NEW BEGINNINGS

Photography by Gia Han Le


After two months back in Switzerland, I have stepped back and had time to regenerate in the clean mountain air to detox both my body and soul. My time in Vietnam was definitely intense and challenging. Today, I want to reflect and embrace these ever changing life experiences. 

Time flies and today after more than 3 years blogging, I am drawn to a new direction for iminhtouch. I strongly believe that we should not ever stop evolving but constantly reinvent ourselves and challenge our own creativity. This post is very special to me. It will be the last article on my blog... However, don't panic... this is definitely not a goodbye just a re-birth! I simply have some surprises in store for you and promise not to let you down! 

I want to take this opportunity in my life to redirect my energy! It is now time for new beginnings and I can't wait to unwrap the future and share with you much much more very soon!




L'AMANT


As I have written many times, my blog is not just a platform for fashion and trends, iminhtouch is first and foremost an outlet for me to express my inner thoughts and emotions not unlike a digital diary. 

This article is inspired by one of my favourite movies: L'Amant (The Lover). A dramatic film produced by Claude Berri and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud in 1992. Based on the autobiographical novel by Marguerite Duras, the movie details the love affair between a young French girl and a wealthy Chinese man in 1929 in French Indochina. 

Well, I must admit that I recently recognized similarities in this love story. One and a half years ago, I left Switzerland to follow my dream and start a new life here in Vietnam. I would never had ever imagined falling in love here with such a beautiful city. Our love story is one of the most passionate, emotional and dramatic relationships I ever had. Just like the chinese man and the French girl: an impossible love affair you may think But it happened never the less!

The first time I met Saigon, I was expecting far more. I was probably cautious and a little bit defensive. With time, I discovered a different side to the city, I learned more and experienced wonderful times and in the end this city is full of surprises and every day I experience another little unexpected moment that makes each day special. I do love this city even though our relationship has had a lot of ups and downs.

Today, on the occasion of the celebration of the Chinese New Year, I want to celebrate our love and mutual respect. Thank you for giving me some truly amazing memories and provoking so many strong emotions and feelings in the past months. As every passionate and volatile relationship, sometimes it is good to step back, take a break and see how we feel about each other in order to embrace better our future..


Photography by Lê Nguyễn Hoàng Hiếu
Concept & Styling by Thư Vũ
Hair & Make up by Công Anh Lê Nguyễn



MACEDONIA

Photography by Qanbi (facebook.com/qanbi, instagram @qanbi)


Gentlemen are you ready? This is it! Anna Vo is now designing for men too! I simply cannot miss this opportunity to share with you her new looks from her first ever Menswear Collection! 

I still remember the first time I met Anna: it was exactly one year ago at the first Vietnam Designer Fashion week held here in HCMC. I was stunned  by her collection but I must say even more impressed by the woman in person. Down to earth, positive, articulate, passionate and what a killer smile she has to flash to totally disarm you! Since then I am lucky enough that we became good friends and everytime we meet I ask her, "So Anna, when are you launching your men's collection so that I can wear you too?" The big day has finally arrived! Anna introduced her first Spring/Summer 2017 Menswear Collection at the ELLE Fashion Journey show this October.

For those of you who don't  know her yet, Anna Vo is a Vietnamese born designer, with an international background and knowledge. Her collections and creations remain "European" inspired in terms of form and fabric, but the details will always be Vietnamese or Asian in origin and delivery. Infact an absolutely perfect match with iminhtouch.com! European with an Asian origin!

This Spring/Summer 2017 Collection is called MACEDONIA, in italian, means Fruit Salad.

