Paris Fashion Week was full of big names. There were tall and thin models wearing all kinds of new styles designed by famous designers from the various brands who walked up and down the stage with expressionless faces.
Xu Xinyi, who had been feeling troubled about the matter regarding Han Xiao, was soon shocked by the ‘beauty’ displayed in front of her and forgot everything else.
In the past, she didn’t feel anything when she watched this show on the TV screen, but now when she watched it at a close range, close enough that she could feel the wind given off by the models fluttering skirts, she was really stunned by their beauty.
On the other hand, Yi Yang didn’t have much interest in this kind of show. For him, it was just a few clothes.
After the dazzling fashion week, the various brands were asked by many artists and VIP customers to book the new styles shown on the catwalk. Such new styles were very difficult to buy in China because almost all of them would be booked at Paris Fashion Week itself.
Then there was an after-party, which was a huge social opportunity to for people to rub shoulders with the bigshots who had attended this year’s Paris Fashion Week.
Yi Yang raised his glass to congratulate Amanda on her success and then instantly made an unreasonable request. “Amanda, I have a small request. I wonder if I could book a full set of the new styles of clothing shown off during this fashion week?”
Amanda said understandingly, “You want it for your beautiful wife?”
Yi Yang nodded stoically.
“Such a romantic man, how could I deny your request? Of course, I’ll arrange it.”
Meanwhile, Xu Xinyi held a wine glass and was forced to make pleasant small talk with the socialites and artists that would approach her whenever she was separated from Yi Yang.
Perhaps because Yi Yang had come with her Xu Xinyi found herself much more popular than ever before.
“Miss Xu looks beautiful in this dress.”
“Did Miss Xu enjoy the new dresses showcased tonight? Make sure you remember to book what you want in advance and don’t just leave it until the end of Paris Fashion Week like I did last year. Back then, I wasn’t fast enough and the ones I wanted were all gone.”
“I have heard of Miss Xu in China before, but it is a pity that I have never had the opportunity to cooperate with you. Maybe there will be a chance to cooperate with Miss Xu in the future?”
“Miss Xu and Mr. Yi seem to have a good relationship. I had never heard of that before. I’m really curious.”
It was just a lot of people repeating things like that to her.
Whenever Yi Yang was mentioned Xu Xinyi would just pretend to be dumb or change the subject.
Although Xu Xinyi was not a very sociable person, she did have a career as an entertainer. She knew that while she was at Paris Fashion Week she would have to do as the Romans do, so to speak. Not to mention, there was nothing wrong with having a good relationship with these big domestic stars.
As a result, Xu Xinyi’s Wechat suddenly had many stars added to it.
“What a coincidence, Miss Xu. Even though we said goodbye last time at the auction, now we meet again here at Paris Fashion Week.”
She didn’t even have to turn around. Xu Xinyi instantly recognized Xu Weiyin’s annoying voice.
“Everyone seems so fond of Miss Xu, don’t act like an outsider.” Xu Xinyi looked at her with a smile. “But I was surprised to see you here at Paris Fashion Week.”
Xu Weiyin looked over at Yi Yang who was standing not far away and said in a low voice, “For Yi Yang to personally take you down the red carpet, it really shows how attentive he is to you. Miss Xu is really lucky.”
Xu Xinyi could guess that Xu Weiyin was trying to play tricks again.
And sure enough, Xu Weiyin gave a wry smile. “Life seems to be all about first come, and second served. Miss Xu is really lucky that she met him later. Not like me…”
This Xu Weiyin, she really would stop speaking half-way!
Xu Xinyi sighed. This really was just Xu Weiyin’s style. Her speaking skill was undoubtedly excellent.
But, in fact, Yi Yang should really have already been entangled with Xu Weiyin by now according to the novel. Xu Xinyi reflected that it seemed she had somehow accidentally come between Xu Weiyin and Yi Yang at some point.
After all, apart from her, there weren’t any other variables that had changed.
