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How luxury Chinese perfumes are riding the ‘China cool’ and C-beauty wave with localised scents to attract young, affluent customers

Chinese fragrance brands including To Summer, Scentooze, and Scent Library are using local elements to appeal to young, affluent customers who want to support home-grown brands.

Chinese fragrance brands including To Summer, Scentooze, and Scent Library are using local elements to appeal to young, affluent customers who want to support home-grown brands.

21 Dec 2021 - 12:55PM
A documentary-film presenter’s adventures in China, from getting stung by a hornet to being kicked by an elephant

Veteran China-based TV presenter Dominic Johnson-Hill recalls the challenges of shooting a recent ecology-themed documentary in Yunnan, in the country’s southwest.

Veteran China-based TV presenter Dominic Johnson-Hill recalls the challenges of shooting a recent ecology-themed documentary in Yunnan, in the country’s southwest.

14 Dec 2021 - 7:25AM
Personal trainer to China’s wealthiest, social media star, actor: this Mandarin-speaking British fitness guru is making it big in the country

Tony Nicholson stands 1.9 metres tall, weighs 112kg and, thanks to his regular TV appearances promoting fitness, is a surprisingly familiar face in China.

Tony Nicholson stands 1.9 metres tall, weighs 112kg and, thanks to his regular TV appearances promoting fitness, is a surprisingly familiar face in China.

27 May 2021 - 4:41AM
This Gen Z shopping centre in China is the most vibrant spot in Shanghai, with fashion, street culture and clubbing all under one roof

Up to 40,000 people every day pass through the doors of TX Youth Energy Centre, which houses an eclectic mix of shops, clubs and restaurants aimed to chime with young people in China’s second city.

Up to 40,000 people every day pass through the doors of TX Youth Energy Centre, which houses an eclectic mix of shops, clubs and restaurants aimed to chime with young people in China’s second city.

20 Apr 2021 - 7:15AM
The bikini brigade: Chinese women take up surfing and flock to Hainan to ride the waves

Surfing has become cool in China, particularly among young women, and Chinese tourists are flocking to the popular holiday island of Hainan to learn how to ride the waves.

Surfing has become cool in China, particularly among young women, and Chinese tourists are flocking to the popular holiday island of Hainan to learn how to ride the waves.

18 Mar 2021 - 12:59PM
Chinese fashion designers well positioned for boom in domestic market as they sell to globetrotters spending their money in China instead of Paris, London or Milan

By focusing on his native China and his couture clients there, Huishan Zhang has weathered the pandemic better than most fashion designers. ‘The future is definitely bright,’ says fellow designer Masha Ma.

By focusing on his native China and his couture clients there, Huishan Zhang has weathered the pandemic better than most fashion designers. ‘The future is definitely bright,’ says fellow designer Masha Ma.

30 Dec 2020 - 1:51PM
Hats off to Elisabeth Koch, the Dutch milliner whose creations have been worn by Li Bingbing, Angelababy and Zhang Ziyi

The Beijing-based milliner talks about some of her quirkier creations, her A-list clients and moving back to the Netherlands.

The Beijing-based milliner talks about some of her quirkier creations, her A-list clients and moving back to the Netherlands.

25 Jun 2020 - 3:33PM
To sell more online or hope brick and mortar sales recover? For Chinese fashion the only certainty is uncertainty

Lockdowns hit fashion sales badly, but designers like Huishan Zhang are hopeful of a rebound. Uma Wang, though, is unsure what mood her next collection should project. Chictopia is moving sales online, Masha Ma is not.

Lockdowns hit fashion sales badly, but designers like Huishan Zhang are hopeful of a rebound. Uma Wang, though, is unsure what mood her next collection should project. Chictopia is moving sales online, Masha Ma is not.

26 Apr 2020 - 5:02PM
Vogue China editor’s daughter gets a fashion awakening

Mark Graham, husband of Vogue China editor-in-chief Angelica Cheung, explains how daughter Hayley’s appreciation of high-end fashion was awakened after the lockdown prompted a tidy-up of her mum’s wardrobes.

