Saturday, December 18

You Like, You Buy Vol 16

If you're ever in Hong Kong be sure to stop by Shanghai Tang (www.shanghaitang.com) which is one of my favourite stores for stress relief (Some people have those squishy palm toys for stress relief, I have stores. What a wonderful diverse world we live in.) The chinoiserie is expensive but the store itself is ever so pretty and classy like the sound of the word chinoiserie.

Better still, email me (subject: Can you show me how to get, how to get to Shanghai Tang) and I'll take you there for an afternoon of power browsing. This entails poking and prodding everything in the store, and trying on anything which I think has a greater than 10% chance of looking good on you. Because we'll have such a time and you might never have the chance to go back there again, we'll end up buying up loads of stuff and putting it all on YOUR credit card. No no, I insist!

Oh and if you ever have a party with a 1920s Shanghai theme please please please invite me. Because I have this kickass burgundy and gold lace overlay cheongsam which my mum bought for me as a wedding gift so I wouldn't have to wear the traditional wedding qipao and look like a Swarovski'ed goose waddling around the living room. But SOMEONE didn't bother to tell the clan that there was a tea ceremony to rock up to so it turned out to the biggest non-event of my life. Angry? No, not anymore. Bitter? You bet. So yeah. Have cheongsam, will party.

Shanghai Tang's A/W 2004 collection is a bit different from its usual traditional Chinese style with a contemporary twist. This time they have decided to re-interpret Tibetan tribal fashion and call it urban nomad (Did you see how they slipped in the word riotous? Miaow.) I wonder what would His Holiness the Dalai Lama, or more importantly Richard Gere have to say about this latest plundering of Tibetan culture. I'm not feeling much love for the designs below. Let me know what you think.

Nomads skirt


Streaked Wool Coat


Tribal Topstitched Coat



Tibetan Stripe Denim Jacket



Tibetan Stripe Half Moon Bag


OK for this last one, call it Tibetan if you want but I can't believe that George Lucas hasn't slapped David Tang with a copyright infringement action yet. It's like what would happen if an Ewok and a Jawa mated.

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11 Comments:

At 1:17 PM, Blogger Desci said...

It's like what would happen if an Ewok and a Jawa mated. I read that, looked at the picture again, and spat tea all over my monitor, I laughed so hard. Gold.

 
At 2:42 PM, Blogger surtr said...

ah, Shanghai Tang in Central. I have some horrendous memories of bitchy store girls and the lurid silken colours of their garb. even now, it feels like my retinas have been raped, and sometimes have to go browse through a bland Country Road catalogue to clean the excrudescence away.

 
At 9:05 PM, Blogger Spirit Fingers said...

LOL, you don't like neon pink and green? They are the new pastels!

 
At 9:44 PM, Blogger Kate said...

Can you show me how to get how to get to Shanghai Tang when I finally know when I'll get to Hong Kong?

Sounds like it could be one hell of a day. I'll even bring my camera.

 
At 10:44 AM, Blogger Spirit Fingers said...

Yes of course! It's not a very big store, but there's lots to see.

 
At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That bag and that jacket look very Gay-Pride-esque, neh? Still, wouldn't mind having the bag. It's kind of cute in a Mariachi sort of way...

-Maria

 
At 4:09 PM, Blogger evangeline said...

lol. i'd love to go to shanghai tang. i heard about it somewhere...it was being compared to G.O.D.

 
At 5:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a 1920s Shanghai themed wedding last year and I wish all my guests were as enthusiastic as you!! I had to persuade and cajole ppl to turn up in cheongsams!

I love Shanghai Tang too!!

 
At 2:28 AM, Blogger SoW said...

no no! blanc de chine upstairs. MUCH better (read: less gaudy and obvious) than the overpriced ware that whitey's are lapping up. btw, still loving your site!

 
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