Entertainment News 14/1

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Work to start earlier on Nguyen Hue Flower Street Work will begin on Nguyen Hue Flower Street next Thursday, five days earlier than scheduled, as the project will cover the entire pedestrian square on Nguyen Hue Boulevard, which is far larger than in previous years. The 720-meter-long street of Nguyen Hue running from the Ho Chi Minh Statue in front of City Hall to Ton Duc Thang Street by the Saigon River will be developed into a must-see venue for Tet (Lunar New Year) revelers. The flower street will be opened to public viewing from February 5, the 27th of the 12th lunar month, and last until February 12 (the 5th of the first lunar month). According to the Saigontourist Holding Company (Saigontourist), construction firms needed 11 days to build the flower street last year but 16 days this year. The theme of the flower street this year is "HCMC: Peace, Integration and Development." According to Saigontourist, the previous event used 120,000-130,000 flower pots for decoration … [Read more...]

Hydration inspires fashion show winner

Thirsty for fashion: Supermodel Thanh Hang presents a creation by Huynh Long An, who won the Aquafina Pure Fashion design contest yesterday. — Photo courtesy of organiser

HA NOI (VNS) — Outfits inspired by the importance of drinking water by young designer Huynh Long An won the Aquafina Pure Fashion 2015 finale in Ha Noi on Tuesday night. An received VND100 million (US$4,500) together with a ticket to the "City of Light" to attend Paris Fashion Week. An, who is from the Mekong River Delta province of Dong Nai, created five denim designs, using the decorative pattern 421, which means four two litre bottles of water everyday. Entitled Freedom in the Water, the collection opened the night it was presented on the catwalk by supermodel Thanh Hang, winner of Vietnam's Next Top Model 2012, Hoang Thuy, heartthrob actor Harry Lu, and singers Doan Trang and Noo Phuoc Thinh. Each model represented a specific fashion style, which An and other finalists were asked to create an outfit in accordance with. While supermodel Thanh Hang represented refinement, model Hoang Thuy portrayed confidence while Lu wore elegance. Doan Trang and Noo Phuoc Thinh wore … [Read more...]

Outfits inspired from the importance of drinking water won fashion design contest

Aquafina1: Supermodel Thanh Hang presents a creation by Huynh Long An, who won the Aquafina Pure Fashion design contest on Juanuary 12. — Photo courtesy of organiser

HA NOI (VNS) — Outfits inspired from the importance of drinking water by young designer Huynh Long An won the Aquafina Pure Fashion 2015 finale in Ha Noi on January 12. An received VND100 million (US$4,500) together with a ticket to the "City of Light" to attend Paris Fashion Week. An, who is from the Mekong River Delta province of Dong Nai, created five denim designs, using the decorative pattern 421, which means four two litre bottles of water everyday. Entitled Freedom in the Water, the collection opened the night when it was presented on the catwalk by supermodel Thanh Hang, winner of Vietnam's Next Top Model 2012, Hoang Thuy, heartthrob actor Harry Lu, and singers Doan Trang and Noo Phuoc Thinh. Each model represented a specific fashion style, which An and other finalists were asked to create an outfit in accordance with. While supermodel Thanh Hang represented refinement, model Hoang Thuy portrayed confidence while Harry Lu wore elegance. Doan Trang and Noo Phuoc … [Read more...]

Photos: $60,000 Ao Dai is Vietnam record

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VietNamNet Bridge – The Vietnam Record Book Centre has presented the Vietnam record certification for a Vietnamese ao dai decorated with the largest gold phoenix, which was worn by supermodel Thanh Hang at the closing ceremony of the Vietnam International Fashion Week 2015 in late October in HCM City. This gold-inlaid ao dai (Vietnamese long dress), worth VND1.2 billion (nearly $60,000) was produced by Phu Nhuan Jewelry Company (PNJ). The costume, which was handmade by 30 veteran PNJ artisans in 240 hours, features an image of a phoenix representing Vietnamese women’s dignity, and has 2,000 details in 24k gold with illuminating effects. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese American designer opens fashion week in town

Supermodel Thanh Hang shows one of the latest designs in the Spring-Summer 2016 collection by Vietnamese American Tran Phuong My on the catwalk on the opening night of the Vietnam International Fashion Week 2015 on October 14 in HCMC - PHOTO: KIEU GIANG

