When I need a job done properly, I rely on the services of young but talented Shanghaiese Jeffrey Ying (应捷). His base of operations for at least the next month is right here in the Northern Capital, to which his eye-catching style and unique pursuits bring a certain drama. His main residences are in the French Concession, San Francisco, and right overlooking the Bosphorus in a city that he still insists on calling Constantinople. Here he wears a 1960s Kipper Tie and “bi-curious” spectators from Moreschi.
Will his activities turn Beijing upside down this summer? But of course…Full Profile to follow.
Having graduated from Beijing Agriculture University in ’08, Li Huawen (李画文) and Zheng Ran (郑然, English name: Ro) are now devoting themselves to their own brand that blends illustration, design and fashion. Called Rofty (ro联厂), they produce original T-Shirts, various badges, graphic posters, environmentally friendly shopping bags and other items.
The more vivacious one in the pair – she will inevitably handle the marketing – Ro studied landscape architecture and environmental planning and he graphic design. He has worked in an advertising firm before, but now they are both freelancers at the moment and hoping they never have to work in an office in the future.
Compare these lapels. I had been meaning to introduce Mr. Jeffrey Ying, one of my main partners in crime. He is staying in Beijing this summer, and I will do a more full profile in an upcoming post.
Qu Ying may be more well-known than Jeffrey, at least on this side of the Pacific. I’m not keen on celebrities, but the unprecedentedly low notch on this coat from Stella Mccartney coat convinced me to photograph this model, singer, MC and actress.
Dior released its fall collections here in Beijing today at Nanxincang. This young Hunanese lady was wearing a cute Dior dress from the current spring collection. She was determined that I must not mention her name or position.
I’m surprisingly fond of this fashion magazine editor’s look. The hat and rolled up trouser legs are rather trendy, but the see-through sweater and pink belt peeping out show some real verve. I also like the spectacles.
Nico and Quiet (their English names) are unexpected. I rarely encounter couples – at least the ones that include two sexes – in which both members look reasonably stylish. Recent graduate Nico, who does take her name from the singer on the first Velvet Underground album, works for the Bank of China, where I have a small account, and keeps a blog. In addition to classic rock and punk, Nico enjoys electronic music. She recently visited Nepal with Quiet and hopes to travel more in the near future.
Wang Xiaobei is a (Catullus loving?) fashion designer with a brand called Odi et Amo who gets around. Here he was at the Accupuncture music festival, but Shanghai street fashion blog Streetaholic captured him just a few weeks before at the 2009 Midi Festival in Jiangsu.
I never know who I might run into at a shirting shop. Xander Zhou (also here) shouldn’t need much introduction to viewers of Stylites. Among the most well-known Beijing-based menswear designers, Xander studied in the Netherlands and his brand sells internationally. For more information about him check out JC Report, an interview with him at Dazed Digital, and a Time Out London piece on “Beijing Heroes” where Xander ranks with Ai Weiwei and Gia (also been on stylites).