The lungin is easy but the squatin is hard

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Dress by Song for the Mute, shoes by ALYX, coat by Lucien Wang

It’s been a hot second and took a rare blue sky day for me to realize that – fuck! – I haven’t shot anything in a while. Since the dawn of 2017, I’ve been invigorated to do more, shoot more, see more. I moved to Beijing in August and the past 5 months have passed by faster than delivery men on 11.11. I’ve been work-working and enjoying the transition into adult life, but I have definitely missed doing personal projects or things just because. So here I am. Back at it. ELLO.

I shot these with Dong Liang veteran turned photographer, En Tong 恩同. A mix of Chinese designer Lucien Wang (previously featured here), Song for the Mute dress, and my new obsessions – the Alyx hiking boots that I got myself for Christmas. I’m less into complicated get-ups these days, more into combining larger pieces that are individual in their own right but fit together like Legos – chunky and fun. When the only color you wear is black (and you don’t want to look completely like a Fall Out Boy – which I admit is not a bad look) you’re almost encouraged from enrolment to experiment more with furs, leather, lace, prints…. It sounds like I’m on the verge of transitioning into a life of burlesque but, you know, small doses LOL.

OLD SCHOOL NEW SCHOOL

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A golden spare moment during Golden Week to update this site. I previously featured MS MIN before, but with her FW16 collection it just keeps getting better. New structure, avant-garde silhouettes, all black. My kinda paradise. Also, updates are coming in slow I know. Feeling finally settled in Beijing now so I’m being greedy and embracing life. I’m planning on more proper designer features – interviews, studio visits – and creative collabs so stay tooooned (and toned). Big love.

Wearing MS MIN FW16 blouse and dress

Introducing Lucien Wang

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With roses on my sleeves and Banks in my ears, I wanna introduce you to a new Chinese designer today. Well, not a ‘new’ label in the literal sense: Lucien Wang launched his eponymous label back in 2008 (prior to that, he studied at Studio Berçot in Paris before training with Véronique Leroy).

I remember seeing a rack of desaturated goodness and beelining straight for it. There, with much splendor, hung a mishmash of AW15 and SS16: tuktuk loads of strong silhouettes, all the silver hardware the urban minimalist can just about handle, and – to my delight – a lot of black. Sufficiently purposeful, decidedly decadent, and oh so beautiful.

Wearing Lucien Wang F/W 2015 dress

YANG LI YANG LI

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Yang Li jacket, trousers and t-shirt, Converse sneakers, CHairEYES sunglasses | Photographs by Amber Yang
I’ve stalked the archives, I’ve trxpped over 90’s Margielas. But if there’s anyone contemporarily cool doing black its greatest justice, then it’s Yang Li. Sorry if I’ve professed/obsessed my love for his clothes all too much up here (and in IRL), but this is the kind of silhouette I’m happy to rep for life: menswear, tailored, in-n-out of proportions – black with a soul, manly with vigorous twist. Thank you Dong Liang for stocking my favorite designers, as always.

I’m back in Beijing. Stepped off a direct flight, got whirled into chaotic chaos and now I’m all sticky-sweaty, but it’s all ok because I’m finally breathing it all in (and coughing a little). I still have to head back to Vienna to get some more visa stuff done, but come August I’ll be fully settled in the Jing – if the last of the summer heatwave doesn’t get to me first. Going to keep this a short one – let’s stay updated via the gram.