Transform Yourself with Hair Loss and Beauty Solutions from Chiquel
There is no faster, less-extreme way to completely overhaul your look, than to put on a wig, extend the length of your hair or clip on a fringe. Celebrities like Beyonce, Niki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga are all fans of transforming themselves (often overnight!) using wigs, hair pieces and extensions.
Chiquel is a fashion wig retailer who specialises in wigs, hair extensions, hairpieces and even eyebrow wigs! Born from a desire to help people feel and look their best during stages of hair loss, Chiquel works with their customers closely to provide the best hair loss and beauty solutions to suit them, whether that is a custom designed wig, or human hair extensions to fill out a thinning mane.
Now there are wigs, and then there are wigs. The difference with Chiquel is not just in the exceptional customer service their clients receive, but also in their quality. They might not be the most affordable hair solutions but if you want a natural, high-quality solution to changing your look, covering up hair loss or simply to add length to your current cut, then Chiquel’s online store is where you’ll find everything you’ll need to achieve this.
Below are a few samples of actual hair solutions available from Chiquel:
Lana Lace Front Human Hair
This gorgeous lace front, long length wig incorporates 100% human hair, soft layers and more than enough body! The lace front design and monofilament top give you the most natural-look with an invisible hairline. This style can be worn tied up or let loose showing off the natural waves.
Tova Synthetic Monofilament
The Tova incorporates a trendy, pixie crop with flipped ends and wispy layers. What’s more, this synthetic wig is easy to style so you have full creative control to change it up when you feel the need. This style is available in a variety of colours including: Dark Chocolate, Coffee Latte, Harvest Gold and Maple Brown.
Easibang Hair Piece
This clip-in fringe is the easiest way to transform your hairstyle, or find out if you actually look good with bangs before making the chop yourself. This human hair clip in attachment is lightweight and creates a natural looking fringe without the need to cut your own bangs. This hair piece can even be styled to create different looks.
Easixtend 16 inch Elite Clip On Hair Extensions
Arguably the best hair extensions on the market – Easixtend are designed to blend naturally with your own hair. These come in a variety of lengths and piece numbers, and are available in more than 24 colours. What’s more, you can even straighten, curl or colour them.
Weft Permanent Hair Extensions
At Chiquel, you can order either standard or custom weft permanent hair extensions. These use a state of the art beaded design which means no more glues, waxes or other chemicals. Choosing custom weft, allows you to create the hair extensions you want by tailoring the colour (block, two-tone or regrowth), length and hair type (Brazilian, European or Russian).
These are just a few hair solutions available from Chiquel. They have an extensive range of human hair, synthetic, costume and lace front wigs, synthetic, human hair, temporary and permanent hair extensions, hair pieces and even fake eyebrows and eyelashes to choose from. Chiquel are based in Melbourne, Australia but offer international shipping so you can order online and have it shipped to you, wherever you are in the world. Check out www.chiquel.com.au to view all the hair and beauty solutions they offer.
The online store Dress in Elegance provides high quality cocktail and formal dresses. The store offers a wide selection of cocktail dresses in a variety of styles that are made with high quality fabrics. Traditional silhouettes and clean lines are combined with trendy pieces and handmade embellishments to create stylish and elegant cocktail wear. From fun and flirty to simple and sophisticated, the cocktail dresses collection has a frock for every occasion. Here are a few of the gorgeous dresses from the Dress in Elegance cocktail range.
Lilac Strapless and Sweetheart Tutu Knee Length Dress
Feminine and fun, this white cocktail dress is perfect for parties. With a classic sweetheart neckline, the white satin bodice is tailored to fit. The knee length skirt is inspired by a tutu and is made with soft lilac tulle.
Red Peony Strapless Knee Length Dress
Red is always a popular choice for bold and confident women. Lace decorates the bust of this satin dress. Silver beads and sequins embellish the lace. A waistband is created with embellished lace and a trio of peonies. Intricately detailed, each peony is hand crafted. Gathering in the waist adds soft ruffles to the skirt, making it comfortable and flattering. This little red cocktail dress is appropriate for a hot date.
