"As the crowds pulled in at London’s Somerset House to welcome London Fashion Week’s spring/summer 2014 collections…a similar flurry of activity – a visible mixture of excitement, anticipation, and nerves – was evident at London’s Royal Opera House where Design by Shanghai – a one-day event showcasing 11 of China’s hottest fashion design talents - was presented by Shanghai Fashion Designers’ Association. Xiaoyu Lu of renaître, Stella Lam, Lily Lee of Xisu Shanghai, LUMINIFEROUS AETHER, Zheng Xiaodan and Ji Cheng, as well as five brands represented by multi-brand store Dongliang Studio, personally showcased their collections in an informal but charming indoor garden space, whilst three catwalk shows took place at intervals throughout the day". More via AnyWearStyle.
Shanghai Gears Up For Fashion’s Night Out
"It was created in 2009 by a legion of fashion glitterati to boost the industry during the recession in New York. Now, the late-night cocktails and shopping extravaganza that is Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) has made a proper home in over 20 cities and, unsurprisingly, has come to include Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong in its roster.
Next week, the event is returning to the three cities - on 5 September 2013 in Hong Kong, 6 September 2013 in Shanghai, and 7 September 2013 in Beijing. Hangzhou will also be taking part in the spending frenzy, a sign of the rising role and attention second-tier cities are gaining in China”. Continue reading.
Huishan Zhang Interview
"Unassuming, intelligent, well spoken and driven to change the world’s perception of China – Huishan Zhang is the perfect example of what a young, upcoming Chinese designer looks like today. Last month, Maosuit had the pleasure of interviewing Huishan Zhang while overlooking the most iconic symbols of modern China – The Olympic Bird’s Nest stadium and Water Cube. Huishan spoke with the ease and demeanor that only those supremely confident in what they are doing are able to". Continue reading.
Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Embellishes Afternoon Tea with Damiani Partnership
"The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is enlisting Italian jewellery and timepiece brand Damiani to glamorise its afternoon tea events and show off its Belle Epoque collection to guests in September.
Already a key dimension of the hotel’s allure, the afternoon teas will gain an additional flourish by featuring Damiani jewellery alongside jewellery-inspired delicacies. The event follows similar initiatives by the property that will attract guests who value and expect exquisite details to stud their travels”. Continue reading.
Available from 1-30 September 2013 only.
Erik Bernhardsson of F de C has just spent two and half years working, travelling and meeting people in China. His latest project, called Modes China, is a collection of essays and interviews that “offer a unique look into the realities of clothes-making in China today”. The volume includes interviews with Zhang Da, Dooling Jiang, artist Alessandro Rolandi, photographer Ren Hang and students of CAFA. Modes China also features a report on Shenzhen-based label ffiXXed and its original mode of production, and a visual essay on China’s rising clothing industry. More.
Modes China can also be purchased in eBook form via Amazon.
In China, Hangzhou Brands Face Identity Crisis
"Hundreds of women’s fashion businesses, born in the mid-1990s in Hangzhou, China, based their success on mediocre, embellished copies of global best sellers, cheap commercial distribution, and high margins. But in today’s highly competitive China market, where brand matters more than ever, Hangzhou labels face a serious identity crisis". Continue reading.
Lane Crawford Reveals Details Of Shanghai Flagship Opening
"As a part of Hong Kong department store Lane Crawford’s steady Mainland expansion, it has released more details about its slated Shanghai flagship opening in September.
At 150,000 square feet, the Shanghai flagship will be the company’s largest store in China. The location will have four floors and more than 500 luxury brands for sale. For many international niche designers new to the China market, Lane Crawford is often one of the only - if not the only - location in the country where fashion-forward Chinese shoppers can purchase their styles. Young Asian-American designers Jason Wu, Prabal Gurung, and Thakoon are among the brands that will be available”. Via Jing Daily.
"We recently spoke to London-based Chinese designer and London College of Fashion MA graduate, Min Wu. Her collection was definitely one of the show stoppers in the LCF MA show back in February. The collection is coherent and beautifully made. Her sculptural yet minimal pieces have gained much attention in the press. This time we caught up with her to discuss fashion, future plans and her guilty pleasures…". Via AnyWearStyle.
More on Paloma Sanchez
Beijing-based jewellery designer Paloma Sanchez very recently released her new Mens Collection. “[Introducing] limited…one-of-a-kind jewellery [pieces] for men with confidence and style. Unlike any other jewellery in Beijing, they merge smooth black jade, gold flashes of rutilated quartz, deep blue lapis lazuli, and out-of-this-world meteorite with 18K gold. Masculine and sophisticated, these pieces are designed by Paloma and crafted by world-renowned master cutter, Steve Walters”.