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.
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!
Irene Lu and her (Love Your Lingerie) Pillowbook brand: the most intimate, risqué, seductive and even secretive of all that design entails. Eco-friendly, at that.
Thank you, Claude Cahun. The lines between the feminine and masculine wardrobes have been shifted throughout history. From West to East.
The honorary title “Man Of Steel” may be slightly better known to mankind, but within the realms of fashion design, Issey Miyake is considered to be a real DC Superman. The name in itself stretches a long way and always steams ahead in terms of both space and time. Miyake: Man Of 3D.
Rattled by the wincingly pounding late fall winds, I had a revelation: Anything and everything good in life starts with “D”. Diana (Vreeland, a personal favorite), Denim (a Vreeland raving-favorite), Design (a Me ranting-favorite), Daring (a designing-favorite); all three in one way or another inspire, coordinate and cross paths in new Beijing-born clothing brand ZODIAC. Avoiding the pitfalls of “double denim”, just go ton-sur-ton with this one, we do a double take and ask… How does one design a cool cowboy vibe?
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.