September and October are traditionally the most high-quality fashion covers, but it seems like November is way, way better this year. Perhaps because the magazines don’t feel so pressured to have the biggest (safest) names bound by restraints, November covers so far are so much more modern in aesthetics.
Known for his use of light to decorate his objects, Liu Zongyuan’s photographs often feel like they come from the impressionist school of painting. You might remember him from the famous Mulan-like photoshoot he did for Liu Yifei, but that photoshoot is not even up there among his best. He often brings an ethereal beauty to his subjects and their surroundings. Liu Yifei is probably Liu Zongyuan’s most common muse and the one who put him on the map, but he is also a frequent collaborator with actresses like Liu Shishi (who loves him so much she got him to do her wedding shoot) and Li Qin.
Dilraba and Yang Yang are on a roll with perfectly casted roles. They’ll be playing a big celebrity vs space engineer couple who meets while playing multiplayer game Honor of Kingsin the latest Gu Man (Love O2O, The Boss & Me) adaptation, You Are My Honor你是我的荣耀.
Dilraba plays actress Qiao Jingjing, who takes a crash course in Honor of Kings after signing an endorsement deal. She ends up taking the course from her high school crush Yu Tu, a space engineering grad student. Meanwhile, Yu Tu is debating between pursuing space engineering in the public sector or taking on a much more financially rewarding private sector job.
Yang Yang’s righteous but boyish looks are perfect for Yu Tu, while Dilraba will be able to bring back the slightly-proud but mostly-goofy personality that she does so well into Qiao Jingjing. Plus, she’ll get a bunch of glamourous red carpet looks for the show. Honestly, I think this and The Long Ballad are her best-cast roles since her first breakthrough role as Gao Wen.
What does August 2020 look like for your favorite Chinese actors and singers? Here’s a preview of what they’ll be up to based on the schedules put out by some of their workshops. Schedules are based mostly on how much I like their aesthetics.