Stylites has documented Chinese street style, from the Beijing hutongs to Shanghai Fashion Week. Now I’m fusing the Chinese street fashion of Stylites, what has been one of the most popular Chinese fashion blogs, with Pawnstar, my online platform and secondhand shop in the French Concession of Shanghai that features vintage, designer consignment and unique upcycling.
The most interesting part about Pawnstar is the customers. They live throughout China and are pioneers, since until recently only the poor wore secondhand fashion. It was even called dead people’s clothing.
China will soon be the largest consumer market in the world. Hopefully, Pawnstar will encourage more people in China to re-use and recycle fashion items.
Anyone critical of all the hoopla over Bowie’s death should consider that 60s and 70s rockstars were quite similar to Greek gods in terms of their lifestyle and the cults of personality. Bowie was and will always be the maximum in terms of decadence, style, creativity, and freedom from norms. It’s not surprising that with the passing of the top deity, all of the believers are experiencing a bit of disbelief.
Here are my selections for his top songs:
Life on Mars
My old friend Sam Lee (Li Mengxia-李孟夏) came by the American Rag store yesterday and took some photos. He is the Director of Art Beijing.
Here are his weibo and a photo I took of him for Stylites the first time we met six years ago.
Taciturn Li is one of my favorite brands in China and the first outlet just opened at Yangmeizhu Xiejie (杨梅竹斜街）near Qianmen. By a young man named Yunze who feels very Beijing, the brand is nonetheless inspired by American workwear while using mostly Japanese fabrics. Taciturn Li was one of the brands that I selected for the Made in China shop-in-shop at the American Rag in LA and it has been one of the most successful brands there.
Here I am wearing my suit from suit from Principal M. at the Kerry Center hotel.
Rocker Gia and fashion blogger Yukiko at a dinner thrown by Mark Werts in Beijing. More from Inside Retail Asia on American Rag plans in China.
Lady Liaoliao is a rising fashion blogger on wechat, though she describes herself more as the head of a media company, which doubtless reflects greater ambitions. The wechat ID of her official account is liaoliaofashion.
Charles Bedue is another great documenter of China’s style. Here he is with some great details from Beijing’s fashion set.
You may recall that he once photographed the greatest party that was ever held at my hutong.
9/11 aside, it’s funny that apocalypse-type movies are always set in New York when in Beijing the Four Horsemen always seem to be around the corner. Three more days of this and evacuation plans should be activated, but before that I need to start wearing a gas mask from Zhang Chi.
Beijing is back to hazardous 400 Pm 2.5 levels after around a half year of being at merely unhealthy levels.
Here is Queenie, photographed here by her friend Phoebe Li, just arriving at Beijing Design Week 2014. The ramshackle hutongs of Dashilar are again the setting for many of the most cutting-edge exhibitions. One of the highlights is this clean air suit.
Jing Daily Publisher Philana Woo contributed this photo of terribly hip artist Tianzhuo Chen. Chen is best known in the fashion world for his collaborations with Sankuanz. Here is a video of the FW 2014 Sankuanz collection that they did together. About her photo, Philana says “Chen demonstrates the dynamism and creativity of China’s younger generation whose taste is galaxies beyond that of their label-clad parents.” Here are some recent pieces by Philana on Jingdaily.
This article from Richard Hobbs’ article on hypebeast is essential reading for brands looking to get into the Chinese fashion market at this particular juncture. Richard explains the way China is moving from being a luxury to a premium market and the new rise of independent, multi-brand stores.
Denim and workwear geniuses Radiance Blue join men’s made-to-measure specialists Principle M for a new pop-up at the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing from September 9 through 21. Here are some of the looks one can expect to see.
I’ve been getting so many requests for photos of the Wuhao pop-up at the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing that I decided to create a post about it here.
In conceiving of this collaboration of limited edition scarves for the August 2014 edition of The HUB, Lio was thinking of “creative collision, explosions…Each color represent different emotion, spirit, or style….Much like all the designers joining The HUB. “This spirit of fusion and interaction between very different parties carries through perfectly to The HUB visual identity this season, a powder burst. Lio explains “it is crucial that the market for independent designers gets more structured and more designers can use an event like The HUB to meet buyers, media and others.” Lio sees this as a great opportunity for Chinese designers like herself to gain more experience in the fashion world.
The HUB has commissioned Lio to produce a limited run of this scarf that will be made available to VIPs, media and others at The HUB on the 27th and 28th August. Register here to attend The HUB. I hope to see you in HK next week.