In case you missed them the first time around, here are some of Jing Daily’s top posts for the week of September 9-13.
At a time when jet-setting Chinese luxury shoppers are becoming increasingly discerning and sophisticated, the world’s largest retailer to Chinese consumers outside China unveiled an updated rebrand last Saturday as part of its ongoing investment in high-end brand positioning.
Hong Kong-based, LVMH-owned duty-free retailer DFS chose its Hawaii location in Waikiki to announce the renaming of its non-airport Galleria locations, which was celebrated with an exclusive red carpet event complete with appearances by Asian celebrities and performances by Cirque du Soleil and British singer Estelle. In a reflection of the retailer’s recent investments over the past few years in store upgrades, its 14 global Galleria locations are being renamed T Galleria by DFS, featuring a sleeker logo to coincide with its upscale shift. “We are really on par with the best luxury department stores in the world,” said CEO Philippe Schaus at the September 7 press briefing.
Chinese contemporary art, impressionist and modern art, watches, and jewels will all be featured at Christie’s first ever mainland auction, which will be held in Shanghai on September 26 at the Jing An Shangri-La hotel.
Both Asian and Western art are expected to draw a rapidly growing contingent of enthusiastic Chinese collectors. In a press release sent today, the international auction house provided an overview of the highlights of the upcoming auction, which include Zeng Fanzhi’s Bicycle and Sui Jianguo’s series of sculptures Clothes Veins Studies, as well as works by Liu Ye, Zhan Wang, and Luo Zhongli. Western works by Giorgio Morandi and Pablo Picasso will be auctioned as well.
In an event which brought the fashion world together to celebrate the success and development of the Chinese fashion industry, the China Beauty Charity Fund (CBCF) hosted its China Fashion Night Gala on September 6 at the Pierre Hotel. In addition to honoring Chinese fashion pioneer Vivienne Tam, the gala featured a presentation of legendary Chinese designer Guo Pei’s collection for the first time in the United States. The event also benefited CBCF’s scholarship at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), which offers talented Chinese artists the opportunity to study at the New York school.
Ten years ago, Chinese fashion designer Helen Lee founded insh, a brand aimed at expressing the spirit of Shanghai, and was invited to attend the first Shanghai Fashion Week. Today, her namesake brand Helen Lee, which delivers a modern metropolis style, has transformed into a Shanghai Fashion Week focal point. This past decade has been an important one for Lee, who has been not only a participant in and witness to, but also a leader of China’s original fashion design scene.