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  • Hotels offer wedding packages to Chinese couples

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    Recently, many Chinese tourists to Korea have been preferring low-budget accommodations to luxury hotels. To gain their market share, some high-end hotels are offering packages to niche market customers, such as young couples who are fans of Korean dramas and who want to get married in Korea.

    THE PLAZA's "Love Is the Moment" package includes Mariebelle dresses and tuxidos for the wedding rehearsal, make-up by byBOM and photos of the couple at the hotel taken by Kuho Studio.

    A hotel representative says brand recognition is important to Chinese customers. They prefer brand names associated with Korean celebrities. byBOM's makeup services are used by Korean celebrities like Han Ye-seul, Han Hyo-ju, Lee Yun-hee and Chae Jung-ahn.

    Lotte Hotel's "Royal Romantic" package includes a one-night stay in the hotel and a photo shoot at the hotel's Athene Garden. The Wedding gowns, tuxedos, make-up and other services will be provided in the photo shoot. The package is inspired by Korean soap operas, like "The Heirs" and "My Love from the Star," which were hits in China. Guests who stay at the hotel for at least two nights will be able to tour the Han River, Bukchon Hanok Village and Insa-dong where the soap operas were shot.

    The package costs 8.8 million won for the couple for a one-night stay and 11.8 million won for a two-night stay. The hotel also offers Chinese-speaking guides and a pick-up service from the airport.

    InterContinental Seoul COEX's "Korean Wave Life Style" package offers dresses made by a Korean wedding dress artist Lee Myung-soon. Her dress was worn by Sunye, one of the Wonder Girls members, and Jessica from the Girls' Generation. Make-up will be done by Kim Chung Kyung Hair Face, a high-end beauty salon that also gave the service to Korean celebrities, such as Chae Jung-ahn, Soon Ae and Kim Jung-eun. InterContinental also offers a personal shopper service. The hotel is close to Hyundai Department Store, a popular destination among Chinese tourists.

    Sheraton Seoul D Cube City Hotel stands out with outstanding customer service and interior design. Sheraton gives the Chinese guests the freedom to select its own photographer and make-up artists. The hotel has interior design in red, which is favored by the Chinese. The hotel also provides silverware and tableware with golden decorations, which the Chinese consider very important.Read more at:pink evening dresses

  • Think high-end fashion has nothing to do with you? You'd be surprised

    Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is a monumentally big consumer fashion show that wraps Melbourne in its impeccable ermine embrace every year. I wandered from event to event all week, clutching my camera and wearing what could charitably be called a suit.

    And yet, amidst this flurry of activity which makes Melbourne a metric pantload of money, I noticed quite a few people looking baffled at the yawning banners, the displays, the gaggles of press snapping photos of models.

    Why do so many people balk at the idea of fashion being a "thing"?

    Don't get me wrong; I'm not tarring everyone with that brush. After all, Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is, as I said, a consumer fashion show.

    One of the kickoff events is the Vogue's Fashion Night Out, in which stores in and around Emporium in the Melbourne CBD fling open their doors to show off the newest lines. This takes place right after the Little Bourke Street Runway, which begins with the pronouncement, "Everything you see on the runway tonight is in stores now." Sitting front row with my girlfriend, right next to model and ambassador for MSFW Ashley Hart, with an ocean of expectant onlookers corralled behind us like fashion-savvy cattle, was a decidedly surreal experience. It was like being perched face-first before a wearable sushi train.

    A model walks the runway during the 2015 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.
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    MSFW is pushing stuff that is very high end, and designed by Australians. These runways are effectively the ultimate try-before-you-buy, only instead of wearing the thing you think you might want, you're staring at a structurally perfect mute with impeccable cheekbones parading it up and down a runway.

    Perhaps that's the appeal of heading along to MSFW events for those who care about fashion; it's a projection of how you hope you look, in an environment that makes you feel smart for choosing the 'right' thing to wear.

    But why should the layman care about fashion? I don't care how I look, you might be muttering to yourself, as you jam on your crocs to head down to the shops and buy your third bag of Clinkers this week. But here's the rub: you probably do care about fashion, and the delineation between what you casually throw on and what the models at MSFW are showing off is finer than you think.

    Make no mistake: MSFW is here to ship units. Fashion is basically a pyramid; the trickle-down from the catwalks of Paris to the stores you shop at.

