Wil.I.Am of Black Eyed Peas recently sported one of Candy & Caviar’s signature hooded vests at Fergie’s birthday party, inspiring us to learn more about this up-and-coming fashion label. We learned that one of the owners and designers of Candy & Caviar was none other than fellow Beijing beauty, Ms. Candy Lin. Young, driven and with an expert eye for trend-setting details, Candy is someone you will one day see in the pages of Vogue and brag to friends, “I knew her back when ...” Like her line of clothing, Candy’s fashion sense is a mixture of sophisticated vintage Hollywood made modern with the bold style of contemporary urban wear. Take this fabulous red “Audrey” coat she is wearing—a design which sold out just 24 hours after being put on sale at www.80spurple.com. Inspired by Miss Hepburn, this coat flares out like an old Hollywood dress, yet its satin plum lining and over-sized hood make it distinctively modern. Candy, a self-diagnosed shop-a-holic, loves to peruse the shops at Lane Crawford and Shin Kong Place: “My favorite stores are Chanel, Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Club Monaco ... I also like little finds on Nanluoguxiang and in stores at 3.3.” As for her custom-made pieces, Candy gets fabrics from the Muxi Yuan Fabric Market. “My outfits are usually a big mix of things that can range from ¥10 to ¥20,000.” When she isn’t out sourcing new materials or making sure the factory gets every delicious detail just right, you can see Candy at the Candy & Caviars Beijing showroom in China Central Place: “I live to inspire and be inspired. What Andy Warhol has done for pop art, what Frank Gehry has done for architecture and what Run DMC have done for hip-hop is what I want to do for fashion.” Big words for this pint-sized Fashionista, but ones that we have no doubt she will fulfill.
Name: Candy Lin
Occupation: Occupation: Designer at Candy & Caviar
Fashionista: MeiLi Autumn
For more style analysis or fashion insight, visit MeiLi's website, www.MeiLiAutumn.com
Photographer: Tao Zi
Hair and Makeup: MeiLi Autumn
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You may can't find lots of BESTs in Beijing, but it's really worth seeing, hearing, learning and enjoying. Sometimes quiet, sometimes crazy.