Kieu Giang Spectators can see 50 designs in pastel colors inspired from images of Vietnamese ladies in the 1950s via long dresses with wide-brimmed hats. The designer introduces new details in her outfits, including collars inspired from traditional kimono costumes, pillar-shaped collar and deep Peter Pan neck cut to infuse a new spirit into simple dresses. There is also an unbalanced structure of dresses with many layers of fringes to impress audiences. My used silk combined with polyester fibers from Japan and Korea to create the sparkling effects for her Reflection collection. Viewers can also admire one of this year’s world trends of white pearls in different shapes attached on My’s costumes. The 27-year-old award-winning fashion designer launched the flagship store of her high-fashion brand Phuong My on Le Thanh Ton Street in District 1 in 2013. She graduated from Academy of Art University in San Francisco with many awards, including Discarded to Divine … [Read more...]

New catwalk test floors many aspiring models

In the spotlight: A student of HCM City Medical University, K'Broi, who belongs to the K'Ho ethnic group in Lam Dong Province, is one of two ethnic contestants selected to the top 14 in the Next Top Model contest. — VNS Photo Van Dat

HCM CITY (VNS)— Organisers of the annual fashion TV reality show Viet Nam's Next Top Model 2015 surprised the press and guests while introducing this year's top 14 models in an unusual way during a press meeting on Thursday. Nguyen Thi Hop, a native of Quang Ninh, triumphed over 14 other contestants during the semi-final round's first challenge, which was staged in front of the media. In previous years, every challenge stage, before being broadcast on television, was filmed separately without the presence of the media. This time, all 14 contestants, seven men and seven women, were selected from pre-qualified rounds organised in Ha Noi, Da Nang, HCM City and Can Tho. They had to walk on the catwalk built with different levels of steps, including one zigzag section. Some of them had to walk in 20cm-high shoes on the uneven runway. Several contestants fell down on the runway during their first challenge in the semi-final round at HCM City's Grand Palace. Supermodel Thanh Hang, … [Read more...]

Vietnamese designer to introduce new collection in New York

Designer Ly Qui Khanh.

VietNamNet Bridge - Designer Ly Qui Khanh, 27, has been invited to participate in the fashion show of the amfAR charity event of New York Fashion Week on February 19. Khanh has just received an invitation to New York Fashion Week 2015 from manufacturer Veronica R. Welch. His Autumn Winter Collection 2015 will be featured at a charity event organized by amfAR, taking place on the sidelines of the New York Fashion Week at 4pm on February 19. "I was surprised to be invited to the New York Fashion Week 2015. This was my dream since I became a designer. At first, I was afraid to accept the invitation because I felt myself immature. But sometimes opportunity comes only once in life, so I'll try my best," Khanh said. To prepare well for the show, Khanh closed his shop for several months. He explained that taking part at a show at the New York Fashion Week will be quite expensive so he has to rearrange everything, from clothes to models to accessories. Khanh said he would bring the … [Read more...]

Thang Hang radiates sunshine beside Harry Lu

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(VOV) - Supermodel Thanh hang and Taiwanese actor-Harry Lu recently got together to record a video to promote Taiwanese (Chinese) culture. In the clip, Harry Lu demonstrates his ability to speak fluent Vietnamese and shares his feelings for his native Vietnam, the country he was born and raised in. This is the fourth consecutive year Hang has been an ambassador of the Taiwan Excellence campaign and active in its fundraising efforts. The Taiwan Excellence campaign offers Vietnamese consumers an opportunity to experience innovative Taiwanese products. … [Read more...]

Well-known designer introduces Haute Couture collection

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VietNamNet Bridge - Cong Tri has presented his Haute Couture collection in the exhibition "Origin Passion and Beliefs" in Italy. Supermodel Thanh Hang once again joined the famous designer to introduce the collection inspired by the magical beauty of water. "Water has limitless power potential and it is indispensable in our lives," Cong Tri said. In this collection, Cong Tri used the techniques of traditional crafts to create contemporary and traditional products. Cong Tri was recently honored as one of the top 100 designers who meet international haute couture standards. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Headlines January 6

A 19th century shipwreck discovered in 2012 in the Lo River in the northern city of Tuyen Quang is now being removed from the river.

