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These Are The Real ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ | Harper’s BAZAAR


There’s always existed in Asia these hidden invisible fortunes and people who spend millions of dollars a year on the finest things in life but but do it totally under the radar. How much of my book is based on reality? About a hundred and fifty percent. Couture week in Paris is the creme de la creme. Were talking about dresses that start in the tens of thousands and go up to the millions. And only about 2 thousand women in the world can afford to dress this way. I was lucky enough to spend couture week in Paris with some truly stylish insiders. Heart Evangelista She’s really the darling of the Philippines. She’s one of their most acclaimed actresses. She’s also a really gifted artist. She’s had amazing museum shows in the Phillippines of her paintings. Hi! So here we are. And then there’s the Yeoh sisters, Michelle and Rachel who are so much wiser than their years. They grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but I think for the last 7 or 8 years have been living in England. Thank you for organizing Dior so I could come with you guys. No we’re so excited. It’s such a pleasure to have you. Such a last minute surprise, like “Cool- I get to come with you guys.” I guess that’s part of Fashion Week. Everything is always last minute. Exactly. Feiping Chang is this dynamo. She, I think, was raised partially in Sydney and in Singapore. She now makes Hong Kong her home where she’s become one of the most important fashion influencers in Asia. It’s always nice coming back to Fashion Week. And you join your fashion family and see everybody. It’s always a nice little reunion. I don’t think Americans for the most part really understand how this level of asian women shop. When I see something come down the runway I know in my gut and in my heart that it’s meant to be. I think that connection makes everything more special. Everything’s really about the private experience. Couture itself was made to make the client feel special. It’s made for you. Going to these very exclusive fashion shows and then going for your private fittings. But then also there are jewelry showing and jewelry parties where they meet jewelers and select stones and really being in that world of helping to create what they buy. So the spending is on a whole other level. I really want to see the behind the scenes and the seamstresses are the real heroes. That’s true. It’s so nice to see where all the materials and all the embroidery comes from before it gets to the runway. Like Lesage, I’m in love with. Like the embroidery is so beautiful. And all the shoes for Chanel is like made in Masaro. Couture is really special because it celebrates the highest level of craftsmanship and creativity. It’s actually like buying art. It’s really art and it’s like- Couture is wearable art and if you can put it on yourself, why not? There are only about fifteen haute couture designers in the world because the standards are so high. Each one of them is personally appointed by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. These dresses go from the runway to a one of a kind custom fit piece so when these women are buying a gown they know that they are literally buying a piece of history. You have an appointment and then you just get to try on all these beautiful clothes and decide which piece you want. Even just going to fittings or like when you’re attending shows they’re just there putting dresses on you. It’s just so fun. On average we do sort of three fittings cause I think my body changes during that time anyways What are the shows you’re looking forward to? Definitely Giambattista Valli tonight. He’s my favorite as you know, so He did your wedding dress right? Yes, he did. What was the process like? I came to paris a year before my wedding. At first I was only going to do one dress and then in the end it evolved into two very different dresses which was great. because the main dress was a big tule creation. And the second one is entirely made of silk and it has these hand crafted petals that he painted each petal on. So did he supervise the fittings? Yeah, he was there. So he’s very hands on? Yes, very hands on. He’s really an artist that really cares about his craft. It’s such a beautiful magical experience. Even if you don’t put it on yourself like you can just archive the thing, it’s perfect. I mean it tells a story of this time when I went to Paris. I got this dr3ess for when you have your kids it’s something you share and pass on. I’m a collector. I love collecting bags, Birkins, specifically and Kellys. It’s a really good investment. You do the most beautiful customizing on the Birkins. So you paint on them don’t you? I do. When did that start? I had a lizard skin Birkin and it was orange and I was eating french fries at Chile’s and they had cheese so I did not notice that it was already under my bag when I brought it home. I tried to clean it and I asked around and it was just impossible to fix. So I said, “Okay- why don’t I paint on it?” And I loved it. Do you get a sense that you are a part of this new generation? of sort of fashion influencers? I don’t know if we are influencers. I think you are. We just enjoy the shows ’cause I mean we started with Balmain originally when we were like ten. My love of fashion really came from my grandmother. She only every wore Escada and Chanel. I think anyone that enjoys the beauty in life loves fashion to a certain extent. You know, there’s no other way to put it. They lives these lives of imperial splendor.

