The importance of a daily routine

This film on Nowness features a group of Chinatowns elderly residents who have gathered daily in Columbus park for the last 30 to practice luk tung kuen, a specialist Chinese form of exercise.

Discovered by video director Alexa Karolinski and fashion designers Zoe Latta and Mike Eckhaus when they were looking for Tai chi experts to star in a fashion film for their fashion label—Eckhaus Latta.

“We’d seen tai chi a million times but we’d never seen something this amazing,” says Karolinski. “For these beautiful old ladies who meet every morning it’s a routine in their daily lives, it’s part of their identities.”

Before shooting, Latta and Eckhaus brought a selection of their collection to the park for the women to pick and mix with their own clothes.

“When I interviewed one woman, she wouldn’t stop talking about these uniforms they used to practice in,” says Karolinski. “She wished they still had them and was nostalgic about a yellow one they had in summer. The way people dress is the way they identify themselves, and that’s exactly fashion.”

 

1 Comment

  • Sandra says:

    I love this film clip of older ladies doing luk tung kuen with such enthusiasm. I wish we had classes like that over here. I used to do Tai Chi, but after a couple of years I decided I preferred to be out
    walking in the fresh air and enjoying nature.

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