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Catwalk and Fairbanks streetstyle

Lion dance
#fashionover40 outfit for Chinese New Year's party @
Chinese dress from someone else’s closet with own pearls, velvet jacket, and Christian Louboutain pumps

Chinese and Fairbanks’ fashion

Happy Chinese New Year! Don’t click away. This post is about Fairbanks streetstyle and the Chinese clothes hanging in Fairbanks’ closets.

group photo of models wearing Chinese clothes @
Group photo of models on the catwalk featuring Chinese clothing from Fairbanks’ closets

Each year, the Fairbanks Chinese Student Association organizes a Chinese New Year party. As in previous years, the students invited the Fairbanks community to celebrate the Chinese New Year with them. Even the Chinese Consul came up from San Francisco, and a Lion dance team from Anchorage. In this post, I will show you some examples of how Fairbanksans dress up to celebrate.
Lion dance
Lion dance at the Fairbanks Chinese New Year party organized by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Chinese Student Association

Fairbanks Streetstyle

When there is a celebration or festive event, many Fairbanksans dress up or at least go with the vibe, while trying to protect themselves from the cold. This compromise and/or balancing act between dressing up and staying warm makes for a unique streetstyle as is documented in the following photos.

Fairbanks streetstyle @ High Latitude Style Examples of Fairbanks streetstyle. Left: Many fashionistas wear summer outfits year-round except for the footwear. Right: Wearing a thermal sweater with a denim skirt, woolen tights and heavy boots
#streetstyle in #Alaska @ Fairbanks streetstyle interpretation of the black and white trend. Young Fairbanks fashionistas pair black tights with white pumps

Uggs with bare legs means this fashionista dressed up and will probably throw some down pants over when going home. It is a custom to check your down pants, coats, and even boots at the coat clerks’.

#fashionover50 outfits for Chinese New Year's party @
Fairbanks streetstyle going with the theme of the event, but staying warm

Wearing nearly all red (left) or just adding a red item (right), but holding on to all warm, comfortable clothes are typical examples of going with the vibe, without compromising for thermal comfort.

Fairbanks streetstyle @ Fairbanks streetstyle example of going with the vibe in warm clothes (foreground), wearing fancy shoes and a summer skirt (background). Note that summer is associated with light, warmth and positive
#maturewomen Fairbanks streetstyle @ Fairbanks streetstyle example of thermal clothes, but going with the vibe

This young fashionista in the photo below just dressed up, but used Fairbanks layering techniques in all black and white.

Fairbanks streetstyle: mixing pattern and prints when layering @ High Latitude Style
Fairbanks streetstyle example for layering

Chinese fashion show

As in previous years, there was a fashion show. All items on the catwalk stem from Fairbanks’ closets. People provide their items for the models to show off. Thus, the beautiful dress I am wearing is not mine. 😦 Last year, I modeled my own dress.

#fashionmodelover40  @ On the catwalk showing off the high slit of the dress
#fashionmodelover50  @ Back view of the Chinese dress I presented at the fashion show

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Red and black Chinese dresses shown on the catwalk

Which of the streetstyle outfits is your favorite? Would you wear these outfits in your town? Which of the Chise clothes shown in the fashion show do you like the best? Let me know by commenting, I am curious.

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Photos: G. Kramm (2016)

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