The Way of Fashion and Luxury in China

Americans in China Fashion Show

Americans in China Fashion Designers, Veronica Chou, Angelica Cheung, Steven Kolb and Kung Fu Performers in Beijing Last Friday night Beijing played host to the eagerly awaited fashion show by American based fashion labels Rag & Bone, Marchesa and Proenza Schouler. Designers were all previous finalists of the American Council of Fashion Designer (CFDA)/Vogue Fashion Fund and... Read More

China Fashion Industry’s Great Divide

Glittering Lights at Vogue's 120 Year part in Beijing These days China’s fashion and luxury market plus Chinese consumers and their growing propensity to spend are hot topics around the world.  As English language media tends to only focus on foreign fashion brand activity, most observers are unaware of the massive divide between the domestic and international fashion industry... Read More

Eve Fashion Group Interview Part II

Eve Group's Notting Hill Public Fashion Show at Beijing's Shin Kong Place Mall Continuing on from Part I of my interview with Eve Fashion Group’s CEO Xie Hua, in Part II, she discusses the relevance of China Fashion Week and the importance of holding fashion shows for company unity. How does China Fashion Week influence the Chinese fashion industry? With 16 years history,... Read More


The Louis Vuitton Express Train Station in Shanghai “A trip…. When the clock strikes 9 the train will pull into the station. Everything is exactly as it seems, apart from when it isn’t…..The passengers on the train have a chequered past. They arrive with a vast amount of baggage, from a journey began somewhere in the countryside traveling to this grand edifice in the city.... Read More

Brand Battles in Beijing

Jude Law in V Magazine 1999. Part of the Mario Testino Exhibition now on in Beijing May and early June was not the ideal time to take a break from writing Maosuit as there were so many amazing fashion and luxury brand events that deserved covering including fashion shows by Lanvin, Hugo Boss, Jean Paul Gauliter and Giorgio Armani, Simon Gao and Chi Zhang. There were also big store... Read More

Ultimate Luxury: 7000 Hours for One Dress!

The First Piece of Guo Pei's Legend of the Dragon Show Last night I had the privilege of attending Chinese Haute Couture Designer Guo Pei’s Legend of The Dragon Fashion Show and Chinese Bride Couture Exhibition. In fact, describing the event as a ‘fashion show’ is almost an insult as the dresses on display were so painstakingly hand sewn and crafted over (quite literally)... Read More

China Fashion Week : Expect The Unexpected

Designer She Guang Hu With His Creations at China Fashion Week China Fashion Week  (CFW) Fall/Winter 2012 started Sunday and runs all this week with shows split between the stately Beijing Hotel three blocks from the Tiananmen Square and also at Beijing’s D Park art and creative zone.  I’ve covered CFW in earlier posts here and here and also discussed its intricacies in interviews... Read More

China Fashion Association Interview (Part I)

    Ms. Pauline Su (Su Baoyan), President of the China Fashion Association   In today’s international fashion markets, one usually need look no further than a countries’ main fashion week to get a general idea of how the industry in that country is working. Whether through visiting fashion weeks in person, or exploring them through the Internet and other  media,... Read More

China Luxury Market Predictions For 2012

Ermenegildo Zegna 20th Anniversary in China Exhibition in 2011 Looking back, 2011 was really the year that announced China’s arrival as a major force in the world’s fashion and luxury market. While momentum has been building steadily since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it was only last year that China became the hot topic for the industry at large. Last year it seemed one only... Read More

Alexander McQueen’s All Asian Fashion Show

Alexander McQueen Fashion Show in Beijing With an All-Chinese Model Cast Perhaps it was the deathly skull inspired designs and mystique surrounding the brand name.  Perhaps it was the curiosity on how a brand could continue after its namesake founder/designer passed away by his own. Or, perhaps it was just the fact that everyone one was talking about it. Whatever the reason, the... 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