Saturday, January 23, 2010

it's Chinatown


Ok, this is my first attempt to mobile blogging. I know the photo is grainy and sh*tty but the blame is on my Blackberry and its dinosaur-era camera phone. Anyhow, at least you could (or I hope you could) see that pink box-shaped decoration with Chinese characters in the marc by Marc Jacobs window. What the heck is it, you may wonder. For those of you who aren't familiar with culture "de oriental", we Chinese are the lucky ones who get to celebrate two New Year's each year; one is the universal January 1st, and the other falls on a different date every year according to the Chinese calendar. This year it happens to be on the same day as Valentine's Day, which I guess could count as double happiness. Chinese New Year is huge in Hong Kong, and it's the only time when shops are actually closed while families visit each other's homes eating fattening traditional sweets and children receive red pockets (with money inside) from the elders. As it gets closer to the holidays, festive decorations are everywhere, but mostly inside malls or local stores, rarely in international boutiques. And to have customized decorations like the one here with the Miss Marc cartoons printed on? It's even less common. I guess that's another sign that the China market is the one to watch nowadays, following Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel show in Shanghai and Prada's "First Spring" video presentation directed by Yang Fudong (which, btw, is mesmerizing. Watch it here NOW!).

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