Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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Friday, July 23, 2010

HK Museum of History Presents The Evergreen Classic – Transformation of the Qipao Crossover Shiatzy Chen the Taiwanese Designer of Neo-Chinese Chic

If yuu happen to be in town frm now to 13th September, dun miss out tis precious opportunity to experience social and cultural changes in the Chinese society in the past century thru analyzin' transformation of the qipao with time. Qipao, the traditional dress for Chinese women, has constructed a cultural symbol frm a piece of clothin'. Showcasin' sum 280 qipao, tis exhibition presented by Hong Kong Museum of History illustrates the origins of the qipao and its transformation between the 1920s and 1960s.

To embrace historical and cultural values found in the qipao, the Taiwanese designer Wang-Chen Tsai-Hsia for Shiatzy Chen which brand spirit's lustrous “neo-Chinese chic,” which celebrates traditional Chinese aesthetics in modern fashion design and the elegant blend of east and west, displayed several signature showpieces of hers presented at Paris Fashion Week in the exhibition to give new perspectives on how a contemporary fashion designer's injected fashion and modern elements into the qipao and reinterpreted the qipao tradition, makin' it transformin' continuously.

Tis exhibition provides a broad cross-cultural look at fashion and its place in society. It's gonna be academically inspirin' yet entertainin'. For more details on Shiatzy Chen's designs, plz click onto mine another post

Period of exhibition: 23 June – 13 September, 2010
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm
Address: Special Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Museum of History, 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Shiatzy Chen signature showpieces presented at Paris Fashion Week

These fotos show noble Manchu women durin' the mid to late Qing dynasty. The gowns reflect a design typical of the time. With a loose, straight cut and wide sleeves, the long gowns fall to their ankles. Embellishments and details were especially important in Qing dynasty attire. The gown of the period often featured complicated patterns with the body, collar, cuffs and front-flap adorned with extravagant embroidery.

The early qipao of the 1920s' a loose body with straight cut, reminiscent of the long Manchurian gown. Yet, like other clothing' worn daily, the hemline of the skirt's been shortened to the heels. The sleeves, meanwhile, take on the bell-shaped style extremely popular at dat time.

In the 1920s, the qipao featured a wide, straight cut and inverted bell-shaped sleeves.

In the 1930s, the fashionable women of Shanghai always wore a qipao of long and slender cut with a pair of high heels. Tis foto shows the Shanghai film celeb, Chen Yanyan, around 1935.

The see-through qipao's extremely popular durin' the 1930s.

Qipao, 1940s.
Tis qipao belonged to Ms Lam Yee-mui. Ms Lam's a renowned Cantonese opera singer in the 1920s whose stage name's Soo Chow Mui.

A typical qipao of the 1950s and 1960s, with a slim cut at the waist to highlight the feminine curves.

The elements of the qipao were adopted in the design of uniform worn by the ceremony hostesses of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Creatin' a light and modern effect, transparent fabric's used on one shoulder of tis qipao designed by Blanc de Chine. The skirt adopts a western floor-length design, thus embodyin' a fusion of Chinese and western elements.

Designer: Ms Jin Lam

The Deconstruction of Qipao
Designer: Ms Gloria Wong

Capture the Significant Figure of Women
Designer: Ms Wing Choi

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hong Kong Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 – “Non Solo Bianco” by Espen Salberg: Glamorous Delight

Tis the 2nd time I attended Hong Kong Fashion Week. The last time I shot the models on the runway in Fall/Winter collections 2010 by sum brilliant young emergin' local Hong Kong designers' in January. Bein' 17 years old, Hong Kong Fashion Week's evolved into one of the biggest and most glamorous fashion events of its kind in the world, and I was thrilled it drew in not only the Hong Kong-based designers but also the leadin' ones frm the Asia-Pacific region and around the globe to present their latest collections for Spring/Summer 2011. The Norwegian designer Espen Salberg who's been based in Bali, Indonesia for nearly 4 years where he cultivates his interests for fashion design's one of 'em.

Espen Salberg Spring/Summer 2011 collection runway show titled “Non Solo Bianco” took place on the mornin' of 6th July, the 2nd day of Hong Kong Fashion Week in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. The stage's clean, modern and was minimally set to allow audiences to focus on the collection itself. As the name “Non Solo Bianco” meanin' not only white in Italian suggests, there're more colors other than white in tis collection, which color palette ranges frm white, beige and black to animal and black/white graphic prints. The collection consists of 5 groups, separatin' for day and evenin' as well as short cocktail and evenin' gowns. The inspiration's the cool feelin' the color white givs to a sun-kissed skin but not only.

Group 1's purely white featurin' unfussy and clean lines. Silhouettes are simple yet made especially feminine and sexy by the predominant use of soft jersey fabric with a slight stretch and a comfy handfeel, which fit a female body perfectly.

Group 1: Pure white
The models in the pure white jumpsuits of an absolutely feminine and flowy silhouette were juz like the livin' goddesses on the runway.

A gold waistband completed tis gorgeous look.

The silhouette's consistently sexy fittin' a female body perfectly. A display of whole of the model's back naked surely wows yuu.

Group 2: Patterns dat pop! Timeless black/white graphic prints

In spite of the simple and wearable designs, tis collection's not without details; in fact, it has plenty to appeal to female consumers – animal prints on chiffon, heavy pleats and drapes, ruffles, bead embroidery, yuu name it.

Group 3: Wild animal prints
Animal prints symbolize an inherent wildness in women's. The bra top with pleated cropped pants and the long leopard print chiffon overlay tank are super hoootttt!!!

One of my favorite outfits, classic animal prints in a beautiful camel color truly accentuate formal business attire.

The romantic ruffles blouse with wild animal print chiffon skirt creates an interestin' contrast.

Group 4: Pure black

The pleated top embellished with tonal sequins and fringes

The mysterious and sexy black off shoulder beaded chiffon tunic's certainly the best pick for evenin' cocktails.

The last group focuses on evenin' gowns and couture dresses inspired by dance floor costumes. The models looked stunnin' in the finely crafted floor length dresses with an exaggerated mermaid hem or floor-sweepin' fishtail tulle train, which remind of special costumes for the Viennese Waltz. Soft Nets, cotton, organza and tulle are worked in great harmony to produce Espen Salberg's signature couture look.

Group 5: One glamorous nite
The model in the tea length pannier skirt in which the panniers are a strikin' touch to the outfit

The full floor length 3-tiered organza dress in black, glamorous yet timeless!!

Yuu can't miss dat exaggerated tulle mermaid hem and floor-sweepin' fishtail train frm tis evenin' group, simply fab!!

The Indonesian-based Norwegian designer Espen Salberg

Salberg chose Eartha Kitt's “C'est si bon” as runway music to be played in the background, which incredibly enhanced femininity and sexiness of his collection on the runway. Ow du I like the show? The song's said it all – it's sooooo GUD!!!