The Korean-Amer­i­can so­ci­ety dar­ling on fash­ion state­ments and her very first Fendi. By Cai Mei Khoo.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - THE STYLE -

The Fendi baguette cho­sen by Anna Fendi

Shawna Yap has a charm­ing ir­rev­er­ence about her. As rich as her so­cial cred­i­bil­ity is, you get the feel­ing that she does not take the jet-set life too se­ri­ously, even if she is away most wee­keends for soirées with in­ter­na­tional friends. To­day, loung­ing in a pri­vate room of the Man­darin Grill at the MO, she lightly taps on her iPad, chat­ting about the youngest Kar­dashian, 19-year-old Ken­dall Jen­ner, cur­rently gain­ing cred on fash­ion run­ways. “Can you be­lieve how popular she is? She is ab­so­lutely stun­ning and does not have to, well, try too hard,” she says, with a glint in her eye. As the team works on her hair and make-up for the shoot, Shawna is com­pletely at ease. “Man­darin Grill is like my sec­ond home, my own kitchen, almost. I’m here at least once a week so the whole team knows ex­actly what I like,” says the Cal­i­for­nia-born and bred Shawna, adding that she sim­ply loves Malaysia. “I moved here about 15 years ago, after I got mar­ried to my hus­band, who’s Malaysian. It’s funny, though. We both stud­ied in the US but it was in South Korea, where my par­ents are orig­i­nally from, that we met,” notes Shawna.

“Back then I was work­ing in tele­vi­sion, host­ing a pro­gramme where I dis­cussed the dif­fer­ences be­tween Asian and Western medicine. He used to watch the show. When we first met, he didn’t recog­nise me as the girl on TV, although he did say that I looked fa­mil­iar. “I like to think that it was just meant to be – I am a firm be­liever in fate, after all,” she smiles.

Un­pack­ing her well-loved Louis Vuit­ton suit­case and gar­ment bag – in­vest­ment pieces pur­chased almost 25 years ago – Shawna re­veals jack­ets from brands such as Chanel and Bot­tega Veneta, and tweed and silk shorts. As time­less as the state­ment lug­gage she

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