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Hong Huang’s Beijing Boutique, Brand New China (BNC) Signs First In-House Fashion Designer by Jing Daily

 

Hong: “There Is Hope For China’s Fashion Industry

Young designer Xiang Yaodong

Hong Huang, publisher of the influential lifestyle magazine iLook, tireless promoter of home-grown Chinese fashion design, and proprietress of the “designed in China” boutique Brand New China (BNC), has signed the fresh ESMOD Beijing graduate Xiang Yaodong (项耀东) as the first in-house designer for her new BNC house line. As Hong said this week, “although the original idea of BNC was to stock works by individual designers, after a year of operation, now BNC is going to develop its own brand, ‘Designer for BNC.’” Reflecting her regular championing of ESMOD Beijing — the China outpost of the French fashion school l’Ecole Supérieure des Arts et techniques de la Mode — Hong announced an additional partnership with the institution, the new iLook/BNC scholarship, aimed at supporting financially challenged, yet talented, aspiring fashion students.

As BNC’s first signed designer, Xiang Yaodong will create clothing for his personal brand, “MOH,” as well as additional collections exclusively for the new “MOH for BNC” line. Remarking on her store’s shift from focusing solely on scouting (and stocking) new talent, Hong Huang said, “When we first opened [BNC], we had no retail experience. The goal of BNC is to serve as a place for young designers to display and sell their pieces, so we didn’t choose particular designers, we figured anyone should be welcome to sell his or her work here. But after a year, we’ve recognized that the commercial appeal of home-grown Chinese fashion design is becoming more and more popular, and a lot of young designers have since opened their own stores. Some of them still value us and send pieces to be sold at BNC, but the sizes and styles are increasingly limited.”

“Also,” Hong added, “some designers aren’t sending their work on time like they used to. So our collaborations with ESMOD Beijing and Xiang Yaodong have become very important to us, especially at this time.”

In addition to Xiang’s “MOH for BNC” line, Hong Huang plans to broaden the in-house line to include more young talent in the “Designer for BNC” collection. According to Hong, Xiang Yaodong’s classmates show a great deal of potential. “I learned a lot from [this year’s] ESMOD Beijing graduation fashion show,” Hong noted.

“Now there is hope for China’s fashion industry.”

A favorite of Jiang Ming, young design graduate Ye Song (叶谦)

The speed at which young independent Chinese fashion designers have hit the scene over the past couple of years has been a key trend in the nascent China fashion industry. Along with designers previously profiled by Jing Daily, such as Vega Zaishi Wang and Xander Zhou, cutting-edge couturiers like Chi Zhang, Ye Qian, and Bo Kewen have caught the eye of Chinese taste-makers. The well-known fashion buyer, Jiang Mingming (姜铭明), recently told People’s Daily that the gap between Western and Japanese designers and young Chinese talent is starting to narrow, yet “Western designers have a better overall environment than their Chinese counterparts, and the maturity of their industry is also very important to designers.”

Jiang added that he recently bought out the entire collection of Ye Song (叶嵩), a recent fashion school graduate, saying, “I hope we’ll have a long-term collaboration. I’m not too picky about his craftsmanship, since he just graduated from school, but what I really value is his design. We can adjust details based on the needs of the market later on. But I find his designs make an impact on me, and I think that’s the soul of a designer.”

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Korean TV idols set tone among Chinese fashion consumers

By Andrea Fenn

SHANGHAI — “There are tens of million people watching them, they have become more popular than the evening news”.

Lin Yu walks down the aisles of Korea Museum with the two hands encumbered with shopping bags. The logos on the bags read “Korean dream”, “Korean movie star” and have writings in both Chinese and Korean characters.

Like many young Chinese consumers, she is enthusiastic about Korean fashion. And like most of them, the source of this enthusiasm is chiefly one: Korean television series.

The popularity of TV series from South Korea has grown so big to influence a whole generation of young Chinese in their lifestyle and consumption choices. As a consequence, Korean style is increasingly in vogue among youngsters, and clothes from Korea are extremely well received among Chinese consumers.

S&S Fashion Plaza is a department store in Shanghai. Among those who work and shop there, it is better known as ‘Korea Museum’, as it is one of the fashion malls catering to Korea enthusiasts and selling chiefly Korean produced and designed clothes, which now operate virtually in every big city in China.

With more than 100 shops, roughly 60% exclusively selling Korean fashion, assistant manager Hou Yibin argues S&S Fashion Plaza is one of the biggest Korean department stores in East China.

“There is a great demand for Korean-design clothes, and we serve customers and shops in most of the Yangtze Delta region”, says Mr. Hou.

Visiting the shops in S&S Fashion Plaza, it is almost immediately clear why Korean clothes stand out compared to the local garments.

Owner of one of the shops Liu Jianxu is sitting at the counter sporting one of his flagship items: a shocking blue fur jacket that would not go unnoticed on a fashion runway in Seoul.

