We swoon over cherry blossoms, not only because they're pretty but also because they only bloom for a very short period of time. Only a few lucky travellers will be able to bathe in its beauty each year. This spring, some of our community members were able to catch a glimpse of this iconic flower. Keep scrolling to see their beautiful snaps. 


Pretty in pink


(Photo from: dilate)


Big, beautiful blooms


(Photo from: AnicoHannaMG)



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It's Friday the 13th, but there's no bad luck here. What you'll get instead is the latest and hottest. Ahead, the news bits you need to know about from the worlds of fashion and beauty.


UV-Reactive lip paints



The world's first UV-reactive neon lip paints have arrived courtesy of INC.redible cosmetics. These bright lip paints are neon — and glowing!


Visit Etude House Color Factory



It's face colour paradise! Visit the first ETUDE HOUSE Color Factory outside South Korea at Wisma Atria and get your game swatching on with over 200 lipsticks to choose from. Plus, get your own custom lipstick in 50 minutes. 


Plains & Prints x Aranaz



Aranaz's artistry and Plains & Prints elegance have been combined in their collaboration fit for the summer. Enjoy the merging of traditional and modern craftsmanship in the form of chic summer-inspired bags from the collection, which you can now grab online and at Plains & Prints stores starting 19 April.


New Fenty x Puma



Rihanna's been quiet on the music front, but she's been releasing collections from her beauty and fashion ventures often. The multi-hyphenated mogul has recently given a preview of the latest from her Fenty x Puma collaboration.


(Cover photo from: @incrediblecosmetics)


Here's what happened earlier this week.


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Like anything else in life, fashion has its highs and lows. From trends that will never go out of style to fads that will simply have your eyes rolling as soon as you hear about them, one might think that we've exhausted everything about the industry. But Balenciaga comes in to break the notion. 


The French couture house is now under fire for a recently released pink airbrushed hoodie that costs a whopping USD895. The fashion piece, which has the New York City skyline print, is described by the Balenciaga as a "whimsical top" that is "cut with the French label's signature cocoon silhouette".


(Photo from: barneys.com)


But its ridiculous price tag isn't the only reason why people are reacting very negatively about the product. Airbrushing shirts has its roots from black and brown communities during the '60s, '70s, and '80s. What started out as graffitis on street walls and designs on hot rod cars became part of mainstream culture and has even been massively associated with hip-hop, especially because of icons like LL Cool Jay and Jay Master Jay. And even so, it was easily accessible, both in terms of availability and price-wise, to the majority of the people simply because of its humble beginnings.


People didn't hold back their opinions about why they're not buying this 'gimmick'. 


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Balenciaga has yet to comment on the issue, but it's not the first time for a brand to release a ridiculous product that became food for the internet's entertainment. 


Just a couple of months ago, Topshop's Clear Knee Mom Jeans earned the title 'Ugliest Pants In The World' from many publications, which asked who thought it was a great idea to put plastic panels on the knee areas for fun? The piece itself is not exactly as ugly as everyone claims it to be, but it will still get you thinking "why?" Surprisingly, though, it's all sold out!


(Photo from: shop.nordstrom.com)


Then there are the Ugg sandals, the love-child of Uggs and Teva's brand collaboration. The former's signature boot design was meshed with the latter's classic fur-lined sandals, resulting to something that makes you look like you broke your foot and got a cast on for a week. Again, people made sure they shared their two cents about the footwear via Twitter.



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But nothing tops the USD280 tube scarf from Bulgarian brand Dukyana. The knitted fashion piece, which weighs 210 lbs, was labelled 'sock dress' by the internet. Once you wear it, you'll never know where it begins and ends. It's armless, sheds, and just heavy! 


(Photo from: dukyana.com)


So whether you're loving or hating these crazy fashion releases, we're sure there's more where they came from; all that's left to do is somehow find entertainment in them and call them out when necessary. 


(Cover photo from: barneys.com)


On a more positive note, here are the deets on Sophie Hulme's sustainable fashion project.


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