The touch, the feel of cotton, the fabric that’s ruining our lives. World production of cotton has dropped 40 percent, mostly it seems because China insists on feeding its people. Selfish.
Dark, dreary, chilly – not adjectives that come to mind thinking about editorial spreads in April magazines. But there is a warmth and energy to this one that can’t be described by these visual aesthetics alone. Du Juan stars in the April 2011 Flair Italia spread “Viaggio A Xitang,” a story about the splendor of visiting an ancient, scenic China town captured by photographer Wing Shya. Juan is all dolled-up in the middle of a forlorn scene, a juxtaposition created by stylist Kanako B. Koga. Everything in this tiny, deserted town becomes fascinating, from burning red candles and paper lanterns to goldfish swimming in an aqua green light. It may not sound like much, but chances are you will want to stay awhile.
What to do in your spare time while wearing Hermès? Take your pick of the elite sporting activities archery, horse racing or falconry. Or maybe a nomadic journey through China is more your speed, wearing an array of neutral and brightly-colored caftans containing pendant, tassel and quilting details. This is what came from Christophe Lemaire’s first collection for the legendary Hermès house, shown during Paris Fashion Week for the Fall 2011 season. Tailored, menswear-inspired pieces put the lady back in her power suit accessorized with chic mini briefcases. The Far Eastern characteristics in the collection lent a softer touch to strong and boxy leather garments while rich, warm colors accented gloomy grays and neutrals. Whether jet-setter or house sitter, if opulent garb is what you require, this is the collection to seek come fall.
Seems like someone’s a little tiffed they haven’t been on the Fierce Lady’s speed dial. Though Michelle Obama may have hit the sartorial bullseye at the state dinner for Chinese president Hu Jintao — donning a red silk Alexander McQueen resort 2011 off-the-shoulder gown and appeasing even the harshest of critics (i.e. Cathy Horyn and Robin Givhan of The New York Times and The Daily Beast, respectively) — Oscar de la Renta was not impressed.
These fashion illustrations from Chinese artist Tsu Wong are so extraordinary, I hope the actual garments are being made somewhere. The structured shoulders and detailed seams on the pants are super chic.
Chinese designers are fighting for a place in China’s ever-evolving fashion landscape. We have eight of the most influential designers in China who are doing everything from dressing celebrities to winning national awards.
Style tips to look stylish and modern for fall, without breaking the bank! Brad is about to head off to China and he’s brimming with style stips straight from the airport waiting area. Sharon , of course, will keep Brad grounded on style tips to translate style into your wardrobe! …
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