Robbie and Di Caprio were well-known attendees at the Gotham Awards, and the actress has joined Burberry as an ambassador.
On Wednesday, the British luxury company announced Tang’s hiring and shared photos of her alongside a green pond, taken by Ryan McGinley, wearing a trenchcoat with a faux-fur collar from the brand’s winter 2023 collection. Round-toe boots, a little shearling, and a blue, rough calf leather Knight bag complemented her ensemble.
Regarding her new position, Tang remarked, “Having known Burberry for many years, it feels as though we’ve become old friends, with its influence woven deeply into my life.”
“I sincerely appreciate this long-lasting friendship. Burberry has such a unique grasp of color and line that conveys familiarity and surprise, which I appreciate. I’ve grown to know and admire its quintessential British charm mixed with a timeless but rebellious contemporary vibe. Our union was ordained by fate. I would want to see this friendship develop because it’s like a rose, Tang continued.
Regarded as one of the most renowned Asian actresses of her century, Tang has won several significant honors since making her silver screen debut in Ang Lee’s sensual historical espionage picture “Lust, Caution.” 2007, the film won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival.
Her career reached new heights with the South Korean film “Decision to Leave,” which won the best director prize at the 75th Cannes Film Festival the previous year.
Her depiction of Song Seo-rae, a Chinese immigrant suspected of killing her husband, who subsequently fell in love with detective Jang Hae-jun (Park Hae-il), the main character who was looking into the case, helped her win twelve significant awards in Asia and abroad.
In China, where the brand faces similar challenges as its peers due to a macro slowdown in demand caused by rising interest rates, cost of living pressures, and consumers’ more conservative mindset, Tang’s appointment is expected to help the brand raise awareness and desirability around Lee’s new direction.
Comparable store sales in mainland China increased by 15% in the first half, with the first three months accounting for the improvement. Burberry claims that sales in the area decreased by 8% during the second quarter due to expenditure shifting outside.
The affluent, roaming Chinese shoppers who have been spending their cash in Japan (where the exchange rate is advantageous) and in resorts like Hong Kong and Macao have been the driving force behind the overall 25% growth in the Chinese shopper cluster in the three months leading up to September 30.
During an earnings call, Burberry’s chief financial officer, Kate Ferry, stated that while demand from Chinese tourists traveling overseas is still strong, the slowdown in mainland China has “extended” into the current quarter.
Tang was the face of Loewe in China before joining the Burberry family, where she collaborated with Chinese actor Chen, Thai star Bright, South Korean actress Jun Ji-Hyun, soccer player Son Heung-Min, and actress Chen from South Korea on video material and red carpet appearances. — ZHANG TIANWEI
Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, Penélope Cruz, Laura Dern, Greta Lee, Carey Mulligan, Michel Williams, Bella Ramsey, A.V. Rockwell, Andrew Scott, Steven Yeun, Cailee Spaeny, Greta Gerwig, Willem Dafoe, Colman Domingo, Bob Odenkirk, Ali Wong, Danielle Brooks, Rebecca Hall, and Nicole Beharie were among the celebrities in attendance.
When Song accepted the night’s grand prize, she addressed the audience, saying, “This is actually the first film I’ve ever made. It’s a very personal film about an extraordinary feeling I had in an ordinary bar in the East Village, not too many blocks away from here.”
A number of the biggest blockbuster movies of the year, such as “Barbie,” “Killers of the Flower Moon,” and “Maestro,” were also honored.
While performing for “Barbie,” Gerwig and actress Robbie said, “We had the absolute best time from beginning to end making this film, [where] every day felt like the most euphoric collective expression of creativity I’ve ever been part of.”
“It has truly been a dream come true to have people show up to the movie theater dressed in pink from all over the world,” Robbie remarked.
Lily Gladstone and Leonardo DiCaprio at the 33rd Annual Gotham Awards, November 27, 2023, New York City, at Cipriani Wall Street.
On November 27, 2023, in New York City, Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone attended the 33rd Annual Gotham Awards hosted at Cipriani Wall Street. NINA WESTERVELT FOR WWD Gladstone urged the big-budget filmmakers in the audience to “invest it in the people that you are telling the story about” while onstage with the actors of “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Your lives and your movies will both benefit from it.
The highlight of the evening was De Niro’s address when he introduced the “Killers of the Flower Moon” cast. He abruptly paused in the middle of his speech to say that his original speech had been trimmed to leave out references to Donald Trump, censorship, and treatment of Native Americans.
“History is no longer history. True isn’t always true. Breaking from the teleprompter, De Niro read from his phone, “Even facts are being replaced by alternative facts and driven by conspiracy theories and ugliness.”The entertainment sector is not exempt from this rotten illness. John Wayne, the Duke, is credited with saying, “I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from Native Americans.”
The audience cheered De Niro on whenever he deviated from the plan. Melton’s victory for supporting actor was undoubtedly the most moving moment of the evening (it’s worth noting that the last two years’ recipients of the Gotham for this category, Troy Kotsur and Ke Huy Quan, have gone on to win the Oscar).
“This is amazing, but it’s heavy.” Melton, looking embarrassed, stated from the podium, “I just think about the 23 days in Savannah, Georgia that we spent filming, and it’s the greatest experience of my career.” “Mom, I love you too.” — LEIGH NORDSTROM
- Actress Tang Wei has been announced as a new ambassador for Burberry, expressing her long-standing connection with the brand and highlighting its unique British charm.
- Tang Wei, renowned for her roles in films like “Lust, Caution” and “Decision to Leave,” is expected to boost Burberry’s brand awareness in mainland China amid challenges in the market.
- The 33rd Annual Gotham Awards saw a star-studded attendance, with celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, and Robert De Niro present.
- Robert De Niro’s speech at the event took an unexpected turn as he addressed issues of historical misrepresentation, censorship, and the treatment of Native Americans in the film industry.