Mulan poised to screen in Chinese cinemas

Disney has announced its live-action adaptation of 1998 animated classic Mulan will shortly hit the big screen in China.Variety reported that while no official date has been been given for Mulan’s Middle Kingdom release, Disney has taken to Chinese soc…

Disney has announced its live-action adaptation of 1998 animated classic Mulan will shortly hit the big screen in China.

Variety reported that while no official date has been been given for Mulan’s Middle Kingdom release, Disney has taken to Chinese social media site Weibo to hype its pending arrival.

Disney made the post in the Mulan ballard’s traditional character, writing in the style of classical verse: “When the magnolia blossom opens, it lives up to its reputation and arrives as promised,” a play on the film’s titular heroine’s name and variety of magnolia tree.

“(Mulan’s) import is confirmed and it will soon burst into bloom in theaters; looking forward to meeting you!” the post continues.

Mulan’s cinematic debut has already been delayed four times due to COVID-19 restrictions. Last week Disney declared it will air the movie, which stars Liu Yifei and is directed by Niki Caro, on its streaming service Disney Plus in most major territories from September 4. In areas where Disney Plus is not available, the entertainment conglomerate said it will release the film theatrically.

Although cinemas in China reopened on July 20, box office revenue in the country has been sluggish, as cinema-goers hesitate to return to theatres. If released in early September, Mulan will compete with Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which is set to premiere September 4.

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Louis Vuitton show attracts 85 million online viewers in China

Louis Vuitton’s physical menswear show generated a staggering 85 million online views in China on Thursday alone.The brand released the impressive figure on Friday, following the success of their playful presentation, which was held in Shanghai on Thur…

Louis Vuitton’s physical menswear show generated a staggering 85 million online views in China on Thursday alone.

The brand released the impressive figure on Friday, following the success of their playful presentation, which was held in Shanghai on Thursday. This was the first travelling show for creative director Virgil Abloh, since it was announced last month that the brand was switching to a seasonless format.

A spokesman for Louis Vuitton announced the presentation generated 57.8 million livestream video views on social media platform Weibo, a further 17.6 million on video-sharing app Douyin, 8.8 million on social media app Tencent and 1.1 million via out-of-home (OOH) means, reports WWD.

The event was certainly a feast for the eyes, boasting models stepping out of cargo containers, a dragon dance along the runway and a parade of huge inflatables shaped like a dove, rainbow and planet Earth.

“We, as humans, need peace and hopefully beauty can bring us peace and positive energy. That’s what my collection is about,” Abloh said. “It’s with all intent to showcase what’s good in the world, that which can make a kid smile and bring joy to an adult.”

Chinese actor/singer Kris Wu, who is an ambassador for Louis Vuitton, closed the show wearing a white structured suit.

In a new step for the brand, many of the pieces were made using items from previous seasons and recycled materials. The ensembles taken from earlier seasons were chosen because they were among the design team’s favourite pieces. New outfits sought inspiration from Seventies African tailoring and offered a playful and colourful vibe. The brand’s signature monogram and floral motifs appeared on fabrics in larger sizes and multi-coloured plaids and stripes also featured.

This was Abloh’s fifth collection for the brand.

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Dior postpones cruise show due to coronavirus outbreak

Dior has postponed its upcoming cruise show due to the escalating coronavirus outbreak. The French house, headed up by Maria Grazia Chiuri, had been planning to stage its cruise show on 9 May in Lecce, Italy.However, leaders at the company have now de…

Dior has postponed its upcoming cruise show due to the escalating coronavirus outbreak.

The French house, headed up by Maria Grazia Chiuri, had been planning to stage its cruise show on 9 May in Lecce, Italy.

However, leaders at the company have now decided to delay the event indefinitely, with a new date to be announced in due course, depending on how the crisis evolves.

“As a preventive measure, in accordance with instructions from public authorities, and to reinforce the coordination of international directives, the House of Dior has decided to postpone its cruise show in order to ensure the safety of all its employees, collaborators and guests… Our thoughts are with everyone who is affected by this pandemic, all over the world,” Dior representatives said in a statement provided to WWD.

At present, Italy is the hardest hit nation outside of China, where Covid-19 originated in December.

As a result of the increasing cases, totalling more than 24,700, the country has been placed on lockdown, with all non-essential shops, bars, and restaurants closed and all major sporting and cultural events cancelled.

