• Alyssa Advano

The Weird & Wonderful Normalities of Living in an Asian City

Updated: Feb 8, 2019

A fashion editorial surrounding the idea that living in a city you see oddities, yet we often become immune to them as we become so engrossed in our own worlds.


So I've been living in Hong Kong for a few months now, and I can honestly say this is a city like no other. I don't think I truly understood what I was getting into when I initially moved here, because it was definitely an adjustment. Yet, if you were to ask me what I thought about Hong Kong today, I'd say its slightly insane, but I never want to leave.


Although I've always known that this place is truly one of a kind, I think I became complacent after a few months of it being my every day, and so I forgot what an incredibly odd and diverse range of people live here. That changed very quickly when my best friends arrived from the US a few weeks ago. Every time we would leave the house their eyes would inevitably widen, or I'd hear chuckles while walking down what I would consider to be a pretty average street. Everything was weird to them, whether that be the woman walking down the road in an anime/renaissance inspired gown, or the rather rotund man wearing fish shaped shoes and no shirt running across a crosswalk. There was once even a British man screaming on the bus about the fact that he had told his wife he'd never seen a more perfect pair of shoes, and he just knew it was meant to be when he finally touched the leather.


I now realize that I had become immune. Entirely and utterly oblivious to the absolute insanity going on around me, because my own life so consumed me.


However, I'm only here for a few more months, and I don't want to miss a thing, so I've decided that instead of ignoring it all I'd much rather embrace it. I'd rather see every odd thing that occurs and recognize it for what it is. It is the heart and soul of the city. This is what makes Hong Kong so unique, and what adds to its fabulously chaotic character. I want to see and be a part of it all--so I created a little oddness of my own, but as per true Alyssa style, it had to be in the most fashionable way I could think of.


Captured by Jessica Caughron, Modeled by Anthea Sombroekk, Nathalie Gratas


Captured by Riley Brennan, Modeled by Anthea Sombroekk & Nathalie Gratas


Captured by Jessica Caughron, Modeled by Anthea Sombroekk & Nathalie Gratas

Captured by Riley Brennan, Modeled by Anthea Sombroekk & Nathalie Gratas


Captured by Riley Brennan, Modeled by Anthea Sombroekk, Nathalie Gratas


Captured by Jessica Caughron, Modeled by Anthea Sombroekk, Nathalie Gratas

Captured by Riley Brennan, Modeled by Anthea Sombroekk

Captured by Jessica Caughron, Modeled by Nathalie Gratas

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