Yvette Parker

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  1. Heart evangelista??? Really, her net worth not more than 8 million dollar's, and she is only youtube freaking social climber, most of the real crazy rich asia didnt play YouTube and expose the money and stuff like her, but if you want to say heart is one of sample from rich people in Asian, i just so aggree….

  2. she paints on lizard skin berkin and I wipe my baby food stains from my cheap leggings …we are very similar !!!

  3. And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

    Mark 8:34‭-‬38 KJV

  4. When I walk into H&M and I find a pair of pants that fit, I feel a connection. That's what makes it special. Especially because I look bad

  5. American will flaunt and show everything they have in a bitchy way and humiliate
    others just bc they can't afford what they have and like teenager given the freedom waste their rich parents money on night club, buying expensive brand just because they can and following trend, and go wild driving while drunk, do drugs, sleep with random guy bc they think they're cool, and— opps i will stop here bc the list can go on and never stop~ haha

  6. heart evangelista's dog wears hermes and chanel and sleeps on lv FR. i think the dog is rescued sksksks and i oop-

  7. I now adore Heart Evangelista like dang I want to be that kind of rich

  8. The only reason I dislike Heart, is bcoz she could've been Cho Chang in Harry Potter, but refused. Lmao jk hahahaha

  9. That's how we waste money peeple, we waste it on hard work and beauty ❤️💸💸😂😂

  10. I don't think it's bad to inherit your family's fortune, but I truly appreciate it more if the fortune it's made from your own effort, even if it's not a grand fortune. Money doesn't give anything more than financial security so things like class and style must be achieved by personal polishing. I'm glad they show some class and refinement of their own.

  11. There is something despicable about this people. All they care about is consuming more and more.

  12. always make me cringy looking this yellow particular color triying so hard to be like aryan European
    it's just don't fit no matter how much you try
    like oil and water
    and yes I'm a hardcore racist saying the fact

  13. Yo! That Heart is literally the prettiest of the bunch! The others look so PLAIN!

  14. Its 2019 but once in a while I watch this video because of Heart Evangelista.
    Am I the only one?

  15. I was like where is jinkee? And then I was like oh maybe she's not that crazy yet😅😅😅😅

  16. always wanted to be friends with the rich asian kids but rich asian kids only hang out with rich asian kids only :"
    one day my child will be the rich asian kid

  17. I wish I was a rich Asian….. But I'm just a fulltime undergrad Asian working two jobs 👌🏽

  18. HEART FAMILY OWNS FINE DINING RESTAURANTS IN THE PHILIPPINES, BUT SHE IS INDEPENDENT … DOESN'T RELY ON THEM …. WORK HARD ON HER OWN… SHE OBVIOUSLY KNOCK OUT BEAUTY … BECAME AN ACTRESS, HAD SOME HEARTACHE EARLY ON , MARRY AN INTELLIGENT SMART GUY IN POLITICS…. AND SHE'S ALSO BUSINESS WOMAN, SHE'S QUITE AN ARTIST TOO, PEOPLE BUY HER PAINTINGS BECAUSE ITS SO PRETTY LIKE HER!!

  19. Sees a bag with art that probably costs a thousand dollars*

    Me: grabs a backpack, drew a stickman and a tree, and sold it for a million dollars

  20. i think i need to reincarnate and become crazy rich because i only 1 dress in my entire life

  21. I hate that it makes me feel jealous. How to stop feeling that way?! Or am i the only one?!

  22. There's something about Michelle Yeoh that makes me fall in love with her

  23. I wonder if Feipeng Chang is still in Hong Kong now, what does she wear in a rebellion?

  24. Maybe if first lady Imelda Marcos reaches our generation maybe she herself would become the most crazy Asian

  25. Real Rich Asian encompass Heart?

    Heart Evangelista known as an actress and for her art painting exhibit in the Philippines??

