Midnight Bloom  "Subnight Youyou"

ARETE Fall Winter 2017

Bloom Midnight  "Midnight quiet Yang" is ARETE 2017 autumn and winter series of theme, the theme to dark brown and midnight dark and white gardenia, amber as the main colors, the pastel colors and flowers from the very nature of applied A sense of architectural outline. The short film progresses through a combination of dance and landscaping, and the dancers are like delicate flowers in midnight, walking in the light and darkness.

Director: Derryck Menere

Co-Producers: Jasmine Ting, Qian-Qian Ding

Fashion Design: Christina Liao @ Arete

Talent: Vivian Chen

Studios: Central Studios Shanghai

HMUA: Tangtang

Camera: Derryck Menere

Photographer: Mandy Cai

Assistant: Xiao Yin @ DMPhotography

Music: Vaults by Tor



/ ARETE is a term derived from the ancient Greek, used to describe the humanity's excellence. Founded in Shanghai in 2013, ARETE has designed a relaxed and comfortable city full of urban feel for women through the fusion of Chinese and Western culture and craftsmanship. /

Jasmine Ting Ding Naifen

/ ARETE Brand founder and executive director Jasmine Ting (Jasmine Ting), born and raised in New York, Columbia University, majoring in economics, investment consulting at Lehman Brothers and other investment banks, in 2010 at the Johns Hopkins University Advanced International The Institute of Advanced Studies in International Studies was a top assistant to the Alexander Wang brand in 2011. ARETE was founded in 2013 in Shanghai. /

Derryck Menere

/ Photographer / cameraman from Australia, focused on mining and creating the beauty of elegance from the fragmentation of life. Its long-term close cooperation with well-known architects, interior designers and product designers, for the wonderful concept of exquisite design and details, to find the most appropriate performance. /


“Launched in Shanghai in 2013, ARETE has quickly made a name for itself in the fashion industry. As a womenswear brand, they have become known for providing distinctive and high-quality fabric work through Chinese culture and female empowerment. Recently, they shot their video Midnight Bloom with Derryck Menere at Central Studios. We chatted with the founder Jasmine Ting, the designer Christina Liao, and Derryck (the director of video Moonlight Bloom, who is also Jasmine's husband) to share their inspirations, motivations, and the story of ARETE.”

如果有上海时装周有最佳爱情奖,我觉得最应该颁发给这对夫妇。二零一四年相识,一六年举办了婚礼,结为夫妻。在 Jasmine 的朋友圈里,写着这样一段话:

嫁给最好的朋友,到底是什么样子的呢。在 Jasmine 和 Derryck 的婚姻里,特别容易得晓。收到 ARETE 最新系列影片 Midnight Bloom《子夜幽漾》,影片在奂镜拍摄。起初数码办公室的三个人,凑在一起看,看了一遍又一遍。因为影片的张力,让人一时间想不到任何东西,却又能想到特别多的东西。作为一个采访方,我们想要尽可能的在采访中,可以“偷学”一点 ARETE 的设计表达方式,以及影片导演 Derryck 的才华。网路上搜寻了很多 ARETE 的信息,甚至在这对夫妻的朋友圈划了将近半个小时,发现了原来 Jasmine 说的“我嫁给了我最好的朋友”的原因,不需要去朋友圈看,只要看看夫妻档合作拍出的影片就好了 - 默契大过天。


Midnight Bloom 《子夜幽漾》

ARETE 秋冬 2017

二零一七年,Jasmine 和 Derryck 第一次合作,为 ARETE 拍摄了 2017 年春夏系列短片《在风中》,短片中通过自然草叶元素,真真切切的展示了 ARETE 刚柔并济的灵魂。这部影片是 Derryck 的第一部时尚影片,得到了 2017 IFFA(International Fashion Film Awards 国际时装电影金象奖)提名。影片的绝对共鸣,就是“嫁给最好的朋友”的最好解释。当许多人还在纠结于女朋友回答“好”到底是好还是不好的时候,Derryck 和 Jasmine 已经打破了甲乙双方在构思、设计、拍摄再到输出上能不能合拍这个世纪性难题。而作为一个男性,Derryck 从抽象创意到执行拍摄再到剪辑,实实当当的将 ARETE 这个女装品牌中女性独有的质感,表达的极其通透。为什么呢?他技术上的到位毫无疑问,但也可以说这些完美的影片,它们所携带的情感传达,是因为爱情呀。



