SHANGHAI – Model Jing Wen, stylist Fan Qiong, hair stylist Wen Zhi and a host of other creatives were celebrated by the British Fashion Council at a cocktail reception in Shanghai on Monday evening, part of the first 20 names released recognizing the next generation of global creative talent.
The reception, held at The Middle House and drawing attendance from the likes of Gucci president and chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri, actor Hu Bing, Lane Crawford Joyce Group president Andrew Keith, JD head of fashion Xia Ding, and Harrods’ managing director Michael Ward, was one of a series of satellite events by the BFC also being held in London and New York, in the build-up to its main celebration at The Fashion Awards on Dec. 10 in London.
The awards identify young fashion innovators including image-makers, hair and makeup artists, set designers, creative directors, models, digital influencers, and stylists.
The full list of Chinese winners includes Anny Fan (digital influencer); Chu Wong (model); Fan Qiong (stylist); Fan Zhang (hair stylist); Fil Xiaobai (stylist); Jiali Zhao (model); Jin Jia Ji (photographer); Jing Wen (model); Jumbo Tsui (photographer); Leslie Zhang (photographer); Liang Hengyi (photographer); Luo Yang (photographer); Mia Kong (stylist); Tao Liang aka Mr. Bags (digital influencer); Ting Chen (model); Wen Zhi (hair stylist); Xin Miao (makeup artist); Yu Cong (photographer/art director); Zeng Wu (photographer); Ziqian Wang (photographer).
More young creatives from the shortlist are slated to be revealed in London and New York in the coming weeks.
“What is really interesting…is the way that they really think about brand, collaboration and authenticity of voice,” said Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council. “And of course, just the volume of followers that they have means that they have the incredible power to convert to sales.”
Influencer Anny Fan, who was being honored, said, “I have been working with the British Fashion Council, actually since my first London Fashion Week Show I was invited by them in October 2016. I went to several shows and I love London. It’s one of my favorite cities in Europe. I think this nomination is very important for me because it takes me to the next level, to an international range.”
“I love British designers so much — I work with Suzy Q, Burberry, Mulberry and a lot of brands,” said Tao Liang, otherwise known as Mr. Bags, another featured influencer on the list. “To be recognized and to get this nomination is really good for me, and I feel like I have been working very hard these years. I feel really fulfilled and really happy.”
Shanghai has been featured prominently by the British Fashion Council, which launched a China Partnership Strategy attended by David Beckham in the city in September. China has long been heralded as a major market for international designers, thanks to its sheer volume of consumers and rapidly rising middle class.
“I think there are such natural synergies between the U.K. and China, particularly between London and Shanghai,” Rush said. “We have so many brilliant international students, including Chinese students, that come through our colleges and I think it’s because we have been a platform for some of those businesses to grow, develop and get support and investment.”