Confession: I know I'm Chinese, but I could never see myself wear a qipao, a traditional and well-known Chinese dress. I think it's because I've seen too many cheap fetish versions for Halloween -- aptly named "Sexy China Doll Costume" or something similar. Hm, no.
NE Tiger, a Chinese luxury label, presented its 2009 Haute Couture collection at China Fashion Week with traditional Chinese motifs and modernized silhouettes -- a collection that could represent modern China itself with its oriental and western influences.
Of course, the traditional high-necked qipao is still evident in these designs, but in graceful and elegant frames that elicit national pride -- nothing stereotypical from kung-fu movies (can you guess what my pet peeve is now?).
Modern silhouettes again, but with traditional floral patterns on silk. NE Tiger effortlessly proves that you can embrace modernity and still retain tradition -- a lesson we could all learn.