Short Black and Blue Vintage Lace Dress
Modern with a touch of vintage, this 1920s inspired vintage cocktail dress is perfect for a night out on the town. It is a double layer dress made with satin, lace and gauze. The blue satin adds a fun touch to this sophisticated cocktail frock. The blue layer has a sweetheart neckline and the top layer has a double v-neckline. A wide lace band with intricate black beading cinches and emphasizes the waist of this knee length dress.
Burnt Orange Strapless Knee Length Bubble Dress
Golden rose satin is used to create this fun and flirty cocktail gown. It has a strapless neckline, which is a popular choice for cocktail attire. The trendy bubble skirt adds a volume to the skirt. The double bow adds a cute touch to this elegant cocktail dress.
Thanks a lot to Gautier Chiarini, designer and founder of the ChairMan, for donating his Excelsior Chair, to the charity auction tomorrow at Mesa with proceeds going to Free Lunch for Children. Made in Jingdezhen, Chiarrini calls the Excelsior “a tribute to the Chinese millenary craft of porcelain making with an anachronistic foreign concept of space. It is a prototype of a series of numbered chairs to be released this spring.”
Release inner rainbow with this Paul Smith swirl molded case made just for that brand new iPhone 5 available here. The grained leather coating with the designer’s iconic stripes will show the owner to be as playful and quirky as his phone is functional. This is the perfect Valentine’s Day Gift for the man who has everything including a naughty little child trapped inside of him.
The wisest of the creatures in the Chinese zodiac, snakes strike quickly and accurately, invariably taking all by surprise. As we enter their year, those born under this sign will need an accessory representative of their refinement and mastery of complexity. These limited edition print scarves in delicate silk are from British label Vassilisa, which takes its name from a fairytale Russian maiden whose beauty and skills at weaving fabric captured the heart of a prince.
Even those who are not snakes themselves should celebrate the year with something scaly. The blue version is here
and other colors are here
, all from go-british.com
, online purveyors of all that has the whiff and feel of England.
Stylish people are a bit tired of iphones. Their seeming inescapability has started to grate. T2, a polished Danish smartphone in stainless steel and glass, might be a good alternative for those hungering for something that combines functionality with aesthetics.
The universal remote control lets users operate electronic equipment at home at a range of up to 20 meters and T2 can even recognize user’s gestures, meaning menus can be navigated by just a wave of the hand holding the device. Audio by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower® is also top of the line. By electronics design firm Lumigon and operating with Android, T2 will be available in selected markets in Europe and Asia by the end of 2012.
Founded by designer Jackie Villevoye, Jupe by Jackie is a new Amsterdam-based brand that specializes in ties and bow ties.
Relying on India’s expert hand-embroidery needlework, Jackie focuses on individuality, quality, and subtlety rather than loud prints and patterns; classic silhouettes in impeccable color combinations are simply embellished with minimalist designs like flowers, lines, and borders.
You can get Jupe and Jackie at this website and now at Colette in Paris.
One of the best online resources for the streetwear fanatic, Berlin’s def-shop.com offers a huge range of hip-hop, skater and other urban styles at very reasonable prices made even more attractive by the ongoing summer sale. Beyond affordability, thoroughness is a hallmark of this site. Items are helpfully organized by styles – like “hip-hop” and “skater” and also fit, so customers don’t have to spend time with Carrot Fit or Baggies, if they are after Skinnies, obviously my choice.
They are available in just about every color one could possibly want. Especially novel are the Raw Blue Basic Skinny Fit Jeans in Green (above). These would go nicely with a slim cardigan and perhaps even, rolled up, with tasseled loafers. This is to say that there are many items from the skater/streetwear repertoire that could be incorporated into a more traditionalist look like my own.
Especially comprehensive is the shoe selection. From K1X gray wool boots (above) to the K-Swiss Hof III CVS VNZ Sneaker Classic in Blue/White (below).
Again, these are styles “street” enough to…well…be on def-shop.com, but still classic enough to grace the wardrobes of more mature males, who might be evolving into a more understated style.
