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Legendary Fashion Designer Givenchy Dies
  • French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy designed Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
  • His clients included Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall, Jackie Kennedy and Princess Grace

His partner Philippe Venet, a former couture designer, confirmed the news.
The enduring appeal of Givenchy was showcased at this year’s Oscars, where Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman wore a custom designed outfit.  But the designer is best known for the “little black dress” worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Givenchy came from an aristocratic background, and worked alongside the then unknown Pierre Balmain and Christian Dior after World War Two.  He was employed by the avant-garde designer Elsa Schiaparelli before leaving to found his own fashion house in 1952. 
There he introduced the concept of “separates” - blouse, skirt, jacket and trouser combinations that could be matched.
The house of Givenchy paid homage to its founder in a statement as “a major personality of the world of French haute couture and a gentleman who symbolised Parisian chic and elegance for more than half a century.”
“He revolutionised international fashion with the timelessly stylish looks he created for Audrey Hepburn, his great friend and muse for over 40 years,” the house of Givenchy said. “His work remains as relevant today as it was then.”
Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, said he is “deeply saddened“ by Givenchy’s death.  “He was among those designers who placed Paris firmly at the heart of world fashion post 1950 while creating a unique personality for his own fashion label,” according to a statement released by LVMH.

Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns

Every year on October 31, North Americans of all ages celebrate Halloween. For those not familiar with the festival, it is held on the eve of All Saints' Day, and mostly it is celebrated by children who dress in costume and go from door to door collecting candy or other treats from their neighbors. Many adults and teens get in on the fun with dress-up parties. 

Exclusive Handwoven Scarf

Classic and elegant, at once beautifully traditional and yet head-turningly modern, these new FadMAX scarves are entirely hand-crafted from the finest cotton and are adorned with delicate and intricate patterns. Brighten up any day with a luxurious artisan-made scarf from the exclusive FadMAX collection.


Dong Brocade - Nian Ji, Hunan Province

Sitting in front of the loom, dressed in her traditional costume, Nian Ji is beautiful and gentle. Her brocade is both smooth and delicate and her fame grew from her mastery of the most difficult yarns while she was still only a teen. The yarn she uses is very complicated to master in weaving because the needle-work is so tiny and very tight. When stroked it feels compact and the colours are precisely located. 



Tujia Brocade - Dai'e Hu'nan Province

Artist: Dai E

Brocade is an important record of Tujia culture, with the patterns coming from daily life and divided into 6 categories: animals, plants, the night sky, daily utensils, auspicious patterns and geometric shapes, but the basic traditional patterns expand to about 120 variations.


Traditional Craft of Making Rabbit Lanterns

The Lantern Festival occurs on  the 15th day of the Chinese New Year and eating sweet dumplings and dragging the rabbit lanter in the alleys is a warm memory of childhood for many Shanghainese. With the Lantern Festival approaching, let's go looking for authentic traditional rabbit lanterns - you know they are believed to bring good luck.

Hermes, fell in love with paper-cut

Since ancient times, during the Spring Festival Chinese people have visted the temple to worship, burning incense, praying, and this gradually evolved into a form of traditional culture. Red lanterns hung high, sweet and sour sugar-coated hawthorns, as well as fine paper-cutting, all of this young children were exposed to, along with a variety of traditional snacks and other arts and crafts which were redolent of long and deeply held traditions.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Best wishes for a happy Chinese New Year to you all.  We will be taking a short break for a week and we'll see you all after that.  Stay warm!  Back soon.

The 14 Days of Valentine - Dessert first today!
The 14 Days of Valentine - D6

Hand in hand - heart to heart.  There's really no need for words - today's post speaks for itself. 

The 14 Days of Valentine - Chocolate Can be Creative

If you're still wondering what to give on Valentine's Day, it seems like chocolate is always one of the essential items on anyone's list.  We hope our creative chocolate ideas will give you some inspiration

Why is chocolate the best food of love? Because chocolate is rich in phenylethylamine (PEA), which gives people a natural "high".

