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"Elegance is good taste plus a dash of daring."
-Carmel Snow
Photo: BBC
Oct 29

"Elegance is good taste plus a dash of daring."

-Carmel Snow

Photo: BBC

Mimi Xu AKA DJ Misty Rabbit, one of fashion’s hot musical properties, is the perfect example of how East and West are coming together to influence fashion and culture on a global level. The 30s-something was originally born in Beijing, moved to Paris at the age of three, and also spent three years in Copenhagen. On top of that, Mimi’s parents traveled a lot for work, and it seems peripateticism has carried on through her own life and career: Mimi splits her time between London and Paris, and travels the world for her work. 
Mimi started her career as a French fashion journalist for publications like Citizen K in the 90s, but she later moved on to pursue her passion for music in 2004 when, working as an editor in Sydney, she realized she loved fashion but just couldn’t continue writing about it. Turns out, the fashion world wasn’t ready to see her go. While she plays clubs and the festival circuit, she mainly plays fashion shows and parties for clients like Versace (Milan), Miu Miu (Shanghai), Acne and Prada (NYC), Fendi (Paris), and Karl Lagerfeld (Florence). Other projects and collaborations have included Dior Homme, Vanessa Bruno, Devastee, Mary Katrantzou, American Retro, Alexander McQueen, Opening Ceremony, and Topshop Unique. 
But she hasn’t left publishing, either. Mimi publishes her own electronic-music magazine, Trax, and is Co-publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Technikart China. Mimi may be having a moment, but her Chinese heritage and international appeal make her one to watch.
And just in case you were wondering what to listen to while getting dressed, here are Mimi’s 10 songs for this fall’s trends:
Equestrian: Pachelbel, “Canon and Gigue in D Major”
Edwardian Dandy: Edward Elgar, “Chanson de Matin”
Neoladylike: DJ Hell With Bryan Ferry, “U Can Dance”
Heavy Embellishment: Mozart, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”
Street Warrior: Justice, “New Lands (Falcom Remix)”
Gothic Romance: Purity Ring, “Belispeak”
Supersize Shapes: Alpine, “Hands (Goldroom Remix)”
The Working Woman: Kraftwerk, “Das Model”
Nineties Redux: Crystal Waters, “100% Pure Love”
Global Traveler: Glasser, “Apply”
Photo: Julien Weber
Playlist: Bazaar
Oct 28

Mimi Xu AKA DJ Misty Rabbit, one of fashion’s hot musical properties, is the perfect example of how East and West are coming together to influence fashion and culture on a global level. The 30s-something was originally born in Beijing, moved to Paris at the age of three, and also spent three years in Copenhagen. On top of that, Mimi’s parents traveled a lot for work, and it seems peripateticism has carried on through her own life and career: Mimi splits her time between London and Paris, and travels the world for her work. 

Mimi started her career as a French fashion journalist for publications like Citizen K in the 90s, but she later moved on to pursue her passion for music in 2004 when, working as an editor in Sydney, she realized she loved fashion but just couldn’t continue writing about it. Turns out, the fashion world wasn’t ready to see her go. While she plays clubs and the festival circuit, she mainly plays fashion shows and parties for clients like Versace (Milan), Miu Miu (Shanghai), Acne and Prada (NYC), Fendi (Paris), and Karl Lagerfeld (Florence). Other projects and collaborations have included Dior Homme, Vanessa Bruno, Devastee, Mary Katrantzou, American Retro, Alexander McQueen, Opening Ceremony, and Topshop Unique. 

But she hasn’t left publishing, either. Mimi publishes her own electronic-music magazine, Trax, and is Co-publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Technikart China. Mimi may be having a moment, but her Chinese heritage and international appeal make her one to watch.

