Ah, ‘Plum Rain’…whoever came up with the misleadingly poetic moniker for the miserable three week stretch of humid heat and nonstop rainfall that graces us each June was clearly some kind of ancient marketing genius. Still, the denizens of Shanghai are nothing if not an adaptable bunch and, ever keen to retain their reputation as China’s most fashion forward urbanites, respond with an impressive display of rainwear. Bespoke’s former French Concession perch gives us the perfect vantage point from which to view the annual fashion parade, and for those interested in updating their wardrobes, we’ve included information on where you can ‘get the look’ yourself.
The lesser-spotted ‘urban camel’.
The Two-Man Poncho
Attention thrillseekers, this one is for you! Dodging several lanes of traffic in a torrential downpour not quite risky enough for you? Then consider rendering effective control of your vehicle almost impossible by swaddling yourself and a passenger of choice in thick plastic! The ‘urban camel’, as we like to refer to it, is the bastard child of the traditional bicycle poncho and the ‘couples clothing’ we all know and, ahem, love. Get the look!
Epitomizing contemporary Shanghai style.