Marchesa Donates ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Gown to the Smithsonian

Marchesa is having a historic moment.
The brand, established in 2004 by Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, is donating the blue dress that actress Constance Wu wore in the film “Crazy Rich Asians” to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The dress will be presented Saturday during “The Party: A Smithsonian Celebration of Asian-Pacific Americans,” a Los Angeles event hosted by the Smithsonian’s Asian-Pacific American Center at City Market Social House.
The event recognizes the contributions of Asian-Pacific Americans to history and culture across industries, including music, film, sports and culinary arts.
Wu, who played the role of Rachel Chu, wears the dress when she attends a high-profile wedding in defiance of her boyfriend’s disapproving mother. The gown is a floor-length Grecian-style dress made of light blue tulle with floral appliqué, a deep V-neck and a cinched waist. The original version of the dress designed by Marchesa for its fall 2016 collection featured long sleeves, but they were temporarily removed by the film’s production for aesthetic purposes. The museum will receive the altered sleeveless version that appeared in the film.

Marchesa’s original gown from fall 2016. 

“Crazy Rich Asians” was recognized for having a mostly East Asian cast, and was the first Hollywood film

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The Real Crazy Rich Asian Palace Is Worth a Cool $3.5 Billion

In the heart of Singapore, one of the most expensive cities in the world, there’s a sprawling, vacant plot of private land 30 times the size of The White House.

Just down the road from the U.S. embassy and bordering condos worth S$ 4.5 million ($ 3.3 million) each, the swathe of untended jungle hides the remains of two abandoned palaces and would be worth a cool $ 3.5 billion if sold for development, according to one estimate. In a city where almost 8,000 people are crammed into each square kilometer and real estate prices are among the world’s highest, it is one of the greatest urban anachronisms in Asia.

“Owning a piece of land in Singapore is certainly a privilege as land is the most precious resource in the city-state,” said Christine Li, a senior director and head of research for Singapore at Cushman & Wakefield Inc. “Over the past five decades, land prices have appreciated significantly. This has fueled wealth creation for older generations. Many also aspire to own a landed property as it is a status symbol for the well-heeled.”

If something about this story sounds familiar, it’s probably because the plot line was borrowed by Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians, the book about Asia’s insanely rich that was made into a hit movie last year. The fictitious Young family inhabits a sprawling ancestral home, set within Singapore’s Tyersall Park.

In the real-life version, the 34-year-old Crown Prince of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, is the registered owner of the 210,875 square meter plot, which lies in the former Tyersall Park, next to the Botanic Gardens. Inside, ravaged by fire and decay, are the ruins of Istana Woodneuk, the palace built by his ancestors in the late 19th century.

The plot owned by the Sultans of Johor was once larger, but has gradually reduced as the Singapore government acquired land to extend the Botanic Gardens, a Unesco World Heritage site. In 1990, the state bought a chunk for S$ 25 million and it got another 98,000-square-meter piece in 2009 for an undisclosed amount.

Malaysia has a constitutional monarchy, where the national throne rotates between rulers of the country’s nine states every five years. The southern state of Johor is ruled by the Crown Prince’s father, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.

Last year, the 60-year-old patriarch put 12 luxury cars from his extensive collection on display at an event held to mark the 90th anniversary of Singapore’s Fullerton Heritage precinct. They included a 1991 Lamborghini LM002 and a 1938 Lagonda Lightweight LG6, the only one in the world.

His other assets include a 22 percent share in Malaysia’s Forest City, a $ 100 billion Chinese-built project with apartments on artificial islands in the country’s south, and the family also owns stakes in a variety of public companies from 7-Eleven Malaysia Holdings Bhd. to telecoms firm REDtone International Bhd.

The Crown Prince, however, won’t be able to cash in on his Singapore land any time soon, even if he wanted to. The undeveloped area is zoned for “special use of green space,” meaning development for other purposes, such as residential or commercial, is restricted.

Were that to change — the land does sit in one of Singapore’s most desirable residential districts — it could be worth at least S$ 4.7 billion, according to a calculation by Alan Cheong, a senior director at brokerage Savills Plc.

The most expensive residence to change hands in Singapore over the past year was a so-called good class bungalow (luxury landed houses that are off limits to foreigners) also near the Botanic Gardens. The property was purchased by Tony Tung, the chairman of oil trader Winson Group for S$ 105.3 million ($ 78 million), the Business Times reported earlier this month, saying it was a record for that type of dwelling.