    Ethically dubious though they may be, stores like H&M, Zara and Topshop mean there's ready access to cheap, relatively on-point fashion. We're not lagging behind anymore.

    Fashion can have the same problem art does: there's a grotty stigma attached to "high" and "low". The designer runways at MSFW showed off some truly avant-garde stuff.

    The Opening Gala showed off everything, from the intricate, coral-like lace of Melbourne designer Gwendolynne, to the armored, asymmetrical, jagged shapes of Jason Grech. The typical consumer isn't going to wander into a shop and ask for an artfully rusted pauldron, but by mixing eminently wearable with the charmingly unwearable, curators of these insane and wonderful exhibitions have created the equivalent of a superb mix tape: they're using other people's art to say something new.

    Ophelia: The Timeless Woman is a fantastic example of this. Created by Maggie Journal, the exhibition explored the interplay between fashion and theatre. Six Melbourne designers each created a one-off piece of fashion, influenced by different historical incarnations of Ophelia from Hamlet. Aya the Label, Marlow and Grump, Prebared, Madame Buttons, Penny Drop and Elisa Keeler all threw their hats in the ring, creating an art exhibit which was utterly inspired.

    MSFW brings more than just function to the table, it also brings fashion as art.

    I was once again floored by the broad, all-encompassing, vital appeal of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. In The Devil Wears Prada, Anne Hathaway is berated for thinking fashion has "nothing to do" with her. If you still feel that way, head along to MSFW 2016 and you'll likely get a real kick out of how wrong you are.Read more at:short cocktail dresses

  • Fashion meets technology in FDCP/Samsung show

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    “This was really to celebrate the reimagined design philosophy of Samsung… which is now pushing premium, pushing innovation in terms of material and experience,” said Nio Judalena, Marketing Head for IT and Mobile of Samsung Philippines.

    Before the show started, booths were set up near the seats so guests could try out the Galaxy S6 edge+. The Galaxy S6 edge+ boasts of a curved 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen. The “edge” name comes from the seemingly edgeless screen which slides past the phone’s bezel.

    The Galaxy Note 5 and the Salaxy S6 edge+ both have 32GB or 64GB storage options and are available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium, according to a release.

    The show opened with designs by FDCP members Jerome Ang, Joel Escober, Ramon Esteban, Gerry Katigbak, Pablo Cabahug, Kristel Yulo, Ronaldo Arnaldo, Happy Andrada, Hindy Tantoco, and Noel Crisostomo. The outfits featured gold and silver palettes in honor of the phone’s gold and silver colors.

    The show continued with an all-white collection featuring the work of Avel Bacudio, James Reyes, Ivarluski Aseron, Vic Barba, Joey Samson, and Anthony Nocom.

    During this segment, sketches of the clothes (which came from mostly pre-existing collections) were flashed on screen. The designers were also shown making the sketches, with the help of the Galaxy Note 5.

    Pen-to-tablet writing and sketching is usually messy and unwieldy, but the works here approach art, with Mr. Judalena saying, “We’ve been perfecting this technology year on year, and we could confidently say that for ourr fifth iteration, we’ve more or less mastered digital writing and drawing technology.”

    Mr. Nocom, the current FDCP president, also made his sketches for that evening via phablet. “The colors, if you have a fabric, then… you can even make a washout or a watercolor --maganda (pretty),” he said of working on the instrument.

    The show ended with a showcase of ternos (Philippine formal dress) by Dong Omaga-Diaz, Frederick Peralta, JC Buendia, Jojie Lloren, Randy Ortiz, and Albert Andrada. Showstoppers in this segment included an immaculate white terno by Jojie Lloren, and a literally noisy terno by Mr. Andrada, thanks to clapping capiz shells sewn on the dress’s skirt.

    The Samsung Edge Maker Awards were also given during the occassion. These were for fashion journalism (Ingrid Chua-Go), fashion photography (Xander Angeles), and film and theater (Iza Calzado). Designer Inno Sotto won the company’s Samsung Noteworthy award.

    “This time, we really want to be present in fashion points of our consumers; and fashion as we know, is very strong driver of our premium consumers, so that’s where we want to be,” said Mr. Judalena about presenting the devices via a fashion show.

    “Mobile devices have really evolved nowadays. They’re really not just hardware; in fact, they are means for... self-expression, so it’s also now very much a fashion statement. You want a device that not only works very well, but also speaks well of you, and makes you look good,” he said.

    The Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ hits stores this month.Read more at:uk prom dresses