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The Enterprise of Vogue curates the BoF 500, a definitive index of people that formed the worldwide vogue trade of as we speak and tomorrow.
BoF editors undergo a whole lot of nominations from current BoF 500 members, put in in depth analysis and even leverage on-the-ground intelligence from all over the world.
Nominees are chosen based mostly on their management, creativity, innovation and affect on vogue and the broader world.
Suffice it to say, whoever made it into the distinguished record is vetted by means of and thru and never everybody will get to be there.
Did any Malaysians make it to the record?
YES, and we now have not just one however 5 notable Malaysians on the BoF 500 record! They’re Dato’ Farah Khan, Han Chong, Tracy Solar, Zhong Lin and Vivy Yusof.
Zhong Lin and Vivy Yusof are the most recent additions to the record, solely becoming a member of the BoF 500 Class of 2002 not too long ago.
Right here’s how they’ve contributed tremendously to the style trade.
Dato’ Farah Khan
Dato’ Farah Khan has been a member of BoF 500 since 2015 and we now have her to thank for bringing quite a few luxurious manufacturers to Malaysia.
She’s the founder and president of Malaysia’s main luxurious retailer, The Melium Group, which distributes over 100 worldwide luxurious and life-style manufacturers resembling Givenchy, Max Mara, Roger Vivier, Tod’s, Aigner, Hackett London and Emilio Pucci.
By bringing in mixed-brand shops like Aseana and M Retailer, she additionally introduced in manufacturers resembling Balmain, Victoria Beckham and Mary Katrantzou.
Her ardour for vogue is obvious since she’s additionally the inventive director of her eponymous label, Farah Khan.
Han Chong has been a member of BoF since 2017. He’s the designer behind Self Portrait, a recent luxurious label, and has discovered world business success along with his fashionable label of female clothes.
Self Portrait gained business and media consideration for its accessible pricing technique since its launch in 2013.
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Chong instructed Elle in 2014
Penang-born Chong moved to London to check womenswear design at Central Saint Martins. Upon commencement, he co-founded the label Three Ground with Yvonne Hoang in 2011. Nevertheless, he left in 2013 when he wished extra inventive management over his work and launched Self Portrait.
Selfridges grew to become Self Portrait’s first main stockist, taking over the label in 2014. His designs have been quickly seen in Matchesfashion.com and Internet-a-Porter the following yr.
His designs have been worn by celebrities resembling Kristen Stewart, Reese Witherspoon, Rachel McAdams and Queen B herself, Beyonce, who wore one in all his designs to Wimbledon in 2016.
In 2016, Self Portrait was nominated by the British Vogue Council for the British Rising Expertise award.
Han Chong additionally launched a five-year scholarship fund in November 2018 to help Central Saint Martins MA Vogue college students and profitable candidates get entry to mentorship from Self Portrait and its key stakeholders.
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Tracy Solar has been a member of BoF since 2017. She’s the co-founder and vice-president of merchandising at Poshmark, one of many largest vogue resale platforms.
She has been highlighted as a High Feminine Tech Founder by USA At this time and TechCrunch. Tracy Solar can also be named amongst Refinery29’s “Woman Making Waves in Tech.”
Solar was on the helm of the Silicon Valley startup and turned it into a large neighborhood market for vogue with over 4 million sellers. Poshmark can also be the primary e-commerce platform to go mobile-first.
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Born in Kuala Lumpur and raised in New York, Solar thought her future lied in neuropsychology and undertook a level in biology and psychology at Colombia College.
Her internship at Brooklyn Industries would show to be a turning level in her profession path. She rose to vice chairman of merchandising in three years and turned her consideration to bringing vogue and tech collectively.
Upon receiving an MBA from Dartmouth College, she based Poshmark which was launched in 2010. It raised nearly $160 million in funding in its first launch.
Vivy Yusof simply joined BoF this yr and is famous as one of many modest vogue trade’s most influential voices in Southeast Asia.
She’s the co-founder and artistic director of FV Group, the corporate behind manufacturers resembling Duck and Lilit. She graduated with a Bachelor of Legal guidelines from the London College of Economics and Political Science and determined entrepreneurship was her calling.
Her first enterprise was FashionValet.com, a web-based market that stocked over 400 manufacturers in each modest and mainstream vogue industries throughout Southeast Asia.
The blogger-turned-entrepreneur launched her agency in 2020 with an preliminary give attention to e-commerce in 2014 earlier than creating her personal direct-to-consumer manufacturers in 2019.
By 2022, she constructed a community of 14 bodily shops throughout Malaysia and Singapore. Since beginning a variety of halal cosmetics, her intention is to create “global household names” and switch Duck and Lilit into the go-to manufacturers for modest vogue.
She has additionally tried her hand at showbiz and starred in a actuality present referred to as Love, Vivy. Vivy Yusof wrote a ebook on entrepreneurship titled The First Decade as nicely.
Zhong Lin additionally newly joined BoF this yr and is a identified photographer within the trade. Her distinctive portraits have caught the eyes of worldwide journal editors, celebrities and vogue and wonder manufacturers.
Her wealthy portraits have been described as dreamy, vibrant and at occasions unsettling, which units her aside from the remaining.
British inventive director and stylist Katie Grand first commissioned her to shoot for the inaugural problem of Excellent journal in 2021 and it helped propel her identify.
She has since labored with celebrities and fashions resembling Nicole Kidman, Ashley Graham, Gisele Bundchen and Adut Akech.
Her work has additionally appeared in publications resembling varied worldwide editions of Vogue, GQ, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, i-D, Dazed and L’Officiel. Different manufacturers who’ve sought her out embody Nike, Mugler x Wolford and SKII.
Zhong first found her ardour for images whereas she was learning promoting in Kuala Lumpur within the early 2010s.
When the pandemic hit, she channelled her restriction-induced boredom right into a physique of vibrant and eccentric portraits.
She began getting consideration from the mainstream media after she posted a photograph a day on her Instagram account for a whole yr in a sequence she referred to as Project365.