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Simu Liu shows off his abs at Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Vol. 4 show

  • Actor Simu Liu had nothing but the pants to a pink satin robe on during his model walk for Rihanna's Savage X Fenty Vol. 4 show on Saturday.
  • The show was recorded over the weekend at the LACMA gala in Los Angeles on Nov. 5 but was released on Amazon Prime Video on Wednesday. 
  • Other celebrity appearances included Cara Delevingne, Damson Idris, Irina Shayk, Marsai Martin, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Taylour Paige.

Actor Simu Liu had nothing but pink satin pajama bottoms on during his model walk for Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Vol. 4 show on Saturday, and we’re not complaining.

The show was recorded over the weekend at the LACMA Art+Film Gala in Los Angeles on Nov. 5 but was released on Amazon Prime Video on Wednesday. 

Casio, Super Mario Bros. collaborate for nostalgic $150 watch

  • Casio and Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. have released a collaboration timepiece based on the original 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System game.
  • The watch, which is part of Casio’s G-Shock lineup, comes with a distinctive shade of red for its bezel, as well as light blue and gold accents reminiscent of the daytime sky and coins in the game.
  • The watch’s band features a pixelated image of Mario function indicators that come in the game’s iconic typeface.
  • The timepiece can be purchased from Casio Japan’s online store for 17,600 yen or $150 USD.

Super Mario fans can now get their hands on a Casio timepiece that encapsulates memories of the original game.

The collaboration piece — part of the Japanese watchmaker’s G-Shock lineup — features a distinctive shade of red for its bezel, along with a pixelated Mario reminiscent of his 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) iteration.

Dazzling diplomacy: Seattle Hanbok fashion show celebrates 140 years of Korea-US relations

  • The “Runway to Partnership” Hanbok performance and fashion show took place on Oct. 29 at the University of Washington to commemorate 140 years of Korea and U.S. relations.
  • Hanbok were designed by brands Kumdanje, OUWR and #whysocerealz!, while performers included fusion gugak band Granada and dance crew Active Sona of SonarCompany and Deep Thought Dance, who also wore hanboks.
  • It was the third and final show of a series, with the two previous ones being invite-only and held at Seattle landmarks The Rainier Club and The Museum of Flight.

Wearing their hearts on their sleeves, models and performers came together for a Hanbok fashion show honoring 140 years of Korea and U.S. ties. 

On Oct. 29, the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle held their “Runway to Partnership” Hanbok performance show at the University of Washington (UW), the finale in a trifecta series that week.   

Nike pays homage to San Francisco’s Chinatown with Air Force 1 colorway

  • Nike is set to release an Air Force 1 Low that pays homage to San Francisco’s historic Chinatown community.
  • In celebration of the iconic shoe silhouette’s 40th anniversary, Nike is set to release a colorway adorned with pink gradients on both its signature Swoosh and midsole.
  • The shoes are also accented with a white and pink lotus flower, which pays homage to the Chinese symbol for purity and spirituality.
  • The gold detailing on the insole and tongue label also feature the lotus flower, along with Chinese characters for “Old Gold Mountain,” a Chinese nickname for San Francisco.
  • Since its founding in 1848, San Francisco’s Chinatown has remained the largest and oldest in North America, as well as the most densely populated urban area west of Manhattan.
  • Nike’s homage to this iconic cultural hub is slated to release in January 2023 and will retail for $150 at Nike and select retailers.

Nike is set to release an Air Force 1 Low that pays homage to San Francisco’s historic Chinatown community. 

In celebration of the iconic shoe silhouette’s 40th anniversary, Nike is set to release the “San Francisco Chinatown” colorway. Maintaining its classic all-white patent leather upper, the Air Force 1 is adorned with pink gradients on both its signature Swoosh and midsole. 