With that thought in mind, Xu Xinyi decided to try to cooperate with the other woman, “I really don’t understand what you mean.”
“Don’t worry about it. I was just speaking casually.”
“Just speaking casually?” Xu Xinyi sneered, “Did you just realize that Yi Yang is rich and powerful or something? So now you want to sow discord between me and Yi Yang? I’m telling you, that will never happen! No matter what was between you and Yi Yang in the past, Yi Yang loves me now. He doesn’t love you at all.”
Xu Weiyin’s whole body froze. Her eyes became misty and distant as she seemed to fall into some kind of memory.
“Miss Xu misunderstood me. That wasn’t my intention at all. I just thought Miss Xu was lucky to have met the right person at the right time.” Xu Weiyin flashed her standard white lotus smile. “And doesn’t Miss Xu also think she looks a lot like me?”
“What’s wrong with looking like you?”
“I even heard that Miss Xu Xinyi made her debut using my name. It’s undeniable that you and I look a lot alike. Haven’t you ever wondered why Yi Yang chose to marry you even though he didn’t like you?”
Xu Xinyi frowned, “What do you mean?”
“What do I mean? Isn’t Miss Xu a clever person? You can’t guess?”
Xu Xinyi rolled her eyes secretly.
Wasn’t Xu Weiyin just implying that because she looked like her, that was the reason why Yi Yang agreed to marry her? And that he was using her as a stand-in for Xu Weiyin?
Her face turned frosty and she said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“Well, let me put it this way, it wasn’t even four years ago during college that Yi Yang and I…” Xu Weiyin sighed. “We did something wrong. But that’s all in the past. If Miss Xu is interested, you can ask Yi Yang about it. Since you say he loves you, you two should really talk about these sorts of things.”
Xu Xinyi noticed Yi Yang approaching out of the corner of her eye so she said. “Xu Weiyin, don’t try to speak nonsense in front of me. I don’t care what happened between you and Yi Yang in the past. You just need to stay away from Yi Yang in the future. Don’t ever appear in front of Yi Yang again. Do you hear me?”
She spoke ferociously. Compared with Xu Weiyin’s gentle white lotus look, it really looked like she was bullying the other woman.
Xu Weiyin opened her mouth as if to speak, but eventually, she just swallowed her words with an aggrieved expression.
“What are you two talking about?” Yi Yang suddenly asked from the side.
Xu Xinyi grabbed Yi Yang’s arm and gave Xu Weiyin a deliberately provocative look. Then she looked up at Yi Yang and said, “We weren’t talking about anything. Yi Yang, I really liked some of this season’s styles that they showed off at the Fashion Week. Won’t you help me? There are some things I want a lot.”
Xu Xinyi shivered with disgust and felt goosebumps springing up all over her body.
–“It’s really hurting the enemy for a thousand while hurting myself for eight hundred. This should be enough to disgust Xu Weiyin but it also really disgusts me. I think I’m going to throw up.”
On the other side, Xu Weiyin swallowed her unpleasant feelings and forced a smile: “Xinyi you can rest assured, I will never appear in front of Yi Yang again.”
But despite her explosive words, Yi Yang just treated Xu Weiyin like air and responded to Xu Xinyi, “Don’t worry, I bought all the new styles that they showed off during the fashion show for you.” “
When she saw that Yi Yang didn’t pay her any attention, Xu Weiyin seemed to lose interest. She just lowered his eyes and turned away. “You guys have fun then, I’ll leave first.”
–“I wonder if Yi Yang will question me about bullying Xu Weiyin. He was probably very distressed when he saw Xu Weiyin’s pathetic appearance. He’s not a very smart man after all. Not good at judging bitches at all.”
–“But Xu Weiyin does have a point. Yi Yang, the dog man, really never told me what happened between him and Xu Weiyin four years ago. Could I really be a stand-in for Xu Weiyin?”
