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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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Remembering Prince Charles and Lady Diana's Royal Wedding (and That Dress!) – 35 Years Later

Thirty-five years ago today, a beautiful young woman named Lady Diana Spencer walked down the aisle at St Paul's Cathedral to wed Prince Charles in what was dubbed the "wedding of the century."

The July 29, 1981 ceremony was watched by an estimated global TV audience of 750 million. And a crowd of two million lined the route of Diana's procession from Clarence House to the cathedral to catch a glimpse of the stunning bride.

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From start to finish, the wedding was every bit the fairy tale. The princess bride arrived to the ceremony in a glass couch, one of the principal horse-drawn carriages of the British monarch built in 1881.

Despite the pomp and circumstance that surrounded the traditional event, the modern bride did make one notable change to the ceremony. Diana did not promise to "obey" Charles as part of the traditional vows. She promised to "love, comfort, honor and keep." The word "obey" was eliminated at the couple's request, which caused a sensation at the time. (Princess Kate followed Diana's lead in her wedding vows to Prince William, in which she also ditched the word "obey.")

It was Diana's wedding prom dress that stole much of the spotlight that day. Valued at $12,000 (equivalent to $41,000 today), the stunning gown, which was designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel, was made of ivory silk taffeta and embellished with lace, hand embroidery, sequins and 10,000 pearls.

The epic train was made of ivory taffeta and antique lace. (The lace used to trim the dress had belonged to Queen Mary.) She topped her bridal look off with the Spencer family heirloom tiara. Charles looked dashing beside his bride in his full dress naval commander uniform.

Diana's dream occasion dresses set quite the trend. Large puffed sleeves and a full skirt became popular requests among brides around the world.

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Comic-Con Makes a Fashion Statement

It won’t be joining New York, London, Milan and Paris on the official fashion month schedule any time soon, but San Diego, perhaps best known for annually hosting over 130,000 comic book fans who descend on the city during Comic-Con International each July, is the unlikely epicenter of a fashion movement that has achieved every supervillain’s dream of taking over the world.

To be specific: wearable pop culture.There is a lingering assumption that comic convention attire involves one of two things: revealing costumes (for women) or sweat-stained T-shirts (for men). Despite the sprinkling of stardust provided by boldface names like Cara Delevingne and Scarlett Johansson, who were here to promote their latest movies, these gatherings are rarely, if ever, mentioned in the same breath as “real” fashion.But it was fashion — and decidedly not costumes — that took center stage on Thursday evening at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel during this year’s Comic-Con, where the Her Universe Fashion Show, a competitive event reminiscent of “Project Runway,” involved 27 designers debuting pop-culture-inspired ensembles that would not have looked out of place during John Galliano-era Dior or Lee McQueen-era Alexander McQueen.Just as at the Met Gala in May, technology was a visible theme, albeit technology inspired by fantasy.

One marieprom dress, an elegantly draped cream concoction, was decorated with illustrations using thermo-chromatic pigment, which disappeared when it reached 104 degrees Fahrenheit, the better to evoke a magical map with vanishing ink from the Harry Potterseries.Other designs brought to mind Zac Posen’s luminous Met Gala gown by incorporating lights. “I had already designed it before I saw the Zac Posen,” one designer, Lynne Marie Martens, said of her creation, a mille-feuille of a dress inspired by “Doctor Who” and featuring hundreds of twinkling lights.Photo

Laura Cristina Ortiz’s 1980s-style cocktail dress and shrug inspired by the Disney Pixar film “Wall-E.”CreditJake Michaels for The New York TimesMr. Posen’s dress did prompt the 29-year-old Ms. Martens to explore using fiber-optic fabric, although at around $100 for just a few yards, it was prohibitively expensive for her version, which had 80 yards of tulle.Instead, she used individually addressable LED lights, meaning she could program the color of each one separately, as well as the pattern and speed at which the lights blinked. “I worked with a programmer who wrote the code for me,” she said.

Laura Cristina Ortiz, 27, who took time off from her day job as a costume assistant on the coming Fox television series “Lethal Weapon” to participate in the show, created a 1980s-style cocktail dress and shrug inspired by the Disney Pixar film “Wall-E,” a dystopian tale about a trash-collecting robot abandoned on an uninhabitable planet Earth.Ms. Ortiz incorporated a dizzying amount of recycled material into the design, including cardboard, crepe paper, soda cans, plastic bottles, an Ikea bag and even a cable stripped out of an iPhone, which was used to lace up the bodice at the back.The fashion show, which is in its third year, is the brainchild of the voice actress Ashley Eckstein. She started Her Universe, a female-oriented apparel company after which the fashion show is named, in 2010 after realizing that women who wanted to wear sci-fi-printed T-shirts were being grossly underserved. She obtained her first pop culture license from Lucasfilm (she now has several), and today Her Universe produces items like “Deadpool” leggings and Darth Vader cape dresses.Photo

Ashley Eckstein of Her Universe. She started the female-oriented apparel company in 2010 after realizing that women who wanted to wear sci-fi-printed T-shirts were being grossly underserved.CreditJake Michaels for The New York Times“We were really, to my knowledge, probably the first company in the sci-fi genre to say we don’t want the men and the boys, we only want women,” Ms. Eckstein said by telephone the day before the show, which she attended in a custom gown made out of more than 10,000 Lego bricks. “And they had to do a special contract for us at first, just to siphon out women only.”Today, “Star Wars” is a bona fide presence in fashion thanks to subsequent collaborations with brands like Rodarte, Preen and, on a charity initiative last year, Diane von Furstenberg.

Other designers (most notably Jeremy Scott) have similarly begun appropriating fondly remembered childhood throwbacks such as Barbie, Mario Brothers and Looney Tunes in their collections. Brands like Givenchy, Commes des Garçons, Lanvin and Louboutin have worked with Disney on one-off designs and capsule collections based on the studio’s classic films like “Bambi” and “Cinderella.”And in San Diego, the cosmetics brand MAC, which has collaborated with Alexander McQueen and Rihanna, has even created a sci-fi themed pop-up store directly opposite the convention center, where it is previewing itscoming “Star Trek” collection to a wholly receptive audience (on Thursday, there were lines outside before the store opened).“Pop culture really equals nostalgia, and it takes us back to our childhood,” Ms. Eckstein said, citing the current obsession with Pokémon Go as an example. “In a world right now where so many crazy things and terrible things and scary things are going on, everyone needs an escape, and everyone needs something that just gives you hope, and makes you happy.”

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