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Victoria’s Secret takes ‘Angels’ show to home of lingerie

US lingerie giant Victoria's Secret said Monday it will hold its next "Angels" show in Paris, the city that invented the concept. It will be the first time the much-hyped annual lingerie show, which often features big name singers such as Rihanna, Taylor Swift or Justin Timberlake as well as the brand's stable of underwear models, will be held in the French capital. The label said Brazilian models Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio, their American counterparts Lily Aldridge and Jasmine Tookes will walk the runway alongside Swede Elsa Hosk and Denmark's Josephine Skriver. The show which "merges fashion, fantasy and entertainment", according to the organisers, will be shown on CBS television in the US on December 5. But the brand refused to specify when the show will actually take place, and said the musical …

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Harajuku, cheesy, sci-fi: subculture in Tokyo fashion

The Marc Jacobs of Japan, singing cats and models cloaked into armour: J-pop and science fiction transformed Tokyo Fashion Week spring/summer 2017 into a style fest unlike any other. In a world where fashion mines entertainment like never before, Japan's established and break-through labels pounced on musical hook-ups, street culture and animation to drive interest. Here are the most outlandish shows that closed the week. Marc Jacobs of Japan Mikio Sakabe got the biggest applause of the week for his show in Miyashita Park, a last hurrah before it closes for renovations ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. His seven-inch platform shoes were the star -- laced up to the ankle with thick ribbon -- similar to those already seen on the New York runway at Jacobs this year, though Sakabe told AFP he had been …

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Rina, young Filipino-Japanese model taking world by storm

Aged just 17 and still living with her family, Rina Fukushi has seen more of the world than most Japanese schoolgirls. She is the newest model sensation making waves in Europe and New York, wowing on the runway for the likes of Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs when not chowing down on hamburgers or playing with her little brother. Discovered at 14, hailed by Vogue as "ultra-cool" and "eye-catching" with her enormous eyes, thick eyebrows and bee-sting lips, she is already the veteran of seasons in Paris, Milan and New York -- giving American models Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner a run for their money. "I always believed I could be a star from the moment I was scouted. But at the same time, I still can't believe it's real," says Fukushi, delightfully …

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Fringe benefits

Shoeholics, have you discovered Fringy yet? If you’re quite adventurous with your footwear and love changing up your looks, meet your new sole mate. These ingenious detachable shoe accessories are brought to you by super-chic shopping buddies/entrepreneurial duo Michelle Hui Lao and Yendy Venturina Yu. Michelle shares, “On one of our numerous shopping trips together, we chanced upon these adorable Prada brogues that had detachable fringes/kilties. I remember thinking, 'Hey, this would be a fantastic way to dress up our sneakers and lace-up shoes.'” When Michelle and Yendy made themselves a pair each for their personal use, they had a eureka moment when they realized they could market and sell these nifty creations, and Fringy was born. “This is a prime example of retail therapy at its best!” Even before they officially …

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Tailor-made toners

Cleanse, tone, moisturize—the basic three-step regimen we are all accustomed to. Yet, with the many harsh, environmental elements our skin has to battle on a daily basis—this system is no longer adequate. We need to take a closer look at how the skin as a protective organ operates, alongside how our own skin actually behaves. A customized skin-care product dedicated to treating specific skin needs is where we ultimately find the best skin solutions possible. For their latest skin innovation, Clarins Research zeroes in on fibroblasts—the key cells responsible for maintaining youthful skin. Located deep within the dermis, these cells are responsible for firmness, bounciness, and toned skin. It is the essential layer for skin regeneration and recovery. As we age, it becomes more difficult for anti-aging molecules to penetrate from the skin …

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Forget Paris, focus on Tokyo, Japan fashion told

Tokyo may be the style capital of Asia, but with South Korea and China snapping at its heels and Japan's most iconic brands rooted in Europe, the city is being urged to haul its fashion week into the big leagues. Tokyo Fashion Week kicked off its spring/summer 2017 season showcase on Monday with six days of events intended to promote 50 brands, a mixture of the established and the new. Yet Japanese labels that are household names in the West -- led by Kenzo, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake and Comme des Garcons -- eschew home shores for the bright lights, prestige and visibility of Paris. Tokyo Fashion Week attracts only 50,000 visitors -- just a quarter of the total number that attend New York's two annual fashion weeks, and also lagging behind London, …

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How to Build a Multimillion-Dollar Fashion Empire With a Scarf

A curious fashion item appeared on the shoulders of celebrities at London Fashion Week a few years ago: big, chunky, furry scarves in vivid colors. Street-style star Olivia Palermo was one of the first to don the eye-catching scarf, and by that winter, singer Rita Ora was on board, too. Then Vogue took notice of this cheeky new line called Charlotte Simone. Charlotte Beecham (Simone is her middle name) recalls her shock the first time she saw her creations on the shoulders of a celebrity. Since then, she’s won over dozens of influential celebrities, including Gigi and Bella Hadid, Sienna Miller, and Millie Mackintosh. “It feels so good,” said Beecham. “Perhaps they know that the brand is run by a young girl, and I seem somewhat relatable.” The 27-year-old designer, who started her …

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Grand finale

Images by Jun Arañas It is with no small amount of irony that fashion designer-turned-interior designer Chito Vijandre turned his back on fashion sometime in the 1980s, a period known for its maximalist aesthetics and larger-than-life proportions, only to return in a big way in 2016 when color, texture, layer, detail, and bling have resurfaced and reclaimed their rightful places in global fashion. Indeed, Vijandre couldn’t have chosen a better time to make a comeback and show Millennials as well as older people who were either asleep during his heyday or perpetually afflicted with short memories how good he still is. But whether we’re in an age of minimalism or decadence, the 40 jaw-dropping pieces Vijandre showed during last Saturday’s Red Charity Gala could very well stand on their own. Now on its …

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Shade those lids

As a makeup lover, I am always trying new eye shadow palettes. I just love buying them. Most of the time, I’m asked what eye makeup I use on my clients, but honestly I prefer a lot of brands to create a certain look. Picking the perfect eye shadow palette can sometimes be overwhelming for a beginner. The packaging all looks so nice and there are so many pretty colors. Don’t even get me started on all of the metallic finishes! How do you know what to look for and which palettes are the best options? Makeup shopper @grace_canlas asked me on Instagram for my top eye shadow recommendations: “Hi Jake, I’m looking for the best eye shadow that I can use everyday. What do you suggest for me to purchase?” It would be difficult …

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Prominent figures

We don’t know if a memo was sent out weeks before the party, or if most of the women who attended last Sunday’s Red Charity Gala at Shangri-La at the Fort were mindful of who and what Chito Vijandre, this year’s featured designer, was capable of doing. Apart from wearing the usual neutrals, not a few female guests opted for color, texture, prints, and bling. And many of those who came in black dresses, with the notable exception of Dawn Zulueta, who simply allowed her emerald-and-diamond drop earrings to do the talking, opted for some form of embellishments either on their shoulders, necklines, or bodices. Jeweler Ann Ong, for instance, came in a black dress with oversized sleeves, which she accented with her huge, dangling jewelry pieces reminiscent of the 1980s. Since …

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