Levi’s jeans from the 1880s auctioned for $76,000 has hidden reminder of America’s anti-Chinese past

  • A pair of Levi’s jeans that recently sold at an auction in New Mexico for $76,000 has the phrase "The only kind made by White Labor" printed in its inside pocket. 
  • According to a representative from Levi’s, the slogan was used after the implementation of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, a federal law that banned Chinese laborers from entering the U.S.
  • While the act itself was not repealed until 1943, Levi's reportedly abandoned the racist slogan and its own anti-Chinese labor policy in the 1890s. 
  • The jeans’ buyers, 23-year-old Kyle Hautner and vintage denim store owner Zip Stevenson, paid a total of $87,400, which includes the 15% buyer's premium.
  • The new owners said that while they would consider selling the jeans to “an extremely interested private buyer," they would prefer for them to be bought and displayed in a museum "such as the Smithsonian or the Metropolitan Museum of Art."

A pair of Levi’s denim jeans unearthed from a dark period in American history was recently sold at an auction for nearly $76,000.

Discovered by “denim archaeologist” Michael Harris in an abandoned mine years ago, the jeans were reportedly in “fantastic condition” despite being around 140 years old.

Austin City Limits festival fashion to help serve as your inspirAsians for Weekend Two

I am absolutely wiped after spending an exciting first weekend at Austin City Limits. As my body recovers, I’ve found myself looking back on not only the phenomenal shows put on by huge stars like Conan Gray and up-and-coming artists like spill tab, but on the impressive range of fashion statements made by fellow festival-goers. Here are a few of our favorite looks from Weekend One of the festival to help inspire you for your own fits in preparation for Weekend Two.

Kevin, Krystina and Brian

I spotted Brian and Kevin as they were making their way over to see Carly Rae Jepson perform at the Barton Springs stage. Brian walked confidently in an open, black top and black shorts while Kevin rocked a Korean baseball shirt and black track pants.

Netizens say new $1,800 Balenciaga x Lay’s handbag looks like $3 bag from AliExpress

  • Spanish luxury fashion brand Balenciaga collaborated with American potato chip brand Lay’s to release a new handbag that resembles a bag of chips.
  • Available in red, yellow and blue, the new accessory features a zipper at the top and “Balenciaga Paris” at the center.
  • As images of the new handbag have gone viral on social media, reports have also emerged that the new item will be priced at $1,800.
  • Social media users, however, have pointed out that a similar-looking bag already exists for sale on Chinese e-commerce site Aliexpress.
  • A Lay’s-design crossbody bag costs only $3 on AliExpress, but some buyers have complained it is made of poor materials.

A new Lay’s-inspired Balenciaga handbag rumored to be priced at $1,800 is being compared by netizens to a similar-looking $3 crossbody bag being sold on AliExpress.

Spanish luxury fashion brand Balenciaga collaborated with the American potato chip brand Lay’s for a new handbag that resembles a bag of chips. 

Doja Cat defends Asian-owned jewelry brand after Forever 21 accused of copying its designs

  • Designer OHT has called out Forever 21 for copying their designs after customers sent the New York City-based brand photos and videos of similar necklaces found in-store and online.
  • In an Instagram post last week, OHTNYC founder and designer Jinsol Woo and his business partner Lin Ye demanded an apology from Forever 21 for creating jewelry that resembled their products.
  • Photos sent to NextShark show the resemblance between OHTNYC’s and Forever 21’s designs.
  • The controversy went viral after rapper Doja Cat, one of OHTNYC’s biggest supporters, accused Forever 21 on Twitter of stealing from the brand.
  • This is not the first time Forever 21 has been accused of stealing designs.

Fashion and jewelry designer OHT has called out Forever 21 for copying their designs after customers sent the New York City-based brand photos and videos of similar necklaces found in-store and online.

In an Instagram post last week, OHTNYC founder and designer Jinsol Woo and his business partner Lin Ye demanded Forever 21 take responsibility and apologize for creating jewelry that resembled their products.

