This past weekend there were several parties thrown by fashion labels and stores. At the parties, I spent most of the time talking to friends, but I did take a couple pictures. Here are Fu Yuanyuan, creator of Marzipan, and Andrea Jacomelli, of Nestlé. Andrea is wearing a three-piece suit from Senli and Frye. The waistcoat is single-breasted with notch lapels. Andrea is heading to Singapore next week, after spending two years in Beijing. The suit is in a light-weight fabric, but I suspect he will be shedding the coat frequently. While she was a PR executive, Yuanyuan worked for two years on the Nestlé account, though this was the first time she met Andrea.
Hervé is the Head of the Visa section of the Embassy of Switzerland. His family left Catholic Bavaria for Switzerland during the Thirty Years War (1618–1648) since they were Lutherans. Hervé retains a fondness for his family’s ancestral home and he picked up this lovely wool jacket there. Several of the guests at the party complemented him on his “Chinese style” jacket. There is a resemblance but it is difficult to find wool of … Read More »
Stylites would like to wish all American viewers a Happy Thanksgiving. We would like to thank you for your continued viewing of styles from the hutongs and courtyards of Beijing.
Senli and Frye would also like to thank all clients for their patronage. If you have been considering an overcoat, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible as the coldest weather will be upon us in a few weeks. Over the next two months we will be announcing new Senli and Frye men’s handmade shoe and neckwear lines, so stay tuned.
So far today, I haven’t been able to find a photo that captures Thanksgiving in Beijing better than the one I posted last year. I wll be looking though.
Most locals can’t hear from his accent that Olli is an Englishman in Beijing. Whatever the nationality with which he contends, his approach has been to suffer ignorance and silliness with a smile. After editing The Beijinger for a couple years, Olli just left Beijing for Jakarta. As a long-term supporter of Stylites, he will be missed here.
He is wearing a casual autumn ensemble that any guy can achieve. A tweed jacket, wool cardigan, Italian leather shoes is a bare minimum for looking good. Sadly, this kind of simple, well put together, look is more the exception than the rule.
What could be more appropriate accessories for a hutong dweller than a bottle of Yanjing and a stray cat? A repeat cat rescuer, Mr. Gao is an oil painter living on a hutong running east from Nanluoguxiang.
I was rushing to a reception at 798 given by a foreign fashion designer when I encountered Mr. Gao. My goal was to photograph for Stylites, but I suggested he accompany me. The booze was sure to be flowing and he seemed already to be enjoying an afternoon of drinking. Since I had no invitation, it seemed an artist would get in and enjoy a night n refined society or, at least, society that does its utmost to appear refined. This assumption belies any appearance I may give of understanding social life in China, the fashion world, or life in general.
Mr. Gao dropped the cat at his house and we set off. Troubles began even before we made it to the taxi. Mr. Gao insisted on more beer for the two of us to enjoy on the road to 798. I wasn’t one to oppose a “walker” over which the two of us could bond during … Read More »
Shanghaier Shen Shen was accompanying her spouse to Beijing. She has been stylishly unemployed for some time, and spends some of her abundant leisure time viewing street fashion sites like this one. The cardigan and skirt are both “made in Japan” and she bought them used. Her interesting style comes mainly from the Anxi Market, described here as an emporium of retro goods that were cool then and are cooler now. On Anshun Road, it is a must-see for me during my next trip down to Shanghai, which should be next month. If all goes well, I will be taking street fashion pictures for a new Shanghai-based women’s magazine.
Yang Laji (洋垃圾) or “imported trash” is held accountable for both evil and good. Much is real trash like toxic waste and computers ready for poor villagers to take apart with their bare hands. This business causes cancer and other negative health effects in some regions. Even in the realm of fashion, the reputation is mixed. There was a time when clothes imported from the West and Japan were thought to transmit sexually transmitted diseases and be generally vermin-infested. This clothing … Read More »
Recognize these guys? They probably didn’t expect to be on posters all over Harvard. This photo along with around fifty others from Stylites are part of an exhibition called “Pop! Contemporary Street Fashion in Asia” opening this Friday, November 21. The opening will be from 7 to 10pm in the Piper Auditorium at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and will include wine, beer and images and garments representing street fashion from major cities of Asia, including Bangkok, Beijing, Hanoi, Manila, Seoul and Tokyo. If you are in the Northeast, please charter a jet to go up to Cambridge. If you need accomodations in one of my homes in the Boston area or directions, please email email@example.com.