Binh Thuan to host Miss Vietnam Ocean The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism has authorised Binh Thuan province and the Vo Viet Chung Company to organize Miss Vietnam Ocean 2014. The inaugural beauty contest is part of Blue Ocean World's campaign to protect the marine environment. The pageant will run from now until May 23. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are hosts for the qualifying and semifinal rounds before the final unfolds in Binh Thuan province's Phan Thiet City. Designer Vo Viet Chung, head of the pageant's organising board, detailed plans to register it at international levels and the intention to make it an annual event. If successful, Vietnam would host any World Miss Ocean competitions and be recognised as its founder like the Philippines with Miss Earth and the US with Miss Universe. Chung revealed the pageant's jury will include journalist Nguyen The Than; a former Vice Director of the HCM City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism; and actressLy Nha Ky. Miss … [Read more...]

Zing Music Awards perform again all hit songs in 2013

Zing Music Awards 2013 (Photo:SGGP)

Zing Music Awards will be organized at Hoa Binh Theater and be broadcasted live on website tv.zing.vn in the evening of January 7, with the aim to honor composers, singers and music bands who have made outstanding contribution to Vietnamese music in 2013 Accordingly, composer Duc Tri and Nguyen Hai Phong will play important role as two directors of this music program, who are expected to bring fresh air for the event. Besides, nine hit songs of Vietnam music industry in 2013 also will be performed again in the gala. During the program, the gala also will welcome the attendances by beauty queens as Mai Phuong Thuy, Huong Giang. Truong Thi May, supermodel Thanh Hang and actor Khuong Ngoc, Quach Ngoc Ngoan, Tran Thanh. … [Read more...]

Hospitality school student wins model contest

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Mau Thanh Thuy (left) and Vu Tuan Viet (right), two shortlisted contestants, wait with bated breath for the jury's decision.— VNS Photo Van Dat HCM CITY (VNS) — Freelance model Mau Thi Thanh Thuy has won Viet Nam's Next Top Model 2013, beating Le Van Kien, Cha Mi and Tuan Viet in the final round. The event was broadcast live on Viet Nam Television from HCM City's Rach Mieu Sport Complex on Sunday night. The 20-year-old model, who was more confident than the other three contestants in both the catwalk and photo shoot on the stage, organised by British photographer Lee Powers, has improved her chances of becoming a professional model and entering the international fashion industry. Jay Alexander, catwalk expert during 18 seasons of America's Next Top Model contest, agreed with Vietnamese jury persons - supermodel Thanh Hang, fashion designer Do Manh Cuong, and makeup expert Nam Trung - that Thuy's confidence during her performance makes her a winner, not only in this contest but in … [Read more...]

Mau Thanh Thuy crowned Vietnam’s Next Top Model 2013

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(VOV) -Mau Thanh Thuy, a 22-year old student from Ho Chi Minh City, won the championship title of Vietnam's Next Top Model 2013 contest in its final round on December 22. Thuy is 1.78m, weighs 56kg, and measures 81 - 65 - 92. She is a student of the Vietnam Australia Advanced College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Her brilliant performance left a deep impression on the jury board and audiences, as well as foreign designers and photographers from Singapore and France. The runner-up, Tuan Kiet, also showed his outstanding performance during photo shoots in the final round with two other candidates - Van Kien and Cha Mi. The jury members included supermodel Thanh Hang, fashion designer Do Manh Cuong and creative director Nam Trung. Jay Alexander, a leading expert in catwalk who has sat on the jury of America's Next Top Model for 18 times was invited as an honourable guest on this occasion. Here are some photos at the December 22 final round in HCM City: … [Read more...]

What’s a pound of flesh worth?

Singer Ngoc Son recently told an online website he had insured his virginity for US$1 million, but many doubt the authenticity of the statement. Photo: Doc Lap

Ngoc Son, a famous singer for nhac vang, the "cheesy" yet popular music genre in Vietnam, recently made himself a laughing stock after telling the press he had insured his virginity for US$1 million. "Really, I have never lost my virginity. "I'm really serious about relationships. I will save my virginity for only one: my future wife." Many said that the 43-year-old singer was just a has-been trying to attract attention, since he has always been rumored gay and in the past he had involved in some sexual scandals. But his statement raised the question whether Vietnamese celebrities in the show business are really interested in insuring their body parts. When asked about this, many celebrities boasted that they did insure their "assets" but they could not reveal details of their insurance contracts. Models Vu Hoang Diep and Ha Vy both told the press their legs are worth $50,000. Dancer Linh Nga is also rumored to insure her legs. By when asked about details of the contracts, they … [Read more...]

