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Blac Chyna and Her Squad Did the Mannequin Challenge While She Was in Labor [Instagram]
Little things like labor shouldn’t get in the way of carrying out a social media challenge, right? That was apparently Blac Chyna’s thinking when she posted a video of herself and her crew — including fiance Rob Kardashian, Grandma Kris Jenner and Jenner’s beau, Corey Gamble — performing the uber popular #MannequinChallenge while she was in the delivery room on Thursday. Shortly after the video was filmed, Kardashian and Chyna welcomed a baby girl, Dream Renee Kardashian.
Alibaba Sets Record on Singles’ Day, Posting $1 Billion in Sales in 5 Minutes [Bloomberg]
On China’s Singles’ Day, a 24-hour shopping extravaganza celebrating the country’s single population, Alibaba posted a record-breaking $1 billion in sales in only five minutes (last year’s record was $1 billion in eight minutes). The holiday dwarfs the spending by Americans on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Singles’ Day as a shopping extravaganza was launched by Alibaba in 2009, and has since been adopted by its competitors like JD.com. In addition to heavy discounts, Alibaba also utilized virtual reality technology so that Chinese consumers could purchase items from the Macy’s New York store and Tokyo’s Otaku Mode. The Singles’ Day holiday was invented by college students in the ‘90s as a counter to Valentine’s Day.
Agent Provocateur Downsizes [WWD]
As part of a new restructuring plan, London-based lingerie brand Agent Provocateur is shuttering 30 percent of its retail network and downsizing its headquarters staff by 30 percent. The brand also plans to “phase down” its diffusion line, L’Agent, expand its presence in Asia and continue focusing on its ecommerce business.
Models Carry Guns, Wear Gas Masks at Belarus Fashion Week Show [Yahoo]
In Belarus, one designer took the idea of the “military-inspired” look very literally. Belarusian designer of the brand Harydavets & Efremova sent models down the runway holding fake yet realistic-looking assault rifles while wearing gas masks during the label’s spring 2017 presentation. The models got in character, too, with some walking with hands placed over their hearts while others marched. The presentation makes a statement, for sure.
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