Dior Homme Shows in Hong Kong

HONG KONG — Dior Homme presented a special runway show Friday night here with a bevvy of Asian celebrities in attendance and a much buzzed-about afterparty headlined by Paris-based electronic collective Club Cheval.

Stars from across the region came to Hong Kong’s historic Shaw Studios to see the 2016-2017 winter collection live, featuring a mishmash of codes from Eighties New Wave and skate subcultures. Those who attended included Korea’s Song Joong-ki of “Descendants of the Sun” film fame, whose presence drew throngs of young teenage girls outside the party hoping to catch a glimpse of him, as well as Chinese actors Shawn Dou and Nick Cheung Ka Fai, singer Miriam Yeung and Jin Akanishi of J-pop boy band KAT-TUN.

Getting the pan-Asian appeal right was important to the brandA brand (or marque for car model) is a name, term, design, symbol or other feature that distinguishes one seller’s product from those of others.[2] Brands are used in business, marketing, and advertising. Initially, livestock branding was adopted to differentiate one person’s cattle from another’s by means of a distinctive symbol burned into the animal’s skin with a hot branding iron., designer Kris Van Assche said. While Dior Homme has done shows in other major cities in China, this was its first in Hong Kong.

“We’d gone to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou before, basically moving towards the south,” Van Assche said. “This show is about addressing the whole of Asia rather than [just China]. I had never had the chance to come here so it was the perfect occasion.”

A self-described New Wave boy in his youth, Van Assche said he’d cast several local guys for the show, flying in people from Dior’s Paris atelier to do the alterations.

“With this show tonight, it again is a major opportunity to talk to the Asian consumer,” Dior Homme president Serge Brunschwig echoed. “We have a strong representation in countries from China, Korea and Southeast Asia. You can feel the excitement in the room outside.”

Immediately after the last models came off the runway and Van Assche had taken his bow, the stage backdrops slid apart to reveal a larger space and Club Cheval onstage to kick off the party. The crowd, spilling from the stands, headed to the dance floor, which was dotted by hundreds of floating transparent balloons.

The event comes on the heels of the opening of dedicated Dior Homme stores in Hong Kong’s Landmark and Elements malls in recent months — a stark contrast to the many luxury brands that have been downscaling their presence in the city, where retail sales have suffered from falling Mainland Chinese tourist numbers.

Brunschwig explained, “We know it will come back and in a place like Hong Kong. It’s like New York — it can go through some crisis but always rebounds and has potential to grow. What’s going on outside counts but it doesn’t count.”

Asked for his outlook beyond Asia, Brunschwig felt the brand was off to a “positive” start for the year despite another spate of terror attacks in Europe, the impact of which had “not yet” subsided, he said.

“The Brussels attack compared to the Paris attacks — it’s difficult to isolate [the impact of] both. It’s a global phenomenon,” Brunschwig said. “[Because they were only a few months apart], it’s the same event in the eyes of the public.

“Clearly it’s going to be…well, depends what happens next,” Brunschwig said. “Hopefully there will be no more and there will be a return to normal in a few months. Cross our fingers.”

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IZZY BIZU COVERS “SWEAT” FOR H&M

The sun, the heat, the excitement… summer is like no other seasonA season is a division of the year,[1] marked by changes in weather, ecology and hours of daylight. Seasons result from the yearly orbit of the Earth around the Sun and the tilt of the Earth’s rotational axis relative to the plane of the orbit. when it comes to good times and memories in the making, a feeling captured by H&M this season with rising soul star Izzy Bizu. With her distinctive phrasing and honeyed voice, the British singer and songwriter takes on the iconic summer jam Sweat by Inner Circle with the perfect amount of cheer and sass.

She’s a mesmerizing presence, as people who’ve seen her electric live gigs can attest, so it’s surprising to learn she used to be quite shy about singing in public. And it wasn’t until she entered an open-mic competition in London three years ago – and won – that a singing career took flight. Before that, Izzy had intended to just be a songwriter, behind the scenes. She released the EP Coolbeanz and soon, Sam Smith asked her to support him on tour. Since then, she’s also toured with Rudimental and Foxes, and played Glastonbury twice.

We recently caught up with the feisty and utterly delightful songstress to talk about the special cover of Sweat and the accompanying video (watch it above!), but also about love, life and what we can expect from her debut album, out later this year.

