Dior coolie hat, Autumn/Winter 2007 collection. From http://kisscurl.vox.com
In our ongoing Threesday feature, Shanghaiist takes the time to count out three of….well, whatever catches our fancy that week. This week it’s fashion blogs that focus on China.
A recent email from a friend of Shanghaiist got me on a fashion kick. While perhaps not being the most stylish siren in the room, I do spend quite some time cooing over finds in fashion blogs and… I realized that not a single one of them were based in China.
So I put the call out to people to help me find some. Here were the three they recommended (they’re all quite good!)
Run by Beijing expat Nels Frye, Stylites is a street fashion blog that shows off random stylish people in Beijing in all their accoutrements. Or as the website puts it, it “documents the blossoming of self-expression in contemporary China, providing a pictorial record of the most fascinating pedestrians in Beijing at the start of the 21st century, the moment when China had risen and its new greatness had became apparent to all.”
2. Style Iris
A Chinese language blog by a Beijinger living in Shanghai who says she likes things “a little bit old fashioned, a little bit modern.” Style Iris is like a portfolio of one woman’s style choices – bags she likes, movies she’s seen, photographs that have wowed her and, occasionally, the outfits she wears.
3. Fashion Des
Also Chinese language, this blog is run by a guy called Chris Tang. Chris Tang doesn’t have a bio on the site, but the description is that it’s “based on the view of a consumer and lover of fashion channels that seeks to update the site daily with the world’s hottest fashion info. In order to create an ideally objective platform, FashionDes clearly identifies any advertising, and does not make placement reports, this is the important independent spirit of the site.” It contains a lot of trinkets and weird finds, as well as some celebrity news and gossip.
All three of these blogs were quite good, but they had something in common: very rarely did they showcase local designs. The only one that really goes into local style at all is, ironically, the English language one – and he tends to stick to Beijing.
How come? Any visit to any bar on the Bund would show that the city’s filled with people who love to dress up. Madou, amateur models for local clothing lines, are an ever increasing job of choice for college students. And think of how many clothing lines now have flagship stores here – Gucci, Chanel, H&M.
So I’m putting the call out – Shanghai fashionistas, tell me what blogs to read!