Saturday, 28 August 2010

My 1st Fashion Spread Shoot

Fashion has no boundaries and limitations. Fashion is about attitude and style.

I love fashion and this is why I moved to fashion industry. After I came to this fashion world, I realised that it isn't as glamorous as what I think. Wiki (a top designer from Indonesia), I have to agree what you told me. To be honest, I don't see much unity in our local fashion scene. Each of the fashion organizer has their own agenda or propaganda. I personally think that Malaysia's fashion growth is still very slow. Well, do not compete with the western countries if we can't compete with our neighbour coutries like Thailand, Indonesia or Singapore.

I am glad that our homegrown top designers like Dato Jimmy Choo, Dato Bernard Chandran and Zang Toi are 'coming back' to the country. I have no doubt with their design and popularity in the country. In fact, they are our role model. They should organise workshops with the young designers by not charging a high price or perhaps free. Don't you agree with me? It is to inspire and educate the young designers.

I am not going to touch or talk about issues in our local fashion scene here. Let Mama G tells you more about it! Haha...Here, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some fashion spread photos that I did for MStar last May. I was extremely excited and nervous because that was my very first time participated in fashion spread shoot. Indeed, it was a great experience! Never expect it happened in my life! Diyana, thank you so much for the opportunity! Thank you to Belinda Chee, Soo Wincci and Owen Yap who made themselves free to join the photoshoot. I hope you like the photos!

The outfits were sponsored by Danjyo-Hiyoji, designers from Indonesia. This fashion label is quite new in the fashion industry, but it offers quality and unique design for the customers. This photo-shooting would not be a success without a nice make-up and hairstyling. The make-up was done by M.A.C. and hairstyling by Bryan Tan, the Creative Director of Backstage Academy.

Why I chose Danjyo-Hiyoji? Well, I was introduced to Dana Maulana, one of the owners of this brand by Edward Gunawan, a talented and upcoming celebrity from Indonesia. I just find that their design is sophisticated yet trendy. Also, this is something that I am looking for.

Exploring fashion within modernity, individuality and showing creativity throughout the influence of youthful spirit. Danjyo-Hiyoji aims to offer a snug and flattering chic collection in every season and it has to be wearable, confident, and define its own unique aesthetic that transcends trends. The designers usually placing unusual detail to make the design look flattering yet wearable and up till now it turns to be their work ethic while designing. A different background in fashion field contributes many unexpected ideas and came up with unique creativity. The brand was awarded by Cleo Magazine as the most innovative local brand in 2009.Well, the original concept for the label was to create exciting fashion items all through domestic production that take in global trend rapidly. Thus, customers just then may have the latest fashionably thing at the best price.
My beloved media friend, Diyana Rose

MAC makeup artist, Soo Wincci, Bryan Tan, myself & Belinda Chee
The Star Photographer, Raymond

Pictures courtesy of MStar & Xavier

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Hannah Tan, a friend or celebrity who I admire most

An up-close interview with Hannah Tan, 96st by Xavier Mah

Hannah Tan, a hardworking & down-to-earth celebrity

Saturday, 21 August 2010

H&M Womenwear/ Menwear Autumn 2010

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (operating as H&M), is a Swedish clothing company, known for its fast fashion clothing offerings for women, men, teenagers and children. The company was established in 1947 by Erling Persoon. The branding consultancy Interbrand ranked H&M as the 21st most valuable global brand in 2009, making it the highest ranked retailer in the survey. It becomes a must have brand for any fashionista. Come on, who does not know H&M? To me, it is an awesome fashion label and the price is affordable.

There is a rumor spreading around that H&M is opening in KL, Malaysia. Well, it is gonna a huge thing in the fashion industry in Malaysia if they are really open in KL. Without any hesitation, I dropped an email to them to clarify with them on this issue and asked about the franchise programme. Good thing about their officers is they response queries very quickly. The officer replied me, " We always look at new markets and we look for markets with large population basis where we can grow cost efficiently. However, right now Malaysia is not in our establishment strategy yet. In Asia, we have stores in Hong Kong, China, Japan and Korea. H&M have established in Dubai , Kuwait , Israel and Qatar through a franchise agreement with one of the Middle East's leading retailes. This is a way for us to open stores in part of the world where we would not otherwise be able to establish a presence using the H&M wholly-owned subsidiary model. However, outside this area franchising is not a part of our establishment strategy." I hope this reply is well-answered your queries.

H&M celebrates Autumn 2010 with spashles of refreshing new designs. For womenwear, it's about being well dressed and comfortable. Fashionistas longing for lower temperatures and even more fashion can look forward to the autumn at H&M, with lots of elegant tailoring and a nod to the early eighties. The soft volumes and classic tweeds and silks from that era are back, along with the brown and beige colour palette. The suit and the blazer are functional everyday pieces teamed with denim or romantic frills and draping. Knitwear takes on new meaning in the autumn wardrobe, with classic fine knits like the oversized polo neck or boyfriend-style cardigan, or a feminine, figure-hugging jumper set. There are also creative jacquard-, cable- or braided knits, and heavy outerwear knits and accessories. Fine leather accessories, a cool man’s hat and a scarf complete the look.

