China Chow in Stella McCartney

Posted on December 01, 2011

We love you , China Chow, you fabulous little party pixie.

 

China Chow in Stella McCartneyChina Chow attends the White Cube Party at Soho Beach House Miami.

China Chow in Stella McCartneyStella McCartney Resort 2012 Collection/Model: Kasia Struss

China Chow in Stella McCartney

China Chow in Stella McCartney

This is neither IN/OUT-worthy nor WERQ-worthy simply because this doesn’t look like the kind of event that required high-end dressing (check the dork in the background in the last pic) and, knowing her, this was not an outfit put together by a stylist. In other words, these really are her going-out clothes. We doubt many woman could make this look work, even a model, but she’s so tiny and fabulous that all the crazy prints and textures (not to mention the shape) work just fine on her. If we were at this party and didn’t know her, we’d have a hard time taking our eyes off her or approaching her to tell her we love her outfit. But that’s just us. Kittens may disagree but they must show their work if they choose to do so.

As an aside, we met China briefly when this season of Work of Art was shooting. We didn’t exactly get to be on-set, but we were off- off- off-set (Thanks to some T Lo fans at cars.com, one of the show’s sponsors) and she came back to say hello. She really is tiny and she has a surprisingly forceful voice, like a politician’s or a CEO’s. Here comes this little fabulosity in couture and when she shakes our hand, it’s “HI, NICE TO MEET YOU! THANK YOU FOR COMING!” You know how in cartoons when someone yells, the person they’re yelling at is animated like they’re taking full-force winds in the face? That’s what it felt like. Not that she was obnoxiously or unattractively loud or anything; just that she has a much more commanding voice than you’d expect.  Maybe she spends so much time at parties that she’s got permanent party voice. She was very sweet, though, and very pretty. Fabulous dressed as well, but you knew that already.

 

[Photo Credit: Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images for Soho Beach House, style.com]

 

    • Anonymous

      The print and the colors looks great on her, but the shape of the top baffles me.  Also, I don’t think those are the right shoes for that outfit.

      • Anonymous

        I’m imagining a smock with arm slits in it. A very couture smock, though. 

        • Anonymous

          It’s a couture snuggie!

      • Sobaika Mirza

        Kurt wore a similar poncho arm slit thing on Glee in sweater form. Is this a thing now?

      • Ellyn Stepanek

        Kind of agree, but in silhouette those shoes are killah (plats always seem to work better in motion anyway–and also, reptile platforms=WANT).

    • Anonymous

      She’s always, thanks to you boys, CHINA CHOW! to me.  I would so fall over and break a kneecap if I were wearing those shoes and tried to take a single step.  The outfit sorta says West Coast beach theme restaurant tablecloth/curtains/fabric painting, but for Miami, mebbe it’s de rigeur.

    • http://twitter.com/Wintour91 manionista wintour

      Actually, most Chinese have a naturally loud voice. Er, she’s Chinese right? 

    • http://twitter.com/Wintour91 manionista wintour

      Actually, most Chinese have a naturally loud voice. Er, she’s Chinese right? 

      • Anonymous

        Wait a minute, I thought all Chinese women were quiet, docile, and submissive.

        Am I getting my gross ethnic stereotypes mixed up again?

      • Anonymous

        Especially on the phone. When I talk, people tell me to shut up two floors below me. :(

      • Anonymous

        She’s half Chinese.  (I just looked it up, yay for wasting time at work!)

        And so true about Chinese people having loud voices.  Go to a Chinese restaurant, like a real one, family-style/banquet type place.  It is LOUD.  You pretty much have to shout to everyone else at your table to be heard!

    • http://twitter.com/asciident Melissa Della

      I’m not in love with the shape of the top generally, but somehow she is making that outfit work. Love it on her.

    • Anonymous

      You guys. I love all the fabulous things you get to do (this ties with one of my most recent favourites which is when you got to meet Laura Kathleen at a party and compliment her jewellery). And once again I am jealous. I love China Chow. Did you get to meet any contestants? 

      • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

        No, the contestants were far away from us. We were able to watch some of the proceedings on monitors but they weren’t shooting an episode, they were shooting some promotional stuff for cars.com.

    • http://twitter.com/turtleemily Turtle Emily

      I love her hair pulled back. On WOA it’s always hanging like the little girl from The Ring, and I just want to cut it all off.

    • Anonymous

      All I can see on that dress is a giant, menacing, flower-bedecked fly zooming in for the kill. Or maybe a drink of water.

