Extravagant celebrity power couple wedding in China bests Kim and Kanye with $31 million pricetag

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Celebrities are no strangers to lavish and extremely costly weddings. They’ve been known to spend upwards of millions of dollars on the venue, dress and jewels, and then their wedding photos get plastered all over celebrity and gossip magazines. As the wedding season wound itself down, there was still time for a few October weddings, which included the exceptionally extravagant affair celebrating the nuptials of Angelababy and Huang Xiaoming. They spent around $31 million for their nuptials! That is more than Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West’s wedding in 2014!

In case you haven’t heard of her, Angelababy, a play off her English name and nickname, is a model, actress and singer and has arguably the number one most desirable face in all of Asia. She had a brief role in Hitman: Agent 47 and will play a character named Rain in Independence Day: Resurgence. She’s also been dubbed the “Kim Kardashian of China” by Western media outlets.

Huang Xiaoming is her husband and he’s no slouch either when it comes to the acting game. His most notable roles on TV were Return of the Condor Heroes and Shanghai Bund, both of which were critically acclaimed successes in China.


Together they form a celebrity power couple that may have no equal in the entire world. They spent $31 million on the wedding, that’s almost three “Kimye” weddings. What sort of wedding does that kind of money actually get you?

▼ Pre-wedding photos in Paris with Angelababy wearing Elie Saab dresses

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▼ Booking the Shanghai Exhibition Center and inviting 2,000 guests


▼ A rotating carousel cake


▼ A custom handmade Christian Dior dress that took five months to make


We can only imagine what else was prepared for their special day, which also involved a $1.5 million ring and special gift bags for guests that included mobile phones. A wedding like this is something many of us wouldn’t even dream of! The average person usually has something simple and starts sweating bullets if the number $31,000 gets thrown around, let alone $31 million. But that is the benefit, or detriment, of being a celebrity couple and needing to invite 2,000 of your closest friends to your wedding.


A brief history of Hollywood trying — and mostly failing — to adapt anime


A weird truth: Even in the midst of the current comic book gold-rush, major studios can’t seem to get a good anime or manga adaptation off the ground—although the influence of those works can be seen everywhere. This weekend’s Big Hero 6 is based on a Marvel comic that’s heavily (perhaps even problematically) inspired by anime and manga. As tangentially connected to the art form as Big Hero 6 is, could it be the harbinger of a sea change in Hollywood’s approach to manga and anime?

Tackling this question can be kind of tricky—after all, “anime” and “manga” are styles rather than the names of genres. While works that fall under those umbrella share a general visual language and similar approaches to storytelling, anime and manga tell all sorts of stories—slice of life, romance, mystery, supernatural thriller, action.

One of the reasons it took so long for American filmmakers to even begin considering adapting manga or anime is because of how long it took for the source material to even become popular stateside. The first anime to find success here weren’t the action-heavy, mind-bending sort that would become prominent in the boom years of the late ’80s and early ’90s, but much lighter fare like Speed Racer and Astro Boy in the ’60s and ’70s. But even during those boom years, anime adaptations usually didn’t fare well. For example:

The GuyverOne of the first notable anime adaptations to be made in the US, this 1991 film starred Mark Hamil and was based off the 1985 manga Bio Booster Armor Guyver, by Yoshiki Takaya. Both the film and manga centered on a young man who discovers The Guyver Unit, an alien device that spawns a sort of biological super-suit that an unwitting young man bonds with in order to fight an evil megacorporation (and also alien monsters). The film was panned both for being B-movie cheese and also for straying from the source material’s far darker, more violent story.

A direct-to-video sequel, Guyver: Dark Hero would stay closer to the manga’s more violent roots, but the rubber-suited aliens still left a lot to be desired when compared to the manga’s anime adaptation.

Street Fighter: While not technically based on an anime or manga, Capcom’s legendary fighting game would go on to inspire plenty of adaptations—including the notorious 1994 Jean Claude Van Damme film. There are many reasons why this did not go well, but at least people saw it—unlike the 2009 reboot, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li, which you’re probably remembering for the first time right now.

Fist of the North Star: Another hyper-violent action anime received an unfaithful adaptation that doubled as a really bad movie. Here’s clip from that movie. It is very bad. Unless it’s after 2 A.M., and you’re looking for this sort of thing. Then I suppose it’s great.

The MatrixWhile, again, not technically based on an anime or manga, The Matrix represents a watershed moment in how Hollywood looked at anime. According to producer Joel Silver, the Wachowskis pitched him the film by showing him an anime film (according to Wikipedia, it was Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 classic Ghost in the Shell), saying “We want to do that for real.” The 1999 film, with its mix of philosophical science fiction and stunning action scenes, is the closest a major Hollywood release had ever gotten to faithfully depicting the medium of anime. Incidentally, while a large number of anime adaptations would enter development in the intervening years, none would make it to the big screen until the Wachowskis’ next directorial effort, five years after 2003’s The Matrix Revolutions.

