by Hoang Ha
Actress spurs fashion debate
When the influential magazine Vogue Japan featured Ly Nha Ky in its latest April issue, available now on newsstands, the public in Viet Nam emitted a collective gasp.
To the surprise of many, the actress, who starred in the film Mua he lanh (Cold Summer), is presented in the magazine as a fashion icon alongside other stylish notables from around the world.
But in January, Ky was met with scorn when she attended the Chanel show at the Paris Fashion Week wearing a white dress by Melbourne designer Toni Maticevski.
The Vietnamese media were especially cruel: they published article after article about the "drop in manners" of the former national tourism ambassador, describing the Maticevski dress as "crumpled" and "improper".
Maticevski was vocal in defending his design, saying it was fashionable. But the media remained unconvinced, saying the dress with its accessories was too royal-looking and unappealing to the general public.
This is not the first time Ky has courted controversy. With this latest affair, the arguments about her appearance have once again surfaced. HCM City resident Thanh Xuan said: "The dress looks fine, but it's easy to cause misunderstanding because its style reflects a trend that is unusual. However, I like the opulent style."
Student Thanh Luan, however, said the dress looked dated. "This trend or style is totally unfamiliar to Vietnamese."
Architect Thanh Tu struck a more ironic tone: "Because she was honoured by such a famous magazine, it looks as if all Vietnamese are unfashionable." Ouch!
Performer's death has a twist
Recently, local newspapers' reports about the death of cai luong (reformed theatre) artist Minh Vuong have caused an uproar in the theatrical community and among its fans.
The wife of the meritorious artist was also very upset as a series of newspaper published her husband's photo, saying that he had passed away.
However, the artist who actually died was Vu Minh Vuong. Born in 1955 in Tan Chau District, An Giang Province, he was named at birth Nguyen Van Hoang.
The meritorious artist who is still very much alive is Minh Vuong (birth name Nguyen Minh Vuong, born in 1949 in Can Giuoc District, Long An Province).
Tan Nguyen, manager of the HCM City artists' retirement home, where the body was left prior to burial, said: "Many people were really worried that Minh Vuong had died."
It was all an unfortunate misunderstanding as the two men are both well-known, and even look alike.
Models pose nude ‘for art'
Facebook model and singer Cao Thuy Linh has posted a series of photos of herself posing in the nude beside a white horse, justifying the nudity by saying it was done to express her love for horses and for art and the environment.
But her posture has offended and angered viewers, with some calling it "ridiculous".
Many Vietnamese showbiz beauties have pulled similar stunts to attract publicity.
Cao Thuy Linh, Ngoc Quyen and Diep Lam Anh have all resorted to the stratagem.
The public is unimpressed. But the models are fearless; they continue to display their stuff despite the prohibitions imposed by the culture ministry's Department of Performing Arts on improper dress of performers. — VNS