Style Notes: Asia Chow & China Chow
Asia and China Chow are both daughters of famed restauranteur and art collector Michael Chow. They are both style icons in their own right- One being the coolest 17-year-old and one being the most stylish presenter on television. L-atitude salutes these globetrotting it-girls!
Style Notes | Asia Chow
Asia Chow (above) may just be one of the coolest 17 year-olds you’ll come across. Yes, the cards were stacked in her favor, as the daughter of famed restaurateur and art collector Michael Chow and his former fashion designer wife, Eva. But while this Los Angeles native’s clothes choices are impeccable—Balenciaga and Lanvin shoes and the perfect baggy jeans—it’s her old soul attitude that’s really worthy of attention. How many high school seniors do you know who still buy proper vinyl and consider Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon one of their most prized possessions?
Here Chow fills us in on her love of Leonard Cohen, her newfound passion for classical guitar and why everyone should walk to their own style beat.
Define your style in three words: Feminine, contrasty, young.
Daily uniform: Baggy jeans, with a fitted t-shirt or a concert t-shirt, and my mom’s vintage scarves.
Favorite concert tees.
Chow's vintage scarves from her mom.
Greatest hits: Besides Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, my Comme des Garçons tail jacket with pearls on the inside. My mom’s dress that she designed: bias cut silk cream dress by Eva Chun.
Preferred footwear: Black or white Repetto ballerinas, Balenciaga sandals, Lanvin satin evening heel, Converse All Stars.
Azzedine Alaia heels.
Finishing touches: Scarves (my mom has been collecting them for me since I was very young) and a gold heart necklace.
A beloved gold heart necklace.
Nighttime look: Red lipstick.
Best recent discovery: Classical guitar. I’ve always listened to classical music and I’ve been playing blues and rock music for a few years, but I just bought a classical guitar and I love the classical pieces I am learning.
Favorite stores: I like to go to Amoeba Records to get vinyl, Books & Books in Miami, True Tone in Santa Monica is where I got my guitar from, Hermès Men’s Made To Measure Department in Paris (it’s not for me to shop but for me to watch my dad get suited).
Style pet peeve: I don’t have one. Each to their own.
Style icons: Audrey Hepburn, David Bowie, and my mom.
Last purchase: Leonard Cohen’s Book Of Longing, and about four Leonard Cohen vinyl records.
A Leonard Cohen Beautiful Losers tee.
Lusting after: A good university.
Favorite haunts: Mr. Chow; The Hollywood Bowl; LACMA; Laduree in Paris; Shinsegae department store in Korea.
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Style Notes | China Chow
China Chow has been giving even triple hyphenates a run for their money in recent months: she was shot by Mario Sorrenti as part of Barneys New York’s Fall 2011 campaign and by Karl Lagerfeld for an upcoming Chanel project; she collaborated with Richard Phillips and Jason Wu on arts-related endeavors; and she was featured in a performance piece with artist Glenn Kaino and magician Derek DelGaudio at New York’s The Kitchen.
Oh, and then there’s the Bravo TV series Work of Art, whose second season premiered on October 12. Chow is by turns witty and compassionate as the host of the show, leading the aspiring great artists through a series of challenges, only to then be critiqued by the likes of Rob Pruitt, Adam McEwen, and Mary Ellen Marks (whom Chow also helped wrangle as guest judges). Here, Chow takes a break from her hosting duties (a new episode airs tomorrow tonight) to discuss her favorite architectural shoes, her new digital discoveries, and where you’re likely to find her dining.
Define your style in three words: Architectural, conceptual, wabi sabi.
Daily uniform: Linen dresses in the summer. Black trousers (usually Comme des Garçons) and a cashmere sweater in the fall with black Silvia Fiorentina flats.
Greatest hits: A crocodile box clutch by Nancy Gonzalez. I love its simplicity—without hardware or logos, it truly feels timeless. Another favorite in my closet: a trapeze Rudi Gernreich coat.
United Nude's black pump
Preferred footwear: The black pump in all its fantastic variations. My current favorite is a pair by United Nude. I love its block wooden heel. You can tell it was designed by an architect. It just so happens that Rem D. Koolhaas is the brand's creative director.
Finishing touches: Jewelry designed by my mother, Tina Chow. I treasure my ebony pendant with a small herkimer diamond dangling from a silk cord. It has the formal qualities of modernist sculpture and highlights her incredible sensitivity to materials. I'm also fond of my vintage Indian cuff—it dates back to the 19th century—and while it appears heavy, it's actually quite light.
From left: Chow's pendant, designed by her mother; Chow's vintage Indian cuff
Nighttime look: Black trousers and a silk shirt or a dress by Rodarte, Balenciaga, or Junya Watanabe.
Best recent discovery: AGMA magazine online, it's a great source to see comprehensive installation shots of international art shows. I'm also new to Facebook and Twitter... follow me @China_Chow
Favorite stores: Muji, LN-CC in London, Art Catalogues at LACMA, New York Vintage.
Style pet peeve: None.
A recent purchase: Martin Margiela's top made of gloves
Style icons: My mother, my grandmother, Tilda Swinton, and Terence Koh.
Last purchases: A Martin Margiela top made of gloves from his 2001 collection purchased at New York Vintage. A Balenciaga clutch—it reminds me of works by French contemporary artist Jean Pierre Raynaud or an Andree Putman tiled bathroom.
From left: Chow's Balenciaga clutch; a Putman-tiled bathroom.
Lusting after: Yves Klein's La Vénus d'Alexandrie (Vénus Bleue.) He created my favorite color, International Klein Blue.
Favorite haunts: Mr. Chow restaurants.
From left: Artwork by Alex Israel; La Vénus d'Alexandrie (Blue Venus), by Yves Klein
Favorite works of art: Cy Twombly paintings, John Chamberlain sculptures, and works by emerging artist Alex Israel.
Fall must-have: Sunglasses—Freeway Eyewear collaboration with artist John Baldessari.
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