Mark Graham, husband of Vogue China editor-in-chief Angelica Cheung, explains how daughter Hayley’s appreciation of high-end fashion was awakened after the lockdown prompted a tidy-up of her mum’s wardrobes.

30 Mar 2020 - 5:21PM
Chinese designer Uma Wang on her Italian-made clothes, creating costumes for film sets, and why kids fear her on the basketball courts

Uma Wang has built her eponymous label into one of China’s top designer brands in just a decade. She talks about her Italian-made clothes, designing costumes for film sets, and why kids fear her on the basketball courts.

Uma Wang has built her eponymous label into one of China’s top designer brands in just a decade. She talks about her Italian-made clothes, designing costumes for film sets, and why kids fear her on the basketball courts.

18 Feb 2020 - 9:22PM
Is there anything Margaret Zhang can’t do? She’s a model, Instagrammer, surfer – and now the new editor-in-chief of Vogue China

Australian woman in a hurry has morphed from teenage blogger into a formidable entrepreneur, Instagrammer, model and stylist. Oh, and she’s 27 years old and now the editor-in-chief of Vogue China.

Australian woman in a hurry has morphed from teenage blogger into a formidable entrepreneur, Instagrammer, model and stylist. Oh, and she’s 27 years old and now the editor-in-chief of Vogue China.

25 Feb 2021 - 9:53AM
Chinese fashion designer Alicia Lee is the antidote to chain-store blandness: here’s why her clothes are popular with the professional career woman

Despite a rise in big companies offering looks similar to hers, Chinese fashion designer Alicia Lee’s outfits are still a cut above the rest.

Despite a rise in big companies offering looks similar to hers, Chinese fashion designer Alicia Lee’s outfits are still a cut above the rest.

30 Jan 2020 - 10:28PM
How Russian luxury fashion retailer Babochka became style central in St Petersburg

Babochka, the predominant luxury fashion retailer in St Petersburg, Russia, offers around 130 luxury and lifestyle brands including Gucci, Prada, Stella McCartney and Valentino. But no one ever expected it to last so long.

Babochka, the predominant luxury fashion retailer in St Petersburg, Russia, offers around 130 luxury and lifestyle brands including Gucci, Prada, Stella McCartney and Valentino. But no one ever expected it to last so long.

27 Jan 2020 - 6:31PM
Sustainable fashion: the finest wool in the world and why Erdos is the king of cashmere

The world’s largest producer of cashmere, Erdos, is becoming a force in the fashion world, with a five-line range of clothing overseen by experienced European designers. Sustainability has always been part of the company ethos.

The world’s largest producer of cashmere, Erdos, is becoming a force in the fashion world, with a five-line range of clothing overseen by experienced European designers. Sustainability has always been part of the company ethos.

17 Jan 2020 - 10:35AM
How Chinese model went from novice to fashion industry darling, likened to David Bowie, Jim Morrison, and Rolling Stones

David Yang spent his teenage years overweight – now he spends his days modelling for fashion brands including Zara, Valentino and Balenciaga.

David Yang spent his teenage years overweight – now he spends his days modelling for fashion brands including Zara, Valentino and Balenciaga.

18 Dec 2019 - 6:45PM
Bold fashion: the Chinese designer and founder of Chictopia, Beijing-based label that creates party dresses for confident young women

Beijing-born, Hong Kong-raised Christine Lau’s collection for spring/summer next year is loosely inspired by the feminist movement, as well as the punk aesthetic, of the 1970s.

Beijing-born, Hong Kong-raised Christine Lau’s collection for spring/summer next year is loosely inspired by the feminist movement, as well as the punk aesthetic, of the 1970s.

27 Nov 2019 - 5:44PM
Hong Kong’s Izzue gives Central Saint Martins fashion graduates a shop window in China

Fashion MA students’ prize for winning a contest is a trip to China to design a mini-collection for Hong Kong’s Izzue chain; their journey is one that growing numbers of Chinese fashion students are making in reverse, as applications to London college rise.

