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The rise and fall of Hong Kong socialite Azura
On October 15, 2018, 46-year-old tech expert Jason, from New York, flew to Hong Kong on a week-long business trip.  He checked into a room at the Four Seasons, in Central, and when a lunch appointment was canceled, he happily nursed an afternoon drink at the hotel’s Pool Bar. “Then I looked up,” he recalls, “and this incredible, striking woman walked in.” Jason remembers her warmly embracing the waitstaff, who responded with a fawning adoration reserved for regular clients. “She was shown to the table next to me, we made eye contact, she smiled, and that was it,” Jason says. Newly separated from his wife, his enchantment could be forgiven. Her lips were full, her flowing, lust­rous hair fram
The rise and fall of Hong Kong socialite Azura
How a Chinese student became one of the world’s most sought-after models
In the space of mere months, David Yang went from a novice model to being featured on a billboard in Times Square in New York. Yang’s whirlwind rise to fame began when he received a call from his agent while in Kyoto, Japan. The model was told to fly to London to get a US visa and to book a ticket to New York for a potential shoot with H&M. Within weeks, Yang found himself on a beach shooting the images that would ultimately see him become the campaign poster-boy for the Swedish fast-fashion retailer and taking up prime real estate on a billboard in New York’s famous square. Two years later and Yang still can’t quite believe the life-changing series of events that happened to him. “It was a
How a Chinese student became one of the world’s most sought-after models
Collateral damage: fashion brand hit by China’s ban on black T-shirts
China’s ban on sales of black clothing to Hong Kong has unexpectedly hit a fashion company specializing in casual wear in black. “Right now all my items for the September drop are being held at customs. Couriers won’t even pick them up,” said Brian Au, whose fashion brand CHSN1 sells hoodies, sweatshirts and casual sportswear that come mainly in black. Chinese authorities have banned sales to Hong Kong of black garments such as T-shirts and jeans, which anti-government protesters have adopted as part of their signature look in their months-long campaign for greater accountability and democracy. The snag highlights the surprising and far-reaching consequences of the Hong Kong government’s pus
Collateral damage: fashion brand hit by China’s ban on black T-shirts
Dior apologizes for omitting Taiwan in China map
Luxury brand Christian Dior has apologized after it used a map of China that did not include Taiwan in a campus presentation, joining a growing list of foreign companies running afoul of Beijing’s political correctness. In a statement issued early Thursday, the fashion powerhouse says it “strictly upholds China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” and “cherishes the Chinese people’s feelings.” Chinese authorities have forced international companies, such as airlines, to follow its protocol in referring to Taiwan, which Beijing does not control but claims as its own territory. Beijing’s increasing assertiveness has caught foreign organizations from Apple to the NBA in dilemmas between ple
Dior apologizes for omitting Taiwan in China map
Taiwan’s Wednesday Addams
With hair dyed a striking yellow with blotches of orange and hot pink and eyes painted tangerine and crimson, Taiwanese glam rocker Wednesday Wu is comfortable in her own skin. The creative director at Taiwanese apparel brand plain-me, Wu is also singer and lyricist for her band, Wednesday & Bad to the Bone. Wu says her appearance is not just a performance – she looks like this in everyday life. And though she stands out thanks to the explosion of colors she wears from head to toe, the 34-year-old says she does not enjoy being the center of attention. Watch the video above.
Taiwan’s Wednesday Addams
Young people in China are reviving old clothing, and maybe nationalism too
Across China, some young people are switching from jeans and T-shirts to long dresses, silky robes and black hats. They’re not cosplayers or period drama actors, but rather members of a booming movement to turn Hanfu, or ethnic Han clothing, into everyday wear. The so-called Hanfu movement has gained a large following among the ethnic Han Chinese group, which makes up more than 90% of the Chinese population. Supporters say Han people need traditional attires to celebrate their own ethnic identity, just like the kimono in Japan and the hanbok in Korea. Critics, however, have accused the movement of promoting Han supremacism and fuelling tensions between the country’s Han majority and ethnic m
Young people in China are reviving old clothing, and maybe nationalism too
The model from the Chinese D&G ad says sorry
The Chinese model who appeared in a series of Dolce & Gabbana advertisements decried as racist has apologized for her role in the videos, saying that it has “almost completely ruined” her career. Two months after the saga Zuo Ye, a recent graduate of South China Agricultural University, wrote on the social media network Weibo on Monday that she had not given enough thought to the content of the video and felt “very guilty and ashamed” about the ensuing uproar. “Personally I would never show any disrespect to my motherland. I love my country and feel proud to be able to represent China on the catwalk,” wrote Zuo. “I will draw a lesson from this and show the Chinese in a better light. Again, I
The model from the Chinese D&G ad says sorry