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Best Asian Inspired Decor and DIY with One Special Element

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Image from Harper’s Bazaar. Photo Credit Douglas Freidman.

I posted previously on Vera Wang’s new, gorgeous Los Angeles Post Modern Minimalist house using photos from the real estate site. What’s so amazing is that now that Vera has moved in, she’s kept the decor minimalist but added that Asian tweak using just one accent piece. In this case, it’s an enormous bonsai tree.

With one key accent piece in mind, I searched for moderately priced pieces to bring an Asian element into any decor. What’s great about Asian inspired accents is how well they seem to work with any styles or periods. If you are DIY type, you can add an element of Asian home decor yourself using these photos for inspiration.

p.s More picture of Vera Wang’s house here and a post about her tiger mom upbringing here.

Bonsai

A bonsai plant makes an elegant and noticeable statement when it’s large, but smaller and more moderately priced trees can also do the trick. Perhaps you might think of a bonsai plant when you need to replace your houseplant?

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Chinese Garden Stools

I like to use these Asian Garden Stools in the living room as end tables. They also double as extra seating both indoors or out. A pop of color is an unexpected surprise.

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Buddha Heads

I am very partial to Buddha heads. They make me feel calm.

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One Piece of Furniture

A hint can be in the guise of furniture … and these pieces are quite reasonable.

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Bingo Game: Asian American Success Stories

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I found this bingo card online at here. It struck me as both funny and slightly odd but I am going with it. Maybe someday I would play bingo using Asian American role models. There are other minority group bingo cards available too: African  American, Hispanic American, and American Women. View this as a social commentary on minority success, I suppose though I am not sure this card needs to be updated.

Who would you pick to put on this bingo card?

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Vera Wang’s New $10m LA Digs: It Pays to Be Creative

Vera Wang Beverly Hills New House Living Room $10 million JadeLuckClub Jade Luck ClubHave you seen Vera Wang’s latest purchase? A gorgeous mid-century modern house in Los Angeles with 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, and breathtaking views all around. Her spectacular house once owned by Burt Reynolds.

It pays to be creative. Vera Wang’s net worth is estimated to be $115 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.

“Her new home near Coldwater Canyon features stunning views of L.A. and the ocean. The house was built in 1967, but renovated by the former owner Steve Hermann. Hermann is famous for his high-end home designs, many in Beverly Hills for A-list celebrities. The house covers 4,394 square feet and features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, swimming pool, spa and home theater. Its was constructed with black steel bars, to contrast the white and cream interior and furnishings, with heavy use of glass walls. The open glass design divides the living area into 2 lounge areas, a dining area and kitchen, all allowing you to enjoy the spectacular view thanks to the glass walls. The backyard pool also features its own lounge area.”

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Her new house is as stylish as she is. Congratulations Vera Wang!

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Top 10: Best Asian American Fashion Designers. Who Will be Next? UPDATED

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The newest Asian American Fashion Wunderkind is Joseph Altazarra. His ethnicity is a bit under the radar but he’s half French-Basque (father) and half Chinese American (mother). It’s a good looking combination! He studied art history at Swarthmore College then interned for Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler and Givenchy despite not having a formal fashion education. It helps that he runs with NYC It Girls like his cousin and model Lily Kwong, “Lauren Santo Domingo, the Vogue editor, and Vanessa Traina, who walked in his spring show.” NY Times Blog

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His clothes are known for Body-Con chic with an edgy twist.

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The first eight designers are from the U.S. Embassy site and I added two more favorites. Thank you to my friend Ginny for sending me this link!

“Asian-American designers are a major force in the global fashion industry, as the New York Times recently noted. In this group are Vera Wang, Anna Sui and other established figures, plus relative newcomers such as Jason Wu and Thakoon Panichgul (both of whom are favorites of U.S. first lady Michelle Obama). Each designer has a distinctive aesthetic, reflecting the deep Asian-American talent pool in fashion and other fields. Here, models show off evening wear by Monique Lhuillier, a Filippina-turned-Californian.”

Asian American designers are rocking it. Who will be the next Big Thing? Can you suggest some under-the-radar Asian designers? Let’s discover them together!

 

1. Thakoon Panichgul

Known for gorgeous prints and COLOR, Thakoon is a line that says “happy!”

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2. Monique Lhuillier

Her gowns grace red carpets and A Listers and her bridal collection is sought after by socialites.

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3. Jason Wu

Dressing Michelle Obama put him firmly on the fashion map, but his flowy, feminine and flattering creations are what makes his line go supernova. His studded-on-the-bottom handbags are also the newest It Bag.

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4. Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang is Downtown NY cool. I love his looks but I am not cool enough to pull them off. Working on it!

