Kiroic footwear

Written by Vivian Yuan 
 

Kiroic footwear collection

Kiroic footwear collection

 

I discovered Kiroic footwear last year, back then the Shanghai based sneaker company wasn’t well-known, however I found its design smart and interesting, the sneakers are toe-less and heel-less, reminiscent of Ancient Rome gladiator style. These shoes are being described as a cross between a sandal and a tennis shoe. More importantly, they are not only made in China, but also designed in China. 

S/S 2010 Paris Fashion week

S/S 2010 Paris Fashion week

 

This year, Kim Kiroic took part in collaborating with the Korean men’s wear designer Juun J for his S/S 2010 collection. This innovative footwear looks great on these male models, but don’t you think a female could rock the look just as well?

 S/S 2010 Paris Fashion week

S/S 2010 Paris Fashion week

Kiroic Footwear of Shanghai is an example of a new breed of Chinese footwear that makes clear its Western influences. I think that China ‘s deep history and openness to Western thoughts on design will meld into something new and very special to the region. I suspect that in a few years, Kiroic would become the major export from China to the USA and popular among American people especially African American male consumers who traditionally like to wear sneakers.

Kiroic

Kiroic

 

 

 

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New retro fashion in China

Written by Vivian Yuan, Edited by Helen Huang

new retro fashion in China The youth of China are “after the 80’s” in terms of their pursuit of fashion. They are obsessed with products such as Hui Li sneakers, Mei Hua active wears, and seagull cameras, which were broadly used in China in the 1980’s. It is said that they were inspired by the style of Chinese rock-n-roll bands such as the New Pants band.

The new pants band

The new pants band

This group of youth represent the new retro fashion trendsetters. They mix-match clothes from the 80’s China with international brand names, re-inventing the new China Chic.

haha:)

haha:)

Chinese retro fashionista

Chinese retro fashionista

They all have in common a strong self-consciousness and full access to western culture.

Fei Yue sneaker

Fei Yue sneaker

tattoo + Mei Hua

tattoo + Mei Hua

Serve for people, Longchamp shouts in Beijing

Written by Vivian Yuan 

Serve for people, a Chinese political slogan, first used in the 40s, is one of a few which may still be seen today. However, it is not used in a way of a politics but rather as a Chinese fashion element.

Serve for people

Serve for people

I find the anti-fashion wave of the past three years interesting. “Wei Renmin Fu Wu” (serve for people) was considered to be old-fashioned, and not modern in the eyes of many Chinese twenty years ago when China had just opened its door, but nowadays the old school Chinese element is redefined as cool, edgy and anti-fashion. Even fashion’s big name Longchamp is getting fond of Chinese elements, and the “people’s bags” have displayed in the 250-squre-meter boutique in Beijing. The specialties of these bags are the People’s slogan written in calligraphy being etched on the calfskin bags cover. Striking red lining has been incorporated in the bag to offer a hint of luxury. It retails at $9800.

Longchamp serve for people bag

Longchamp serve for people bag

Of course, we can make a slight modification of the slogan, how about serve for RMB (Chinese money)?

Cameron Diaz  carrying "serve for people" handbag

Cameron Diaz carrying "serve for people" handbag

Hollywood movie star Cameron Diaz also was photographed to carry “ serve for the people” handbag.

Su, Yuwen- the power of youth

 

Su,Yuwen collection

Su,Yuwen collection

Just a few conversations by mail, I feel that the woman on the other side of the computer is passionate and enjoys her youth and happiness. Su writes jokingly ” I will turn 22 in two weeks and it feels a little scary.” Such a young age, she has already done so much. She has great work experiences and has already had her own collection.  She is still a baby. She has bright future ahead of her. We all feel a little jealous. 

Su,Yuwen collection

Su,Yuwen collection

She already worked at the top design houses like Alexander McQueen’s women’s wear studio and helped Burberry. She also interned at a Beijing based Haute Couture house Rosa studio two years ago.

Su,Yuwen vs The Victorian style

Su,Yuwen vs The Victorian style

I really like her collection that is wearable and sleek. Su said the collection was inspired by photos from the Victorian period.  She likes how the Victorian style presented femininity with details and shapes.  When we think about the Victorian fashion, it is all about lace, ruffles and huge bubble skirts. But in Su’s collection, she greatly modernized the Victorian style, instead of using lace and ruffles; she simplified them to straight lines and clean cut. The silhouette is clean and sleek, and doesn’t look complicated like the Victorian style.

She and her stylist Lucia Liu also used a lot of metal accessories to add a toughness and edginess.

Written by Vivian Yuan

Liu, Song – made on another planet

Made on another planet by Liu Song

Made on another planet by Liu Song

Liu Song is the photographer in a team of four fashion professionals who took on    a shoot called “made on another planet” in 2008. All the clothes used in this shoot were designed by a Chinese fashion designer  Xander Zhou . The name “made on another planet” was taken from Xander‘s care label. Liu Song found the concept interesting and chose the same title to create a rendition of his own. Nicola Formichetti inspired him a great deal at that time.

“made on another planet” in 2008 by Liu S

“made on another planet” in 2008 by Liu Song

Liu Song also was photographer for ”chaos fashion,” an exhibition in December 2008. He had just entered the industry shortly about 2 months. In his mind, he thought fashion was the least to say impetuous. He held the view that people in the industry were overly absorbed in pursuing fame and fortune. Therefore, when a photo shoot idea, “chaotic fashion,” came up,  Liu Song could not resist a photo shoot that would help portray the industry in all its glory of former pornography stars along with today’s models. The “chaotic fashion” industry disturbs his conscience and he decided to express his beliefs with art.

chaos fashion by Liu,Song

chaos fashion by Liu,Song

chaos fashion by Liu,Song

chaos fashion by Liu,Song

Written by Vivian Yuan, Edited by Helen Huang