The debt that the film franchise owed to anime would be acknowledged in the direct-to-video release The Animatrix, an anime anthology of short stories set in the film’s world.

Stronger: Kanye West’s music video for his hit 2007 single heavily references Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark 1980s anime film/manga series Akira. Let’s talk a little bit about Akira. Both the manga and the film adaptation are pinnacles of their respective mediums, cyberpunk masterworks that use their dystopian futures to explore deep philosophical and societal quandaries. Critically acclaimed in the U.S., Akira is largely responsible for popularizing anime and manga stateside. A Hollywood film adaptation has been in development hell since at least 2002—the last update came in February of 2014—but don’t hold your breath for it. It’s quite likely that Kanye’s music video is the closest we’ll get to an American adaptation—and maybe that’s a good thing.

Speed Racer: While it was poorly received at the time, the Wachowski’s Speed Racer succeeds by being exactly what it set out to be—a bright, colorful adventure for kids. Which, in turn, makes it exactly like its source material. Unfortunately, the film’s poor critical reception and box office performance very likely served to further stigmatize anime adaptations to big studios.

Dragon Ball: Evolution: Akira Toriyama’s seminal manga Dragon Ball and the anime it inspired, was, along with Sailor Moon, an entire generation’s introduction to the medium. As such, the series is pretty sacrosanct in the eyes of fans—and even if it doesn’t hold up all that well, it retained a certain heart and charm that never really gets old. The film that came out in 2009 had none of these things.

Pacific Rim: Like The Matrix, Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 blockbuster isn’t an adaptation of any particular manga or anime. Instead, it’s a Western take on giant mecha-action epics like Gundam. While it’s a pretty straightforward bit of sci-fi action, it is very, very good at what it does—and perhaps clears the way for the genre’s stranger, more complex fare like Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Oldboy: Spike Lee’s 2013 revenge thriller is an unfortunate case of Hollywood’s inability to leave well enough alone. Originally a 1996 manga by Goron Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi, the story already received an acclaimed film adaptation in 2003 by South Korean director Park Chan-wook—one that’s far preferable to the American version. Which is a shame, because the U.S. cast is pretty stellar.

Edge of Tomorrow: Although it received really good reviews, Edge of Tomorrow didn’t perform so well in the box office. Perhaps if it kept the name of the manga it was based on — Hiroshi Sakurazaka and Yoshitoshi Abe’s All You Need Is Kill—it would’ve been more more memorable to those watching the trailers. But as the latest Hollywood effort in manga/anime adaptation, it’s quite the hopeful note to end on.

[UPDATE — As some readers have pointed out, All You Need Is Kill was originally a novel. The manga adaptation, by Ryusuke Takeuchi and Takeshi Obata, came out roughly at the same time as the film.]

While this list is pretty spare, it doesn’t include the wealth of optioned material languishing in development hell or shelved for any number of years. James Cameron’sBattle Angel Alita is a great example—the director has the rights to make a movie, but won’t even start thinking about that until he’s done with the next ten Avatar films.

But if you’re not too jaded by the number of non-starters, it’s quite possible that we’re now on the cusp of a new wave of quality Hollywood films based on anime and manga. With the previously-noted critical success of Edge of Tomorrow and reports of Scarlett Johanssen signing up for the lead role in Ghost in the Shell, it looks like Hollywood is finally ready to start looking at comic books that weren’t made in America for inspiration. If they do, then movie theaters will doubtless become a stranger—and more interesting—place.

Opening Ceremony 2014 Fall Editorial featuring Raury by Wish

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Stamps of approval from not only Kanye West, but The New York Times have all but blazed the trail for burgeoning Atlanta artist Raury. The Columbia Records signee is the subject of a Fall 2014 editorial for hometown retailer Wish. The eclectic neo-pop artist fashions the latest from Opening Ceremony, rocking an array of graphic T-shirts, patterned jackets and crewnecks.

Opening Ceremony here plays particular notice to sweatpants, bringing life to the casual silhouette with distinctive prints. Head over to Wish’s website to cop the pieces seen above, and look for Raury’s debut Indigo Child Project here.


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A Look Back at Pharrell, Kanye West and Big Sean Alongside NIGO in A Bathing Ape’s Fall/Winter 2008 MOOK

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A lot has changed in six years. The perceptible growth that street culture has experienced alongside its major players and influencers can be witnessed in many forms. Ties between hip-hop and streetwear have long-since been self-evident, yet have manifested differently over time, and as such 2008 was the year A Bathing Ape chose Kanye West and Big Sean among others to feature in the brand’s Fall/Winter lookbook.

