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White shirt Wednesday: Shanghai chic

white shirt styled for chinese new year

With the year of the Monkey upon us, trend insiders have turned their attention to oriental influenced fashion in ode to the sacred zodiac. Inspired by traditional dress, quintessential fire red ensembles have seen their way on to the covers of glossy magazines, as European editorials celebrate an ambitious aesthetic that blends sub-continental tastes with fashion forward trends for SS16.

But, for the Shanghai set already well versed in traditional New Year garb,  how does one dress to impress in the land of a thousand lanterns? Looking to some of the continent's finest exports, we take you through the statement hot list for utterly homage ensembles that are anything but ordinary.

Thanks to a 'nouvelle vague' of influential Chinese designers rising like a phoenix from the ashes of traditional haberdashers, experimental fashion is back. With rising talent working their way up the ranks in eponymous fashion houses like Dior and Alexander McQueen, this new breed of fashion maverick is revolutionising the 'made in China' stigma.

Looking to the future of fresh-faced Chinese fashion, VAUGHAN has created an ensemble that celebrates a new era for Asian design - with all the ambition and whimsy of the fire red monkey in mind...

Straight off the catwalk of Shanghai fashion week, Fake Natoo is turning heads with her blend of East meets West sensibilities. This dramatic wool cape is testament to the young Chinese aesthetic sweeping through the fashion world. A sophisticated yet free spirited design, this minimalist silhouette screams oriental sophistication. Paired with the classic Lion in winter Hepburn silk shirt from VAUGHAN, this evening ensemble is right on point for cocktail elegance and sunset to sunrise celebrations.

Worn with a straight talking McQ Alexander McQueen inverted pleat midi skirt, this ensemble signals an Asian persuasion for all things glamorous.  Ideal for nights to remember on the competitive continental fashion circuit, pair this striking ensemble with hints of red with these high-luxe yet subtle Oscar de la Renta Persimmon Swarovski Crystal Coral Earrings and who could be forgetting, an eye-watering touch of red to signal the occasion with this versatile forever clutch bag in rich leather from Victoria Beckham. Topped off with some killer heels from Isabel Marant, this carefully curated outfit is a glorious blend of old and new world China that showcases stunning staples that will last you well into the New Year and beyond...

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