Welcome to reality my fellow earthlings 🙂 After the fairytale in Boss & Me with all those luxurious coats, watches, rings and props, we’ll now take a look at what ordinary human beings like us can afford or wear? This post will also explore how poor or cheapskate this production is compared to the lavishness in Boss & Me. I know I know, you are going to put the blame on my WC that most of the budget has gone to pay him. But he is a vegetarian so how much can he eat 😛 ?
Anyway this is still an eye opener as I’ve never heard of most of the brands. After these 2 drama, I’ve sort of become more informed in regards to brand names. Anyone has bought anything from these brands before since they are more affordable and casual? Please leave a comment if I’ve missed anything worth noting.
Mo Sheng’s Clothes
When the drama was airing, many netizens questioned if the production company was short of money. Weibo-ers created a hashtag along the lines of #MySunshinesProductionCrewisPoor# because Mo Sheng’s clothes look cheap like something from taobao. They even called her Miss Zhao Tao Bao 😦 The production company replied her clothes are actually quite costly and of good quality. This is also a more matured and ordinary drama compared to Boss & Me which is more youthful and rich so they’ve to dress appropriately. Most will be shown after they got married. Due to the dull color in black, white and grey, they gave you such false impression. I’ve investigated their claim and concede some of her clothes are costly but most are affordable. However it seems like some of those expensive clothes are the artistes’ personal clothes so don’t deny that you are cheap 😛
Valentino – Italy fashion brand.
Wah it is Valentino 2014 fall/winter collection which is very current compared to Feng Teng’s outdated winter clothes, lol. As you can see Carina Lau (aka Mrs Tony Leung) wore it before in different color. How can Mo Sheng afford such an expensive clothes wore during the proposal scene? Yi Chen must have bought it for her 😛
Chloe – French fashion house
This is obviously Tang Yan’s personal clothes since she wore it to Perfect Match’s promotion interview before. Wow, 2 Wallace had seen the same clothes before lol. Why can’t she wear this to Yi Mei’s wedding instead of being wasted in a supermarket 😛 ?
5Preview – Swedish brand
Hoju: 5Preview is very popular with HK stars and is a trendy brand that people try to follow. Pictures of filming for TVB dramas in magazines often see a very chic, fashionable person wearing the 5Preview brand.
Alexander Wang – American brand
This unremarkable and ordinary knee length T-shirt is actually from this famous designer, wonder never ceases?
Undercover – Japanese streetwear clothing
This is rather suitable for a professional photographer to wear but isn’t it a bit costly?
These 3 pieces of clothing that were worn during the honeymoon look like something from taobao. However they are in fact from famous overseas brands. If clothes can cry, they’ve probably cried like the ocean in Maldives 😛
Alice McCall – Australian fashion designer
Toga Archives – Japanese brand
Manoush – French feminine brand
Moschino – Italian luxury fashion house
For those who’ve read hoju’s episode 31 recap will be familiar with these foolish looking T-shirts. Yes, they don’t come cheap but they look like a zero should be omitted.
Hyoma – Japanese street fashion
I actually quite like this T-shirt for its uniqueness and cartoonish feel but this is not something I’ll wear to my marriage registration or take my wedding photo in it.
H:Connect – Korean fashion brand
From the pricing and the number of clothes used from this brand, it is evident this is the cheapest brand. You can even buy them while watching tv in China. This makes me wonder if H: Connect sponsored the clothes so saving the production company a few bucks.
All other clothes can be purchased from taobao even the designer ones as they are imitations. I won’t do a detailed listing of all the clothes that you can buy from there like I did in Boss & Me because I don’t like most of Mo Sheng’s clothes. For those who are interested, you can surf in taobao.
Yi Chen’s Clothes
Most of Yi Chen’s clothes are WC’s personal ones. That is why all those suits fitted him so well. You can see that he has good and rich taste. He likes Armani as I often see him in them. For your information he is the spokesperson for Seven Wolves known as Septwolves, a China menswear brand. In the drama, his clothes were mostly in blue, white, grey and black in line with his professional image as a lawyer. Hence, some netizens complained his clothes looked cheap. WC replied that among all his drama, his clothing for this drama are the most expensive and he was most well dressed.
