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.
At 1.90 meters and blessed with truly movie-star-like good looks, Patrick Grant is a towering testament to the current importance of men’s style. His achievements of the last decade exemplify the renaissance of classic menswear. Creative Director for tailor Norton & Sons, a once flagging stalwart of Savile Row that he acquired and began resuscitating in 2005, Grant also relaunched and directs two other heritage brands that he discovered in the Norton & Sons portfolio. E. Tautz & Sons is a ready-to-wear label that riffs on traditional sartorialism, incorporating contemporary dandyism and references to Grant’s youth. Tautz brought him the Menswear Designer award at the British Fashion Awards in 2010. The other line, Hammond & Co makes stylish suiting in top fabrics available to those on a tighter budget via British clothing retailer Debenhams. I got to meet him the other day in Shanghai and we discussed his latest book on stylish men and drinking whiskey.
He was in Shanghai for a party Chivas Regal was throwing to celebrate the Chivas Made for Gentleman series designed by Grant.
Here is what he told me:
“Style is much more than just what people wear. A lot of the people we celebrate today are men that have no substance behind them. They are beautifully groomed, and beautifully polished but behind the eyes there is nothing – it’s a sort of empty vessel.”