Hamptons in Hong Kong

I recently had the opportunity to shoot a short fashion film for my good friends Maddie and Ashely. They came up with this awesome photoshoot concept of Hamptons in Hong Kong and asked me to do a fashion film to go along with. With Maddie's photography skills, and Ashley's eye for styling, these girls are unstoppable. It was such an amazing time working with them, and I can't wait for our next project together! Check out the film and a sneak peek of some of the photos below! You can see the rest of the photos on Maddie's site!

Photography: Maddie Ivey | Art Direction: Maddie Ivey | Creative Direction: Maddie Ivey & Ashley Rosales | Creative Writing: Ashley Rosales | Styling: Ashley Rosales | Design Director: Joshua McLeod | MUA: Isa Asensio | Talent: Abby Cochran & Isa Asensio | Fashion Film: Joshua McLeod

The Shang(hais) & Shang(lows)

I was presented with the amazing opportunity to take a trip to Shanghai Fashion Week as part of an extend learning opportunity for my Fashion Marketing Classes. It was a last minute idea that all of the fashion professors presented to us at the beginning of the semester. So after paying for the trip and packing our bags we were off!

Day 1: The first day we were previously told we would be attending a fashion show, however after getting dressed and meeting in the lobby the plans changed and we were no longer going to Fashion Week. Instead we took a trip to the Power Station of Art museum, which was very interesting and inspiring. The architecture of the museum was beautiful and intricate, and provided so many photo ops. The main exhibit of the museum was the work of Chinese artist Cai Guo­-Qiang.

Shirt: Givenchy (Similar) | DenimAsos (DIY Distressed) | Leather LoafersZARA Man | WalletPrada | Watch: Asos (Similar)

Day 2: The second day was set up as a "retail research" day, which meant "go shopping." The bus dropped us off at 3 different malls throughout the day. So that was that. I did however come across this concept store by Mad Rabbit Kicking Tiger who design some really awesome vegan leather and felt bags! 

Shirt: Urban Outfitters | DenimAsos | Shoes: Nike Roshe Runs | Watch: Asos (Similar) | Sunglasses: Ray Bans

Day 3: The third was my favorite of all. We took a studio visit to the 2 designers behind Finch Designs. We sat down and had a talk with them about how they got started to where they are now. This was an extremely inspiring talk, because like them, I want to take my brand all the way. After that we headed to the luxury department store Lane Crawford to take a full tour of all the departments. This wasn't all that interesting, but I did enjoy looking at all the luxury brand's handbags like those of Givenchy, Prada, Alexander Wang, WANT Les Essentiels, etc. It was kind of amazing being that close to them (cheesy I know.)

T-Shirt: Kenzo (Similar) | Camo Print Shirt: J. Crew | Denim: Zara (Similar) | Leather LoafersZARA Man | Watch: Asos (Similar)

Day 4: On the last day we went Première Vision, which is the world's leading fabric show. The main show is in Paris which is A LOT bigger than the one in Shanghai. This event wasn't all that exciting in my opinion. It took us about 10 minutes to see all the vendors which mainly sold denim. After that we were on a flight back to Hong Kong.

Shirt: PLAY Comme des Garçon + Matt Groening (Similar) | DenimAsos (Distressed) | ShoesNike Roshe Runs | Watch: Asos (Similar)

Over all I wasn't too happy with the trip mainly because I was looking forward to attending a show and doing more around the city. The trip definitely had its highs and lows. I am however, very grateful I was able to travel to a different country while in Asia.