Yang Mi and Mark Chao celebrate Chinese New Year with H&M
The Eternal Love couple star in the Lunar New Year campaign.
The stars of smash hit drama Eternal Love, renowned actress Yang Mi and actor Mark Chao have become China’s sweethearts. So we’re guessing we were not the only ones who got excited when H&M announced that they were re-uniting the duo for the annual Chinese New Year campaign.
In this interview, Yang Mi and Mark Chao talk style, Spring festival traditions and their unforgettable on-screen chemistry.
TELL US ABOUT H&M’S CHINESE NEW YEAR COLLECTION!
YANG MI: ”I think it’s fantastic that the H&M design team has especially put together a wardrobe for everyone for the Lunar New Year. H&M’s Chinese New Year collection is all about mixing up flair, style and edginess to create a versatile wardrobe for day and night. I love how the collection has so many choices of red apparel, alongside with other matching colours such as a muted pink, to balance the total look without being overly loud. The styles are so modern that I can keep them in my closet throughout the year.”
MARK CHAO: ”I love its sense of playfulness and festivity. Joyful pieces that I’d both wear as everyday street looks, or out to a celebration. The collection is about inspiring fashion lovers to kick off the Lunar New Year in shades of red – and it also has some playful dog prints. The highlights of the collection are definitely the baseball jackets and the floral-printed bomber jacket; they are smart and have a lot of attitude.”
WHO IS THE COLLECTION FOR?
YANG MI: ”I like it that the collection is suitable for absolutely everyone who wishes to look modern and edgy for the Lunar New Year. It is a collection for whole family, especially the kids’ collection is cute, joyful and festive.”
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO COLLABORATE WITH H&M?
YM: I was very excited when H&M reached out and asked me to star in their 2018 Chinese New Year campaign with MC. I look out every year for H&M’s Chinese New Year campaign because it is always so inspiring and full of happiness. The idea of partnering up with MC again as a couple, but this time with a fashion angle, was fresh and surprising.”
MC: ”Chinese New Year means a lot to me, and to be able to celebrate with everyone in Asia through H&M’s Chinese New Year campaign is definitely huge for me. I was extremely excited about this collaboration. YM and I are on-screen sweethearts, so I hope fans will resonate to the campaign message of love, happiness and style during the Lunar New Year, as well as for Valentine’s Day.”
I absolutely love the floral dress! The bell sleeve detail makes the dress modern and flirty.
HOW DID YOU BRING YOUR CHEMISTRY AS AN ON-SCREEN COUPLE WITH YM TO THE SET AT H&M’S CHINESE NEW YEAR SHOOT?
MC: ”I was very happy to work with Yang Mi again for H&M’s Chinese New Year campaign shoot. We know each other very well, so it was very smooth. The shoot day was actually my birthday – they prepared a mini surprise for me which was very sweet.”
YM: We haven’t seen each other after Eternal Love, so I was very happy that we could work together again for a brand we love. The shoot took place at an authentic venue with Chinese New Year theme. It was also Mark’s birthday, so we celebrated together. It was another lovely collab!”
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
MARC CHAO: ”My personal style is casual and easy. I prefer to wear black, white and grey.”
YM: ”I like simple and casual. H&M’s concept of comfortable and personal style is a perfect match for me.”
IF YOU COULD GIVE SOME STYLE ADVICE THAT ALWAYS WORKS FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
YM: ”Red is a tricky colour, so explore different shades of red such as burgundy or light rose. Or go for accessories – a red purse, or tassel or floral earrings. If you’re not into red, opt for gold accessories to add a bit of sparkle and fun to the outfit.”
MC: ”I always care about what I’m wearing, especially during the Lunar New Year when we see a lot of people. I believe in finding the right balance between traditions and expressing your own style. You don’t have to be flashy with a head-to-toe red outfit; sometimes it’s the simple details that actually make your look personal.”
MARK, WHAT IS ONE STYLING ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO YM FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR?
MC: ”I would suggest a more relaxed and festive outfit for her during the Lunar New Year. Off the top of my head, I would think of some hoodies and jogger pants from the H&M Chinese New Year collection for her.”
YANG MI, WHAT WOULD YOU SUGGEST FOR MARK?
”I guess during the Lunar New Year, MC would want to be in a more relaxed outfit to enjoy the holiday with his family. I would suggest the red H&M sweater with the dog print, paired with grey denim.”
WHICH ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PIECES FROM H&M’S CHINESE NEW YEAR COLLECTION?
YM: ”I absolutely love the floral dress! The bell sleeve detail makes the dress modern and flirty, while the floral print perfectly signifies the coming of Spring, which coincides perfectly with the greeting of Spring.”
MC: ”My favourite items would be the hoodie with dog print, the sweatshirt and the stadium jacket. They are cool and chic.”
CAN YOU SHARE WITH US A MEMORABLE CHINESE NEW YEAR EXPERIENCE?
MC: ”We’re always so busy with work, so celebrating the Chinese New Year together with my family is always the best memory.”
YM: ”Staying up, eating dumplings and setting off firecrackers are all a must for Chinese New Year. My family has all these traditions.”
WHAT ARE YOUR PERSONAL CHINESE NEW YEAR WISHES?
MC: ”I wish my family and friends stay happy and healthy. Of course, I wish to have more good works to share with my friends.
HOW DO YOU PLAN TO SPEND YOUR CHINESE NEW YEAR HOLIDAY?
MC: ”I might plan something special, but I need to check our schedule first. I will definitely spend time with my family, though.”
YM: ”I will stay at home with my family.”
STARS Yang Mi and Mark Chao
PHOTOGRAPHER Mei Yuangui
STYLIST Jiang Chenghao | J Studio