Despite being nationally Chinese, Mr. Liu belongs to the North Korean ethnic minority of Heilongjiang and he is very proud of his roots, as well as of the designs he sells.

“Korean clothes have deeper colors, a better fit on the body and more pioneering cuts”, he explains.

However, more than the sophisticated materials and design, the main reason for the success of Korean clothes seems to be the huge influence of Korean TV series among young Chinese.

“All my friends love them”, customer Lin Yu, 25, explains. “And we all want to dress up like the characters in the series”.

In recent years, Korean drama series have achieved widespread popularity in China. A February 2011 report from the Korean Culture and Information Service shows TV series are the element of Korean culture Chinese people are most satisfied in.

The success of Korean TV – which has generated the new term hanliu, literally “Korean frenzy”- results in high views and sales of Korean video products. Li Fujing, a DVD seller in Shanghai, says Korean TV series “My Princess”, currently one of the most popular Korean dramas in China, is so requested that DVDs have been sold out for the past two weeks and it is virtually impossible to find in video shops around China.

Chris Berry, professor of television and film studies at Goldsmiths, University of London and International Research Center for Cultural Studies IFK, Vienna, reckons Korean TV dramas are popular because they are centered on topics that are congenial among young Chinese, chiefly urban women.

“Korean dramas involve love and family life, things that Chinese feel culturally close to and can relate to”, he says.

Prof. Berry argues through Korean TV, Chinese young middle-class feed their aspirational interest towards Korea and its glamorous capital Seoul.

“Chinese audience see in Seoul and in the characters of the dramas what China and the Chinese people might be in the future”, says Prof. Berry. “From these dramas, people imagine a glamorized and idealized idea of Korea they are fascinated by and aspire to”.

According to Prof. Berry, the success of these TV series is often linked to actual consumption, and adds in the growing popularity of Korean fashion in China. In 2010, Chinese imports of finished garments from Korea grew by 37.8% to USD 152m.

Korea is now the second biggest single exporter of clothes to China after Hong Kong. And fashion coming from Korea seems to be one of the products that Chinese consumers are most attracted to because of these television dramas.

“There are online shops where you can buy exactly the dress that one actress wore in that one TV series”, Prof. Berry recounts. “And they are extremely popular”.

Popularity allows Korean clothes to enjoy unconditional favor among drama lovers, even though the retail cost tends to exceed that of local products.

According to shop owner Mr. Liu, while there is a growing number of brands producing fashion directly in Mainland China, the majority of Korean clothes in China is still manufactured in South Korea. And this, naturally, brings retail prices higher.

“When clothes are made in Korea, quality is better and the design is more refined”, says Liu. “It’s natural that the price is higher”.

However, there is also who thinks the frenzy about Korean TV is leading to unbalances in the market, as sometimes clothes from Korea are merchandised at a higher price than the average only because of the connection with television dramas.

According to S&S Fashion Plaza’s Mr. Hou, Korean clothes sold in his department store can be up to 3 times more expensive than same quality clothes produced in China, yet customers still seem willing to pay the difference.

“Chinese consumers have a strange attitude, sometimes they are more willing to pay more for something rather than less”, he admits. “And this is an exemplar case”.

If the influence of television on youth is often regarded negatively, in the case of Korean TV series it might at least be bamboozling the consumption choices of several Chinese young fashion consumers.

Via: Korean TV idols set tone among Chinese fashion consumers.

The Chinese Shirt Roll (13 pics) | Stewpig.com | Pig Your Way Through A… – StumbleUpon

When I was in China I noticed this fashion trend. My only question is why don’t guys with abs follow this ever appealing look?

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Shanghai Tang Autumn / Winter 2011 Collection | AsianinNY.com

Stunning!!!

Link:Shanghai Tang Autumn / Winter 2011 Collection | AsianinNY.com.

Chinese couple marry in ceremony inspired by British royal wedding | World news | The Guardian

UMM wow!!?!

Lavish wedding celebrations are becoming increasingly popular in Chinaand the industry is said to be growing by as much as 20% a year.

While the legal procedures are a bargain – it costs less than a pound to register a marriage – banquets can include hundreds of guests. A growing number of wealthy couples have added ceremonies, which can mix western or old-fashioned Chinese rituals with a dash of the unexpected – such as Mickey Mouse appearing to help with proceedings

Article: Chinese couple marry in ceremony inspired by British royal wedding | World news | The Guardian.

Free things to do in Seoul by @RunawayJuno

Not only is it an amazing article but the author is a wonderful writer and great person. Her love for travel is contagious as is her smile.

History, food, people, nature and fun – these are great words to describe Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. Seoul may not be on a list of the most beautiful cities or the most popular tourist spots in the world, but Seoul has everything travellers are hoping for. It’s beautiful in all four seasons, has fun activities all around the city, has rich cultures to learn, is full of warm-hearted people to meet and has lots of delicacies to enjoy. Thankfully, there are also lots of free things to do in Seoul…”

Full Article :Free things to do in Seoul.

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