Now, this is what I am talking about–Chinese fashion. The uprising Chinese fashion designer was born in Qingdao, China and graduated from Central Saint Martins. His pieces are stunningly beautiful but this is not the major reason why I am blogging about him and his collection here. Referring to the first post in this blog, I questioned what and where is the Chinese fashion in the current fashion scene. Let’s look at Alexander Wang, Jason Wu and Uma Wang. Their designs are amazing and I love them all. But none of their designs has any clue of where they come from.
Please don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that designers must create things that represent their originality. I am only wishing there would be some one out there taking a bit of the responsibility of developing something that could represent China in the fashion industry. Is it too much to ask? Maybe.
Huishan Zhang is said to be one of the five Chinese designers to watch by The Guardian. The beautiful mix of Chinese culture and western influenced tailoring by this new generation Chinese designer has definitely surprised me. Thank Buddha! There is nothing like a humongous golden dragon or size-148 calligraphy attached to his elegant collections. What a refined way to translate Chinese culture into fashion! Good job, Zhang!
Some art pieces from Art Toronto that I really like. One of them is the Belgium photographer Corinne Lecot. Her works are strikingly beautiful to me. I really could not tell why I love it and what it is telling. It’s all about love at first sight.
Another one I keep thinking of is a piece of work by a Chinese artist called Zhou Nan. One of her work called GuGu (“Aunt”) was sold very fast and was the first piece sold in our booth. Unfortunately I did not even get the chance to take a picture of it. There is another piece of her work brought from China to this art fair (the upper right picture). The artist did the calligraphy on the her painting then carved the calligraphy by HAND not laser!! Amazing, eh? I wish I could show you the “Aunt” work, which is a picture of her aunt and she hand carved on the picture as well. It is beautifully done and reminds me of the old black and white pictures of my mom’s. But I really couldn’t find it anywhere online… :[
Enjoy the art fair and come to booth 1304 to say hi with me if you want
I am a volunteer for one of the exhibitors in Art Toronto 2012 so I was lucky enough to have a sneak peek just a little earlier than the public. I must say that Chinese artists surprise me a big time. Their artworks are really impressive…and expensive!!
And I also saw my all-time favourite Yoshimoto Nara.
It’s worth to get a two-day pass for this huge show. You will want to come back again and look at the details you missed.
I know many people working in the creative industry are night workers. They claim that inspiration appears only at night for them.
For me, it’s a totally different case. I love morning. I mean early morning when the first beam of the sunshine meets last night’s mist. A beautiful morning would inspire me a lot and give me the energy to work through out the day. Sometimes I finish my work early and I will have my afternoon team with my little pot plants (they get to enjoy their afternoon sunshine too).
Hmmmm…any morning people out there?