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Fashion shows taking catwalks to new levels
04/13/2018 Shanghai Daily

A fashion show by designer Ximon Lee and sound artist Pan Daijing was held at 1262 Yan’an Rd W. recently.

Ximon Lee designs clothing for people who like to hold onto things; whether it’s a curious grip on his very tactile creations, or a clinging to an emotional state. The process of his recent collaboration with the ultra talented sound artist Pan required (if not insisted on) the latter, and resulted in a rolling sea of disparate pearl work that ping-pongs with Pan’s rhythms.

On the site of the former Columbia Country Club, the show continued the legend and marked the collaboration between the pair entering a new stage.

The historic site once served as a campus of the Shanghai Institute of Biological Products Co but is now a 24/7 creative hub called SIBP Navy Club.

This project is a joint venture of SIBP and China Vanke Co, which turns the architectural legacy of modern Shanghai into a vibrant mix of 24/7 cultural and entrepreneurial blocks, corporate offices, residential and retail spaces.

China’s design professionals along with the city’s fashionistas have been treated to a feast of the latest trends and some of the best styles during the 2018 Fall/Winter Shanghai Fashion Week, which ended last Tuesday.

Unlike years ago when only a small fashion crowd gathered in Xintiandi’s fashion week tents for just a few local designers’ catwalk shows, today’s fashion phenomenon is impressive, moving beyond the Shanghai Xintiandi catwalk venue with many fashion spots organizing key events and fashion trade shows across the city.

“One of the key factors of the increasing influence of Shanghai Fashion Week is the consumption capacity and appreciation level,” said Tong Jisheng, deputy director of the Shanghai Fashion Week organizing committee.

“The new generation of consumers knows better about what fashion is and how to appreciate it. What is now fashionable in cities like Paris are well absorbed by a growing number of consumers in China. Shanghai has great potential to be the trendsetter of China’s new fashion.”

First staged in a white tent at Fuxing Park in 2002, Shanghai Fashion Week has grown from a simple copycat of the Big Four (fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris) into a mature platform for the discovery of talent and business promotion, making it a magnet for local designers, Asian designers and those from further afield. 

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