1分快三玩法

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Summer Sneakers


1分快三玩法In the fast-forward world of fashion trends, sneakers are the darling of everyone. But with so many choices yet so little time as consumers, which pair will get you over the gain line with maximum style? See our crushes of the month at all price points. 

Summer Sneakers


1分快三玩法In the fast-forward world of fashion trends, sneakers are the darling of everyone. But with so many choices yet so little time as consumers, which pair will get you over the gain line with maximum style? See our crushes of the month at all price points. 

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Summer Sneakers

August 29, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

Sneakers or trainers need no introduction. They have invaded fashion from high street to haute couture as designers have experimented more and more. So which pair fits your look best this summer? Take a sneak peek at this CDLP selection.

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Chasing the Pavement


Ms Min: the journey from Taobao to Lane Crawford

Chasing the Pavement


Ms Min: the journey from Taobao to Lane Crawford

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Chasing the Pavement 

August 15, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

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1分快三玩法Before starting her own shop on Taobao, London College of Fashion graduate Min Liu worked with contemporary Dutch house Viktor & Rolf and high-end Canadian brand Ports 1961. She didn’t sell her own clothes at first, though; rather, she sold vintage fashion items sourced from all over the world, photographed by her in a whimsical style that mixed and matched the pieces with masks she bought in Europe. In 2010, she debuted the first fashion collection from her brand, Ms Min, on Taobao.

1分快三玩法Within three years, Ms Min was noticed by high-end department store Lane Crawford and ended up being sold at its Shanghai flagship – she was one of the first three Chinese fashion brands selected by the store. A number of other renowned retailers followed, from Saks Fifth Avenue to Opening Ceremony. In 2016, Min opened her own boutique in Shanghai’s most lavish shopping district, in the Shanghai Centre next to Christian Louboutin.

Now based in Xiamen, the fashion designer conveys classical Chinese beauty through modern aesthetics; her statement is vibrant, sharp and feminine. For the spring/summer 2018 collection, she crafts traditional mulberry silk floral motifs in golden threads and bold orange colours. In 2017, Ms Min launched a rouge collection with cosmetics brand MAC, inspired by the Chinese mythology of “round sky and square earth” (tian yuan di fang1分快三玩法), using the traditional girly make-up hues of red and pink with hints of gold and silver. It marked the fourth China-themed limited collection presented by the cosmetics brand, following collaborations with photographer Chen Man, jewellery designer Baobao Wan and fashion maverick Chris Chang.

Focusing on e-commerce or not seems to be a question facing many fashion brands, but Min thinks that Taobao has given her a great opportunity to stay close to the market from the very beginning of her business. And though she’s seen tremendous changes in the Chinese fashion market since she began – the rise of homegrown designers, global brands moving in and increased consumer purchasing power – she thinks there’s still plenty of room for independent domestic designers to grow.

Images: ©2018 Ms Min 闽ICP备11025064号-1 厦门旻刘服装有限公司

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The Little Master


Couture’s rebellious outsider Azzedine Alaïa and the exhibition he helped create before his death last year

The Little Master


1分快三玩法Couture’s rebellious outsider Azzedine Alaïa and the exhibition he helped create before his death last year

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The Little Master 

August 1, 2018 / by Sonia Altshuler

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There have been numerous tributes to Paris-based designer Azzedine Alaïa since his death last November, but none as pertinent as Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier1分快三玩法 at London’s Design Museum. Conceived and co-curated by the Tunisian-born master of the cloth, the first exhibition to be shown in the UK on the renowned designer spans his career from the early 1980s to his final works in 2017, and includes many of his greatest hits – the bandage dress, the zipped dress, the corset belt and the stretch body. His dresses have embraced the bodies of the world’s most seductive and successful women, and the name Alaïa was always synonymous with high glamour, sensuality, style, cut, self-confidence and independence. 