A representative for the Crown Prince didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

His father is pragmatic when it comes to matters of money.

“Let’s be honest here, we are a constitutional monarch. I have to earn my living like everyone else,” the Sultan said in a 2015 interview with local newspaper The Star. “I cannot depend on my allowances of RM27,000 ($ 6,640) a month. I must earn a living, like ordinary Malaysians.”

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Usher And Rich The Kid Reportedly Under Attack As Gunshots Are Heard While In L.A. Studio!

That is so scary! According to brand new reports, Usher and Rich the Kid were both at a recording studio in West Hollywood when someone opened fire, attacking the two stars’ entourages!

TMZ claims that a few armed men took Usher and Rich’s associates by storm, pistol whipping violently at least one bodyguard.

Unfortunately, the terrifying attack did not end there as the attackers reportedly shot about ten bullets while escaping the scene.

Thankfully, it is being reported that nobody was hit by the bullets which means that they are generally unharmed.

WeHo Sheriff’s department is currently investigating the scary attack.

The news outlet also claims that Usher was safe inside the studio when the attack happened, but that was not the case with Rich the Kid who was outside at the time!

Civilian Public Information Officer for LA’s County Sheriff’s Office, Nicole Nishida released a statement via HollywoodLife that reads: ‘I cannot confirm Usher was involved, but I can confirm the fact that at approximately 3:27 today multiple suspects allegedly robbed victims at a local business and shots were fired.’

Furthermore, it is believed, as per TMZ, that ‘the suspect or suspects made off with a ton of cash and jewelry.’

That makes sense since only a few hours before the attack, Rich took to social media to show off his wealth.

The rapper posted a snap of him in front of a purple Lamborghini and holding stacks of cash in his hands.

Furthermore, the man was wearing multiple gold and diamond chains and bracelets at the time so is anyone even surprised some dangerous people couldn’t resist the riches?

‘For motivational purposes only,’ Rich wrote in the caption.

Yes, it may have indeed motivated someone to shoot him and steal his expensive accessories and money!

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Nev Schulman and Nick Young on ‘Catfish.’ MTV

All is fair in love and hip hop! Nev Schulman and guest co-host Nick Young, a.k.a. “Swaggy P,” got together to help Sheila from Long Island get to the bottom of her eight-month direct message affair with Love & Hip Hop: New York’s Rich Dollaz. The account she had been messaging was verified.

Sheila admitted to falling for Rich after watching him on Love & Hip Hop: New York and seeing his vulnerable side. “I think he’s a sweetheart,” commented the lovestruck single mother. When Sheila later revealed to Nev and Nick that she was an aspiring rapper, Nick scoffed, calling her “a gold digger” who “wants to be on Love and Hip Hop.” Sheila insisted her intentions were pure and that she wanted nothing but Rich’s “time.”

After divulging that her messages with Rich mostly involved sending explicit photos of herself at his behest with no promise of meeting up in person nor an exchange of phone numbers, it was clear something was up. The famous NBA star then opened up about his own experience with receiving romantic direct messages from fans. Nick even admitted to talking to girls and never actually hanging out with them.

After meeting up with Sheila, Nick was not convinced that her relationship with Rich was mutual. He referred to her barrage of messages to the reality star as “stalkerish,” and added that if he was Rich, he would think Sheila was “kind of crazy” for sending wedding and baby emojis.

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Sheila on ‘Catfish.’ MTV

Sheila then revealed that while she had sent Rich countless nude photos, she did not receive any in return and had to resort to looking at the Love & Hip Hop: New York star’s leaked nudes.

After getting in touch with a Viacom executive assistant, Nev was able to receive a phone number for Rich, allowing Sheila to meet her Instagram beau face to face. She seemed giddy to meet him until Rich admitted that he doesn’t run his Instagram account and his nephew, Rove, had been the one on the other end of his account.

Rove stepped out to meet an upset Sheila, revealing he had convinced several other women to send him nudes under the false pretense that he was his famous uncle. Nev was shocked by the violation and lack of remorse from Rove. He eventually apologized, and Rich declared his nephew would no longer be in charge of his social media accounts. Nick comforted Sheila and assured her that the actions that took place weren’t her fault.

Three months later, Sheila updated Nev and Nick that she had moved on and was talking to a new verified Instagram account. When checking in with Rove, we saw a glimmer of regret when he admitted, “[Sheila] seems cool. She’s a human being just like me. I do feel bad.”

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