Thursday September 19, 2013


…is the only way I can describe this outfit. Remember Aliyah and all her ridiculously hot midriff baring crop-top-baggy pant combos? And maybe lesser so J-Lo circa early 2000’s when she was still with P.Diddy and rocking a doo rag (DON’T HATE). Well, this is me trying to channel that same hip-hop, high street mix that’s always been an influence on my style.  If you need musical reference, just listen to Fashion Killa by A$AP Rocky. Seriously, go listen to that now. And then fall in love with Rocky.

More pics of my Day 2 NYFW outfit after the jump!

Can I say how much I love this Zara knit top? Versatile enough to be worn during the day, but also appropriate for night. It’s also incentive to get those extra crunches and core squeezes in, cuz you ‘ain’t hiding nothing in that honey!’ as a stranger colorfully reminded me while walking past.

I also fell madly in love with this neighborhood that we stayed in during NYFW. Chinatown bordering LES. It was an interesting mix of people who’ve been in this hood forever (the local Chinese community) and newer residents (torn from Hipster cloth). To me, this cultural variety is the reason why I love NYC so much. More than the food, more than the shopping, more than the sights. It’s these small pockets of communities where all sorts of people, ideas, and beliefs are thrown into a proverbial mixer to become something bigger and better than its individual parts. ‘IT’S A SWIRL BABY, AIN’T NO VANILLA HERE!’ as my friend Quan always reminds me.

More NYFW outfits will be posted throughout this week and the following, so make sure you’re on it!


Wearing Zara Knit Crop Top, THPSHOP.CO leather track pants, Alexander Wang Antonia Heels, Luv AJ earrings

photos taken by Peter Le, edited by Vanessa Hong

  1. by Jack

    On September 19, 2013 at 9:40 am

    that pants is so gorgeous and i really need tat bracelet!


    On September 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

    OH YASSSSSSSSSS!!!! I love this outfit so much. It’s an updated version of late 90s midriff outfit for sure. #EFFORTLESS And I think you think figure plays well into the silhouette… now, next step is to pump in so baby phat in your body and then we will get bootylicious!!!! ;)

  3. by Mira

    On September 19, 2013 at 10:02 am

    You look sooo awesome. Love the cool pants and the crop top :D


    xx Mira

  4. by carol

    On September 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

  5. by Rhoda Wong

    On September 19, 2013 at 10:15 am

    you rock crop tops so well!

  6. by Francesca

    On September 19, 2013 at 10:38 am

  7. by denise

    On September 19, 2013 at 11:04 am

    oh girllll i used to live a few blocks from there…miss it!!

  8. by Adrianna

    On September 19, 2013 at 11:49 am


  9. by Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie

    On September 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Killing it! Especially loving those fab white heels.

  10. by el armario de la nena

    On September 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    love the outfit!

  11. by Anna

    On September 19, 2013 at 12:55 pm

  12. by Fashion Snag

    On September 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm

  13. by Charlotte

    On September 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Really love the trousers !

  14. by iliana

    On September 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm

  15. by Huyen

    On September 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    perfect homage to the late Aaliyah, real swag there!

  16. by Niss

    On September 19, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    If I looked half as amazing as you did in the midriff area I would wear that. xx

  17. by The Fashann Monster

    On September 19, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Maybe you don’t need to hide anything in that if your body is this ripped. This post is an incentive to get in those extra squats!

    The Fashann Monster

  18. by Stephanie

    On September 19, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    You look amazing. I seriously need those leather track pants!!

  19. by melissa

    On September 20, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Been in love with him for a while, his style, talent, and pretty face xx
    Love old school hip hop and R&B x

  20. by liz

    On September 20, 2013 at 12:07 am

  21. by Rowan

    On September 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    WOW BABE! Are you for real?! You’re so gorgeous! And I love this outfit!




  22. by Wietske | Framboise Noire

    On September 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm

  23. by RAYNE

    On September 21, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    YOUR BODY IS SO RIDICULOUS >_< now that that's out of the way, so in love with that knit top, it's perfect here. This look is so representative of your overall style.


  24. by Beckerman Girls

    On September 22, 2013 at 12:24 am

    NEXT LEVEL!!! NEXT LEVEL!!! U look incredible babe!!! Total Aliyah styles! INNNCREDIBLE!!! Lovin’ those leather pants and heels and belly button! U r the best! Love that we got to see u in NY! That was soo much fun!!! If you’re ever in Toronto, defn’ hit us up! Your girls miss u already!!
    Love u tons!
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

  25. by Suknie weselne

    On September 22, 2013 at 6:28 am

    You look fabulous! Really good photos:) Respect!

  26. by MARJOLEIN

    On September 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Totally hip hop indeed, but you make it rock! :)


  27. by steph / absolutelyfuzzy

    On September 22, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    with a midsection like yours i’d probably live in crops. looking amazing as always!

  28. by lisa

    On September 22, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    if only my mid was as fab as your!
    so fit lady!
    you look amazing!


  29. by Hannah

    On October 11, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    That is my song of the summer. Still love the old school stuff. I mean, I met Fat Joe in Miami this summer. No one seemed to care… but, like, it’s Fat Joe. That’s cool.

    Fab look. Little skimpy for a London winter but I’d wear it to a club fo sho!

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