Eastern­won­ders

As the Malaysia-In­ter­na­tional Fashion Week 2010 be­gins, let’s check out the high­lights from the re­cent China Fashion Week.

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COUN­TRY singer LeAnn Rimes was re­cently fea­tured on the cover of Shape, and it would have gone by un­no­ticed if not for the furore over it.

Some read­ers who had a “prob­lem” with the mag­a­zine fea­tur­ing LeAnn on its cover (for the third time), wrote in stat­ing their dis­ap­point­ment, even call­ing it “a big mis­take”.

You see, not many peo­ple like LeAnn since she hooked up with ac­tor Ed­die Cib­rian last year. The cou­ple were both mar­ried to other peo­ple when they fell in love while film­ing North­ern Lights to­gether.

It also doesn’t help that Ed­die’s ex-wife talks trash about LeAnn and claims that the singer now tries to mother the two chil­dren the Cib­ri­ans had. Oh, and LeAnn’s ex­hus­band had also gone on Twit­ter to call her a cheat and a home­wrecker. Ouch.

So yeah, not many peo­ple like LeAnn (though she does have the voice of an an­gel, I must say).

The read­ers who sent in their com­plaints in turn re­ceived an e-mail (made pub­lic by one of the re­cip­i­ents) from Shape’s ed­i­torat-large Va­lerie La­tona. She said:

“You are all in good com­pany... as you all agree Shape has made a ter­ri­ble mis­take in putting LeAnn Rimes on the cover.”

Now, all these go­ings-on would still be un­der the radar, if it were not for one of the read­ers ma­li­ciously twist­ing the con­tent of the e-mail. Soon enough, gos­sip blogs started writ­ing about how the edi­tor is per­son­ally apol­o­gis­ing for fea­tur­ing a hus­band-stealer on the cover and ad­mit­ting that it was a ter­ri­ble mis­take.

If only one had both­ered to read the email care­fully, they would have re­alised that Va­lerie was not call­ing the cover a ter­ri­ble

THERE’S some­thing about China’s fashion scene that is so in­ter­est­ing. It is not quite as edgy as Ja­panese fashion, though cer­tainly as thriv­ing. That said, Chi­nese fashion is not ex­actly what one would con­sider “con­ser­va­tive” ei­ther.

Last week at the China Fashion Week in Bei­jing, lo­cal de­sign­ers took to the stage to show­case their brand new pieces for the spring/ sum­mer 2011 col­lec­tion. Their struc­tured, as­sy­met­ri­cal and bold de­signs were the talk of the global fashion town.

Feath­ers and ruf­fles were all around, while hem­lines ran from mi­cro-mini to floor­length maxi. Muted colours like grey, navy blue, beige and even white took cen­tre stage, with hints of bright red and yel­low pop­ping up at least once in each col­lec­tion.

If you’re al­ready stock­ing up your wardrobe for next year, be sure you have some of these, too:

Em­brace the fu­ture

A fu­tur­is­tic-look­ing jacket that is sim­i­lar to de­signer Qi Gang’s de­sign is a great piece to own. It is edgy, and can be seen as ca­su­al­wear or for­mal when paired with the right shirt and pants. It cinches at the waist per­fectly, cre­at­ing a slim­mer look.

Busi­ness and party

This flirty dress is part of de­signer Ja­son Wood’s jean­swear mis­take, but ac­knowl­edg­ing that some read­ers thought it was.

In fact, in the rest of the e-mail (which only some blogs both­ered to fea­ture) Va­lerie said:

“Please know that our putting her on the cover was not meant to put a hus­band-stealer on a pedestal, but to show how we all are hu­man. And this woman in par­tic­u­lar found strength in ex­er­cise in what she said was her most dif­fi­cult per­sonal moment. But it did not col­lec­tion, but you can’t re­ally tell that the whole thing is made from denim what with its flowy skirt mov­ing about so smoothly.

Wear­ing denim from head to toe is not a good idea, but if you have any­thing that looks like this, then go for it.

Face-off

Ev­ery decade, the out­fits with the big pho­tographed faces on them come back, each time giv­ing off a dif­fer­ent vibe through re-worked de­signs. De­sign­ers and sib­lings Wu Xuewei and Wu Xuekai have put mul­ti­ple pic­tures on their multi-tiered dress, which is pretty funky if worn to the right event.

How­ever, what’s great about this outift are those metal­lic “claw-shaped”

an­kle boots!

Vamp it up

I re­ally adore the

SCFash­ion’s up­com­ing col­lec­tion by Qi Gang. This long black vest with feath­ers on the lapels, cov­ers a skimpy red mini just per­fectly. It’s a very sexy look, es­pe­cially if you com­plete it with red fin­ger­less gloves! her aw­ful movies.

Years ago, in an in­ter­view on the Oprah Win­frey Show, Oprah asked Jen­nifer if she was hap­pily mar­ried to dancer Cris Judd. Jen­nifer replied, “Yes.” A week af­ter tap­ing the show, guess what? Jen­nifer filed for divorce! She then hooked up with Ben Af­fleck, whom she worked closely with on Jersey Girl (or was it Gigli? Does it mat­ter? They were both hor­ri­ble movies) and ended up get­ting en­gaged to him. But yeah, like you al­ready know, that didn’t work out and now she’s mar­ried to Marc An­thony.

Jen­nifer has a new Amer­i­can Idol gig and is in talks of pro­duc­ing a sit­com (or some other show) in which she’ll be act­ing. Yeay, I’m ex­cited (note sar­casm).

It seems that there’s no slow­ing down this mother-of-two.

Well, if Jen­nifer was given the chance to straighten her messy love life and start over, then I guess LeAnn also de­serves a break. Now if only peo­ple would stop bug­ging her. Sharm says: Move on peo­ple. Ev­ery­one else has.

Sim­ple el­e­gance

Sim­ple? Yes. Fab­u­lous? Def­i­nitely. You don’t have to be loud and flam­boy­ant to be con­sid­ered fash­ion­able – a sim­ple look like this one by Each­way Zhao Huizhou will do the trick.

The see-through blouse is em­bel­lished with silk taffeta patches, while the pleated shorts come with a band that’s wide enough to hide hol­i­day bulges. It’s an el­e­gant look to ex­per­i­ment with at late af­ter­noon par­ties or just a ca­sual get-to­gether among friends. q For more im­pres­sive de­signs from China Fashion Week, head to blog.rage.com.my. Call­ing An­gelina a home­wrecker and hat­ing her is so last sea­son, and now peo­ple seem to have for­got­ten that Brad was once mar­ried to the Friends star. But if you think that LeAnn should be hated for be­ing a cheater, then why is the world not hung up on Jen­nifer Lopez, who cheated on her sec­ond hus­band with Ben Af­fleck? Peo­ple still adore her and buy her per­fumes and watch

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