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VIFW DAY 3: A NIGHT TO REMEMBER


Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 3- Crystal Phuong- Streetstyle

On day 3 of VIFW, I was a little bit exhausted with the non-stop schedule at work during the day and the fashion show at night. Since I got back to Vietnam the day before fashion week, I stayed up until 2- 3am every night to finish what I was supposed to do during that day and woke up at 7am to get ready for the next day at work. It was tiring but exhilarating at the same time. 

If I could feel fresh and energetic the next day without much sleep, I wouldn't mind staying up all night long to do what I love doing. To cut the long story short, instead of running back and forth to change, do hair and makeup, and take outfit photos, I decided to have a good 3 hour rest in my hotel room and only headed to the fashion show at night. 

That said, this blog post is all about the beautiful collections of the night instead of my outfit. They are so beautiful that they will blow your mind. 

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 3- Crystal Phuong & Trang Le

With Trang Le, founder of Vietnam International Fashion Week. Thank you so much for having me!  

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 3- Crystal Phuong

With my beautiful friend and the host of the fashion week, Viet Ha

THE SHOW


I Hate Fashion opened the 3rd night of fashion week with a collection that cannot be more Spring and Summer ready. I first knew about this brand from last year's fashion week and to be honest, it wasn't my most favorite one. But this year's collection is like a breath of fresh air and it stole my heart. From the big earrings and those cute wedges to the soft silk materials and the pastel colors, there is nothing not to love about this collection. In fact, I wanted to have them all. 

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 3- I hate fashion

After I Hate Fashion, Fashion designer Frederick Lee from Singapore continued to heat up the room with his one-of-a-kind collection that brought us to a dreamy and mysterious garden. Every single dress is like a piece of art. I have goosebumps watching Frederick Lee's fashion show every single time. The third time felt just like the first. 

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 3- Frederick Lee

I've watched many fashion shows, but none ever made me feel proud of being Vietnamese and love my country like how the collection of Ao Dai by Dinh Van Tho did. Ao dai is a Vietnamese traditional costume that the girl wears on her graduation, her wedding day, or a special day in her life. Fashion designer Dinh Van Tho portrayed the beauty, history, and culture of Vietnam through his "My Hometown" collection. I saw an old town, a bustling floating market, and an endless rice field. For a girl who haven't worn Ao Dai for more than 10 years, this collection touched me to the bottom of my heart. 

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 3- Ao Dai by Dinh Van Tho

If the first half of the night was full of emotion and appreciation, the second half quickly became more lively with a dynamic collection by 3 young fashion designers who are the winners of Project Runway Vietnam: Nguyen Tien Truyen, Hoang Minh Ha, Ly Giam Tien (from left to right)

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 3

French couture designer Eymeric Francois brought a gothic fairy tale with full of mysteries and darkness. 

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 3- Eymeric Francois

Last by not least, Vietnamese fashion label Tiny Ink by Hoang Quyen closed the night with a collection that was inspired by the beauty of Vietnamese women through different periods in her life and the different types of traditional dresses worn by women in each century. I saw a beautiful blend of modern fashion with a rich culture in every outfit. These beautiful images on each dress are carefully painted by hands. 

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- Day 3- Tiny Ink by Hoang Quyen

One night with 6 beautiful collections. I could hardly contain my emotion that night and I'm still feeling overwhelmed writing about it right now. If only these photos could do them justice. Perhaps, you can watch a recap video here to see everything in motions and come back to this page again for the final blog post. As usual, I'm saving the best for last. Just give you a hint! 

Thank you so much for reading! 

::Outfit::

Crystal Phuong
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VIFW DAY 2: SAME SKIRT DIFFERENT DAY


Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- day 2- Crystal Phuong- Streetstyle

On the second day of the Vietnam International Fashion Week (VIFW), I wanted to dress down a little bit since my first day was already pretty epic. I styled this old peplum skirt a new way. 

I'm not sure if you still remember, I actually wore this skirt once at last year New York Fashion Week. This beautiful peplum skirt was gifted to me by an Indonesian designer Michelle Worth and because I loved it very much, I wore it twice. This time, instead of wearing a crop-top, I chose a normal collar shirt to go with the skirt and left one shoulder off to make the ordinary shirt look more interesting. 

Sometimes, it's not about how many clothes that we have, but how creative we are at wearing the same clothes different ways. Fashion should always be fun and fearless. I'm glad I took the risk because this outfit turned out to look better than I expected. At least, Harper's Bazaar Vietnam,  Tiep Thi Gia Dinh and Kenh14 approved! 

