A Tale Of Three Cities: Shanghai


Fashion inspiration can be drawn from anywhere. To prove it, I’ve partnered with one of my favorite photographers, Shawn Chavez, to style a lookbook inspired by three cities around the world but shot right here in Los Angeles.

In the first installment of this three-piece series, A Tale of Three Cities, Shanghai served as my inspiration. I love all of the fashion influences that come out of Asia, especially the street style, but it was the architecture and bright lights of Shanghai that inspired this look.


When you look at Shanghai’s famed waterfront from across the Huangpu River, you see this beautiful promenade lined with contemporary buildings that all spark in an array of colors. It looks like something out of The Jetsons.

At night, you see all of these yellow, orange, red and purple lights harmoniously painting the skyline, and then all of those colors are mirrored against the dark waters of the river. It’s beautiful and it’s what inspired my look, let me break it down.


The most distinct building on the waterfront is the Oriental Pearl Tower because of its futuristic and intricate design. The building has two speckled spheres that light up in shades of pink and purple, just like my Mr Turk blazer.

My black pants have the same speckled pattern to represent the reflection of the lights against the dark waters of the Huangpu River.

The Oriental Pearl Tower is framed by yellow lights beaming from buildings on opposite sides, and hence, my yellow Vogue Eyewear sunglasses.





Come back next week for the second installment of A Tale of Three Cities where I style a look inspired by Amsterdam.

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