Jessica Rapp

Jessica Rapp

Jessica is a contributor to Inkstone. She is a Beijing-based writer who focuses on luxury and beauty.

Here are five Chinese fast fashion labels to watch
2019 is one that will go down in fashion history, according to management consultants McKinsey & Company. They believe that Greater China will, for the first time in centuries, overtake the US as the world’s largest fashion market. Homegrown fast fashion brands are well placed to cash in. They’ve long dominated smaller Chinese cities barely penetrated by affordable international brands such as Zara, H&M and Uniqlo, and recently, they’ve been taking their collections to the international stage. “Several years ago foreign brands held a higher positioning than domestic brands, but as the definition of ‘Made in China’ has shifted, Chinese brands are becoming go-to places for their design and lif
The women who say China is ready for plus-size
It wasn’t Drake, ice buckets or falling out of cars. Two and a half years ago, the biggest viral fad in China was the A4 waist challenge: in which young Chinese women held up an A4 sheet of paper to their tiny torsos, to prove their waists were smaller than the paper. The social media contests drew raised eyebrows from Western and Chinese observers concerned about body shaming, but in mainstream media, China’s traditional beauty standards barely wavered. But now a handful of confident international fashion influencers are determined to give plus-sized women in China a voice.         View this post on Instagram                   #outfitoftheday #plussize #fashion #ootd #yello