If you want box office success, think Yang Mi. She’s long been known as one of the four most bankable actresses in China and nowadays has become quite the fashion influencer, making waves with her doe-eyed good looks and chic combinations of couture with streetwear.
Having built her career around tween films, period dramas and fantasy flicks such as Tiny Times, Palace and Painted Skin: The Resurrection respectively, Yang has a sense of style that is similarly out of this world. While her onscreen wardrobe is dominated by Imperial era Chinese costumes (see how China’s fashion designers are reclaiming their heritage here), her off-duty style is a combination of Parisian couture princess and K-pop star, constantly oscillating between romantic and streetwise.
With her feminine but eclectic aesthetic, Yang keeps us guessing with her sartorial choices. She’s graced the covers of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue China in intricately embellished couture pieces, but she’s equally likely to be found donning trucker caps, oversized denim shirts or leather biker jackets over graphic tees. Yang is the perfect embodiment of high-low fashion, and it’s no wonder she’s captured the hearts of the film and fashion industries. In the coming months Yang will be playing a time-travelling scientist in sci-fi thriller Fatal Countdown: Reset, produced by Jackie Chan – an appropriate role for someone with a timeless sense of fashion.