Nanluoguxiang [ edit ]
March 30 2007 (03:14:00) US/Pacific ( 2 views )
I’m sure you all noticed but Beijing’s lone tolerable stretch of turf made it into the NYT. I’ve met the guy who wrote this. This and 798 are the two spots in Beijing.
Back-Street Beijing By MIKE MEYER
As the city prepares for the 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing‘s historic lanes, or hutongs, are disappearing in a dust cloud of new construction. But South Gong and Drum Lane (Nan Luoguxiang) is an exception. Near the central lakes, the 700-year-old hutong is a bit of authentic bohemia in an otherwise Starbucks-saturated central city.
One of the lane’s pioneers, Pass By Bar (No. 108; 011-86-10-8403-8004), was opened in 1999 by Xiao Biar, whose shaved head and Coke-bottle specs make him instantly recognizable on his bar-stool perch. The original local clientele has given way to affluent Chinese and foreign hipsters drawn to the open courtyard seating and the soundtrack of Tibetan drums. Pass By’s success has spawned a sequel, the posh Pass By Restaurant (1) (No. 114; 011-86-10-6400-6868; entrees $10 to $15), which serves salads, fresh fish and perhaps the capital’s only veal piccata.
As a planned showcase for the Games, the lane was … Read More »
Jefen and Wu Yong to show in Paris [ edit ]
February 15 2007 (01:48:00) US/Pacific ( 2 views )
This blog entry at fashionwindows.com introduces Frankie Xie and Ma Ke, two Chinese designers who will be showing in Paris this February 25:
The intersting thing is that I will be in Paris on that day. Hmmmm.
The website for Jefen, Frankie Xie’s label is:
They have five shops here Beijing, which I might investigate at some point.
Hi, i like how ur blog documents fashion in China. Is it possible that u start doing something like the SATORIALIST? Like when u see something interesting(even in a nasty way), u put it on ur blog? Because every major city got its own fashion blog except china. it would be interesting for China to have a voice in the net. have a nice day.
Posted by Ah Sir on 02/20/2007 07:45:01 PM
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Exuberance and Disaster [ edit ]
February 13 2007 (11:37:00) US/Pacific ( 2 views )
Spirits are high. Prospects are good. Investments are sizzling. Surroundings are beauty. One drinks to celebrate.
Spirits are in the dumps. Hope is gone. Life is mortgaged. Concrete and pollution … Read More »
The Best Bloody Mary
January 31 2007 (09:28:00) US/Pacific
If you like a good Bloody Mary, check out the 5:19 bar at Women’s Street. They have the best one in Beijing. In fact, it was the best I’ve had in the world. And it was 25 RMB, which is quite reasonable considering the imported ingredients.
I went there this past Saturday night for a discussion on Lolita that didn’t really materialize.
As an added plus this bar has a contingent of builders and carpenters from the Southern regions of the United States. They are a very lively and congenial bunch. This is a very authentic collection of dudes from Louisiana, Mississippiand other Faulknerian sorts of places transplanted directly into Beijing. You should go to this bar just to meet them. They are building our government’s new outpost in this heathen land. They recognized me as a Yankee at once but were very friendly anyway. The owner is an Canadian named Dave who has opened several similar bars in Beijing.
5:19: 8448-0896 26 Xingba Lu, Nuren Jie Next to PiliPili 女人街星吧路28号 比力毕利餐吧旁边
Pity the souls of the heathen masses that must burn for … Read More »
December 26 2006 (05:54:00) US/Pacific
The question of what constitutes style in China is a perrenial one. Does style have to be deliberate? Does the wearer have to be at all aware of fashions? Does style need to be unique? Is the wearer more important or what is being worn? I suppose the answer to the final question is both and how the wearer wears things. There is also a question as to how the great income disparity figure into these questions.
Below is a typical middle aged migrant labourer wearing a typically oversized hat. These hats are probably the most stylish item that peasants and soldiers wear. I applaud them for being among the few people who wear hats through the cold winters in Beijing.
Peasants, beggars, and laborers can be the most stylish people, since often fashionistas and hipsters look too brand-laden and contrived. Of course, the real point here may be the expression that has been captured.
I would like to thank my friend and close associate Colin MacLennan for taking the great shot. I’m for more contributions from Colin as Stylites develops and expands. I look … Read More »
Funny how trends change…
November 29 2006 (03:32:00) US/Pacific
The Eiffel Towers, from Cheap Monday, subverting the low paradigm.
