It seems like we were today years old when we found out that China holds digital fashion week as part of their daily lives. Just as the ban of TikTok looms, these fashion compilations surface. You've probably seen the videos of stylish Chinese folk sashaying in slow motion, flexing their looks and making masks look like accessories instead of impediments. Apart from fascinating us through the screens while we watch dressed in our #WFH pjs, it begs a couple of questions.
Where are they from?
Taken off Chinese TikTok, Douyin, these street style videos are often filmed within Taikoo Li in Chengdu, Shanghai's Xintiandi, and Beijing's Sanlitun, the recognised fashion and nightlife districts of the respective cities. #ChineseStreetFashion is currently trending on the platform, with users either ripping off more videos or posting their own uh, homage.
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Is everyone in China a model?
Yes. Is that the answer you wanted because that's equivalent to saying every white person is a Karen. As user @elly.xia explains, it's all about flattering angles, editing, and even leg lengthening apps. Here's a great example:
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Is this a norm?
According to user @wugrapher, the trend originates from celebrities who favour paparazzi-style street snaps, evolving into a big shopping mall culture (where many of these videos are taken), and possibly a concerted effort to elevate the fashion industry of the area. So while not everyone is an anorexic, 2m tall hypebeast, many are aspiring models, actors, and influencers hoping to gain exposure. One notable lesbian couple has quickly earned fans and garnered followers.
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— ergoozhang (@ergoozhang) July 13, 2020
WE'RE PRETTY SURE THIS IS AN AD BUT STILL
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