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- day 2- Crystal Phuong- Streetstyle

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- day 2- Crystal Phuong- Streetstyle

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- day 2- Crystal Phuong- Streetstyle

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- day 2- Crystal Phuong- Streetstyle

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- day 2- Crystal Phuong- Streetstyle

Twinning with my boo Travis Nguyen as we accidentally rocked the same style. Great minds think alike! 

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- day 2- Crystal Phuong- Streetstyle

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- day 2- Crystal Phuong- Streetstyle

THE SHOW

Vietnamese fashion designer Thuy Nguyen opened VIFW Day 2 with a very touching show called "Vien Man", capturing the perfect beauty of women through each period in her life: being a young girl, being pregnant, and being a mom. 

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- day 2- Thuy Design House

Loved these pieces from British designer, Nina Naustdal's collection.

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- day 2- Nina Naustdal

If Nina Naustdal's collection focuses on the stunning embellishment and excellent workmanship, a collection of Klar Lov, fashion designer from Thailand, emphasizes on the woman's silhouette and her curves.

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- day 2- Klar Lov

Canifa by Chau Chan Hung, a well-known Vietnamese fashion brand brought the summer on the runway with a bright and colorful collection.

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- day 2- Canifa

Quang Nhat, Vietnamese fashion designer ended day 2 of VIFW with his new collection that is inspired by architecture and art. Couldn't deny how impressed I was with many young Vietnamese talented designers. You've just seen only a few of them.

Vietnam International Fashion Week 2016- day 2- Quang Nhat

More to come.

Thank you so much for reading!


Outfit:

Zara blouse- Similar here
Silk peplum skirt- Thanks to Michelle Worth Label

Crystal Phuong
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VIFW DAY 1: ATTENTION, PLEASE!


Vietnam International Fashion Week day 1- Crystal Phuong- Streetstyle

Although Vietnam International Fashion Week (VIFW) passed almost 4 months ago, I don't think the heat of the biggest fashion week in the country has gone down ever since. Not even a little bit. It was my second time attending #VIFW. The first time was in October last year.

I still remember very clearly how excited and nervous I was to think of attending the very first fashion week in my motherland. It was more nerve-wracking than New York Fashion Week. I didn't know if I could blend in well with the fashion industry in Vietnam as I've been away from home for too long. I knew no one there except for Trang Le, the busiest woman who founded the fashion week. But things went well in the end and I was so glad that I made a decision to attend this event at the last minute.

This year, I was not only a show-goer but also a contributor to a successful fashion week. It was my honor to be given an opportunity to lead their social media channels. Being the face behind VIFW's online images is challenging and fulfilling at the same time. It requires me to come up with relevant, engaging, and interesting content as fast as possible from 9am to 1am every day. Ironically, it took me only 5 minutes to compose an English paragraph, but 30 minutes to create a Vietnamese one. I hope I didn't sound silly after all and you enjoyed following the #VIFW journey with us on Facebook & Instagram.

On the opening night of VIFW, I wanted to make a bold statement so I chose this ASOS sequin colorful jumpsuit. It was the brightest and loudest outfit I've worn to date and to be completely honest, it wasn't my favorite choice. But guess what? Everyone I met that night loved my outfit including Harper's Bazaar Vietnam, SaoStar, Kenh14, and a few others.

Perhaps, a striking outfit can speak louder than any whistle to get everyone's attention. I learned that on this trip.

Vietnam International Fashion Week day 1- Crystal Phuong- Streetstyle

Vietnam International Fashion Week day 1- Crystal Phuong- Streetstyle

Vietnam International Fashion Week day 1- Crystal Phuong- Streetstyle

Vietnam International Fashion Week day 1- Crystal Phuong- Streetstyle

Vietnam International Fashion Week day 1- Crystal Phuong- Streetstyle

Vietnam International Fashion Week day 1- Crystal Phuong- Streetstyle

THE SHOW


Vietnamese fashion designer, Nguyen Cong Tri opened VIFW with his Haute Couture collection called "Lua" aka Paddy, featuring 41 looks in total. His collection inspired by a paddy field and Lanh My A, a rare traditional fabric in Southern Vietnam.  




My favorite look from his collection! 


Fashion designer Joe Chia from Malaysia presented his "Chapter 9" collection on the first day of VIFW. If you love monochromatic style, you'll be obsessed with his designs. 



Closing day 1 of VIFW was a special collaborative collection between Harper's Bazaar Vietnam with Vietnamese- Amercian designer Cory Tran. 


Besides Cory Tran's East-meet-West collection, the appearance of Victoria's Secret's model Sessilee Lopez on the runway was truly a highlight of his entire show. 


Day 1 of VIFW ended with a bang. But wait until you see day 2, 3 and 4. 

I shall be back! 

Thank you so much for reading! 