In collaboration with mainland street style boutique New Project Center (NPC), French apparel company Lacoste has released their take on the iconic Broadwick trainers to commemorate the year of the dragon. Aside from celebrating the mythical zodiac, it’s also noteworthy that this is the first Mainland Chinese brand to partner with Lacoste. Shiny leather scales coat the shoe, while other dragon motifs decorate the in and outsole. The 500 limited edition pairs come in red, gold, and silver – traditionally auspicious colors in Chinese culture.
The Schwansee Trocken is the perfect sparkling wine for your stylish courtyard party, as I have found. The price is reasonable, but the taste is similar to entry-level champagnes – that is to say, it is dry and immensely drinkable. Without seeing the bottle, all but true connoisseurs might mistake it for Moët & Chandon. One can certainly be fabulous while drinking Schwansee.
Schwansee Rosé blanc et noir must be the best priced sparkling Rosé on the market. Fragrant but crisp, this will work nicely at a sunny afternoon picnic nearby Xihai.
We would like to extend a warm thank you to Cheers for sponsoring Stylites’ Spring Preening party with Jeans Team last Thursday. Cheers offers the best values in Beijing for good table wines as well as sekts for parties.
You can also follow them on weibo.
With China’s design school churning out graduates and droves returning from the top schools abroad, the number of designers plying their trade has been increasing rapidly. Designer, curator, and entrepreneur Song Tao – a true mover and shaper – champions a fresh, but distinctly Chinese, aesthetic. Known for his product and interior design, Song is perhaps even more famous for the work he has done on promoting his peers.
Armed with a master’s degree in plastic arts from the Sorbonne, Song returned home to found Tao Gallery, a design space, in 1994. In 2002, he started ZI ZAO SHE, a brand that promotes his designs alongside those of other rising stars. This brand is known for its re-interpretations of classic Chinese shapes in contemporary materials like lucite. Subsequently in 2009, he spearheaded the China Furnishing Designer Brand Alliance and founded O Gallery in Beijing’s 798, a one-stop destination for viewing the work of China’s top designers as well as that of top international stars.
Song has curated shows from the Ullens Center to Art Beijing with a participant list that reads like a who’s who of contemporary Chinese design: Shao Fan, Sun Wentao, Liu Feng, Jia Li, Chen Darui, Ma Xiaowei, Wang Zhenfei, Fei Ruo, Xie Dong, Wen Miao, Xiao Tianyu, Gu Qigao, Wang Ke, Shi Jianmin, Gao Yiqiang, Huang Ying, and others. Many of these same designers have work that is available at O Gallery.
The future is bright for design, says Song. “The success of luxury brands like LV here in China taught us that people buy the real thing once they have the money” he comments. “Now plenty of people have the money. If they appreciate design, they will definitely pay for the original.”
Photos: Yaang Text: LifeStyle Magazine
Founder of Yaang and chief director of Kieperzapfen Design, Wang Yang studied traditional Chinese painting at the China Academy of Art and worked in Hamburg and Berlin for several years.
1. What are the biggest influences on your work?
Artists including Andy Warhol, Giorgio Morandi and Chen Laolian. I also like Song Dynasty bird and flowers paintings and landscapes from the Ming and Qing.
2. Is your work part of the current drive toward Chinese retro and nostalgia？
Chinese culture has so much to explore and my goal is to make products with a visual language that sparks an emotional response in customers.
3. What are the main challenges for you?
Beyond the issues of cost control, finding new channels, and working with suppliers that we always face, we always seek an attractive design language.
4. Where is China design now?
Chinese design is in its infancy since the proceeding period was so empty. Many clients and customers
remain unwilling to spend on design, though trends are positive. Many designers are working hard to get
China on the design map. Competition is growing, so how to find your place and then settle down and just produce good design is an issue.
Many Chinese designs reference classic furniture of the Ming and Qing while introducing elements from modern design. The Harmony Sofa by Xiao Tianyu, at curated shop Wuhao, always attracts admiring gazes and cheerful loungers.
This comfy piece adds a wooden back right out of the Ming to the what looks very much like kind of “pouf” chair one might find in a college room or casual parlor in the West. A event graduate of Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Xiao not only fused East and West, but also rigid with relaxed.
