During his one-month stay in Taiwan, photographer Xu Anrong in the name of The New York Times took to the streets of Taipei with mucho gusto, capturing a fireball display of stylishly trend-defying looks.
“Taiwan itself has a huge influence from Japanese culture, Chinese culture and now, more and more so, Korean culture. It is present in the culture, in entertainment and in its fashion.” Xu in The New York Times.
Photographer and Director Xu Anrong is based in New York City, the international hub where he was raised in the Chinatown area. Whereas the larger part of Xu’s portfolio looks into the daily lives of Asians and Asian-Americans, the creator on this particular trip chose to take in all the style the streets of Taipei have to offer.
Especially impressed by the menswear of Taipei, Xu likened the hotspot’s overall street scenery to a melting pot of anything and everything stylish; from Parisian cafe culture to the American West and 1990s Hong Kong cinema — think Wong Kar Wai’s “Chungking Express”.
“The men dressed in a way that made them stand out more; with their colors, with their patterns, with the shoes and the way that they held themselves,” Xu explains.
From Bardot berets to Brando-suaveness and Wild West boots, it’s time to take a style-provoking note from Taipei:
Images: Copyright@The New York Times (March 28, 2017)
Photographs by XU ANRONG
Interviews by JOANNA NIKAS
Produced by EVE LYONS
After tackling Beijing for some six years where she worked for China International Publishing Group, she spent a moment in time moseying down steep alleyways and writing about their fashionable and underground features in Hong Kong.
Van Paridon most recently managed to claw her way through a Europe-based academic endeavor called "Journalism". 'Tis in such fashion that she has now turned her lust for China Fashion/ Lifestyle and Underground into a full time occupation.
Van Paridon hunts down the latest in Chinese menswear, women’s clothing, designer newbies, established names, changes in the nation’s street scenery, close-ups of particular trends presently at play or of historical socio-cultural value in Chinaplus a selection of budding photographers.
Paired with a deep devotion to China’s urban underground scene, van Paridon holds a particular interest in the topics of androgyny, the exploration of individuality and the power that is the Key Opinion Leader (the local term for “influencers”) in contemporary China.
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