Fashion MA students’ prize for winning a contest is a trip to China to design a mini-collection for Hong Kong’s Izzue chain; their journey is one that growing numbers of Chinese fashion students are making in reverse, as applications to London college rise.

19 Sep 2018 - 8:05PM
Hunky Chinese Canadian triplets make it big in China fashion, film – with roles in Jackie Chan movie and Hollywood blockbuster

There aren’t too many tall, handsome, muscled, university-educated actor triplets of Chinese descent. Raised in Canada, the film-star Luu brothers are making the most of their unique assets and carving out a niche in China.

There aren’t too many tall, handsome, muscled, university-educated actor triplets of Chinese descent. Raised in Canada, the film-star Luu brothers are making the most of their unique assets and carving out a niche in China.

9 Jul 2018 - 10:03AM
China’s answer to Project Runway has fashion designers and TV viewers fascinated

CCTV show Fashion Master is a grander, and more patriotic, version of the US reality show, and as the final show airs this Saturday, we take a closer look at the competition that has attracted up to 20 million viewers an episode.

CCTV show Fashion Master is a grander, and more patriotic, version of the US reality show, and as the final show airs this Saturday, we take a closer look at the competition that has attracted up to 20 million viewers an episode.

13 Jun 2018 - 8:30AM
Australia artisans recreate gold rush fashions – couture gowns, corsets, crinolines and pantaloons – for living museum

Up to 100 hours of work goes into sewing each replica of a costume worn in the gold-mining town of Ballarat in the mid-19th century at the Sovereign Hill open-air museum – a draw for tourists from China, Hong Kong and elsewhere

Up to 100 hours of work goes into sewing each replica of a costume worn in the gold-mining town of Ballarat in the mid-19th century at the Sovereign Hill open-air museum – a draw for tourists from China, Hong Kong and elsewhere

3 Jun 2018 - 7:04PM
How Nautica’s David Chu gave up retirement and created a hugely popular Beijing event space

Bored of playing golf, designer with the Midas touch went back to work. He talks about his latest venture in the Chinese capital, which has become a must-visit destination for the city’s fashion, arts and design crowd

Bored of playing golf, designer with the Midas touch went back to work. He talks about his latest venture in the Chinese capital, which has become a must-visit destination for the city’s fashion, arts and design crowd

10 Dec 2017 - 6:38PM
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Meet the new kids on Beijing's culinary block

Diners at Beijing's hottest new Chinese restaurant, Country Kitchen, would search in vain for any of the usual clichéd hotel-restaurant leitmotifs - there is a total absence of red in the pillars, lanterns, dragons and tablecloths. Designers at the Beijing Rosewood hotel's restaurant eschewed the elaborately ornate approach, opting for a stripped-down look with lots of wood, in keeping with the theme of northern China home-style dining.

Diners at Beijing's hottest new Chinese restaurant, Country Kitchen, would search in vain for any of the usual clichéd hotel-restaurant leitmotifs - there is a total absence of red in the pillars, lanterns, dragons and tablecloths. Designers at the Beijing Rosewood hotel's restaurant eschewed the elaborately ornate approach, opting for a stripped-down look with lots of wood, in keeping with the theme of northern China home-style dining.

26 Jun 2015 - 6:09AM
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21 Nov 2013 - 8:06PM
Shangri-La Hotel bicycle team sets off on a charity ride across China

When the going gets tough for a bunch of cyclists undertaking a marathon ride around southern and eastern China, they will not lack the inspiration to keep their wheels turning.

When the going gets tough for a bunch of cyclists undertaking a marathon ride around southern and eastern China, they will not lack the inspiration to keep their wheels turning.

19 Nov 2013 - 8:42AM
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Real ale, prohibition cocktails among wealth of new Beijing drinking options

The grim winter weather and the perpetual thick smog have not dampened the spirits of the capital's nightlife lovers, who have embraced the recently opened bars and restaurants with enthusiasm.

The grim winter weather and the perpetual thick smog have not dampened the spirits of the capital's nightlife lovers, who have embraced the recently opened bars and restaurants with enthusiasm.

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