Pro-Trump apparel company fined for replacing ‘Made in China’ labels with ‘Made in USA’ ones

  • Utah-based company Lions Not Sheep and its owner Sean Whalen are facing a $211,335 fine after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) accused them of replacing their products’ "Made in China" labels with "Made in the USA" labels.
  • The complaint, which was first filed in May, also ordered Whalen and his company to “stop making bogus Made in USA claims” and “come clean about foreign production.”
  • “Companies that slap phony Made in USA labels on imported goods are cheating their customers and undercutting honest businesses, and we will hold those companies and their executives accountable for their misconduct,” Sam Levine, the director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said.
  • Lions Not Sheep is known for promoting the Second Amendment and Donald Trump through its clothing line sold on Amazon and Etsy and marketed heavily on social media.

A Utah-based apparel company and its owner are facing a hefty fine after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) accused them of replacing “Made in China” labels on their products with “Made in the USA” labels.

Lions Not Sheep and its owner, Sean Whalen, were slapped with a fine of $211,335 for falsely claiming that their products were made in the U.S., the FTC announced on July 28.

Clarks uses ‘Blaze Kick’ in fire new shoe collaboration with Pokémon

  • Clarks has partnered with Pokémon for a new design on the shoe brand’s Wallabee silhouette.
  • The shoes, which have a Pokéball design on the heel, come in either black or yellow and are debossed with Pokémon’s iconic electric mouse, Pikachu.
  • According to the Clarks UK website, they also have a children’s version of their Grip Pearl model of sneakers with Pokéballs on the velcro strap and sole, with a choice of Pikachu, Squirtle or Mewtwo at the heel and matching color schemes for the respective Pokémon.
  • The Pikachu Wallabee costs $180, while the kid’s shoes are about $55-60.

Clarks Originals released some electrifying new kicks in collaboration with Pokémon for their Wallabee lineup.

The new shoes come in two colors: black suede and a darkish yellow, and both are debossed with Ash’s trusty companion, Pikachu, in various poses so the “Pokémon Yellow” starter can be with its wearer every step of the way. The heels of the shoes are marked with a Pokéball design. 

Japanese apparel company designs T-shirt that repels ramen stains made by even the messiest slurpers

  • A Japanese apparel company has designed a t-shirt meant to resist ramen stains.
  • The company released a demonstration video where a man wearing a white T-shirt with ramen stains pours some water on the shirt and wipes off the stains with a napkin.
  • Pricing and availability have not yet been announced by the company.

For the messy ramen enthusiasts out there, a Japanese apparel company has created a T-shirt that purportedly repels ramen stains.

Ziorich, an apparel company that specializes in men’s suits and dress shirts, released a demonstration video showing off the power of their T-shirt’s resistance to ramen stains. In the video, a man passionately eats a bowl of ramen, slurping the noodles in slow motion as the broth splashes onto his shirt. 

American artist sues Shein for $100 million over copyright infringement

  • Florida-based artist Magdalena Mollman, professionally known as Maggie Stephenson, is suing Chinese fast-fashion retailer Shein for more than $100 million in damages for using her artwork without her consent.
  • Stephensen filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, on June 15.
  • Her complaint stated that the Chinese online retailer took some of her copyright-protected work from her Instagram from 2019 to 2021 and sold unauthorized copies for as low as $4 per print.
  • The filing also noted that Shein “intentionally” opted to remove Stephenson’s copyright management information (CMI) from the artwork – including her name and signature.
  • Stephenson noted four cases in which Shein purportedly used other artists’ work without authorization. She also claimed that the company has already been sued in more than 30 separate actions for infringement and/or unfair competition in the Central District of California.

A Florida artist has filed a lawsuit against Chinese fast-fashion retailer Shein for more than $100 million in damages after the brand purportedly used her artwork without her consent.

Magdalena Mollman, professionally known as Maggie Stephenson and residing in Jacksonville, Florida, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, on June 15. Stephenson also reportedly presented her certificate of registration from the U.S. Copyright Office for her artwork “One Is Good, More Is Better.”