The scene: Nanjing Road in Shanghai, China. Famed for being one of the busiest shopping streets in the world, over 1 million visitors browse the wide pedestrian-only thoroughfare daily. What better place to launch one of this years hottest & oddest fashion trends, Panda Shorts.
On one sunny morning in April of 2011, a group of Chinese girls marched smartly onto the clean, tiled pavement of Nanjing Road to the delight of surprised early morning shoppers and commuters. Outnumbered by a pack of photographers, the young ladies were accompanied by a mascot wearing a black & white panda suit.
It's hard to say what caused the most commotion: the noisy paparazzi, the creepy panda or the girls – each of whom was outfitted in fleecy knit Panda Shorts. I'm kinda thinking it was the girls.
The uniformly slender models seemed to reflect a range of styles from high school casual to leather jacket semi-formal, and each wore a different type of footwear. What they had in common was their Panda Shorts, stated by the manufacturer to be “free size” - what we call One Size Fits All.
One assumes Panda Shorts will be sold in the usual retail shops and department stores some time soon, though there's no hint of a selling price as yet. Here are some Panda Shorts specs, c/o the manufacturer Tonglu Gold Source Textile Co., Ltd (they make Snuggies, by the way!) located in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China:
- Waist: 54 to 73cm (via an elastic waistband)
We'd be remiss in not mentioning that the Nanjing Road photo session included several staged Kung Fu scenes, with the panda-suited foil appearing to get the worst of it.
How does a panda impersonator react to taking a nubile knee in the bamboo basket? It'd be wise not to stick around and ask... just in case he eats, shoots and leaves. (via My China Views and China Suppliers)