Aloft: Zhang Chi

Aloft: Zhang Chi

Iconic subcultural imagery and gender-flexible patterns (and models) have become the trademarks of Zhang Chi – a young Beijing designer not afraid to take fashion tips from the dark side. Like Vega Wang, whom we featured a couple of months ago, Chi studied abroad, returning to Beijing in late 2000s to put his education to good use in the fertile [...]

September 24, 2013 at 10:55 pm 0 comments

Vega Wang’s Hutong Hideaway

Vega Wang’s Hutong Hideaway

Vega Zaichi Wang is one of China’s brightest fashion designers on the rise. Her dramatic, instantly-recognizable collections (women’s only, for now) echo military fashion and menswear, and are informed by Vega’s own experiences. Be it growing up as a tomboy, studying abroad, unexpected inspiration (off-camera, she told us about a former employee who once inspired an entire line), or her fascination [...]

March 1, 2013 at 4:54 pm 0 comments

Accountable Beauty With Chen Man

Accountable Beauty With Chen Man

Chen Man has been bending rules and augmenting reality at the forefront of Chinese fashion photography for over a decade. Her seductive, dreamy images in Vision magazine back in the early 2000s propelled her to fame and soon led to gigs with MAC Cosmetics, Elle, Vogue and Bazaar. In 2012, Chen worked with i-D magazine to create twelve covers for [...]

January 28, 2013 at 7:27 pm 4 comments

Moonglow Burlesque

Moonglow Burlesque

The word “Burlesque” means “to lampoon”, or “to subvert”. Today, this word is most often associated with the art of rollicking striptease. First popularized in mid-1800s England, this phenomenon has been enjoying a rampant Western revival since the nineties, but (save for Shanghai’s decadent 1930s) is relatively new to China. When this was written, Moonglow Burlesque was Beijing’s only burlesque [...]

January 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm 1 comment