In 2015, her ability to morph with the online environment has served her well. Her online clout, coupled with a remarkable ability to piece together a strong outfit has led her to become a content curator for major international fashion brands. She also boasts plenty of loyal followers on Instagram, while her blog continues to keep thousands of eyeballs glued to the screen every week.
For our Obsessions series with Oakley, we talk to Yan Yan about Australia’s best fashion labels, her inspirations and what she got up to in the Big Apple. Yan yan wears Oakley’s Latch sunglasses, available to purchase now online or at Hype DC stores across the country.
I’ve always had a knack for documenting things. My dad used to produce a band in Hong Kong back in the 90’s and he documented everything on a Canon film camera and he has stacks and stacks of photo albums. He passed it down to me when I was in high school. I studied film photography and used to take photos of my friends after school, on the weekend and all of our road trips, so when I started uploading photos on a website called Blogger back in 2009, it just kind of came together to what it is today.
I used to dance part time, so that was a long time obsession of mine! I have a ton of hobbies aside from fashion. Pottery (only just started), making collages, going on road trips, traveling, getting into film editing which I’m really loving, and basically everything else that isn’t fashion haha.
I’m obsessed with Tame Impala, so they’re always on my playlist. I go through phases, at the moment I’m listening to a lot of classics. Get Down On it – Kool & The Gang, some Jackson Five, Never too Much – Luther Vandross, and a bit of Cherry Glazerr – they’re this punk band from LA. Kind of all over the joint.
For sushi, Tengoku in Kensington – best and most authentic sushi in Sydney! For Italian, Atavola in Darlinghurst. And for brunch, Lox Stock and Barrel in Bondi.
Japanese and Italian. Can’t choose.
Pilates reformer, do it everyday.
Love a good jog.
I’m minoring in French, been learning the language for about 6 months now, so France!
All time favourite, Sir the Label.
I’ve always loved Zimmerman and Jac+Jack!
So hard to pick between the 60s and 70s. A few of my favourite style icons include Jean Shrimpton, Francois Hardy but then I also love the Punk era in the 70’s. The Runaways, Patti Smith – Super cool.
I don’t think anyone specific inspires me, just because I feel like everyone I know/meet has at least one certain quality about themselves that I absolutely admire and are inspired by. But I recently did a workshop with Kit and Ace, and we got to meet Elise Balzac (founder of Maison Balzac) and hearing about her story and how she got to where she is now was really inspirational. So much passion and love – just the fact that you can take your life in any direction you desire – the manifestations of goals and dreams. It’s a pretty simple motto, but a lot of people get restrained by their fears, thoughts and what other people think, including myself! So that really resonated with me.
Having too much fun right before an exam or assignment deadline. HAPPENS EVERY TIME. Sounds tame, but I never learn.
Apart from my family and friends that are always on top…
2. Practising French
3. Peonies (they’re my favourite flower and their finally in bloom)
Hahaha good old Netflix and chill… Nah, recently watched Requiem for a Dream… Super heavy. But I love American Horror Story.
The ocean. Nothing better than leaving Sydney and coming back to the sea!
I was obsessed with Alexa Chung! Still love her now, but I wouldn’t say I’m obsessed with her… I love watching her interviews, and obviously her style, but she’s not someone I would aspire to be.
I don’t think I could ever star along side in a movie… but maybe in a theatre? Haha… I’ve never thought about that but my favourite actors are Joseph Gordon Levitt, Chloe Moretz and Heath Ledger.
I loved everything about the city… All the good and the bad, totally fell in love. The energy (obviously), love the history behind every little road or corner, the art culture, the fact that everyone is from everywhere, the manic subway system, how easy it is to meet people, how Central park is literally right in the middle of the hustling city but once you’re in there you’re completely removed from the noise, the amount of different people you meet, and how super strange their garbage system is… They leave piles of ‘trash’ all over the road?
I don’t know, I can make a huge list… I’m pretty obsessed with New York, I’m always talking about it. I think the thing that really attracts me to New York is the fact that it’s pretty much the opposite of Sydney. The lifestyle is just completely different. Everyone works incredibly hard but then parties just as hard, there’s no middle ground. I don’t hate that because it’s part of what New York is, but that’s probably my least favourite thing about the city – It’s hard to get downtime in the city that never sleeps.