Documentarian Samir Farooq presents a look inside the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Xinjiang region, where a burgeoning music scene is on the cusp of arrival. Across the span of small cities and vast stretches of desert, groups of young people come together to create their unique takes on hip-hop, metal, and rock music, not to mention visual art. At the heart of this documentary is the divide between tradition and contemporary art, as framed by the deep-seeded passion each group holds. Enjoy a trailer for the video above.
While its “Unite All Originals” cross-country tour is wrapping up this week in the US, the adidas Originals‘ marketing machine over is on full speed in China with an early look at the upcoming Fall 2013 Collection. Like seasons before, collection will see the re-introduction of key designs such as the adidas Originals Superstar CF and the Basket Profi Hi. There will also be an emphasis on application of new materials, such as the adidas Originals Superstar in Denim seen here. Since Fall is still far and away, designers at adidas promised there will be more interesting developments to come in the months ahead.
Two years after its first major introduction of the Nike Free line to the Greater China region, Nike will be following up with even more products this year. During yesterday’s Nike Free 2013 Media Summit for Greater China in Beijing, Nike unveiled a whole slew of upcoming releases, from Nike Free Inneva Woven, Nike Free 5.0+ EXT, Nike Free Run+ 2 Woven, to Nike Free 4.0 V2 and Nike Free Trainer 5.0. In fact, with such a dizzying array of collection on the track & field mock-up created by Studio At Large, Nike asked Robert Dolan, Nike Director for Footwear Design at Nike Running, to give attendees a synopsis on the Nike Free concept. Also in attendance were Wei Yongli, China’s top female sprinter, and Taiwanese model and author GinOy, to share their experiences wearing the Nike Free. To demonstrate the design’s effectiveness in training, Nike asked the holder of eight World Championships titles and winner of four Olympic Gold Medals, US track and field star Allyson Michelle Felix, for her verdict on the expansive Nike Free collection as a whole.
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Audi have unveiled a China exclusive iteration of the V10 powered R8 model. Featuring a “Nordic Gold” paint job, the addition of a plethora of carbon fiber pieces incorporated into the exterior design, large 19 inch “Y” spoke wheels and a black Alcantara interior helping make the design. With only 30 cars in production, a numbered aluminum gear knob with numbers 1-33 used minus 1, 14 and 24 were omitted to harmonize with the tetraphobic Chinese culture. (more…)
Flanked by UNDEFEATED‘s Eddie Cruz and the polymathic Edison Chen, Marc Dolce of Nike unveiled the 2013 Year of the Snake Collection to several regional press/media outlets earlier today in Shanghai. Organized by Nike head-honcho Fraser Cooke, the intimate setting of the event is somewhat of a departure in comparison to last month’s Nike Air Force 1 30th Anniversary Celebration. But it also marks the collection’s significance, the 12th time Nike announced a Chinese Zodiac-theme series, thus completing the zodiac cycle.
The fact snakes had a deep association with dragons in ancient China, organizers naturally named the gathering “The Way of the Snake”. Marc Dolce, the creator of the Nike Lunar Force 1, elaborated each of the series’ components that laid across the table and on the Powerwall display. This included the Nike Air Force 1 CMFT in High and Low, Nike Air Force 1 Foamposite, Nike Zoom Huarache 2K4, Kobe 8 System, Kobe 8 Red & Black, and finally, Nike Destroyer Jacket. All will be on sale at select Nike retailers worldwide starting on January 18th, 2013.
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Well this makes for bizarre news: A design by renowned architect Zaha Hadid has reportedly been pirated by another party in China, with both structures now racing to complete construction first. Designs for Hadid’s Wangjing Soho complex (above), were unveiled in August 2011 and are made up of three pebble-shaped volumes up to 200 metres high. The project is due to be completed in 2014. Meanwhile, a project in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing called Meiquan 22nd Century (below) is being built – an apparent imitation of Hadid’s design. Satoshi Ohashi, project director at Zaha Hadid Architects, has speculated “It is possible that the Chongqing pirates got hold of some digital files or renderings of the project”, while a representative for Chongqing Meiquan, the developer behind Meiquan 22nd Century, has refuted accusations of copying and posted on its blog: “Never meant to copy, only want to surpass.” What do you think? (Source: dezeen)