Jessica Rapp

Jessica Rapp

Jessica is a Beijing-based writer who focuses on luxury and beauty for the Post.

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Fabric Porn, the Chinese fashion label showing ‘the real China’ to the West that’s turning heads

Fabric Porn’s Zhao Chenxi wants his designs to introduce ‘the real China’ to people in the West and make Chinese people more confident in their own culture.

Fabric Porn’s Zhao Chenxi wants his designs to introduce ‘the real China’ to people in the West and make Chinese people more confident in their own culture.

22 Oct 2020 - 5:41AM
Top Asian fashion blogger Jessica Wang switches to making home videos, and her iPhone hacks go viral on TikTok

Grounded by the coronavirus pandemic, New York-based Jessica Wang pivoted from jet-setter to homebody, posting funny videos to inspire her followers to dress up despite not being able to go out.

Grounded by the coronavirus pandemic, New York-based Jessica Wang pivoted from jet-setter to homebody, posting funny videos to inspire her followers to dress up despite not being able to go out.

1 Sep 2020 - 11:37AM
How stylists are rethinking fashion during Covid-19: three Asian insiders talk storytelling, creativity and using clothes to dispel gender norms

Three stylists from Asia talk about storytelling, creativity and dispelling gender norms through their work, from projects inspired by puppets to seeing a more inclusive experience for fashion after the pandemic is over.

Three stylists from Asia talk about storytelling, creativity and dispelling gender norms through their work, from projects inspired by puppets to seeing a more inclusive experience for fashion after the pandemic is over.

18 Aug 2020 - 7:27PM
Bottled cocktails are having a moment, spurred by coronavirus – and in Asia a Chinese venture is leading the way

Packaging that’s made for unboxing on Instagram, none of the hassle of making the drinks yourself – what’s not to like about home-delivery cocktails?

Packaging that’s made for unboxing on Instagram, none of the hassle of making the drinks yourself – what’s not to like about home-delivery cocktails?

4 May 2021 - 3:41PM
‘There’s sweatshops in America … there’s ethical production in China. It’s not black and white.’ US accessories designer on making her goods in China

Seattle-based designer Tiffany Ju wants customers to know that all the accessories her brand Chunks sells are ‘proudly made in China’, and says it’s something to be thankful for.

Seattle-based designer Tiffany Ju wants customers to know that all the accessories her brand Chunks sells are ‘proudly made in China’, and says it’s something to be thankful for.

26 Jul 2020 - 6:40PM
Luxury brands from Miu Miu to Montblanc turn to Korean dramas like The World of the Married to target younger generations

With so many events cancelled this year because of the coronavirus, luxury fashion houses including Tod’s, Miu Miu, Roger Vivier and Montblanc are using product placement in increasingly popular Korean dramas.

With so many events cancelled this year because of the coronavirus, luxury fashion houses including Tod’s, Miu Miu, Roger Vivier and Montblanc are using product placement in increasingly popular Korean dramas.

5 Jul 2020 - 10:23PM
Explainer | Why TikTok became the fastest growing social media app, and how fashion and beauty brands have embraced its Gen Z vibe

TikTok is the fastest growing social media app in the West, and the value of its China-based owner, Bytedance, has risen to US$100 billion. Its stars have become A-list influencers and are regularly courted by fashion brands.

TikTok is the fastest growing social media app in the West, and the value of its China-based owner, Bytedance, has risen to US$100 billion. Its stars have become A-list influencers and are regularly courted by fashion brands.

6 Jul 2020 - 1:45PM
YouTube and Instagram star on make-up for mindfulness, problem with the word ‘Asian’, and the beauty industry after lockdown

When Mi-Anne Chan started out in the beauty industry, the ‘in’ look was neutral colours. Now she embraces bright, vivid colours, posting clips and photos of graphic eyeshadow looks on Instagram.

When Mi-Anne Chan started out in the beauty industry, the ‘in’ look was neutral colours. Now she embraces bright, vivid colours, posting clips and photos of graphic eyeshadow looks on Instagram.

23 Jun 2020 - 1:46PM
Quick-thinking Chinese entrepreneurs expand beauty and fashion businesses online during coronavirus lockdowns

For some young entrepreneurs the Covid-19 pandemic brought opportunity to sell online, for others it was a necessity. From stylists developing nail kits and web courses to a creative market going virtual, they found a way.

For some young entrepreneurs the Covid-19 pandemic brought opportunity to sell online, for others it was a necessity. From stylists developing nail kits and web courses to a creative market going virtual, they found a way.

28 Apr 2020 - 6:11PM
Gloves, whether for protection or self-expression, are having a moment amid coronavirus – as Demi Lovato and Jared Leto show

Gloves were on trend before Covid-19; now stars like Jared Leto and Demi Lovato wear disposable ones, and a glove maker’s hypoallergenic ones are in demand. Meanwhile, wearing fun fashion gloves is a way to feel better.

Gloves were on trend before Covid-19; now stars like Jared Leto and Demi Lovato wear disposable ones, and a glove maker’s hypoallergenic ones are in demand. Meanwhile, wearing fun fashion gloves is a way to feel better.