HOW DID YOU PUT YOUR PERSONAL SPIN ON THE CLASSIC INNER CIRCLE SONG?
“We just stripped it down to acoustic and then imagined I was singing about a cute guy at a bonfire [laughs].”

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN VIDEO SHOOT?
“The video was shot in Mexico. We were in this really quirky resort and filmed by the beach. The first day we got there, it was raining and there was a little drama, but then it worked out fine. It was very chilled out and really natural. Which was nice, because it was meant to have that summer vibe.”

YOU’RE OFTEN DESCRIBED AS JAZZ-SOUL, BUT YOUR MUSICAL INTERESTS ALSO RANGE FROM ROCK TO RAVE. WHAT’S YOUR TAKE?
“My music is soul with the tiniest bit of jazz, plus a bit of indie with a pop touch, so it’s a bit of a mix. But I think it’s up for people’s interpretation. Genres can be really confusing and it can put people in boxes unnecessarily.”

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EXCLUSIVE: GIVENCHY’S NEW SPRING SUMMER COLLECTION 2016

Embracing this season’s pastels doesn’t mean giving up your cool edge. Givenchy’s new spring summer collection is a mix of light shades and interesting beauty innovations. The face powder is imprinted with the brandsA brand (or marque for car model) is a name, term, design, symbol or other feature that distinguishes one seller’s product from those of others.[2] Brands are used in business, marketing, and advertising. Initially, livestock branding was adopted to differentiate one person’s cattle from another’s by means of a distinctive symbol burned into the animal’s skin with a hot branding iron. signature lace motif and is thankfully talc-free. It scores when it comes to a smooth finish, and can be applied to your cheek bones too. As part of the lip colour collection, you should try the Mister Scrub that will gently exfoliate your lips. The prism blush is a quartet of four hot shades, that when used together, create a perfect ombre flush. You can also move out of your comfort zone with their new powder blue and canary yellow eye shadows that are perfect for some bohemian drama.

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REEBOK’S LATEST DROP IS V IMPORTANT – asos

Furylite, Reebok’s slick low-top trainer, is back and ASOS just got a fresh batch. Here are two very SS16 ways to wear them. As if you needed any convincing…

Khaki cool
A bomber is basically your best mate this season. Opt for a cool khaki shade to keep your Furylites low-key and wear with a pair of loose, cropped jeansJeans are trousers typically made from denim or dungaree cloth. Often the term “jeans” refers to a particular style of pants, called “blue jeans,” which were invented by Jacob Davis in 1871[1] and patented by Davis and Levi Strauss on May 20, 1873. Originally designed for cowboys and miners, jeans became popular in the 1950s among teenagers, especially members of the greaser subculture. and a skimpy grey crop to land the 90s vibe. Add a delicate choker to seal the deal.

Ice-cream queen
See – that thing about a bomber being your bestie was no lie. This time it’s in SS16’s fave shade and oversized, just in case your heart wasn’t beating fast enough. Pair it with a relaxed-fit jumpsuitJumpsuit originally referred to the functional one-piece garments used by parachuters/skydivers, but has come to be used as a common term for any one-piece garment with sleeves and legs. layered over high-neck lace to dress up your sneaks for mate/ date wins. You won’t regret it.

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10 Met Gala Beauty Looks We Loved – Topshop

With anticipation building for Monday’s Met Gala (and the theme, “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology), we’re looking back at some of our favourite beauty looks from the Met’s past. Below is our pick of the hair and make-up stylesStyle is a manner of doing or presenting things, especially a fashionable one. that have riffed off some of the tricky themes over the past five years.

2015 – “China: Through The Looking Glass”

Channelling classic eastern beauty, it was the year of red lips, bold eyeliner and slicked-back hair. Among our favourite recreations of this look was Behati Prinsloo’s natural, dewy skin and sleek tied-back hair drawing attention to an exaggerated black eye flick. Cara Delevingne took make-up to the next level and used her body as a canvas for painted decorative flowers.

2014 – “Charles James: Beyond FashionFashion is a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body piercing, or furniture. Fashion is a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style in which a person dresses. It is the prevailing styles in behaviour and the newest creations of textile designers.

Charles James, aka “America’s First Couturier,” was known for his highly structured aesthetic, so it’s not surprising that the red carpet beauty was as glamorous as can be. The biggest trend: loose ’30s-style curls pinned back on one side and worn with red lips as seen on Blake Lively, Olivia Munn, Rashida Jones and Taylor Swift.

