Graced with history, glamour, and mystical exotic promises, Shanghai is a city where culture and luxury collide. The Formula 1 circuit of the Far East is one of the few tracks featuring futuristic elements all inspired by the Chinese character for ‘Shang’ meaning above, so while it might put them in pole position when it comes to racing, their style department isn’t far behind either. The streets of Shanghai are colorful and vibrant so why not contrast your Grand Prix wardrobe or match it just the same.
If there is one thing the Shanghanaise do well when it comes to dressing, it’s creativity. Styles are rarely recycled and so you ought to be prepared for setting the trend rather not following it. The Isabel Marant Tundra Denim Jumpsuit has all the ease of your favourite jeans without the struggle of finding a top to match. The collarless neckline and large pockets give it a slouchy understated look that can be made formal or left casual. Adding height and elegance to your outfit the Dior Decolette Low Heel is ideal for long track days that don’t compromise on style.
Much like the women that dress with originality, as do the men. Unique collars, asymmetric features and intertwined fabrics are prevalent. The Eidos Polka Dot Cotton Poplin Shirt puts emphasis on quality and cut. Crafted in a breathable short sleeve silhouette the style can be worn alone or under a jacket. While the weather can be temperamental this time of year a jacket is a necessity, and the Tado Cotton-Twill Button Down Jacket by Aspesi couldn’t be more versatile. The silhouette is relaxed without looking too technical, the roomy patch pockets make storing your things all that bit easier to get a quick snap trackside.
Once the race is over, the lights don’t stop. Locals and luxe travellers flock to Ultraviolet to dine. The 3-Michelin star restaurant has become one of the most sought after in the city and for good reason. Victoria Beckham’s Checkered Voile Shirt evokes a romantic style while the pointed collar nods to a strong finish. Pair with the Monse Crepe Wide Leg pants, featuring a belted high rise waist. As for the male counterpart the Jacquemus Le Pantalon Port Miou Linen-Blend Pants feature a subtle drop crotch and cropped hem for a modern and relaxed silhouette. Wear with the Camoshita Striped Cotton-Poplin shirt, tailored in Japan from lightweight cotton, the style is breathable with a bold peaked collar for a smart finish. Givenchy’s Urban Velvet Sneaker is the perfect blend between luxe and casual. Constructed with minimal shape, they’re subtle enough to wear under denim.
Accessories in the Far East do not go unnoticed. While shopping is a predominant favorite pastime of most in Shanghai, it’s not always about the designer labels. The popular Nanijing Road that lends itself as the Fifth Avenue of Shanghai is filled with boutiques selling silk, jade and one-of-a-kind jewellery that both locals and travellers descend upon. Finish off your Far East look with the Boyy Karl Leather Trimmed Mesh Bag, with a feminine silhouette that is equally modern with a mesh outer – it’s clear your items won’t go missing in here. Sunny days can be made easier with the Garrett Leight Wilson Sunglasses crafted in a Medium-Wash denim shade that is flattering with both a light or dark pallet.