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July 25 2014

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7 posts tagged "China Chow"

Hugo Boss Shocks Shanghai

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Joan Smalls opening BOSS' Shanghai ShowOnly a year after Hugo Boss brought another dimension to Beijing with its first China runway show streamed in 3-D, it was time to woo Shanghai. This time, though, Boss made its introduction with an IRL catwalk show.

The setting of the Power Station of Art was an inspired choice. Electric charges pulsated through the thousand-strong audience, and lightning bolts crashed overhead while models—like show opener Joan Smalls—stomped across the zigzagged runway in Boss’ Fall ’13 wares.

“We’ve been in China for a long time,” said Boss menswear designer Kevin Lobo. “But it’s changing dramatically, becoming more luxurious, and we want to be a part of that.”

Limited-edition pieces were available to buy directly from the runway. The stringent tailoring and languid silks in jewel tones were perfectly attuned to the tastes of China’s über-wealthy, who are trading obvious luxury for something more subtle. Boss womenswear designer Eyan Allen offered, “We created a zip made from 24-carat gold. You know it’s there, but nobody else does!”

Carey Mulligan and Gerard Butler both turned up for the lavish affair, and Hong Kong actors Chow Yun-Fat and Cherie Chung, as well as Chinese heartthrob Xiaoming Huang and Korean actor Sang-Woo Kwon, had the local crowd in an uproar. Meanwhile, China Chow began coveting a navy fur jacket the second it hit the runway. “I want that!” she cried.

Photo: Courtesy of Hugo Boss

Time For Another Manolo Moment

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Congratulations are in order for Manolo Blahnik. The British Fashion Council announced this morning that Blahnik will be presented with its Outstanding Achievement Award at next week’s BFAs. As a milk shake (Blahnik’s favorite) toast to the occasion, now is the perfect time to revisit the cobbler’s sit-down with China Chow in L.A. for Style.com. Click below to watch.

Cameron Silver’s Journey Through The World Of Chanel

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My typical response when receiving an invitation to an out-of-town party is “send a plane.” Amazingly enough, that’s exactly what Chanel did for the opening night of Numéros Privés: A Journey Through the World of Chanel at the Wynn Las Vegas on Friday. The label chartered five planes from New York, six from Los Angeles (I was on a G4), and one from San Francisco, with a fleet of Escalades waiting to pick up the almost 200 VIPs—including Jessica Alba, Diane Kruger, Dree Hemingway, and Anouck Lepère—they invited for the grand affair this weekend.

“Nothing is more glamorous than being inside a Chanel pocketbook,” Rachel Zoe told me while we hung out in the Wynn’s leather-lined room—just one part of the ultimate luxe fun house, a temporary installation celebrating the iconic codes of Chanel. China Chow begged to differ. When I asked her what her favorite was, she asked, “Is that a rhetorical question? The couture room, of course,” she said. It was difficult to pick a personal favorite. Between the rooms with pearl curtains containing bejeweled bags and bijoux, the black lacquer room devoted to the J12, and the children’s room filled with Karl Lagerfeld-designed dolls and Le Petit Coco wallpaper, they were all pretty magnificent.

Alexa Chung deejayed during a Chinese New Year dinner of dim sum (where mostly just Champagne was consumed), and afterward came a killer rockabilly performance by Ireland’s Imelda May, who got Shiva Rose and Tierney Gearon swinging on the dance floor. Dancing wasn’t the main attraction, however. Everyone was focused on the Coco vending machine. Liz Goldwyn tried to get the claw to catch a leather cuff, but like most of us what she ended up with was a lipstick. That’s not nothing, and in that sense everyone seemed to get lucky in Vegas last night. I would feel more lucky, though, if Chanel would send me on a private plane to Paris. Couture starts Monday. CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW of the full event. Follow Cameron on Twitter @camerondecades.

Photo: Billy Farrell / BFAnyc.com

China Chow’s Wearable Art

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“Fashion and art don’t always converge, but when they do, it’s fantastic,” says China Chow, the host and judge of Bravo’s series Work of Art (think Project Runway for visual artists). For Chow, the two worlds have always been intrinsically linked. She grew up in the eighties hanging around the likes of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, who were friends with her parents: restaurateur and art collector Michael Chow and the late style icon Tina Chow. These days, Chow continues to blend her two passions on Work of Art, which premieres its second season tonight.

As an avid fashion enthusiast, Chow is very particular when it comes to what she wears on the show and styles herself throughout the series. She chose 18 of the 22 looks filmed this season by reportedly mining the Style.com archives and her own closet (she brought in a vintage Alaïa skirt and Comme des Garçons trousers, among other pieces). Chow gave Style.com an exclusive sneak peak of a few of her season two outfits, including the one she will wear tonight: a hand-dyed and ruched minidress from Juan Carlos Obando’s Spring 2010 collection (above).

Episode 4, Stella McCartney Resort 2011
“What attracted me to this dress was the architectural detail in the back. I call it my ‘jet pack dress’ because while I was wearing it, I kept jumping in the air like a rocket about to launch.” Continue Reading “China Chow’s Wearable Art” »

Rodarte’s Night At The Museum

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It’s a Black Swan kind of week in L.A., as Natalie Portman looks likely to clinch the Oscar on Sunday. So what better time for her pals at Rodarte, Laura and Kate Mulleavy, to debut their first solo exhibition—of their Black Swan designs, no less? L.A. MOCA’s Jeffrey Deitch snagged the sisters’ designs for Rodarte: States of Matter, which opens March 4 at the museum. The tightly edited collection of Swarovski crystal-dusted costumes and other sculptural designs was brought to life by the duo’s longtime collaborator, French producer Alexandre de Betak, who also works on their runway shows. “We wanted to express the duality of dark and light,” de Betak explained at a preview of the exhibition last night, referencing the strict color theme and extreme lighting design. “It’s in the different textures they use and it was important to express that in the way we brought it all together—the fluorescent and then the moody lighting, the beautiful white costumes and the drama of the dark.”

Hot on the heels of their Fall ’11 show, the critical darlings attracted an impressive showing considering Oscar week’s tight social calendar. In town for Barry Diller’s pre-Oscar luncheon, CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg stopped in to congratulate the sisters and spent time with André Balazs, while guests like China Chow, Liz Goldwyn, and Audrey Marnay milled. Even crosstown rival LACMA’s Michael Govan arrived with his wife, Balenciaga’s Katherine Ross, in Rodarte for the occasion.

Of their first solo exhibition, Kate Mulleavy felt they’d found the perfect home. “It’s so amazing because MOCA is such a special cultural place in Los Angeles and even globally now. Having grown up here, it’s such an honor. We’ve never really done anything like this before in Los Angeles.” And it appears collaborating with de Betak was key. “It makes it even more special to do it with Alex. He’s such an incredible artist and what he does allows us to build these worlds. The fact that he took a chance on us even though we’re still relatively younger and independent is amazing, and being able to continue to work together so many seasons is special.”

Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com