SHORTS ALERT! Principle M Talk Nights Hosted Jirah for a lecture on good posture (nothing worst than a dapper man with a slouchy back, right?). Yet this event consolidated the fact that wearing bermuda shorts ( well above the knee) with either sandals, loafers or classic lace ups and socks is perfectly fine. Beijing has been brutally hot these past days and giving one’s legs a bit of a breeze does make a difference. Justin, Co-founder of Principle M is taking the heat head on with an ultra loose woven wool summer Capri Blazer jacket. I also noted and very much liked, 宋涛‘s white look, he managed a very clever heat beating way to wear an ultra light chiffon blazed jacket and white jersey low neck T-shirt.
Starry (left), Chef of Chi restaurant on 五道营胡同 trained as a fashion designer at Trent University in the UK, which probably goes a long way to explain his hipster looks ( Ben Sherman Tee Shirt and NB trainers) Yet it is his floppy black straw hat which caught my eye; I put a few kuais on this trends becoming big this summer. OuyiHui (right) is a photographer who happens to use the same cultish street camera Ricoh GR as your humble servant writing these words just acquired yesterday to give you better images to browse over. ENJOY
Some of the “Beau Monde” attending the launch night of 吾号 pop up store at the 4 Seasons Hotel were happy to pose for Stylite and kept pretty composed even though the time was already quite late. Contributor to the curation such as Nick Wu, graphic designer (who dreamt up the butterfly wall decoration) looked fresh and relaxed with tasseled suede loafers and oxford cotton shirt.
Another day, another look… bumped into Vicki and Edge again in San Li Tun. Both newly grads were sporting a more summery look with a touch of African vibe on the print side. High waisted shorts for her, low crotch cheesecloth pants for him. Slip on sandals seems to be back with a vengeance this late spring, dust out those Visvim circa 2007
Dai at the Dansheng music festival in Dalian China
Wondering what the future generation of China’s art and design elite might look like? well you should have been at BACA’s Foundation in Art and Design end of year show. BACA is the University of the Arts Beijing outpost (Central Saint Martins, Chelsea, London College of Fashion, etc.) The Foundation was set-up to better prepare Chinese fashion, art and design students to the Western and English way of approaching creativity, design and conceptual thinking and is headed by Binia (fashion Pathway) and Iona (design pathway). Style highlights included Edge, sporting a lime colored blazer (Taobao) and alien UFO bag (dongzhimen market); Harry’s bias cut long white shirt or Chloe’s Baby Ghost denim punch holed jacket. This year’s successful graduates will begin their BA level studies in fashion design, styling, sound design, textile design, etc.
Sanlitun is no longer about roughs hacking phlegm or foreigners chasing tail, but rather about tribes of this sort.
Lucy may be one of the most enigmatic bohemians I’ve met. After many drinks and dinner, I still have little idea about her background or what she does. She apparently has a flat in Vienna and/or Paris.