ARETE 春夏 2017

开春的首次合作势头特别好,ARETE 和 Derryck 今年接上了第二棒的合作,为一七年秋冬系列拍摄短片。这部短片就是开头提到的 Midnight Bloom《子夜幽漾》。为了这部影片,他们邀请到国内知名舞蹈表演艺术家陈艳(Vivian Chen)担任创意编舞并亲自出演。穿着 ARETE 秋冬系列,在虫鸣与波光中开幕,动静态结合,从精心编排的舞蹈和成熟的表现力下,结合彰显出独特魅力 。影片的简介是这么写的:







几遍过后,拉住数码部的同事沈易和慕然又看过几回。显而易见的是,男生们开口就是器材灯光,执行上的问题;而女生们的关注则在 - 一个细腻到百变风情的女性时装影片,一个男生是如何在输出时候,得到大众,以及甲方,也就是他的妻子,Jasmine (ARETE创始人),还有 Christina Liao (ARETE 首席设计师)的认可呢?Derryck 给出的关于  “如何打破甲乙双方世纪性矛盾”之小撇步中,毫无疑问,包含了他自高中以来,每天泡在暗房中摸索的摄影知识;以及来到中国十多年间,通过各种渠道和项目,自学拍摄和剪辑影片,我们认为很重要的一点还有,他和 Jasmine 之间,“最好的朋友”的默契。 ( 以下 Jasmine Ting,Derryck Menere  和 Christina Liao 分别简称为 JT,DM 和 CL)

ARETE brand creation so far, never deviate from the core. Many people suspect that as a founder of a design brand, designers, how to design, life and business to reach a consensus. In fact, from the core of ARETE, the invisible conclusion of the game of the three. Like art comes from the same life, design from life, service life, groom life, in terms of business, has become a rather lovely promotion. The image of ARETE's urban Mulan created by Jasmine Ting and Christina Liao resonates clearly with many women who pursue objective subjective double freedom. The Derryck's output, with experience and harmony with the brand's founder, will resonate with this spectator from a visual point of view.

So you see, to solve the contradiction between the two sides, it is not no way ah. Become the best friend, then get married!</s>

All images in the video

Director: Derryck Menere

Co-Producers: Jasmine Ting, Qian-Qian Ding

Fashion Design: Christina Liao @ Arete

Talent: Vivian Chen

HMUA: Tangtang

Camera: Derryck Menere

Photographer: Mandy Cai

Assistant: Xiao Yin @ DMPhotography

Music: Vaults by Tor

Special thanks to Central Studios Shanghai


Screening for The 48 Hour Film Project


"On Sunday, November 5, Shanghai teams submitted the results from their weekend of blood, sweat and tears – a completed film! Just a couple of day prior these were only ideas in heads of our filmmakers and now they have come to life.

You won’t want to miss seeing the films at our Premiere Screenings!"- http://www.48hourfilm.com/shanghai



Participating Teams:

A Melancholic Wet Dream


As we all start to cool after a scorching summer, the Shanghai cultural calendar hots up. September opens with a blistering of weekend street culture, fashion and art. While YOHOOD is sweeping across Shanghai for its annual event next weekend, we are excited to announce that Central Studios will present Los Angeles based photographer Alexander Bortz with his first solo exhibition in Shanghai  - A Melancholic Wet Dream.

夏天好像离我们越来越远,夏天好像再一次靠近。不过这又怎么了?还是公路商店的哥儿们说的对头,眼光要长远,命运只有安排,先活下去保证自己的生活。现在活下来了,那么也该扒拉汲取点营养丰富一下精神艺术生活。九月活动满的当当响,YOHOOD 早就横扫朋友圈。我们也来给九月加加戏。九月一日至三日,常驻洛杉矶的摄影师 Alexander Bortz,将来到奂镜,举办他这次世界巡回展的中国站影展 - 《一个忧郁咸湿梦》(希望这位亚历山大朋友永远不要知道这个不着调的翻译)

Alexander Bortz started taking photos of his daily life in his early twenties, taking photos and documenting what he and his interesting friends did around their city. Soon after, his dad shipped him an old Canon AE,  and firmly launched Alex into a love of photography. He ended up carrying it around all the time. Now, he specializes in fine Art & Fashion Photography. While he explores both sides of the industry, Alex has established himself as one of the most up and coming exciting photographers, having worked closely shooting and designing album covers for A$AP Mob's "Cozy Tapes" & Vince Staples "Big Fish Theory", among other leading luxury brands.

