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China makeup ad pulled for ‘victim-blaming’ | China News
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Advertisement for cosmetics wipes linking a woman’s appearance to the likelihood of assault is taken down.

A Chinese advertisement for makeup wipes that linked a woman’s appearance to the likelihood of assault has been taken down and the company forced to apologise after a backlash over “victim-blaming”.

The advertisement, released last week by Chinese cotton products manufacturer Purcotton, showed a woman walking home at night followed by a male stalker.

As he gains on her, she hurriedly removes her makeup using the wipes. As the assailant grabs her from behind, the woman turns to show him her now makeup-free face, scaring off the would-be attacker with her natural complexion.

The advertisement was widely panned on Chinese social media as users on the Twitter-like service Weibo complained it made light of a serious issue and vowed to boycott the brand’s products.

“Isn’t this simply insulting the female sex? Making an advert

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Does Every Makeup Brand Need a Skin Care Line? | BoF Professional, The Business of Beauty, News & Analysis
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When makeup label Hourglass quietly launched a moisturiser and serum seven years ago, the plan was never to make skin care a focus, said founder and chief executive Carisa Janes.

But the two items have proven to be steady sellers, despite small production runs and narrower distribution than Hourglass’ main colour line. Now, with the pandemic fuelling a skin care boom, the brand is adding more products in the category, including a cleanser and an eye cream. Janes said she wants skin care to someday make up half of her company’s business.

“We are putting as much attention and focus on skin care as we do colour cosmetics,” Janes said.

Hourglass isn’t the only cosmetics brand vying to become a skin care authority. Cover FX entered the category earlier this month, and Winky Lux is launching 10 skin care products this week. They join Morphe via its Morphe 2 label,

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How Far Can the White House Boost a Fashion Brand? | BoF Professional, News & Analysis
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On the eve of the inauguration, First Lady Jill Biden appeared at the National Mall for a coronavirus memorial in a full ensemble, complete with dress and mask, by independent designer Jonathan Cohen.

The outfit signalled a return to fashion diplomacy: Biden was joined by Kamala Harris in a coat by designer Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss, and the following day both Harris and Michelle Obama wore Sergio Hudson.

The selections marked a return to form for an industry that largely avoided any contact with the White House over the past four years: fashion coverage of the previous administration was rarely positive, epitomised by Melania Trump donning a coat with the words “I really don’t care, do u?” on the back.

With a new administration, the halo effect in both sales and press that accompanied the designers of the Obama administration may follow a new set of designers in the

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UK Retailing Shifts Further Online as Boohoo Buys Debenhams | Business News
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By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Around 25,000 U.K. retailing jobs remain under threat even as it emerged Monday that online fashion firm Boohoo has bought Debenhams, one of the country’s oldest department store chains, and rival ASOS confirmed it wants to pick up parts of Arcadia Group.

The developments illustrate the huge changes taking place in Britain’s retailing scene during the coronavirus pandemic. With shops selling non-essential items closed once again, many retail outlets, big and small, face the prospect of closing for good.

Boohoo’s acquisition of the Debenhams brand and website for 55 million pounds ($75 million) will see it turn a traditional retailing outlet into an online-only operation.

The Debenhams name will survive, but the 118 stores will close for good as Boohoo sees little value in them when so much shopping now takes place online, a shift that has been accelerated by the coronavirus

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The Telegraph

The UK’s post-lockdown holiday hotspots – and the crowd-free alternatives

With the news that all adults in the UK are set to receive the Covid-19 vaccine by autumn, things are looking up for summer holidays this year. Ahead of unrolling the jab rollout plan, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that the nation could forward to a “brilliant summer” and told Times Radio: “I’ve booked my cottage in Cornwall.” A wise move, Mr Hancock. Britons have already been warned that staycation options in holiday hotspots could be in short supply when we are allowed to travel again – both because thousands of holidaymakers were forced to postpone their bookings last year, and many more are looking to book holidays on home turf in 2021 with ongoing uncertainty regarding international travel. Some accommodation providers are reporting bookings as far in advance as 2023; and the Professional Association of Self-Caterers

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