Zhao Le and Li Bo, from Harbin, were in Beijing for the weekend, but they hope to come back permanently in two years, following graduation, to work in the field of interior design. Their favorite type of art is postmodern and they both describe their style of dress as androgynous.
Michelle, a self-described “desk-slave” in US public relations company Burson Marsteller, believes a girl should be loyal to a set of colors and hers are rose, sherbet, and lemon. Cute, princess-like styles suit Chinese girls best and for her that means round-toed flats and soft textures rather than fashion-slavish attempts to seem overtly sexy and chic; they should fight their inner sweetness. As for Beijing’s straight men, they have thousands of li left to travel style-wise, she says.
From Guangdong Province, she says Beijing is less stylish than Guangzhou due to inferior access to products, but calls it a more authentically Chinese city than Shanghai. This very Hong Kong-style girl wonders how the locals can stand bicycling through such foul air though.
This pair grabbed my attention at once.
She is one of my favorites appearing here, for some reason or another. This quirky TV executive rides her bike every day. She says it’s the best way to get around in a city with such traffic, and bicycling also helps the environment and allows riders to fully enjoy their natural and urban surroundings. However, riding can be an unpleasant experience outside of the second ring road. Her cotton trench is from Sisley.
A photographer, Ms. Xie proudly rides a Forever 28, but only for leisure. While commuting, she turns to her electric scooter. She wears cotton and other natural fibers, though she tries to avoid animal skins for ethical reasons.
This is your chance to exchange, sell, or give away clothing and accessories, media related objects (no pirated goods, but if you have any DVDs from Sanlitun you can bring them), white goods, black goods, bicycles, and any other objects. You can bring your stuff, your friend’s stuff, or your ayi’s stuff – just remember to take whatever you brought that doesn’t get claimed – aside from booze. Please RSVP (firstname.lastname@example.org or 13910092410 – texts please), so we know how many people to warn our neighbors. Also, alcohol is always a welcome article of exchange.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
2:00pm – 6:30pm
5 Xinghua Hutong
On weekdays, Ellie slaves away at Guomao wearing what her husband describes as more “standard” clothing. On weekends, she can let go with outfits like this that make her look like a cute train conductor or some other kind of manual laborer.
Central Beijing is filled with them. This guy uses black to good effect. The mystery of the color blends into this young rockstar’s character.
With the right attitude, the classic look of jeans and a tee-shirt always distinguish a man. Bo Xuan, the bassist from Hedgehog, illustrates how it also helps to be a rockstar and have the body to wear such tight clothing.
Dashing to practice, this young rockstar relies exclusively on this trendy cycle for transportation around the city. He says it’s the most convenient way to move here.
Civil engineering students in Tongzhou, Wu Ying and Zhang Guangyuan think bicycling is better than driving because it avoids traffic and pollution (hence the mask) and offers freedom. However, they cycle mainly because they are still students, and think they will probably end up in cars once they start work.
These two are students at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing (对外经济贸易大学). In a few months, they are both going to Rheims, France, where they will study for a total of three years.
Military influenced items and actual items from the military are quite popular with Beijing youth. Though originally intended for men, these shirts are worn by both sexes. Wearers tend to be young artistic types in rock bands, creative industries, etc. Stripy shirts, in the sailor style, other than these authentic naval ones do not seem to be overly popular. People want the real thing or nothing, it seems.
These shirts are available in several outlets in Beijing, though the biggest size, 1, is equivalent to an American small.
Liu Jian only wears Chinese navy shirts – he owns 25 in total. Since they only come with long sleeves, his had several of them altered a few for summer wear. These shirts are actually a pretty appropriate choice for Liu Jian since he served in the Chinese military for six years. He is an author and folk musician and a member of East District Power, a Shanghai-based folk rock collective.
I did a special report for That’s Beijing on stylish people’s perspectives on bicycling, and will be including some of the photos from it here.
Hinting at Christmas in pleasingly provocative style, software designer Aileen just arrived in Beijing from Hubei and has not had time to buy a bike. However, she believes Beijing is not good for driving since it is so crowded. Unlike many modern Chinese girls, to her it doesn’t matter if her other half owns a car or not.
Cola has been a frequent star of Stylites. I like the way that he wears sweats with a leather jacket. These two Northeastern boys run the recently expanded Vogue, a menswear boutique on the forth floor of 3.3, a Sanlitun mall. Vogue specializes in “replicas” of Dior Homme, Comme des Garçons, Dolce and Gabbana, and other popular brands.
可乐经常出现在stylites上。我喜欢他穿运动裤和皮夹克的休闲风格。这两个东北男孩经营在三里屯3.3商场四层的Vogue男装精品店。他们的店面最近扩大了。Vogue的经营特色是Dior Homme, Comme De Garcons, Dolce and Gabbana等流行品牌的“复制品”。
With all of the beautiful girls and handsome boys appearing, several people have suggested that Stylites double as a dating website. I will consider this option, though it can be difficult enough convincing people to pose without having to explain that they may be contacted by random romance-seeking strangers. This time, to forestall any curiosity, I am first adding a picture of this mini-skirted young girl with her man.
The skirt is surprisingly short, but does not seem risqué on her. In fact, her particular aura almost makes it difficult to notice that the skirt is so short. The military coat and handbag keep the look smart while the Converses and tee shirt are a rugged touch.
Kiki works with Modern Sky, China’s largest independent record label. She is also in a band that performs frequently at Dongcheng District clubs. With a different bag she would look even more sixties Brit Pop than she already does.