Marching to the beat of their own Watusi warrior drums, designers Mao and Juno of handcrafted leather goods brand Kitayama Studio create bags that combine uniqueness and versatility. With a revolutionary angle.
Rise and shine, the Year of the Rooster is here! One cannot sneak a sunrise or fine piece of cloth past the vainest of them all and with a mighty alluring crow, my fellow 1981 Chinese animal Chiara Sassu explores the prestigious potential of designer Lucien Wang. Cockadoodledo!
“To be or not to be a Mayshad Woman,” that is the question. With “empowerment” the new energy of the century, this Maison of leather luxury warrants a fresh philosophy according to the ritziest standards only French knowhow can claim.
High up in the Michael Spano clouds, yet bursting with that in-your-face Basquiat flash-bulb vibrance: Laurent Hou. About photography, Moreau and Hirano. Focus your lenses!
This brand name just evokes thoughts of Potassium Chlorate mixed with gummy bears – or that could simply be just me, though. Yet I opt to stick with the chemistry theme this time, as it is one science that can apply itself to the world of design – in both the literal and figurative sense. In the creative quest for favorable fashion combustion, one dutifully asks… How do we combine the right reactive elements?
China. A very big country featuring 56 minorities and one Party line. A very traditional society which offers little to no room for, or at least frowns upon, those who do not toe the line.
The Trump-China ties that bind. Both Daddy Donald and Daughter Ivanka have grabbed the chance to get their cheap China labor on to support their respective “fashion” and shoe collections. All the while adding ethical insult to cultural injury in the process. Crimes against fashion, logical reasoning and grounds of argumentation aside, one wonders… Should cost ever trump style?
Angie Wu, founder of AWÜ jewelry brand: “I express myself through my designs like a writer expresses himself through words.” A drop of ink may make a million think; a drop necklace may hatch a bountiful booty kink — keeping up with the latest attention-grabbing hearsay headlines. Please allow me to introduce herself, she’s a woman of travel wealth and accessorizing taste: Wu, in her own words.
Wearable technology (aka fashionable technology, tech togs, or fashion electronics) refers to the incorporation of electronic and computing devices into clothing or accessories to improve the convenience and portability of technologies — with that the productiveness of their bearer. Voilà. The time has now come to explore our options: From sensible to sensory dressing, are we ready to LED robotic dressing take us from pitch meeting mornings to done deal drinks?
The concepts of smart clothing and wearable technology are based on a permanent integration of clothing and technology. Take a look at the past, present and future of wearable tech through the eyes of China’s Huami Company. In the utopia that is Fashion Week, the die-hard fashionista may soon face a dystopian FROW. A frightening foreboding for some… Out with the IT Girl, in with the I.T. girl?
Cute monsters, Tim Gunn and China; what do these at-first-sight utterly unrelated three have in common? New York, Parsons School of Design and one graduate in particular: Qinghe “Queenie” Cao. This little girl according to Vogue.com, much like her voluminous designs, is bound to get BIG. From China’s Central Academy of Fina Arts to Parsons, we ask… Eclectic and electric, what sparks this little one’s big ideas?
Dutch clothing brand JOW on October 3 goes e-commerce for all to buy! Founder and designer Angelle Chang positively and passionately celebrates body-image and -confidence in all its fabulous facets, sustainable and attainable for all. With keywords such as ageless, timeless, design, passion and sustainability, one ponders… Flaws: Socially excluding or fashionably exclusive?
That roaring Shanghai of the pre-PRC 20th Century was undeniably a fashion hard hitter, but the earliest 21st Century also proves a strong contender in the Pearl’s fashion race. In the run-up to Shanghai Fashion Week (October 12-20), we once more step through the mirror to explore this city’s fashionable brawn, bravado and bravery.