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5. Anna Sui

With a funky boho vibe, Anna Sui is pure fun. I bought a dress from her capsule Target collection that gets a lot of compliments. No one can believe I bought it for $4o! Her own line is even nicer.

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6. Phillip Lim

He started his own company at only age 31 (hence the 3.1) and he’s a runaway wunderkind commercial success. He hits all the right notes, season after season.

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7. Vera Wang

Her dad is a gazillionaire industrialist and her mom is a Tiger Mom. Known for her prodigious work ethic, Vera Wang is a runway and “for the masses” big-time success. Her Tiger Mom should be proud!

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8. Derek Lam

To me, he’s the Asian Michael Kors known for lux casual. I can’t afford him but I have been coveting his clothes for more than a decade.

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9. Prabal Gurung

He strikes the right balance of flouncy and tailored. If you can’t afford him, he did a nice capsule collection for J. Crew. There is still a little bit left.

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10. Doo Ri

She understands drape more than any other designer, except, maybe for Donna Karan who famously failed that class in design school. Her clothes are lux, louche and gorgeous. I want!

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Honorable Mention

Vivienne Tam

She creates very wearable clothes for real women, particularly those in the workforce.

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Peter Som

 

Peter Som describes his aesthetic as one of “effortless elegance and refined sexiness”, and aspires to provide a fresh perspective to modern American fashion.

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Vera Wang: Raised by a Tiger Mom but Doing It Her Way…

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Vera Wang was interviewed in Harper’s Bazaar recently and she revealed her Asian American childhood as never before. I had read about her in the past and knew that her mom hung out with Yves Saint Laurant and that she was a champion figure skater. I sorta knew that her father was a manufacturing mogul. And that An Wang, MIT entrepreneur of Wang Computers, is also a relative. But I didn’t realize that her mother was one of the original Tiger Moms.

One day I’d love to interview her for this blog (one can dream!) but for now, I have pulled some interesting quotes from the article about her childhood and how she became a designer. In a sense, is she not the definition of Asian creative success including being raised by a Tiger Mom? Still she managed to find her own way while not losing sight of who she is: down-to-earth, hardworking, disciplined and above all, a creative genius. I think she’s a great role model. How about you?

‘She is no stranger to impressive surroundings. She grew up the privileged daughter of a Chinese-born business tycoon and an elegant, worldly mother who regularly shopped the couture shows in Paris. “My mother was extremely controlled, sort of flawless. And I always tend to be a bit more hippie,” she says. “She was a Tiger Mother. … But she really tried to encourage me to be who I was.” Wang tries to be more hands-off with her own daughters, Josephine, 17, and Cecilia, 20. “I don’t live through my kids. But I do know what will happen in life, and I just want them well prepared.” Neither shows signs of wanting to follow in their mother’s footsteps, which is fine with her. “I’m sure they remember me as always exhausted.”

Wang has been rising at dawn and working around the clock since age eight, when she famously took up figure skating. While at college at Sarah Lawrence, her parents thought she would be a champion skater. “I was trying to manage school and training for the Olympics and ended up not doing well at either. That was a big lesson in my life,” she sighs. “My mother expected both.”

After graduating, Wang dedicated herself entirely to working her way up the fashion food chain. “It’s a calling. Like being a musician. I mean, the hours of practice, the loneliness, the dedication. It was a very obsessive job for me,” she explains. “My father didn’t get it,” she continues, remembering a time she had to turn down dinner with him even though he had flown into Paris just to see her while she was shooting with Arthur Elgort. “I’m in the middle of the Place de la Concorde, and I had a military jacket on with pins, tape, and clamps. I looked like a terrorist or something, and my father said, ‘Can’t you just comb your hair and put a dress on and come to dinner with me?’ I said no. And he said, ‘I don’t know why you want to do this,’ and I said, ‘I do.'”

In fact, it was her own wedding that launched her bridal brand. In 1989, Wang was working as a design director at Ralph Lauren. Frustrated with racks of the requisite meringues and sugary confections at shops everywhere, she wanted a modern antidote. So she hired a dressmaker to achieve her own design–a simple gown of white sequins. The next year, with funding from her father, she launched her eponymous label to fill the niche for brides seeking similarly chic looks. “I saw it as a foundation for a business I could make a difference in and as something that could lead to other businesses,” she says.

Wang never got a “vote of approval or a ‘hurrah for you’ or any of that” from her beloved father, who died in 2006 on the morning of her Spring 2007 show. It might be why she never allows herself to rest on her laurels. “If I were to say at any point that I feel really con?dent or really in control, that would be a mistake. Because I don’t,” she says. “I always see where I didn’t do things the right way. I only see the heavy lifting. That’s a bit of my wisdom, if you want to call it that. … I think what it really is, is that I have an artistic soul. And I didn’t know how to live without indulging that.”‘

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