godfrey-deeny

What better opportunity to stylishly rebrand your country than a fashion week-even if a blinkered devotion to the status quo occasionally prevails. Take China, where scarcely a decade after the Tiananmen Square massacre, Beijing staged an eight-day season, its main runway located next to the square. But while in New York or Paris front rows are allotted to editors in chiefs, critics, major league buyers, and celebrities, in China there is an additional category: Communist party officials. Several dozen, attired in terrible suits, sat through all the evening shows. And, when the models left the catwalk, a portly member of the cadre, invariable in the worst suit, would make a very, very long speech, applauded by his fellow party members.
—  Fashion critic Godfrey Deeny in Style.com/Print Spring 2012