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