And just in case you were wondering what to listen to while getting dressed, here are Mimi’s 10 songs for this fall’s trends:

  1. Equestrian: Pachelbel, “Canon and Gigue in D Major”
  2. Edwardian Dandy: Edward Elgar, “Chanson de Matin”
  3. Neoladylike: DJ Hell With Bryan Ferry, “U Can Dance”
  4. Heavy Embellishment: Mozart, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”
  5. Street Warrior: Justice, “New Lands (Falcom Remix)”
  6. Gothic Romance: Purity Ring, “Belispeak”
  7. Supersize Shapes: Alpine, “Hands (Goldroom Remix)”
  8. The Working Woman: Kraftwerk, “Das Model”
  9. Nineties Redux: Crystal Waters, “100% Pure Love”
  10. Global Traveler: Glasser, “Apply”

Photo: Julien Weber

Playlist: Bazaar

Longtime Partner and Honorary President of Valentino the designer and fashion house, Giancarlo Giammetti is as much a canonized figure in fashion as Valentino himself. No wonder he takes offense when he is confused for Ralph Lauren or Roberto Cavalli.
So, can YOU match the faces to the name? 
Oct 24

Longtime Partner and Honorary President of Valentino the designer and fashion house, Giancarlo Giammetti is as much a canonized figure in fashion as Valentino himself. No wonder he takes offense when he is confused for Ralph Lauren or Roberto Cavalli.

So, can YOU match the faces to the name? 

Despite its oft-discussed and analyzed economic slowdown, China still offers opportunities for growth for practically everyone, even publishers. Case in point: Italian men’s magazine, L’Uomo Vogue dedicated its October issue to China. The issue, with 144 pages of advertising, increased revenues for the magazine by 104% compared to last year’s October issue. It features interviews by EIC Franca Sozzani of super-blogger, Han Han, actors Fan Bingbing and Chen Kun, and composer Tan Dun. 
Oct 21

Despite its oft-discussed and analyzed economic slowdown, China still offers opportunities for growth for practically everyone, even publishers. Case in point: Italian men’s magazine, L’Uomo Vogue dedicated its October issue to China. The issue, with 144 pages of advertising, increased revenues for the magazine by 104% compared to last year’s October issue. It features interviews by EIC Franca Sozzani of super-blogger, Han Han, actors Fan Bingbing and Chen Kun, and composer Tan Dun. 

Oct 19

Video: Yiqing Yin’s Fall/Winter ‘12/’13 Couture show in Paris. 

On one hand, the Asian design aesthetic usually brings to mind conceptual asymmetry, hyper-volume and androgyny, on the other, is cliched, Oriental costume. Chinese-French designer, Yiqing Yin breaks rank with this paradigm while proving that modern doesn’t have to equal Western. Her latest Couture collection retains the cerebral, intellectual curiosity Asian designers are known for, while remaining grounded with luxurious, feminine, and avant garde sensibilities the likes of the late Alexander McQueen. You can find some of her designs at MODEWALK

Flying Scissors launched its Fall 2012 collection and I have to say, even though satchels are on their way out, I’m kind of in love with this doctory red saffiano leather version from FS’s Moonlight collection.
Oct 17

Flying Scissors launched its Fall 2012 collection and I have to say, even though satchels are on their way out, I’m kind of in love with this doctory red saffiano leather version from FS’s Moonlight collection.

Oct 17

For the young’uns out there, House of Style is a new show about fashion hosted by models Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls, but for the rest of us it’s the third incarnation of a show that’s waned along with the supermodel era. Wonder if it’ll last longer this time than the last, one-episode revival? It may just be my nostalgia, but I’m thinking it’s better not to mess with a good thing (even though I do love Karlie and Joan). Here’s the first episode, what do you think?

"The best thing about London is Paris."

- Diana Vreeland

Oct 7
Masha Ma’s Spring ‘13 collection was perfection. I thought STYLE.com did comprehensive show coverage, but apparently not. Kudos to NOWFASHION for having the coverage…so happy to have discovered them!
Photo: NOWFASHION
Oct 3

Masha Ma’s Spring ‘13 collection was perfection. I thought STYLE.com did comprehensive show coverage, but apparently not. Kudos to NOWFASHION for having the coverage…so happy to have discovered them!

Photo: NOWFASHION

Oct 1

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, a documentary on the High Priestess of Fashion, is coming soon to Palo Alto, CA, the fashionable home of hoodied techies. Guess who’s excited to attend? It’s near the end of its run, so be sure to check out showtimes near you.