Last summer, Anna visited a few beautiful islands in south of Italy (Almafi Coast and Capri) and south of France (Nice and St. Tropez). One of the things she loves to do during the summer in Europe is to go to the “Morning Market”, where we can get fresh fruits and vegetables. She likes to call it “a Stylish Chic Morning Market”. The name says it all - she got to see beautiful European girls riding their bikes along the coast, wearing these floral silky colorful maxi dresses in stylish beach totes and beautiful simple strappy sandals to go and get their fresh fruits and vegetables. They look simply chic sophisticated, bare minimal makeup, natural shaped- hair, with details such as a stylish colorful beach bags decorated with pompom worn together with a pair of strappy sandals. She also saw a good amount of men who goes to this market. They are well- dressed as much as the women. A pair of white linen shorts, with a tailored white linen shirt and a stylish pair of moccasin. All of these give to Anna a simply pure European summer chic picture and inspired her for her collection. Being a Vietnamese designer, she took some of the most popular Vietnamese tropical fruits which she loves and eat quite often, varying from the iconic dragon fruit, to mangosteen, starfruits and soursop as the main prints and detail for “Macedonia”. In addition, their colors range from pink; green to plum and yellow give a youthful, fun and energetic feeling to this collection. 

Last but not least, Vietnamese craftsmanship is the main focus for this collection. Vietnamese are known for their artisan, hand- woven and embroideries techniques. With “Macedonia”, Anna wants to tell a story of Vietnamese craftsmanship, about our skillful talented workers, who spend day and night to make these designs. Each piece is hand- made, unique, and special in its own way. Each piece consists of many working hours, dedication and most of all the love for belief for my creation.

I am very lucky to collaborate with Anna and to have the chance to wear her creations. Everytime, I just feel special, confident and also proud to be Vietnamese!




FOREVER A GENTLEMAN

Photography by Phan Vo (instagram @phan_vo)


In life, we all have mentors, people that inspire us to aim higher, to achieve more or simply be a better version of who we are. 

Four years ago, I had the privilege to meet a true gentleman. I must confess it was a style crush at first sight! Mr Thuan Nguyen is currently dividing his time between Paris and Ho Chi Minh City. Today he is now recognized as one of the most stylish and elegant men about town. For this article, Mr Thuan Nguyen is wearing his own made to measure tailored suit. Whilst I wore a single breasted "Antonio Torres", not only that I was styled by Antonio himself!

But how well do you wear your suit? With today’s article I would like to go through the basic rules when wearing a suit.

1. Suit Color
This is all about preference, but black isn’t the be all and end all of suits.
Most of us own a dependable black suit, it's a wardrobe staple but a wardrobe full of black suits is just unadventurous (sorry Mr Ford!) Personally I love navy blue or dark grey as first choices: just so easy to mix and match.

2. Shoulders must fit
The days of Miami Vice are over. If you don’t have broad shoulders then it is important that you pay way more attention to the fit. It is important to see how much of your frame fills out the jacket. If your physique is a little imbalanced then you may never find the perfect fitting jacket and will require a skilled alteration  tailor!

3. Cuff coverage
Some people will have longer arms than others, so it is hard to fully determine what can be done about your cuffs if you do indeed have long arms: ideally, the shirt cuffs will exceed the suit jacket by about half an inch and certainly no more than an inch or less than the actual jacket.

4. Jacket Length
As a rule on a traditional jacket the length of sleeve should hit the same height as the knuckle of your thumb. More contemporary jackets may be shorter but never go longer.

5. Trouser length
The length must sit perfectly on your ankle and crucially before it rests on your shoe. When you sit down your trousers will rise up a little bit, so to save yourself from embarrassment make sure that you have socks that rise a fair way past your Achilles. If you wear gym socks or those short length socks with a suit, then you’ll get what you deserve if your hairy legs are on show.

6. Shoe Color
 Shoe colour is important because it compliments your choice of suit. Black suit and black shoes are the “sit on the fence swiss” option, but if you actually want to look like you don’t just own one suit or aren't a character out of Pulp Fiction, you will need options. Brown always works well with navy, but not necessarily always with grey. So be vigilant and make sure you don’t take the simplistic look of brown is brown. Remember belt always matches shoes!

7. Pocket Square
Don’t ever have a pocket square that matches your tie. It rather defeats the purpose of having a flourish of additional color and pattern. It also just looks like you're wearing a pre bought Christmas set from Grandma!

Hope my top tips will help you "rock" a suit for any occasion! Finally, I am a man who believes a well cut suit just like in the movies makes for a great night, customized suiting is a must for a man who understands the gentleman's lifestyle.

 
Special thanks to The Society