2016 was the best year for the Chinese fashion industry yet, so let’s jump right in and see why:
OPENING CEREMONY’S 中国年 YEAR OF CHINA
The purveyors of cool, Opening Ceremony, finally launched their Year of China in 2016!! Founded in 2002, the US retailer started by importing products from Hong Kong and selling them in New York… They’ve waited ages to go back to their roots, and in 2016 Opening Ceremony did just that!! They selected a range of talented Chinese designers to sell through their doors in New York, LA, and Japan, as well as their online shop.
Opening Ceremony 终于在 2016 年炫酷满满地发布了他们的“
Womenswear designers included 女装设计师包括 Angel Chen, Atelier Rouge Pekin, JINNNN, M Essential, Ms Min, Museum of Friendship, Pearl River, Renli Su, Vega Zaishi Wang, and Shushu/Tong.
Menswear designers included 男装设计师包括 Chuang Qu, Decoster, Fei Fei Yang, KKTP, Purlicue, Sankuanz, The World Is Your Oyster, Xander Zhou, Ximon Lee, and Yang Li.
LABELHOOD 大爆发 EXPLODES
Labelhood is quickly becoming China’s most compelling platform for designers to showcase their work. Only in its second season, it has blossomed seemingly overnight, and boasted an impressive roster that included FFIXXED, Hiuman, Staffonly, Chen Peng, Pronounce, Xu Zhi, and Yirantian.
CODA SHOWROOM 默默主导 QUIETLY DOMINATES
Set in the far-off reaches near Hongqiao Airport, Coda Showroom was a destination well-worth the trip. Not only did it feature amazing brands like The Lawn, Percy Lau, and Heng Shu, but they also created a more holistic vision of what fashion is and can be by curating an exhibition based on Dieter Ram’s 10 Principles of Good Design.
Coda Showroom 靠近虹桥机场，有些偏远，
FASHION NOW 聚焦 FOCUSES
Fashion Now has been known for having the most tightly curated event in China, showing only 4 to 6 designers per season. This season there was also an exhibition with the likes of V Major, MICartsy, and Da Wei, while the coveted runway slows were filled by seasoned veterans Evening and Ricostru, with one newcomer Zhao Qianyan.
Fashion Now 在中国是出了名的有着最紧密策划的活动，
GUO PEI 出展巴黎 TAKES ON PARIS
Guo Pei was invited by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, joining official members Chanel, Dior, and Givenchy to show at Paris Couture Fashion Week in January. She is only the second Chinese designer to be invited after Yiqing Yin, who was invited in 2012.
VICTORIA’S SECRET 大放中国风 GETS CHINESE-Y
Victoria’s Secret acknowledged the influence of Chinese consumers by not only including more Chinese models but by also including Chinese motifs in its fashion show extravaganza… but the brand took a lot of heat for being “racist” and superficial, but what could be more Chinese than a dragon?!
MAC 魅可 X CHRIS CHANG 张文轩
Chris Chang and her brand Poesia have long been known for mesmerizing textures and vibrant colors, but in 2016 her collaboration with MAC served up some very pigmented realness. Oh ya, and she made history by becoming the first Chinese fashion designer to collaborate with the storied makeup brand.
REN HANG 重塑时装摄影 REIMAGINES FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY
A photographer known for his nudes is hardly the first person you’d expect a clothing brand to turn to, but Ren Hang’s lens has given us a new vision for two of the most compelling brands in China: Yat Pit and Atelier Rouge Pékin.
NING ZETAO 成为中国最佳型男 IS CHINA’S MOST STYLISH MAN
Chinese Olympic swimmer Ning Zetao is probably more recognizable in a Speedo than he is in a tux, but have no doubts about it: the guy has SWAG. He’s been featured in magazines like GQ, Elle Men, and Numéro, but it really doesn’t matter if he’s in the glossys, on the pool deck, or on the street… he always stylin’.
OLD CHINESE PEOPLE 证明他们比你酷 PROVE THEY’RE COOLER THAN YOU
We’ve always had a hunch that old people are the best-dressed demographic in China, but these senior citizens proved it in 2016. From amateur designers to amateur models, they can and have done it all… They have become viral sensations and prove that style improves with time.
SISTER TOMATO 呈献杂货铺真相 SERVES UP GROCERY STORE REALNESS
Sister Tomato nearly shut down the grocery store and the internet with her barely-there thong and thigh-high boots. Sister Tomato is a stripper, but apparently she feels like the streets are just an extension of the nightclub because she dons the same outfits no matter where she is or what she’s doing. Follow her Weibo for more outrageous pics and outfits.
Sister Tomato 几乎关掉了杂货铺，断了网，
TUHAOS 经得起验证 ARE VALIDATED
Tuhaos were already proud of their tuhao-ness, but now that a tuhao will become the 45th President of the United States of America, things are about to get a lot more gold.
ALIBABA 在双十一卖了一些东西 SOLD SOME STUFF ON 11/11
OK, so they sold like 17.3 billion (US) dollars worth of stuff, but that’s pretty good considering it’s just one day. They sold 14.3 billion in 2015 and 9.3 billion in 2014. To put that into perspective, Facebook’s YEARLY revenue for 2015 was just shy of 18 billion US dollars.
好吧，他们售出了大概价值 173 亿美元的东西，
MICHAEL JORDAN 赢回姓名权 WINS RIGHTS TO HIS OWN NAME
This sounds like a joke, but it definitely isn’t… in a highly unusual move, China’s Supreme People’s Court ruled in favor of Michael Jordan in a case against Qiaodan Sports, which had used the former basketball legend’s name and image to sell product.
NIKELAB X RICCARDO TISCI 发布会 LAUNCH
Not only was the collection itself LIT, but so was the event! With so many events and launches now in Shanghai and Beijing, they all seem to mush together… but this one stood out from the crowd for its shocking visuals and immersive environment.
CHINA FASHION BLOGGERS 庆祝五周年 CELEBRATES 5 YEARS
CFB had never hosted an offline event before, but for our 5th year online we wanted to do something special! So we collaborated with a laser artist to create a virtual wardrobe with almost 100 different tops, bottoms, dresses, and accessories that the guests could “wear” at an event entitled LAYERZ at Daliah in Shanghai.