BREAKFAST WITH MINH BUI


Video by Dai Ngo Studio
Special thanks: Thu Vu, Quan Ngo & Mark Acree

SURVIVOR


A few weeks ago, for the very first time, I had the chance to experience Vietnam International Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 in HCMC. I really didn't know what to expect. I was amazed by the excitement and enthusiasm of the people during these few days. I really enjoyed attending fashion week and seeing all the diversity and inspirational work from the designers. Most all the vietnameses designers brought to their collections in some form their asian heritage in terms of art, culture or in some cases a new interpretation of the asian woman. I found It very inspiring. For me it was "East meets West" through Fashion on the runway of VIFW!

One of my favourite collections was from vietnamese designer Le Thanh Hoa, who closed Fashion week. I was very excited to see the staging of the models on the runway wearing stunning ensembles . The collection was simple sexy and glam. Based on a military theme, le Thanh Hoa brought something Hot and edgy to his collection with the use of original shape fitting formal cutting and use of material. Le Thanh Hoa is used to designing more classical evening gowns for red carpets events for celebrities but this time he showed his versatility and creativity that definitely surprised everyone present! 

As this was soo inspiring I wanted to follow his mood and surprise you guys! Fashion should be fun and risk taking by trying out new things... and here is the result. A brand new look and style of pictures that I have never tried before! I was very lucky for this shoot to collaborate with a young and very talented team. How many guys would dream of swapping places with me to hold such a gorgeous model right? Between you and me I was pretty nervous on set as I'm not trained as a model. She was simply stunning and so very down to earth and easy to work with! The shoot was an absolute hot! So much fun as you can see in the pictures!

If you believe in your dreams and in yourself, no matter how hard you have to try you will survive and shine if you have passion and modesty! Always keep fighting for your dreams coz "you are a SURVIVOR


Fashion: Military’16 by Le Thanh Hoa
Photographer: Milor Tran
Stylist: Louis Dang
Model: Hang Nguyen
Hair and Make Up: Mid Nguyen


MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING


As I am writing these few lines whilst waiting at Zurich Airport to fly back to HCMC, I reflect it has been a very thought provoking week. On Saturday May 21, my best friend Régine said “OUI” to Sebastien, the love her life. As her best man (traditionally the stand in if the groom does a "no show" lol), I got to play a part in her special day! Not only that, what an unforgettable day it was! Here are some pictures I took during the wedding. Everything was simply beautiful, elegant and sophisticated... just like the newlyweds themselves!

Régine and I grew up together over the years. We were always by each other's side. In all honesty, I couldn’t ask for anything more in a friend. She is the most focused, stable, ambitious, generous, kind and down to earth person I have ever met. She is definitely my best friend and the one who knows me best.The one that no matter what life throws at you, you know you can always turn to her for words of wisdom and support no matter the distance. As a lawyer her view of the fashion industry is at best illuminating but she has always supported and encouraged me, always the rational voice of reason and compassion: "Never give up on your dream, do what makes you happy, don't compromise and no matter what, I will always be by your side!" What more can I say... Just "Ditto Regine!"

May Regine and Sebastien be great examples to all of us. These two were truly made for each other: a perfect match and a perfect day! Congratulations to you both!
 


WHAT IS LOVE?

Photography by Phan Vo (instagram @phan_vo)

Since I moved to Vietnam, the three most frequent chat up lines are: 1. "What is your date of birth?"; 2. "Are you single?"; 3. "Did you come back to Vietnam to find love?". The answers are: 1. 19.12.1979 (but since 25, I have got older, but absolutely no wiser!); 2. Definitely yes!; 3. What actually does love mean? (Ironically enough Prince Charles gave a similar answer to the press in 1981 whilst physically hugging his 19 year old fiancée Diana! I don't remember this as I was only 3, but when I was told this recently... it kind of spooked me!)

So let's get physical? Hugs anyone?!? Probably not here lol, but let's get personal... www.iminhtouch.com is more than a fashion blog but a platform where I can express my thoughts and discuss matters on my mind.  After my first steps, work and new experiences living in Ho Chi Minh City, It's time to share with you more about my current state of mind, maybe you will help me to find some answers...


I was surprised to find out... "What is love?" is one of the most regularly searched phrases on Google. Well, there is definitely a reason for that. Usually, whenever we ask, “What is love?” it’s usually because we’re confused if a certain special someone really loves us, or perhaps because a certain special someone just accused us of not really loving them. But here is my big question: is love limited in its definition and only between a man & a woman? I don't believe so, I know enough long term same sex couples to prove this otherwise! However, I'm not idealistic enough to believe everything is supposed to become something beautiful, meaningful and long-lasting. Sometimes people drop into (and out of your life) to show you what is right and what is wrong, to show you who you can be, to teach you to love yourself. Sometimes they unconditionally make you feel better, share an umbrella in the rain or the wisdom of their years and sometimes just simply go with you to down a beer to help you drown your sorrows. Not everyone is going to stay forever, and we still have to carry on alone and thank them for what they've taught us. There are so many different forms of love... Even Camilla Parker Bowles found her perfect man! So I ask again what really is love?


For me, since I moved here, I have learnt a lot more about myself and discovered what makes my heart skip a beat... They say "absence makes the heart grow fonder" in other words you don't appreciate what you have until it is no longer there. I have realized how much I love my family and friends in Switzerland and how much I miss them dearly... Perhaps this devotion is a form of love... This love is perhaps enough for me at the moment... It is definitely not easy to find someone who isn't afraid to admit they miss you. Someone who knows that you are not perfect but looks past your flaws and peculiarities. Someone who's biggest fear is losing you forever. One who gives their heart unconditionally. Someone who says "I love you" and means it. If this is love, I must say that I really am a very lucky man. I have a beautiful family and amazing friends. This article is for all you guys thousands of kilometers away in Switzerland and in Houston:). I truly love you and miss you every day.




Special Thanks to:

Mr Do Manh Cuong for the two "Lover" looks! (www.dmc-vn.com)

Hotel des Arts Saigon, Member of Mgallery Collection for the glamorous location! (Click here)