China: The new It Girl

In news that has surprised no one, GMA is reporting that Asia’s largest wine fair, Vinexpo, is seeing a lot of budding drinkers turn to France for their favourite vino:

“Around 1,000 exhibitors are expected to attend the three-day expo at Hong Kong’s harbourside convention centre from Tuesday, the organisers said.
 
Thomas Jullien, the Bordeaux Wine Council’s Asia representative, who is based in the city, said producers from his region in France will be strongly represented.
 
‘After six years of steep growth, the China wine market has firmly positioned itself as the main export market for Bordeaux wines,’ he said.
 
Mainland Chinese customers bought 58 million bottles of Bordeaux wines worth 334 million euros ($420 million) last year, a 91 percent increase over the year before, he added.”

Clearly China’s untapped booze market represents a boon for the world’s alcohol purveyors. The entire world is turning to China for answers in the midst of yet another economic downturn.

The fashion world has also taken note. USA Today reports that famed designed Jean Paul Gaultier is set to storm the Chinese runways, as announced at a press conference this week:

“For a start, he plans to bring his personal exhibition, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, to Beijing and Shanghai in the near future, before launching it in his homeland and favorite city, Paris.

The exhibition was held in Montreal Museum of Fine Arts last year.

Having designed the wardrobe for many motion pictures, including Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s The City of Lost Children, Gaultier also hopes to provide his touch to Chinese movies.

‘I go to Festival de Cannes frequently. I can see that Chinese movies are very successful in France. I would like to collaborate with some Chinese films. Those from Wong Kar-wai and Ang Lee are amazing,’ he says.”

Looks like China is the new place to be for all things trendy.

Read more about China, France, America and the world beyond in the latest edition of Carnet Atlantique!

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