During his one-month stay in Taiwan, photographer Xu Anrong in the name of The New York Times took to the streets of Taipei with mucho gusto, capturing a fireball display of stylishly trend-defying looks.
“Taiwan itself has a huge influence from Japanese culture, Chinese culture and now, more and more so, Korean culture. It is present in the culture, in entertainment and in its fashion.” Xu in The New York Times.
Photographer and Director Xu Anrong is based in New York City, the international hub where he was raised in the Chinatown area. Whereas the larger part of Xu’s portfolio looks into the daily lives of Asians and Asian-Americans, the creator on this particular trip chose to take in all the style the streets of Taipei have to offer.
Especially impressed by the menswear of Taipei, Xu likened the hotspot’s overall street scenery to a melting pot of anything and everything stylish; from Parisian cafe culture to the American West and 1990s Hong Kong cinema — think Wong Kar Wai’s “Chungking Express”.
“The men dressed in a way that made them stand out more; with their colors, with their patterns, with the shoes and the way that they held themselves,” Xu explains.
From Bardot berets to Brando-suaveness and Wild West boots, it’s time to take a style-provoking note from Taipei: