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Walmart partners with thredUP to offer new and pre-owned clothing



Walmart is no stranger to fashion retail, boasting as it does a wide range of celeb-backed lines and collections, as well as its own labels. Now it’s entering the preowned clothing space thanks to a partnership with online thrift store thredUP.

Instead of simply connecting buyers and sellers, thredUP acts as an intermediary marketplace. Sellers send their stuff direct to thredUP, which then takes care of listings and photography. As such, some 750,000 of these items — all new or “like new” — will now appear on Walmart’s digital storefront from today.

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BLACKPINK’s Rosé Talks About Upcoming Full Album, Finding Her Singing Style, Global Popularity, And More




BLACKPINK’s Rosé is the cover model for W Korea’s October issue!

For the photo spread, Rosé modeled various pieces of jewelry from Tiffany & Co.’s new 2020 high jewelry collection, and the singer sat down for an interview after the photo shoot.

The interviewer asked Rosé about “Ice Cream,” BLACKPINK’s collaboration with Selena Gomez, and she responded, “Due to the situation, we couldn’t meet and work together personally. Instead, we bonded through a video call. Because we had always been fans of each other, we were able to easily share our thoughts with each other through the video call, and that process was very meaningful. We had fun working on it, so we hope that bright and lively energy reaches a lot of people.”

She then shared that the most important topic in her current life was BLACKPINK’s comeback. “It’s our first full-length album that we worked hard on for a long time. We’re releasing our first studio album around four years after our debut, we’re preparing ferociously for the comeback so that we can make a good impression with it.”

The interviewer brought up how different she sounded when she featured on G-Dragon’s “Without You” from his album “One of a Kind” eight years ago, and Rosé shared why exactly that was the case. “When I recorded ‘Without You,’ not much time had passed since I arrived in Korea as a trainee from Australia, where I sang as a hobby. I still remember that day. At the time, I didn’t fully know what style of music I liked, or what kind of style I wanted to have as a singer. I participated in the recording in that state, so I was really nervous. While spending time as a trainee, I started to figure out which artists I liked and what kind of singer I wanted to become. So when I listen to ‘Without You,’ even I can hear how different the tone and feel [of my voice] is compared to now.”

Asked about what she defined “good singing” to be, she answered, “That’s a hard question. Being a good singer is probably not just about simply getting the pitch and rhythm right. I think that a good singer is someone who can translate the message of a song into their own story and convey those many emotions to the listeners. I’m working hard to become a singer like that.”

In terms of the hardest BLACKPINK song to sing live, she chose “Hope Not” from “KILL THIS LOVE” because it required her to focus hard on bringing out the emotions in the song.

While Rosé is best known for her vocals, she is also skilled at dancing. She explained that she had always enjoyed dancing ever since she was little, but she only first started learning how to dance when she began her trainee life at the age of 16. “In the beginning, all of the other trainees had already learned how to dance and could dance well, so I had a hard time catching up. Since then, I kept practicing and studying, thinking, ‘One day, I’m going to be complimented on my dancing.” I still remember the day I was praised for the first time. Working hard is important too, but at the time, I also tried to increase my love and interest in dance because I wanted to dance well. I think it’s important to have interest and love in what you do, regardless of what it is.”

Rosé picked BLACKPINK’s Coachella stage as the moment she felt that she had grown another step further. She explained, “Until the performance, I was really nervous. It was a stage I had a dreamed of standing on, so I wanted to do well. But once I actually stepped on stage and saw the crowd that had come to see BLACKPINK, all of the thoughts about doing well or working hard disappeared. I just enjoyed it with everyone and expressed [my feelings] in each moment. The energy I received from the crowd was greater than the energy I was giving them, so all I did was follow them. That was what it meant to become one with the audience.”

Because of BLACKPINK’s global popularity, local outlets from countries all around the world request interviews with the group. Rosé said, “Going on tours around the world and receiving interview requests demonstrates that a lot of people are showing interest in K-pop and [BLACKPINK]. When we’re interviewed by foreign media outlets, we’re often asked things like, ‘Why do you think BLACKPINK is popular internationally?’ I think it’s because in this generation, more people are accepting new music with an open mind, and that’s why we’re able to receive so much love. I’m so thankful for this.”

The world changes constantly, but if Rosé could keep one thing at the core of her identity forever unchanging, she would keep her gratitude for her fans. She said that it was her fans who made it possible for her to exist and added, “For both myself and my fans, I won’t change the way I constantly dream of music and follow my passion for music.”

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Meet superhero film director Dushyant Kapoor and raise a toast to apple spritzer




The pandemic has turned the world upside down, and the fashion industry is no exception. Fashion shows took a new turn amidst COVID-19 and virtual events became the new normal.

Since ‘virtual’ shows are not going away anytime soon, the need for technology in the industry is paramount.

Make way for Bigthinx, a fashion tech company, that aims to disrupt the global fashion industry using artificial intelligence and computer vision for virtual people, digital clothing, and immersive fashion shows.

The startup’s neural networks create a personalised virtual avatar from photos and use AI to digitally recreate 3D clothing from any 2D image instantly to show how it would look, fit, and drape.


Avatars replace models on the catwalk

Don’t miss our interaction with Shivang Desai and Chandralika Hazarika, the founders, Bigthinx, which recently put on a virtual show that opened the New York Fashion Week as they tell us about the future of fashion in the post-COVID world.

Dushyant Kapoor is an Indian film director, producer, and content creator, and is known for his superhero films like “Mahakaal, Suitboy and Boom“.


Dushyant Kapoor

He got into his media venture DK Films at an early age as he loved storytelling and creating gripping characters. His films are centred primarily around the superhero genre and some of his popular characters include ‘Halt, Naari, Narayan and SHE.’

In 2014, Dushyant’s sci-Fi film ‘Halt’ was played at the Cannes Film Festival in the short film category.

Check out our exclusive interview with Dushyant as he talks about his most recent short film ‘Corona 2049: End of the World,’ his popular superhero series ‘Suitboy’, and his upcoming projects.

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Daughters and mothers share a special bond

Different countries mark the occasion of Daughter’s Day — a day to celebrate our daughters — on different days. In India, it is celebrated on the last Sunday of September, and this year, it falls on September 27.

The day was established in some countries to mark the cause of equality and ease of access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection for the daughters of the nation.

On Daughter’s Day, don’t miss what entrepreneurs and professionals turned moms have to say about their daughters and the best advice they would like them to remember for life.

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Enjoy armchair travel with a podcast

As we get ready to celebrate ‘World Tourism Day’ on September 27, it is disheartening to see that 2020 has been a bit of a dampener for people’s travel plans due to the lockdown.

But there is a positive side to the situation. This year has opened up a new space for one to wander via one’s imagination. If you want to indulge in adventurous virtual trips from the comfort of your home, tune into the best travel podcasts and enjoy a virtual holiday. 

Check out our list of the top travel podcasts curated by Gaana, the music streaming app, and get set to enjoy a virtual journey without leaving your home.


Fasting is excellent for health and well-being

Fasting has been an integral part of multiple cultures and traditions over time. Many religions have incorporated fasting as part of different traditional festivals and practices. The reason behind these traditional practices is to provide a way of purifying the body and strengthening the mind.

The human body has an amazing ability to withstand deprivation from food. It cannot, however, manage sleep deprivation! Adapted starvation during fasting creates a physiological impact, which allows your body to benefit from the fast afterwards.

Read all about why fasting is important and why it should be incorporated into your lifestyle for optimum health.


Make homemade cocktails with fresh fruit

Until recently, Indians have been globetrotting and in constant pursuit of great memorable experiences. This trend has helped in the evolution of the Indian Bar Story. But now that people cannot go back to their favourite waterholes, the drinking culture like work has moved home.

Necessity is the mother of all invention. While we are all cooped up at home, home bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts are experimenting with new liquids; they are being more creative and gravitating towards luxe spirits since they are not paying a premium in bars.

Fewer things are as pleasurable and relaxing as enjoying a delicious cocktail made at home. Even while entertaining at home, the same rules apply for drinks as they do for the food you serve. They must be impressive, yet easy to prepare so that you can maximise your time with guests.

Read all about shrubs, which are concentrated syrups that integrate fruit, sugar, and vinegar, which can be used to make delicious cocktails at home.

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Armani takes over prime-time TV for catwalk in the time of COVID




MILAN (Reuters) – Forty-five years after founding his fashion group, Giorgio Armani came up with a new way of showing his latest catwalk creations on Saturday – a prime-time TV show.

The show was one of the highlights of Milan’s fashion week, which has hosted a mix of live and virtual catwalks for its first edition since coronavirus restrictions made the heady mix of glamour, celebrity and hype at such events more complicated.

The 86-year-old Armani, affectionately called “King Giorgio” in his native Italy, presented his “Timeless Thoughts” Spring/Summer 2021 show for both men and women using soft, pastel tones, floral prints and intricate embroideries.

The show, preceded by a short documentary about Armani’s career curated by the designer himself, was broadcast on Italian free-to-air La7, one of the country’s main channels, with the aim of opening up to a wider public.

While there was no traditional VIP front row to applaud the designs, Armani’s trademark clean, elegant style was on display: trouser suits, short jackets with round collars, silk and organza blouses in pale grey, beige, light blue and green, and shimmering evening wear.

“Out there hell has broken loose, I prefer to think that we can keep the hell outside,” Armani said of his sober designs as he spoke to reporters at a preview of the collection.

He said that travel restrictions made presenting men’s and women’s designs together more sensible, although it was too early to say whether he would follow that model again in the future.

“We have to anxiously wait to see what happens,” said the designer, who has already announced that he will present his next haute couture show in Milan rather than Paris.

Italy enforced one of the strictest and longest lockdowns, from early March. Now new infections are just under 2,000 a day, steadily rising again, but below levels seen in France, Spain and Britain.

Its fashion and textile industry, with a turnover of 95 billion euros ($98 billion) and 600,000 workers is the second most important nationwide, is reeling from a plunge in sales.

According to business lobby Confindustria, exports of women’s’ fashion fell by 24% in the first six months of the year.

Armani’s collection ended with a model in an evening robe sporting the face of a black cat on a sequined, silvery waistcoat, a tribute to Armani’s pet Angel, who died in July.

Reporting by Silvia Aloisi; Editing by Alison Williams

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