Enjoyed the gripping events in Riverdale and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina? Well, you’ll be ecstatic to know that the Archie universe on-screen is expanding once more with The CW’s upcoming Katy Keene. That’s right — those who were avid fans of the Archie Comics might recognise this iconic character. Still, although they share the same universe don’t expect it to be quite like the aforementioned shows. Katy Keene will be a wholly different show. It will be a musical dramedy set in New York City, where cults and witches would probably not be making an appearance. Intrigued? Read on to find out more about it.
Where dreams are made of
If something’s set in the Big Apple, we know it's bound to have the glitz and glam of the city. If you weren't much into the supernatural aspect of the other shows, you'll be pleased to know that Katy Keene will be a much lighter series. It will focus on the lives of 20-something aspiring artists trying to make it in the city. The first look we have of the show definitely gives Sex And The City vibes, so we’re expecting that this would be a fun joyride.
An all-star ensemble
Lucy Hale, whom you probably recognise from Pretty Little Liars, is going to be playing Katy Keene, who tries to chase her dreams of becoming a fashion designer in the city. Joining her is Ashleigh Murray who will be playing her Riverdale character Josie McCoy, an aspiring singer. There’s also Lucien Laviscount and Camille Hyde, among others, who’ll be giving us a glimpse of what it’s like to try to make it in New York.
A shared universe
Riverdale showrunners Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi will be developing the upcoming The CW show. They’ll be joined by The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina alum Maggie Kiley, who'll be directing the show. Since Katy Keene and Riverdale share some characters, it’s pretty clear it’s all set in the same universe. Still, it’s unlikely we’ll get crossovers between these shows. Katy Keene will be set years ahead of Riverdale, so if we’re getting cameos, it has to be older versions of your beloved characters.
The series is still currently being filmed, and there’s no set date for its release yet. But after seeing the trailer, we’re already excited to see what’s in store for us soon. We’ve definitely added this to our to-watch list.
(Cover photo from: @lucyhale)
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These days, comfortable style is what's hot. The popularity of athleisure fashion, fanny packs and Teva sandals — styles that were all once deemed passé — is a testament to this. Even if you look at what teenagers would consider cool right now, the looks all put a premium on comfort. We're talking about oversized tees, crocs, and sporting a Fjällräven Kanken. And just recently, a new comfortable piece is entering the mainstream scene. Meet the knitted flats!
Otto Shoes Stripe Knitted Flats, PHP1199/~USD23 (zalora.com.ph)
If you live in the Philippines, you can check out Otto Shoes' knitted flats. You can drop by at their branches or browse through ZALORA Philippines to look at their selections. We particularly love the very versatile Stripe Knitted Flats in blush pink. It's made with a custom-engineered knitted soft fabric upper and a lightweight rubber outsole.
Twenty Eight Shoes
Twenty Eight Shoes Knit Flats JD20, SGD84/~USD60 (zalora.com.sg)
A homegrown brand in Hong Kong, Twenty Eight shoes have also released a few pieces featuring knitted material. Unlike most brands selling knit flats, they also have other designs aside from the block colours. However, if you're like us who love classic looks, then you'd like the JD20. This casual pair of knitted flats has a supportive back counter and memory foam socking which makes it comfier than the average shoe.
PAZZION, MYR259/~USD61 (zalora.com.my)
Originating from Singapore, PAZZION Shoes has expanded their reach across Asia to countries like China, Japan and Thailand. Over the years, they have released classic designs and on-trend items like knitted flats. Looking for something that can be worn in professional settings? Check out the Blue Knit Effect Pointed Leather Pointy Flats. It will add a pop of colour to your ensemble without going over the top.
Skechers Gowalk Lite
Skechers GOwalk Lite in Romance, USD65 (skechers.com)
If you want knitted flats with an athletic touch, look no further than Skechers' GOwalk Lite collection. Out of all the designs, the Romance is the one that caught our fancy with its classy bow detail and nude colourway. We also love how versatile it is. You can wear it to both your next workout session and brunch date with your girlfriends!
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
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
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 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
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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