In menwear, it’s easy to be stylish this autumn with well known classics that are updated and styled in new ways. The tweed blazer and uniform jacket are the seasonal key pieces that highlight this autumn’s wardrobe. Pair with matching trousers and shirt as a casual suit, with jeans and a T-shirt for a sharper look or comfortably stylish over heavy knitwear. Accessories make the look: most important this season are scarves, hats and caps, belts, bags, gloves, heavy knit socks and cool boots to tuck the trousers into. With such a clean cut collection you can be more playful and creative with the styling.

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Pictures courtesy of H&M, Photographer: Hasse Nielsen

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Jessica Hsuan 宣萱 - 享受生活 - January, 2010

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A Talented Personality, Utt

I met Utt few years back at MTV Music Awards in Genting. He is such a nice and friendly guy. I managed to do an email interview with him few months back. I did not release the article because I hardly find time to post it. Now, I have my blog, LoveZavier. It would be a great platform for me to express my thoughts and ideas here. Hope you guys keep continue to support me! Cheers

1) How and when you start your career in this entertainment industry? 
I started in 1993 in Thailand I started with modeling doing prints and gradually was seen on TVC's (Commercials) then slowly crossed over to TV acting in dramas and eventually hosting on TV. 

2) What were you doing before you became MTV VJ? 
I was hosting prior to joining MTV approximately for 6 years. Also acting in several dramas in Thailand. 

3) What are the obstacles and challenges that you encountered? 
Perseverance there are ups and downs, you need to be focus and diligent in your work. Respecting the people you work with.. 

4) What you have learnt through the mistakes and challenges? 
Definitely I've learned a lot through my mistakes and there have been many challenges. Challenges include constantly being able to execute and perform as a host and an actor, having a responsibility being in the public's eye. I'm conscious about being respectful to the people I work with and how I conduct myself. Working for an international branding such as Mtv includes being a role model. 

5) Please share with us your sweet, most memorable and bad experiences that you had. 
Sweet experiences is traveling, my best memory's working with Mtv is traveling to places like Japan, Mongolia and New York. I get to travel and work and enjoy what I do while I'm at it so its very nice.

Worst experiences are usually work related in places I'm not familiar with, I was the main host for the Mtv Mandarin Music Honors. I had a bad experience because I was schedule to have 2 days free in between the work. The lady who was co-ordinating schedules in Beijing was new and little to my knowledge she was trying to suck up to the network bosses by keeping me on standby at the rehearsals. I ended up waiting and not doing anything, it was already too late when I found out. Eventually someone from the MtvAsia Singapore office got me out of the situation. But I missed visiting the Great Wall. 

6) What you want to achieve in life? What is your dream? 
I want to achieve simple happiness I'm living my dream! I have a dream job I get to travel, meet people, and have fun. I do own a small artiste management I have a healthy family great friends and good people working for me. I probably would want to be able to sustain enough finance to take care of my parents and secure a good future. 

7) What are your principles or philosophies in life? 
To have principle and ethics in what I do I practice this in my business and how I work. Respect the people you work with and they will respect you. It's easy to get caught up in the fame you'll get lost in the process if you're not grounded. Always remember your roots. 

8) Any advice to the young people that would like to involve in the entertainment industry? 
Respect seems to be the recurring theme or word I'm using in this interview ;) The new generation is very savvy because we live in the digital age. Information is very accessible but what's lost is identity originality and creativity. I would recommend to read, spend time away from the computer find your own self by creating more time have more perspective. 

9) What you want to achieve in 2010? 
I hope to achieve peace which means divide more free time for myself as the past years has been focus only on work. So more time to read go out and skate and travel on my own and not just for work! 

10) Let's talk about fashion, what fashion means to you? 
Fashion represents who you are it describes a person.

11) What fashion brands you like? Why? 
Macbeth Obey Nike Dior Ferragamo Gucci TopShop to name a few Why? Because they sponsor me! Depending on the events and occasions I usually incorporate different brands with my own clothes. I don't have a preference of Brands but I have a preference where I shop. Its usually Japan and Hong Kong, the fitting for men Asian Men is better in those countries. And the accessories in Japan are great from scarf's to belts, hats. I'm not a big dresser I'm usually very chill-laxed. Shorts and a tee but if its for shoots or events I put more effort into it. 

12) What sort of lifestyle you prefer? Busy? Laid-back?  
I'm finding a means to balance the two this year. 

13) Any places that you wish/like to travel? Why? 
Egypt I want to see the pyramids, I want to go trekking in Europe. And do a cross country in the U.S. and Japan. 

14) How you release your stress? Also, how you see the stress? 
I play sports I drink milk and I walk my dog. I feel the stress if I'm flustered I'm stress.

*pictures courtesy of Eugene Yap & Xavier Mah