The Long Road Home
Sorry for not updating- I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth. I moved from New York to Shanghai for study abroad.
It’s been pretty crazy indeed…starting a new life in China takes some getting used to, and I’m not sure I’m quite there yet. I definitely suffered from culture shock the first few weeks. Which manifested itself not only emotionally, but physically. (I was sick and bedridden for a whole month!)
I feel very behind on fashion- most blog hosting sites (Blogspot, WordPress, etc.) are banned in China, which makes it a pain and at times impossible to keep up with it all. At the same time, this restriction has been quite liberating.
For once, I feel truly liberated from socially-driven aesthetic obligations, of the nagging urge to post about stuff only because I’ll fall behind if I can’t keep up with what’s new. It’s funny what a change of location can accomplish..
I was worried about feeling uninspired and there being a lack of cool stuff to write about in Shanghai but I just might be proved wrong.
-Shanghai is hosting the “Swedish Fashion – Exploring a New Identity” exhibit this spring, featuring Ann-Sofie Back, Burfitt, Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair and other favorites. I will attend and report back!
-There are tons of wholesale fashion markets here and beyond the obvious fake designer bags, I’ve spotted fake Vivienne Westwood, Ann Demeulemeester, Margiela, Limi Feu, Yohji, etc. It’s hilarious and I must admit I have been tempted…will try to take some stealth snaps.
-As for the real stuff, I’ve checked out the very well curated Hong Kong based I.T. (so much Fall Comme!) and the Joyce Warehouse outlet where I spotted Lanvin neon leopard print purses and bejeweled necklaces, killer Rick Owens heels and fin wedges and slinky RO tops, crystal encrusted Ann Demeulemeester, gigantic Givenchy Nightingale totes, and racks of Dries Van Noten (including those amazing beaded sandals) Number (N)ine’s last collection, and many other to-die-for pieces, all marked down. Sadly, even with the discounts, I haven’t broken down and indulged. Taxes on luxury import items in China are ridiculously high.
-I’ve been pretty good, and really haven’t bought anything worth noting. Trying to be responsible and save funds for the ultimate shopping city…Tokyo! I’m going there in July, and already have a huge list of spots to hit up. I’ll post about that next time.