Crazy Rich Asian

It took me many years to embrace my Chinese heritage because it was that association: “Crazy Rich Asians” I stood against so much. I knew I could have anything growing up but my parents have firmly taught me, “don’t expect me to give you anything on a silver platter, you must work hard to earn it”. These wise words have played a huge relevance in my life to get to where I am today. I still got a lot to learn and do but today, I’m proud to be an Australian Born Chinese and I thank Maria Grazia Chiuri, the Creative Director of DIOR for celebrating and creating a voice for women like me to embrace my heritage and culture. 

I wear DIOR from the AW18 Youthquake collection.

Photos by Jay Wilde in collaboration with DIOR, at Melbourne’s Collin Street Boutique.

 

 

FASHION EDITORIAL: Spring Racing outfits ft. Voodoo Hosiery

To celebrate the coming of the Spring Racing carnival, I have partnered with Voodoo Hosiery to create a fashion editorial piece called SECRET GARDEN which features 6 key spring racing looks. Together with my stylist, Emily Edwards, we wanted to show you ways in which you can incorporate the Voodoo Hosiery tights or socks into your spring racing outfit. If you are following the trends at fashion week, you will notice wearing socks with heels isn’t anything new, but a winning trend at the moment. Not only does socks look great with boots or open toed heels, they actually prevent your feet from breaking out with blisters. Well isn’t that good news?

 

\\FIRST LOOK 

Elle and Rebecca wears the white KNOCK OUT SOCK – shop it here.

Top and dress by CMEO COLLECTIVE, headpiece by KITTE, and shoes by MOLLINI.

 

\\SECOND LOOK

Elle and Rebecca wears the black and Lilac-dust MOD NET SOCKS – shop it here.

Top and dress by ALICE MCCALL, hat is Stylist’s own, and shoes by MOLLINI.

 

\\THIRD LOOK

Rebecca wears the black ILLUSION SOCK- shop it here.

Top and dress by ALICE MCCALL, hat is Stylist’s own, and shoes by WITTNER.

 

\\FOURTH LOOK

Elle wears the Lilac-dust MOD NET SOCKS – shop it here.

Dress by ALICE MCCALL, headpiece by KITTE, fur by ALEXANDRA and shoes by MOLLINI.

 

\\FIFTH LOOK

Elle wears the smokey-teal MOD NET TIGHTS – shop it here.

Dress by CMEO COLLECTIVE, headpiece by KITTE, and shoes by MOLLINI.

\\SIXTH LOOK

Elle wears the black LINE UP SOCKS – shop it here.

Top and dress by ALICE MCCALL, headpiece by KITTE, and shoes by MOLLINI.

 

 

This fashion editorial wouldn’t be made possible without the help of my talented and hard working crew:

FASHION STYLING // Emily Edwards
MAKEUP // Tre Dallas
HAIR// Resta Vi
ASSISTING // Celine Lie
MODELS // Rebecca Harding and Elle Brittain represented by THE TALENT BURO

 

MFW Street Style Highlights 2017

This year, I had the pleasure of teaming up with Melbourne Fashion Week to capture 30 of my favourite street style looks as featured in Vogue Australia.

As most street style shooters would tell you, shooting in day light is ideal for crisper images, but what happens if shows start late, like 6:30pm? Well that’s the interesting challenge. Instead of fearing night light, I embraced all available light like lamp posts or car headlights to light up my subjects, or triggered my off camera flash to create artificial light. The trick is to create some kind of wall where I can bounce the light from, without creating harsh lighting. To be honest, it’s all about experimenting what works best and the type of look you are after. For softer artificial light, you should consider using a diffuser or portable studio lights like the Profoto B1. They give you excellent fashion studio lighting but be prepared to carry it around.

So what challenges do you face when shooting street style at night? 

 

 

Coach 41ers

Last Saturday, Coach Australia invited me to celebrate the new Australian Coach flagship store at Chadstone, the Fashion Capital.

The Coach flagship store has undergone a major revamp and the result: warm, luxurious and inviting. To carry on their unique combination of American attitude and design, superior product quality and commitment to customer service, a Craftmanship Bar has been added so you can have all your leather goods personalised and cleaned. Which means, every time you purchase a leather bag from the Coach store, you can choose a cute leather tag and emboss your initials or name on it, with your choice of colour and font size.

To celebrate the launch, I have created a mini fashion editorial with the Coach girls, Chervil Tan and Summer Kane from Vivien’s Modelling agency wearing their latest and edgiest collection SS17. My favourite pieces are their leather and varsity bomber jackets.

Enjoy xx

 

KOOKAI AW17 Runway Highlights

Kookai AW17 fashion runway was held at the beautiful the George Ballroom venue, featuring their signature body hugging dresses in knits, lace and silky slip dresses. Statement floral and red colours playsuits and off-shoulder tops were among my favourite looks.

 

All images are created and edited by Karen Woo. Please note that the Kookai AW17 images cannot be modified, redistributed or used for any purpose including commercial purposes without seeking image copyright licensing via hey@karenwoo.com.au. Thank you for your support.