There’s nothing like a good China Fashion threesome to start off the week. We have Grace Chen disclosing her visions tout-de-couture-suite from Paris, The New Yorker shining its light on Guo Pei and some sustainable Shanghai as featured by Forbes.
After Hung Huang’s vision on China’s current chances in the billion-dollar global industry that is fashion, designer Grace Chen engages in a tête–à-tête with frontrunner Jing Daily. Chen was invited by the Chinese Embassy in Paris to put on a marvelously modish display during Paris Fashion Week. The designer, who may count China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan (彭丽媛) among her much coveted clientele, describes how she believes the Chinese take on fashion is not well-known, or understood, outside of thee Middle Kingdom. “It’s not about the traditional qipao, which of course is beautiful, and like our embroidery, is a part of China’s rich history[…] China’s creativity is not a reflection on anyone, not any culture; it’s our own.” Read the full article here.
Meanwhile, in The New Yorker then, Judith Thurman writes an interesting essay on designer Guo Pei firmly rooted in China’s renewed thirst for luxurious dressing with “a more Chinese style, for a certain class, acting both as a statement of pride and a strategy of caution.” A little throwback to the overthrown aristocracy of yore and one tryst designer Guo Pei is happy to oblige and indulge in. Beijing-based Guo, coincidentally, also links straight to Paris as she in January of this year staged her very first haute couture spectacle in that City of Light. “Guo’s dressy fabrication heightens the formality of her daywear, and there is no hint of irreverence to her embroidery. She sticks with traditional talismans—a phoenix, a dragon, butterflies—of good luck or longevity.” Thurman notes. Read her full empirical-meets-imperial piece right here!
Traversing across both sides of the Atlantic, Forbes finally takes us back to the Mainland for a segment on sustainable Shanghai. Bunny Yan in 2013 created China’s first upcycling and eco-wholesaler: The Squirrelz. Fast forward three years and Yan has opted to “expand the concept once more, with the debut of an eco-wholesaler site aiming to provide designers and brands in China and abroad with eco-sustainable textiles and defective materials from overstocked Chinese factories[…] We source mainly from high quality, environmentally aware apparel manufacturers in the outskirts of Shanghai and Zhejiang province,” Yan informs Forbes. ‘Tis most definitely the “season” for China to go down the path of least polluting pestilence. For the full Forbes article by Marianna Cerini, click here.