December 15, 2014
Nick and I arrived a bit too late to AOTU Studio's Christmas party, so the space was almost devoid of both people and mulled wine *sad emoji*. But we decided to explore and ventured upstairs to where the hairy activities of the collaborative hair salon take place.
Hawt clean minimalism featuring just wood, glass and the lonely cactus here and there. The salon space was elegant, clean and consistent in styling. I loved it. Founder of the studio, Ray Wu, was also there and chatted to us about how the two-week space is not yet finished, and his potential plans for making practical use of the open rooftop space come spring. Rooftop haircut? I'm down for that.
Beixinqiao Toutiao 67 Beijing
December 12, 2014
Beijing holds a special place for me. While I never lived here until this September, it's where my family is from and it's where I feel more at home than anywhere else in the world. For this reason, I find discovering special places extremely gratifying. The Waldorf Astoria Hotel Beijing has been one of my favorite finds so far.
As an introverted art-lover and no-colour-wearer, I felt immediately at home. Upon entering, I felt removed from the bustling Wangfujing pedestrian shopping street nearby. The last time I felt like I was in a special place was back in Vienna.
Waldorf Astoria also offers a private Hutong Courtyard, linked to the main hotel building by an underground passage. This is a more luxurious and elegant option for travellers looking for a more personal and exclusive experience of Beijing.
The hotel features meticulously curated artwork by both Chinese and international contemporary artists, showcasing Beijing's cultural identity, juxtaposed with contemporary gestures to its modern sophistication.
My favourite piece is 'Palace Servant' by Ling Jian, a large-scale oil painting 300cm in diameter (above).
This desk. I want my dream office to have a desk and view just like this one. Honestly, working on it made me feel like the female version of Phillip Lim. However, trying to work proved to be unproductive, as I was tempted to Instagram something every two seconds...
The Waldorf Astoria Beijing is not Louis Vuitton - it's Maison Martin Margiela. The space holds itself with calm grandeur and contemporary elegance that I hope transcends from its walls and into the rest of the city. Highly recommended.
Special thanks to Jeremy and Karen for their welcome, and the staff for their great service.
Photos of me by Jamie Noble. All others by me.
WALDORF ASTORIA BEIJING
5-15 Jinyu Hutong Dongcheng, Beijing, 100006, China
November 07, 2014
I found out about the brand LOW CLASSIC through Instagram and was immediately taken. This is exactly what I look for in branding from Asian designers. A departure from the typical kawaii-cutesy style that had become stereotypical of Asian designers, with effortless styling and minimal makeup. Cool without trying. None of that kitty kitty pink shit.
October 17, 2014
MESHIT top and skirt; Death In Paris Vasistas Blanc clutch; Nike sneakers
I may introduce myself as Chinese but home is still Vienna. I'm wearing an outfit by Viennese brand MESHIT, who've had collections bought by Topshop. They are hip and young, and have the best art direction for their lookbooks. So definitely keep a tab on these BBs.
On another note, Obama is coming to Beijing in November, which apparently means a week of holiday for us.
October 14, 2014
Wearing: Reiss jacket, top and trousers; BAGGU clutch; MAN choker; Nike sneakers.
When I was in New York, the Reiss team invited me to their showroom and I picked these from their FW14 Collection. The jacket is a perfect fit with strong shoulders, and makes me feel like I can and should achieve more. With Beijing Design Week over, I'm partnering up with my brother Nick again to start on a new project. NEVER STOP, ALWAYS CHILL DUDE.