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Hanae Mori, designer known for butterfly motifs and empress’ wedding gown, dies at 96

  • Japanese designer Hanae Mori died at her Tokyo home on Aug. 11 at the age of 96.
  • According to the Hanae Mori Office, Mori developed a mild fever a few days before her death, although a specific cause of death was not given.
  • Known for her butterfly designs and film costumes, Mori also designed uniforms for Japan Airlines flight attendants, bank employees and high school students.
  • The late designer also created hundreds of costumes for Japanese films.
  • She is survived by two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Hanae Mori, a Japanese designer known for her butterfly motifs, film costumes and the wedding gown of Japan’s empress, died at the age of 96 on Aug. 11.

The Hanae Mori Office stated that Mori had developed a mild fever a few days before her death, although a cause of death has not yet been revealed. A private funeral was held with family, and a public memorial service may be held. 

‘The most expensive trash bag in the world’: Balenciaga stokes ridicule with $1,790 trash pouches

  • Balenciaga is currently making headlines after releasing a trash bag-inspired drawstring sack that costs $1,790.
  • The bag, officially known as the “Trash Pouch,” first appeared in the luxury fashion house’s Winter 2022 collection show in March.
  • In an interview with Women's Wear Daily, Creative Director Demna Gvasalia said he could not miss the opportunity to make “the most expensive trash bag in the world.”
  • Balenciaga has positioned itself as a trendsetter for the absurd in recent years and sparked a similar controversy in May with its “extremely worn” sneakers.

Just months after drawing flak in China and elsewhere for $1,900 “extremely worn” sneakers, Balenciaga has once again stirred the pot with the release of what it claims to be the world’s “most expensive trash bag.”

The drawstring sack, officially known as the “Trash Pouch,” debuted during the luxury fashion house’s Winter 2022 collection show in March but went viral just recently after becoming available in-store.

After 2-year hiatus, designer Alexander Wang set to make fashion comeback with popular Taobao model

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  • After a two-year hiatus precipitated by sexual assault allegations, luxury fashion designer Alexander Wang, 38, will make his runway return in Los Angeles’ Chinatown on April 19.
  • Titled “Fortune City,” Wang’s Fall 2022 collection pays homage to his Chinese American heritage.
  • His first namesake show since 2019, when he was accused by multiple individuals ofdrugging and sexually assaulting them, the event will be hosted in partnership with Chinatown Corporation as a celebration of Asian American history and culture.
  • Since the allegations, Wang has mostly shied away from the public eye, but this season he appears to have no intention of holding back, hiring China’s wildly popular “Taobao” model Liang Xiaoqing as his muse.
  • Taobao, China’s largest e-commerce platform, is known for selling cheap and affordable clothes, nothing like the luxury wear of Alexander Wang, most of which can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

After a two-year hiatus amid sexual assault allegations, luxury fashion designer Alexander Wang, 38, will make his runway return in Los Angeles’ Chinatown on April 19.

Titled “Fortune City,” Wang’s Fall 2022 collection pays homage to his Chinese American heritage. 

Chinese news anchor wears Ukrainian flag colors while reporting NATO is responsible for Russian invasion

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  • Internet users are speculating whether a Chinese news anchor deliberately wore colors of the Ukrainian flag on air.
  • A screenshot of the news anchor was posted on the subreddit r/Ukraine where some users expressed their belief that the woman was sending a message of support for Ukraine, while others suggested it was a coincidence.
  • The anchor was seen wearing a bright yellow button-up blouse and a blue blazer, quickly leading viewers to draw comparisons to the colors of the Ukrainian flag.
  • Many Reddit users argued over the true colors of the anchor’s on-air clothing due to the differing hues seen in the screenshot versus the video.
  • The anchor, who appeared on the Chinese state-run station CCTV4, was meanwhile reporting that NATO was at fault for the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

A Chinese news anchor has quickly drawn attention for the colors of her recent on-air attire, which closely resembled those of the Ukrainian flag.

According to Taiwan News, the anchorwoman for Chinese state-run CCTV4 was reporting that NATO was to blame for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at the time she wore the outfit.

Japanese fashion icon Naomi Watanabe models Beyoncé’s Ivy Heart collection

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  • Japanese fashion icon Naomi Watanabe joined fellow celebrities Karrueche Tran, Tyson Beckford, Troye Sivan and Chinese supermodel Shu Pei Qin to promote Beyoncé’s Ivy Park apparel drop for Valentine’s Day, Ivy Heart.
  • According to the company’s press release, the line is “rooted in Beyoncé’s love of athleticism and fashion, merged with Adidas' performance and innovation.”
  • The Ivy Heart collection features 30 apparel styles, 10 accessories and five footwear styles in red and pink color schemes.
  • It was released exclusively on Adidas’ online shop on Feb. 9 and in select markets globally the day after, with prices ranging between $30 and $300. It also features inclusive, gender-neutral sizes ranging from XXXS to XXXXL.

Japanese comedian-turned-fashion icon Naomi Watanabe has joined the long list of celebrities promoting Beyoncé’s Ivy Heart apparel.

In partnership with Adidas, the Ivy Heart campaign features Watanabe, 34, rocking Queen Bey’s new love-themed collection alongside Karrueche Tran, Tyson Beckford, Troye Sivan and Chinese supermodel Shu Pei Qin, according to SoraNews24.

Jung Ho-yeon is first East Asian to be solo featured on Vogue cover in magazine’s 130-year history

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Appearing on the February issue is fashion model-turned-actress Jung Ho-yeon, who graced countless screens as Kang Sae-byeok, or Player 067, in last year’s global sensation “Squid Game.”

The magazine tweeted a picture of the cover on Wednesday, along with an accompanying profile on the 27-year-old actress, detailing her journey from catwalks to the international stage. 

Beijing Olympics ceremonies uniforms deemed by Chinese social media as ‘unbearably ugly’

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The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics’ award ceremonies uniforms were revealed online just before the new year, and Chinese Weibo users were not impressed, describing the attire as “unbearably ugly.”

During the medals ceremonies, the Beijing Olympics organizers said that staff will don three designs featuring “traditional Tang dynasty fabrics and other traditional Chinese cultural elements.”

‘Asian face’: Gucci draws flak in China for model’s ‘small eyes,’ makeup

Gucci has become the latest company to come under fire in China for having a model that allegedly perpetuates “Western stereotypes” about Chinese people.

Driving the news: In ads for its new series of bamboo top handle bags, Gucci allegedly featured a female model with “slanted eyes,” a nose ring and a leather whip in her hand. Critics reportedly found the ads offensive, arguing that they serve the Western idea of how Chinese people look.

Burberry built a gleaming mountain of mirrors in the middle of South Korea’s Jeju Island

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British luxury brand Burberry has installed an eye-catching mirrored mountain structure on South Korea’s volcanic Jeju Island, the first of a planned series of global pop-ups from the fashion house. 

Shining bright: The structure, which was designed to evoke how the digital and physical worlds collide, will house an art installation and a café until Dec. 12. 

Hotly anticipated Supreme x Tiffany & Co. collab aimed at younger customers sells out immediately

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After teasing hypebeasts over the weekend, Supreme and Tiffany & Co. are dropping their new collaboration on Thursday.

What’s dropping: The Supreme x Tiffany & Co. collaboration will include a silver and pearl necklace with a pendant that has “Please Return to Supreme New York 925” engraved on it, a bracelet, heart-shaped earrings, a standard key ring and another key ring that is also a small knife, according to GQ.