Saturday, 19 April 2014

Dreaming in frames


Fashion photography is not about clothes, or about people.

It creates fantasies. It requires imagination to inspire imagination in others.

My head was full of fantasies when I stepped out of the exhibition Papier Glacé at Palais Galliera Paris.
The exhibition consists of the work of many famous fashion photographers for Condé Nast from 1918 till now, together with fifteen garments from Palais Galliera on display.
There is a theatrical ambiance in the work of Cecil Beaton and Deborah Turbeville, surrealisme in the work of Guy Bourdin and some intense emotions in the portraits work of Irving Penn... Also many inspiring images from legendary photographers Frances McLaughlin-Gill, William Klein, Peter Lindberg...presented in white frames.
Each white frame is a slice of fantasy, or a pause from a beautiful movie.

I went there with my friend Anh Huy Pham. We felt so inspired that I asked him to take some pictures outside of the exhibition, where the stair and columns of the Palais creating a perfect 'frame'.

Because we don't bring any camera so all photos here were taken with my iphone.

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The exhibition Papier Glacé is from 1st March to 25 May 2014 at
10 avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie 75116 Paris.

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Monday, 31 March 2014

A cure for smart phone addiction.

How long can you go without your phone? Do you have a habit of constantly checking your friends news on facebook, new images on instagram, reading new blog posts on Bloglovin, checking your email every 20 minutes for news (again) sent to your inbox?

I have to be honest with you. That's me.

Is there someone out there as bad as I am?

A desire to know what's happening out there and stay connected has keep us touching, looking at the screen.
Is there a way to cure this modern addiction?
It is. And this one is for a good cause :)

If you don't touch your phone for 10 minutes, a child will get a day's worth of clean drinking water. 
If you put your phone down on a flat surface for 10 minutes, corporate sponsors like Giorgio Armani Fragrances will donate money to the UNICEF Tap Project that will then be used towards water, sanitation and hygiene programs in the neediest countries. According to the organization, ”768 million people do not have access to safe, clean drinking water, and 2.5 billion people live without proper sanitation.”
To start the challenge, participants have to go to UNICEF Tap Project‘s website on their phones. The longer you set your phone down, the more donations will be made.
I has tried Tap project during my work-day and I work more effectively without losing time looking at my phone too much. Conversations with friends become better also when we don't look at our phones... 

And it couldn't be better when our motivation is for a good cause :)

Friday, 21 March 2014

Almost Blue


It was a sunny afternoon when we discovered this wonderful location in Paris.
Yes yes, in Paris ! You did not read it wrong !

"Wow, is this Paris?" was the first phrase I heard from everyone when we arrived at the spot - a small rue near Gare de Lyon with this unexpected scenery. It looks like another version of somewhere in Venice with colourful little houses, but in softer hues.

I was literally running from my fabric shopping to the photoshoot so I tried to dress colourful - but casually as possible. Story of my life, Mimi is always rushing! ... But it's true that I have gradually absorbed the Parisian style, practical and fun with the play of colours. I combined different shades of blue from the top to the skirt and also the shoes. A petit bag like this is always practical, since I just need to stuff it with a purse for money, a card holder, and a lipstick.

I just cut my hair. It was a result of a crazy morning, I thought "this looks so normal" I took a scissors and cut-it-by-myself, my chest-length long hair.
I feel more and more confident now...
But the first day I went down the street with short hair, I felt so strange and uncomfortable for such a huge change. Just like I had been dethroned ! My super long hair was a source of attention and admiration. However the longer I get along with my short hair, I feel freer, fresher, and fun. I think I can live for a while with this sudden decision, cause it's not that bad after all.

Some of my dresses are still in the making... so I promise to show you next time some better looking girls than me, as I promised you a special photoshoot on the 20th every month.

Actually... this is the 21st. Sorry. I hope you like the colours of the shoot here so that you can forgive me !

Tell me what you think in the comments or if you have any questions do not hesitate to write me! Always love to talk and connect with people!



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Top and skirt: vintage (Sorry I normally love to wear clothes from nowhere :) but you can find similar colours combination of top here, and skirt here) / Little bag: Michael Kors / Boots: Zara. (style has run out but you can find a very interesting Asos one here)

And of course I can't live without my red lipstick :)

Photos: Anh Huy Pham.

Saturday, 15 March 2014



I love to wear black... though I love colours.
Why? Black is simple, and less distracting. You can wear a black dress without looking "too much". And as a fashion designer and student, I prefer black when I work because it is less distracting.