2013 – “Punk: Chaos to Couture”

Punk definitely wasn’t dead at the 2013 Met Gala and the beauty followed with extreme smokey eyes, wild hair and dark lips all around – perhaps the most memorable being Nicole Richie’s white updo to go with her Topshop dress and Miley Cyrus’ spikey hair. Both looks were topped off with perfect highlighting, red lips and excessive ear bling.

2012 – “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations”

Celebrating two of the most iconic Italian women in fashion, the Gala was filled with old-school Italian Glamour. Bronzed skin, lots of highlighting and brown hues turned many attendees into Sophia Loren lookalikes. Jessica Alba, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Nina Dobrev stole the show with their golden glows, whereas Lana Del Rey opted for a darker and vampy approach. Perfectly waved hair was a must.

2011 – “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty”

A celebration of fashion’s enfant terrible demands an eccentric look. The guests took the opportunity to experiment with bright and unusual shades. Ginnifer Goodwin matched her emerald green Topshop dress with turquoise eye shadow, Mary Kate Olsen went for red and Emma Stone chose a bright neon pink for her lips.

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HOW TO TRICK SPRING THE EMMA ROBERTS WAY – asos

Try to put the trauma of this week’s snow to one side and instead look to Emma Roberts’ fresh-as springy ensemble, which with some savvy layering you can totally road test this w-end.

Giving her stonewash mom jeansJeans are trousers typically made from denim or dungaree cloth. Often the term “jeans” refers to a particular style of pants, called “blue jeans,” which were invented by Jacob Davis in 1871[1] and patented by Davis and Levi Strauss on May 20, 1873. Originally designed for cowboys and miners, jeans became popular in the 1950s among teenagers, especially members of the greaser subculture. the SS16-treatment is Emma’s FedMart logo T-shirt (with special thanks to Vetements and their catwalk-debuted DHL tees), gorgeously layered with a khaki jacketA jacket is a mid stomach length garment for the upper body. A jacket typically has sleeves, and fastens in the front or slightly on the side. A jacket is generally lighter, tighter-fitting, and less insulating than a coat, which is outerwear. Some jackets are fashionable, while others serve as protective clothing.. This is where you add some necessary cosy with an oversized cardie. Complete the win with a pair of black loafers and coordinating mini-bag, after all it’s not actually summer. Yet!

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In Her Shoes: Stacey Griffith’s Givenchy Tyson Sneakers This Week

This week, FN’s sneaker columnist Stacey Griffith — an avid sneaker collector and senior master instructor at SoulCycle — opts for Givenchy kicks.

“It’s time for one of my sneaker favorites: the Givenchy Tyson high-top!

These floral-print sneakers dropped in 2014, so they may be hard to find, but the good news is the styleStyle is a manner of doing or presenting things, especially a fashionable one. is released in new color schemes every season. It’s definitely a staple in my books.

Since the launch of this shoeA shoe is an item of footwear intended to protect and comfort the human foot while doing various activities. Shoes are also used as an item of decoration. The design of shoes has varied enormously through time and from culture to culture, with appearance originally being tied to function., it seems everyone wants to do their own version of a Velcro high-top. In my opinion, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci is the Velcro master (aside from the original Nike Air Force One, of course).

A great way to snazz up this sneaker and make it your own? Pop on some brightly colored shoelaces and a matching hoodie of that color. The options are endless: bright pink, SoulCycle yellow.

I also see them being rocked with some light Pierre Balmain jeans, a solid-color T-shirt and matte Celine sunglasses. Talk about #springready.”

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A Curly-Haired Marion Cotillard Takes a Stroll for Dior

RIVER DANCE: Marion Cotillard has been to the top of the Eiffel Tower with a Lady Dior. And so her latest campaign for the handbag was a relative breeze.

Peter Lindbergh captured the actress strolling nonchalantly along the banks of the Seine River, not far from the Louvre, where Dior shows its ready-to-wear collections in bespoke structures mounted in its Cour Carré.

Cotillard has already fronted 15 campaigns for the Lady Dior since 2008, four of them shot by Lindbergh. The springSpring is one of the four conventional temperate seasons, following winter and preceding summer. spots exalt a version with a wide strap embroidered with colorful crystals, and another with a micro canework pattern, reminiscent of the weave of Napoleon III chairs.