Beijing-based Gao Yiqiang has created some of the most inspiring shapes in Chinese design. He finds inspiration everywhere from toys to calligraphy and ordinary household objects. He who studied industrial design at the Academy of Arts and Design of Tsinghua University, has contributed to several books including Chinese Furniture and its Culture.
Among his missions is reconciling elements of traditional Chinese furniture like belief in spirits and preeminence of social status with Western influences such as dot, line, surface. His Ming Chair (above) is a good example of this type of blend.
The 8mm chair, with a shape inspired by randomly folded paper is probably his most iconic piece. He transferred this shape to stainless steel board, challenging the limits of the stainless steel board’s elasticity and toughness. Like most of his work, this one has not gone into production. Of course this won’t be for long. In Gao’s opinion “Individuality is becoming a way of life that guides consumption, and the younger generation is taking the lead.”
An interview that was included in my article “Designing China” in the September 2011 issue of Surface Asia:
1. What is the scale of production for your designs?
My items are all produced on a small-scale aside from the slippers. We make about a few thousand a year.
2. What are the main challenges for you?
Often, our volumes of materials and manufactured items are too low, so producers are reluctant to work with us. Copyright might become another issue.
3. What are the influences on your porcelain-wear?
The translucent spots called “Ling Long” originate in Jingdezhen, China’s traditional porcelain production capital. I altered the rice shape of the “Ling Long” to a square and applied it to a modern bowl. My vases are based on the concept of multi-function and re-combination. They can be separated into different parts.
4. Why did you seek to put landscapes on coffee tables (top photo) and what type of landscapes are they?
In traditional China, the ideal life was living in nature by mountains and water. Houses centered around a garden with stones and plants built on a limited scale to symbolize Nature. Nowadays, we live faraway even from these small gardens. Space is limited especially in such dense cities as Shanghai. My landscape tables have an organic shape and with the help of a gardener Lu Yuxin, who studied miniascape making in Japan, I tried to built quiet environments with the small lichen ball and plant as the symbol of the mountain and forest.
Graduating from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University in 1990, Huang Ying has worked in fashion, interior design and marketing for multinationals. She co-founded home accessory company, Isting, in 2000.
Chinese-American architect Ting Li designed a Barbie Dream House that has made it to the final round of an architectural design competition sponsored by the American Institute of Architects and Mattel, Inc.
Click here to vote for Ting’s house (entry number 30657949).
Here is what the architects say about it:
“Barbie’s dream house is the quintessential Malibu beach house; it is modern, functional, spacious, fun and most of all sustainable.
Naturally the newly minted Architect Barbie took on the task of designing her own dream house. She is creative, fashionable, busy and powerful. She has gone through years of training to become a leading figure in her field. She is LEED AP and a member of the AIA. Although she is an internationally renowned globe trotter, when not traveling she loves to look smart, entertain her potential clients, and come up with innovative ideas in her high tech, low energy consumption home.
The concept of this house reflects exactly who Barbie is in her new profession. She has pledged to build an environmentally sustainable home using the principals set forth by USGBC as well as to stay true to all the needs of a classic California girl!
The house is situated on a bluff overlooking the Paciffic Ocean. The entrance faces north-west and the main body of the building has a panoramic view of the ocean. Distinct building programs are speciffic to each floor, connected by a center core of spiral stairs. The stairs rise around a hollow tube, which becomes Barbie’s tower closet. Since Barbie is the original fashionista, she inevitabily accumulated a large volume of enviable designer labels. This computer controlled closet allows for the clothes to be displayed and visible from every angle of the house. It also makes dressing easy: she can select her outfit, push a button, and the outfit is delivered to her bedrom via the double helix moving rack.
The house fetures 1500sf of entertaining space and chef’s open kitchen on the first floor. A Steven Jobs approved office/library/meeting space as well as 500sf of terrace on the second floor. The third and fourth floors are Barbie’s private enclave, her bedroom and her inspiration room respectively. The roof has a green house and a land- scaped garden for her domestic pets.
