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Swimmer Ryan Lochte, decathlete Bryan Clay, rower Giuseppe Lanzone and women’s football player Heather Mitts model the 2012 US Olympic team opening ceremony uniforms blissfully unaware, as they pose in the Ralph Lauren retro loveliness, of the controversy about to boil over regarding their offshore manufacture in China.
In this CNN report Senator Harry Reid & fashion designer Nanette Lepore express their frustration at what they see as a missed opportunity to highlight onshore manufacture. But is this a realistic option in today’s globalised fashion industry? Dan Ikenson from the US think tank the Cato Institute argues that offshoring is a natural result of free market economics.
According to an article in the LA Times, Li Giulian founder of Dayang Trands (the Chinese manufacturer of the Ralph Lauren US team uniforms), questions whether the US has the capability to produce the uniforms, stating ‘We have cheaper costs here so you can have cheaper prices in America.’
This story provides an interesting ethical debate for fashionistas.
Following China’s cultural revolution, Shanghainese tailors moved to Hong Kong where they revolutionised the Chinese wardrobe by evolving the qipao into the formfitting garment we know today, often called by its Cantonese name- the cheongsam. Traditional techniques were passed down from fathers to sons & Shanghai Tang still employs traditional tailors, whose fathers were an integral part of the Chinese cultural clothing revolution, in their Imperial Tailoring service.
Having spent many happy hours browsing & buying, breathing in the signature scent of Ginger Lily, caressing the opulent fabrics of the Imperial Tailors, listening to the songbirds trilling & ogling the beautiful interiors, I was a little bit heartbroken when I heard Shanghai Tang was leaving its Pedder Street flagship location in Hong Kong‘s Central. However I’m delighted to announce it has relocated to another period building, just around the corner in Duddell Street. The move was a well-kept secret but now you can enjoy the promo videos for the new store:
To celebrate the upcoming Hong Kong International Film Festival Time Out Hong Kong‘s film editor Edmund Lee reveals the Top 100 Hong Kong films. Coming in at number 1 is the fashionistas’ favourite- Wong Kar Wai‘s sumptuous period piece- In the Mood For Love
Set in 1960s Hong Kong & starring the exquisite Maggie Cheung & the charismatic Tony Leung as star-crossed neighbours Mrs Chan & Mr Chow, the film entrances the viewer with opulent cinematography, a melodic soundtrack & a divine wardrobe of figure-fitting cheongsams.