MACAU — Chinese megastar actors Fan Bingbing and Hu Bing arrived at The Venetian casino on Thursday evening for an unusual night that saw the city, known most for its baccarat, roulette and poker tables, host the global debut of the La Perla spring 2018 show.Usually overlooked in favor of Hong Kong or Shanghai, the former Portuguese colony upped its fashion credentials with the debut of the rock 'n' roll-inspired collection, displayed in the main lobby of the casino which had been blocked off to passerbys. The 200-or-so guestlist included model You Tianyi, actress Chen Shu, and rapper Brant.B, who dined at tables running alongside the runway where models such as Natasha Poly sporting bedazzled eyes and slicked-back high ponytails marched to electric guitar riffs.[caption id="attachment_11032627" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The lobby of The Venetian casino in Macau was transformed into a runway with guests dining alongside it.[/caption]The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week running Oct. 19 to 24, the city's first such event. Designed to jump-start spending at the two Las Vegas Sands-owned properties — The Venetian and The Parisian Macao — the week also scheduled special showcases from Seven For All Mankind, EQ:IQ, Evisu, Karen Millen, Max & Co. and more.RELATED: La Perla Denies Negotiations With Mittal >Silvio Scaglia, the Italian businessman who owns both La Perla and modeling agency Elite World, mingled backstage chatting with model Liu Wen but declined to do interviews. Scaglia's name has featured in the headlines after he was acquitted late last month in a money laundering trial involving one of his other firms, Fastweb. Local Italian media have also been reporting that La Perla, which he acquired in 2013, is up for sale, something Scaglia has firmly denied. Originally founded in 1954 as an innerwear label, La Perla is attempting to expand deeper into ready-to-wear and other lifestyle categories, although it's had considerable zigs and zags along the way. Its current creative lead Julia Haart was installed last August after a quick tenure by Pedro Lourenço who lasted half a year. Lourenço came into the position after the role had been left empty for six months, replacing Emiliano Rinaldi who led the brand for a year and a half. The business side has seen changes too with the tycoon's Millennial daughter Chiara Scaglia, who oversaw the business in Asia, departing the company recently.[caption id="attachment_11032626" align="aligncenter" width="600"] La Perla designer Julia Haart (left) and Chinese actor Hu Bing backstage before the show.[/caption]Speaking before the show, Haart said her clothes focus on expressing inclusiveness and female empowerment. "The La Perla woman is every woman," she declared, pointing to a commitment to create women's wear that not only look good but feel good, too.RELATED: Julia Haart Named Creative Director of La Perla >>"When I first became creative director, people told me comfort is a dirty word. They said, 'do not use the word comfort in fashion.' It's a code word for non-fashionable and ugly," Hart said."To me, I am the connection to Ada Masotti," Haart continued, referring to the La Perla founder. "Between us there have been no female creative directors. She was really not only an icon but she was a feminist of her time. She started a company in the fifties. Women were not starting companies back then. They were not heads of fashion houses."
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive
For @simonerocha_‘s fall show, hairstylist @jamespecis created a look inspired by the painter John Constable. Models’ hair was pulled back, tied into knots and topped off with a bow. (📷: @kukukuba) #wwdbeauty #lfw
Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at @richardquinn1's London Fashion Week show to present the designer with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The new award will be handed out annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent, while demonstrating value to the community and sustainable policies. #wwdfashion #lfw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)