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Insider Roundup: Naomi Watanabe X Shu Uemura Collab & More

All the goss you need to know

It's that time of the week again when we walk you through the latest happenings of the week as well as the headlines you should look forward to. To begin with, we're happy to share that Naomi Watanabe is coming out with a third collaboration with shu uemura. Fendi also just announced that Kim Jones will be joining their creative team. Meanwhile, a BLACKPINK documentary will come to Netflix next month. Travel-wise, Malaysia is now part of Japan's travel bubble. Did we get you excited? Read on for more details. 

Naomi Watanabe teams up for third collab with Shu Uemura

Naomi Watanabe poses for new shu uemura campaign

Comedienne, fashion icon, body positivity activist, and shu uemura brand ambassador Naomi Watanabe

After the announcement of her Kate Spade ambassadorship earlier this year, comedienne Naomi Watanabe continues to dominate the landscape, now, with her latest collaboration with shu uemura. The new campaign features louder and bolder versions of rouge unlimited amplified and amplified matte lipsticks, as well as a new lipstick shade, the Naomi Redwood. It's a deep, warm brown hue that, according to Naomi, "You can wear it every day — for work or for partying." The new packaging also features shu uemura's new monogram. It will be available this coming 1 October at all shu uemura counters and online.

Kim Jones joins the Fendi team

After lending his creative mind to Louis Vuitton and Dior Men, Kim Jones is set to influence another fashion house — this time, with Fendi. As the new artistic director of the Italian fashion house, he will be working on haute couture, ready-to-wear and fur collections for women, according to Hypebae. He will be working with Silvia Venturini Fendi, the couture house's creative director of accessories, menswear and children.

Jun Ji Hyun and Joo Ji Hoon to star in new K-drama

A collage of photos of Korean actors Jun Ji Hyun and Joo Ji Hoon

(Left) Korean actress Jun Ji Hyun from My Love From The Star and Legend of the Blue Sea. (Photo from: @junjihyun_81) (Right) Korean actor Joo Ji Hoon from Kingdom and Princess Hours. (Photo from: @_jujihoon)

Have you been missing the leads of Kingdom and My Love From The Star? Here's some good news: Jun Ji Hyun and Joo Ji Hoon are set to star in a K-drama together. The show, currently titled Mount Jiri, will be directed by Lee Eung Bok of Goblin and Descendants of the Sun. As of now, all we know is that the actors will be playing park rangers with intriguing pasts. Filming is set to start this month and the series will premiere in 2021.

A BLACKPINK documentary is coming to Netflix

BLACKPINK's comeback is quite an eventful one, with the release of their boppy collab with Selena Gomez. Next, the hit girl group will be coming out with a Netflix documentary. Titled Blackpink: Light Up the Sky, the documentary will show the group's recording process, exclusive interviews, and their 2019 Coachella performance. As a special treat to BLINKS, Netflix is also making special profile icons with Lisa's, Jisoo's, Rosé's, and Jennie's faces. The documentary will drop on 14 October.

See Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya in the Dune trailer

As for other entertainment news to look forward to, Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya will be together in a new book-to-movie adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel Dune. Chalamet will play the lead protagonist Paul Atreides, the son of the former governor of the planet Atreides. Zendaya, on the other hand, will portray the mysterious Chani who becomes Paul's potential love interest. The cast is speckled with other big-name celebs, including the likes of Avengers: Endgame's Josh Brolin, Star Wars' Oscar Isaac, and Chernobyl’s Stellan Skarsgard.

Some Riverdale stars have made a joint TikTok account


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Let's move on to more relaxed forms of entertainment, shall we? Hopping on the TikTok hype, but with a twist, are Riverdale actresses Lili Reinhart, Madelaine Petsch, and Camila Mendes. Their new joint account @blondebrunetteredhead is now the host of their behind-the-scenes shenanigans, from recreating viral dances to quick interviews with one another. The cast of the hit CW show is currently in Vancouver taping a new season of the series, and these TikTok videos serve as the perfect way to unwind in between takes and shoots.

Malaysia now included in Japan’s travel bubble

Lastly, on to some local news. While domestic travel is opening up, it also seems that Japan will be accommodating more foreign visitors soon. In addition to Thailand and Vietnam, five more Asian countries are now allowed in its travel bubble: Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Taiwan. According to Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this option is currently available to long-term residents of the mentioned countries. Business trips will also be accommodated. Those willing to travel to and from Japan are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, amongst other strict measures including installing a COVID-19 contact tracing app. Similar arrangements between Singapore and Japan are still in the works. For more information on travel requirements, Malaysians can refer to the Japanese embassy's official website

Don't forget to catch up on last week's updates here.