used this shot of him instead.
StyleBubble by Suzy “Bubble” was nicknamed this moniker because she lived in her own fantasy fashion-y world as a child. She reminds of Anna Sui-meets-Cyndi Lauper if you gave this mash up a camera, a witty and intelligent voice that comes across in every post, and a bubbly personality. Her intelligence comes across as strongly as her love of fashion. She really, really, REALLY has fun dressing up every day; sometimes up to five outfits a day! She is less about shopping and spending as dressing-as-self-expression.
“It’s hard NOT to have a positive relationship with Acne. They annoyingly don’t get many things wrong. Lovely collections with lovely pieces that get worn until they start to shrivel up. Lovely stores. Lovely magazine. Lovely shows. Lovely events. Lovely people. You get the idea. ” StyleBubble, July 21, 2011.
You hear voice? Then add a Brit accent because she’s a Brit.
I’m not sure how Phil Oh does it, but he posts stylish people from all over the world. Philip Oh is now shooting for Vogue Magazine.
I’ve been following this blog for a while and I am always impressed with how meticulously turned out Nini Nguyen is. She’s gorgeous too! The only drawback to her blog is that she tends to wear couture designer labels so it’s not exactly what I would wear or need in real life. Still, it’s always fun to see what look she’s created. Fashion Porn!
Female Asian models have recently made strides in the high fashion world. Once just relegated to “check-off-the-diversity-box” category, Asian models have come into their own and now are gaining super model status. This is chronicled in Asian Models blog which tracks both male and female models and their work both in print and down the runway.