Beijing Design Week may be in full swing, but — as fashion does — one must always look forward. Shanghai Fashion Week from October 12 to October 20 will take a peek at the new SS17 collections. Now, in my humble-yet-flamboyant-faux-fur-clad opinion, China Fashion isn’t always just about the brands and designing Fresh Fashion Tasties, but also about the complications, controversies, technical trifles and (historical) influences that have shaped China’s creative dressing biz anno 2016. Come and sway away with Shanghai: China’s most popular fashion pivot.
UNESCO in 2012 awarded the captivating capital that is Beijing the label of “international design capital”. Basked in that guiding light, Beijing Design Week serves to raise public design awareness as well as help develop a stronger design infrastructure and discourse across the city. The 2016 edition is scheduled to take off on September 23, incessantly cutting the edge under the creative direction of Beatrice Leanza. One newbie this time around is UNCOVER, a platform for independent fashion design from and within China.
Note to self: Do not give into Dirk Diggler temptation. Nevertheless, I do hold a highly bespoke soft spot for secondhand almighty funkadelic 70s fashion with some Burt Reynolds ghetto gold to boot. And I’m in luck. Today’s neon signs feature Pawnstar, aka the new place to go in Shanghai and get your fashion vintage boogie on. The leading question then becomes… Is secondhand (luxury) the next big, bright, shining China Fashion star?
Needless to say, yet very necessary to avoid all “confusion”, all video props here go to China Daily US of A. New York Fashion Week on September 12 saw yet another China Fashion Dragon making his NYC designer debut. 30-year-old Chongqing native Yang Lu took to the city’s Artbeam stage and ruled the stomps.
HAN Media on September 11 presented New York Fashion Week’s kooky-quirk-fashion-loving audiences with a China Fashion Collective catwalk featuring the works of four emerging Chinese designer labels at Pier 59 Studios. LO-LI-TA: The new “Made in China” vision.
New York Fashion Week is once again in full swing and we are eagerly anticipating the “Made In China” extravaganza at Pier 59 come September 11. Nevertheless, nevermind the China models and designers decorating the Big Apple’s runways these days. The one Fashion Week woman making headlines across Chinese news outlets and social media today is Indian Reshma Qureshi, a 19-year-old acid attack survivor and campaigner for the #EndAcidSale movement.
She’s been trending on and off Sina Weibo since September 5, with wide news coverage from the Far China Daily East to the Western Daily Mail East Coast: Huang Yanzhen, aka the Granny Goddess. A quick @Regrann – how befitting.
Lhasa on September 2, turned from the capital of Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region into Fashion Central featuring a runway show as part of the Xue Dun Festival, clad in traditional Tibetan ethnic costumes — with a 21st Century twist. From Guizhou Province’s Buyi Minority to Lhasa’s Hui Tibetan, we ask… How major is the minority fashion footprint?
It’s the time of the season! The Who’s Earned What in Supermodel Land Forbes rankings on August 30 saw the dark ink of (digital) press. As ye ole Chinese proverb goes, the palest ink is better than the best memory. Liu Wen, crowned “China’s First Supermodel”, rose up high in the Forbes listings once more, raking in an easy-breezy $7 million in 2016.
For the first part of that sizzling Olympic dishy beef, click right here! On with the show, then. We now count down from No.4 on Vogue China’s “Ultimate Olympian” list to the very summum of athletic prowess. In that race to the top… Bagpack or sixpack?
Who needs Mando-Pop boybands, imperial drama actors or wealthy CCP offspring when you can bag yourself some cold hard… Olympic Gold?! Yes, China’s male Olympians are the new flavor of the season among the Middle Kingdom’s feline population. It all started when 1.93m Chinese swimming champ Ning Zetao in 2015 bounced back from his doping suspension with a vengeance and swimmingly became eyecandy gone viral. Vogue China now shares with readers their eight podium places. In that race to the top… Fannypack or eightpack?
Let’s get fashionably serious – for a change. Fashion is one dirty gal and, no guys, not in a good way. She is thirsty, making her a clear target in heavily polluted China’s cleanup mission du decade, entitled “Beautiful China”. The fashion industry stands at a China crossroads: Get on the merry-go-round or get out of the polluted amusement park. So when we discuss that new “Made in China”… How does this sexy label affect the nation’s fast fashion industry?
