Shanghai: Where culture and style collide
The great city of Shanghai is a perfect storm where culture and heritage meet the ultimate modernity and luxury. The perfect travelling wardrobe will include pieces that acknowledge and embrace the local culture, an assortment of accessories that have the potential to upgrade an outfit from coffee to cocktails and comfortably stylish options for days spent taking in the sights.
New collections from Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and more have landed just in time to be folded into suitcases and packed into garment bags bound for Shanghai.
The Magnify Gown from Maticevski is a strapless statement dress with modern cutouts and volumes of metallic material that will travel well, and translate well into Shanghai’s extravagant nightlife. When indulging in a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience at the Illuminating Ultraviolet it’s imperative you dress the part. Don’t hold back.
A striking red dress from Givenchy’s Fall Winter 2017 Collection is a fantastic option for cocktail engagements in Shanghai. The rich color of the piece gives a nod to local culture, while the modern cut creates a bold and feminine silhouette. Team this dress with a nude heel for a toned down look, or go all out with a metallic pump for champagne soaked evenings on the Huangpu River.
Shanghai is a shopper’s paradise – often hosting first-look collection launches and invitation-only events at the most exclusive boutiques. Perusing the designer stores and quaint tea-houses on the Bund or trawling for silk on Nanjing Road calls for a pair of stylish flats that do the talking and the walking. This pair of azure ballerina flats from Manolo Blahnik have just enough bling to make a statement, set against luxurious leather. Team these on with a slip dress, or jeans for a more laid back look.
A secret watch from the Dior et d’Opales collection is an exquisite must-have piece that, while subtle in branding, screams exclusivity. Intricate and fragile, the timepieces are said to have demanded incredible feats of skill from the best Parisian artisans. What better place to showcase such a piece than the ‘Paris of the East’?
The sparkling new collection from Dior features eight different designs, all of which feature a signature opal that rotates 360 degrees to reveal a diamond encrusted face. The high jewellery bracelet itself is adorned with emeralds, rubies, amethysts, pink, yellow and violet sapphires, garnets, tsavorites and more.
You’ll need a stylish, compact handbag for a trip to Shanghai – look no further than the new Boy Chanel range. Luxurious calfskin is contrasted with iridescent PVC that beautifully reflects the chic black of the bags and offsets the masculine structure. An iconic Chanel bag makes an easy transition from day trips to dance floors – and there’s no need to color coordinate: let this bag speak for itself.
Gentlemen should opt for easy layers in muted tones for a quietly confident and chic look that will be appreciated by the Shanghai social set. Michael Kors has updated offerings, including a premium suede jacket that lends a polished aesthetic to the travelling man’s wardrobe.
Tom Ford’s much anticipated Spring Summer 2017 collection has dropped – and we advise you to snap up some of the designer’s pieces before it sells out. Sharply cut cocktail jackets with bold prints feature in the collection – well suited to evenings rubbing shoulders with the well heeled on a glittering Shanghai evening in the world’s tallest hotel. Keep an eye out for the Blue Moire Shelton Shawl Cocktail Jacket.
Days spent sightseeing require a versatile and stylish backpack that can also be easily tucked away during time spent rejuvenating in the Puli Hotel and Spa. The house of Salvatore Ferragamo has served up the perfect solution in its Spring Summer 2017 collection. Made in Italy from soft calfskin, this backpack features loads of pockets for tucking away the essentials.
Sponsors of the America’s Cup 2017, Louis Vuitton has developed an exclusive men’s collection that embodies the freedom, courage, skill and competence required of the daring sailors who compete in the race. Strong graphics and bold contrasted coloring feature heavily in the ready-to-wear range, providing versatile and comfortable pieces for travelling and days spent relaxing.