Dior follows in the footsteps of Gucci, which has postponed its cruise show in San Francisco, California on 18 May, Prada, which has indefinitely pushed back its presentation in Tokyo, Japan on 21 May, Versace, which has shelved its runway show on 16 May at an unknown American location, and Giorgio Armani, which has postponed its cruise show in Dubai in April.

Ralph Lauren has also decided to not go ahead with its fall 2020 show, which was scheduled for April in New York, while fashion weeks in Tokyo, Shanghai, and Beijing have been scrapped.

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Prada postpones resort 2021 show amidst coronavirus concerns

Prada has postponed its upcoming resort show in Japan as a “precautionary measure” due to the spread of the coronavirus. Officials at the Italian luxury brand, headed up by Miuccia Prada, announced in October that they would unveil the resort 2021 col…

Prada has postponed its upcoming resort show in Japan as a “precautionary measure” due to the spread of the coronavirus.

Officials at the Italian luxury brand, headed up by Miuccia Prada, announced in October that they would unveil the resort 2021 collection on 21 May in Japan.

However, on Monday, representatives for the company announced they were postponing the presentation due to the uncertainties connected to the spread of the coronavirus.

“This decision was made as a precautionary measure as well as an act of responsibility and respect for all the people working on and planning to attend our resort 2021 show,” they told WWD. “Prada extends its sincere sympathies and concern to all the people and territories affected by this situation.”

The spokesperson added that the show will be rescheduled in the country “at a more appropriate moment”.

The coronavirus originated in China and has so far killed more than 1,700 people in the country. Entire cities have been sealed off and traffic to and from the nation has been suspended.

As a result of the outbreak, upcoming fashion weeks in Beijing and Shanghai have been postponed, while representatives for Chanel have decided to postpone plans to restage their Metiers d’Art show in Beijing in May.

“Considering the current situation and following the guidance of Chinese authorities, Chanel has decided to postpone its project of a replica of the Paris – 31 rue Cambon 2019/20 Metiers d’art collection in May in Beijing to a later and more appropriate moment,” a representative said in a statement on Monday. “Chanel is monitoring the situation closely. At the foremost are the health and wellbeing of its teams and clients.”

The French house’s collection was originally presented at the Grand Palais in Paris in December.

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Dior apologises after excluding Taiwan from China map

Representatives for Dior have issued an apology after they came under fire for using a map of China that excluded Taiwan during a presentation. Members of the French fashion house’s human resources team gave a presentation about its boutique network d…

Representatives for Dior have issued an apology after they came under fire for using a map of China that excluded Taiwan during a presentation.

Members of the French fashion house’s human resources team gave a presentation about its boutique network during a recruitment event held at Zhejiang Gongshang University in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou on Wednesday, and used a map of China which didn’t include the island, China’s most sensitive territorial issue.

According to a video clip which circulated on Chinese social media platform Weibo, a student asked the employee why Taiwan wasn’t on the map and the question was met with applause from the audience. The Dior staffer replied that the island was too small to be visible, but the student stated that it isn’t smaller than the island of Hainan, which was visible, and the audience cheered. The worker then said she only managed mainland China, while Taiwan and Hong Kong were taken care of by other employees.

The footage was met with criticism and Dior representatives subsequently posted an apology on its Weibo account.

“Dior first extends our deep apologies for the incorrect statement and misrepresentation made by a Dior staff member at a campus presentation,” they wrote. “Dior always respects and upholds the one China principle, strictly safeguards China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and treasures the feelings of the Chinese people.”

The reps added that they had started to “seriously investigate” the incident and would take precautions to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

Dior, headed by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, is the latest firm to come under fire in China over its territories. In August, Versace executives apologised for selling a range of T-shirts and hoodies in which the Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Macau were incorrectly described as independent countries, while Coach and Givenchy said sorry for offering T-shirts which listed Taiwan as a country.

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Coach and Givenchy bosses apologise after T-shirts trigger outrage in China

Executives at Coach and Givenchy have issued apologies to the people of China after two T-shirt designs triggered fierce criticism in the nation.Over the weekend, Donatella Versace took to social media to insist she was “deeply sorry” after it came to …

Executives at Coach and Givenchy have issued apologies to the people of China after two T-shirt designs triggered fierce criticism in the nation.

Over the weekend, Donatella Versace took to social media to insist she was “deeply sorry” after it came to her attention that the Versace brand had been selling a range of T-shirts and hoodies in which the Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Macau were incorrectly described as independent countries.

Since then, online users have called out bosses at Coach and Givenchy for offering T-shirts labelled with the words Taipei, Taiwan – which is also officially in the Republic of China.

