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As the global fashion industry blurs its boundaries, continuing to evolve, the Chinese designer community grows with it. So much so, that the international community is liking, sharing and following the each and every footstep of these new creatives. Compared with the numbers just ten years ago, the shift is astounding. Enter: The Business Of Fashion. Disclaimer: If you can’t take the heat, stay away from that steam press.

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Susanna Lau, Tim Blanks, Imran Amed, Victoria Beckham, Edison Chen, Wendy Yu, Tasha Liu, Julie Gilhart, Yves-Pierre Roussel and Uma Wang . Image via The Business Of fashion

Realizing that the future of the fashion industry relies very much on the support of the rising Chinese designer community, it only makes sense to show and provide their support in whichever way possible.

Temper Magazine’s trending segment casts a net upon all that is throwing tantrums within the world of China Fashion across a variety of global sources. This very necessary segment makes for a collection of largely non-Temper Magazine-original content dipping its toe into the deep indigo-dyed pool that is the ocean of Middle Kingdom fashionable astonishment. This time around…

We head on over to Business Of Fashion (BoF) to get the scoop on the very first global fashion prize for emerging Chinese designers in the field that is ready to wear.

“We’re excited to search for that intoxicating blend of creativity and entrepreneurship to find our finalists and to help propel the winner’s business onto the global stage.” The Panel

Image courtesy of Uma Wang

Uma Wang 2011. Copyright@ Uma Wang

The Panel Powers That Be

The powers of fashion that be have decided that founder and creative director of her eponymous label Victoria Beckham, former LVMH chairman Pierre-Yves Roussel, Clot founder and creative director Edison Chen and more will join Imran Amed and Tim Blanks on the judging panel. He will be joined by former chairman and chief executive of the LVMH Fashion Group Pierre-Yves Roussel.

Creative business consultant Julie Gilhart and will further be joined by Susanna Lau, from Style Bubble and Lv Xiaolei, vice secretary general of Shanghai Fahion Week, will serve as special advisor. The finalists and the ultimate winner will be selected by Uma Wang and Tasha Liu, two women who have first-hand expertise in navigating and shaping Shanghai’s burgeoning fashion industry.

“I remember the challenges I faced in starting my label a decade ago as a Chinese designer. Seeing new talents emerge in the Chinese market, I hope designers take this opportunity and the platform provided by BoF to show the world what China has to offer,” says Uma Wang.

Tasha Liu, founder of Dong Liang Studio. Image courtesy of Thats Mags, 2016

Tasha Liu of Dong Liang Studio. Image courtesy of Thats Mags, 2016

The Heat Is On

The jurors will select a small group of finalists to present at Shanghai Fashion Week in April 2019, from which one winner will be chosen to showcase their collection in September 2019 during London Fashion Week. The winner will also receive a USD $100,000 cash prize and become part of the Bof Community. It’s an exciting time to be a Chinese designer, to be a Gen Z in China.

The heat is officially on and things are warming up quickly for the Middle Kingdom.

 

Check out the full Business Of Fashion report right here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally published by Business Of Fashion, 2018. All rights reserved
Additional editing by Elsbeth van Paridon for Temper Magazine
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Temper Magazine does not own any of the above English content. All featured English content was re-published by Temper Magazine and originally belongs to Business Of Fashion, 2018. All rights reserved.

Jessica Laiter

China Fashion Blogger at Chinese Graffiti
Jessica Laiter has been an avid lover and admirer of the Chinese language and culture for most of her life. Always knowing that the future would include working on an international level, when it came to choosing a niche, China immediately came to mind.

Laiter went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Chinese Studies and Communications Rhetoric at The University of Pittsburgh and a Master's Degree in Translation at NYU. Immediately after college, she moved to New York City and since then has worked in a number of different industries such as branding, manufacturing, fashion, public relations and real estate. China always acting as the common denominator.

Inspired by her career, Laiter launched a website called Chinese Graffiti, on which she features emerging Chinese designers, talks about the intersection of tradition and modernity in China, as well as the evolution of society and business culture. As time went on, she sought out like-minded businesses individuals who were interested in a similar market, which is how she became involved with Temper Magazine.

The China market is creating a whirlwind around the glob and it’s only just getting started.

The world can be a small place with a dash of mutual understanding and Laiter loves to be the storyteller who helps to bridge that gap.
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