I will be joining and photographing the first annual Beijing Vintage Bike Run on April 20. Organized by Serk and 700bike, inspiration comes from the now famous London Tweed Run, an event clearly more about clothes than bikes. This ride will take 100 hip biking enthusiasts from Sanlitun, through a not terribly picturesque collection of ring-roads and high-rises, to the 798 Art District. Tweed is welcome but the specific style recommendation for the event is 70s and 80s China retro chic, meaning Mao suits and such. It is perfect tweed weather in Beijing at the moment, but I fear it will suddenly be completely summery in three weeks time.
You can sign up here, but be fast since spots are limited.
Stylites should be back and fully operational with comments working and a new design within a week. Thanks to all of our loyal viewers for their continued patience.
Stylites gets a mention in this WSJ piece and the accompanying News Hub video. Interestingly, this is the photo they chose to represent Beijing street style. Some of my friends seem to think that this was just an earthier version of Tokyo (土版的东京).
Thanks to journalist Christina Slattery for the coverage.
I just wanted to tell all our loyal readers that there will be progress soon. We have a web specialist working on trying to resolve the glitches on the site and things should be up and running soon. In this period, we are also trying to imagine new directions for the site over the next few years.
In other news, Stylites has a feature, photographed by Suzy, in Aritzia magazine. These are some great profiles of the kind of bohemian Beijing girls that have been appearing here over the years. These bold girls are not afraid of color.
Also, please “like” the new Facebook page of LifeStyle magazine.
My apologies for the site being somewhat dormant of late. We are in the process of trying to find out what the next major stages will be in its development. There are also a few problems related to comments and spam overload that still have to be worked out. We will keep you updated. Have a good time over the holidays!
MovingCities, commissioned by Dutch Design Fashion Architecture, recently released two extremely comprehensive reports on fashion and design in China. A made a very minor contribution of an essay and photos, some of which can be seen on this recent notification they put up for an event in Shanghai.
These guides, essential reading for anyone interested in design or fashion in China, can be downloaded here. You will be an expert after reading these.
In this article for Foreign Policy, I mourn the passing of the nerd glasses from the faces of China’s leaders. It is the end of an era.
As some of you may have noticed, comments are off on the blog. This is not because I don’t want them or due to trolls. The problem now is that there is some kind of spamming issue that keeps causing my site to go down when comments are allowed. So far, we have not figured out how to rectify this problem, but we will try to as soon as possible and keep you updated.
I wanted to direct your attention to a walking tour that I offer in cooperation with Context Travel. Hip Hutongs is a way for visitors to Beijing to gain an understanding of the creative, fashion and media environments in China while on a stroll with me through Beijing’s most picturesque neighborhoods. Find out more here.
This interview by Brent Luvaas, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Drexel University in Philadelphia, gives an overview of how Stylites evolved, in my words. Brent and I had a nice discussion over Skype and here he provides the main points. Brent is also the Co-Editor in the Visual Anthropology Review Department of Culture and Communication. He also runs the blog where my interview appears, Urban Field Notes. My thanks to Brent for featuring me on his blog!
An two-page interview with me is part of the current cover story in China’s Famous magazine. So far, I’ve only seen this image on Weibo, but I should be seeing the actual article soon. More then!
I was recently guest editor for one of Beijing’s English language magazines, Agenda. It was great having another opportunity to work with True Run Media. The first magazine that ever carried images from Stylites was The Beijinger, their flagship publication.
Jeffrey and I were recently featured in Men’s Uno.
Nels Frye was just interviewed by Wang Tian, host of Changzhou TV, after a visit with Mayor Yao, Changzhou’s internationally minded mayor. Here are some select quotes:
Watch the Travel Channel (旅游卫视）tonight at 9:45, Beijing time, to see a profile of me. Here is the trailer and you should be able to watch it live here, though this doesn’t seem to work on my machine.
Duan Yanling is the host of ”Cheers for Creativity” (创享2018 in Chinese), a program featuring profiles of designers, editors and other creative types.
An interview with elleadore.com, a major French fashion website. They also used one of my pictures here.
As the piece is in French, I am including the questions they sent me and my responses in English below.
I am now on a well-known island chain southeast of Florida with my parents and infrequent internet access. Regular programming will return soon. My apologies for the paucity of posts.
Some readers have commented that my posts of Beijing street fashion have been less frequent in recent months. Thanks to my valued collaborator in this blog, Suzy, this hasn’t brought down the number of photos appearing here by too much.
In fact, these days I spend a good portion of my time outside of Beijing and am often outside of China as well. A recent trip that I found particularly interesting was to Huaxi, in Jiangsu province. Huaxi was celebrating its 50th anniversary as a village and invited over ten-thousand people for the party.
Here is a night view from my room of the “village”. This is how I imagined Chinese cities would look when I was little.
Huaxi even bosts its own version of Tiananmen. They did not reproduce the portrait of Chairman Mao. I suggested to several locals that the architect of the Huaxi dream, Wu Renbao, ought to be on the village’s Tiananmen.
Thank you for your patience!
It seems the various problems have been worked out and we can go back to regular programming. Thank a lot to Suzy and Will Moyer for figuring things out.
Here I am with Wu Yulu, a farmer from outside Beijing who created the Wu Lao series of robots. Since 1986, Wu has single-handedly built over 40 humanoids capable of performing all sorts of tasks from giving massages to lighting cigarettes. The one pictured behind us is smoking.
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