He could be one of the good guys in Mario Brothers – something about the hat.
I’m on crutches for another two weeks and this is less than ｈａｄ ｂｅｅｎ ｅｘｐｅｃｔｅｄ. It has been a trying time for taking photos on the streets. Sometimes I have to settles for people whose outfits don’t make a profound statement about fashion in China. This young lady is from the rustbelt Northeast and she is here in the city to make it big as a beauty. I say this at the risk of appearing sexist but she did have two photographers in tow and about an inch of make-up caked on her face. At the same, she had a very sweet way about her. What else might one expect from a girl wielding a whirly device such as that one?
The Dior exhibition opening – the event for VIPs was the night before – had quite a few men dressed like this. Dark slim ties were paired with waistcoats or cardigans while casualized dinner jackets worn as separates were a favorite on top. Slim denim with patent leather shoes were common.
Both the coat and the scarf are original designs of this gentlemen.
The number of skilled craftspeople is fast declining in the UK, according to this piece from the Independent. Most of the artisans capable of doing advanced handwork needed for haute couture in companies like Burberry Prorsum and Mulberry are over fifty. American Shoemaker Allen Edmonds faces the same problems, says the New York Times. They will either have to hire immigrants or send the work over to China, which they have always worried would mean compromising on quality, since the emphasis is on mass production here.
Interestingly enough, here in Beijing at Senli and Frye, we could be facing the same problem in the future. The small group of artisans that crafts our suits are all over forty. This reflects both China’s status as a low-cost manufacturer of assembly-line type goods and the career aspirations of younger craftspeople. Of course there are young tailors in China but they tend to either work for a big company or start their own business. At the same time, most young people in fields related to fashion prefer the lofty road of design to being an artisan. As I search for companies here in China that could … Read More »
This fabulous Christian Dior exhibition at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art is a must-see, and I am rarely so positive. The designer’s beautiful creations from the 1940s and 1950s make it worth the price of admission, despite having to wade through the generally obnoxious of Galliano. The conception and design of the exhibition are innovative as well as entertaining. I’m just sorry that I had to rush through because I was on crutches. The narrow walkways that made me more concerned about keeping my footing than looking at the art.
This former model and present editor at Madame Figaro captures a style that one sees a great deal at fashion events and magazines here in China. There are quite a few recent runway looks mixed together here. There is no fear of an angular kind of drama The style is harsh but not macho, esoteric but not eccentric. He is a noble from the future.
This jacket that also seems distinctly futuristic is an original design by its wearer, a Belgian curator at the Ullens Center. It was a perfect choice for an exhibit that seeks to blend Western fashion with … Read More »
Not only does this young hairdresser look like Elvis, he also comes right out and claims the Maowang (cat king – Chinese for Elvis) as his main style inspiration. Elvis was long a symbol of the West for China, but it is heartening to find the younger generation keeping the spirit alive. Recently, I have been having another dry spell when it comes to finding girls. Hopefully, it will end soon.
This gentleman from Hong Kong is doing the casual waistcoat thing well. I’m normally not so positive about them, check my earlier entry on waistcoats around Beijing. Despite my formerly condescending attitude about waistcoats, I decided to commission a double-breasted velvet one in gray with shawl lapels that can be used casually and perhaps under a morning coat for winter weddings, if they occur.
It is really quite chilly today. If you would like a Sen Li and Frye overcoat, this would be the time. Right now, we will be offering a complimentary dress shirt with any order of an overcoat. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment or send a text to 13910092410.
It is a great time for wearing suits as well.
When you watch movies from the fifties or those pictures of Cary Grant, I am always struck by the slimness of the ties – often combined with surprisingly thicker lapels and not exactly narrow collars. In any case, it is always a dark slim tie that they wear. Here an imperial crown motif is added to the tie – a nice touch.