When on that early spring day in May of 2014 Google started to sell its Glasses, or optical head-mounted display, the rat race to “wearable devices” took off. In 2016, wearable-meets-fashionable tech is branching out and we knowtice new fearless influencers emerging from the pixels, including Beijing-based jewelry brand Totwoo. In wondrous wearable tech times, I wonder… Is going tech a fashionably smart move?
Known to intimi as Andy, Mr. Houlai is a Shanghai-born, -raised and –based fashion snapper of few words. In his honour, this post shall be equally concise and thus all about those five W’s and one H. The wringer remains… How can any picture be perfect?
‘Cause a girl’s gotta shop. Beijing’s clothing markets, the Dongliang showrooms, Hong Kong’s Green Ladies, random vintage markets, good ole H&M; all have their individual flow of followers who regularly pass by to stock up on ensembles. Taken together, one can do some serious China shopping. Do the followings just reach for that trusted Zara sweater or do they sometimes unleash their inner agent provocateur in search of that new China fashion scene? The question remains… The New “Made In China”: Myth or Mode?
Even in this day and age, having and expressing a strong opinion, and consequently standing out slash becoming a tall tree catching much wind, often comes at a cost. Some people may call you names, others may stop calling you altogether. All hail The Drama. Adamant and conceited, let alone bigoted, are very different things — in my book, that is. The third degree demands: In the end… Does it pay off to be opinionated?
Chinese photographers are going global, and the global picture community is focusing on China. From Trunk Xu to Zhang Jingna, the favored by yours truly Yin Chao and the all-round celebrated Chen Man, these togs bring a new picture of China to the cutting table. On the other side, then, we find the foreigners entering China. From Russia to Shanghai, they’re snapping away. One muses: In life… Can we actually capture that one moment?
Big beach bags, beach totes, fanny packs, backpacks, clutches, baguettes, envelope bags, add-the-Bag-Bible 101, the latitude of bag options out there is as wide as that between the US East and West Coasts. The question arises… In this beachwaves-melting heat, how do we keep a cool vibe at hand plus sweaty-palms-handy?
With the return on the Facekini, Chinese swimwear can raise an eyebrow. Or two. The often-spotted flowery frills and Little Bo Peep bows, too, leave much to be desired. Since one who does not jump into water will not learn to swim, I ask: How does one do “Sanya beach babe” in style?
Headline-grabbing made-to-measure maven Liang Xide is one lace-loving grandmother who recently went viral on Chinese social media app WeChat. Which beckons me to wonder: In China, is style really ageless?
The facekini in 2012 first reared its rather unsightly head and is experiencing a 2016 revival. A mask that shields the face from those brutal UV-rays brings up the sizzling question: Has “saving face” gone one breaststroke too far?
Dutifully I dot the i’s here: We’re talking tea-silk. Beijing renter Kathrin von Rechenberg came to the capital 14 years ago in her quest for that No. 1 flirty fabric. With her contempo take on tea-silk, the question beckons: How do we cross our style t’s?
Silk (or “si” 丝 in Chinese), that luscious and lustrous luxury fabric, was first developed in ancient China around 3630BC. Fast forward 5000 years and the question becomes: How does the 2016 woman do silk in style?
We enter the underbelly of (China) fashion and contemplate that ever-pressing panties pickle: Shall we be stringed along by social command or go rogue and get cheeky?
LAWO (拉我, which roughly translates as “take me with”) is a social-fashion platform recently released by WeCare Ltd., combining the forces of technology and fashion.
China’s well-heeled are currently more interested in exploring Stella McCartney Adidas athleisure wear, than they are in taking a substantive interest in the Brexit referendum of June 23.
King Karl Lagerfeld once said: “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat.” How ironic that a Lagerfeld cashmere sweatshirt now goes for 253 USD. Ok, ok. It’s a shirt, not pants… Over the past two years, the athleisure trend has spun out of control.
