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Has Beijing Become a Bastion for Fashionistas? (Chapter 1)

June 20, 2019

Increasingly, one encounters a new breed of high-end, young Chinese wearing western designer clothing, massively expensive watches and carrying only the best luggage. Moreover, there is a trend among the younger Chinese that they are developing a sense of pride in their own ability to create Chinese high fashion clothing lines. Further, that concept may be expanding to include other luxury goods. As the author has had over 25 years of experience in China with some 100 trips to Beijing in connection with an oil exploration and development effort in Mongolia, there has been a very compressed explosion in some measures of sophistication over this period. 

In the beginning of our China experience and, under the watchful eye of Chairman Mao, Mao uniforms were the costume of choice and provided the needed uniformity to conform to his “Little Red Book.”  

Even in today’s world with the radical developments made by the Chinese Artificial Intelligence, the state continues to keep an eye on its people.

The men wore the blue hats and the women the white ones. Otherwise, dress was pretty egalitarian.

When there was a modest increase in personal freedoms, dress became individualized which was not necessarily a good thing.  

Moreover, there is little doubt that the shopping opportunities for clothing was more oriented towards food and not apparel.  

Nonetheless, over the past 25 years, some dress codes and facial expressions have not changed.  

That same situation pretty well applies to the fellow below in his customary “Jungle Jim” dress code.  

All of the above is enough nostalgia for the moment, and we will move forward into current times in the next sequel. The challenge will be to determine which era is the most appealing to all concerned.

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