The Ice Cream Truck’s Design, Art & Fashion Fair at Wharf 1846 featured fashion shows, DJ’s and fine food, along with a variety of local artists, designers, and other artisans turning out to connect with the local hipster community. It was the sort lazy weekend afternoon gathering of creatives that one might take for granted in any number of with-it urban centers, but happens all too rarely in a city like Shanghai.
Wharf 1846 turned out to be an amazing location to hold the day’s festivities, and the waterfront spot managed to make the Pudong skyline even sillier-looking than usual. The anchor and highlight of the day was definitely the fashion shows that showed off the work of young Shanghai-based designers. We caught Frau Ana’s show, and were treated to a collection that emphasized fun fluorescent colors, and hats, plenty of hats.
Other cool kids at DAFF included Sacco from Uptown Records, fashion designers Snoozer Loser and USW, and Tiki Al, the originator of those roly-poly graffiti pandas at Moganshan.
We thought the best thing we heard all day was from Audrey, a local second-hand vintage clothing seller. We asked her about local attitudes concerning second-hand goods, and how they aren’t exactly de rigeur in China, to which she replied: “There are some people who definitely don’t worry about whether it’s old or it’s new. But for those who can’t accept second-hand things, I absolutely don’t care about them.” Spoken like a true anti-wanton consumerism rebel!
We’d like to say mazel tov to David Lin and everyone at The Ice Cream Truck, for doing their bit to boost Shanghai’s grassroots art cred!