As a LEED AP, Barbie is on a mission to set an example to be sustainable wherever she can. Her house proudly utilizes solar panels, operable shading devices, low flow bathroom fixtures, energy saving light fixtures, and efficient HVAC equipment. The house occupies minimum footprint as it cantilevers over a bluff, she landscapes her yard, roof and terraces for cooling and visual effects. In order to reduce CO2 emission, Barbie opts to ride her Pink Vespa around town instead, and if she needs to haul her shopping bags, Ken is never far behind in his convertible.”
Text: (from LifeStyle Magazine February 2011 issue) Nels Frye, Renee Liu, Sylvia Song, Juli Zha, Eva Liu, and Jeffrey Ying
How China jumps from manufacturer to innovator preoccupies everyone from provincial officials to hipsters stalking 798. In our field, many ask when mainland China will give birth to its own luxury brands with buyers in Paris, New York, and Tokyo. There are some promising local players, but the flow in luxury fashion, cars, timepieces, and wines remains overwhelmingly from West to East.
The exception is one area in which China does have serious brands: contemporary art. Xu Bing, Zhang Xiaogang, Yue Minjun and others fetch top prices at auction and gain critical acclaim to match. The entire scene has long been viewed as one of the most creatively vibrant in the world.
Foreign luxury brands are astutely seizing upon this area in which China is a creative superpower hoping to gain global buzz, legitimacy in the eyes of Chinese buyers, and the cultural legitimacy that comes from association with art.
Collaborations between luxury brands and artists have occurred at least since Fauvist Raoul Dufy created fabrics for Paris designer Paul Poirot in 1909. The most artist-loving fashion designer was probably Elsa Schiaparelli, the Italian counterpart to Coco Chanel, who commissioned Alberto Giacometti, Jean Cocteau and, most famously, Salvatore Dali to design dresses and other pieces for her collections. More recently, Louis Vuitton invited Takashi Murakami to design those playful, now iconic, bags and other accessories.
In China, the first high-glamour union between art and fashion was shown at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing in 2008. Dior invited 22 Chinese artists to reinterpret the brand’s heritage with fruits including a Lady Dior bag-inspired giant bag sculpture using fluorescent light tubes by Li Songsong and a portrait of John Galliano by Zhang Dali.
The last two years have witnessed a proliferation of artists designing limited-edition series of company’s products, creating special packaging and redesigning shops for major foreign luxury brands. With such unions as Yue Minjun x Swatch and Ai Weiwei x Comme des Garçons, the effect for brands seems to be an association with big names. Other projects like Lu Hao x Ferrari, Lacoste x Li Xiaofeng, and Absolut x Gao Yu seem connect the brands to Chinese tradition. The films by Yang Fudong for Prada, used in magazine advertisements throughout the world, inject a contemporary Chinese, though clearly 1930s Shanghai-tinged, element into the language of international glamour.
Though the purpose may be just as commercial, these collaborations with artists are more intellectually and spiritually satisfying than the unions with luxury’s usual partner, celebrities, long ignored by all thinking people. The next step might be for Chinese brands to pair up with native or foreign artists.
Absolut x Gao Yu
In a project that represents the adaptability and innovativeness of the Monkey King, the current generation of young Chinese, and the Swedish vodka brand, pop artist Gao Yu designed bottle art for Absolut’s latest limited edition, Absolut 72 Bian. Released in China this August, the 350,000 bottles of Absolut 72 Bian contain the same clear spirit as the standard blue label but the artwork is based on Sun Wukong, known to Westerners as the Monkey King, who transforms 72 times in the course of 16th Century novel Journey to the West. The clever and daring monkey, likely the most recognizable figure from Chinese folk culture for people now in their 20s and 30s, represents “innovation through change” according to Gao Yu. Other spirit brands like Chivas Regal and Cointreau have also created youth-focused limited editions just for Asia, but none has so well captured notions of change, innovation, and adaptability that are most relevant to youth in China today.
Pop artist Gao Yu, born in 1981, likes his Absolut straight or in a martini with olives. Born in Guizhou, Gao Yu’s work has been influence by modern pop culture and cartoons but also Chinese traditions and fairy tales. Gao Yu himself, when asked what he most enjoys in life, answered that it was “drinking with my friends. And I mean it.”
