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  1. How did you come to be a milliner in Beijing? “My husband was posted here as a diplomat in 2007, and I started with a studio in the spare room of my home for the first four years. At that time there was nobody making traditional hats or with millinery expertise. Yes, there were hat factories, but my high-end hats were made by hand and sold for 3,000 yuan and up.Everyone said, make use of the fact that you are in China to produce a lower price label, so I launched Elisabeth Koch Millinery Blue…
  2. Glamorous red-carpet events may be cancelled for the fore­seeable future, but old movies can provide some fashion inspiration – not to mention much-needed escapism from all the grim news. This year marks the 20th anniversary of In the Mood for Love, Hong Kong’s most celebrated film, at least in fashion circles. Countless designers have cited the movie’s depiction of 1960s Hong Kong as fodder for their collections, and one of the film’s tracks – Shigeru Umebayashi’s Yumeji’s Theme – has been…
  3. How did you go from being an artist to creating accessories? “When I graduated from Brown University [in the United States] the plan was to work in finance. Unfortunately, it was 2009 and there weren’t many jobs available, so I decided to pursue a master’s of fine arts at New York’s School of Visual Arts. “After that I set up a studio in Brooklyn but quickly realised that I did not identify with an artist’s lifestyle. I began looking for a different way to bring my art – which is not…
  4. Syazri Zamrod, founder of Cultkids, a Kuala Lumpur-based streetwear label, has a fascination with the golden age of Malaysian cinema that is reflected in his brand.“I grew up watching movies such as the “Bujang Lapok” trilogy and Labu and Labi [1962],” he says. “The stories made an impact on society and left a legacy of lessons, which I weave into my designs to relate them to current issues.”Established in 2013, Cultkids began as an experi­mental project, with Zamrod creating retro pop art…
  5. I’m going to tell you a story, but I won’t name names as I quite fancy working in the future and I’m not here to dunk on them more than I have to. Years ago, I was given the opportunity to interview a famous, incredibly talented hip-hop producer and rapper. I was elated, having fallen in love with his music in college and followed his career closely, happily forking out hundreds of dollars to see him live a few times. The interview was scheduled for a hot July afternoon at an art gallery. …
  6. Why did you decide to become an artist? “I have always been creative. I learned painting and art from a young age and studied graphic design at university. I began my career at an advertising agency, and eventually moved into communications at fashion brands such as Saint Laurent and Dior.“I always had my sketchbook with me – it’s a habit I picked up when I spent a year studying in Paris after graduation. It wasn’t until I left the fashion world that I really focused on using art as a medium to…
  7. The runaway success of ESPN and Netflix television series The Last Dance has put the spotlight back on NBA legend Michael Jordan and his incredible reign at the Chicago Bulls, focusing on the 1997-98 season.Menswear aficionados have had mixed reactions about the era’s baggy – some would say ill-fitting – power suits, which Jordan wears off the court.But when it comes to fashion in the show, fellow player Dennis Rodman, who joined the Chicago Bulls in 1995, steals the limelight with his wild…
  8. With the easing of lockdowns, a return to normality cannot come fast enough. But we are not there yet and the pandemic is still on my mind, in particular who is having a good one and who is having a bad one. I don’t mean this in a glib way, but rather I was thinking about who, through their actions or lack thereof, has seen their stock rise and who has seen it plummet. There are painfully obvious examples in politics, with Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Jair Bolsonaro at one end of the spect…
  9. This month, luxury brand Chanel made headlines when it confirmed it would be increasing prices of select handbag styles, including its classic 2.55. Pandemonium ensued as eager shoppers in countries such as South Korea and China queued outside stores to snap up as many as they could before the new prices went into effect. It got so crowded in Seoul that government officials considered suspending operations at stores owing to potential Covid-19 infection risks. We’ve been here before. As the…
  10. Romantic comedy Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) stars Audrey Hepburn as eccentric New York cafe society woman Holly Golightly, who schemes to snare a rich husband while gradually becoming romantically entangled with her struggling writer neighbour. Directed by Blake Edwards and based on the 1958 Truman Capote novella of the same name, it is famed for Hepburn’s ultra-chic outfits, designed by Givenchy.Canada-born, Hong Kong-based fashion designer Marie France Van Damme explains how the film…