|All photographs courtesy of fearless-in-beijing.|
This post is mostly an excuse to show some beautiful clothes and beautiful women, but it's also to promote Gabrielle Bonheur's wonderful blog and Facebook page fearless-in-beijing 北京街头风格 - which captures the spirit and energy of the New China perfectly.
These pictures are from the opening of Stella McCartney's new boutique in Beijing, and display a truly elegant collection in white.
As Gabrielle notes on her blog, the prices of Stella's clothes for the Beijing boutique are accessible only to China's rising middle class - a $300 bag, for example, represents a full month's salary for many in China.
But China is changing fast, and there is a rapidly growing sector of the population who both aspire to and can afford these prices - and who represent a major culture shift in China's recent history.
China is at a great turning point, and the growth of boutiques like Stella McCartney's or of Apple Stores are as significant a measure of social change as unrest in the countryside or the rapid urbanizaton of great parts of the country - or the recent announcement by the Chinese government that it will be playing a smaller role in the economy in the future, and allowing a more market-oriented approach to develop.
In any case, enjoy these pictures, and make sure to visit Gabrielle Bonheur's blog fearless-in-beijing and its associated Facebook page of the same name.
|Stella McCartney with two models at the opening of the new Beijing boutique.|
|Angelica Cheung of Vogue China with Stella McCartney.|