当时二十出头的 Alexander Bortz,因为对校园生活,突然间的不知所措, 想找寻一些事来提起对生活的热度。他选择了拍照记录他和朋友的日常。不久后收到父亲寄来的佳能AE胶片机,也是这个旧相机,彻头彻尾的将他带上了迷恋摄影之路,相机不离身。专攻美术与时尚摄影的他,快快的成为了业界里倍受好评的摄影师。不久前给 A$AP Mob 的专辑封面。也紧密的为许多国际知名的奢侈品牌拍摄了作品。

A$AP MOB's Cozy Tapes VOL. 2

©️ Alexander Bortz

Maxine in Gucci

©️ Alexander Bortz

George in Dior Homme

©️  Alexander Bortz

ka & Kevin

©️ Alexander Bortz


©️ Alexander Bortz



This is a series inspired by classic nudes photographers such as Robert Mapplethorpe & Irving Penn. Alexander Bortz found himself another way to tell stories and enjoy the beauty - using motion & color to subjects rather than just capturing a moment. During the 3-day exhibition, Alexander Bortz will also be offering his limited edition t-shirts for sale.

这一系列的作品,自述深受 Robert Mapplethorpe 和 Irving Penn 所拍摄的经典裸体摄影启发。一直专攻与美术与时尚摄影的 Alexander Bortz,找到了自己的方式 - 动态和彩色的交互,让它们融合一体,去向观赏者讲述作品其中关于美的故事。影展总历时为三天,期间也将能在现场买到 Alexander Bortz 限量t恤。

Come visit this specially curated exhibition by Alexander Bortz, opening night is September 1. Indulge yourself and get inspired with his beautiful work. Peddler's Gin will be present at the event serving up a wide spectrum of mixed drinks along with craft beer, cider and wine. See you!

九月一日星期五不要再问去邊度了,傍晚六点,请来和我们一起开幕啦。Peddler's Gin 将会在开幕现场提供酒水,精酿啤酒、果酒和红酒,酝酿搭配这个色彩浓郁的“梦”。

CS Fair Day 17 Photo Recap


This past Sunday, we hosted the Central Studios‘ annual fair day - One Summer Day. Sun, music, and great fun were in the air. Thank you to all of our loyal community guests for joining us and making it One memorable Day.

天气漂亮到让人感动的上个周日,我们举办了今年的奂镜年度市集 “盛夏一日”,天时地利人和,三合一,功力奇效。谢谢所有来找我们玩的朋友,和我們一起,把周日过出了它本来就该有的红红火火恍恍惚惚淋漓尽致的样子。


△ Wall mural by Allan Marshall

Our charity support was a large success this year, due to your generous donations, and the unused clothing and electronics that were dropped off at our recycling stations. Your support will benefit The Library Project in their continued growth in providing community libraries to rural areas, and to the projects supported by Green Initiatives.

今年的慈善捐赠,也得到了五湖四海地球两端的支持,内力运功鼓掌,感谢所有捐赠的你们。当天收集的旧衣服和无用电子产品,也都已经整理完整。你们的慷慨之意都将进入 图书馆计划 的慈善部,继续捐建阅读室,广益全中国各地的偏远地区居民;另一部分将捐入 绿色倡议,来支持所有环保项目。


Last but definitely not least, a special shout out to Beats by Dr Dre for their tremendous support, providing our fabulous photo booth and raffle prizes. Stay tuned to see our One Summer Day recap video!

压轴点,动用全身经脉,十成功力,特别感谢 Beats by Dr Dre 对这次市集活动的支持,为市集当天带来实体滤镜 photo booth 以及即将要送出去的限量版银色耳麦奖品。鞠躬。先看看照片,锁定奂镜频道,我们很快就会发送市集当天的视频啦!