It’s been an eventful week. Several headlines surprised us in the past few days — some brought delight and inspiration, others not so much. From ZALORA launching its own shows to Britney Spears speaking up about her conservatorship, here are updates you shouldn’t miss.
ZALORA launches its own fashion, beauty and lifestyle shows
There’s no stopping the growth of livestream shopping. Since the pandemic began, many brands have joined in on the fun and hosted giveaways, sales and talks on live streaming platforms. The latest to join the club is ZALORA, which will be premiering pilot episodes of its shows on its new in-app live stream platform, Z-Live.
The launch will be in conjunction with the ZALORA Big Fashion Sale, so viewers can shop items while watching. One of the most exciting shows from the roster is Friends In Fashion, a variety show where style experts and fashionistas chat about hot fashion topics and trends. Plus, there will also be some giveaways for the live audience. Another show that you may be interested in is Style Challenge where guests are tasked to create ensembles for different occasions while under time pressure. Catch these programmes and more from 24 June to 30 June.
Victoria Beckham lowers prices
The pandemic hit the fashion industry hard, especially labels that are known for their party and going-out apparel like Victoria Beckham. To mitigate this temporary setback, the brand pivoted to having simple, stylish silhouettes for their latest collection which translated to an almost 40% reduction in “average selling price”, The Guardian reported. In the same article, designer Victoria Beckham also shared that the concept is inspired by a change in her own clothing preferences as she now favours “a more relaxed way of dressing”. The latest collection is basically a happy middle between the ultra-comfortable lockdown look and the glamorous designs of high-fashion dresses.
Robinsons Online has launched
The wait is finally over! Robinsons Online has launched in Singapore. The 163-year-old retailer has been reincarnated as an online store after its exit last January. Expect “good, better, best” options from its roster of fashion, beauty, home and lifestyle global brands including “new-to-Robinsons” labels like luxury home fragrance Baobab Collection from Belgium, Modern Apothecary from London, popular hair and skincare brand Moremo from South Korea and more.
Don’t forget to sign up for the Robinsons newsletter to be updated on special offers and new arrivals so you can enjoy an extra SGD10 discount on the first purchase. There’s more! Robinsons Online has also partnered with Grab so shoppers can have an additional 20% off with a minimum spend of SGD100 on all items (capped at SGD50 discount) by using code GRAB20 upon checkout (only available from 25 June to 25 July). Happy shopping.
Michelle Lee to exit Allure
After serving as the editor-in-chief of Allure magazine for six years, Michelle Lee is now stepping down from her role after accepting the position as Netflix’s VP of Editorial & Publishing. The career move comes as a surprise for many as Michelle has become strongly associated with the Allure brand. She was awarded Adweek's 2017 Editor of the Year where her efforts in transforming the women’s magazine were recognised; this includes her proclamation of ceasing the use of the term “anti-ageing” and bringing in more diversity to the publication. As of now, there’s still no news on who will replace Lee once she exits in late July.
Study finds “forever” chemicals in several cosmetics
We hope you’re sitting down for this not so pleasant update. A recent peer-reviewed study published in Environmental Science & Technology found PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in several cosmetics purchased from brands in Canada and the United States. The reason why it’s so concerning is that these chemicals are linked to health conditions such as kidney cancer and thyroid disease. What’s more is that these “forever chemicals” accumulate in the body over time. Among all the products tested, waterproof mascaras, foundations and lip products are the ones with the “highest proportions”. However, the study doesn’t reveal which particular products tested contained PFAS. You also will probably not be able to discern which is which by looking at the ingredient list as PFAS can be claimed as a “trade secret”. The good news is this issue has caught the attention of authorities and possible stricter regulations are being discussed.
Britney Spears on her conservatorship
In recent years, the topic of Britney’s conservatorship — an arrangement where a court-appointed guardian is in charge of an incapacitated person’s personal affairs including management of assets — has gained interest beyond her fan base partly due to the release of popular documentaries about her life as a pop star and the harassment she endured at the height of her fame (like Framing Britney Spears). However, Britney herself has not been vocal about it — that is, until yesterday when she shared in court her situation which included shocking details like how she was forced to be on birth control. “I just want my life back,” she said to the court, according to The New York Times. As new development unfolds, fans of Britney Spears rally behind her as the Free Britney Movement continues to gain widespread public support.
SaladStop!’s Iron Wo-man is back
We’re wrapping up this roundup on a light and cheery note — SaladStop! Iron Wo-man is back on the menu. The seasonal favourite will soon be available again in the Philippines from 6 July to 30 August (in Metro Manila) and from July 13 to August 30 (in Cebu). This light salad rich in iron, protein and fibre has baby spinach, feta cheese, roasted pumpkin, yellow raisins, and roasted almonds dressed in Raspberry Vinaigrette. You can also have it in a tortilla wrap as a quick snack. Already vaccinated? SaladStop! Philippine outlets in Metro Manila will be offering a perk for those who already got their shot — a 10% discount for a minimum Php500 single-receipt purchase from 1 July to 31 August.
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