“Coach respects and supports China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. In May 2018, we found a serious inaccuracy in the design of a few T-shirts,” a representative for Coach wrote on Instagram. “We immediately pulled those products from all channels globally. We also reviewed our entire assortment to ensure compliance and have strengthened our internal product development process to avoid the occurrence of a similar issue in the future. We are fully aware of the severity of this error and deeply regret it.”

They went on to explain that the items have been reviewed and the relevant website content has been updated.

A Givenchy spokesperson uploaded an apology with a similar sentiment too.

“The house of Givenchy firmly respects China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity. Immediate actions have been taken to recall the inaccurate T-shirt design from all markets, and measures of product and process review have been and will continue to be taken to avoid similar situations in the future,” they wrote. “The House of Givenchy wishes to sincerely apologise for this mistake that does not reflect the deep respect it has for its Chinese audiences throughout the world, as well as renew its commitment to pursue its longstanding relationship with the market in the most thoughtful way.”

The criticism of the garments comes at a particularly sensitive time due to the protests taking place in Hong Kong at present, with tens of thousands of campaigners demanding leaders listen to their concerns about China’s political influence.

As a result of the backlash, Coach ambassador and top model Liu Wen has distanced herself from the New York-based label and posted a statement on her Weibo social media page.

“I apologise to everyone for the damage that I have caused as a result of my less-careful choice of brand!” she commented. “I love my motherland, and I steadfastly safeguard China’s sovereignty.”

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Dolce & Gabbana designers apologise to people of China in Mandarin

Dolce & Gabbana co-founders Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce have apologised to the people of China in Mandarin.The designers are in the midst of a race row, following a recent campaign which appeared to ridicule Chinese culture, as well as a series …

Dolce & Gabbana co-founders Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce have apologised to the people of China in Mandarin.

The designers are in the midst of a race row, following a recent campaign which appeared to ridicule Chinese culture, as well as a series of distasteful messages about the nation which were alleged to have been sent from Gabbana’s personal Instagram account. The controversy led to the cancellation of Dolce & Gabbana’s Shanghai show, which was scheduled to take place on Wednesday (21Nov18), with a number of retailers and celebrities also cutting ties with the label.

Now, the designers have issued their third apology through a video uploaded to Chinese social media platform Weibo on Friday.

“In regards to the cultural insensitivity we demonstrated, we hope we can receive your forgiveness,” said Dolce in the clip.

“We will certainly not forget this experience and lessons, and this kind of thing will never happen again,” Gabbana added. “At the same time, we will use all our effort to understand more about and respect Chinese culture. Lastly, from the bottom of our hearts we ask for your forgiveness.”

The video ends with the pair saying, “Dui bu qi,” which means “sorry” in Mandarin.

Dolce and Gabbana previously insisted that the campaign videos – which featured an Asian model struggling to eat Italian food with chopsticks – were “unauthorised,” claiming that the company’s Instagram had been hacked, as had Gabbana’s personal account. One of the messages that emerged saw him refer to China as “the country of (five poop emojis).”

Celebrities including TF Boys’ Karry Wang and Chinese actress Dilraba Dilmurat have indicated that they will be terminating contracts with the brand, while Dolce & Gabbana products have been pulled from leading department store Lane Crawford. Executives at Yoox Net-a-Porter Group have announced that they will not be stocking any of the label’s products too, while searches on popular websites such as JD.com and Alibaba Group’s Tmall.com have not returned any results.

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Dolce & Gabbana designers issue second apology amid race row 

Dolce & Gabbana’s designers have issued a second apology amid accusations of racism.The Italian luxury brand, led by co-founders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, was meant to hold a fashion show in Shanghai, China on Wednesday (21Nov18). However, th…

Dolce & Gabbana’s designers have issued a second apology amid accusations of racism.

The Italian luxury brand, led by co-founders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, was meant to hold a fashion show in Shanghai, China on Wednesday (21Nov18). However, the event was cancelled after a series of posts which appeared to trivialise Chinese culture were shared on social media, while Gabbana was also accused of sending distasteful messages from his own Instagram page, with a representative later claiming that both accounts had been “hacked”.

As the controversy roars on, Dolce and Gabbana have posted another message to their 18.9 million Instagram followers, and insisted that the last-minute cancellation of the spectacle was “unfortunate”.

“Our dream was to bring to Shanghai a tribute event dedicated to China which tells our history and vision. It was not simply a fashion show, but something that we created especially with love and passion for China and all the people around the world who loves Dolce & Gabbana,” they said in a statement. “What happened today was very unfortunate not only for us, but also for all the people who worked day and night to bring this event to life. From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to express our gratitude to our friends and guests. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.”

