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Tomorrow China’s leading luxury retailer, Lane Crawford, will open the doors to its brand-new Yabu Pushelberg-designed Shanghai flagship. A veritable designer mecca, the outpost is LC’s largest property and stands to stock five hundred international fashion, jewelry, beauty, and lifestyle brands.
A buying team of eighty-five experts curated the store’s comprehensive brand selection, which includes everything from Saint Laurent to Sacai to J.Crew. Lane Crawford is notable for introducing the latter into the Chinese market for the first time. Additionally, the three-floor store boasts a series of pop ups, and three homegrown labels—Helen Lee, Ms. Min, and Chictopia—will be carried in the flagship’s Hub section, which aims to promote and nurture emerging industry talents. Lane Crawford is also set to implement its first e-tail meets in-store facet in Shanghai: Customers will be able to pick up and return Internet orders at a special concierge center, marking an innovative fusion between the online and the on-ground.
Lane Crawford plays a long-standing and important role in China’s luxury goods landscape, with multiple branches already operating in other cities such as Hong Kong and Beijing. But Shanghai holds a special place in its heart. “Since the company opened its first store here in 1872, the city has been an important part of our heritage,” said company president Andrew Keith. “We are thrilled to be back.”
Fall 2013 was arguably the most polished and directional Shanghai fashion week to date. Womenswear designer Qiu Hao—who scooped the Woolmark Prize in 2008, and WGSN’s Breakthrough Designer Award in 2011—presented his first ever runway show (above). And it lived up to the hype. Well-constructed and impeccably styled, the collection included oversized coats, A-line skirts, and deep V dresses in luxe plaid checked prints, textured blacks, and creamy whites.
Experimental Xiamen-based design house Sankuanz revealed its debut collaboration between lead designer Shangguan Zhe and artist Chen Tian. The show was an irreverent take on religion, and fused Tibetan silhouettes, Native American totemism, Catholic and Buddhist symbolism, and even voodoo references. Looks in opulent papal velvets and silks came in jewel tones like cardinal red, saffron, and white. Suits were hand-embroidered and printed with an eclectic array of insects and dragons, and snapback caps, slouchy hooded coats, and white worker boots had a streetwear feel. Zhe alternated between razor-sharp tailoring and deconstruction; trousers were worn baggy and rolled at the ankle, and a few androgynous robes and skirts were thrown into the mix. Continue Reading “Shanghai Fashion Week’s Fall ’13 Standouts” »