The Zoe Report

7.20.2024

Fawnia Soo Hoo

Fawnia Soo Hoo is a freelance contributor to The Zoe Report, where she writes about fashion, entertainment-related style and bridal.

Fawnia covers fashion and entertainment, with a specialty in television and film costume design and bridal style and industry trends. In addition to The Zoe Report, her bylines include The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, Refinery 29, Elle and Fashionista. She began her career as a roving sample sale reporter for Racked New York (RIP), and, since, highlights include profiling two-time Oscar winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter multiple times and interviewing Academy Award winner Ke Huy Quan on the heartfelt meaning behind his red carpet takeover. Fawnia was also a featured writer in The New York Times bestseller, Rise: A Pop History of Asian America From the Nineties to Now.

When she’s not watching big- and small-screen fare in the name of work, Fawnia will probably be binging the latest buzzworthy series, checking out a performance or standup set in the neighborhood (Ramy!) or obsessing over the latest episode of “Las Culturistas” podcast. She’s also a vintage shopping (and browsing) enthusiast, especially during trips Upstate, which also makes for a fun excuse to DM with costume designers to compare finds. You can find Fawnia on Twitter (where she mostly lurks) and Instagram @fawnianewyork and her full writing portfolio here.

(Designers)

It's Personal For Bridal Designer Brenna Simmons

With each ethereal, nature-referential collection, Simmons explores a new facet of her identity.

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

(TV)

The Costumes In ‘The New Look' Are A Fashion Nerd’s Dream

They include a Dior Bar Suit and Chanel-inspired wardrobe.

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

(Culture)

Atsuko Okatsuka Kicks Off Her First Tour — And Her Style 3.0

All about the comedian’s high octane wardrobe (and that signature bowl cut).

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

(Culture)

Are TV & Movies The Next Frontier Of Fashion Advertising?

For years, brands were loath to loan for costume design. Now it’s a key part of their business.

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

(Music)

The Big Business Behind Concert Costume Design

From how it’s made to who pays for it all.

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

(Designers)

Bad Binch TongTong Makes Fashion Fantasy A Reality

The New York City-based line has also conquered the metaverse.

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

(Culture)

How The Fashion In 'Polite Society' Celebrates Sisterhood

The movie's stars and costume designer break down the best looks.

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

(Designers)

6 Black Costume Designers Who Influence What We Watch & Wear Today

From Oscar-nominated movies to Seinfeld reruns.

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

(Runway)

Marc Jacobs Pays Tribute to Vivienne Westwood For Spring 2023

It's the most punk rock to kick off NYFW before NYFW officially starts.

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

(Celebrity)

Behind The Best Looks Of Amsterdam, A Star-Studded 1930s Drama

Taylor Swift, Margot Robbie, and Anya Taylor-Joy in period costume? Yes, please.

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

(Runway)

Miu Miu Sends a New Message For Spring 2023

Skirts: still tiny. Pockets: now huge.

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

(Culture)

How ‘Ramy’ Costume Designer Nicky Smith Helped Bella Hadid Prepare For Her Acting Debut

In the show’s third season, clothes play an important role.

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

(Fashion Week)

Tom Ford's Spring 2023 Show Closed Out NYFW With '80s Opulence

Sequins and lurex FTW.

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

(Fashion Week)

Susan Alexandra Kickstarts NYFW With A Buzzy Comedy Show

Cute bags and big laughs — what’s not to love?

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

(First-Timers)

Designer Andrew Kwon’s Hollywood-Inspired Gowns Are Destined For The Red Carpet

And this September, the NYFW runways.

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

(Celebrity)

How Fashion Binds The Family Ties In House of Ho

Style with a side of drama.

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

(Weddings)

These Asian American Bridal Designers Take Wedding Dresses To The Next Level

Major gown (and jumpsuit!) inspiration ahead.

By Fawnia Soo Hoo