The Way of Fashion and Luxury in China

Alan Fang – Novo CEO Interview

Alan Fang - CEO of Novo at Their HQ in Shanghai It seems Alan Fang – CEO of Novo Holdings has always been ahead of the game. He launched Novo Concepts – one of China’s biggest multi-brand fashion retailers back in 2003, way before China was hot and the floodgates of global fashion brands coming to China opened. Then in 2010, he launched Novomania – China’s only independent... Read More

China Fashion Week Finds its Form

White Collar's Collection Closes China Fashion Week S/S 2013 In Beijing China’s new leaders have now been confirmed following last week’s National Congress – a once in a decade event held to facilitate a change in power. Nels Frye from Stylites has a great article on Chinese leaders’ fashions here. Held adjacent to Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the Congress has brought... 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

Melbourne Fashion Takes on China

Models Show Off Australian Fashion Designs at the Beijing Jockey Club. Image: LMFF Last week as part of Australia’s largest ever trade mission to China, five fashion brands from Melbourne including Cylk, Leonard Street, Limedrop, Kuwaii and Lui Hon were showcased at a gala dinner in Beijing. Supported by the Victorian State Government and in collaboration with the L’Oreal Melbourne... Read More


Woolmark Prize China Contestants with Vogue China Chief Editor Angelica Cheung, AWI CEO Stuart McCullough, Chinese Designer Uma Wang and Chinese Supermodel Du Juan Last Thursday night in Beijing, Guangzhou based designer Ban Xiao Xue won the China round of The International Woolmark Prize.  He was selected from 10 finalists by judges Angelica Cheung – Chief Editor of Vogue China... Read More

China’s Biggest Fashion Trade Show

Attendees at CHIC 2012 Show Off Their Goodie Bags CHIC is the abbreviation bestowed upon the China International Clothing and Accessories Fair. CHIC is the biggest fashion trade fair in China, held annually in Beijing to coincide with China Fashion Week. Last year I reported on CHIC 2011 and I ventured back there again last week for the 20th anniversary fair. Over four days more... 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

Guo Pei Interview (Part Two)

A Piece From Guo Pei's One Thousand and Two Arabian Nights Collection in 2010. Image: Google Following on from Part One of my interview with Chinese haute couture fashion designer Guo Pei, in this part two of the interview I ask her about the path China’s fashion industry has taken to get where it is today, and what it will take for Chinese brands to gain recognition both... Read More

Mercedes-Benz China Fashion Week S/S 2012 Starts in Beijing

Mercedes-Benz China Fashion Week Starts in Beijing China Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012 officially kicked off Monday night in Beijing with a Press Conference and fashion show by Aimer at the Beijing Hotel.  With Mercedes Benz now the official naming sponsor, Mercedes Benz China Fashion Week held biannually in Beijing is the country’s official Fashion Week and is heavily focused... Read More

China at New York Fashion Week

Chinese Model He Sui in the Ralph Lauren fashion Show at New York Fashion Week (REPOST, originally posted on September 27) Its been a rather hectic September for the Maosuit, with two visits to the United States and lots of running around China in between. From September 8 through 16 I was in New York for Fashion Week and the associated industry events, meetings and shindigs... 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