The 14 Days of Valentine - YinYang Heart Card

This beautiful (and clever) Yin Yang heart card sends a sweet message to your loved one.

Send us your email address and we will forward you a template that you can print out to make this wonderful card.

The 14 Days of Valentine - heart mason jars

Prepare for the awe-inspiring day of Valentine's early by crafting these beautiful heart mason jars...

The 14 Days of Valentine - Floral Bouquet, Easy & Crafty

I could celebrate Valentine’s Day all year round! I love all the hearts, candy and of course, the pink! This year, I've searched the best of the best for you – the crafts, treats and small projects – here is what I've found! 

The 14 Days of Valentine - Tie Your Love
Playing With Chinese Style

These days it seems that if you don't include elements of Chinese style, how can you say that you are a fashion house?

Because many still can't tell the difference between Channel and Chanel, so finally Chanel wrote their name in Chinese characters on one of their sweaters! Xiang Nei Er.

What's Wrong With Nike's Designers?

Recently many sports fans screamed that NIKE's head designer had lost the plot. NIKE, what have you done? But lets take a look at what we consider to be magical new ideas. What do you think?

2 Incredible Ways to Make Pom Poms

We have written quite a few projects recently that feature pompoms, so we thought you might like to learn a couple of super-simple ways to make your own. You should use soft wool for the pompom itself, and thinner, stronger matching colour cotton to tie it.  

We hope you like these easy steps to create a new pompom for your winter hat, scarf, or little gift box.


A Little Craft Can Make a Difference to Your Life

When we were children many of us liked to try our hand at a little craft - cutting and pasting, sewing or whatever. Now we seem just to be too busy, but why not take a moment to revisit some of that childhood innocence and add a little sparkle to your life.

Keeping Craftsmanship Alive

The Japanese author, Shiono Yonematsu, mentions  "When there is no handicraft left, we discover too late the loss of the intimate relationship between a crafted object and the person it is intended for, because when an object is designed for a person it comes with no manual, but simply matches the temperament and personality of the person who uses it.  It knows their temperature, so to speak".

Realistic Star Wars Lightsaber

This Star Wars sabre looks so authentic you might mistake it for the real thing. After our previous blog we received many replies from Star Wars super-fans, so to follow up on everyone's enthusiasm, we've found something that no aficionado will be able to resist!

Will These Awaken the Force in You?

The latest in the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens, has spawned a new set of merchandise and we were taken with the fun, design features and geekiness of this selection.

Creative Crafts that Take Broken China From Trash to Treasure

When that china heirloom breaks, you won't have to stay in tears for long.  As it turns out, shattered dishes make the perfect tiles for creating one-of-a-kind mosaics.

How to Wear a Down Jacket

"You're in the swirling snow of the north, I'm in the freezing south! But of all my clothes, the most unpopular is the down coat. Often I wear it and I feel like a rice dumpling, and a moment's inattention turns me into the "Michelin Man". Must it be that a down jacket cannot be trendy? Today we're going to give you some tips so that you don't have to be freezing to death because you want to look good.  Our advice will help you to wear a down jacket without looking bloated, and you can still stay toasty warm while looking great at the same time."

Meteorite and Dinosaur Bone Rings for Men

If he is really, really special, your promise is worth more than just picking any pretty ring. Fate calculated eons ago to bring you together and this is your destiny, so don't wait - make a ring crafted from ancient materials and seal this beautiful love. 

Crochet A Cup Mat For Someone Special

Pick your favorite coloured thread and then the only necessary items are a coaster, crochet hook and scissors. You can add a little extra embellishment using a fine needle if you wish.

Peasant Painting - Art From the Heart

It comes in many guises and under many names.  Naive Art, peasant art, art naif, folk art, call it what you will but this immensely popular form of painting is a global phenomenon. You will find primitive art hanging in galleries in New York, Vienna and Paris. Chinese peasant artists are among the ranks of the best when it comes to this genre and in Jin Shan near Shanghai is a workshop and gallery showcasing some of the best naive art available. Tucked in a back street in pretty surroundings, this little gem of a gallery hosts the work of many locals, including farmers who can turn their hand from the plough and the rake to the paintbrush and easel.