–“Am I just a poor body-double of the lover of the overbearing CEO? God, it seems I will never get Yi Yang’s true love. Somehow, as a woman, I feel so defeated!”
Yi Yang suddenly spoke in a frosty voice to Xu Weiyin, “You should try to keep your word.”
Xu Xinyi: “…?”
Xu Weiyin: “…”
Xu Xinyi was surprised that Yi Yang had spoken up. What’s more, what did he mean by that?
Xu Weiyin’s face seemed to suddenly be covered with embarrassment and shame. She forced an uncomfortable laugh before leaving gloomily.
“Yi Yang, did you really buy all the new styles for me? Are you telling the truth?”
Yi Yang asked, “Have I ever lied to you?”
Xu Xinyi looked deeply moved. “That’s very kind of you.”
Yi Yang raised his eyebrows.
Could that Han Xiao buy every kind of new style for you?
Aren’t I the only one who can do that?
After the party, Xu Xinyi and Yi Yang drove back to the hotel.
Unfortunately, despite setting off earlier than Han Xiao and his staff, they somehow still met him in front of the elevator.
“What a coincidence, Mr. Han.” Yi Yang took the initiative to say hello.
Han Xiao didn’t seem to be in good spirits. “It really is such a coincidence…”
“Brother Han, could I talk to you?”
Han Xiao turned and looked at her calmly. “Miss Xu, you don’t need to say anything, I understand.”
The elevator arrived.
Before she could say anything more, Yi Yang led Xu Xinyi into the elevator.
Han Xiao stood motionless, like a statue, outside the elevator.
“You two go ahead first.”
Yi Yang pressed the button and watched the door slide shut without saying a word.
In the corridor, as the floor number of the elevator slowly rose, Luo Jie, who was standing behind Han Xiao asked with a frown, “Are you sure that Xu Xinyi and Yi Yang …”
“But Xu Xinyi, she…”
“It’s none of my business,” Han Xiao said. “I almost disrupted her marriage, but luckily I pulled back from the brink and didn’t cause a big disaster.”
Luo Jie sighed as he remembered the candlelight dinner surprise that Han Xiao had been preparing for a long time.
The elevator stopped on the nineteenth floor.
Xu Xinyi wanted to send Yi Yang back to his room but Yi Yang said he wanted to stay in her room.
“Isn’t it better to go to your own room? Why would you want to stay in my tiny room?”
“Why? Is there some secret in your room that I can’t see?”
With that said, she disappeared into the bathroom to remove her makeup and wash up.
Xu Xinyi opened her Wechat and sent Han Xiao a brief explanation and apology. But five minutes later, Han Xiao only replied with three terse words.
It seemed he was a little upset.
But this was really his problem.
It was true that she had failed to sense Han Xiao’s feelings for her and because of that, she had allowed his feelings to develop.
But how could she have known that Han Xiao liked her?
It was too unrealistic.
–“But then, it’s not necessarily like that, is it? Does Yi Yang really have such a keen nose for feelings? Maybe Han Xiao doesn’t like me at all. Maybe Yi Yang, the dog man, is just framing me!”
The more Xu Xinyi thought about it, the more she felt things really might be like that.
–“How long have I known Han Xiao? How could he like me? What’s there to like about me? Could it be my inspiring posture when I hit people? Or maybe it’s my overbearing arrogance when I’m cursing people?”
–“Could Han Xiao really like me when I act like that? Is he crazy?”
Yi Yang came out of the bathroom and went to bed as if nothing had happened.
“Darling, have you misunderstood Han Xiao?”
“What do you mean?”
“It’s just, I don’t think he likes me. You must have misunderstood him. I’m really not his type.”
Yi Yang gave her a meaningful look and said, “Xu Xinyi, you don’t understand men.”
“…” Xu Xinyi didn’t bother to argue with him. “Then let me give thanks to you, my wise and powerful husband, otherwise I would never have known.”
