Chinese and Fairbanks’ fashion
Happy Chinese New Year! Don’t click away. This post is about Fairbanks street style and traditional Chinese clothes hanging in 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.
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.
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 or thermal pants and coats, and even boots at the coat clerks’.
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.
This young fashionista in the photo below just dressed up, but used Fairbanks layering techniques in all black and white.
Chinese fashion show – catwalk with clothes from Fairbanks’ closets
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.
Which of the street style outfits is your favorite? Would you wear these outfits in your town? Which of the Chinese 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
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