Colorful streets, an abundance of oriental charm and mystic streets. Shanghai, the capital of the Far East has more than a famed cuisine and dancing dragons. Each year, elites, VIPs and locals descend on the Asian city for its Formula One race filled with bright lights and rainbow-shaded style.
Dressing in China consists of colour and luxe fabrics. Ornate prints dominate the streets, from it’s dazzling shop fronts to clothing draped on their shoulders. Colorful print dresses are leading the way, by the likes of Diane Von Furstenburg. Featuring floral printed silk crepe de chine and contrasting wrap tie, this summer piece evokes a modern feminine silhouette with fluttering sleeves to can be left relaxed with flats or amped up with heels.
Nothing portrays opulence more than fur. Add texture and dimension with Alexander Wang’s black suede mules, complete with rabbit fur front strap. Finished with a cut-out block heel this style remains casual with a luxe vibe going from day to night.
China certainly knows a thing or two about dressing appropriately, and for the occasion. During race days, moving between chicanes, the pit lane and start-finish lines are more apparent than not, and who wants to be lugging a large bag around? Seen upon the waists of many style gurus, models and those on the go, the belt bag has become this year’s phenomenon. Inject colour into your outfit with the Anna design by Amsterdam-based label Wandler.
Creativity is in abundance in Shanghai from its flavorsome food to its innovative design. To complement a feminine silhouette, finish off your look with angular sunglasses. Saint Laurent’s New Wave 213 Lily Cat-eye multi-functional design in red with black tinted lenses are perfect at day-break as well as come sundown for an urban touch.
Unpretentious style lies heavily on the streets of Shanghai, whether you’re at the race as a fan or to socialise, a carefree attitude should come with your style. Never shy of donning pattern and loud prints, dressing well in Asia means accentuating your clothes in the same way. The Sandro Palm print shirt is crafted from featherweight viscose with a luxe sheen ‘photo-finish’. Featuring a relaxed cut, point collar and short sleeves allows for this to be dressed with tailoring or casually with sneakers.
Amp up your style with contemporary pants. Lanvin marries street and tailoring with ease with their raw edge workwear pants. Finished with accents of topstitched across the width of the leg and made from lightweight cotton allow you to move with ease without compromising on style.
While colours are bold and patterns are daring on the streets of Shanghai, muted and understated textured garments too are apparent. Designed to look and feel as smart as a sports coat, Officine Generali’s Lucien Bomber sits seamlessly over tailored trousers as well as jeans. Made from suede this piece is comfortable with added dimension.
Footwear of the Far East never falls short of practical and stylish. Streamline your style with a chukka boot, that meets a slip on. Swedish brand, CQP Gallery have created a unique silhouette with their ‘Portico’ that is as comfortable as it is elegant. Complete with suede upper and rubber sole, this style is ideal for those on the move.