The Way of Fashion and Luxury in China

Notting Hill Fashion Show Takes Over Beijing’s Shin Kong Place

Nottng Hill's Designer, VIPs and Models at the Notting Hill fashion Show. Image courtesy of China Fashion Association.   China International Fashion Week continues through this Thursday with fashion shows taking place at the Beijing Hotel and D Park. You can see photos from all the shows on the China Fashion Week website here. Notting Hill was one of the first shows to be held during fashion week and unlike other labels Notting Hill was able to secure Shin Kong Place,... Read More

China International Fashion Week A/W 2011 Starts in Beijing

China Fashion Week A/W 2011 Banners at The Beijing Hotel   China International Fashion Week kicked off today with a press conference held in the Beijing Hotel.  The 15th China Fashion Week (CFW) will be held from March 24 – 31 across different venues around the city, with most shows and events concentrated around the Beijing Hotel and D-Park, part of Beijing’s 798 art district. According to the CFW press release: “40 brands along with 20 well-known designers and... Read More

Shanghai Tang’s Metamorphosis Fashion Show in Beijing

Shanghai Tang's Metamophosis Fashion Show in Beijing Women's Wear   Last Thursday night Shanghai Tang launched their Spring/Summer 2011 collection titled Metamorphosis at Beijing’s JE Mansion. The JE Mansion, a remodeled hotel that mixes Chinese and Western elements such a woodwork, stone carvings and antique Chinese décor acted as the perfect backdrop for the event.  The collection took inspiration from the Miao people, one of China’s officially recognized... Read More

Re-positioning Ralph Lauren in China

Ralph Lauren China Chengdu Store Branding is a relatively new concept in China and the rapidly evolving market place gives many brands the opportunity and desire to reset their brand image and position. With almost no exception, all fashion and luxury brands in China try to upgrade their brand position, even if this is out of line with their home or other markets. Of all the luxury brands in China, Polo Ralph Lauren (RL) has one of the biggest challenges ahead in re-positioning... Read More

Versace Opens New Beijing Flagship Store

Versace Beijing Flasghip Store   Last Thursday night Versace officially unveiled their new Beijing Flagship Store located in the Sanlitun North Village shopping complex. The opening was a low key affair with a modest contingent of media and special guests invited to the event. Actress Zhangwei was the main attraction as she toured the store in a bright frilly dress from Versace’s Spring Summer 2011 collection, although she must have been cold as it was only 10 degrees on... Read More

Top Luxury Store Facades in Beijing

Tiffany & Co. Beijing Flagship Store As luxury brands desperately try to get a foothold in China the store façade becomes and extremely important part of their brand strategy. Not only does the store façade act as an ongoing advertising and branding exercise for the brand, but if done well the store can become a landmark and architectural marvel. For luxury brands in China façade size and design is an equal top priority (with location and store size) when considering opening... Read More

The History of The Mao Suit

Maosuit artwork by Sui Jianguo The Chinese tunic suit known as the Mao Suit in the West and as Zhongshan Zhuang in Mandarin first graced the catwalks of China in 1911 when Sun Zhongshan (called SunYat Sen in Cantonese) overthrew the imperial Qing dynasty and founded the Republic of China. Sun just wasn’t getting the attention he wanted as he strutted around town 100 years ago. Sadly, the imperial garb and other royal attire of the Court was just too ‘last century’ to... Read More

About the Author

Timothy J Coghlan has been living and working in Asia for 15 years and has had a multifaceted experience in the luxury and fashion industry including fashion journalism, producing fashion shows in Tokyo and Hong Kong and product sourcing across China. He is now based in Beijing and works for a leading multinational company advising luxury and fashion companies on how to develop and execute their retail and business strategies across China. Timothy speaks fluent English, Chinese and Japanese