Media Contact: Marcy Clark
Yellow Sky Agency
ASTONISH MAGAZINE New York Fashion Week Event Featuring Designer Ken Chen
February 8th at W.i.P. (Work in Progress)
Our Distinguished Event Partners & Host Committee:
ASTONISH Publisher Ryan Chua, Ken Chen and James Eugene Ken Chen SF, EngieStyle Founder Engie Hassan, Publicist & Women’s Mafia Founder Marcy Clark, ASTONISH VP of Operations Brandon Leong, Designer Phuong My, Sakiri Vodka Founder Sath Nop, Lunae Moscato Founder Mike Bazzino, Vendôme Haute Parisien Macarons, R&B Artist AC Lincoln, Douglas Melville of Red Carpet Runway, Makeup Artist Leora Edut, Beauty By Cora Hair Team, Celebrity Esthetican Lora Condon, Yaby Cosmetics, Financier & MyModel.com Founder David Cote, Yellow Sky Agency Public Relations and W.i.P.
New York, NY. February 2012. This February 8th ASTONISH Magazine, a publication dedicated to covering the zeitgeist of Fashion & Art, launched their second issue: “Outer Beauty,” and hosted a Fashion Show featuring Ken Chen S.F. at W.i.P. in Tribeca.
At this hip art gallery-meets club by the founders of Greenhouse and Collective Hardware, fashion insiders and celebrities alike came together celebrate the second issue of ASTONISH and to view the newest men’s and women’s collection by lauded rising talent Ken Chen.
Guests of ASTONISH Magazine’s official New York Fashion Week event included Designers Ninh Nguyen of Ninh Collection, Derek Tian of Black Lapel, Brian Igel of Boy Meets Girl and Project Runway Alum Jay Sario, musicians such as Grammy Nominated Artist Emily King, Jazz Legend Marion Cowings, R&B artist AC Lincoln and entertainer Tokyo Black. Major Fashion Stylists such as Engie Hassan, Celebrity Photographers such as Montana USA and August Young, top Editors such as Kate Wang, Kristen Irby, Rebecca Alexander and Marv Valladares, as well as reality television stars such as Stephen – The Salon Guy and Cognac Wellerlane were also on hand to cover the show. Fashionistas enjoyed hip cocktails by Sakiri Vodka, delicious wines and fruity Moscatos by Lunae Moscato, and the award-winning gourmet Macarons by Vendôme Haute Parisien Macarons.
ASTONISH Magazine’s second issue is entitled “Outer Beauty.” Editor-In-Chief Forvana Etonne asks eloquently: “What is Outer Beauty? Is it a reflection of the purity, love, madness and conflict that are inside all of us? Or is it a superficial ploy, a mask to conceal what is really inside?”
ASTONISH issue two features some of the best photographers, designers, models and writers from around the world exploring the issue of Outer Beauty. Features include ASTONISH Generation profiles on model Lucy McIntosh, the face of Australian Fashion Week, photographer Kosuke Matsuo and designer Phuong My. Runway greats such as Gaspard Yurkievich and Rochambeau have their recent collections featured alongside interviews, while Costume designer Jacqueline West and Pussycat Dolls singer Vanessa Curry are also highlighted. The issue is rounded out by a host of editorials and features on global fashion artists including three “Euro Spotlight” interviews.
ASTONISH magazine is the answer to an industry starved for smart, unique and visually stimulating Fashion & Art content. This category-defying publication is not merely a high-end print magazine, but a multimedia platform for emerging artists to showcase their talent in a global spotlight. Its goal is to inspire, reinvent, and revolutionize the fading publication industry. With stunning imagery, insightful social commentary, and interviews with industry professionals, ASTONISH Magazine delivers a powerful experience to its readers.
Designer Ken Chen embodies the magazine’s essential mission of showcasing the best emerging Fashion Artists of today. Ken Chen SF made waves and gained an international following for his debut collection in 2011, while still studying at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and now he is ready to take the New York Fashion Week by storm with a nearly 50 look collection for men and women. Born in Taiwan and once competing internationally in Taiwan and Singapore as a Gold Medaling figure skater, Ken Chen has always been a driven, determined artist. His designs focus on the balance of humanity, nature and the architecture of the man-made world. The new collection emphasizes fit, with strong shoulders, accentuated waists and lots of shapes and variation in the jackets. The observant viewer of his collection will also notice understated floral details: he watched many time-elapsed videos of plants growing to inspire the movement and detailing of his pieces. Featuring luxurious fabrics such as wool, cashmere, silk charmeuse, real and faux fur and lots of leather, Ken Chen’s pieces are designed to bring out the sexy, powerful and strong individual in his clientele. His Fall/Winter 2012 collection in now available to order. www.kenchensf.com
Although he only began designing two years ago, Ken Chen has already proven his Fashion Credentials and captivated the style cognoscenti in San Francisco, Europe, Australia and Asia. ASTONISH is proud to have showcased this exciting, incandescently rising talent.
The highly anticipated second print edition of ASTONISH hits major US newsstands Spring 2012. Join the movement, be a creative leader of the future, and prepare yourself to be astonished. Become a part of the ASTONISHWorld movement at www.astonishmagazine.com .
Runway Photos Below by Bailey Harada Stone:
Event Gallery by Seth London: