As you will know last week was Chinese New Year and to celebrate, i-D have created 12 new covers for their pre-spring issue to mark the event. Shot by acclaimed Chinese fashion photographer Chen Ma in partnership with MAC make-up artists, the covers are intended to celebrated "the diversity of beauty in China today." Despite 12 covers being created, only four will be available in print while the rest will appear online only.
If you celebrated Chinese New Year this weekend, then it’s too bad you weren’t wearing a piece from Vivienne Tam’s Fall ’10 collection. Although it's the Year of the Tiger, the designer made room for each creature from the Sheng xiao zodiac - even the rat. Never using fur or even leather (the animals wouldn't like that), the designer used ruffles and swoops of fabric to imitate animal coats. Tights came decorated with wildlife prints, and lapels carried the occasional bit of origami detailing.
The whole 18-look collection carried a youthful vibe, and each piece felt ornate but never ostentatious. Normally simple outfit combinations - such as a black trousers and a silk top covered with a slouchy cardigan - became playful with jam-packed ruffles, swashes of sequins and bow details. But the piece we most have our eve on? An easy and relaxed metallic gold top, which we'll plan to have in our closets by next Chinese New Year.