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South China Morning Post
  1. While luxury lovers and watch aficionados will be familiar with the Oyster Perpetual Datejust, one of the most iconic of all timepieces, what they may not know is that the wristwatch, first released by Rolex in 1945, is not just a timeless and elegant example of fine watchmaking but also a marvel of 20th century engineering.With Rolex then marking its 40th anniversary, the Swiss brand’s launch of the Oyster Perpetual Datejust was revolutionary in watchmaking circles for one simple yet ground…
  2. If you finished the fourth season of The Crown feeling you wanted more and are already eagerly awaiting season five, you’re probably a fan of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and her personal style.It took Diana a few years to develop her own fashion identity but in her early days as a member of the royal family, she made her mark with her collection of patterned jumpers.In the early 1980s, while attending a polo match with Prince Charles, she famously wore the much-talked-about black-sheep…
  3. My mother was from a very fancy family in Ningbo (in Zhejiang province in eastern China), where the nice families came from. Shanghai is a port, it doesn’t have nice families. My father was from Sichuan, big landowners and scholars but not as much money. In 1937, when Japan was invading, he got so worked up he wanted to join the army. He had blue eyes – we have some kind of “stan”, maybe Kazakhstan, in the family from way back – and at his physical, the doctor said, “Oh my God, you’ll go blind…
  4. Whether you’re spending more time at home or just entertainment starved, Netflix has undoubtedly been a source of comfort over the last few months. Sartorially speaking, plenty of inspiration can be foundon the streaming service. Take these three female characters as examples; their stylish outfits are certain to satisfy your fashion cravings.Christine Quinn, Selling SunsetThe luxury real-estate reality show, set in Los Angeles, is already on its third season but it blew up this summer because…
  5. Nobody would think yak hair would be suitable for luxury jumpers. Where did you get the idea? “I used to live and work in Beijing and travel a lot to the border regions. I observed that the coarse fibre from the yaks was being used for ropes and tents but the soft fibre wasn’t being used at all; it falls off the animal and blows away in the wind.“The rationale was that wool that keeps animals warm at 4,500 metres during the winter, in pretty tough conditions, clearly works well. The idea was to…
  6. “World fashion premier in HK,” ran a South China Morning Post headline on August 18, 1968. “Pierre Cardin is bringing his latest Paris collection to Hongkong next month,” the story continued, describing it as “the most exciting fashion affair of the year”.“Cardin will be showing men’s as well as women’s fashions and will bring two male and two female models with him. A few of our top local models will be chosen by Cardin when he arrives,” the report said.The collection was expected to include…
  7. Non-fiction Ametora by W. David Marx, Basic Books. 4.5/5 stars The Japanese have long been excellent reverse engineers, imitating and improving everything from cars to electronics to pop music. As W. David Marx shows, they have done the same with American fashion, assimilating and making it their own. Ametora unpicks the cultural seams of “American traditional” garb, embroidering it to suit Japanese sensibilities, and in the process, shaping culture for the rest of the world. The story…
  8. What is an outfit these days if not an OOTD? That acronym, often in hashtag form, is widely used by fashion bloggers for their “outfit of the day”, usually on trend, always photographed.It may surprise fashionistas to learn that the word “outfit” originally referred, in the mid-18th century, to the act of fitting out or equipping a ship for a journey, expedition or battle – a meaning now obsolete. Another related meaning at that time involved the articles and equipment required for an…
  9. Bingeing on old movies one weekend, I noticed most of the male characters wore hats. In Casablanca (1942), Humphrey Bogart’s fedora casts a romantic and dangerous shadow over the face of rakish Rick Blaine, while Gregory Peck’s Panama in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) is a keystone of all that is good about Atticus Finch. Even the ungainly Gene Hackman cuts a not unhandsome figure in his pork pie hat as Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle in The French Connection (1971) and French Connection II (1975).For the…
  10. Eastern express: I was born and raised in Manhattan. My parents were immigrants from Shanghai, so I grew up in a very Chinese household. There was a time when my father wanted to move us to England because it was the halfway point to Asia, but my mom wanted us to have an American education. I was the village idiot compared to my brother, who went to Harvard. I was considered the artsy one and went to Sarah Lawrence College (in Yonkers, New York). Even then my father wanted me to go to law…