Unlike many of his contemporaries, Alaïa constructed each garment by hand and refused to bow to the pressures of Fashion Week deadlines, instead working to his own schedule. His collaborative approach earned him an esteemed client list including Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Michelle Obama, Naomi Campbell and Rihanna. “My obsession is to make women beautiful,” said Alaïa. “When you create with that in mind, things can’t go out of fashion.” Ultimately, he dedicated his life to a more utopian vision than just fashion, believing that the clothes he made furthered the empowerment of women and became part of a broader cultural conversation. Says Jean-Paul Gaultier of the designer: “A big master! Brilliantly combining the technique, the sewing know-how, the tradition and the modernity!” See it all until October 7. (designmuseum.org

Images: © Pierre Antonie (colour images with background); Patrick Demarchelier (left); courtesy of Ellen von Unwerth (top right); ©Pierre Antoine, courtesy of the Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris (black reptile dress); Azzedine Alaïa, 1998, courtesy of the Groninger Museum, Holland

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Blah, Blah, Blahnik


1分快三玩法Renowned shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, about to open his first men’s store in London, is the subject of a retrospective in Toronto

Blah, Blah, Blahnik


1分快三玩法Renowned shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, about to open his first men’s store in London, is the subject of a retrospective in Toronto

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Blah, Blah, Blahnik

July 18, 2018 / by Sonia Altshuler

Image above: Design for the film Marie Antoinette

If God had wanted us to wear flat shoes, he wouldn’t have invented Manolo Blahnik…
— Alexandra Shulman
Manolo Blahnik

Manolo Blahnik

His Instagram entry reads thus: “My shoes are not designs, they are gestures.” And, as British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman once quipped: “If God had wanted us to wear flat shoes, he wouldn’t have invented Manolo Blahnik.” This near-idolatrous position occupied by Blahnik in contemporary fashion reached a peak in recent years, when his shoes became the coveted favourites of Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, and his regal collection was created for and popularised by Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette

In 20 years of temporary exhibitions at the Design Museum in London, the retrospective on Blahnik, staged in 2003, still holds the record for the most-visited exhibition in any week. Now Blahnik has announced he will open his first men’s shoe store in London, at Burlington Arcade this July; the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto is also running Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes, a touring exhibition, until January 6, 2019. 

However, the path to this apotheosis began much earlier – in the early 1970s, through his association with maverick British designer Ossie Clark. The son of wealthy parents, Blahnik grew up in the Canary Islands, then moved to London in the late ’60s after a stint studying art in Paris. His parents had wanted him to be a diplomat, and he had studied politics and economics before changing tack. 

Like many such legends, Blahnik’s story contains one pivotal moment. Diana Vreeland, editor of US Vogue1分快三玩法 (and whose influence on fashion history has been far greater than any other fashion editor), hated his early attempts at couture and insisted he try his creative hand at shoe design instead. Blahnik obliged and opened a store in London’s fashionable Chelsea district, but faltered at first. He started with men’s shoes and quickly found that conventional restrictions hampered his creativity. At that moment, Blahnik might have disappeared for good, had Clark not invited him in 1971 to produce the shoes to accompany his next collection. 

Blahnik’s flamboyant, experimental designs were the perfect accompaniment for Clark’s couture – and his Ossie shoe became iconic. However, his imaginative flair was as yet untempered by technical know-how, and the teetering shoes proved perilous to wear – “like walking on quicksand”, Blahnik later recalled. But comfort (or lack thereof) never stood in the way of fashion, especially in matters of shoes, and the visual bravura of his Ossies drew plaudits nonetheless; the designer, an inveterate socialite, found himself lionised. In 1974, he gained the distinction of becoming the first man to appear on the cover of British Vogue

The Vogue connection has defined Blahnik’s entire career. Even today, US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is rarely seen without her Blahnik slingbacks, which he designed for her in 1994 and which she has in numerous colour iterations. “I can’t remember the last time I wore anybody else’s shoes – I mean, I just don’t even look at them,” she claimed in a recent documentary on the shoemaker. And says supermodel Naomi Campbell, who knows his wares better than most: “Manolo is the king of shoes.”

1971 design for Ossie Clark

1971 design for Ossie Clark

Images: Courtesy of Manolo Blahnik; Carlo Draisci (Suntaxa)

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Salad Days


Bonpoint emphasises fun in its seasonal range for the little ones

Salad Days


Bonpoint emphasises fun in its seasonal range for the little ones

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Salad Days

July 18, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

 
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Inspired by the warm daylight of Provence, the white sands of Zanzibar and an English garden romance, Bonpoint’s summer 2018 collection brings garden party fashion to your children’s wardrobes. These extremely cute designs consist of rich colours, gorgeous printing and classic folds; tie-dye, stripes and plaid also star. Famed for its unique French style and top-quality materials, the Parisian house’s new range of lovely summer dresses and light skirts is a pleasant surprise. Let your young children enjoy their summer fun in a comfortable and fashionable way with Bonpoint.

