As for Antonio and companion, I’m reminded of the old nursery rhyme: “one will eat no fat, and one will eat no lean….”. I’m referring to the very different pants lengths of both–neither, in my opinion, particularly desirable.
As for Mr. L: well, the ensemble’s rather curious, isn’t it. A few flourishes, like the pocket embroidery (I’m assuming) and the tie, but the rest rather anonymous.
Though kudos for finding and posing him against the Klimt-like background.
Beautiful photos, Scott. But, I expected a little more. I think your photos (so far!) will reveal a relative lack of creativity and diversity in Asian fashion, compared to that of Europe or North America. And what is there is derivative. You previously mentioned that you have not seen any Asian men worth photographing, so I suspect you know what I am talking about here. Come back to Europe and NYC where you belong!
Enamored by the first one–the hints of a traditional Chinese ruqun (a kind of traditional robe), the subtle black on black whimsical floral pattern, the full sleeves, as well as the very unexpected gladiator-esque belt. Also I love how everything is bathed in this warm golden light.
I love the cultural influence on the outfit in the first photo, so kimono-esque. The rolled pants on the man on the right in the second photo are genius. And the final lady is stunning both as herself and as her ensemble.
Love the self assuredness from Mr. Christian Laboutin (the demeanor reminds me of photos of Jordan’s King Hussein). W/ the pocket, background,tie: there’s a very Wes Anderson quality to the photo – in a very good way.
in reply to laguna beach trad. why you derive the idea (from the sartorialist’s photos or otherwise) that Eastern fashion is less than creative than western is beyond me. i have been living in asia for 5 years now and i’m always pleasantly startled by how diverse and creative the dressing is anywhere from japan to india.
I too loved the first woman’s look.. Her black robe has a traditional feel to it and the belt adds a modern touch-very rich.. I like the detail in Mr. Christian Louboutin’s pocket, and it matches his graphic tie very unique :) And I must say the store looks amazing!
Laguna Beach Trad said… “…I expected a little more. I think your photos (so far!) will reveal a relative lack of creativity and diversity in Asian fashion, compared to that of Europe or North America…”
I can’t agree with you there! I think asian fashion is quite interesting, original, and different to Europe and the USA, at least in Japan. Maybe Mr. Sartorialist is looking at Hong Kong through the eyes of somebody with European/American taste, and its not coming through in the pictures.
To those who disagree with my comments, simply check out the Sartorialists’s recent Asia-themed photos — most of which seem to be of Europeans and Americans in Asia! Also, I see he has started posting European photos, probably due to lack of worthwhile material in Asia. I would love to be proved wrong.
Let’s face it, Asia is not known as a centre for fashion and style. I agree, the Japanese can be very fashionable, but they are generally limited to aping European and American styles.
Here’s a thought. Instead of Asia, maybe the Sartorialist should go to South America? Maybe Buenos Aires or Sao Paolo? The people there are very fashionable, expecially in Argentina. I for one would love to see the Sartorialist do a Brazilian bikini special.
What I find interesting about #4, yellow dress, is that everything about her ensemble is expected, perfect, blah, blah, blah…she looks great. But her EXPRESSION is fantastic…She reminds me of the chesire cat, and I’m just waiting for her body to disapear and leave her face floating there among the housewares.
laguna beach trad: your comment is extremely short-sighted and narrow. first, asia is huge. both southeast asia and south asia have influence fashion for years, while only nominally incorporating western fashion into its own every day wear. As for Hong Kong and China, I think these photos provide an excellent example of different takes on traditionally western clothing, which is what all fashion does right? And to say Japan is simply imitating Western style is to ignore the way it has made it it’s own. If you deny that the style is not unique, then you are choosing to be ignorant. I mean, there is a difference between New York, Paris, and Milan style despite wearing many of the same pieces of clothing. Anyway, I wouldn’t be quite so quick say that over half of the world’s population “apes” Western style — it’s a bit offensive and a little sad for you to close off your mind to it.
Agreed with Anonymous’respond to laguna beach trad at 2:56pm totally. this is why there is such a diversity in different places, cultures, styles and taste and make it so exciting. If everyone dressed with a style like in North America or Europe, what’s the point of Scott going to Hong Kong and Beijing in the first place?
Yep, the last woman is Lu Yan. Many Chinese people find her hideous, which is quite sad. It’s undeniable that she is very striking and unforgettable, regardless of whether you find her attractive or not. Mr. Sart captures that perfectly in his shot. :D