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my friend forwarded me a WWD article about you, this site, and the china fashion collective. thank you for putting up this site. i’m a chinese-american student currently interning in shanghai and i’m so appalled by how chinese people think carrying louis vuitton and chanel bags means having style. a friend and i even entertained thoughts of being stylists in china…but forgot that wearing nameless but high-quality pieces is not okay with domestic consumers.
Thank you for your comment, and I’m very glad you took the time to understand the blog. I am in no way trying to offend people (especially Chinese people!) with this site, only bring to their attention the issue of cultural imperialism by brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Burberry, etc. Their products have created a largely homogenous society in terms of sartorial practices, and it’s boring to see people carrying around the same thing. It’s not the fault of the Chinese people for having ‘no style’, it’s because brands are claiming that they are superior to domestic brands and traditions and fueling some insane conspicuous consumption.
Chinese people are very diverse and innovative, and this should be reflected through their clothing. I know it’s getting better in China, but there is still a long way to go. Chinese creativity needs a lot of help from people passionate about the subject, so I hope you will spread the good word about the blog and our other projects… And if you and your friend do styling, you could help educate domestic consumers on different brands and aesthetics… Let me know if you do!!
Thank you again for your comment, and please continue reading.
All the best,
Hi, I took the liberty of sending you an email last night after reading the WWD article. A huge fan of your blog and your work. As a Chinese born national who works in New York for the last 11 years, I am in agreement with lots of things that you said on this blog. Please keep up the good work and I believe most of us truly appreciate the voice!
Thanks for the nice compliment, it means a lot to get positive feedback from people in or concerned with the community! I think China is becoming very stylish, but there still some humorous things you see on the street in terms of clothing… Good or bad, I’ll continue to cover what happens, so happy reading 🙂
All the best
PS – I highly recommend a blog aggregator I’ve been working on called chinafashionbloggers.com. It has some personal style bloggers, event and news bloggers, and street style bloggers, so it’s very interesting and mixed content. Enjoy!
I stumbled on your blog via facebook post for accidental chinese hipsters…I am American living in SE Asia and my first visit I was appalled at what I saw as fashion….ten years later I laughed out loud while looking through your blog and have come to love the quirkyness of fashion expression over here. I am just too big to fit into most anything Asian but I am certainly with the spirit of things…….I love seeing a HiSo lady outfitted in her real and knock off luxe brands head to toe, it just took me some getting used to. I wish I could end up in old age having one of those pointed straw hats on my head, wearing a sarong, and riding sideways on the back of my grandsons motorbike ……really, after suburban American life, this would be my dream.
Thanks for the nice compliments, and that existence does sound like a dream!! I may just grow old in China, although the pollution is definitely doing a number on me… I’ll have to take trips back to the States periodically just to breath 😉 But I love the lifestyle here, especially the old people dancing in the parks on Sundays.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy future posts on CPHNS, and there is another blog where you can read my content and more about Chinese fashion: chinafashionbloggers.com
All the best
I read your blog and like the fact that your are somewhat honest. I think China is starting to find it’s style but they have been in a vacuum so long and had little time to express themselves openly that fashion dictates them instead of the other way around. Fashion is all about history and what can be done at the time, we use to have clothing with buttons because we didn’t have zippers, our clothes use to be hand washed so fabrics were simple. Woman never wore pants because they couldn’t for social reasons. But now fabrics are made cheap, pattern making and sewing has become such a make or break business that clothing is manufactured cheap and after wearing it several times and washing it you can only use it as a rag.
Retro, vintage clothing is popular because these clothing were made to last and to look good. The patterns and design were made not manufactured. Quality is the name of the game and not trending stuff that everyone has. That included all the new style that China seems to have a love for. I live in Los Angeles and street fashion is very strong here and lifestyle and freedom moves people to start trends. Being an individual is important and knowing that what you wear won’t be everywhere. That’s why some of the hipper movie/singers stars wear only vintage clothing and look uniques with their own style.
When I go to Europe or America, I go crazy with the vintage. In China, they don’t have vintage clothes. People don’t enjoy them, because they’re thinking, “You’re crazy, somebody wore your clothes.” In my hometown, if you say, “This is vintage,” people are thinking you are really poor. The vintage store, the smell, it makes me so excited. I’m always thinking maybe I’m from the past, because in the street, I can smell where a vintage shop is. It’s like a dog — I know it’s this direction. I follow and find.
Quote in the Wall Street Journal August 26 2011 By Chinese designer Uma Wang
Thanks for your thoughtful comment!