2013 Vietnam’s Next Top Model to be on air next month

18 finalists of 2013 Vietnam's Next Top Model with judge Thanh Hang (in black) - TUOI TRE

The 2013 Vietnam's Next Top Model's will be broadcast on TV next month, featuring the competition of 18 top finalists including 9 male and 9 female contestants chosen on September 9. This is the first year the contest has welcomed male contestants, besides female participants like previous years. The change was made after the 20th season of the original America's Next Top Model opened to female models this February. This is the first season of America's Next Top Model to feature male contestants. With its audition round kicked off in August, this season attracted 1,200 participants, the highest number of contestants so far. Fashion designer Do Manh Cuong and makeup specialist Nam Trung, previous season's judges, stay on the jury this year. The board has welcomed two new judges, supermodel Thanh Hang, and famed Australian catwalk coach Adam Williams. The winner will receive a prize of up to VND2 billion (US$95,080). The top candidates will also have chances to get trained in … [Read more...]

2013 VN’s Next Top Model to be on air next month

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The 2013 Vietnam's Next Top Model's will be broadcast on TV next month, featuring the competition of 18 top finalists including 9 male and 9 female contestants chosen on September 9. This is the first year the contest has welcomed male contestants, besides female participants like previous years. The change was made after the 20th season of the original America's Next Top Model opened to female models this February. This is the first season of America's Next Top Model to feature male contestants. With its audition round kicked off in August, this season attracted 1,200 participants, the highest number of contestants so far. Fashion designer Do Manh Cuong and makeup specialist Nam Trung, previous season's judges, stay on the jury this year. The board has welcomed two new judges, supermodel Thanh Hang, and famed Australian catwalk coach Adam Williams. The winner will receive a prize of up to VND2 billion (US$95,080). The top candidates will also have chances to get trained in … [Read more...]

Three local winners of Taiwan Excellence Cares contest

Taiwan Excellence's ambassador/supermodel Thanh Hang (3rd, L) and Tseng Hsien Chao (1st, L), director of the Commercial Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Offi ce in HCMC and Timothy W.D. Tso (R), director of TAITRA Vietnam with the three winners of the charity campaign - Photo: Kieu Giang

Kieu Giang The award ceremony was held on Wednesday in District 1 where local media listened to the winners' presentations on projects to use Taiwanese products to help HIV-infected and disadvantaged children and orphans to improve their lives and knowledge. Each winner will receive US$10,000 in products to carry out their ideas and US$2,000 in cash and a round trip ticket from HCMC to Taiwan to participate in a press conference in Taipei next month in the framework of the Taiwan Excellence Cares campaign. The first phase of the campaign helped raise over US$9,200 for social activities in Vietnam. The second phase saw 20 finalists' charity initiatives voted for by over 400,000 people nationwide on the program's website. The trio then entered the third phase which sees them turn their projects into reality with the support of Taiwan Excellence Cares organizers. The campaign, organized by the Bureau of Foreign Trade and TAITRA, is launched in Taiwan, China, India, Indonesia and … [Read more...]

Supermodel Thanh Hang hosts Vietnam’s Next Top Model

Supermodel Pham Thanh Hang - Photo: Milor Tran

VietNamNet Bridge - The organizing committee of Vietnam's Next Top Model (VNTM) 2013 on Thursday announced popular supermodel/actress Pham Thanh Hang will host the fourth season of the reality television model search. After winning the Miss Photo Vietnam title in 2002 aged just 19, Hang has been known as the most progressive model on the catwalk. Recently, she was a board member of Vietnam's Model Association. She has also played leading roles in numerous TV dramas and movies. "I have watched VNTM since the first season where potential models have been found for the local fashion industry. I am proud to host this show and strongly believe that I can inspire and teach the younger generations of models with my knowledge and passion for fashion. I hope audiences will support me in this new position," said Thanh Hang in a statement. VNTM 2013 will open for contestants aged between 18 and 25 at a height of 1.70m for females and 1.75m for males on August 12 at the Grand Palace … [Read more...]