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Chengdu: the most fashionable city in China, say local style leaders who make their own rules

Unlike in Shanghai and Beijing, fashion is less about social status or reputation in the Sichuan capital, allowing for cool, nonchalant styles different to those found in China’s other major cities

25 May 2018 - 9:44AM

Unlike in Shanghai and Beijing, fashion is less about social status or reputation in the Sichuan capital, allowing for cool, nonchalant styles different to those found in China’s other major cities

Chengdu: the most fashionable city in China, say local style leaders who make their own rules
Five fresh new China fashion photographers to watch, from quirky to surreal to sublime

Fashion photography in China has been dominated by a few big names. This is about to change as a talented new generation get their feet in the door. Here are five of the hottest new shooters working in the country

25 May 2018 - 10:11AM

Fashion photography in China has been dominated by a few big names. This is about to change as a talented new generation get their feet in the door. Here are five of the hottest new shooters working in the country

Five fresh new China fashion photographers to watch, from quirky to surreal to sublime
Shanghai Fashion Week better than Paris, say couple behind ‘stupid elegant’ label

Kyoto-born Mao Usami and Sweden’s Alve Lagercrantz of Sirloin, the brand that was in the spotlight recently for its buzzy, augmented reality show in China’s fashion capital

3 May 2018 - 5:21PM

Kyoto-born Mao Usami and Sweden’s Alve Lagercrantz of Sirloin, the brand that was in the spotlight recently for its buzzy, augmented reality show in China’s fashion capital

Shanghai Fashion Week better than Paris, say couple behind ‘stupid elegant’ label
Independent fashion magazines are on the rise in China as they focus on style outside the mainstream

Publications such as Rouge Fashion Book are looking to create something edgy and arty for the expanding Chinese niche market, bypassing China’s tight media controls with a Chinese and an American version

25 Apr 2018 - 6:39PM

Publications such as Rouge Fashion Book are looking to create something edgy and arty for the expanding Chinese niche market, bypassing China’s tight media controls with a Chinese and an American version

Independent fashion magazines are on the rise in China as they focus on style outside the mainstream
Three high-end Chinese wedding trends: quality, customisation and destination weddings

A generation of Chinese have grown up media savvy and internationally minded, and ceremonies that mix traditional and modern or Western elements are among the growing wedding trends among the rich and famous in China

21 Apr 2018 - 6:36PM

A generation of Chinese have grown up media savvy and internationally minded, and ceremonies that mix traditional and modern or Western elements are among the growing wedding trends among the rich and famous in China

Three high-end Chinese wedding trends: quality, customisation and destination weddings
China’s fur capital touts itself to world even if fur’s out at Versace and other leading fashion houses

Fur is a US$17 billion-a-year industry in China and Haining, near Shanghai, is its hub; the city sees no reason for pessimism as the use of imitation fur grows, and is promoting its products to the world

19 Mar 2018 - 9:16PM

Fur is a US$17 billion-a-year industry in China and Haining, near Shanghai, is its hub; the city sees no reason for pessimism as the use of imitation fur grows, and is promoting its products to the world

China’s fur capital touts itself to world even if fur’s out at Versace and other leading fashion houses
How Chinese fashion designers built their labels on e-commerce website, despite sneering even from their friends

An online mass marketplace known for cheap goods and knock-offs might not seem the obvious place to launch an independent fashion business, but Taobao lets designers reach China’s youth market and get rapid feedback

17 Mar 2018 - 8:07PM

An online mass marketplace known for cheap goods and knock-offs might not seem the obvious place to launch an independent fashion business, but Taobao lets designers reach China’s youth market and get rapid feedback

How Chinese fashion designers built their labels on e-commerce website, despite sneering even from their friends
China’s fashion nationalism: from Li-Ning’s red-yellow sportswear to displays of Chinese characters, nation wears pride on its sleeves

Established brands and emerging designers are playing to the national pride of Chinese youth by emblazoning Chinese characters on their fashions and using the colours of the national flag

6 Mar 2018 - 8:22PM

Established brands and emerging designers are playing to the national pride of Chinese youth by emblazoning Chinese characters on their fashions and using the colours of the national flag

China’s fashion nationalism: from Li-Ning’s red-yellow sportswear to displays of Chinese characters, nation wears pride on its sleeves
Tea vs coffee in China: new-style cafes’ frappuccino fightback suggests there’s room for them and Starbucks too

Despite a 2,000-year tradition of tea drinking, coffee culture has been quick to conquer China, pushing tea houses out of business. But new cafes serving quick-to-make tea drinks with added milk, cream or fruit suggest there’s room for both brews

26 Feb 2018 - 7:20AM

Despite a 2,000-year tradition of tea drinking, coffee culture has been quick to conquer China, pushing tea houses out of business. But new cafes serving quick-to-make tea drinks with added milk, cream or fruit suggest there’s room for both brews

Tea vs coffee in China: new-style cafes’ frappuccino fightback suggests there’s room for them and Starbucks too
The Chinese celebrity stylists behind glamour of Fan Bingbing, Zhang Ziyi, Zhao Wei, Shu Qi and other stars

China’s celebrity culture has blossomed over the past five years, with stars attending numerous local and international events. Helping them look elegant are celebrity stylists who are becoming famous in their own right

20 Jan 2018 - 7:33PM

China’s celebrity culture has blossomed over the past five years, with stars attending numerous local and international events. Helping them look elegant are celebrity stylists who are becoming famous in their own right

The Chinese celebrity stylists behind glamour of Fan Bingbing, Zhang Ziyi, Zhao Wei, Shu Qi and other stars
Australian luxury retail boom fuelled by Chinese shoppers and micro-influencers