China is definitely getting there, and remembering and appreciating its own history is an important step for Chinese people to develop their own unique, inherent style. I think quality will always outlast trend-y stuff, and that’s why I like vintage so much.
Love reading your blog, photos are priceless…..I just was picked up by taxi at the local Mall here in Thailand (mall is destination air con resort, no???) and my driver said she only goes to the Mall when cotton t-shirts are on sale…she buys her black pants (part of her drivers uniform) used. Ha ha, save a lot money!!! I said in America we call this vintage…wow….she loved that word, we practiced pronouncing “vintage” all the way to my drop off…. Sound so much better than “used”, kah??? … She spoke great English!!! And loved her new vocabulary word. And I learned about the 100% cotton t-shirt sale at Pena!!!! Since they love Polyester here it is good to know where to get your 100% cotton on sale!!! There’s a big subject, textiles!!!!
Hahaha, vintage is such a great way to put it, glad you’re spreading the good word!!
I discovered your blog when i was doing research for my essay. The topic was like ” The fashion industry manufactures consumers who are passive victims unable to resist its seductive forces”. It suddenly reminds me of the conspicuous consumption taken by Chinese “Logo pursuers “. Then i read the interesting stuff you wrote about “Ruxury”, I found that the driving force of the mindless consumption is not only the due to the “hunger of status” but also the lack of cultural capital. Just like what Vivian Westwood said one month ago in London,” we’re completely in danger from lack of culture. We were trained up to be consumers – throw away the past, the future will take care of itself, catch the latest thing and suck it up.” The ironic part is, Vivian was saying this to English people, but the situation for its far east counterparts is much more worse. I’m a Shanghainese student doing a fashion course in London. However, I had no idea about the significance of culture until I go study abroad thanks to the Chinese education system. Anyway, I really enjoy reading your blog. How wonderful we have you back in the motherland!!
Very nice to get your comment, I think it’s very interesting to hear from Chinese people abroad, as they understand their own country and have also seen other places and their sartorial practices. I think the topic of your essay was a little bit simplified, but it’s hard to even define fashion to begin with. I just added some more information on my Theory Page because I’ve been getting so many requests from students and I’m trying to figure this all out myself. I would appreciate any comments or feedback you have on these ideas, and I hope they help you in your endeavors!! If you’re ever back in Shanghai, look me up 🙂
Safe trip, Merry Christmas…..the 12 day countdown is a great gift to all of us who follow you on the Asian fashion frontier!!! We have our “Asian” Christmas tree up….yellow fake flowers on it along with bright lights and Santa ornaments, made in China. (Yellow, the color for the King here in Thailand and on Mondays, you can find many people wearing yellow and Tues many people wear pink, so the King can be “in the pink” so to speak. Friday’s all the kids wear the national costume to school….and even many adults will be wearing a shirt typical of a farmer to honor the farmers, who put the rice on the table. Can’t wait to see what Santa leaves under our tree….we saw him on a red hot motorbike last weekend!!!!!
Hello, I’ m in Shanghai at the moment. I’m from Milan. I’ m really interested to meet you. I missed the meeting of Bloggers talks. Can we talk via email? Or can we meet somewhere here in Shanghai? This is my emial address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Skype name: oriettapelizzari
Hi I would like to invite you to take part in “howdress” (www.howdress.com)
the italian fashion social network.
This is Niki Collier, a dublin based designer who works with unique textiles.
I would like to invitate you to a showcase of my work in Shanghai
19.30-21.00h 25th October, 2012
The Irish Centre,
Level 2, Central Plaza, 227 North Huangpi Road Shanghai,
t: (+86) 21 6327 3366.
The Dragons and Divas 2012 is a collection of 20 unique wearable art pieces. The collection is build on 20 statement pieces which blend the art of creating non weaved clothing with the most advanced textile technologies
All the pieces are visually built around dragon and divas representation. The coats and wraps are following the dragons legends: Night Fury, Red Death, Gronkle, Monstrous Nightmare, Terrible Terror, while the evening wear is inspired by glamour and fame: the Swan Corsets, the U-Bodice, the Aurora Dress, the White Bling.
Each piece is a combination of luxury fabrics and fibres: superfine merino and silk, Blue Faced Leister and Finnish wool. They have been hand moulded, individually hand dyed, embroidered with free hand machine embroidery and in certain cases geared with smart textile technologies.
They are designed for people who love to party and play. For people that are not worried about following fashion as they have style. For people who love fluency in execution and carefully pick what they wear.
These pieces are timeless and unique.
Just like the people that would choose to wear them.
Looking forward to hearing from you
Niki Collier, PhD
m:00353 87 661 50 66
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