How to Wear a Beanie

How to wear a beanie may seem like a really simple question, right? Just plonk it on your head and you’re good to go. However if you don't want to look like a gnome, or Frodo from Lord of the Rings, you might want to check out these style tips.


Happy New Year, 2016

Its been a great year for FadMAX.  We launched our web site and met some great artisans and craftspeople, talked to amazingly talented designers and generally had a ball.  We are so pumped and ready to rock in 2016, when FadMAX will rise to the next level! Happy New Year everyone.

The (Not-So-Simple) T-Shirt

The t-shirt has become possibly the single most wide-spread garment of our time, but there are still millions of creative ways to play with this simple clothing design.

Check these out - they need no commentary!

Lock It Or Lose It - Cool Locks

We've all used a combination lock, right?  Probably like me you used one to keep your stuff safe in your locker at school.  But check out these very cool, new, and sometime hilarious, takes on the classic combination lock.

Worldwide, Weaving Makes a Comeback

Hand weaving is making a comeback all around the world, with a whole new generation of young weavers using traditional hand looms but experimenting with new materials and techniques.

Many traditional craftspeople, as well as innovative young weavers, are reminding people about the special qualities of handmade garments, in this mass produced age.

A Stitch in Time - Embroidery Meets Watchmaking

High-end watch makers are, for the first time, exploring the decorative potential of embroidered watch dials. These limited edition, unique collectibles are adding age-old embroidery techniques to the dials of womens' watches to create faces never before seen. The results, I'm sure you will agree, are outstanding.

With China's embroiderers being amongst the world's best, we look forward to a Chinese version on the market soon.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year From the FadMAX Team!

Wishing  you and all your loved ones a merry and relaxing Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year !

We have enjoyed your company this year and look forward to more fun in the future.

Without Food, How Can You Call It Christmas?

Today everybody has probably moved into "Silent Night" mode, but with any family gathering food comes first.

Christmas Is a Time for Dressing Up Your Home

Christmas is one of the most romantic times of the year.  Listen to the midnight chimes, reunite with your family and show your devotion by dressing up the home.

This Christmas Choose a Masculine Gift for Your Partner

Christmas has rolled around again, so put in some thought to get something special for your partner.

Muji's Simple Style

Dec 12, saw Shanghai HuaiHai road opened yet another MUJI outlet!

Muji's style has always been simply functional, but to me lacks passion and life.

Creativity Lights Up Your Life

Different lights can create different meanings in people's eyes.

Christmas is Just Around the Corner - Why Not Make Your Own Lights?
A Strong Metallic Theme Going Here

When you get used to Muji's Japanese style, or Ikea's European flavour, consider also the use of metal to introduce a new feel.

What is Victoria's Secret?

If you even get onto the Victoria's Secret stage, then you are already a success.

The Traditional Oil Paper Umbrella Unfurled

Zheng Yinghai holds a real oil paper umbrella as he walks in Tengchong, Yunnan province, Nov 30, 2015. [Photo/SIPA]

How the Nouveau Riche Stay Cool in the Monster City
Traditional Miao Artists Explore New Techniques

On the eve of Miao New Year, Oct 28, 2015, Miao artists applied age-old artisitc motifs to modern graffiti

Thai Silk - a Gift Fit For a King

Thailand is renowned for their beautiful landscapes as well their food and of course their culture.  Thai silk may be the most memorable gift you could bring from Thailand, carrying as it does thousands of years of heritage.

Nothing Wrong With Fancy

People always desire beauty - something that transcends the mundane.  If simple is not enough for you then these leading-edge designs will transport you to new realms of imagination

Hey, think you're creative? What about this?
Creative? You Bet!
Mementos from Japan - The package may be the most expensive part

Many people say that gifts from Japan are really good.  Quality and build are of high standard, but looking at the packing you know how careful, even cautious, they are.

