There’s no such thing as doing things “nice and easy” in the artistic spheres; it’s either drenched or deserted out there. As we explore the outmost perimeters of China through Fashion and Urban Culture, without further ado, Temper presents its Top Ten 2021 munchies — in random order.
1. Undies: From Practical to Power Tool
Fixing the hooks, lingerie is no longer about just looking like a saucy minx or just being comfy like a couch. For many of China’s modern women, what hides underneath your clothes now boasts a sense of provocation and an embrace of bodily imperfections.
2. Inserting The Ink
Embedded in Chinese history for millennia, China’s tattoo art was not some import from the West. What is rather new, though, is the widespread acceptance of tattoo culture among China’s New Youth and metropole urbanites, with women at the forefront of this particular cultural movement.
3. Hear Her!
March 8, International Women’s Day. China’s urban woman in 2021 challenges society’s traditional narrative. Time to tune in on the boundary-breaking tone she thinks (fashion) brands can set to create a groundswell of support for a new notion of empowerment.
4. Wuhan, Chengdu, Shenzhen
From textile production to hi-tech behavior… Temper presents the quick facts on three lesser-known hubs further opening up and reforming China’s style scenery. One can Xi everything through fashion.
5. Beauty Is The Beast
China’s history of foot binding, a sensitive style issue that has strongly influenced China’s style-intensive history. Moreover, the practice offers a powerful historic reflection on the cost of attaining beauty standards that cannot be reversed. Temper hacks a path through the thick jungle of fables and truth.
6. Feeling A Little Emo?
China’s New Youth is doused in a social media onslaught of what one apparently is supposed to be buying or doing, at times leaving many of them to “feel a little emo” or to sense a disconnect from social convention or disappointment in their very selves. Temper tells — well, “tries to tell” — a palpable tale of chaos and moodiness. From inner-thoughts to outerwear.
7. Heavy Metal Fashion Thunder
Even though fashion and heavy metal music seem like cultural phenomena on conflicting, polar ends, they are inseparable with both cultural movements possessing a strong ideology of individualism and unapologetically being yourself. What could be more metal than that?
8. The NFT Game
Higher Brothers, Crypto Fashion Week, Jacky Tsai… What do these have in common? Three letters: NFT. When, where and why is this fire burning so bright? And in a setting of critically-acclaimed explosion versus general public confusion, is this burning bush truly heralding a new era for (China) Art?
9. Revolution in Motion
A sight for sore| bored fast fashion eyes: a Top Ten of those who paved the way for more sustainability in the China Fashion game. From yak yarn yearnings to the turnings of unwanted clothes into the most burning wardrobe desires.
10. Whumpf Whumpf Winter Apparel
The Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 are fashioning an adrenaline-induced pulsating winter apparel niche in China. Courtesy of an amplified slash advertised awareness of outdoor sports, the nation’s (budding) winter sports devotees are gearing up to hit the slopes. In style.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.