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! 

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?

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.

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?

我们认真谈一下时尚吧。时尚也可以算是一个超级口渴的女孩儿,使她在中国的清理任务杜(名为“美丽中国”-2015至2020年)中的一个清晰目标。这20年,中国对环境犯罪的历史使各式各样的快时尚遂而崛起。尽管如此,该国的监管格局正在发生变化。国际服装行业目前没有太多选择:继续在属于高污染的中国服装厂生产衣服或者离开中国。如果只是买布匹来进行加工衣服。这样污染就不大。如果服装厂自己生产布匹,然后给布匹染色,等布匹做好后再进行衣服加工这样污染就很大 。中国服装行业急需努力解决环境污染问题。换句话说,当我们讨论新“中国创造“。。。这样的标签到底是怎么影响到全国的快时尚产业呢?

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?

‘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?

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”.

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.

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