Ferragamo x Xue Song
For Salvatore Ferragamo, the venerable Italian leather brand, Xue Song has designed a special edition collection consisting of two day bags, small leathers and a t-shirt. They will all feature Xue Song’s painting of tigers symbolizing luck and bravery.
Xue Song is an artist known for incorporating traditional Chinese ele- ments such as calligraphy and ink paintings in modern abstract ways. With a technical background rooted in painting, Xue Song may be most known for his Political Pop collages.
Ferarri x Lu Hao
Certainly it should not be surprising when Ferrari asked him to work on a model 599 GTB Fiorano for a special China edition. Finished in a mock crackle glaze paint inspired by Song Dynasty porcelain, the Ferrari has also been customized in the interior where such things like the igni- tion button have been replaced with a carved jade one. The car was auctioned off at a charity dinner in Beijing.
Lu Hao is known for being elaborate. His art works include a number of complex installations and large-scale items that deal with issues of scale, form and the relationships of a rapidly evolving China.
Lacoste x Li Xiaofeng
Perhaps the most attention-grabbing and potentially historically significant of the works created by Chinese artists for foreign brands, the two Porcelain Polo are the most valuable Lacoste polos made to date. Amidst the countless details on the porcelain polo, central are the pheonixs and crocodiles that in this case symbolize the meeting between Chinese tradition and a Western corporation, according to the artist. In addition to the art pieces, Li Xiaofeng cooperated with Lacoste on designing a limited edition of cotton polos for the 2011 Holiday Series of the brand. These use the pattern of cracked porcelain and a motif of smiling, chubby, babies and flowers that represent youthful exuberance.
Undeniably fresh but recognizably archeological, the “fashion items” made by Hubei-born, Beijing-based, artist Li Xiaofeng stylishly celebrate Chinese tradition and have captured the imaginations in Beijing and beyond. The garments are formed with porcelain pot shards from the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties that are sewn together over a leather canvas.
Louis Vuitton x Zhou Tiehai
In 2007, the third Louis Vuitton exclusive agency opened in the financial shopping center in Beijing, featured by the design window developed by Zhou. This was the first cooperation between LV and Chinese artist. Among the monogram pattern in the gold background of the design window, there were his two paintings named My Picture Must Use the Louis Vuitton Bag and And Then Again, Here Came Mr. Gurierec To China. More than 10 years ago, Chinese artist didn’t get too much attention from western countries, attracted by the long brand history of LV, Zhou came up with the idea to paint the two paintings, conveying the feeling of appreciation between art and luxury. Many years later, Chinese artists are under the spotlight, even popular in the market. Undoubtedly, this collaboration is a win-win strategy. As Zhou said:” Luxury products are also arts, why not?”
Zhou Tiehai is one of China’s leading conceptual artists, lives and works in Shanghai. Zhou has exhibited internationally at acclaimed institutions such as The Whitney Museum of American Art, Deichtorhallen, Kunsthal, Shanghai Art Museum,etc.
Mouton Rothchild x Xu Lei
Showcasing just how important the Chinese wine market is when it comes to Bordeaux, Chateau Mouton Rothschild has chosen Chinese painter Xu Lei as the artist to create the wine label for the 2008 vintage. His label is an ink drawing with the Mouton symbol, a ram standing between two halves of the moon covered with vines and grapes. The label represents wine as a bridge between two hemispheres. The choice of a Chinese artist has driven up the price of the 2008 vintage. Decanter reports that prices went up 20% overnight on the back of the announcement, and the wine is currently trading at around £10,000 per case. The bottle also bears the Chinese symbol for the figure eight, a symbol that is considered to be auspicious.
The Mouton Rothschild Artists label has featured a variety of artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Lucien Freud and Prince Charles. Check out some examples in the gallery below.
Xu is artistic director of Today Art Museum in Beijing.
Prada x Yang Fudong
Therefore, it is perfectly appropriate that Prada has collaborated with Yang Fudong on their recent advertising campaign in the form of a short film. Shot in a fake Shanghai of the 1920s, the film combines the glossiness of a high-fashion spread with the surrealism of an arthouse film: models mill about in an atmospheric environment while wearing the latest from the Prada spring collection.
