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Fashion - South China Morning Post
  1. Glamour is back in full force at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Here are some of the hottest looks from the most glamorous red carpet in the worldHollywood veterans Helen Mirren, Jodie Foster and Andie MacDowell stole the limelight with their striking grey tresses, and equally striking outfits, at the festival’s opening ceremony.Mirren wore a Dolce & Gabbana silk chiffon gown in yellow, while Foster, who received an honorary Palme d’Or for lifetime achievement, looked gorgeous in a white and…
  2. HolidermieWho? Mélanie Huynh has some serious fashion cred. The half-French, half-Vietnamese stylist was previously a Vogue Paris editor and has consulted for high-profile names such as Alber Elbaz, Joseph Altuzarra and Riccardo Tisci.What? When Huynh’s hectic work schedule and constant travelling started to wreak havoc on her skin, she decided to find a solution. She enlisted the talents of friend and renowned plastic surgeon Jérôme Paris to create a beauty brand that targets the skin from a…
  3. Remember when every other celebrity suddenly decided to launch their own fragrance? We’re talking about the 1990s and early 2000s, although some continued the trend for a while longer.Back to the present, there’s a new category catching the interest of the stars: welcome to the era of celebrity beauty brands. From make-up to skin, hair and body care, more and more celebrities are launching their own beauty brands – and it doesn’t look like the trend is going to end any time soon, although it’s…
  4. Was there ever a distinct Hong Kong fashion “look”, that translated across the ethnic and national groups that made their homes here from the colony’s mid-19th century beginnings, and on to the present day? One commonality existed; from the 1920s to the 70s, Hong Kong’s gold standard for women was “Matchee-Matchee” – the pidgin English term deployed by dressmakers, ladies’ tailors, cobblers and other sartorial artisans to signify a valiant attempt towards stylistic, fabric or colour…
  5. “Jacques Esterel, the first Paris designer to have a collection made up in Hongkong, arrives here today for a two-day visit,” reported the South China Morning Post on March 16, 1969. “During this time he will inspect the Lotus/Esterel collection made up here under licence and will discuss with Jacob Chuang, head of Lotus, plans for manufacturing his Casually Snob line in Jersey for men, women and children,” the story continued. After arriving in Hong Kong, Esterel ranked “the Chinese women as…
  6. Hong Kong connection: I was born in 1983 in North London and grew up above a Chinese takeaway in Camden Town, run by my parents, who are originally from Hong Kong. I basically grew up watching neo-punks come in for their sweet and sour pork and absorbed that eclectic energy fairly early on. It was a ramshackle upbringing, with rocky finances, but my parents always made it work and I never felt I was lacking. I have three younger sisters but I never felt like the eldest. My sisters are all very…
  7. Non-fictionGabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifestoedited by Miren Arzalluz and Véronique BelloirThames & HudsonIt’s been 50 years since her death, in 1971, aged 87, but Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s story continues to fill new books, including this illustrated volume, published to accom­pany a 2020 exhibition at the Palais Galliera in Paris, the first retrospective of her work ever held in the city. Edited by the director and curator of that museum of fashion and fashion history, the essays within…
  8. March 8 is International Women’s Day, which, among other things, marks a call to advocate for suffrage for women. The origins of “suffrage”, contrary to folk etymology, are unrelated to “suffering”, despite an association with such experiences of certain groups before attaining any rights.Its ancestor, the Latin “suffrāgium”, means a vote cast in an assembly, an expression of approval, action or right of voting, or a decision reached by voting, favourable influence, help – which in post…
  9. The rulers of the Qing dynasty (1644-1912), China’s last imperial dynasty, were not Han Chinese but Manchu, who were native to east Siberia and northeast Asia. During Manchu rule, men in China – with some exceptions – sported a shaved forehead and a braided pigtail that hung down their back, a style imposed on Han men on pain of death. The women of the period, however, had more choices.Among Manchu women, the most popular hairstyle was the erbatou or liangbatou, literally “a head with two…
  10. Marine SerreBeyoncé (above), Adele, Ariana Grande and Jennie from Blackpink are among the international stars who have been spotted in Marine Serre’s signature crescent moon-print bodysuits and tops. The French designer, who won the LVMH Prize for Young Designers in 2017, has managed to straddle the worlds of high fashion and streetwear, and has made upcycling and sustainability key tenets of her brand. She recently collaborated with rapper A$AP Rocky on a collection made of regenerated…