Xu Xinyi rolled her eyes and changed the subject. “Husband, when do you plan to return home?”
“What about you?”
“I have to stay a few more days. I have things to do.”
“I’m in no hurry. There’s nothing big happening in the company right now. Aren’t you happy that I’m staying here with you for a few more days?”
Xu Xinyi’s face was completely expressionless, “Happy.”
“It’s good that you’re happy. How about we go shopping together tomorrow? Won’t that make you happy? But for now, it’s late, we should go to sleep.”
Xu Xinyi ground her teeth. “…I’ll be glad to have you with me!”
With that, Xu Xinyi fell asleep while drowning in her feelings of ‘excitement and expectation’.
The next day, Paris Fashion Week began intermittently footage of the event. The netizens finally got to see who was dazzling and who looked foolish on the red carpet. The footage was quickly pored over by the netizens frame by frame.
Stars at Han Xiao’s level all received unanimous praise, while the internet celebrities who had spent money to attend were all being ridiculed.
But there was one interesting thing.
Before the event began, it had been rumored online that Xu Xinyi had bought her ticket. And later, when a leaked seating chart showed Xu Xinyi in the back row it attracted a lot of mockery from fans, but now at the end of the fashion week, when the organizer’s Weibo thanked all the invited artists, the netizens found that Xu Xinyi had really been invited by the organizers.
Not only that, but there were also videos of her walking the red carpet with Yi Yang, the boss of Yi Group. And when Xu Xinyi’s heel got stuck in the video, Yi Yang personally pulled it out for her. Even though a small piece of the video had been released beforehand, it still caused a lot of uproar again now.
And finally, according to the many photos and videos released by Paris Fashion Week, Xu Xinyi had been sitting in the front row watching the show, which wasn’t something that could be bought with money. Suddenly all the rumors surrounding Xu Xinyi’s trip to Paris Fashion Week just looked like bad jokes.
“I really can’t believe that some like Xu Xinyi could be invited to Paris Fashion Week and be able to sit in the front row like Han Xiao.”
“! ! ! I’m also fucking stunned, okay? Today I have an illusion that Xinyi has become a real international star.”
“With all due respect, the rumors around Xu Xinyi are all really fraudulent. Even though Xu Xinyi has had a bad reputation ever since her debut, the TV series she stars in have always had good reputations. Now even Paris Fashion Week invited her and gave her front row seats. This kind of treatment completely beats countless other domestic stars!”
“Xu Xinyi is a real star! Where are all the people who were smearing her and saying she bought an invitation for the last row? Why don’t you guys come out and keep spreading rumors now?”
“Attention all fans of beauty! I can’t believe Xu Xinyi’s dress! It’s amazing, she looks like an immortal! She was so eye-catching in the front row. I was really moved to tears!”
“Comparisons only bring harm! Although Xu Xinyi made her debut under the name ‘Little Xu Weiyin’, now we can see that Xu Weiyin has to sit in the back rows while Xu Xinyi can sit in a front-row seat. This gap is really sad.”
“Do you really think that with Xu Xinyi’s fame, she could walk the red carpet ahead of so many other stars? Could she really get a front-row seat? Isn’t it all just because she has something to do with Yi Yang?”
“I heard a long time ago that Xu Xinyi has a Gold Master. There are also rumors about Yi Yang’s marriage. But I personally think that Yi Yang is just Xu Xinyi’s Gold Master. Would someone like him marry Xu Xinyi? It’s impossible! Yi Yang has such a good background. How could he marry Xu Xinyi?”
“As long as Yi Yang does not publicly announce his marriage, I choose to believe that he is single [smile].”
There was a lot of online discussion about Xu Xinyi’s trip this time but Xu Xinyi had no time to deal with any of it. Her time was tight ever since Yi Yang decided he wanted to go shopping in Paris with her.
This was not the first time that Xu Xinyi had gone to Paris to spend wildly. She had come with Anya once or twice before in the past, and each time she would come back with a full load.