Clearly the connotations this lookbook presents are vastly different from today as a testament to the evolution that has inevitably taken place; baggy denim, off-kilter caps and relaxed-fitting silhouettes were conventions that many would not consider out of place 5 years ago, while juxtaposed with today these semblances combined seem quite outworn. One may simply sift through more recent snaps of Kanye West, Big Sean, Pharrell, a HUMANMADE NIGO and other artists that appear in the images above to witness the fleeting nature of trends and styles.


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Image of A Look Back at Pharrell, Kanye West and Big Sean Alongside NIGO in A Bathing Ape's Fall/Winter 2008 MOOK

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MAGIC STICK × PORTER (Japan) Yeezy Backpack


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MAGIC STICK celebrates its third anniversary by teaming up with PORTER to produce a this new Yeezy Backpack, the third release to come from a special commemorative collection. Inspired by Kanye’s signature sneaker, the backpack echoes its materials, detailing and color blocking, dropping in a black and white version. As can be expected, both colorways can be expected to drop in limited quantities.

Priced at ¥‎38,000 JPY (approximately $370 USD), the backpack will be available for pre-order on April 11 at HEAD SHOP M.S.C.S. and the MAGIC STICK webstore before hitting all MAGIC STICK stockists on April 12.


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MAGIC STICK × PORTER (Japan) Yeezy Backpack


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Following in Kanye West’s footsteps, Jeremy Lin also ditches Nike for adidas


Today first rumors have surfaced of Jeremy Lin having signed a new contract with adidas, leaving his current deal with Nike. After the recent departure of Kanye West and his signing with adidas on a footwear deal, we already discussed the interesting correlation of West and basketball star Derrick Rose.
Apparently the official press release about Lin’s departure and signing with adidas is still coming today. Stay tuned!
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Sweat The Style by Adrianne Ho


Active lifestyle and sportswear purveyor Sweat The Style presents some new Kanye West-inspired styling shots. Offering up a downtown-esque lookbook, the above images see standout Yeezus tour garbs alongside streetwear staples, which complete an edgy street outfit. Founded by international model and fitness fanatic Adrianne Ho, Sweat The Style focuses on bringing fashion, fitness, natural beauty, positive health, and good food to the everyday consumer.

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Sweat The Style by Adrianne Ho

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Zappos CEO Tony Hseih zings Kanye West over ‘sh-t product’


Whoops — Kanye West went and started a feud with someone who has a powerful weapon apparently not possessed by the volatile rapper: a sense of humor. Guess who won?

West took a shot at online shoe retailer Zappos during a Tuesday podcast with Bret Easton Ellis that touched on topics ranging from film to fashion. During the chat, West slammed Zappos’ CEO, Tony Hsieh.

I got into this giant argument with the head of Zappos that he’s trying to tell me what I need to focus on,” West said. “Meanwhile, he sells all this [expletive] product to everybody, his whole thing is based off of selling sh*t product.

Zappos, long known for its humorous and successful approach to social media, on Thursday tweeted about a new product, tailored to West’s rather specific expectations.

Zappos, an online retailer of shoes and clothing, responded by launching a new item on its website titled “Sh-t Product”, a $100,000 toilet plunger complete with photos and directions how to use it.

This is the throne, everyone has been watching,” reads the toilet’s description, referring to Kanye’s recent effort with Jay Z. “Whether you’re #1 or #2, your clique will show no mercy, even in Paris.

The perfect gift for the man who has everything,” it continued, linking to the news story by way of explanation.

By the way, that sound you just heard? That’s Zappos dropping the mike.

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Zappos CEO Tony Hseih zings Kanye West over ‘sh-t product’



Kanye West reportedly leaves Nike and signs deal with Yohji Yamamoto/adidas’ Y-3


Kanye West has reportedly left Nike to pursue his own line with adidasY-3 label. Referred to as “YEEZI,” the new venture is suspected to be the outcome of Kanye spending time at the 2014 Mercedes Benz NYNW show with Y-3 lead designer Yohji Yamamoto. “You see me in interviews how I want to do clothes,” said Kanye at his November 20 performance in Brooklyn. “I want to let you know I signed my deal a week and a half ago.”

Let’s say this is true, and let’s assume the Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Red Octobers” still go on sale… Eventually. Once all that is finished, what should we expect from Kanye’s new line? From high fashion down to performance wear, there will simply be no limits (considering Y-3′s history). This might be Y-3′s best move in a long time or it might be the worst move the label has ever done.

At the same time we are hearing that Kanye West continues to design his own namesake brand with a team in Milan, also including his very own footwear under the Kanye West name. The issue with that, as we have seen with his first brand Pastelle a few years ago, you can not be sure that the goods will ever come to market.

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Kanye West reportedly leaves Nike and signs deal with Yohji Yamamoto/adidas’ Y-3