China in Paris: La Vie en Rose

This one is for the global fashion capital — raising and rising the legendary likes of Chanel, Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent and Dior — that on November 13, 2015, had to endure yet another ink-black day in our modern history. This one is for Paris.

Chinese fashion designers have upped their game over the past decade and set out to fly onto the catwalks of the world’s most renowned fashion capitals, from New York to Paris. The latter, in particular, embraced these inspirational newbies with open arms, giving them the opportunity of a lifetime to shine on the runways beneath the Eiffeltower’s glistening lights. From Masha Ma’s tight lines to Momo Wang’s knitted kookiness to Yang Du’s “flora and fauna” collections to Xander Zhou’s androgynous armor, they have all been able to tipple from the flammable liquid that is Paris Fashion.

It was only last October that a major collaboration between Parisian Fashion Intelligence and China’s luxury corporation InLife took center stage, bolstering the international performance of Chinese designers and brands. Dressed to the nines “newcomers” Grace Chen, Niki Qin, Ge Gieva, Kilin Chen, Yali Ling, and so on, took their craft to create a fashionable spectacle of the latest Chinese couture has to offer.

Mind you, this wasn’t the first time InLife exhibited a tale of cunning China couture. N.E. Tiger, renowned for its roaring (yep, I went there) high-fashion handmade evening gowns, together with designer Laurence Xu and Linda Liu’s SheMe well-heeled shoes embarked on the luxury showboat called “Passion for Creation” only last July. One more Paris-originated fashion platform-slash-exhibition currently jet setting around the world. From Beijing to Paris in a clothing rack. Et c’est parti!

Tigre Divine! Try to spot the throwback dynastical details. Copyright@NE Tiger
Le Tigre Divine! Try to spot the throwback dynastical details. Copyright@NE Tiger
Momo Wang: Kowtow to Kookiness. Copyright@Momo Wang.
Momo Wang: Kowtow to Kookiness. Copyright@Momo Wang.
Moodbox by Niki Qin. Copyright@Courtesy,WWD.com
Moodbox by Niki Qin. Copyright@Courtesy,WWD.com
A courtyard of couture. Copyright@NETiger
A courtyard of couture. Copyright@NETiger
Surreal Flora. Copyright@YangDu-DuYang.com
Surreal Flora. Copyright@YangDu-DuYang.com
Surreal Fauna. Copyright@YangDu-DuYang.com
Surreal Fauna. Copyright@YangDu-DuYang.com

En tout cas, November 13 may have been a jet-black day, but in the words of that positively great and gritty Parisienne Edith Piaf: “Vois la vie en rose”.

Oui, oui, Paris.