TORN + POLISHED was historically run as a joint blog with one of my BFFs, Trinh, who now runs the incredible TRINHOLOGY! Although I was sad that I've now since taken over this blog solo, I am so proud of her bravery and new venture. Please do visit and support her! In fondness, I present this historic post which features a fun collaboration (appearing also in NOCTIS MAGAZINE complete with exclusive interview with the designer of these incredible dresses).The images first appeared in EARS ONLINE MAGAZINE. The writing featured below was written by Trinh!
Back in April, I stepped foot in European soil for the first time in my life. I must say, it was a "brand new" experience for me since I am a frequent Asia traveler. What I loved most about this trip was getting to see Yinsey in her homeland (and of course meeting many other new friends). I've been telling her I'll visit her for many many years; since our undergraduate days, I am so happy to finally put my words to action. As always, Yinsey gathered the best team of creatives to put together another treat photo shoot. In honor of wedding season in Spring/Summer, we have collaborated with London, England based designer, JL Brides to bring together a few of our favorite dresses from her collection!
JL Brides specializes in wedding services and packages where they tailor their services to each couple. Their experience in both traditional Western weddings and East Asian weddings is exceptional. Except for the Chinese dress (last one), all are designed by founder Jennifer Luong. Yinsey and I loved how considerate the designs are for the brides and in particular, the reinvention of traditional dresses by adding modern twists to it.
For a full read of our thoughts and see more pics, head on over to EARS Online.
Traditional Vietnamese dress (áo dài) from JL Brides
Had an absolute blast on this collaboration with PAPERSELF and a complete super-creative team! The tattoos were kindly sponsored by the brand, which specialises in beautiful, intricate paper eyelashes and tattoos. There are so many varieties that will spice up your summer wardrobe, and the combinations in which you can arrange the designs are endless.
It's a bit difficult getting over the floral JOANNE TSE LONDON dress - red, eye-catching, and figure hugging. The nails, as crafted by creative genius KATE CUTLER of BANG BANG NAILS, comprise of real, dyed flowers. They were super delicate, I had to be really careful not to damage them.
I've concluded, nothing says "attitude" better than ripped jeans. I've been searching for a pair to suit my petite frame where the ripped holes don't go too far past the knee and make me look like I've got super-short thighs! I love this pair from THE STING which I recently discovered nearby Trafalgar Square. I love how they match well with this ALL SAINTS leather jacket and my platform VAGABOND shoes.
I've been digging the Coachella, festival-esque black hat trend, so I decided to treat myself at a very appealing price range. From FOREVER XXI, I like how this hat doesn't have overly-dazzling features on the outside rim, so can be paired with many different outfits.
Seriously delighted to work with the lovely FYI PHOTOGRAPHY on this shoot - she was so lovely and we ended up having a great chat and shared a chocolate cake at a local cafe in North London.
jacket ALL SAINTS top TOPSHOP hat FOREVER XXI jeans THE STING shoes VAGABOND photography FYI PHOTOGRAPHY
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Based in London, UK, I often collaborate with likeminded people on TF* projects, gathering creatives from all sorts of backgrounds. Having been published in a variety of magazines including JUTE, DREAMINGLESS, INSTITUTE, UNFOLDED, and NOCTIS, I enjoy creating something new and exciting. Get in touch and I'll get back to you if I'm interested!