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July 31 2014

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Model Ming Xi Adds Buyer to Her Résumé

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Ming XiMing Xi has been a top catwalker for several years now, but this season, the major Chinese model reversed roles and sat in the front row at several Paris shows, including Kenzo and Maison Martin Margiela, as a guest buyer and consultant for Hong Kong boutique I.T. Like Tommy Ton and his ilk, who often snap her the streets, the renowned Asian retailer can’t get enough of her eclectic personal style, and trusted her discerning eye. Here, Xi shares some exclusive snapshots from her front-row view and subsequent visits to the designers’ showrooms (where she doubled as her own fit model) exclusively with Style.com. She also called out some of her favorite pieces (with a little translation help from her agent at The Society). “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience because I just love the industry as a whole and hope that people will be positively influenced by my viewpoints, choices, and style,” Xi told us. Have a look at Paris fashion week through Ming Xi’s eyes, below.

Models at Kenzo

A group shot of models on a pedestal at Kenzo.

Kenzo

“The appearance of ukiyo-e prints on the coat and the capri pants gives the look a wonderful nomadic sensibility.”

Kenzo

“The juxtaposition of different materials was randomly connected, with prints and solids having no distinct pattern as they dance around each other. This top’s design reminds me of when you accidentally spill something on your shirt, but it looks beautiful.”

Maison Martin Margiela

“These creative looks show a refreshing understanding of construction from the Margiela team. The inspiration this season comes from the costumes of circus performers…. Everything is a very modern mix.”

Maison Martin MargielaPhotos of Xi’s favorite accessories at the Maison Martin Margiela showroom.

Photos: Courtesy of Ming Xi

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