Thank you, Claude Cahun. The lines between the feminine and masculine wardrobes have been shifted throughout history. From West to East.
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?
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?
Sweet, Gothic, Classic, Punk, Black… What do these seemingly unhinged descriptive utterances have in common? A certain dainty Delores created by a certain voracious Vladimir: Lolita. No middle-aged men in view here, though, just the tale of a love affair between a group of women and their dresses tailored for 12-year-olds. Make no mistake, though: There is no judgment here whatsoever, only a fantastical fascination for this still-thriving cultural subgroup of fashion. We ask: Lolita, teenybop or fashion hobnob?
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?
Folk religion, that is. China has never been much of a centralized religious country in the traditional sense. A nature deity here, a demigod there, the occasional exorcism of harmful forces and a smattering of the rational natural order. Religious practices and beliefs run wide and varied from head to toe, literally. In that very same sense, swinging street styles in contemporary China vary across the drawing board. The question then arises… When it comes to fashion, folks: Do we have faith or are we atheists?
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?
Fashion has long been taking a leaf out of the extensive fashion pages owned by China’s ethnic minorities.
No matter where you turn your Bardot-lined peepers, fashion designers, shops and chains around the globe have long been taking a leaf out of the extensive fashion pages owned by China’s ethnic minorities. And why not. With an array of 56 groups covering the vast mainland of China – the largest of which is the Han group with approximately 1.2 billion descendants (say, 92% of the overall population) — you can infuse any outfit with a bad bump in a straight stitch second. Their different decorations are one styling aspect of what sets the minorities apart from one another.