The campaign is to break on May 10 in Vogue China and Marie Claire U.S. with Le Figaro following on May 11.

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Why Girl Band Hinds Should Be On Your Festival Radar – Topshop

If there’s one band you have to see this festival season, it’s Hinds. The Spanish, all-female indie-rock quartet released their debut album Leave Me Alone earlier this year and it’s been our go-to soundtrack for anything that requires a bit of attitude ever since – think shouty, punky pop with a ton of catchy choruses. We caught up with the band’s bassist Ade between shows to get the lowdown on all things Hinds, here’s what you need to know…

They’re an all-female group and proud
“Seeing four girls up on a stage singing our type of music is something that’s very new. We have so many girls that write to us saying “thank you, you make me feel like doing what you do is something that can be real, that I can do.” That’s incredible. Being in a band and touring the world is something I never thought would happen to me, so why can’t it happen to them too?”

They formed in an unlikely way
“I joined Hinds quite late” said Ade, “I just happened to be there when Ane and Carlotta recorded their first proper single, which was when they decided they needed more people in the band. I couldn’t play any instruments but they asked me to play bass because they knew they really wanted an all-girl band, I wasn’t sure at first but now I love it. They found our drummer, Amber, because she was a fan on Facebook!”

They’re tomboys when it comes to clothes

“For us, it’s all about being comfortable, especially when we’re on tour. We wear skinny jeans or dungarees with super big tees and jacketsA jacket is a mid stomach length garment for the upper body. A jacket typically has sleeves, and fastens in the front or slightly on the side. A jacket is generally lighter, tighter-fitting, and less insulating than a coat, which is outerwear. Some jackets are fashionable, while others serve as protective clothing. from second hand shops mostly. We like that tomboy style.”

Home is where their heart is
“We love Madrid so much” said Ade, “If you haven’t been you need to go! The more we travel the world, the more we realise that Madrid is our favourite place. The best thing about it is that it’s not very big, the area our friends hang out in is only about four streets, but that’s great because you always know exactly where everyone is going to be.”

Hinds play Reading and Leeds Festival on 27th August and Bestival on 10th September 2016.

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Zara Home arrives in SA

Johannesburg – Spanish fashionFashion is a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body piercing, or furniture. Fashion is a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style in which a person dresses. It is the prevailing styles in behaviour and the newest creations of textile designers. retailer Zara has been in South Africa since 2011, and now it has launched its first Zara Home store at the Mall of Africa, which opened its doors north of Joburg on Thursday.

People around the world seem to love the brand’s homewares, as Zara Home has expanded rapidly since its launch in 2003, and now operates more than 500 storesA retail store where merchandise is sold, usually a product, usually on a retail basis, and where wares are often kept. in 66 countries.

Elegant in design, the 722m2 store at Mall of Africa, which is on one foor, has a white facade with the gold Zara Home logo.

Inside it is decorated in neutral colours combined with chestnut wood and marble floors with an antique mother-of-pearl effect.

It sells beautifully designed bedding, table and bath linens, furniture, tableware, cutlery and other decorative items for the home, as well as loungewear and a bath and body line. There’s also a Zara Home Kids collection.

Zara Home will bring out the latest decor trends twice a year, “constantly refreshed with the delivery of new items weekly”.

It is believed Zara Home will roll out other stores in South Africa, starting with Cape Town.

Other international labels that had their South African opening at the expansive Mall of Africa were Armani Exchange, a more youthful sub-label of Armani; Scandinavian sports apparel brand Helly Hansen; Japanese athletic food and sport equipment company Asics; Parisian fashion label The Kooples; American sports clothing company Under Armour; Spanish lingerie brand Women’s secret; and Soap Stories, which sells artisan soaps and bath products.

They join a full pack of flagship stores from top brands like H&M, Forever 21, Forever New, River Island, Mango, Cotton On, Starbucks, Versace and Zara.

Southern Africa’s largest shopping mall built in a single phase has over 300 shops in the equivalent of 18 rugby fields of retail space and more than 30 dining options, from restaurants to takeaways.

Entertainment options include a state-of-the-art nine-screen Ster-Kinekor cinema complex with Imax and an outdoor Waterfall Park featuring an interactive musical water fountain.

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