Chinese designer Miao Ran on June 18 made his Milan Fashion Week debut with a widely applauded FW17 collection.
Alibaba Founder Jack Ma’s recent claim that knock-off luxury goods produced in Chinese factories are “better quality” and have “a better price than the real product” has received much critique from the global luxury industry this week.
Established in 2008 by designer Christine Lau, the Chictopia (Beijing) clothing brand aims to promote an independent and relaxed lifestyle. With a Sina Weibo account of some 200,000 followers who religiously say yes to her dress, Lau’s quirky upbeat take on textile has proven a breath of fresh air in China’s fashion scene-at-large.
The rolling grasslands of Inner Mongolia. And a true luxury brand with international aspirations. Before you cast this off as a wild-goose chase for that urban shoe myth – Carrie and the Adventures of Manolo’s Mary Janes — just remember: Gengis Khan did a pretty good job at the whole conquering game.
Pawned and secondhand… luxury: Contradictio in terminis? Possibly. But when you casually remark your bag is a “vintage Dior”, it often (read: unfortunately) still trumps the “found-this-at-a-binge-binsale-in-a-kilogram-store” fashion find. China’s fashion conscious and conscious fashion are progressively meeting up on that crossroads called “Secondhand Shopping”.
A foxy lady may lose her hair, but never her fashionable tricks — with “tricks” being a good thing here. Yes, I could have opted for the “leopard”- or “zebra”-based proverbs, but the Dutch version starring a fox just did the trick here. So. Another elderly couple makes China Fashion headlines.
None other than 43-year-old Dutch/Chinese fashion designer, Hu Sheguang (胡射光). A graduate of the Dutch Rietfeld Academy of the Fine Arts, Hu’s style could be best described as a combination of Inner Mongolian lavishness with a cheesy Dutch touch.
Walking the fine line between fashionably fabulous and fashion failure is indeed an art in itself. So how have Chinese men gone about this throughout history?
Social media in general is one big Bonfire of the Vanities; no complaints here. China is no exception to this 21st Century rule. The West may not have the access to/ knowhow of China’s very own social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have been banished from most devices a long, long time ago), but we are not talking about The Emperor’s New Clothes here.
Artisanal aka “made in a traditional or non-mechanized way”. Alina Raetsep of SIX Magazine divulges on the one topic she is truly passionate about — traditional artisanal skill-ship. In China, mind you.
Nothing today is safe from the long arm of political influence. Where conservative values act as KOLs, politics impact more than just the passing of a bill. They impact our wardrobes. Jessica Laiter lays bare the truth behind the legends.
Temper Magazine and Chic Xique embrace the cheongsam: From the desire to repeal all dusty imperial customs and reinvent China — Republican style; from sexual to national symbol… It’s the evolution of a cultural revolutionary.
Controversial in history, restrictive by nature and trendsetting for tens of decades. Temper Magazine has a quick cuddle with the cheongsam: Past, present and future.
A bookend style statement to our daily lives, lingerie sets the mood for how we wake up in the morning and go to sleep at night — a theory with which designer Rose Fulbright-Vickers wholeheartedly seems to agree. And so we dive beneath the surface with Jessica Laiter.
Just a perfect day to go back in time five years, re-hash some China fine fashion trivia and re-watch an oldie but goodie: “Perfect Night” by China’s Electro Dame Shang Wenjie.
In “ChinaNOW”, Director Thomas Rhazi puts the spotlight on the fertile state of creativity in the world’s most populous country.
From Bardot berets to Brando-suaveness and Wild West boots, it’s time to take a style-provoking note from Taipei. Shot by Xu Anrong for The New York Times.
Nowness presents… The Guanjiang Shou scare off bad spirits with the help of some fierce makeup, elaborate dressing-up and firecrackers.
The book “China Chic”, written by Guangzhou-born fashion designer Vivienne Tam, is a cross-cultural exploration of the hybrid worlds of the East and the West that have inspired fashion designer Vivienne Tam. Jessica Laiter shares some thoughts.