Street style in Shanghai was graceful, expressive, modern and sophisticated. Garments were perfectly tailored and worn with an air of confidence that could be seen a mile away. At 11am or 11pm you might see a young woman completely decked out in a ball gown, leather skirt, or Chanel inspired suit. Shanghai fashion week had occurred just a few weeks before our trip (poor planning in retrospect). On a mission to find out where these women shopped I attempted, in my less than elementary Mandarin, to ask a few for shopping recommendations. In most cases I was directed to Forever 21 or some other mainstream shopping venues (where the prices were astronomically higher than anything I’d pay for in the states.) Not exactly what I was looking for.
I did enough research before my trip to know that most women get their clothes tailored. That in mind, I was still hopeful that I’d find one or two gems from contemporary designers. Let’s just say my pursuit was not so fruitful. On our last night in the city, I traded in my travel worn jeans for the most creative piece I packed, this fringed skirt from H&M. Before heading out we snapped a few pictures at the Bund, which was full of people taking pictures in their custom threads. All things considered, we fit right in.