The Art of the Leaf

To me, autumn is the best season.  The leaves are drifting down, the clouds scud across blue skies, the autumn rains all combine to make a miraculous feeling. Even the air in autumn feels different, as winter approaches. Many artists and designers will find inspiration from this season, using a palette of colours from their pencil box or paint tray to draw their changing city or the tones of nature.

Gender Neutral Style

Women don't need to be ladies all the time.  Why not put that dress back in your cabinet and try a handsome, but neutral, new look?

Out-of-the-Box Thinking
Eastern Hand-painted Ceramics

Economies take off, urban development grows and as a result hundreds of old shops disappear and history goes with it. Cao Zhi Xiong is the manager of Hong Kong's last hand-painted ceramic store.  Fifty percent of his products are custom made and most of his output goes to high-end hotels in Hong Kong or is exported to England's upper class as decoration, often emblazoned with a family's coat-of-arms.  

Their ceramic factory in Kowloon Bay is a wonderland of treasures.

Chinese Silver Filigree
Starbucks Cups? I think mine are better!
I Paint Starbucks Cups
Autumn's not over, but what about autumn leaves as accessories!
The Past and Present of Miao Embroidery and Their Decorative Silver
The New Fashion of Hand-Painted Tattoos
The World of Fimo Jewellery
Your Scarf, Your Way...
Food Meets Art
Old Wood - New Look
Flowery Ornamentation
Embroidery from the Capital
Ceramic Meets Fun

When classic, sober ceramic is transformed into something naughty, it is such fun to see just how amusing it can be.

Charming Tibetan Collectibles

Envision the beautiful, mysterious Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, with its pure blue sky, ancient temples and devout believers. This way of life is conveyed through these collectibles imbued with the character and timelessness of Tibetan culture ...

Get The Sweet Taste of Shanghai Fashion Week

The Shanghai Fashion Week SS16 just finished, with nearly 50 different styles of fashion on show. From sports to modern, from retro elements to street yuppie ...... many of them brought us a fresh wave of designs.

In October, Shanghai Fashion Week, Spring-Summer 2016, Yan Man' s  show is titled "How Sweet Do You Want It?"   The theme is shuttling between Shanghai and Taipei, but it doesn't matter which city - you will feel her sweetness and love.

Paper and Light
Shadow Puppets - The First Movies

Shadow plays are the world's oldest animation art, and many people think they the predecessor of modern cinema. So let's go back to old times and appreciate the charm of the shadow play.

Planting a Tree Inside Your Home
Chinese Knots
The Beauty of Miao Silver
Linen - The Fibre of Summer
Closer To Nature Wearing Wood

Wood is widely used in our lives. Some like wood's color, others like the texture and feel. But using wood as jewelry, it seems not everyone has heard about this idea.

Cool Home Design to Make Your Friends Envious
Everything can be worn on your head
Go home for Mid-Moon Festival
Funny by Design? !
The Art of Paper Cutting
Beautiful Bamboo in Open Spaces

Bamboo can separate you from the hustle and bustle of the world and bring a sense of inner peace to a living space.

What Is Your Cup Of Tea?

Two ceramic styles battle each other

Meet Me Before it is Too Late - Sum Kee Steamer

Once, people in Hong Kong could view steamers being produced everywhere, but in the 1980s almost all production moved to the mainland. Mr. Lin Yinghong's company is located in Sheung Wan, and is Hong Kong's last existing steamer production company.

Use Your Bike Seat as a Lock

When riding in the big city, maybe you're like me - annoyed to always have to carry a big stupid lock, then put a heavy chain through the wheels or remove the seat with numerous complicated steps. But you cannot think of any other way to protect your precious bike from being stolen ...... Well forget all of this and let's look at Li Xianghua (Lee Sang Hwa), Kim Jin-ho (Kim Jin Ho) and Yang Gu Min (Yeo Min Gu)'s Seat Lock design. Just twist and rotate the seat down, and in seconds you can quickly and firmly secure the rear wheel of the bicycle, without the need for any additional locking devices. Seat Lock bicycle lock won the German Red Dot Design Concept Award.

Photographs 1987-2012 (c)Red Dot Design Awards