In the first apology, the designers insisted that all posts had been “unauthorised”. They added that their lawyers were urgently investigating the matter.

“We are very sorry for any distress caused by these unauthorised posts, comments and direct messages. We have nothing but respect for China and the people of China,” the duo commented.

In the now-deleted videos, an Asian model could be seen struggling to eat Italian food with chopsticks. Accordingly, critics took issue with the stereotypical Oriental appearance of the model, the outdated cultural symbols and the suggestion that the Milan-based brand deems its own cultural roots superior.

Amid the backlash, users of Chinese social media platform Weibo have expressed their outrage, with celebrities including TF Boys’ Karry Wang, Dolce & Gabbana’s Asia-Pacific brand ambassador, reportedly terminating his contract with the company, and Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi indicating on Weibo that she would be boycotting the label.

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Crazy Rich Asians to be released in China

Jon M. Chu’s hit summer film Crazy Rich Asians has been given the green light for a cinema run in China. The country’s strict censors have told producers they will be granted a release, prompting a scramble to promote the movie in time for its debut o…

Jon M. Chu’s hit summer film Crazy Rich Asians has been given the green light for a cinema run in China.

The country’s strict censors have told producers they will be granted a release, prompting a scramble to promote the movie in time for its debut on 30 November (18).

“China will be interesting, because it will be a big release on November 30 and we don’t have a lot of time to promote it,” producer Brad Simpson tells WENN. “However, we know that it has been a big talking point in social media, so there is awareness.”

And fellow filmmaker Nina Jacobson admits she can’t wait to see how Chinese film fans react: “They have no shortage of representation on the screen. The fact that here, in America, it was such a long drought and it meant so much for Asian Americans to see themselves onscreen… People could not think of any movie where they saw an Asian man and Asian woman kiss each other on screen in an American film. It plays different in all those places than it does here.”

Simpson adds, “For the rest of Asia we’ve had pretty great results, like in Singapore, it’s the biggest romantic comedy ever. In Malaysia and the Philippines, it’s gigantic. In Indonesia all kinds of products and advertising are out there… I mean it’s crazy.”

Meanwhile, Jacobson has confirmed reports suggesting the film’s two sequels will be shot back to back.

“We will develop the scripts from the books (by Kevin Kwan) because we do have such a big cast. (Director) Jon (M.Chu) is in demand and to pull together this many popular beloved actors and get them together for enough time… We want to shoot them all as one big movie so we can release them closer together but also get everyone back, because they’re all blowing up in different ways.”

Reports suggest the first sequel, China Rich Girlfriend, will be filmed in Shanghai, China.

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Jackie Chan thanks Chinese truckers for saving his movie crew from mudslide

Jackie Chan has thanked Chinese truckers for saving the crew of his new movie from a devastating mudslide. The kung fu king began filming his new action thriller, Project X, on location in China on Monday (06Aug18) but heavy rain caused a sudden mudsl…

Jackie Chan has thanked Chinese truckers for saving the crew of his new movie from a devastating mudslide.

The kung fu king began filming his new action thriller, Project X, on location in China on Monday (06Aug18) but heavy rain caused a sudden mudslide that caught the crew unaware.

Their vehicles had to be towed out of a torrent of mud and in a post on his blog, Jackie admitted many of the crew were terrified they might be swept away.

“Today, we started shooting on location,” Jackie wrote. “The weather suddenly changed and our crew were caught in a massive mudslide! A few of our production trucks were stuck in the river of rushing mud. Many of the crew became frightened because it was so sudden. Luckily, some large hook trucks come to our rescue and helped tow our production trucks to safety.”

Praising those who came to the aid of his colleagues, the 64-year-old added: “I’d like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt “thank you” to all the people who came to help us. And also “sorry” to all the crew members who were frightened by the mudslide.”

The star also posted several pictures of his frightening brush with disaster, showing crewmembers trapped in the back of one of their trucks.

An apologetic Jackie also added that production chiefs would now take greater care to ensure it was safe to shoot scenes.

Project X is directed by Need for Speed filmmaker Scott Waugh and also stars John Cena. It is not known if the wrestler-turned-actor was on location during the mudslide. He did however, thank Jackie for helping him shed some pounds in a post on Twitter on Monday.

In the movie, John plays a former U.S. Marine who teams up with Jackie’s character, an oil contractor, to thwart an attack on a Chinese oil refinery.

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