If you've lived through the noughties, you'll know that synthetic leather bags was once stigmatised. They were seen as tacky, cheap and reserved only for those who can't afford 'the real thing'. But these days, with cruelty-free and sustainable movements gaining momentum, the tables have turned. Vegan leather is now a prized commodity. But even so, it's still a challenge to gain access to these alternatives. And it's partly because brands that do offer high-quality cruelty-free handbags are often under the radar. So if you're considering adopting a cruelty-free lifestyle, we've found some exceptional brands offering great alternatives that are just as luxe as leather.
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Living in the city can be quite challenging. Here, it’s as if everything’s in fast forward and no one has time to stop. In a rush to catch time, people walk briskly and cars beat the red lights. Still, don’t let modern living kill your spark. Let these ladies from the Clozette Community show you how to live it up with their urban outfits.
Get hyped up for the weekend!
Finally, it’s Friday! We’re sure it’s been a gruelling week for everyone, so in case you missed it, here’s a recap of the hottest news this week. It’s all here — from the return of the biggest fashion event in Southeast Asia to the reveal of the newest streaming service. If these don’t amp up your excitement for the weekend, I don’t know what will.
Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival is back for its 10th season
With the theme “Fashion Formation Decoded,” Panasonic Manila Fashion Festival returns this coming month. Celebrate the art of fashion through this most prestigious fashion event from 2 to 5 April at EDSA Shangri-La, Marquee Tent. Witness the breathtaking designs of promising and emerging talents from the region on the runway and learn more about the craft through the series of workshops and forums during the week.
An Hermès skincare and cosmetic line is coming your way
Beauty aficionados rejoice, because the renowned luxury fashion house aims to be a global beauty brand by perfecting the three main axes: fragrance, makeup, and skincare. The products, set to be released in 2020, will be developed in-house but will be manufactured by third-party suppliers in France and Italy. Though you might have to wait a year for that, you’ll be excited to know that Hermès will be using plastic-free packaging for their upcoming line.
José Jeuland returns with "Longevity Okinawa" exhibition
The Singapore-based French photographer is holding his second photography exhibition, titled “Longevity Okinawa.” Through his photography, José attempts to capture the secrets behind the longevity of centenarians living in Okinawa. Aside from those, you can enjoy a short documentary in the exhibition, which runs from 19 April to 30 May at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore.
You can soon watch the all-new season of Project Runway on TLC Southeast Asia
Your favourite fashion reality show is back this April for its 17th season. With the departure of Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, the show will be introducing supermodel Karlie Kloss as the new host and series alumnus Christian Siriano as the new mentor. Catch 16 designers compete and take on guest-inspired challenges starting this 1 April at 9PM on TLC Southeast Asia (SingTel TV Channel 254).
Apple unveils new streaming service
You read that right — Apple is making sure we never leave out Apple devices while we indulge in our guilty binge-watching pleasures with Apple TV+. After years of just focusing on the production of state-of-the-art devices, Apple has announced with a star-studded parade their decision to dabble in content and entertainment. Apple TV+ will feature new original programs, as well as favourites from networks like HBO.