Too many photos, too little time…This post should have appeared a while back, but life has been filled with travel and tasks demanding completion. But now we can finally turn to this vital subject…tedious trends in Beijing.
Notice the number of waistcoatish things on the street over the last five months? It was some kind of virus. From April to September, the number of men and women sporting them grew exponentially, by the day, and so did the types of waistcoats. Starting out, it was the usual trendy kids, but pretty soon peasants, cleaning ladies, mothers and engineering students had caught on. The trend goes back to the runway, but in New York and presumably Paris and London, it has not gained the sort of traction that it has in Beijing. On my last trip to NYC, I only saw a few ultra-Eurotrashy trophy wives, tramps, and sidewalk hawkers sporting casual waistcoaty things. Maybe fall will bring more, but in Beijing this summer, it was everyone…
1. This attractive young lady might be described as the “typical” waistcoat wearer. She is packing just as many current trends into her outfit as she has accessories and articles of clothing. … Read More »
The Beijingers appearing on Stylites usually hail from the self-described “creative elite” or the white collar world of foreign multinationals, but it was clear from Daphne’s rough accent and manner that she claims neither of these two backgrounds. Unlike most girls from the provinces or others without foreign exposure, she has some natural grace. Maybe she also knows that adding a tincture of raspiness to a sweet appearance can have a special appeal. All items are from the zoo market. The flats are a kind of plastic webbing material perfect for rainy days – they seem a good alternative to crocs, though I guess rain isn’t the only justifications for crocs.
From Anqing, she has been in Beijing for two years, working in events organizing. Anhui is quite the trendy place these days since it is offers a great location, in the Yangzi River Delta, but without the high costs of Shanghai, Jiangsu, or Zhejiang. Suddenly, it seems like everyone is from Anhui – whether it is young tailors, cleaning ladies, owners of refrigerator factories or Hu Jintao. According to some, Anhuiers are still willing to work up from the bottom rung, whereas young people from more affluent provinces have a … Read More »
Beijinger Li Yuan could be from many nations. A professional model who has appeared in a host of trendy fashion magazines like Milk, 1626, Kaila and 0086, she describes her main appeal as her gender neutral looks – friends call her as “handsome” – but she can’t stand men who dress androgynously. When not modeling she likes to wear relaxed clothing and doesn’t particularly care about brands. She wears athletic style underwear.
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I will start up with regular updates, using photos taken earlier, today.
From Hokkaido, Hitomi Oyama has been staying in China for over five years and has worked for radio, as a translator, and as a freelance journalist, writing for both Chinese and Japanese publications. Her main focuses are art and culture and a major hobby is handicrafts. She makes clothes and the white bag in the picture. I’m quite a fan of this look – she is so unmistakably Japanese and still so eclectic.
Well, what is one supposed to say in this case? He must represent some sort of triumph for individualism in China. Here we have the younger generation eagerly showing it is not constrained by any conformist guidelines of fashion or conventionality. We even have a clear rejection of the old pursuit of status. What is he trying to achieve if not a sort of upbeat independance? Why he is so upbeat would be the subject for a longer post. He must have been born with very few cultural complexes or he must at least have a unique ability to not think about these hangups too often.
China’s miracle suggests a hundred different questions. One of them is why all the other non-Western countries cannot develop in the same way. Part of the reason might relate to the absence of young men in those countries who can at once be uninhibited and disciplined. Chinese never tire of mentioning their five-thousand years. The amazing thing is that all those years have left them with so little cynicism. In the Middle East for example, cynicism seems to have come before wealth. Or … Read More »
There have been several people from Norway appearing on Stylites and Hanne was bound to appear here at some point as she is always so funky. The specs may not be the most appropriate for daytime but they do pick up the red in her dress. Apparently, this eyewear is popular at clubs these days. I wouldn’t know. For me the nightlife involves writing and sleeping. I party during the day.
It’s rare that I encounter men looking halfway decent in suits here. This is too bad for me because several men’s magazines – including China’s GQ that is supposed to start in 2009 – have asked me to take photos of a more sartorial nature. The fact is that I am finding this request extremely challenging. I barely ever see men who look good in anywhere close to a traditional way. Perhaps I go to the wrong places. Hanging out in office towers is not my idea of a fun afternoon. Even when I do go the World Trade Center or other places with a good supply of white collars, I tend to be reminded that suits are just not part of China’s heritage. Perhaps they are also associated with migrant laborers or doughty employees of state-owned companies. Young men are not accustomed to seeing professionals looking good in well-fitting formal businesswear, and locals rarely make use of the local tailors the way this Japanese PR executive has done.
Let me just clarify: This suit is not from Senli and Frye. If it were, you could expect a better fit.
Today was chilly. Autumn appears to have arrived and with it some of the sophisticated fashions for which the capital is famed. Boots are always a favorite and nothing seems to match with them better than shorts – especially in classic denim. What a smart but creative look to make the transition between summer ad fall!
Aurelien Lecour, co-creative director of Le Divan, a design studio at Caochangdi, divides Chinese male dressers into three demographics: (1) the typical man who wears an over-sized suit and doesn’t care, (2) young professionals who timidly seek to be fashionable but rely on their female partner for all decisions on purchases, and (3) young teenagers and students who care much about looking different. Le Divan offers unique and detail-oriented garments for those with a more conceptual attitude toward fashion.
From Mallorca, Xisca loves Beijing and wishes she could stay more than the two weeks her vacation allows. She particularly likes the affordability of the place, mentioning that the high prices make it almost impossible to have fun in Barcelona. The cute dress was bought in Hong Kong. Spanish girls always seem to be the sweetest ones from the Continent.