China is already the world’s fastest-growing consumer market, in part thanks to its expanding 1.4 billion population, and it accounts for more than 18 per cent of all fashion goods consumed globally. China also has set its sights on more ambitious goals than being the “factory to the world” and is moving into higher-value production by continuously upgrading its apparel manufacturing capabilities. At the same time, Chinese consumers have changed significantly. Their tastes are more sophisticated. They want fewer cheap, mass-produced goods and are increasingly drawn to handcrafted products that display quality and individuality. Furthermore, leading luxury brands have become increasingly dependent on Chinese customers. For instance, Ermenegildo Zegna, a famous Italian brand, now looks to China, not the US, as the place where it tests new products before deciding whether to roll them out globally. Despite China becoming an important testing ground … [Read more...] about China leading the world in fashion
Why fashion is important
MANILA, Philippines — There is a day in a year wherein children get to show their appreciation for their selfless and untiring love that only a mother can provide. There is really no way to match the amount of love that flows from the heart of a mother, but it is always a good idea to reciprocate by treating mom to the gifts that match her heart’s desires. For the pretty in pink mom Cara Delevingne for Dior Addict Stellar Shine Pink, according to Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director of Dior Makeup, is the color of happiness, freedom and femininity, which is why it was among the most favorite colors and the “lucky color” of legendary designer Christian Dior. As such, the brand recently launched Dior Addict Stellar Shine, a new collection of 24 luminous pink hues, ranging from subtle nudes, to fiery corals, seductive reds and bold plums. The range also boasts of a new formula with micro-pearls for shine; natural beeswax for a lightweight … [Read more...] about LIST: Mother’s Day treats for ‘it’ moms
By Kathy English Public Editor Thu., May 2, 2019 Why does journalism matter? I asked. You answered. In anticipation of today’s World News Day, a time to recognize and celebrate the power of journalism to make a difference in people’s lives, I asked for your perspectives on why journalism matters to you. The responses, as always when I reach out to Star readers for your views were (for the most part) thoughtful and constructive, showing tremendous insight into the value of the public service mission of journalism and deep appreciation both for journalism’s purpose in our democracy and for the work of journalists who aspire to journalism’s highest ideals. Thank you to all who participated. Here is some of why you believe #NewsMatters: Good journalism speaks truth in the face of lies, without fear or prejudice. When the public is confused by those with powerful self-interest, then the duty of the journalist is to lay bare the facts as (s)he … [Read more...] about ‘Great journalism holds the mirror to our souls’
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?
Standing on black and white steps - chequered like her Chanel handbag - Helen Schweitzer poses elegantly on a London doorstep to capture the winning photograph for her Instagram page. Fellow Insta fiend, Chantal Mallett, prefers the pastel patchwork and blossoming wisteria of a nearby Notting Hill street for her bridal couture feed. While Luisa Hille models a classical stone gatepost, soaking up the sunshine, as her legs dangle on the wall of a multi-million-pound, sea-green home. The front-step selfie is a phenomenon that grew with social media in an era when few can afford to buy the actual lifestyle. “Your backdrop is important because it gives out a subliminal message to the audience that you’re pitching to - just as pop videos do,” said Henry Pryor, an estate agent. Schweitzer is typical of the trend - young and beautiful. Scroll down her online feed and the German blogger appears outside another London property, this time nestled in a thick coat, leaning on the … [Read more...] about Does my life look good in this? The London homes that make a perfect selfie