    Among few Asian who can wear limited most expensive clothes in the world.

    I don't know if Heart has her own business empire. But I know that she is no longer earning that much in showbusiness.

    What I know is that she is married to a long time 50 years old politician/lawyer.

    The question is, where did the crazy rich comes from?

    It's not showbusiness, it's not art, so applying the method of deduction, Politics in the most conclusive answer.

  26. Lol why most people on the comment section fighting over who is richer…
    Americans saying they have some of the wealthiest people.
    Asians completing over that title, when In reality we poor peeps won't get anything by it lol

  27. I think most Filipinos buy things in accordance of its craftsmanship or style [rather than its price]
    Coz for me personally, if there's cheaper clothes that is more beautiful than an expensive one, I will actually buy the cheaper one😂

    It's like most Filipino is
    #QUALITY/QUANTITY

  28. not even pretty, or elegant. bad representation of beauty that asian women generally have.

  29. The thing I loved the most about them is that, despite being so damn rich they are so humble, calm & polite. Wow!

  30. Anything inside a glass box or something without a price tag are my greatest fears in life

  31. Me watching these crazy rich asians buying chanel etc while Im having an extravagant shopping here in Divisoria. Bought 4 classy and beautiful dresses for $100 haha.

  32. Since I've been watching all these rich Asian youtube docus from Hong Kong to Vancouver, to this one is all I can think of is the one thing they all have in common that I would like to get in on is the European brands have made themselves the epitome of luxury to be sought after from not only Asians but different rich ethnicities around the world; Versace, Prada and many more, even Ferrari, how can a sis get in on that type of wealth🤷🏽‍♀️

  33. i have to keep reminding myself that she is wearing professional makeup so not to fall in love 😛

  34. Being rich is not about what you can buy. Is about how many lives can you change with that single dollar.

  35. You know you are filthy rich if your old grandmother only wore Escada and Chanel

  36. Most of these girls are from south east asia, as a south east asian, i’m proud. 🙂

  37. Is so ignorant do comparison between two different cultures.
    Anyway I love when she said that their are buing art.
    I'm totally agree.

  38. It's such high fashion bullshit..
    It's art it's this it's that…oh the reasoning to justify its just so immature…call me whatever! It makes no fucking sense byee..

  39. Ate Heart is literally the definition of class. 😍 She's sweet, smart, meticulous, a whole queen, etc. ❤️

  40. I already feel like these expensive and high class ladies with luxury and mature taste … the onley thing missing is all the money :v

  41. Heart Evangelista owns a Himalayan Birkin Bag which cost a 1.1 million dollars. With hundreds maybe even thousands of high end different bags

  42. I really love the Yeoh's sister. They are so humble even though going to Paris Fashion week is their annual thing. And of course, Heart is so much like what Astrid is like in real life. all of them is the real deal of elegance, real, and talented people who highly appreciate fashion as a piece of art. Love these ladies!

  43. Well, the whole comment section became a battle ground. I dont care if you are American, or Asian or even something out of this world, do you really think that arguing with people online and boasting about your country's pride is a very good representation of said country and culture? I think not. And Im sure that some petty, immature persons are going to attack me for saying this. Dont worry, I'll just take it as your country having petty and immature citizens. Have a good day. 😊

  44. Oh super, the culture of excess and waste becoming the norm has reached the East as well. Hoarding wealth and resources while there are people suffering at your doorstep in Hong Kong.

  45. it's cute how heart's previous roles actually showcase her as the rich, bratty kikay on most of her movies (except on the tanging ina series). it is so nostalgic to look at.

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