FAVE 5: Square Toe Kicks | Clozette


One thing that we can never have enough of? Shoes. We know we're all guilty as charged for storing a shameless number of heels, boots and trainers. Looking to add more to your collection? Look no further than square-toed shoes, which appears to be taking the industry by storm. Get a stiletto, mule, or sandals — they all look impeccable with any outfit. Take these Clozetters' looks as examples.


Modern Flats



Modern Flats
Modern Flats
Modern Flats
(Photo from: MandaOlivia)


Block Heels



Block Heels
(Photo from: theliyanaaris)

Strappy Stiletto



Strappy Stiletto
(Photo from: thatgirltrixie)


Buckle Chunks



Buckle Chunks
(Photo from: sabrinamarican)



Open Mules


Open Mules
Open Mules
Open Mules
(Photo from: amandayong)


(Cover photo from: sabrinamarican)



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It looks like sovereignty and territorial issues surrounding China doesn't stop at government press conferences and rallies; it has also trickled down to the fashion industry. Fashion brands Coach, Versace, and Givenchy recently issued their respective apologies to China for what is said to be a defiance to the country's "One-China" policy, a mandate stating that despite the differences in the socio-political systems between each state, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan all still fall under one sovereign jurisdiction. 


Coach, Versace, Givenchy tour-shirts

Left:  Coach shirt showing Hong Kong and Taiwan as independent countries (source); Middle: Versace shirt showing Hong Kong and Macao as solo states  (source); Right: Givenchy shirt showing Hong Kong and Taiwan as sovereigns (source)


Despite being separate occasions, the three fashion labels all released tour shirt-inspired apparel naming Hong Kong and Macau as independent countries rather than special administrative states, and Taiwan as a renegade province status. Each brand has issued an apology on their respective social media platforms and claims to have retracted the items in question. Is this incident is more than what it seems?


Consumers call for boycott, celebrities severed ties


After the designs circulated and trended on the Chinese social media platform Weibo — causing an uproar there — many consumers call for a boycott against all three fashion houses. Many noted that at such a sensitive time for China, given Taiwan's continuous strain for severance and Hong Kong's ongoing rallies regarding the controversial legislation on extradition, making such a mishap seemingly undermining the One-China policy is indeed insensitive. It is worth noting, though, that the line of argument focuses on China being at the disadvantage more so than the states currently protesting against the Asian superpower.




Even Chinese celebrities and personalities who have worked or are presently working with the three fashion labels shared their two cents on the matter. Supermodel Liu Wen wrote on her Weibo account, "At any time, China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are inviolable!" She then went on to apologise for working with Coach and has shared that she is severing her ties to the brand. "I love my motherland and resolutely safeguards China's sovereignty," she added. Meanwhile, Givenchy ambassador and Chinese boy band member Jackson Yee also announced cutting his relationship with the fashion label. 

International reception


Despite the seemingly humble approach of Coach, Givenchy, and Versace in addressing the situation, not everyone was convinced by this quick response against a controversy. After all, it seems like the implications of the actions were made not in consideration of the current socio-political issues between China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, but rather made simply to appease the inarguably large consumer market of the mainland. 


Coach, Versace, Givenchy - celebrity and consumer outrage

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HYPEBEAST writer Douglas Brundage wrote on Twitter that perhaps "cultural sensitivity only matters when it's a nationalistic superpower you're offending." Many news items also claim that the fashion labels' apologies dismiss the riots currently happening in Hong Kong simply by siding with China in this state of aggressive territorial unrest. International consumers have also shared their points on social media, saying that the three brands should be boycotted, not because of the t-shirt row they had with China, but rather for how easily they bent their will for the sake of potential profitability rather than rising above the issue to show support for the likes of Hong Kong and other territories uprising against China's rule. 


Coach, Versace, Givenchy - international reaction

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Fashion brands at the palm of China


It's not the first time that fashion brands met with China's outrage, quickly followed by 'deeply apologetic' retraction statements. Just late last year, Dolce & Gabbana sparked controversy with a racially insensitive campaign, resulting in a mass boycott and a cancellation of their showcase in the East Asia country. Even Swarovski just recently released their own statement on a similar note, apologising to China for calling Hong Kong a 'country'.


Coach, Versace, Givenchy - Swarovski apology for China

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On a business standpoint, it makes sense not to make a move against China considering their vast market influence. However, it is also clear why people from other nations consider the malleability of fashion houses when faced against this Asian giant a bit disappointing. Wherever you are on the issue of China's sovereignty and Hong Kong's uproar, this issue alone should be enough to make you rethink which brands you put your money and support's worth. 


(Cover photo from: @donatella_versace)


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Midi outfits are easy to style whether you're going to work, a family function or any party. In fact, it's one of the best garments to wear due to its length. With a slew of fashion icons sighted wearing this trend in public, it's safe to say that midi outfits are still dominating the industry. That includes the Clozette Community. Scroll away to curate ideas for your next outfit!



Street style chic


Street style chic
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Plain elegance


Plain elegance
(Photo from: MariaElaine)


Checkered casual


Checkered casual
(Photo from: Sheiladytiu)


Color block


Color block
(Photo from: axdelwen)



Playful plaids



Playful plaids
Playful plaids
Playful plaids
Playful plaids
(Photo from: ChristabellePQZ)


(Cover photo from: Sheiladytiu)


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