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.
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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