Joe Zee: Fashion’s chatty ambassador, New wealthy, Ones to watch in China, CFDA nominees, Westwood’s imagery

Joe Zee | Source: Sartorially Correct

Fashion’s Approachable Ambassador (NY Times)
“As fashion has evolved from an insular club to mass-market obsession — helped in part by proliferating Web sites, blogs and TV shows like ‘Project Runway’ — Mr. Zee, 42, has come to epitomize a new form of top-of-the-masthead personality. He is not the aloof style arbiter, gazing out silently behind Frisbee-size sunglasses, but a chatty and approachable ambassador of fashion.”

Tastes of the newly wealthy (FT)
“Both McKinsey and CLSA point to the fact that China’s rich really are different from their western counterparts and the luxury brands themselves are having to adjust their approach. Chinese millionaires, for example, are 15 years younger than their overseas peers and they spend more per transaction.”

Chinese Creativity: Who Are The Emerging Designers? (Jing Daily)
“With Shanghai Fashion Week about to kick off, and Beijing Fashion Week just around the corner, Jing Daily is looking forward to the newest collections by some of the top emerging designers in China. Some we’re watching closely.”

CFDA Fashion Award Nominees Set (WWD)
“This will mark the 10th year that Swarovski is underwriting the awards gala, which will take place on Monday, June 6… As in previous years, the night will also be an occasion for the CFDA to hand out several special awards. Marc Jacobs will receive this year’s Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Westwood’s Lasting Imagery (NY Times)
“Ms. Westwood’s 1980s fashions now are the focus of an exhibition at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The show… is highlighted by pioneering looks such as a unisex ensemble in billowing striped cotton from the 1981 Pirates collection, which may well have an effect on designers now experimenting with genderless styles.”