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On Wednesday night, fashion’s brightest stars gathered to celebrate Apex for Youth’s 26th annual gala, which focused on one theme: “Changing the Narrative.”Apex for Youth provides critical education and mentorship programs to underserved Asian and immigrant youth who are from low socioeconomic backgrounds around New York City. In fact, one in four Asians in New York City lives in poverty.“When I learned about this organization and learned some of the statistics … including how high of a percentage of the Asian community lives below the poverty line, it was just shocking to me,” Eva Chen, head of fashion partnerships at Instagram, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “I do think that there’s this perception that Asian-Americans are the model minority. For me, just learning the truth about it really mobilized me to want to help out this organization however I can.” Fashion designer Phillip Lim has been a partner with Apex for Youth for the last five years and lent his style advice to the evening’s student speaker, Sean Park, who shared details about his emotional path to receiving numerous college acceptances and his decision to pursue a career in politics.“We want the kids to diversify their career paths and really go after their passions,” Apex for Youth Executive Director Michael Lee tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “Some kids tell us, ‘I just want do math and science or accounting because that seems like something stable and something easy.’ We’re not pushing them away from that, but we want to make sure that they know all of their options.” For the glamorous evening, Chen and Lim were joined by the Olympic ice-dancing Shibutani siblings; designers Prabal Gurung, Jason Wu, and Dao-Yi Chow of Public School (who is on the Apex board); as well as Humberto Leon and Carol Lim of Kenzo and Opening Ceremony, who were the evening’s honorees for the Inspiration Award. Singer-songwriter Jhené Aiko and John C. Jay, president of global creative at Fast Retailing (the conglomerate that owns Uniqlo, J Brand and Theory), were also honored.The guests wore beautiful gowns — Chen in a pastel pleated dress from Phillip Lim and Aiko in a gorgeous black-and-purple color-block dress, while Carol Lim opted for a black, shimmery party frock.The evening raised more than $230,000 for the organization through donations and auctioned items that included a Kenzo handbag, dinner with Eddie Huang, and Radiohead concert tickets.Above, see all of their glamorous looks — plus a few words of wisdom from the fashion community on how to reach your dreams for success, even if it seems as if the odds are stacked against you.Read More from Yahoo Lifestyle: • Curvy model poses with mom, 50, for unretouched swimwear campaign: ‘I got it from my mama’ • Experts weigh in on the best temperature for a workout • An 8th-grader is suing his school district over its dress code ban on pro-gun shirts Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
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Most people can relate to going into Target to pick up one item and walking out with a cart full of stuff — and Target knows it.
Designer Phillip Lim and others are lambasting a fashion editorial set in New York City's Chinatown for perpetuating racist stereotypes. The photo spread, shot by Billy Kidd, appears in Interview Magazine 's August issue. It faces heavy criticism for featuring a Chanel-branded conical hat, an item traditionally worn by Asian day laborers, worn by an Asian model appearing to sell counterfeit Chanel handbags.
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L.L. Bean is increasing its production and intends to make half a million duck boots this season, and if you’re not lucky enough to get your hands (and feet!) on a pair, you’ll have to wait until next year. The American heritage brand refuses to alter how the boots are made (hand stitched in Maine) in order to accommodate the surge in orders, but don’t fret. Here are over a dozen alternatives — some more fashion forward than others — so you can protect yourself from the elements all winter long. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.