23 Apr 2020 - 7:27PM
How to care for hair at home in a coronavirus lockdown: online tutorials from hair salon owners give essential advice

The coronavirus lockdown means hair salons around the world are closed, and some of their clients are trying DIY haircuts. Salon owners share tips on home hair care, adapting high- maintenance styles and allowing treated hair to rest.

The coronavirus lockdown means hair salons around the world are closed, and some of their clients are trying DIY haircuts. Salon owners share tips on home hair care, adapting high- maintenance styles and allowing treated hair to rest.

5 Apr 2020 - 5:00PM
Amid pandemic, silk face masks you can wash 200 times protect wearer and the environment

Made of tea silk and white silk and with an anti-pollution inlay, the masks were Beijing-based fashion designer Kathrin von Rechenberg’s response to a shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. They can be washed 200 times.

Made of tea silk and white silk and with an anti-pollution inlay, the masks were Beijing-based fashion designer Kathrin von Rechenberg’s response to a shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. They can be washed 200 times.

20 Mar 2020 - 7:31AM
How Western beauty brands play to Asian desire for whiter skin, and the euphemisms they use to avoid appearing racist

The market for skin-whitening products continues to grow, especially in Asia, and Western beauty brands are taking advantage of it – even if they use euphemisms to avoid the racial connotations of ‘whitening’.

The market for skin-whitening products continues to grow, especially in Asia, and Western beauty brands are taking advantage of it – even if they use euphemisms to avoid the racial connotations of ‘whitening’.

10 Mar 2020 - 6:53PM
Why Louis Vuitton, MAC, Gucci are getting into gaming – and why it won’t stop any time soon

From Louis Vuitton’s League of Legends capsule collections to MAC’s Honor of Kings lipsticks, a stream of fashion and cosmetics collaborations targeting gamers have hit the market recently. An unlikely mix? We find out what’s behind it.

From Louis Vuitton’s League of Legends capsule collections to MAC’s Honor of Kings lipsticks, a stream of fashion and cosmetics collaborations targeting gamers have hit the market recently. An unlikely mix? We find out what’s behind it.

1 Mar 2020 - 8:42PM
Chinese fashion brands with European character are bucking the local identity trend – and finding a market in millennials and Gen Z

Patriotism might be in vogue for many Chinese fashion labels, but European-inspired brands like Juvil and Sans Titre are finding an enthusiastic audience at home, particularly among millennials and Gen Z with links abroad through travel and study.

Patriotism might be in vogue for many Chinese fashion labels, but European-inspired brands like Juvil and Sans Titre are finding an enthusiastic audience at home, particularly among millennials and Gen Z with links abroad through travel and study.

2 Feb 2020 - 5:10PM
Chinese fashion and cultural identity: ‘Made in China’ is no longer a bad thing to those in the know

Beijing native’s Manhattan store carries looks and accessories from emerging Chinese designers, and they are eagerly received. As ‘Made in China’ fashion has evolved, so has customers’ understanding of its cultural underpinnings, she says.

Beijing native’s Manhattan store carries looks and accessories from emerging Chinese designers, and they are eagerly received. As ‘Made in China’ fashion has evolved, so has customers’ understanding of its cultural underpinnings, she says.

8 Jan 2020 - 3:18PM
Skin food: how traditional Chinese medicine is driving millennial beauty trend

Ingredients used in TCM are increasingly found in beauty products as part of the ‘beauty from within’ trend. Sales of beauty-oriented food supplements are increasing, especially in the United States.

Ingredients used in TCM are increasingly found in beauty products as part of the ‘beauty from within’ trend. Sales of beauty-oriented food supplements are increasing, especially in the United States.

12 Nov 2019 - 8:39PM
Korean or Chinese? Copycat dollar stores face intellectual property crackdown from South Korea

Foreign stores are using Korean or Japanese characters on their packaging to disguise their origins. As authorities crack down, some stores are looking at other overseas markets.

Foreign stores are using Korean or Japanese characters on their packaging to disguise their origins. As authorities crack down, some stores are looking at other overseas markets.

21 Oct 2019 - 7:30PM
What’s sexy in China? Women buying lingerie spurn Victoria’s Secret for homegrown brands

Even as US lingerie giant grows in China, women in leading cities such as Shanghai are rejecting its branding and buying more feminine Chinese styles; sophisticated younger customers have a different idea of what’s sexy, store boss says.

Even as US lingerie giant grows in China, women in leading cities such as Shanghai are rejecting its branding and buying more feminine Chinese styles; sophisticated younger customers have a different idea of what’s sexy, store boss says.

23 Aug 2019 - 11:14AM
Personalised skincare: Chinese tech firms muscle in on L’Oreal, Neutrogena and other beauty brands

From voice-activated mirrors to AI-powered facial cleansing devices, China's tech companies are getting into personalised skincare. Meitu recently released three devices in a bid for a slice of the facial cleansing device market.

From voice-activated mirrors to AI-powered facial cleansing devices, China's tech companies are getting into personalised skincare. Meitu recently released three devices in a bid for a slice of the facial cleansing device market.