Armani – Italian luxury brand
Z Zegna – Italian luxury fashion house
Hugo Boss – German luxury fashion house
Takeo Kikuchi – one of the most distinguished and long-time popular menswear brand in Japan
Burberry – British luxury brand
Gucci – Italian luxury brand
Alexander McQueen – British luxury brand
John Lobb – UK luxury shoes and boots brand
Lanvin – French high fashion house
Gant – US brand
I’ve mentioned in my episode 28 recap that the flora print shirt is from Gant.
The T-shirt that WC wore in the intense forced kiss scene is actually his own clothes which he also wore in The Amazing Race.
Many netizens complained that the production company must be very poor since WC has to wear his sister Jackie’s clothes from The Amazing Race lol. I believe it is more of a case of WC being thrifty which is a good habit. After the drama has finshed filming, WC got to keep the clothes so he gave them to Jackie. Why waste them since WC can’t wear them again as normally artiste will not be seen wearing the same clothes twice.? Such a nice brother, giving you second hand clothes, haha…
If you can understand Chinese, take a look at this video clip on the fashion in the drama:
Zocai – China jewelry brand based in Shenzhen
After reading so many foreign brands, at last there is one China home grown brand.
The Sunshine necklace is also from Zocai and it is pretty affordable.
Cartier – reowned French jeweller
Although it looks small on the screen, it is quite expensive. If you want a cheaper one, you can get the fake one below as China is notorious for its imitation goods 😦
Rebecca Wigs – from US
Hoju: Many fans have complained that, if they want to be a true “My Sunshine” fan, it is very difficult. So many expensive brand names that are unaffordable, so instead, let’s buy a “same style wig as Tang Yan”? I can only say “Ha, ha!” Do you think the wig on Tang Tang’s head is a cheap product? You are so naive! The production company explained that wigs were used to follow the plot in the novel even though Tiffany has nice flowy long hair.
I forgot who wrote she likes young Mo Sheng’s hat so this is for you 😛
Balenciaga – French fashion house
Oh such a waste to let such an expensive backpack being trampled by Yi Chen’s forced kissing lol.
Salvatore Ferragamo – Italian luxury brand
Some netizens complained lawyer He is really poor because he only had $500 in his wallet. However it is a Ferragamo wallet so he can’t be that poor. Hey Himmy, I don’t know what is the brand of the WC’s bag you asked me before. In view of WC’s rich taste, I am pretty sure it is a branded one either Ferragamo, Prada, Hermes, LV etc which is too expensive for you. Hence I’ll recommend you to get the one in taobao lol.
Jenova – China local brand
This bag which was used to store Mo Sheng’s expensive camera is very cheap, only RMB898.
Once again WC was spotted using his personal backpack. Anybody knows the brand?
Cartier Santos – reowned French jeweller
This is WC’s personal watch. See, see, I told you he has got good and expensive taste 😛
Tissot – luxury Swiss watchmaking company
Huh, really that cheap? Is it an imitation one? You’ll notice the youngsters used the cheap stuff.
Veaka – China brand
It is not surprising all Chinese brands are a lot cheaper than foreign brands.
Hasselblad – Swedish manufacturer
Wah such an expensive camera, worthy for a photographer who had returned from overseas.
Leica – Geman optics company
This is actually another of Mo Sheng’s camera white she was taking photos of Xiang Heng. Naughty WC was just playing with it 😛
Canon – Japanese brand
I wonder if the production company really bought those cameras or they were sponsored as they are pretty expensive?
T2O mode (TV to Online) was first tested with this drama. It provides interactive television shopping experience as most of the target audience for this drama are those who are internet savvy. If your mobile phone has the shopping application, you can scan the TV logo on the screen and enter the TV series interactive page. Then you can buy what is in the drama at a discount while watching it. Hence poor WC has been selling everything from bed sheets, pillow, kitchen design to clothes.
Why does our super rich Feng Teng has to share an apartment with Yi Chen? Okay, I’ll suspend belief and accept what one of my reader told me that they are living in the same building but different apartments.
Why are the interior layouts the same? Same layout but different floor? Some people may enjoy spotting the similarity in this drama with Boss & Me but I am bored. I want to see new and fresh stuff so please don’t let Xiao Nai lives there next lol. This makes me wonder why you need to rent back the same apartment unless this apartment is owned by the boss’s of the production company?
