Beijing Street Style
AnyShopStyle is one of more distinctive and coherently-curated of the huge crop of online fashion retail start-ups that have been the talk of the town for the last two years. Founded by long-time Beijing fashion writer Alice McInerney among others, the site focused initially just on quirky designs of young Chinese designers but has now opened up to include some foreign talents as well.
This Sunday from four to eight, AnyShopStyle will be hosting a pop-up shop right in Beijing’s Opposite House. Work of designers from the website will be available for the public to touch, feel and try on. Fashion brands include LUVON by Liu Lu, Sara Yun, NEEMIC, Mandarin & General, TwS, funky, animalistic Yang Du, Elysee Yang, Madeleine Thompson, and Candy & Caviar. For Hong Kong designer Erbert Chong this is the exclusive Mainland launch. His designs will only be available at the event and on AnyShopStyle.com the week after. Accessory brands will include Carmen Chan , French Sole , DSata, Everard & Wang and Rfactory. See you there!
Thanks to Nicole Tan of Inverted Edge for interviewing me during my last trip to Singapore. Read it to find some of my recent thoughts on magazines and the evolution of digital here as well as evolving fashion tastes.
This photographer always dresses in his own way, which he himself proclaims – and no one would deny it – is quite unique for people his age.
Rising superstar James Alofs wears his blue Senli and Frye linen suit in Episode 5 of the Girls. Here is the link, but you have to scroll to minute 13 unless you want to watch the whole thing (there are no English subtitles), a rather amusing look at Chinese girls today.
Luofugui (罗富贵) is one of the most visible figures on Beijing’s fashion scene. This probably due to his height, style sense, bubbly personality and two major accounts: rising fashion designer Simon Gao and world-famous photographer Chen Man. Luofugui is wearing an outfit from Simon Gao.
It turns out that I am going to be one of the two non-p1 street style photographers featured at “The Great Style Leap” a large exhibit that will be at the Orange, in Sanlitun, from Dec. 13 to 19. This notice on Business of Fashion even uses some of my photos. The question for me is what the them of my wall at this exhibition should be. P1 has taken over six-million street style photos, mostly in Beijing and Shanghai, over the last 5-6 years. It is the biggest, best funded, street style project in the world.
P1 was able to reach such a scale because it was membership-driven. All of the people they photographed should be part of their social network, and they are collecting the data. They really do deserve praise for making the connection between street style and social networks and then building up the business in China. I am not sure how well it is doing as a social network right now – they were a bit late in going mobile – but the idea remains a brilliant standout from the age of street style. Their exhibition, much like Stylites, will be celebrating the birth individuality … Read More »
This website ranks stylites right along with BryanBoy as one of the ten Asian fashion blogs to follow. I don’t think I have quite as many followers as that surprisingly iffy dresser.
I love this quote by Svante Jerling, P1’s marketing director: “Gucci is out, fixed-gear bikes are in”. He added that “People are building on their own ideas of what’s cool rather than relying on prototype built by brands.” More quotes from Svante in this WSJ article.
Stylites is well-known for street style in Beijing, but p1 is the mega-whale in this category. They have built a massive social network around it. Their retrospective, called “The Great Style Leap” will be at the Orange, in Sanlitun, from Dec. 13 to 19. Here is more from Vocativ on this event and how it blends data analysis and photography.
Outside one of the massive tanks at D-Park, this golden haired girl paired nearly acid colored baggy jeans with a roomy patterned sweater. The lomo camera is another required item for the hip kids of Beijing.
Stylites has finally joined chinafashionbloggers.com. I think I had hesitated before because I didn’t want stylites to be grouped with any other blogs, but I’ve grown a bit more tolerant in my old age.
Independent stores are crucibles of creativity. Young designers rarely get their wares into major department stores and, for new players, opening one’s own store is too great an investment both in rent and marketing. The promoters and distributors of small brands are thus the independent boutique, from lofty concept stores like Colette and Corso Como 10 to the select shops that dot soho, Brick lane, Prenzlauer Berg and other hip neighborhoods around the world.
Hipper customers in Chinese cities like Beijing and shanghai are moving out of the phase when they just crave the big names. A new class of designers is rising in these cities too. Still absent is an adequate density of multi brand shops for them to sell their wares. As an editor in Beijing, I’ve seen the fashion Xander Zhou, Simon Gao and other designers but I rarely encounter their wares on the shelves.
To address this issue, Hong Hong’s the HUB fashion show and Chic Young Blood, a Beijing-based trade fair recently staged a forum in Beijing. Pioneering shop founders like Jiang Mingming of Waterstone joined independent designers like Victor Zhu of V Major and media giant Li Mengxia to discuss the question of multi … Read More »
Simon Gao is starting to be one of the really big names in Chinese design. This recent interview of him on youtube includes more some clips of his latest show from China Fashion Week. Gao also teamed up with Galeries Lafayette to produce a special collection just for their new mega store at Xidan. More from Jing Daily.
Senli and Frye is giving two complimentary shirts with every suit order during the month of October. This is the time to get your executive wardrobe in order for the colder months. You can also get a three-piece tweed for those impending hunting expeditions. Also, do you have a well-cut double-breasted suit in royal blue or a corduroy suit? Don’t wear charcoal or navy for that gala.
No more pesky delays, sporadic posts, and traumatic viruses, the new stylites.net is about to launch. Keep returning to this space!
Stylites finally has an Instagram, which I am told is essential for anything related to photos. Thanks to the Afflux team for putting this together. In other news Stylites Partner the HUB is on Red-Luxury and founder Peter Caplowe has an interview in the China Daily.