Known as one of the leading Chi- nese filmmakers in the independent scene, Yang Fudong–like any good indie director–is particularly fond of wistful black and white imagery and lots of philosophical moodiness.
Swatch x Yue Minjun
The connection of art and Swatch is nothing new and Swatch has collaborated with Yue Minjun to have some of his paint- ings printed on the dials of their iconic plastic watches.
Yue Minjun may just be the most fa- mous contemporary Chinese artist now. When his painting, “Execution” sold at Sotheby’s in 2007 for 5.9 million USD, he became the most expensive contemporary Chinese painter to sell at auction up till that date. With his signature style of depicting himself laughing hysterically, Yue Minjun is on the leading edge of the new Chinese art.
Titoni x Zhang Qikai
Upon seeing Zhang Qikai’s most recent Panda series of paintings, Titoni’s CEO Daniel Schluep was immediately convinced that there should be a collaboration with Titoni for a limited edition watch. Featuring one of Zhang Qikai’s pandas on the dial, the Titoni watch is the first in a series of Artist edition watches designed in collaboration with various international artists. Along with showcasing artistic talent, this particular collaboration also seeks to symbolize the growing friendship between Switzerland and China. Released in a limited edition of 250, the Titoni Zhang Qikai edition is also an officially certified chronometer (COSC).
As one of the leading contemporary Chinese artists, Zhang Qikai has exhibited internationally including in the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan. His paintings tend to deal with the passage of time, a notion that is not unfamiliar territory for Swiss watchmakers like Titoni.
Text: (from LifeStyle Magazine February 2011 issue) Nels Frye, Renee Liu, Sylvia Song, Juli Zha, Eva Liu, and Jeffrey Ying
追溯奢侈品牌和艺术家的合作的历史，最早应该是野兽派风格的杜菲为巴黎设计师Paul Poirot设计织物；而Elsa Schiaparelli，这位意大利版的Coco Chanel，可能称得上最受艺术家们青睐的时装设计师，她就曾邀请Alberto Giacometti、Jean Cocteau和Salvatore Dali为她的系列设计时装等；再近一点，则是Louis Vuitton和日本设计师村上隆在手袋和其它配饰方面的合作。
2008年，艺术和时尚之间首次魅力合作在北京尤伦斯当代艺术中心展出。Dior邀请到22位中国艺术家重新诠释其品牌历史：李松松以Lady Dior手袋为原型，用荧光灯管做成一个巨大的手袋雕塑；以及张大力创作的John Galliano肖像画。
这两年，越来越多的艺术家为奢侈品品牌设计限量系列、包装，或是店铺。比如岳敏君和Swatch、艾未未和Comme des Garçons之间的合作，品牌因此而更为知名；其它则有卢昊和法拉利、李晓峰和Lacoste、高瑀和Absolut，品牌的产品也因此更具中国特色。而杨福东为Prada拍摄的广告大片，则将旧上海的感觉揉入其中。
绝对伏特加品牌 x 高瑀
2010年绝对伏特加携手艺术家高瑀，首次推出专为中国定制的绝对伏特加中国限量版“72变” (Absolut 72 Bian), 并邀中国时尚摄影领军人物陈曼创作了一系列前卫的平面作品。高瑀以中国元素而生的设计概念完美地契合了绝对伏特加的“变化”主题，这款中国限量版“72 变”的灵感源自齐天大圣孙悟空，其72 般变化的能耐正是创新特质的极致表现。点睛之笔更在于中国红的 “ABSOLUT” 和 “72变” 字样，这使该款限量装充满了浓郁的当代中国味。而对于高瑀本人，最喜欢伏特加、Martini配橄榄或者单独喝。
萨尔瓦托勒•菲拉格慕 x 薛松
法拉利 x 卢昊
Lacoste x 李晓峰
LV x 周铁海
木桐•罗斯柴尔德酒庄 x 徐累