      • http://www.facebook.com/amy.ennis Amy LeBaron Ennis

        Now that I see the “fly” I can’t unsee it. Lol!

      • Anonymous

        I *WISH* i could see a fly. All I see is a range of boob-mountains across her bust. Ow! My eyes!

    • Anonymous

      I actually don’t mind the print at all, and from the side this getup looks kind of cute.  It loses it’s charm from the front because it’s so shapeless and because her arms seem to be extruded from that thing at an odd juncture.  But it’s CHINA CHOW!  So all is well.

    • Anonymous

      I actually think this is a really unattractive outfit made worse by a poor choice of shoes and clutch. She sure is cute anyway.

      • Anonymous

        I agree. Everything is wrong with this look but she pulls it off. Kinda like an Asian version of Iman

    • Anonymous

      I have yet to be impressed at anything by Stella McCartney.  I just don’t get why she continues to have a career (yes, I do understand how she got started). 

      • Anonymous

        I’m so with you. I think she is grossly overrated.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Cleary/1201575213 Patrick Cleary

      I thought you called her a fabulous little party pickle, which sounds kind of cool too.

      • Anonymous

        “… fabulous little party pickle…”

        a WERQ-in’ gherkin

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506473106 Mori Clark

      Love the outfit, love her. Go Chow!!!!

    • Anonymous

      I’ve come to the conclusion that I hate pretty much everything Stella McCartney designs. I find her clothing ill-fitting, unflattering and generally quite ugly. This one’s no exception, though I could see the print put to better use in another garment; the shoes and clutch here are only adding insult to injury.

      I don’t know who this young woman is, but she is indeed a pretty pixie.

    • Anonymous

      Oh come on, that would get someone thrown off Project Runway!  Granted, that isn’t saying much given the standard of the past couple of seasons.  Surely this was the ‘turn a tablecloth into a garment’ challenge and Serge or Malison or someone just cut slits in it and made a pair of ill fitting nappies out of a napkin.  I mean, I love fashion but not when it is ugly and stupid.

    • Anonymous

      I’m afraid this doesn’t change my opinion that it is never appropriate for grown women to wear shorts to any kind of  “dress” occasion, by which I mean, anything where you are suppose to look nice. Beaches, gardens, playgrounds, dog-walking, OK. Evening wear? Never.

    • Anonymous

      Cutesy-pootsy pajamas. 

    • Anonymous

      Yuck!  Hate it.

    • Sara__B

      She looks confident and pretty, and perfectly appropriate for a casual party in Miami. (I hope those slit sleeves don’t catch on. They’re weird!)

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      One of the few who could pull that off, I imagine, without looking costumey. Nice. 

    • MilaXX

      I am not a fan of Stella McCartney designs in general, but China is making this werq. I think she looks fab.

    • Anonymous

      WERQ!
      Even more so because it is her own clothes.

    • Anonymous

      I think you need to start a ‘WHACK’ category just for moments like this.  She looks great!

    • Anonymous

      It just looks weird.  Like you had a really exotic garment bag, and decided to cut arm slits and wear it as a cape-top.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      Love it! Love her!

    • Anonymous

      Fun, bold and unusual little outfit that not too many can pull off, yet she does…even with all that pattern.  It doesn’t overwhelm her.  Cute shoes; that purse though, looks huge and heavy.  Wish it didn’t match her shoes too…oh well.

      I like seeing this kind of post…party/semi casual clothes that are neither RC or On the Street….in between.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathy-Evans/100000106462216 Kathy Evans

      Love it! Love her. China Chow!! is so !!  and as a side note, love Tom and Lorenzo, first thing I check all day when I go online and refresh constantly after a “Project Accessory” or “WOA” episode!

    • Anonymous

      You know you’re looking at an extremely pretty woman when she’s wearing a print like that and you keep looking at her face and thinking “damn, she looks gorgeous with her hair pulled back”.

    • http://twitter.com/lightningvsbug Kallie Markle

      I see this and I think of the magical portal at the end of Ghostbusters….which is fine with me, because Ghostbusters is cinema brilliance. Rock that Gozar the Gozarian fabulosity, Miss Chow. 

    • Anonymous

      Cute is not enough. This is one stupid outfit. (Why is Stella McCartney still in business?)

      • Anonymous

        Some time ago I realized I’d only ever seen ghastly cheap-looking outfits by Stella McCartney.

    • foodycat

      And now I want a drink with an umbrella in it.

