I posted on stylebyasia.com about street style in Beijing, multi-brand boutiques in the Mainland, independent designers in China and contribution The HUB is making to fostering the growth of all of these. Have a look!
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…Even if trade fairs are not nearly as sexy as fashion weeks. Models getting made-up backstage, a hundred cameras flashing, champagne glasses clinking, media, celebrities, designers all gather for a whirlwind of creativity, energy, and dynamism. From the next set of wares on the shelves of Zara to the annals of the street style blogs, fashion weeks have a direct impact. They are all about change, freshness, trends – the next big thing is being created. Most fashion lovers don’t even think that much about trade fairs but, if they of, the images that might come up is of businessmen haggling, buyers sorting through endless racks of clothing more practical than titilating, and a situation that is generally much more commercial than artistic. Who would want to walk down a long row of booths when they could be seated next to the runway?
Both types of event are about displaying product, but they occupy different roles in the industry and probably shouldn’t be compared. Until I started working with the HUB, as a blogger, I would always have chosen to attend a fashion week before a … Read More »
Completely new to edition two of the HUB is the Greenhouse, a district within the HUB dedicated to 50 young, progressive, labels from Asia, the UK and beyond. Learn more at sportswearnet.com.
Richard Hobbs explains how the HUB is becoming fashion’s “center of Asia, the gateway to China”.
Here on one of the best blogs around is a good overview of what the ITE Moda investment means for HUB and how things will be different at the February 25-27 edition.
Alexander Chu represents the new generation of movers in the Chinese fashion world. I mean the real movers, not editors, bloggers, and independent designers. His family owns a factory in Zhejiang specializing in fur and leather that has done very well commercially by producing OEM for large foreign brands. Now Alexander is using this strong base to create a label of his own. Chinese factories often have the production capacity but lack the creative spirit needed to make the jump to offering their own label. But I’m sure we will be seeing more and more factory labels like Natural Gift. Once they become better at both design and branding, some will be a potent force in the fashion world that presents a different kind of model to the sort of Western brand that just controls the name and image while outsourcing the production to factories in China. I wonder if this sort of vertical integration will work.
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.