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Brazil begin in emphatic fashion

Brazil put on a commanding performance in front of their home crowd at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Defender Monica headed home the first 10 minutes before half time and Andressa Alves got a second with a volley from close in after 59 minutes. Stand out performer Cristiane got a third with a header in the final minute of the game.

Off the mark: Brazilian side celebrates after scoring the opener against China in a group stage game at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. Reuters

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The result leaves them top of Group E ahead of Sweden, who beat South Africa 1-0.

Nilla Fischer scored Sweden's winner after 74 minutes, bundling the ball into the net with her knee after the South African keeper failed to hold a cross. In the second game in Group F, Canada beat Australia 2-0 in spite of playing most the game with 10 women.

Canada got the first goal after 16 seconds and then added another 10 minutes from time, even after having Shelina Zadorsky sent off after 18 minutes.

Germany hammered Zimbabwe 6-1, with Melanie Behringer getting two goals for the Germans and Kudakwashe Basopo scoring Zimbabwe's first goal at an international tournament.

The Germans were 2-0 up at half time before they moved up a gear and ended up easy winners in Sao Paulo.

The United States defeated New Zealand 2-0 thanks to a goal in each half from Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.

In the final game of the night, France hammered Colombia 4-0 in Belo Horizonte.

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India’s fashion industry finally gets real about how Indians look

Fashion shows in India are finally getting real.

The Lakme Fashion Week (LFW)—India’s marquee fashion event that will take place in the first week of August—will for the first time have plus-sized people walking the ramp. Plus-size models refers to those who fit into apparel sizes above XXL or “extra, extra large.”

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Industry observers say this is keeping with the fact that a good section of Indians are overweight, and most are not tall or skinny like conventional models who walk the ramp—an acknowledgement that has taken over two decades to come by since the LFW began.

Through the show, backed by aLL—a brand known for over-sized men’s and women’s clothing—LFW hopes to make fashion more “accessible.”

“We feel for the fashion industry to grow, we need to step out and be more accessible and this is a step in that direction,” said Jaspreet Chandok, vice-president and head, fashion, IMG Reliance, which hosts the fashion week.

India has one of the largest populations of obese people. A 2014 survey by the medical journal Lancet ranked India as the world’s third most obese country, behind China and US. At an average of 5 feet, Indian women are also among its shortest.

A large chunk of Indians just don’t fit into sizes offered by brands and rely on tailored clothing or ethnic wear.

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Plus-size clothing, thus, is a growing business.

As of 2012, the market for this segment was estimated at $1.8 billionand expected to double by 2017. aLL, which has 50 stores currently, was launched by the Future Group over a decade ago to cater to this market. Since then more retailers have begun hawking clothing for sizes over XXL.

This has also prompted a slow but sure change in the way models are perceived. “The most interesting models of recent years have been (from) outside the accepted body type—they are plus sized, androgynous, transgender, or older mommies—as if fashion is looking for newer themes and challenging established notions,” said Shefalee Vasudev, author of Powder Room: The Untold Story of Indian Fashion.

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A wrap of Hong Kong fashion industry news and events

A new fashion event will be held in Hong Kong in September, giving bands the chance for international exposure. Centrestage, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), will be held from September 7-10 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. “We are positioning Centrestage to be a platform for international, especially Asian, fashion brands and designers to promote their brands and launch collections,” says HKTDC deputy executive director Benjamin Chau. “Fashion brands can leverage the show to reach buyers, particularly select shops, department stores and e-retailers, as well as fashion media and fashion enthusiasts in the region.” It will feature about 200 brands and four thematic zones: glam, allure, metro and forward.

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Shanghai Tang’s limited-edition coffee table book is one for fashion lovers of all things Chinese. Published by Assouline, Shanghai Tang: From Nostalgia to Modern Chinese Chic showcases two decades of the brand’s strong Chinese cultural influence. From the otherworldly landscape of Guilin to the sculptural plains of the Gobi Desert to the beauty of Yunnan Province, these places and others have through Shanghai Tang’s products, brought China to the world in the form of “Modern Chinese Chic”. The book also looks at the brand’s history and features images of leading Chinese actress Gong Li, supermodels Du Juan and Liu Wen as well as images captured by top photographers for Shanghai Tang, including Chen Man, Wing Shya and Mario Testino.

If you’re still getting your summer staples sorted then pop into Pacific Place where flip-flop favourite Havaianas has teamed with Brickhouse for a fun pop-up. The Summer Pop-Up Store and restaurant on the Ground Floor Central Atrium runs until August 31. Open daily, it’s showcases a full range of Havaianas Brazilian sandals, available in men, women’s and children’s sizes as well as classic and seasonal ranges of Havaianas sandals, including the widely anticipated Star Wars and Disney ranges. And grab a bite of Mexican food as Brickhouse will be serving up some of its award-winning dishes. Taco me there!

Bulgari’s doing its philanthropic bit through its partnership with Save the Children, and its latest campaign #RAISE YOUR HAND has celebrities including Helena Christensen, Olivia Palermo, Tommy Dunn, Meg Ryan, Naomi Watts, Soo Joo Park, Carina Lau and Shu onboard, posing for photos and films that will benefit the charity campaign. A video featuring the project, created under the artistic direction of Fabrizio Ferri, has also supported the campaign.

Bulgari’s commitment to Save the Children is its new sterling silver and black ceramic bracelet, specially created for the campaign, providing a superb addition to the Save the Children jewellery collection.

The Island Shangri-La hotel and skincare expert fresh have joined forces to present the Fresh Afternoon Tea Set and a selection of special concoctions. Inspired by fresh’s Mask Menu of natural ingredients and presented by top culinary talents, the afternoon tea set and special drinks feature four natural ingredients used in the skincare brand’s popular masks – brown sugar, rose, black tea and honey. The best news is that the hotel’s pastry chef Alain Guillet has created delicacies that are also aesthetically pleasing for this first collaboration with the skincare brand. Look out for a selection of savoury canapés infused with black tea, honey paired with foie gras terrine and a white chocolate mousse in the shape of the brand’s iconic fresh blue box.

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