Chinese students and tourists and Chinese Australian residents are responsible for up to two-thirds of luxury retail sales in Sydney and Melbourne and fashion brands are increasing their retail presence and grooming Chinese influencers

10 Jan 2018 - 7:04PM

Chinese students and tourists and Chinese Australian residents are responsible for up to two-thirds of luxury retail sales in Sydney and Melbourne and fashion brands are increasing their retail presence and grooming Chinese influencers

Australian luxury retail boom fuelled by Chinese shoppers and micro-influencers
How ethical fashion is growing in Asia-Pacific and five sustainable clothing brands to watch

From the region’s first eco-fashion week to changing consumer attitudes in China, Asia-Pacific – long known more for its mass-produced clothing – is joining a worldwide movement towards sustainable fashion

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

From the region’s first eco-fashion week to changing consumer attitudes in China, Asia-Pacific – long known more for its mass-produced clothing – is joining a worldwide movement towards sustainable fashion

How ethical fashion is growing in Asia-Pacific and five sustainable clothing brands to watch
From Melbourne Cup to a mall in Shanghai, China fashion newcomer Elliatt uses racing to flaunt its Australian flair

Chinese actress Zhang Meng’s presence at the Melbourne Cup may have passed locals by, but she was at racing down under’s premier event to promote to her Weibo followers Australian fashion brand Elliatt’s affordable luxury

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Chinese actress Zhang Meng’s presence at the Melbourne Cup may have passed locals by, but she was at racing down under’s premier event to promote to her Weibo followers Australian fashion brand Elliatt’s affordable luxury

From Melbourne Cup to a mall in Shanghai, China fashion newcomer Elliatt uses racing to flaunt its Australian flair
How foreign fashion models are exploited in China: insider stories of the shocking risks they run in a largely unregulated industry

The recent death of a 14-year-old Russian model shone a spotlight on the Chinese industry. A multilayered agency system, partying culture and transient population make China a risky proposition for aspiring overseas models

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The recent death of a 14-year-old Russian model shone a spotlight on the Chinese industry. A multilayered agency system, partying culture and transient population make China a risky proposition for aspiring overseas models

How foreign fashion models are exploited in China: insider stories of the shocking risks they run in a largely unregulated industry
Diesel collaborates with Chris Lee, Chinese singer and fashion darling, in a celebration of imperfection

‘Go With The Flaw’ capsule collection’s launch in Beijing coincides with Italian label taking to Instagram to delete all posts of edited photos to underline that ‘perfection is boring’

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

‘Go With The Flaw’ capsule collection’s launch in Beijing coincides with Italian label taking to Instagram to delete all posts of edited photos to underline that ‘perfection is boring’

Diesel collaborates with Chris Lee, Chinese singer and fashion darling, in a celebration of imperfection
Five trends from Shanghai’s premier street wear fair, Yo’Hood

From high-top trainers and hip-hop swag to Hello Kitty, the 2017 streetwear trade show’s collections were vast and varied, reflecting Chinese millennial tastes

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

From high-top trainers and hip-hop swag to Hello Kitty, the 2017 streetwear trade show’s collections were vast and varied, reflecting Chinese millennial tastes

Five trends from Shanghai’s premier street wear fair, Yo’Hood
China’s beauty trends: KOLs, organics, more make-up, and men

Chinese live-streaming platforms inform hundreds of millions of consumers  - including growing numbers of men -  who are buying more premium and organic cosmetics

3 Sep 2017 - 8:13PM

Chinese live-streaming platforms inform hundreds of millions of consumers  - including growing numbers of men -  who are buying more premium and organic cosmetics

China’s beauty trends: KOLs, organics, more make-up, and men
Millennials push Chinese streetwear to new heights as they seek ways to express themselves

With money to spend and a willingness to take more risks than their global counterparts, China’s post-’80s generation is blurring fashion’s boundaries, some taking their cues from supermodels such as Ju Xiaowen and Liu Wen

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

With money to spend and a willingness to take more risks than their global counterparts, China’s post-’80s generation is blurring fashion’s boundaries, some taking their cues from supermodels such as Ju Xiaowen and Liu Wen

Millennials push Chinese  streetwear to new heights as they seek ways to express themselves
Shanghai street style is exploding – from Wang Lili to Timothy Parent, meet the people who are shaping the scene

People in China are growing bolder and more experimental with what they wear, providing ample fodder for bloggers and scenesters who busily snap the evolving, and sometimes quite shocking, street styles

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

People in China are growing bolder and more experimental with what they wear, providing ample fodder for bloggers and scenesters who busily snap the evolving, and sometimes quite shocking, street styles

Shanghai street style is exploding – from Wang Lili to Timothy Parent, meet the people who are shaping the scene
Menswear and unisex styles on the rise at Shanghai Fashion Week

China’s premier fashion event, which featured 85 brands over eight days, has seen menswear designers make particular strides this past week

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

China’s premier fashion event, which featured 85 brands over eight days, has seen menswear designers make particular strides this past week

Menswear and unisex styles on the rise at Shanghai Fashion Week
Shanghai Fashion Week: the seven best autumn/winter 2017 shows so far

Looks with exaggerated proportions, wide-leg trousers, high necklines, and neutral tones cut with shiny metallics are among the common themes on the catwalks this week

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Looks with exaggerated proportions, wide-leg trousers, high necklines, and neutral tones cut with shiny metallics are among the common themes on the catwalks this week

Shanghai Fashion Week: the seven best autumn/winter 2017 shows so far