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China Fashion with tags China Fashion on March 3, 2011 by infoseekchina
China Fashion with tags China Fashion, Sha Yi on March 2, 2011 by infoseekchina
China Fashion, China Movies with tags China Fashion, China Movies on March 1, 2011 by infoseekchina
Source: Wall Street Journal By Laurie Burkitt
BEIJING—China plans to more than double the value of its entertainment and other cultural industries to nearly three trillion yuan, or roughly $460 billion, within the next five years in effort to boost domestic consumption and propel Chinese culture overseas.
Beijing will expedite bank loans and facilitate public listings for companies involved in film and television production, live entertainment, as well as gaming and publishing, said Sun Zhijun, director general of the Office of Central Leading Group for Reform of Cultural Systems, in a meeting with the press Monday.
“We will deepen the cultural industries because they are a new growth point of our national economy,” Mr. Sun said, noting that China’s entertainment market revenue was estimated at 1.3 trillion yuan last year.
Focus on the entertainment industry comes as Chinese leaders aim to expand domestic consumption in effort to reduce reliance on exports.
The National People’s Congress, convening March 5, is expected to unveil its five-year plan, which will largely entail efforts to increase consumers’ appetites for goods and services.
Growth of the film industry, a government priority in recent years, has played into a broader scheme to create cleaner, more profitable home-grown businesses. The number of locally produced films shot up 15% in 2010 from a year earlier, to 526 films, according to media research firm EntGroup Inc. China’s film industry generated revenues of 10.17 billion yuan in
2010, up from 6.2 billion in 2009, while online gaming revenue was estimated at $4.4 billion, according to San Francisco-based Niko Partners, an Asian gaming research company.
The Chinese government also says that if China becomes a major player in entertainment, it will help to export a friendlier image overseas, establishing more soft power and a more approachable diplomatic presence.
Emphasis on film and television expansion will remain a priority, Sun said. The government also aims to spur industry expansion in videogame and digital book production, thanks to the growing popularity of Internet technology and e-readers, Mr. Sun said.
China Fashion, Uncategorized with tags China Fashion, Uncategorized on March 1, 2011 by infoseekchina
Source: By Xu Junqian (China Daily)
SHANGHAI – Fifteen-minute specials every day on a prime time TV show for two consecutive weeks featuring a galaxy of Chinese A-list celebrities and fashion bloggers as guest hosts.
It’s the auspicious publicity every fashion house craves, and for Chanel, one of the world’s most recognized fashion houses, it was a dream come true.
Centered around its biggest ever exhibition in China, Culture Chanel, the program, sharing the same name as the exhibition, was aired at 10:30 pm every night from Jan 14 for a fortnight. It was shown on Channel Young, a Shanghai-based TV station that focuses purely on fashion and urban lifestyles, the only one of its kind in China.
Not only has it been a boost for Chanel but it is also a marketing bonanza for the TV station, with ratings climbing to an historical high of more than four points.
The program featured a documentary-like review of the fascinating life of Gabrielle Coco Chanel, the late founder of the fashion house, and her brilliant designs. It stood out like a shining beacon among the usual fare served up by rival broadcasters with its refreshing and hip touch.
“What we are doing is innovative in the Chinese media industry,” said Bao Xiaoqun, general manager of Channel Young.
“Luxury brands in China usually prefer to seek more in-depth media coverage with international magazines such as ELLE, which are believed to have a more upmarket readership, whereas television is tailored to all viewers. But we are proving we can make programs as elegant, effective and value-for-money as the magazines, if not more so.”
No detailed business numbers were provided from either side of the program, but it turned out to be a worthwhile exercise because the TV station has won a long list of high-class clients, including Ferragamo, Mont Blanc and Hermes.
Launched in 2003 by its parent company, Shanghai Media Group, China’s second-largest media conglomerate by revenue after China Central Television, Channel Young started as an obscure information platform, introducing popular dining and shopping venues in the bustling city.
With its clear focus on the young and hip upcoming middle classes, with their high purchasing power, and a far-sighted strategy, it gradually became one of the most popular channels in the city, and also one of the most profitable subsidiaries of the group’s 11 channels. It grossed 500 million yuan ($75.8 million) in 2010, with advertising income accounting for 90 percent of the commercial sales turnover.
It is expected that the revenue will enjoy another 20 percent jump this year, reaching 600 million yuan, while the proportion of advertising income will drop to 80 percent, an intentional effort to “decommercialize the channel”.
“With the progress we have achieved, what we are pursuing now should no longer be the simple business numbers. We want to influence the way the Chinese live, which happens to be the philosophy of our channel,” said Bao.
