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By Xu Junqian (China Daily)

16:00, April 22, 2013

With 10 of its most popular womenswear brands, Taobao launches its first "offline fashion show" in conjunction with Shanghai Fashion Week. The brands feature collections designed by online designer teams. (China Daily/Gao Erqiang)

Stepping out from the computer screen, Taobao brings 10 popular designers to a live catwalk, Xu Junqian reports in Shanghai.

Fashion may not often capture mass attention in China, but one feature of the just-ended 2013 Autumn Winter Shanghai Fashion Week got plenty of notice. The pieces on display were not from big names such as Karl Lagerfeld, Raf Simons and Giorgio Armani, but the nameless, faceless young Chinese designers who have dressed the largest population of women in China in the past decade. Joined by 10 of the most popular womenswear brands that started from scratch on, the country's biggest online shopping bazaar launched its first "offline fashion show", running less than one hour, in conjunction with Shanghai Fashion Week.

Characterized by three themes - simple classic style, boyish style and sweet Japanese/South Korean style - the show has attracted an audience of about 600, Taobao says, mostly frequent, if not addictive, cyber-shoppers who were invited by the website.

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