Chang Le Road in Shanghai is known as the place to find fashionistas and young hipsters in China. And driving the new fashion trends are young, entrepreneurial Chinese designers who have set up boutiques or joined together into design collectives along the tree-lined street in the former French Concession.

In an interview with the International Herald Tribune, Lorraine Justice, head of the school of design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic, describes this new wave of Chinese fashion:

“They’re not totally Italian with high drama and not Japanese with understatement over strong basic structure…The Chinese deconstructionists are unique. There is a pragmatism and experimentalism and a visual impact. This is why I see Chinese fashion becoming another great icon for the fashion world. There is an energy.”

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