FINE CHINA: Marking a celebratory tightening of relations for France and China’s textile and clothing industries, Du Yuzhou, president of the China National Textile & Apparel Council, on Monday was made an Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters by France’s culture minister, Frédéric Mitterrand. The ceremony was held at the Ministry of Culture in Paris. Addressing a crowd that included Chambre Syndicale president Didier Grumbach, Paris-based designers Bouchra Jarrar and Gustavo Lins and a sprinkling of up-and-coming Chinese designers, including Zhan Wenshu, Liu Fang and Rachelle Jim, Mitterrand introduced Yuzhou, who was formerly China’s Textile Minister, as “the face, the incarnation of the textile and clothing [industry] in China.”

After the event, Jim, who was among a group of designers presenting collections in the China in Paris showroom that opened later that day, said that things are evolving at a mighty pace for China’s fashion scene. “When I started out in 2005 there were hardly any young designers, but there are loads coming up now, it’s a really vibrant scene,” she said. Christine Zhao, a fashion consultant and board director of Fashion in Life, disclosed that a major A-list Chinese actress is expected to attend a party at Paris’ Café de la Paix on Oct. 5 for the launch of a new pastry by guest designer Frankie Xie.

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