Karl Lagerfeld dropped several stones to wear Dior Homme. Jiang Zemin is going to use the Lagerfeld diet to get into these jeans.
Loucheness is ephemeral, authority is forever.
Upward the rise!!!!!!!!
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Sitting back is more relaxing and healthy
November 29 2006 (03:24:00) US/Pacific
“We were not created to sit down for long hours, but somehow modern life requires the vast majority of the global population to work in a seated position. This made our search for the optimal sitting position all the more important.”
-Waseem Amir Bashir, a researcher at the University of Alberta Hospital in Canada.
You need to stop sitting straight and lean back when you are facing the screen.
Standing straight is still important for appearing taller and more handsome.
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Creativity from South Korea
November 27 2006 (01:59:00) US/Pacific
This very short piece sums up the problem with a lack of creativity among young Chinese and its source:
I find it relevant for the general subject of counterfeiting. It also mentions the current position of South Korea as source of all things wacky and modern for East … Read More »
Senli and Frye
October 31 2006 (07:48:00) US/Pacific
When you are traveling through Beijing and need a chic custom suit, cashmere overcoat, trousers, tweed jacket, or any other type of clothing that you can imagine, please stop by Senli and Frye, tailorshop. A man looking for a tailor should seek the following features: top quality, a thorough understanding of the various styles from Milan to London, and a reasonable price. Most other tailors only offer one of these, while we offer all three. Senli and Frye fills a void that exists in the tailoring market.
Generally, if you want a quality tailored garment, you must pay a high price. Often the best tailors also have very fixed ideas about styling. You will not get a suit as slim as Dolce and Gabbana or Helmut Lang from this type of tailor. You are likely to get a tasteful garment with very bland styling.
Tailors that offer stylish clothing often sacrifice on quality. The same can be said for many designer suits as well as high-street brands like Zara and H&M. These brands and tailors focused on style, you might be able to get the slim … Read More »
September 28 2006 (17:50:00) US/Pacific
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September 27 2006 (22:39:00) US/Pacific
Shirt: Paul Smith fabric, Hebei Laborers (?), Belt: Diesel, Jeans: J. Lindeberg, Shoes: Fabi, Hair: 3 dollars – massage included, Photographer: Dick Frye
good to see your dad is keeping you busy at home.
Posted by Paul Proteus on 09/28/2006 06:42:24 AM
Hey, who’s the princess doing all of the work in the photos?
Posted by anonymous on 10/05/2006 11:22:59 PM
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September 26 2006 (02:27:00) US/Pacific
In my Chinese Navy sailor shirt:
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September 22 2006 (11:16:00) US/Pacific
The 70s have always been my favorite decade, from a style perspective. For me, Yves Saint Laurent epitomizes the style of the decade.
These lapels are so much more masculine and courageous than the current narrow ones.
So much more flair than Tom Ford or Hedi Slimane, and not freakish like Karl Lagerfeld.
A guy that can pull-off a double-breasted suit, no?
Men had something interesting to say, stylistically in this period. Granted it was often not as pretty as the pictures above (think John Travolta), but the landscape today is boring. Outlandishness and flair were defeated by a stifling alliance of overly-democratic … Read More »
Chinese Girls Knifing Themselves
August 31 2006 (05:27:00) US/Pacific
Another reason why this world and its people are so hard to fathom or admire:
Really, there’s nothing hard to understand about this. The world is superficial, commercialistic, materialistic, and agressively racing toward emptiness.
There’s no way around it. The US is even worse. This is all we’re left with.
A pretty face will allow you to stare at a screen, sing karaoke with businessmen, drive a compact vehicle, shop at the mall, have an expensive wedding, etc.
Saw your link on Brett’s blog. What’s most interesting is the way race is the purple elephant in this article. Most of these procedures, double eye-lid, higher nose, etc. are based on Western (or rather White)standards of beauty. Are these women really saying that to get married and earn more money at a better job in China it’s important to look more Western? What does this say about Chinese nationalism? Just a thought or two.
Posted by J from the Granite Studio on 09/01/2006 10:11:06 AM
absolutely. Of course they wouldn’t mention that. The world is still trying to be Western in so many ways.
Posted by stylites on 09/11/2006 05:25:16 AM
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The formal launch of stylites.net and the reemergence of Stylites in Beijing as a trendsetting force in the blogosphere is on the horizon. With luck, daily street fashion updates on stylites.net will begin within the next week, so stay tuned. Please note the link to the Senli and Frye page on the right.