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Under the Sun


1分快三玩法Get the right kit to accessorise the beach in style

Under the Sun


1分快三玩法Get the right kit to accessorise the beach in style

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Under the Sun

July 18, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

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Style Express


A selection of the hottest items to enhance your latest look

Style Express


1分快三玩法A selection of the hottest items to enhance your latest look

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Style Express

July 18, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

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Fountain of Youth


There’s plenty in store for children’s fashion this summer

Fountain of Youth


There’s plenty in store for children’s fashion this summer

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Fountain of Youth

July 18, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

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Secure Footing


Imagine no possessions... and no fretting about losing things poolside

Secure Footing


Imagine no possessions... and no fretting about losing things poolside

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Secure Footing

July 18, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

 

Fretting over a wallet or purse when hanging out at a resort or a summer festival is a hassle we could all do without. Well, Nike has stepped up to tackle the issue with its bumbag slides. The new collection of Benassi JDIs has the brand’s typical open-toe and textured footbed, but comes with a zip pocket attached to the strap, wherein you can store keys, cash, cards, medicine and any other small items you just can’t do without. Oh, and did we mention that there’s a pocket on each slide for added intrigue?

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Periodic Table of Style


In 2012, Chinese student Jennifer Lee graduated from Columbia University with a psychology degree. That same year, she enrolled at Parsons School of Design, where she decided to start her own fashion label. After working with international brands including Marchesa and Marc Jacobs, she launched Jn:Dn in 2017

Periodic Table of Style


1分快三玩法In 2012, Chinese student Jennifer Lee graduated from Columbia University with a psychology degree. That same year, she enrolled at Parsons School of Design, where she decided to start her own fashion label. After working with international brands including Marchesa and Marc Jacobs, she launched Jn:Dn in 2017

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Periodic Table of Style

July 4, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

How would you define the millennial style in China? 

The only unifying feature is that they are all trying to find their own voices. Some look to vintage, nostalgically admiring a time before they were born. Others dress very simply, in oversized clothes of natural fibres. In contrast, many are also influenced by hip-hop culture. 

When did you decide it was time to start your own brand? 

1分快三玩法The summer after I graduated from Parsons, I planned on doing a small capsule collection to test the waters and see what the market’s reaction would be. But after a month, I realised that I had to immerse myself in the water in order to build a brand. 

How did you come up with the name?  

The Jn comes from my English name, Jennifer, and the Dn comes from my Chinese name, Dening. I wanted to create a brand identity that isn’t bound to a specific culture. If anything, it looks like elements from the periodic table. 

Who do you design for?

I design for women who are grown up, but who haven’t grown old. The clothes are playful, but not immature. The Jn:Dn girl stands out, but doesn’t stick out.

So far, Jn:Dn has launched three collections. How did you come up with the initial lookbooks?

1分快三玩法17FW was inspired by the static on old-school TV sets, when our favourite show would be suddenly interrupted by rows of colourful rectangles. To capture this contrast, we painted large canvases and set them in front of a busy industrial landscape. 18SS [pictured here] was photographed by Xiaoyang Jin, a friend of mine that I met years ago in New York. We’d worked together several times before, so I trusted him with the creative execution of the photo shoot after discussing the general direction – something playful but clean. 

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What’s one important lesson you learned at Parsons?

1分快三玩法Be yourself.

What was it like to work with Marchesa and Marc Jacobs?

It was very hands-on. Besides researching concepts and sourcing materials, I worked a lot on embellishments and fabric manipulations. This included dyeing, beading, screen-printing, et cetera.

In the first year, the brand built an impressive presence in major Chinese cities. How did you make that happen? 

1分快三玩法After moving to Shanghai, I did a lot of research on young Chinese designer labels. I spent a lot of time going through the stockists of brands that were successful and similar to mine in some way, such as price range and age range.

What’s the biggest challenge? 

1分快三玩法Balancing all the different parts of running a business, including design, sourcing, production, management and so on.

How do you market the brand?

We have been collaborating with the wardrobe departments for a couple of TV series and are currently in discussion for a few crossover opportunities with industries outside of fashion. 

Have your design sensibilities evolved since you started Jn:Dn?

I think I have become braver in my use of colours. I never really noticed my sense of that before buyers commented on how it was different and unique to my brand. Since then, I’ve been trying to express myself better with colour.    

Where do you see Jn:Dn in five years? 

I hope that in five years, Jn:Dn will be stocked internationally, especially in New York. Besides being a fashion capital, New York is also a nostalgic place for me. I also plan to open at least one flagship store – a space where people can really experience the brand vision.

Images: Photographer: Xiaoyang Jin; hair and make-up: QiQi; model: Alina O

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