::Outfit::
Zara shoes- Similar here 
Crystal Phuong
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SAN FRANCISCO TRAVEL DIARY (PART 2)


San Francisco Travel Diary- Travel Blogger

Although I spent two weeks in San Francisco, I actually had very little time to be a tourist. I was busy with work from Monday to Friday and by the time I came back to the hotel, the clock stroke 10 pm or 11 pm earliest. It turned out that I only had 2 weekends to explore San Francisco as much as I could.

I shared my first weekend in the Bay Area in this blog post, so here goes the second one, including a travel video and a recommended list of what to do in San Francisco.

On Saturday morning, my friend Rebecca and I woke up early as we had a long day ahead. We planned to rent a bike and ride across the Golden Gate bridge, took some photos at this iconic location so we can cross it off our bucket list. Our plan was ruined completely as stormy rain approached the city. The wind was so strong that it was incredibly hard to walk against it, let alone riding a bike across the bridge. Unless we wanted to be blown off the bridge, we'd better off staying inside the building. That stormy sky in the photo above proves my point.

A healthy lifestyle plan became a shopping plan instead. What can you expect? Right?

We went to the Ferry Building Market Place for brunch and had a quick tour of this famous farmers market. It is the center of a transit hub that connects all of San Francisco's neighborhoods and the surrounding bay communities. If you love cooking and food as much as my friend, Rebecca does, you'll absolutely love this place.

San Francisco Travel Diary- Travel Blogger

A quiet walk on Saturday morning

San Francisco Travel Diary- Travel Blogger

I'm sorry that I didn't manage to take any photos of the Ferry Building as my hands were full of food. But you'll be able to see the awesomeness of this place in the video below. 

Leaving The Ferry Building, we followed Google Maps and found our way to Market Street, the most famous shopping street in San Francisco. 

San Francisco Travel Diary- Travel Blogger

San Francisco looked beautiful after the rain.

San Francisco Travel Diary- Travel Blogger


San Francisco Travel Diary- Travel Blogger

It wasn't difficult at all to find our favorite mall, Nordstrom. In fact, all of my favorite stores are in one place, standing right next to each other. These places that my wallet doesn't love so much, but I do.

Beautiful interior in Nordstrom mall, San Francisco

Beautiful interior of Nordstrom mall, San Francisco. 

After 8-hour shopping on Market Street, here were the treasures that I found. Half of them were gifts anyway, but still, they made my day. 

San Francisco Travel Diary- Travel Blogger

Sipping my favorite Green tea latte while waiting for the rain to stop

San Francisco Travel Diary- Travel Blogger

That's how Starbucks spelled my name. Good job!

Next morning, we were luckier as the sun came out and the sky was clear. We headed to Alcatraz Island as planned.

San Francisco Travel Diary- Travel Blogger

Alcatraz Island, also known as "The Rock" is one of the most popular tourist attractions in San Francisco. From the 1934 until 1963, Alcatraz was America's premier maximum-security prison, the final stop for the nation's most incorrigible prisoners. Today, Alcatraz is a place of contradictions, with a grim past and an enduring future as one of San Francisco's most prominent landmarks and tourist attractions. You can view more on my travel diary video. The view from the top is amazing.

When in San Francisco, you'd better eat and drink like the locals. There were so many beautiful restaurants, wine bars, and clubs around town that my friends brought me to.

San Francisco Travel Diary- Travel Blogger

Girl's night out at West Coast Wine. Cheese 

San Francisco Travel Diary- Travel Blogger

One of the most delicious cocktails I tried at The Devils Acre bar

San Francisco Travel Diary- Travel Blogger

One of many beautiful restaurants on Chesnut Street. It doesn't matter if the food is good or not, I can dine here all day everyday. 

San Francisco Travel Diary- Travel Blogger

Lunch with the view at The Presidio of San Francisco.

San Francisco is beautiful regardless what time of the day

San Francisco Travel Diary- Travel Blogger

from the late night

San Francisco Travel Diary- Travel Blogger

to the early morning.

On the last day in San Francisco, we had a few hours to explore the city before heading to the airport. There was nothing I wanted to do other than visiting the Lombard Street, the world's most crooked street. 

San Francisco Travel Diary- Travel Blogger

And of course, having my outfit photos taken with the iconic cable car of San Francisco. 

San Francisco Travel Diary- Travel Blogger

San Francisco Travel Diary- Travel Blogger

Crossing the street in style. Check!

San Francisco Travel Diary- Travel Blogger

San Francisco Travel Diary- Travel Blogger

San Francisco Travel Diary- Travel Blogger

Goodbye, San Francisco! You were wonderful. Although there were so many things I wanted to do, I couldn't do due to your bad weather. This is a perfect reason why I should come back to you. I know you wanted me to. 

Till next time! 

Crystal Phuong
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