This year, come hell or more likely high-water, Beijingers were determined to show ankle cleavage, which seemed to always be cuter on the girls.
On both sexes, from fashionistas to simpletons, from owners to the working class, trousers were cut short, cuffed short, or rolled up. This has been a trend in the West for a while, but the look never seemed quite as widespread as it was in Beijing this year.
Vega Wang wears her own design. With the shoes, the look is distinctly menswear-influenced.
Often, they were high-waisted and with more volume.
Though tighter abounded as well.
A small trouser opening was the norm.
But sometimes straight-leg trousers were simply hemmed.
Editors, designers, artists, and even less-fashiony hipsters were all in on the trend.
One might assume Beijing was experiencing serious downpours. Perhaps people are preparing for the seas to rise due to global warming or tectonic shift, as in 2012 – the film is constantly mentioned in China and people seem to genuinely fear the End it depicted.
Shorter trousers really did seem like the ticket to enter some club, though it certainly wasn’t that of “white, nerdy, rich, or geeky people”. Of course ever since Thom Browne, high-waters have appealed to a wider group.
This was a chance to display colorful socks.
Such socks really caught on this year.
Bright socks are no longer a subtle detail.
Even more understated types are in on this game.
Ankle and socks is probably the greatest victory – with several nods to traditional menswear in this case.
This is all connected to the current global mega-trend of women wearing ankle socks and heels.
In general, one senses that favor has shifted from small feet to comely ankles.