Some of my friends said I should talk more of Asian traditional inspired cultures in the fashion dairies. Actually I love presenting looks which have been inspired by Asian ancient histories, but I don't have too many opportunities (Perhaps because I am based in the west).
The theme of today is called"Eastern Philosophies". One outfit, two emotions. Inspirations from ancient Chinese recluse to the neutral style in the beginning of last century.
Chinese ancient philosophy presents a thinking of the "Nothing and Void", everything in the world actually is "empty", this theme appeared in Buddism and Daoism many times. People live in the world as energy, to experience different life. Difference is Buddhism thinks life is a cycle of re births and new beginnings , but Daoism thinks the energy will be immortal after death. Chinese philosophers such as Laozi thought people should have inner peace,stay gentle( actually it means just let everything be).Was inspired by these gentle culture, Chinese hermits or people of a solitary disposition present a kind of idyllic life style "keep far away from the society" would be the motto and goal, the few influences brought upon them the better. This was seen as a form of purism where in the influence of the many (society) would pollute the individual on a singular objective. As societies often are corrupt via government, greed, or material beliefs that "one must gain as many things as possible and aim to be at the top of the pyramid", so it is understandable how some during that time long ago (and even at present) choose to be recluses. Something I can never be, people are too important for me and I thrive around them. Since I was young I always think in the thought ways of Daoism and that a solitary life full with calm and education, books upon books to fill the mind and imagination is the most wonderful thing, the best part of life is to have this choice. To when ever you want you can find your calm to be as a Daoist or Monk and have peace in the mind and heart, that is all I want. Yet, the world is growing more and more, shoulder to shoulder we sit, stand, eat and work.
Even despite the ever increasing resemblance of daily life to that of packed sardines I hope you, we all, find calm and peace.
Top by Boessert/Schorn
Skirt by Rag & Bone
Shoes, hat and basket from Vintage shop
Illustration by Nancy.Z
Photography by Ajdin.B
Tao Yuan Ming,(365-427AD), Hermit, Poet.
The movie" The magic Crane",1993
Now let's travel to the beginning of last century in China (Jump in my time machine!). I wore the same outfit as the last one, but it looks like a traveller outfit now. At 1910-20s, Chinese gentleman's outfits were adjusted from Qing traditional style, but also mixed with Han's style and western style. Straw hat and round shape glasses was very popular in men's fashion during this period. After the western culture influence, the look became neutral and causal.
One of the most classic scenes from the movie"L'amante".
1910-20s Men's looks in China.