The August issue of National Geographic Traveler has hit news stands throughout China. It contains my first column on China-based stylish travelers. This four page pictorial and interview will feature monthly in the magazine for at least the next few issues. Profiled will be one male and one female traveler in travel garb and photos of the items most essential to them on that long trip. First up are TV host Cao Difei and designer Currie Lee.
This feature of mine seeks to inspire travelers to appear more elegant while moving toward their destinations. I am echoing the common complaint that travel has became too “commercial” and unglamorous.
《时尚旅游》8月刊有我的一个“时尚旅客”栏目. 我在每期都会采访一个女和的一个男的。穿的风格是能体现时尚性格以及符合自己实际旅行需求。第一期男性是曹涤非，北京电视台主持人。女性是Currie Lee，时尚产品设计师 在三里屯开设门店。
Queenie is an editor at the Chinese version of TimeOut. She is at all the hippest events – certainly seems more into fun that most other editors.
China Auto Pictorial had me find a few stylish people around Nanluoguxiang and take pictures of them with this Ferarri Enzo. Check out their August issue!
Unsurprisingly, I not only do not own a car, but also actively oppose the auto culture which so perverted the landscape of the United States and is now making life in Beijing more and more unbearable. My thoughts are similar to the editor who assisted me on this. Of course the issue is more complicated than just saying “I oppose cars”. I also thought it would be proper to acknowledge here China’s status as the world’s newest and potentially greatest Automobile Kingdom.
This hipster above is one who did not actually appear in the magazine. Below are the ones who did.
Well, if you want to learn more about them in China and are a college student or recent graduate interested in an internship, let me know. This a great opportunity to learn about magazines, style and working in Beijing. Find out more below.
Born in Beijing’s Xicheng district, Zhang Chi is not afraid to be noticed. He went to Europe in his teens to study fashion design and is now back in Beijing with a studio in Jianwai and a menswear brand. I recently chatted with him.
It is just too unbearably hot to continue the work of photographing the stylish of Beijing’s streets. I don’t imagine that anyone who can afford a shirt goes out in this weather anyway. Most of the people I see on the streets are, understandably, shirtless.
From Hong Kong, Cindy Ma now lives in Beijing with her family. Cindy and her two partners (also fashion designers) just opened a boutique, L-M-C, in the Lido area. The store carries selections of clothing, jewelry, and accessories for women from Asian, Canadian, Belgian, and British designers. Stylites’ Liang Cheng recently interviewed Cindy.
Cindy Ma 是来自香港，但现在住在北京与她的家人。Cindy和她的两个合伙人（也设计师）最近开了一家精品店叫“L-M-C”在丽都。这家店的选择有许多风格的服装，和进口首饰。与亚洲元素和融合的设计.
Think “Hotel General Manager” and the image of Joe Ho probably won’t come to mind. In Beijing, most general managers of international brand five star hotels are plump European men invariably wearing a boring black suit and sometimes even square toed loafers. The more stylish ones might don an Hermès tie, gifted by the wife. Most surprisingly, Joe is the GM of the Grand Millennium Fortune Plaza Apartments rather than the chicest boutique hotel in town.
Finally, I have a spare moment to mention my experience on the “China – A Chance for Young European Designers” panel in Berlin.
A growing number of foreign fashion designers are landing in China. History’s greatest economic miracle now might provide both markets for foreign brands and employment for foreign talent. This latest generation of foreigners focused on China is young, based here rather than overseas, and sees its future with Chinese companies as this market continues to expand.
Wondering what on earth these creatures are? Originally dogs, they were displayed to the public by pet beauty salons recently in Zhengzhou, Henan Province.
It might not be incredible that in China pursuit of fashion could be transfered to pets in such an amusing way. When the UK’s Dailymail found these pictures they were startled and comments from readers connected this to China’s record for animal cruelty. How could one not mention that Chinese like eating dogs?
Martell has been presenting an Artist of The Year Award for several years. Like 2009, the 2010 party was held at the Today Art Museum. Find out more information about the artists at this Chinese language site.
Stylites veteran Gia is singled out as a key fashion influence by artinfo. She does do a good job representing the style of iconoclastic ladies in her generation and younger ones. Look here for Stylites’ interview with her.
This young lady was interning at a magazine that is part of the Trends Group, China’s largest magazine publisher. She hopes to become an editor.
Astana, Kazakhstan, now has the world’s biggest tent, a city-within-a-city called Khan Shatyr. To celebrate the completion of this monumental edifice and the new global prominence of Kazakhstan’s frigid, futuristic capital, Stylites’ Liang Cheng interviewed Siko, a fashion student from Astana. In Beijing for six years, he is currently finishing his first year at Raffles Design Institute, majoring in fashion design.
Siko 来自哈萨克斯坦, 在北京已经6年，能讲一口流利的普通话。Siko在莱佛士设计学院学时装设计, 刚上完第一年的课程。
LC: What attracts you most about Beijing? And why did you choose to come here?
Jeffrey just couldn’t get enough of Beijing, so he returned for yet another summer of fun. The nonstop party will continue with the usual gallons of Pol Roger, Chartreuse, and Plymouth Gin being consumed by all in the vicinity.
Here I departed from my usual policy of only photographing China-related people because I just liked this gentleman’s outfit so much. A buyer for stylish Japanese department store chain United Arrows, he was outside the Thom Browne show, the first for that designer in Paris.
Upon arrival in Beijing I found a seemingly infinite number of things requiring handling. My magazine is having a big party tonight, the August issue has to be wrapped up in the next few days and I haven’t even started writing, tomorrow there’s a photo shoot for my “Stylish Traveler” column in National Geographic Traveler 《时尚旅游》, and my column for China International Business is due.
I have just arrived and am trying to get adjusted to the time difference, extreme humidity, and smog. It is nice to return to return to my little courtyard though. Jeffrey Ying just got in and is crashing on my couch for the moment.
It turns out that Nicole Chen, founder of NC STYLE, was in Berlin at the same time as me. I asked if she was interested in participating in the panel on Western designers organized by ESMOD and – despite the short notice – she graciously agreed. NC STYLE advises on China market entry for foreign fashion labels. They represent a range of fashion forward brands, including Y-3.
More on the panel in the next post, which I will write upon arrival in Beijing. Right now I am racing to catch my flight out of Paris.
Regular updates of Stylites will return on Monday when I get back to Beijing. The trip to Europe has been a wonderful breath of fresh air and a break from the intense heat of China. My working schedule has been less regular than it is when I am in Beijing though. Keep checking back.
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