Insider Roundup: Taobao’s First Store In Southeast Asia & More | Clozette


Another week has gone, and with it comes a whole new slew of beauty and tech news. Before we say hello to the weekend, let's quickly go through the goings-on in the beauty, tech, and food industries. From restaurant openings to recent developments in e-commerce, we’ve got you covered with this week’s Insider Roundup.


Taobao just opened its very first store in Southeast Asia


Taobao by Virmall, the first Taobao Store in SEA


In partnership with Virmall, the first Taobao Store in Southeast Asia can now be found in Funan in Singapore. The 6,000 sq. ft store houses around 300 Taobao products, ranging from furniture and household items, textiles, fashion, and more. The store also features a Virtual Reality (VR) service for Singaporean shoppers, allowing them to visualise a particular piece of furniture in their own living spaces which are generated based on actual measurements of a room or even the entire house. Purchases can be made in-store via QR code and paid through the Taobao app.


Shopee has a new regional office in Singapore


Shopee's New Regional Office in Singapore


After announcing Cristiano Ronaldo as their newest ambassador in August, leading e-commerce platform Shopee announced last Tuesday that they’re opening their new regional headquarters in Singapore at Kent Ridge. The new office is designed to facilitate a more collaborative and creative working environment, including a marketing studio where Shopee LIVE and Shopee Quiz will be filmed, as well as a gym and fun zone for their employees. This move “reaffirms our long-term commitment to the country and elevates Singapore’s attractiveness as the Silicon Valley of Southeast Asia,” says Zhao Junjie, Shopee’s Chief Commercial Officer.


Yabu just opened a new branch in SM Aura


Yabu: House of Katsu SM Aura Opening
(Photo from: amandamaziiing)


Yabu: House of Katsu just opened its newest branch in SM Aura last Tuesday, 2 September. Their menu filled with signature katsu dishes comes with unlimited servings of rice, fruits, veggies, and soup. 


The new Urban Decay NAKED Honey palette is coming soon



Urban Decay Cosmetics’ new NAKED palette is making its way to Singapore on 13 September. It features warm brown tones and shimmery gold hues, making it the perfect palette for ladies with tan skin. It’s a versatile palette that can take you from day-time glam to night-about-town with its colour selection. It will definitely be a sweet addition to your vanity table. Get it when it drops in Sephora, both online and in-store, next week.


A new Facebook data leak exposes users’ cellphone numbers


Insider Round-Up: Facebook Data Leak

(Source: @zackwhittaker)


Though Facebook has already restricted public access to users’ phone numbers, a server was recently found to contain data from different databases from different countries. According to TechCrunch, the numbers go up to more than 400 million, with US users being affected the most, followed closely by the United Kingdom. Some records also showed pertinent information, such as the user’s name, age, gender, and location by country. This leaves users susceptible to scam calls and hacked accounts, as Facebook passwords can be changed via phone number. This latest data exposure is the most recent occurrence of data stored online, unprotected by a password.


(Cover photo from: Taobao)



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After a glorious return to New York Fashion Week for Spring 2019, Rodarte decided to skip the catwalk altogether this season. We can't complain, though, because what they did instead was as magnificent as their signature whimsical runway shows. It involves a surprise celebrity reunion, a super cute puppy and lots of dainty pearls. 



Painted or photographed? This surely is the question that will come to mind when one sees the campaign for the atelier's latest designs. Designer duo Laura and Kate Mulleavy unveiled their Spring/Summer 2020 collection through whimsical portraits that are styled to look like paintings. All are taken by photographer Darya Kobayashi Ritch (side note: her Instagram is a haven for quaint aesthetic).


True to the brand's roots of being founded in Los Angeles, this campaign is star-studded, featuring household names like Kirsten Dunst and up-and-coming actresses such as Kiernan Shipka (Sabrina in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and Lili Reinhart (Betty in Riverdale). Ahead, our favourites from the bunch.


The most adorable: Lili Reinhart and the puppy



Arguably the most adorable portrait of all is Lili Reinhart's. She's dressed in a voluminous white gown (the perfect choice for brides with a flair for the whimsical) while snuggling with a really cute puppy. 


The most majestic: Gabrielle Union looking like Princess Tiana



In this portrait, actress Gabrielle Union is a dead ringer for Princess Tiana from The Princess And The Frog. The pistachio green gown with tulle details matched with those glorious drop earrings are what fairytale dreams are made of!


The most headline-worthy: Mad Men reunion



Four years after its final season, Mad Men stars January Jones and Kiernan Shipka reunited in this Rodarte portrait. The onscreen mother-daughter tandem wore complementary pieces with Jones donning a pale pink silk dress and Shipka sporting a classy tube with floral details.


The prettiest piece: What Helena Howard wore



To us, this piece worn by Helena Howard is signature Rodarte: whimsical, dreamy and ultra-feminine. This oh-so-pretty pale lavender gown is made more beautiful and unique by its multi-coloured tulle detail. We know you're already imagining yourself wearing this.



The most eye-catching: Kirsten Dunst's stunning look



Seeing Kirsten Dunst in a beautiful voluminous gown takes us back to when she played Marie Antoinette in Sofia Coppola's film of the same name. It was the movie that made many ladies want to dress up like an 18th-century royalty. Looking for a modern rendition? This hand-beaded seafoam green gown is your best bet.


(Cover photo from: @rodarte)

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Here in the tropics, we don’t really experience many seasonal changes. It’s sadly always just either rainy or sunny here. But with all the fall fashion trends popping up, we can’t help but fall for colours that make us feel like we’re having the season we can never have. Warm tones like muted oranges, deep reds, and rustic shades are all the rage now that it’s getting quite a bit colder. Want to join in on the fun? Let these ladies from the Clozette Community inspire your ber-month ensembles.



Colour-coordinated


Rust-coloured outfit
(Photo from: astrityas)


Effortless elegance


Rust-coloured dress
Rust-coloured dress
Rust-coloured dress
(Photo from: juleneang)



Casual flair


Rust-coloured clothing
(Photo from: JessicaTan2511)




Mix and match


Rust-coloured pants
(Photo from: itsangelictecson)



On your toes


Rust-coloured shoes
(Photo from: sparksofjoyce)


(Cover photo from: astrityas)



Next, take cues on how to style your two-piece outfits here.

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