法国五大名庄之一的木桐•罗斯柴尔德酒庄（Chateau Mouton Rothschild），于2010年选定中国艺术家徐累作为将要推出的2008年份木桐酒标人选，这是继毕加索、达利、米罗、康定斯基、安迪•沃霍尔、培根、巴尔蒂斯等大师之后，又一别具一格的酒标创意。历经半年的时间，菲力普•罗斯柴尔德女男爵从众多拥有国际影响力的中国当代艺术家中，选择徐累成为最佳人选。酒标图案的主要部分由木桐酒庄的象征，一只白羊所构成，两侧是月亮的东西两个半球，并且在上面画有葡萄串。关于这幅酒标的寓意，主要是“为了突出我们的美酒是联系人类与其文明的桥梁，同时也是东半球与西半球之间联系的纽带。”
Prada x 杨福东
当代中国影像艺术家杨福东去年获邀指导Prada2010春夏男装广告短片。此次与Prada合作的短片名为“第一春”，来源于中国俗语“一年之计在于春”，展现了一部充满旧上海风情的黑白影画。短片场景设定在老上海街道，除了Jacob Coupe和 Adrien Sahores两位当红男模，中国影星耿乐也在中间出演角色。几位东方氛围十足的怀旧女郎和西洋男士们，为人们上演了一场“梦呓上海”的欢场大戏，令人有一种仿佛从梦境和记忆中走出来的迷蒙之美。此次，杨福东指导的短片一经推出，备受业内外人士好评，成为艺术联姻奢侈品的一次成功合作。
Swatch x 岳敏君
Titoni x 张琪凯
对于时间的关注应该是每个瑞士制表者所熟知的领域，Titoni品牌亦是如此。在欣赏过艺术家张琪凯的一系列熊猫题材的合作之后，Titoni品牌的CEO Daniel Schluep先生立即决定了下一个限量版手表的系列要和他合作。随后，以张琪凯的熊猫图案印于表盘的Titoni艺术家限量版手表系列顺利出炉，这也是该品牌和一系列国际艺术家合作设计限量版的开端。这次特别的合作，也体现出瑞士和中国两国之间的友好关系。据悉，由张琪凯参与合作的该款腕表，限量发售250枚。
By Jeffrey Ying
Red and gold may very well be the official colors of China. The East is Red but it also likes its Gold and this is reflected in Leica’s special Limited Edition camera made to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.
The typically sedate Leica MP has been given a makeover with every conceivable metal part plated in 24kt gold, and the body encased in red calfskin. Certain parts of the camera and lens are engraved with select quotes of Chairman Mao and also features an image of Tianamen Square.
Supplied with a classic Summilux 50mm 1.4 lens, this camera is priced at 199,900 RMB and is limited to a run of 60 pieces.
这款徕卡MP，通体将每片可能出现的金属片都镀上24K金，其它部分也由红色皮革包裹。相机和镜头的部分空间，雕刻有毛主席语录，以及天安门广场的图片。配备经典的Summilux 50mm 1.4镜头，限量60台，这款相机的价格为199,900元人民币。
Photo: Teresa Yeh
I felt so bad that Stylites had not yet mentioned BNC, that we did a whole photo shoot for LifeStyle Magazine just using brands from the foremost multi-brand boutique in Beijing focused exclusively on local brands. Editor Eric Gao took the lead on this and the results can be seen in the February issue the magazine. For those who don’t know, LifeStyle is the bilingual publication that I edit.
图: Teresa Yeh
I am very late to this one as the New York Times and all the major local publications all covered media mogul Hong Huang’s multi-brand boutique BNC a couple months ago. With the most Chinese independent brands of any shop in the country – over a hundred of them – BNC is currently the number one shopping destination here in Beijing for those into fashion and design. This is a rare example of a shop with very few items that can be found anywhere else.
The knit shirt and bow tie above are by Non.Season. I will post an interview with designer Zhang Di here within the next week.
Beyond all of the fashion, BNC also carries a large variety of nice design knick-knacks, many of which make great gifts. If you are looking for something distinctive from Beijing, this is the ideal destination, especially because it is located right in Sanlitun.
除了衣服，还有一些家居摆设！ Read More
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