11 Aug 2019 - 11:13AM
Five Chinese high street fashion brands to watch as they go global, and displace the likes of Zara, H&M in China

Bosideng, Urban Revivo, Peacebird, Ochirly, Me & City – labels that cut their teeth as suppliers or in price-conscious lower-tier cities in China could soon be familiar sights on high streets in the West.

Bosideng, Urban Revivo, Peacebird, Ochirly, Me & City – labels that cut their teeth as suppliers or in price-conscious lower-tier cities in China could soon be familiar sights on high streets in the West.

16 Jul 2019 - 8:23AM
How China’s Feiyue sneakers, shoes of Shaolin monks, are making a comeback

Traditionally the go-to footwear of Shaolin monks thanks to being lightweight, supportive and cheap, Chinese Feiyue sneakers are seeing a resurgence thanks to Gen Z’s love of retro heritage brands.

Traditionally the go-to footwear of Shaolin monks thanks to being lightweight, supportive and cheap, Chinese Feiyue sneakers are seeing a resurgence thanks to Gen Z’s love of retro heritage brands.

24 Jun 2019 - 7:35PM
C Beauty: online beauty disrupters use influencers to reach Gen Z Chinese proud of made-in-China products

Online retailers whose good-quality, low-priced, made-in-China products, fun marketing and use of social media influencers appeal to young Chinese consumers, have disrupted the beauty market. Western chains haven’t caught on – yet.

Online retailers whose good-quality, low-priced, made-in-China products, fun marketing and use of social media influencers appeal to young Chinese consumers, have disrupted the beauty market. Western chains haven’t caught on – yet.

13 May 2019 - 7:39PM
How UK streetwear brand Boy London beat China’s copycats and is finally booming in the country

Boy London saw its rise in the days of UK punk and counted among its fans people like Andy Warhol and Boy George. It is finally having its China moment, but its journey highlights the IP issues many streetwear brands face.

Boy London saw its rise in the days of UK punk and counted among its fans people like Andy Warhol and Boy George. It is finally having its China moment, but its journey highlights the IP issues many streetwear brands face.

28 Apr 2019 - 7:14PM
Plus-size New York Chinese fashion influencer Scarlett Hao: ‘I have good style, it just happens to be plus-size’

Chinese-born, New York-based Scarlett Hao never shies away from a bold colour or a statement piece and gets even more creative around Fashion Week. Her 170,000 Instagram followers are inspired by her attitude.

Chinese-born, New York-based Scarlett Hao never shies away from a bold colour or a statement piece and gets even more creative around Fashion Week. Her 170,000 Instagram followers are inspired by her attitude.

19 Feb 2019 - 1:30PM
The modern Chinese woman: what she’s like, what she wears, her role models, and why Western brands don’t get her

Western brands often get Chinese women wrong; a panel of fashion and lifestyle experts explain that they are independent, confident, practical – much like their Western counterparts – but also more reserved.

Western brands often get Chinese women wrong; a panel of fashion and lifestyle experts explain that they are independent, confident, practical – much like their Western counterparts – but also more reserved.

10 Feb 2019 - 12:25PM
Will China embrace plus-size fashion? Only if women stop wanting ‘to look good in a size 2, not a size 20’

International fashion influencers hope to give plus-sized women a voice in China, where the pressure to be slim is relentless; co-founder of a US plus-size brand says positive trends there will be seen in Asia eventually.

International fashion influencers hope to give plus-sized women a voice in China, where the pressure to be slim is relentless; co-founder of a US plus-size brand says positive trends there will be seen in Asia eventually.

8 Jan 2019 - 6:45PM
Why founder of the Chinese Hypebeast thinks next global streetwear wave will begin in China

China’s answer to Hypebeast, Yoho!, has been a major influence on streetwear since 2005 when it began importing the culture. Now its founder suggests nation’s affluent, style-savvy millennials could shape streetwear’s next global wave.

China’s answer to Hypebeast, Yoho!, has been a major influence on streetwear since 2005 when it began importing the culture. Now its founder suggests nation’s affluent, style-savvy millennials could shape streetwear’s next global wave.

15 Dec 2018 - 8:19PM
Two Chinese copycat fashion brands lose trademark battles but war is far from over

Recent court victories for Ermenegildo Zegna and Dunhill against China copycats have sparked hope for intellectual property rights in the country, but doubts persist as to how significant these wins will prove to be.

Recent court victories for Ermenegildo Zegna and Dunhill against China copycats have sparked hope for intellectual property rights in the country, but doubts persist as to how significant these wins will prove to be.

27 Nov 2018 - 10:52AM
The woman leading JD.com’s rise from online appliance seller to luxury fashion e-commerce giant

Xia Ding, president of international fashion for China’s No. 2 e-commerce player, is looking to sign up more high-end brands; to convince them she can point to the platform’s vision of ‘boundaryless retail’.

Xia Ding, president of international fashion for China’s No. 2 e-commerce player, is looking to sign up more high-end brands; to convince them she can point to the platform’s vision of ‘boundaryless retail’.

20 Oct 2020 - 3:43PM