The first week of July is over and it's brimming with interesting news! From Japanese and Singaporeans owning the most powerful passports to China introducing beauty filters in their face-scan payment methods, we've got them front and centre for your enjoyment in today's Insider Roundup.
Uniqlo pledges new sustainability measures
Following the news of Sweden cancelling Stockholm Fashion Week in the name of sustainability, Japanese fast-fashion brand Uniqlo also announced how they're taking part in this global movement. The brand's parent company, which also carries labels GU and Theory, pledged to cut their use of plastic up to 85 per cent. The company will also start rolling out recyclable shopping bags and other environment-friendly materials in its products in line with this change. Awesome, right?
Japan and Singapore top this year's list of countries with the most powerful passports
Japanese and Singaporean passports are the most powerful passports to date. Both countries have 189 destinations each allowing them access without a need for a visa. They're followed by South Korea, Finland, and Germany with 187 countries under each of their lists. For Malaysia, there are 176 countries they can visit and for the Philippines, there are 64.
Kim Kardashian won a lawsuit versus fashion brand Missguided
After years of continuously tagging and associating Kim Kardashian to their social media posts and product promotions without her consent, Kimmy's finally taken legal actions against fashion brand Missguided. Kim won the case by forfeit when the brand failed to address the lawsuit, which requires Missguided to pay the KKW beauty brand owner almost USD2.8 million for damages. The court order also includes restricting Missguided from using any trademarked products or labels under any of the Kardashians' ownership moving forward.
Sophie Turner's (second) wedding gown are #goals
It looks like everyone just can't stop talking about Sophie and Joe's weddings and the fashion may just be one of the biggest reasons why. In her first — and more casual — Vegas wedding last month, Sophie's stylish Bevza jumpsuit and gold Loeffler Randall mules ensemble already gave us great unconventional #BrideGoals.
But it looks like the Dark Phoenix star's second (and more traditional) wedding dress would be the one landing the most on Pinterest boards this year. Showing off her décollatage in a beautiful flowing lace dress from Louis Vuitton, she's definitely owning up to her Game of Thrones Queen in the North status with this look.
China's Alipay introduces beauty filters to their face-scan payment system
Biometrics and facial recognition are just some of today's usual privacy and security measures. But what's supposed to bank on accuracy and detailing is now also being infiltrated by beauty filters — at least that's the case with China's Alipay face-scan payment system. This feature is said to address the complaints of users that the cashless face-scan system makes people look ugly. According to Alipay's Weibo post, the feature they will roll-out will "make you look even prettier than with a beauty camera." Interesting, right? What are your two cents on this?
Pokemon invades Jewel Changi
Say hello to your fave Pokemon buddies at Jewel Changi in all Saturdays and Sundays of July. Catch Pikachu and friends at 2PM and 6PM respectively as they dance against the majestic backdrop of the iconic HSBC Rain Vortex and lush Shiseido Forest Valley.