Friday, August 12, 2016

STYLISH DESTINATIONS - TAIPEI

By Eva Fydrych

A City Full of Surprises
Discovering the trendy side of Taipei

Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine



Modern, vibrant and super interesting - those three words perfectly describe Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, best known for the landmark Taipei 101 skyscraper officially classified as the world's tallest in 2004 (and remained such until the opening of Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010).

For those already familiar with main Asian cities such as Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, or Bangkok, Taipei offers an interesting alternative. For anyone visiting Asia for the first time, the Taiwanese capital is a great introduction to this fascinating continent and its vibrant and diverse culture.


"Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is a modern metropolis with Japanese colonial lanes, busy shopping streets and contemporary buildings." - Wikipedia



Taipei 101 (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)


SHOPPING

Taipei offers a lot of shopping opportunities - from night markets to high-end designer stores and exclusive department malls. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to clothes, shoes, and accessories.

Shilling Night Market, located in the Shilin District of Taipei, is often considered to be the largest and most famous night market in the city. You can find everything here: from food vendors and small restaurants to numerous street stalls and trendy boutiques selling clothes and accessories. It's a fun place to hang out with friends in the evening! To read more about the market, please click here.

Local boutiques offer an interesting selection of both Taiwanese and international labels. Many places have their own unique style and eye-catching contemporary interiors.



SunYuHong (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

DOUCHANLEE

Shopping at eslite (Xing Yi branch)

#nude (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)


NEW TRENDS

One of the biggest fashion events in Taiwan, Taipei IN Style, takes place twice a year at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. Organised by the Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF), the event features top Asian fashion brands and aims to present the diverse landscape of the Taiwanese industry to international press and buyers. From established designers such as Isabelle Wen or Athena Chuang to emerging brands such as CRYSTAL WANG, C.T.LIU, S,CABONATE, SunYuHong, AUSTIN. W, NOELC, bLender, and 3rd PARTY COOKIE, there is so much happening in Taiwanese fashion right now!

What makes Taipei IN Style even more exciting is the fact that it provides a showcase for fashion brands and designers from other Asian countries as well, mainly from South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, and China. Some of them have already established a strong presence on the Taiwanese market and many sell their products internationally.



bLender (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Isabelle Wen (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)



There were several brands that caught our attention last season including: BLIND by JW (Hong Kong), DARE TO DREAM (Hong Kong), Niin (China / Taiwan), #nude MADE BY SUOI (Hong Kong / Taiwan), ANVEGLOSA by Annette Chan (Hong Kong), Chow Tan Tan (Hong Kong), methodology by Glori Tsui (Hong Kong), FAVEbyKennyLi (Hong Kong), SchulzWorks Jewelry (Taiwan), AROMA (China), B.YU DESIGNS (Hong Kong), F.KNIT (Taiwan), JIHNOY (South Korea), KOTIPESA (Taiwan), SOPHIAWU (Taiwan), TOTEM (Taiwan), TRAVELER (Taiwan), GOJI LIN (Taiwan), ZIHAN (China), Jenny Fax (Japan), and Kittie Yiyi (Malaysia).


From elegant evening gowns to trendy streetwear and funky accessories, Taipei IN Style does excellent job in presenting different faces of Asian fashion and showcasing the latest trends in the industry. Highly recommended!



DOUCHANLEE (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Jenny Fax (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)


ATTRACTIONS

To read more about Taipei attractions, visit official Taiwan Tourism website.


DID YOU KNOW?

"Dining out is so popular that many studio apartments in Taipei don't have kitchens: eating is cheap, casual and tasty." - Lonely Planet


"Great care has been taken to make it a truly liveable place for people: public transport grids the city well and is fast and cheap; every few blocks there's a park with a generous supply of benches, shelters and flowers; good (and sometimes great) coffee is everywhere; the MRT has courtesy umbrellas free for rainy days; and a clean and free public toilet is never far away." - Lonely Planet


Songshan Cultural and Creative Park (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Jenny Fax

One of the stores at Taipei 101 shopping mall

Taipei 101 shopping mall (on the right)

Colourful pavement in the city centre

Chanel window display (Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)



STYLISH ACCOMMODATION

Crystal chandeliers, fashion magazines in the lobby, unique pieces of furniture, lots of mirrors, and constant Fashion TV stream in the elevator allowing you to catch up with the latest runway shows - welcome to the trendy FX Hotel!



Stylish lobby (Photo courtesy of FX Hotel)

Photo courtesy of FX Hotel

FX Hotel - lobby (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)



Another hotel worth mentioning, Lealea Garden Hotel, is a good option for business travellers. This modern hotel has convenient location next to the major shopping mall (the Living Mall), and not far from Nangang Exhibition Hall and “Taipei’s Silicon Valley” - the Neihu Science Park.

Lealea features a spacious rooftop terrace and a fitness centre where you can regain your energy for the next busy day in the city. There are several local shops and restaurants nearby.



Lealea Garden Hotel (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

View from Lealea Garden Hotel (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)



The Tango Group, one of Taiwan’s best boutique-hotel chains, offers state-of-the-art accommodation in the heart of Taipei. As an excellent alternative to large hotels, all their properties have amazing location, easy access to facilities, and the highest level of convenience.

Located in the heart of Taipei, close to Nanjing Fuxing (南京復興) station, Tango FuHsing provides relief from the fast-paced hustle and bustle of the city.

The Tango offers elegant rooms with Contessa chair, Kohler and Hansgrohe bath units, Micro-bubble Jacuzzi, SONY flat panel TV, and Pioneer stereo system. The hotel provides everything you need for a relaxing and comfortable stay. Read our review of Tango FuHsing here.



Tango FuHsing - lobby (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Photo courtesy of Tango FuHsing

Relaxing time at Tango FuHsing (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)


TECHNOLOGY

Complimentary Wi-Fi can be accessed in many places across the city - parks, shopping centres, and public areas - making life so much easier and stress-free.


"Taipei is a tough little city whose beauty lies in its blend of Chinese culture with a curious fusion of Japanese, Southeast Asian and American influences." - Lonely Planet



LOVE sculpture outside Taipei 101 (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)



See you in Taipei in November! :)


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*Special thank you to Taiwan Textile Federation, FX Hotel and The Tango Group for hosting Fashion Studio Magazine in November 2015.


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3 comments:

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