This is a vintage dress from my mom. (Yes, really. She was always ahead of her time. She could pick anything in a newly-discovered shop from nowhere and put it on and everyone wants it)
I love the simplicity of a dress like this, I can just throw it on, zip it, and wear it to almost every occasion, from school to work or a dinner...

I don't know who was the first to invent the little black dress, but I own that person a lot :)
(probably Coco Chanel?)

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Production - Doomed Flower


Hello there,

We have just said goodbye to February and welcomed March. I can see some flowers and green coming back in spring, the day has just slightly got longer and Paris, still, surprised me by its changes and showing its diverse of landscapes, feelings, people, and weather (talking about unpredictable rain and sun these days)...
Every part of Paris looks different, feels different, smells different, and changes in various ways depending on the time of the year.
Spring is the time for flowers. (actually I would celebrate flowers no matter the seasons) ;-)
And today I would like to share with you some interesting things about the making of the editorial Doomed Flower that I posted last time.

At first the concept of this shoot was to be photographed in Père Lachaise cemetery. You can see some pictures I took with my phone when I went there to see the location on the moodboard below. It is a very famous cemetery in Paris, built in 1804, where many famous people resting in peace. I really love it for the shoot because of its ancient, calm, a little mysterious ambiance with very old, decaying graves.
When I informed the location to my friends, they were all surprised.
On the day of the shoot, a friend who was supposed to assist us with photography equipments, he refused to come, because he was a little afraid to go into the cemetery. But it's ok, the photographer, model, and me, we were still very determined to go in. I finished my dress the night before, just in time for the shoot.

As soon as we shot some first photos, I knew exactly this was the place in my imagination for the dress. Alessandra, who worn this dress, she was standing in front of the door of a grave. The old stone with spiderwebs and a blue light coming out of the grave in the background, it was a magnificently decaying scene.

Unluckily for us, a group of guards came and asked us to stop. We did not expect this, so we were speechless. They thought we pretended that we did not speak French, so they pushed: You don't speak French, we'll call the police". The photographer was so scared so he showed the camera and deleted all the photos in front of them :( We were upset at him afterwards and told him they did not ask us to delete, if we just said that we were going to leave.
But yes, sometimes the guards in a cemetery like that can be very rude, I have encountered many situations we were not allowed to shoot in a location and the guards told us in a nice way not to. After all I am still a tourist in Paris... :) Next time we really need to do some research and ask for permission before shooting.

So we had to go to a garden near Saint Paul to shoot. It was 5pm and we had to hurry since the sun was going down. Though it was not exactly what I wanted, but the background with green looked pretty fine.

This was the first photoshoot I did with model wearing my designs in Paris. We were tired but had such a day with many interesting moments and fun. Really thank Anh Huy Pham and Alessandra for doing this shoot with me :-)

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Friday, 21 February 2014

Doomed flower

Flowers, architectural shapes and forms... always inspire me.

One of the most interesting thing about beauty is the contemporary existence of it. I love flowers. The process of a flower growing from a bulb, then blooming at its fullest and gradually gets old and die, is fascinating to me.

How does a beautiful thing have such a short life?
Or are flowers considered beautiful and they excite people's desire because of the contemporary meaning of it?

This is an editorial I collaborate with my friends - Alessandra Velia and Anh Huy Pham.

Watch this space for one editorial on the 20th of every month.

Mimi. x










Design and concept: Mimi Minh Nguyen.
Model: Alessandra Velia
Photos by Anh Huy Pham.

Sunday, 16 February 2014



I sat down with Lam for the first time outside of a boulangerie in Le Marais. We smiled. Her crimson red lips contrasted with those very calm, black eyes. She lit up. Smokes stayed for a while around us, then blended in the grey, cold Parisian winter air.

I was surprised by the first impression she had on me.

She has relaxing attitude, calmness, and naiveness. Lam is so natural.
The way she walked and talked to people. Her béret was placed artfully on a side of her head... I hardly believe this woman owns a successful clothing business in Saigon. She does not look like a woman in business at all. She looks like an artist, or a beautiful and fragile woman that inspires people. Lam inspires me so much.

We both like vintage clothes so we spent hours walking in Le Marais and Saint Germain. Lam dresses just like a Parisian. Her clothes have lovely colours combination with very artistic details like scarf and hat. I love that relaxing, kind of inattentive-to-trend attitude of a woman who likes to dress like no one else.

Here are some pictures of Lam that I took in Albert Kahn garden. (I will have a post that introduces you more about this wonderful place, kind of a hidden place from tourists in Paris.)

Check out Lam's clothing line here.

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