The influence of the channel is already far-reaching. Every boutique store, restaurant or garment that it recommended attracts huge custom the next day, with customers lining up to buy into the fashion.
However, Bao does not think that he, together with his 160 colleagues, is acting as a promoter for fashion houses in China. Instead, they are “speaking for the luxury culture behind them and that also can be created through the talent of Chinese designers”.
Bao said: “We want to tell our audiences the reason why Gabrielle Chanel, a girl abandoned by her father who grew up in an orphanage, became Coco Chanel, a household name not only in the fashion industry but also around world. It is not because of the many zeros on her price tag, but the avant-garde spirit she pioneered,” said Bao, who spent several years in France on a doctoral degree.
“In the meantime, we are looking for similarly talented designers in China to bring them into the public eye through our channel.”
In 2008, the same year that the TV station started its cooperation with international premium brands, the first season of a weekly reality TV series focusing on fashion design called Magic Scissors was produced and broadcast by the channel.
The show, which lasted 60 minutes an episode and aired every Sunday night for 13 weeks, gathered 20 contestants – mostly fashion school graduates – from all over China every year subsequently. The contestants, usually restricted in theme, time and materials, compete with each other to create the best clothes, and are judged with one or more eliminated every week. The winner gets the chance to study design at a Paris fashion institute for one year, and a contract with a local fashion house.
The show is a copy of the formidable ratings draw Project Runway, shown on TV in the United States. But as the first and only professional fashion design contest in China, it has helped many entrants, not just the champion, win more acclaim and find a better job, such as creative director, with local brands.
The channel also set up an annual Gold Thimble award, inspired by the French award of the same title, to honor the most distinguished Chinese designer of the year. The prize is a real gold thimble with a diamond border worth 200,000 yuan.
In spite of his dazzling achievements so far, Bao still feels the future will be tough and unpredictable because “the fashion industry in China has yet to be built, let alone to blossom”.
“It’s like we are the only fighters. Chinese consumers are still focusing on the sales promotions of Louis Vuitton or other big names, while individual designers are still too powerless and Chinese-born garment manufacturing giants understand little about the essence of the culture behind these big names,” said Bao.
China Fashion with tags China Fashion, Vera Wang on February 27, 2011 by infoseekchina
China Fashion with tags China Fashion on February 27, 2011 by infoseekchina
Source: By Cui Jia (China Daily)
BEIJING – Beauty may take your breath away, but a glamorous wedding is almost certain to take your savings away.
That was the message many young couples took from the first day of the annual China Wedding Expo in Beijing on Friday.
The expo, which lasts until Sunday, is a one-stop shop for those planning their big day. It is packed with 1,800 retailers, from caterers and florists to photographers and cake designers.
Thousands of future brides and grooms were busy pinning down the little details that go into creating the perfect wedding, although many found the array of choices and high prices somewhat overwhelming.
“I like this one better. It might cost more but I just want everything to be perfect,” said newly engaged Peng Ning, as she looked in the mirror while trying on a 20,000-yuan ($3,000) Spanish-made La Sposa wedding dress at the expo. “It’s a once-in-a-life event, so I don’t want to settle for less.”
Peng’s mother, who is paying for the wedding in July, could not agree more with her 28-year-old daughter. “Of course, it’s a lot of money to spend on a dress that will only be worn once, but she has no interest in cheaper brands,” she added.
Ye Shichang, director of La Sposa, said Chinese’s attitudes towards wedding dresses have changed much since the Spanish company started to do business in China 12 years ago.
“Chinese people used to rent wedding dresses because it’s cheaper, but now people want it tailor-made in Europe. Chinese have more money now, a lot more, and they want to show it,” Ye said.
He said three people have already shown an interest in the most expensive wedding dress he has brought to the expo, which cost almost 120,000 yuan.
Wu Chao, a consultant at wedding planners Princess Dairy, said: “We can give couples any kind of wedding they can imagine, as long as they can afford it.”
However, Princess Dairy’s clients Hu Xiaohan and her fiance Zhang Liang just want something simple.
“We won’t be wearing a wedding dress and tuxedo. Instead we’ll just wear plain white T-shirts and jeans and hold the ceremony at the university dining hall where we first met,” Hu said.
The couple will use the money they save to travel around China for six months in the belief such memories will be more precious to them.
China Fashion with tags China Fashion on February 26, 2011 by infoseekchina
China Fashion with tags China Fashion on February 26, 2011 by infoseekchina
China Fashion, Zhang Ziyi with tags China Fashion, Zhang Ziyi on February 21, 2011 by infoseekchina