EPISODE 3 Fashion
Story by May Lee written on 04 Jun 2007
A show all about fashion … one word…fabulous! This was a terrific show that covered the world of fashion from an Asian perspective. We started off with two women in the industry who are experts in their own right. Joanne Ooi, Marketing and Creative Director of Shanghai Tang, the hot retailer that has made all things Chinese very chic, and Julie Sherborn, Managing Director of ACP magazines, which publishes Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar and Cleo, to name just a few. We discussed the changes that the Asian fashion world has gone through over the years and how fashion designers from the region have really gotten some well-deserved recognition around the world.
I also featured a profile of the fantastic Vivienne Tam who is truly an icon in the fashion world. She gave me personal access to her show while in Singapore and really opened up about her life from her childhood growing up in Hong Kong to her struggles in the international fashion industry. She told me that in the beginning when she was trying to sell her line to New York buyers, they didn’t take her seriously because they assumed that all Asians in the fashion industry were just in the manufacturing business. She proved them wrong, that is for sure!
We also talked about how to find the right pair of jeans, which is what every woman struggles with. Ino Caluza, founder of Viktor Jeans, flew in from Manila to share his secrets about the right fit. He should know since his jeans are custom made for each and every client. Three of Ino’s clients came on the show and they looked great!
The show also featured a segment all about shoes, my weakness. We had at least 50 pairs of gorgeous shoes on the set and had stylist Trey Wong talk about the importance of a great shoe from the very high end, Jimmy Choos and Manolo Blahniks, to the affordable Guess and Aldo shoes. The cream de la cream were a pair of green and red, silk and bejeweled Manolos … they were GORGEOUS! If I weren’t an honest, well-mannered talk show host, I would have pocketed them for sure!
And what’s a show about fashion without some makeovers, so “The May Lee Show” found three deserving women, one in her 20’s, one in her 30’s and one in her 40’s, to receive a head to toe makeover. The before and afters were incredible! I was shocked and so was the audience.
The show was action packed and so much fun!