      She’s so pretty and she even makes this work, but I’d really like someone to show me SOMETHING by Stella McCartney that makes me see what the fuss is about. I just don’t get it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      I actually dont’ hate this, if she would be at a resort with some flat strappy sandals on.  

    • Anonymous

      Love the face-to-face story!  Don’t really love this look–it reminds me of the stuff my mother and her friends wore at the shore in the 1950s–but kind of like it, maybe for the same reason. Whatever!  China Chow (in my next life I want to be named that) has proved that she can wear just about anything and make it look good.  Odd for someone so tiny, but she does it.

      Agree with Jessica TallGirl, below, that some more casual sandals would have looked better.  Totally hate those platforms with the shorts. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

      This is an example to me of when something sort of wack really works. 

    • Now I am The Bee

      If I’d seen this outfit on anyone else, I’d say yikes!  But China pulls it off.   She’s the type I hated in high school–tiny and slim and incredibly cute. I’m over all of that by now, so I can admire her and her type for how they are.  She looks adorable.  And how cool taht you got to meet her.  Green with envy, here….

    • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

      That dress, or whatever it is, was made for her. She has the energy and blasting intelligence to carry it off.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      You’re right that she looks cute, but boy… not a look that most people could carry off.  On anyone not the exact size and shape of China Chow, that top would be crazy.

    • Anonymous

      She makes it look as good as it possibly can.  It seems VERY hard to wear.  In fact, It’s one of those outfits where someone wears it because she can and nobody else in the room could get away with it. 

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know.  I think it’s a bit much.  She often seems to me to be trying too hard.

    • CQAussie

      Because of her small frame, this dress seems to be swallowing her up a little bit.  The shoes are great, I love them.  Her hair a bit severe though it still works.  I probably would have gone for a different dress, one that didn’t obliterate her arms, making them look like they were tacked on at an after thought.  It’s a pretty print though.  I think in general, for me, the proportions are a bit off.  It’s a cute little look but I think she could have looked better.

    • Anonymous

      I have nothing in particular to say about her outfit, but I have to say, I’m not surprised at all that she has a forceful voice – I suppose she always seemed like she did to me.

      • Anonymous

        she seems to have that voice in the show, so i’m not surprised either. Regardless, i think she always looks fantastic! 

    • Anonymous

      I like this a lot but I think I’d like both the top and the bottom better when they aren’t paired together. I also love reading your recounts of meeting celebrities. Especially positive experiences like this one.

    • Anonymous

      China Chow is sublime: “adj. tending to inspire awe usually because of elevated quality (as of beauty, nobility, or grandeur) or transcendent excellence.”

    • Anonymous

      When I saw that first pic, I was like OH NO WAY, but it’s kind of growing on me now that I look at that last photo. It isn’t as unflattering as it looked in the other shot. She looks pretty. I kindasorta like it.

    • http://orangtunes.blogspot.com BIG MAC

      I love this! Though the shoes and bag don’t match at all. I think the shape is great because not only does it give a sense of mysterious of what her body looks like underneath, it draws the attention to the beauty of her face. 

    • Anonymous

      She looks adorable, and that look works for Miami.

    • Anonymous

      twenty minutes later, i’m still laughing at the “dreamer” denim jacket in the background.

    • Anonymous

      Looks like she punched through a wall mural

    • Anonymous

      I just love this. Smock or not, she can rock it. Tiny and fabulous.

    • Anonymous

      I like it a lot! It’s super weird in a great way!

    • Anonymous

      love everything but the shoes

    • Lisa

      Y’know what?  Sure, I’m a GINORMOUS Beatles fan, and have seen Sir Paulie twice in concert, and the guy is still amazing.  And it’s nice to see his kids have their slices of fame and fortune.  And as much as I think Stella is a cool chick – god, I just don’t like her clothes!  I just don’t – none of her stuff looks very pretty to me.  

      (I’ll turn in my fashion card now…)

    • Anonymous

      I really don’t know if I like this look–on its own merits, probably not at all–but I love her. I’ve never even seen an episode of WoA. I just love her. Therefore I am pleased, and say she can wear whatever she damn well pleases. She’s like a couture pixie HBC to me.

    • Anonymous

      I dunno, to me this is just a couture version of wearing a Christmas tree sweater to a holiday party.  Too theme-y and South Beach for South Beach.  And nthng the Stella McCartney “huh?”

    • Anonymous

      Stella McC – in general – no thanks.

    • Anonymous

      Hi, I like to try really really hard. Does it show?