But this time she was with Yi Yang.
Xu Xinyi was currently smiling and dragging Yi Yang out of their car.
–“He wants to go shopping, right? Today I will teach Yi Yang just how crazy his wife is when shopping and let him feel real fear.”
Yi Yang followed her into a store quietly.
“Honey, I really like this brand of clothes and their bags are also good, but it’s a pity that I’m not one of their VIP members.”
Yi Yang silently took out his membership card and handed it to the clerk.
The little clerk was shocked when he learned the identity of Yi Yang.
“Mr. Yi, do you need the closing service*?”
Xu Xinyi was suddenly a bit at a loss after hearing the clerk mention the ‘closing service’. She never received this kind of treatment, ah~.
But Yi Yang was not a person who liked to make a scene. He felt like it was too troublesome to close the whole shop so he replied. “No.”
“Yes!” Xu Xinyi suddenly interrupted him, “Of course!”
The shop assistant looked at Yi Yang.
Yi Yang slowly nodded.
Suddenly the large luxury store was temporarily closed thanks to Xu Xinyi’s whim.
Yi Yang sat on the sofa and tasted some red wine presented by the staff, “Why don’t you pick something out?”
Xu Xinyi looked around the huge store full of luxury clothes and felt like a country bumpkin coming to the city for the first time.
She knew that Yi Yang was rich, but was it really at the level of closing the whole store for him?
“Pick something? Then I won’t be polite.”
–“Xu Xinyi, what’s the matter with you? Just this little scene got you excited? It’s not like you’ve gone shopping before!”
Xu Xinyi took a deep breath and glanced around casually. “This one, those two, also those two bags, and those three pairs of shoes, and, oh yes, these three here, and these two. Give me all of them according to my size.”
“Honey, I just want to buy these. Trying them on is too troublesome, you don’t mind do you?”
“I don’t mind.”
“If you don’t mind, shall I keep looking?”
“Keep looking?” Yi Yang looked at the shop clerk and said, “Please show my wife your latest jewelry.”
The little clerk smiled and said, “Alright.”
Soon, the clerk reappeared carrying this season’s latest necklaces, rings, and other jewelry, and placed them in front of Xu Xinyi.
“These two, also this pair of earrings, and this necklace, and this diamond ring are nice.” Xu Xinyi smiled and asked Yi Yang, “Do they look good?”
“It looks good.” Yi Yang asked her, “Is that all?”
Yi Yang looked at the jewelry that Xu Xinyi had picked and said, “Wrap these up.”
“Yes, Mr. Yi.”
Xu Xinyi: “?”
“Also, this one, this one, and this one,” Yi Yang pointed out a few women’s dresses. “Oh, this one too. I don’t want any of the ones I just pointed at. Please prepare all the other styles according to my wife’s size.”
The clerk’s smile got wider and wider. “Yes, Mr. Yi.”
Xu Xinyi: “…”
–“Do you think this is a vegetable market?”
–“Are you just trying to stock up?”
The staff in the store were suddenly very busy.
Xu Xinyi sat there enjoying their gracious treatment and felt somewhat skeptical about life.
“Yi… Yi Yang, aren’t you buying too much? Won’t mom scold me?”
“But there’s no room for all this at home, is there?”
“Lanting still has some apartments in my name. I’ll give you the keys to one of them when we return home.”
–“Why is that when compared with Yi Yang I really feel like I can’t show off my amazing ability to spend at all?”
Xu Xinyi really felt the gap between the rich and the poor for the first time.
No wonder Yi Yang just casually spent 90 million on a necklace back at the auction that day.
–“This damned rich man!”
*As becomes obvious from the context later this so-called ‘closing service’ is apparently where the store shuts itself down and sends away any other customers to let the one guy shop in peace. I’ll be honest I’ve never heard of this outside of novels like this one so I don’t know if there is some more proper term for it in English, hence just leaving it in as ‘closing service’.