Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Michele Reis for Forevermark Diamonds

Forevermark Diamonds shows they are good marketers when they decided to hype their brand and the opening of its first "brand zone" in Hong Kong by draping Michele Reis in a king's ransom of shiny baubles and inviting the photographers. According the their multimedia press release, "celebrated actress Michele Reis was invited to the opening ceremony and became the first guest of the brand zone."

They trotted out a faux-Warhol silkscreen for her to hold up to the cameras

A different look from the video press release

More images at Xinhua

Eva Huang Shengyi and Zhao Tao hit the red carpet in Venice

The first of what will become an unmanageable flood of images from the 68th Venice International Film Festival are trickling in. Eva Huang Shengyi and Zhao Tao wore contrasting styles to the festival opening showing of George Clooney's "Ides of March".

Eva Huang Shengyi working on her wave

Dramatic hair and make-up and a very complicated looking dress. Note the out of nowhere strip of fur that could a sash in an alternate universe. Eva Huang Shengyi really knows how to sell a look.

The photographers are looking for their next target

Zhao Tao has room for improvement in her red carpet wave

A different look: aqua blue dress with an Empire waist and a deep V neckline decorated with jewels. Not a dramatic outfit but shows a lot of skin.

Sina; Ifeng; f-paper; Zimbio

Monday, August 29, 2011

Black lace at the 2012 Huabiao Awards

The government sponsored Huabiao awards are given every other year where official PRC stamps of approval are stuck on movies, directors, actors and actresses. There was a lot of glamor on the red carpet in Beijing the other day but it wasn't all grace and style.
Gong Li hits the floor while Chow Yun Fat looks on

Zhou Xun is not thrilled holding hands with Yan Ni

Still wishing she were somewhere else

A curvier than usual Zhang Ziyi in black lace by Tom Ford. The dress was said to have been flown from Ford's New York City studio for her.

Angelababy in black lace

Li Yuan takes the black lace look about as far as it could go in Beijing

Zhang Wu with a dress slit up the there

Joey Yung had the strange dress and odd shoes award all to herself

Zhang Ziyi helps Zhang Gou Li with his cool dude shades as Wong Kar-Wai looks on approvingly

Huang Xiaoming, Tang Wei and Sammi Cheng; a lot of great hair in this shot

Zhou Dong-Yu is left in middle of stage while others are busy exiting and entering

Gong Li

Zhang Ziyi

Li Yuan

Zhang Wu

Xinhua; Sina;F-paper; Variety

Friday, August 26, 2011

Behind the scenes with Sammi Cheng (not really)

The sponsor of the ad campaign featuring recent birthday girl Sammi Cheng may not have been thrilled when the "behind the scenes" pictorial they set up referred only to (according to the English rendering) "a well-known jewelry brand".


Monday, August 22, 2011

Miriam Yeung Chin-Wah records "Firebird" music video

The article in Xinhua says that she has ten years of classical dance training and was inspired by the Stravinsky/Fokine masterpiece while working on her current hit song.

The obligatory pensive shot to show that this is real art and not just another music video in support of a pop song.

Chinese born Tan Yuan Yuan, principal dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, in the Balanchine choreography of "The Firebird".

(Tan Yuan Yuan image from San Francisco Ballet through Rachel Howard

Friday, August 19, 2011

Haagen-Dazs adds Fan BingBing to list of endorsers.

Fan Bingbing joined the ever growing list of pitchwomen for this yummy Mid-Autumn Festival treat. She used the occasion to draw attention to a charity she works with and sponsors that funds operations for Tibetan children with congenital heart disease.

More pictures and details on her charity work at Sina and f-paper.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Li Bingbing in her underwear

Following links in partially translated pages of the Chinese online entertainment press is usually a fool's errand; I often find myself lost in a virtual wilderness of blogs, microblogs and ads for strange products. Very occasionally though, one can stumble upon pure gold which was the case recently. Below are some uncontextualized pictures of Li Bingbing wearing lingerie that might border on fetish gear. As far as I could tell there was no ad copy nor pointers to where one might find the items for sale.

The entire post/article/whatever is here. Searching under "tuku.27" brings a long list of Chinese web sites that point to some user generated content pages.

There is an odd reticence regarding the provenance of the photos. Chinese entertainment media aren't shy about grabbing images and slapping their own logos or watermarks on them, right next to or over the logo of the site that owns the image. In this case check the upper left hand corner of each picture--looks like a quick and dirty Photoshop obscuring of a logo.

Not sure what this outfit is but the gloves don't add anything to it

If you want to see the rest of the pictures click on the link above--and if you can figure out what the world of tuku.27 is an email or a comment would be greatly appreciated.