Hoju: Yi Chen’s (and Feng Teng’s while we’re at it) apartment is in the Ocean One apartment complex in Shanghai’s Pudong area. A known luxury apartment that also provides service apartments, which they call Fraser Suites, for expats. I’m speculating the production team might have rented one of the service apartments to film, since I highly doubt they would pay to own one of these. Lawyer He’s 300 square metre (~ 3200 square ft) apartment costs a whopping 57 million RMB (approximately 9.1 million USD). 28 year old Lawyer He definitely isn’t suffering. As for Feng Teng, well that’s just small change.
Sob sob, how can you do this to our great lawyer HE? Have him working in such a shabby and run-down office 😦 The production crew explained shabby looking doesn’t mean cheap and it was rented because of its suitability. They further reiterated, the whole production cost about RMB60m so approximately RMB2m per episode so in line with the production cost of first tier drama production in China. If it is not cheap then the real estate in Shanghai must be really exorbitant to make a lawyer firm rent a warehouse as office 😦
Has Shan Shan’s jewelry shop closed down so Yi Chen’s law firm has taken over the lease?
Hoju: When Lawyer He went to meet Mo Sheng at Treasure or when Mo Sheng went charging to the firm to confront Miffy, they were actually only a hop and a skip away. 😉 Yes, the same general site was used for Yuan Xiang He Law Firm, Treasure’s office, and the coffee shop that Mo Sheng and Xiao Xiao like to have their girl talk in. All those scenes were filmed at M50 Creative Park, a former textile factory and warehouse area now turned art district. A quick look at some google images makes me suspect that perhaps the gallery Ying Hui built for Mo Sheng’s photos might have been filmed in one of the art galleries here as well, but that is not confirmed. And yes, I recognize it as the filming site for tons of Boss and Me scenes as well…
Did you notice the airport, Ying Hui’s office and the auditorium where Ying Hui gave his speech are familiar looking? Yes, they are all the same place. Wow, this is even worse than a TVB production but HK is small and there is a lack of space. Can’t they find 3 different venues to film them? So sloppy 😦
Hoju: Airport scenes (whether they be New York, California, Shanghai, or HK), Ying Hui’s American office, Chang Hua University’s auditorium where Ying Hui spoke, and even the off-campus debate competition they supposedly took the bus to were all filmed at Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts (SIVA). They probably used all their money renting that luxury apartment so they had to scrimp and save and rent the school for several scenes…?
Hoju: We saw this office all over Boss and Me and it was also the site of that business meeting in episode 1 where Lawyer He schooled Xu Ying. The filming was done in the newly Nov 2014-completed Sky Soho building in Hongqiao Shanghai.
Hoju: The site of the proposal and the kiss that turned into a sputter. 😉 “Mo Sheng said she likes ‘dated’ things, but this chapel is not the least bit old. It is the chapel on the property of the relatively new Starwood hotel, Le Méridien She Shan Shanghai and was built specifically for weddings held at the hotel.” If you look carefully in the photo below taken from within the hotel, you can see the chapel out the window.
Hoju: The Chang Hua University scenes were filmed mainly Shanghai Normal University (SHNU) and some at Soochow University campus. However, as peanuts had mentioned, when Wallace and Tang Yan went back to re-film their version of the university scenes, school had already started so they were limited on how much they could do.
Hoju: Yi City scenes, including the one where young Mo Sheng meets the young Yi Mei for the first time when they are on winter break, mainly were filmed on the historic Duolun Road in Shanghai.
Hoju: Most scenes in the United States were filmed on an island in the Yangcheng Lake in Suzhou.
Rio Wine – This needs no introduction as you’ve seen it in Boss & Me and practically every episode of My Sunshine. However you may not be aware of the different kinds of Rio products. Did you notice the canned drinks that Mo Sheng knocked down when she saw Yi Chen in the supermarket are Rio canned drink?
999 Gan Mao Ling Ke Li – 999 Effective Granulated Cold Medicine
Yakult – for those from Malaysia, this is different from the Vitagen produced in Malaysia.
Nongfu Spring – bottled water. I think Yi Chen has a fridge full of them.
Haima – Mazda in disguise 😛 Bongsd said everyone in the drama drives Haima except Yi Chen gets to drive his white BMW in accordance to the novel.
Red Bull – If you live in China, you either drink Red Bull or Rio 😛
Apple Mac – this needs no introduction so I am not sure why it was doing product placement?
Hoju: Other product placements less obvious in the drama but still there are Taobao app and Laiwang app (both Alibaba products)