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Bags and shoes by Angel Chen SS17, Junya Watanabe trousers, Ann Demeulemeester shoes
Angel Chen’s SS17 collection features some bold ass nostalgia – for a culture that’s your own, but that somehow you can’t own. Her designs cunningly drape the present over the past. She challenges the rebellious spirit with whiffs of youthful romance and delicacy for a new millennial generation whose identity is built on the internet.

The ever-looming question of ‘Is this cultural appropriation’ is once again resurrected. Borrowing and adapting and exploring and developing is a utilitarian act – to explore cultures that don’t belong to you is even more commendable. For me, the delicacy of the exploration and the curiosity that leads the thought is what truly matters. Nationalism as we know it is outdated. It’s a time to align yourself to the ideas you believe in – not people who look like you.

Building a Castle 突发奇想

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Jacket and top by Renli Su, Uniqlo sweatpants, Zara boots

Happy Chinese New Year, especially to my fellow little monkeys! I guess this is a good time as any to announce that I will be moving to Beijing to join the Vogue China team after I graduate. Thank you Angelica and Daniela for finding me on the internet. I’m still a bit shocked. Also I want to thank you – no matter if you’ve been following me here since ’08, or just discovered this little dot com today.

Photographed by Lucy Henshall

Two For The Road 二人转

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Jamie Weihuang dress, Zara boots, ASOS turtleneck.

These days, I’ve been reading up a lot about 1920s/1930s Chinese silent cinema. In a world where words are meaningless, and visuals convey the story (which I’m totally ok with), a head scarf can suggest a domestic wife living in the countryside, and heels and cosmetics point towards the metropolitan and urban Chinese woman frequenting dance halls and smoking cigarettes. Gonna keep it short and sweet and just leave it here. Happy halloween weekend guys.