Predictions Week 2013: Wan Bao Bao and Han Huo Huo

China's Fashion Influencers Call Out Trends Both Pop and Posh for the Year of the Snake

Jeweller and girl-about-town Wan Bao Bao talks punctuality and Zaha Hadid, while blogger and stylist Han Huo Huo admits to a penchant for pop, cartoons and Céline. Recently profiled by W magazine as a rising star of the East, Wan spent her formative years in the U.S. and Paris, before returning to Beijing as a socialite turned designer with the launch of her own line, Bao Bao Wan Fine Jewelry. Han, on the other hand, rose to prominence through frequent appearances on street style websites, before doing a stint as an editor at Marie Claire China. He now chimes in on all things fashion via his namesake blog on the English-language news source Sina. Here the two share their thoughts on the Chinese Zodiac’s Year of the Snake.

WAN BAO BAO

What will be the biggest fashion trends in China in 2013?  
Chinese people will start to look beyond generic luxury labels and start appreciating more unique and niche brands. 

What will replace Instagram as next year’s hot app?
Definitely Weixin (WeChat), the voice messaging system from China—it’s so much better than texting! You can even read the news and share photos on it. 

What will the latest fashionably late rule be in 2013?
Fashionably late is passé—2013 is all about being punctual. 

What will you be shopping for in the new year?
I'm looking to buy more art to decorate my place. Liu Bolin’s prints are my top choice. 

What should people do to stand out more when being snapped by street style photographers?
Ignore the cameras and be yourself!

Which artists would you like to collaborate with in 2013 if you were a fashion designer?
For my jewelry, I'd love to collaborate with Zaha Hadid. 

HAN HUO HUO

What will be the biggest fashion trends in China in 2013?  
Funny cartoon elements, like the “Mickey Mouse” fur heels from Celine and the LEGO toy clutch from Chanel. It’s a little crazy and ridiculous, but since December 21 didn’t turn out to be the end of the world, it’s cool and better for us to live crazily! I also think this trend could be picked up in China because people here love cartoons.

What are your resolutions for the new year?  
“Walk walk fashion baby, work it move that bitch crazy”—a year ago, I tried to walk in high heels on shoots after I heard Lady Gaga singing, “Bad Romance.” As you can imagine, I failed. So I made a resolution to learn to walk in heels. I hope next year I might have a chance to rock the runway wearing them!

What will replace Instagram as next year's hot app?
Viddy, a video diary to keep all the touching moments in life. 

What will replace the rule “fashionably late” in 2013?
For me, being on time—or showing up early—is a rule that I will follow all my life. Maybe it’s not fashion, but I just want to do this. 

What will you be shopping for in the new year?
Chanel’s new Le Boy, Balmain jackets, Kenzo tiger everything and, of course, Givenchy. 

Who will be the next designer to watch coming out of China?
Masha Ma. She is exactly whom I love most: modern, chic, stylish, and the quality is perfect.

Your theme song for 2013?
Black Eyed Peas, “Where Is The Love”—I don't wanna be single any more!

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    Daphne Guinness: Undressed

    Director Brennan Stasiewicz Captures Fashion’s Enigma At Home and On Display

    Documentary filmmaker Brennan Stasiewicz infiltrates the cosseted world of Daphne Guinness in Daphne’s Window. Featuring intimate footage of the icon at her Fifth Avenue apartment, the short follows the eccentric fashion patron and socialite as she prepares for her recent installation in the windows of Barneys New York. The storefront showcased her collection of pieces by designer Lee Alexander McQueen and a selection from the archive of fashion editor Isabella Blow, which Guinness purchased in its entirety last year. The display culminated in a performance art piece in which Guinness dressed for the Met ball in one of the flagship’s windows, modeling a lilac feathered gown designed by McQueen’s Sarah Burton. “She appears to me as someone always in a window,” says Stasiewicz. “Someone you can approach and see, but you remain on the other side.” This year brings a multitude of projects for the heiress: her sculptural armored glove collaboration with jeweler Shaun Leane (pictured in today’s film) will be exhibited by Jay Jopling in a private viewing in London later this month; and in September a retrospective at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology will pay homage to her style. “Daphne is someone to take pleasure in, and in many ways, someone who incites moments of wonder,” says Stasiewicz.

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    China Chow: Three Days in Beijing

    The New York-Based Celebrity Talks Art, Ancestry and Chow Yun-Fat

    Art-scene culturista China Chow poses with cult photographer Chen Man, hangs with Tilda Swinton, and strolls through the Forbidden City in this visual diary documenting three jam-packed days in Beijing. The granddaughter of lauded opera performer Zhou Xinfang, and daughter of famed restaurateur Michael Chow and the late, iconic fashion model Tina Chow, China grew up surrounded by America’s artistic glitterati and occasionally modeled in campaigns for the likes of Lane Crawford, Barneys New York and Karl Lagerfeld. “I learned so much from the artists that I got to know as a child growing up in New York,” she explains. “In particular, those who were around the most really made an impact on me: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Andy Warhol.” Currently hosting Bravo’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist alongside famed auctioneer Simon de Pury, Chow helps judge the work of up-and-coming artists competing for a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum and a cash prize of $100,000. This month Chow makes a return to her former profession and graces the cover of Vogue China. In town for the Boss Black fall/winter 2012 fashion show, the sophisticated presenter took a moment of out her hectic schedule to reflect on China and a childhood spent at Mr. Chow.

    What is your favorite memory of dining at Mr. Chow as a child?
    One of my fondest memories was the night that my father threw an incredible party to celebrate bringing the Beijing Opera to Lincoln Center in New York City. My grandfather, Zhou Xinfang, who has been featured on the Chinese postage stamp, is considered to be a national treasure in China. He founded the Qi style and was Beijing Opera's most celebrated renaissance man of the 20th century. That night was all about honoring his legacy, his country and my family's heritage. Although I was extremely young at the time, the significance of the event was not lost on me.

    What was one of your highlights from your first trip to Beijing?
    A few years back, my father told me that the newspapers in Hong Kong had written a story about Chow Yun-Fat being Zhou Xinfang's grandson. According to the story, Yun-Fat's father was my father's half brother. Chow Yun-Fat walked the runway for the finale at the Hugo Boss show and stayed for the after party. No one in my family had ever met him before, and I was anxious to confirm the story. Being one of the biggest superstars in China, he was surrounded by a swarm of security guards, but Tilda [Swinton] and her boyfriend Sandro [Kopp] gave me a pep talk and encouraged me to seize the moment. I was escorted through security, but in the end, the result of my query was quite anti-climactic. He was not my cousin after all. He had heard the same story and informed me that his family was from a completely different region altogether. But he did suggest that if we dug deeper, perhaps we'd find common ancestry. When I phoned my father to give him the news, he responded with, "Too bad. His loss." Ha!

    If you could, what treasure would you take from the Forbidden City?
    The best treasure, hands down, was being able to experience it: its history and its incredible architectural vastness.

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