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Miss China 2014

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For the very first time in my life I am very very interested in the outcome of… Miss World 2014!

Yes, Miss World. The one where pretty girls from all over the world wish world peace and cry while clutching their crystal crown.

I am now a BIG fan!

and I have a clear favorite!

 

GO CHINA PR!

A few weeks ago I was asked if I wouldn’t mind helping Du Yang 杜暘, the official Miss China PR 2014 prepare for the Miss World 2014 competition. The brief was vague yet simple, choose and pick up some great outfits for her to wear « off stage »* and coach her a little to get a better grasp on Western etiquette. The Miss World Competition will start in London tomorrow and finish on December 15th with the final election.

*Her on-stage outfits are sponsored by the classic chinese designers Ne Tiger and Guo Pei, I decline all responsibilities for them. This lovely Michael Jackson impersonator look was not my selection.

In general in China, for these type of events, simplicity is NOT the name of the game, and although my heart bleeds that she could not wear one of the amazing looks from ‘Evening’ she will be ‘mine’ only when off-stage, doing charity work, shopping, travelling or doing interviews.

which is fine.

A screen capture from the Miss World official website

A screen capture from the Miss World official website

Du Yang is officially China’s prettiest « Belle du Jour ». In real life, she is very tall, model-slim, naturally a bit shy, smiles easily and is polite to a fault, in two words: simply lovely. From a solidly middle-class background, she isn’t of one of China’s ‘modern princesses’ that aimlessly roam the streets of Beijing or Shanghai blowing daddy’s fortune shopping and (badly) driving their massive 4×4, iddle and useless. Du Yang works hard and tries her very best to be an inspiring role model for chinese younger girls. When she boarded her flight to London this morning, it was her first time going abroad.

杜暘

I asked her over lunch what got her into the « Beauty Queen » world, and her answer was disarming. The Beijing born beauty shot to 1,80m at 12 years old. Her height amongst average chinese school kids made her ostracized and disconsolate throughout her teenage years and so her mom, to comfort her introduced her early to makeup and pretty dresses. Then one thing lead to another. I am sure that a part of her wants to win the « Miss World » title to get sweet revenge for her 12-year old self!

Du Yang at Capital M in Beijing, about to tuck into their famous "Pavlova"

The lovely Du Yang at Beijing’s Capital M about to tuck into their famous « Pavlova »

This lovely ‘girl next door’ is I think a perfect choice to represent the vibrant and contemporary young chinese modern women.

DuYang0518 Instagram

DuYang0518 on Instagram

To get a scope on China’s best contemporary designers, we headed to Dong Liang in Beijing Central Park to look at some of our options. I wanted to mix cool chinese designers with H&M and Zara’s basics and get her as close as possible to the ‘real’ chinese sense of style. Ms Min in Dong Liang was perfection!

The lovely Ms Min too cool for school outfit we picked.

The lovely Ms Min too cool for school outfit we picked. The big wide black wool skirt translates perfectly from daywear with the soft wool pale pink sweater and then to cocktail with the ‘Evening’ silk top.

EVENING

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStella Luna gave her some amazing shoes from the last collection. Stella Luna albeit with its italian sounding name is actually 100% designed and made in China by Stephen Chi. It’s a powerhouse in the footwear industry that quietly manufactures for dozens of international brands. This chinese brand, headed by a French woman, Muriel Boudon is now now turning its focus to international retail and becoming an international brand of mid-luxury shoes set to conquer Europe.

I loved these « Wonder Woman » low-boots.

 

In the heart of the city, on our way to vega Zaishi Wang's studio.

In the heart of the city, on our way to vega Zaishi Wang’s studio.

We headed to the ultra-chic and modern aesthetic of Vega Wang’s collection. Feminine, yet strong and powerful with an intricate and beautiful cut, Vega is hailed as one of the strongest emerging designer in China. We found a few amazing dresses and the chicest skirt ensemble in burgundy.

Vega and Du Yang

vega Wang

Next stop Nan Luo Gu Xiang and Christopher Bu. Bu’s collection are often whimsical and tongue-in-cheek but with a modern edge.  They were perfect for Du Yang. In fact, the next day she was already sporting his clothes and chose his black and berries skirt for her airport/flight outfit to London.

Next stop: Christopher Bu. His line of whimsical cute clothes were perfect for her.

Finally 798 for the most elegant. Yu Wanning ‘Evening » collection is chicissime. In my opinion, she belongs in the world’s most exclusive boutiques and I adore her spring collection, all of taffetas wide leg pants and impeccable sandy silk sheath. Sadly we could not pick from it as it is on its way to be graded at the factory, but the impeccably elegant black and white pieces we settled will be all over the press soon.

The incredibly talented Yu Wanning "Evening" in her atelier. We selected some ultra chic black and white pieces from her latest collection.

The incredibly talented Yu Wanning « Evening » in her atelier. We selected some ultra chic black and white pieces from her latest collection.

Stella McCartneyxAdidas Chanel

For sportwear and makeup only the best could do.  A couple of outfits for from Adidas x Stella McCartney and some brilliant makeup from Chanel’s presentation. Mission accomplished. Du Yang will look amazing and I want to thank Stella McCartney x Adidas and Chanel Shanghai for their assistance.

To make decision simpler, all the options are laid out...

To make decision simpler, all the options are laid out.

Du Yang this morning at Capital Airport in Beijing on her way to London. She is wearing a skirt by Christopher Bu and Stella Luna low-boots.

Du Yang this morning at Capital Airport in Beijing on her way to London. Perfectly lovely, she is wearing a skirt by Christopher Bu and a pair of black leather Stella Luna low-boots.

Bon voyage! Now get that crown!

Job's done!  You look lovely darling!

God’s speed baby!

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A bientôt

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I want to thank again Christopher Bu, Vega Zaishi Wang, Ms Min, Stella Luna, « Evening » by Yu Wanning, Adidas x Stella McCartney, Chanel cosmetics and Kim Shanghai for their support.