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

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.

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  2. Living lavishly is so admiring! But, the way these ladies treasure what they buy is even more beautiful. 🖤

  3. notice how these women don't cake on makeup or wear cheap fast fashion. this is class. this is sophistication. this is something those instagram hoes could never dream of.

  4. Lizard skin? How cruel. These are horrible women who should be helping the skeletal, starving children in Yemen rather than spoiling their ugly souls with this stuff.

  5. And here I am, watching in the middle of the night while cramming for my mid terms tomorrow 🙃 wish me luck 💖💯😂

  6. I want to be rich like them , not like the other rich people out there who’s just showing everything off.

  7. Asians dress so nice and clean, even the ones that I less rich then them that I see around my city dress so nice and look rich even if their clothes might not be the most expensive thing,

  8. American rich: rude, ignorant, likes to spend money on useless stuff, loves to brag about his/her money
    Asian rich: cultured, speaks 5 languages, plays 2 instruments, polite, humble

  9. What broke Americans think rich people eat: Fine cuisine dining every day for lunch, the most lavish foods on the planet.

    Reality: frech fries at Chile's

    Hi and welcome to Chile's.

  10. Interesting comment by Kevin at the end: They these lives of Imperial splendour! Very romantic and wonderful that the English came to Asia and China…. Else it would be a different place today.

  11. Wow just like I tell everybody that's rich spread your wealth while you're alive because when we die we don't get to take it with us..

  12. Thats y I love Ms.ANGGUN so much.She never talk about money&material,eventhough She comes from ROYAL FAMILY(one of big kingdom)&very rich.

  13. It’s interesting that they all sound like they have some sort of American accent. None of them are mentioned to have had anything to do with America. It’s just interesting.

  14. Despite having mainstay world wide celebrity status and ultra exclusive buying power, the one million dollar question is…are they truly happy with their lives?

  15. I can name more "crazy rich asians" who aren't spending on fashion on a regular basis but on buildings so I was disappointed. I was expecting more names on this list.

  16. was anyone else surprised by how.. real they all looked? Ik that prob sounds bad but the kind of makeup they r wearing is v natural compared to the celebrities in the east and west

  17. i love how the other girls are "yes. we are very rich." and heart's just like "oh whoops dropped a fry on my bag haha"
    a true icon

  18. i always wonder who bought all those clothes from the couture designers….i thought they were on auctions or something, apparently these girls bought them

  19. Hart looks the best. Rest of them look like the million other Chinese/koreans/Malaysians eto around the world

  20. Class, elegance and their own kind of humility. I adore the way they speak of fashion. They're not buying it to show off, they're buying it to obtain what they consider to be beautiful artwork. As an artist, if someone recognizes my art this much I would be in the clouds. As weird as it sounds, I can safely say that they deserve to spend that money, haha!

  21. Heart Evangelista is really that kind and humble crazy rich asian. She owned (adopted) a street dog which will inherit all her stuffs and money lol

  22. These women are the type you KNOW are rich without them flaunting too much. rich people in the west like to flaunt kind of 'loudly', literally shoving $100 bills out their window. But most of us westerners dont claim them 😉

  23. heart evangelista is really one of the millionaire or billionare now in a days in the philippines aside from her parents businesses…she's classy and elgant but yet shes simple and humble..

  24. Heart evangelista is very humble from the most extra vagant fashion show she can kiss an askal dog from the street and also let other vlogger to wear her extra vagant clothes

  25. M none of this except crazy and asian n you think its a valid enough reason to appear on my tl n make me feel even more shitty, youtube??!..thank you yt weird algorithm!!

  26. well it’s ok if you earned the money yourself and it’s not someone’s else’s money you are spending and then showing off

  27. That’s why so many are poor, they are hoarding money and never use it thats why we have a money crisis lmao just a joke

  28. That is almost the ideal life for me! I know I may never get to live it, but just knowing someone out there can, and is deserving of it, makes my heart happy. They are such beautiful women, inside and out! ❤️

  29. T'is months ago already.. And Heart Evangelista(real name: Love Marie Escudero) still captures the eyes of viewers 😘

  30. Heart painting her stained Birkin bag and getting a business out of it. Smart. I hear she has a waitlist on her projects and a single piece can easily cost you a designer bag itself.

  31. Me: a kpop loving, broke asian

    dont blame me, its all the kpop merch and concerts… rip. But no joke these girls are so elegant, not like some instagram models who show off their stuff, I appreciate these shishters 🥳

  32. I love Heart Evangelista, literally before this video I just discovered her and her channel. Her video about her closet tour speaks so much humbleness despite the fact that she’s filthy rich ✨

  33. Because of this thing I can’t live like an original life which I have now:)
    I want to be rich and maybe it’s the only thing that makes me happy 😊

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