May 24 10:30 AM In Shanghai, I met with Masha Ma, an up and coming Chinese designer. She has already shown her bold, sleek and intricate womenswear at London and Paris fashion weeks. She is also one of the few Chinese designers to have her clothes stocked in Europe and Asia.
May 20th 11 AM I took a tour of one of MO& Co.’s factories in Guangzhou. MO & Co. is a hip Chinese brand that specializes in cool contemporary fashions.
May 17th 10 PM I attended the Fall Hugo Boss Black Fashion Show in Beijing with models Chanel Iman and Carmen Kass strutting the runway.
May 17th 3 PM Meeting Angelica Cheung, the editor in chief of Vogue China, was one of the highlights of my trip.
May 16th 3:30 PM The 798 art district is the center for contemporary art in Beijing. It is a must see for art aficionados because it is full of fantastic galleries, cafes and shops.
May 15th 12 PM Triple Major is a hip boutique located in the historic Hutong area of Beijing. The shop owner Ritchie Chan truly embodies the avant-garde spirit of the shop. He travels all over the world looking for unique designers to feature in his shop, and he even designs his own private label.
May 15th 11AM I met with several boutique owners to learn about local Chinese designers and customers. Here I am with Charles Wang, one of the co-owners of the very popular boutique Dong Liang in Beijing. One thing I learned is that many Chinese designers only produce clothes in one size.
May 15th 3 PM Between meetings, I did manage to squeeze in some sightseeing. Here, I am at the famous Forbidden Palace in Beijing.
May 16th 10 AM Luxury Chinese retailers like to create dynamic shopping environments, and Lane Crawford’s nicopanda installation here is the brain-child of Nicola Formichetti.
Earlier this Spring CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund debuted the China Exchange program, which was underwritten by Silas Chou. Proenza Schouler’s representative for the CFDA/Vogue China exchange program, Margaret Livits, embarked on a three week trip to China, visiting Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. We asked her to share her experiences and favorite memories.