In case you missed them the first time around, here are some of Jing Daily’s top posts for the week of August 11-15, 2014.
As a clear admirer and student of renowned Western counterparts Bill Cunningham (The New York Times), Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist), and Tommy Ton (Jak & Jil), Shanghai-based Roy Zhang is one of China’s most famous street style photographers.
In addition to his contributions to top fashion magazines and work with major international labels, Zhang is perhaps best known for his three-year-old street style site ShanghaiExpress. Standing out amidst a proliferation of selfie-centered fashion blogs, the site captures Chinese society as it is in the midst of discovering and defining its own style. Due to China’s economy being closed off to the world until the 1980s, a large segment of the country’s population is still discovering brands for the first time. It is in this nascent and effervescent environment that Zhang identifies and captures subtle and not-so-subtle—but always fresh—sartorial permutations, whether his subject is an elderly neighbor or fashion world insider. As a Shanghai native, these are his streets; his people.
Advertising and marketing news site Ad Age recently released its third annual list of outstanding China-based women in the industry for its “Women to Watch” awards. From global brands such as Johnnie Walker to top domestic ones such as Sina Weibo, the magazine listed 12 women who have made waves in China’s marketing world. The honorees will be celebrated at Ad Age’s gala dinner in Shanghai on October 21.
As the Chinese government’s austerity campaign continues, falling demand for imported wine caused its average price per liter to drop in Shanghai in the first half of this year. According to customs figures, in Shanghai, the main gateway of imported wines into the country, wine imports fell 10.9 percent to 54.9 million liters from the same period last year. Wine import values fell faster than volume, dropping 27 percent to 2.57 billion yuan (US$420 million) during this time.
The Peninsula Paris, run by Hong Kong-based hotel chain operator The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd., is finally open for business as Asian luxury hoteliers rush to open in the iconic French destination to court Chinese tourists. This makes it the first time the hotel group ventures into Europe, bringing its expertise gleaned from its successes in Asia into the City of Lights.
Ever since British fast-fashion giant Topshop made a splash with its Hong Kong opening last year, Chinese fashionistas have been waiting with anticipation for its launch on the mainland. They won’t have to wait much longer for the moment to arrive, but it won’t be happening on the streets of Shanghai or Beijing—rather, it’s going to take place in cyberspace.