We get it; we can barely keep up with the onslaught of information ourselves, but it’s our top priority and our mission to keep readers in the know. For that reason, we’ve combed through it all, distilled it to its essence, and dispensed it in easily digestible tidbits. Want to be the most knowledgeable culture savant in your group of friends? Then check back every Sunday for Savoir Flair’s roundup of the week’s must-know fashion and pop-culture news.
The Bey Reveal
Much speculation swirled around Beyoncé’s due date, but no one knew exactly when the blessed twins actually arrived on Planet Earth. Leave it to Bey to stun the world with her birth announcement, which came exactly a month to the day (July 14) after Rumi and Sir Carter were born (June 14).
In keeping with the “earth mother”- and “flower goddess”-themed shoots surrounding her pregnancy, Beyoncé took to Instagram to share the most gorgeous photo of herself regally surrounded by a floral trellis, draped in vibrant silks and a turquoise veil, and holding aloft the wee babes. She followed this post quickly with several photos of herself dressed to slay for a date night with Jay-Z, and we were left stunned by her immaculate post-birth body.
Nicki Minaj's Big Tease
With a single emoji, Nicki Minaj lit Twitter on fire. After posting an emoji of a baby to her Twitter page, Minaj fielded wild speculation from her fans, adding fuel to the flames by “liking” any post that suggested she was pregnant. However, she never stated for certain whether or not she was with child and left the question hanging in the air like a pregnant pause.
Gucci’s vibrantly hued, retro-inspired magpie collections have made a tremendous mark on the fashion world, thanks in large part to the Alessandra Michele effect, which puts eclecticism front and center in his designs. For those who have fallen in love with Gucci’s new sartorial codes, we have great news: you can now decorate your entire life with Gucci.
The beloved Italian brand announced on Instagram that it would be expanding into a range of home goods, which launches in September via Gucci.com and select stores, with a preview of the collection illustrated by Alex Merry. Items include throw pillows embroidered with cats and snakes, serving trays featuring lacquered eyes, metal tables, and more.
Erdem x H&M
Erdem Moralioglu of the eponymous London-based brand Erdem seeks to bring his fairytale fashion vision to life via an exclusive collaboration with H&M. This marks the first time that the designer will expand his purview to include menswear, with a few of the looks teased in a special trailer directed by Baz Luhrmann of Moulin Rouge fame.
Jessica Kahawaty for UNICEF
Louis Vuitton, in partnership with UNICEF, sent Jessica Kahawaty to visit the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan in order to raise awareness and funds for the children of Syria, who are currently in the midst of an immense humanitarian crisis. Unable to return to their homes in Syria, refugees populate the Za’atari camp to the tune of 79,000, which has caused an urgent demand for vaccines, clean water, and humanitarian aid.
Kahawaty is tasked with bringing visibility to the plight of the children in this camp, and she has urged her followers via Instagram to support and donate to the incredibly important cause. As for Louis Vuitton, the fashion house is doing its part by raising more than $2.5 million since January 2016 for UNICEF in order to aid its humanitarian efforts in Syria.
Sheikh Hamdan's Project
Dubai’s Crown Prince HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has revealed the first official trailer for his documentary project Awaken, with production more than five years in the making. The goosebumps-inducing trailer reveals a visually stunning story of differing world perspectives as it takes on cultures in over 30 countries to reveal the relationship between nature and technology.
The director behind Awaken, Tom Lowe, achieved his remarkable cinematography with a combination of time-lapse, time-dilation, underwater, and aerial photography. This pioneering documentary features shots that have never been achieved before, all of which cinephiles are sure to appreciate.
Anyone who loves fashion and has traveled to Paris has, no doubt, made a pitstop (or five) at Colette. A favorite haunt of the Paris Fashion Week set and permanent home to fashion’s coolest brands, this Parisian boutique was nothing short of legendary. However, after 20 years of service to fashionable denizens around the world, Colette has announced it is shuttering its doors.
Pourquoi? In a statement posted to Instagram, it shared, “As all good things must come to an end, after 20 wonderful years, Colette should be closing its doors on December 20th of this year. Colette Roussaux has reached the time when she would like to take her time; and Colette cannot exist without Colette.”
Louis Vuitton's Supreme Confusion
It’s hard to get a handle on what’s really happening with the hotly anticipated Louis Vuitton x Supreme pop-up shops in the wake of an announcement from the French maison that it was cancelling all future pop-ups. There were several initial drops in Tokyo, London, Sydney, Paris, Seoul, and Los Angeles, with the majority of stock selling out in some locations like Tokyo. A mere days after the launch date, Louis Vuitton released the following statement: “Regrettably, this collection will no longer be sold in any stores or online.”
However, when GQ magazine reached out for further details the following day, Louis Vuitton’s Client Services department insisted that the collection was not cancelled. Instead, it would simply not be arriving by the pre-determined dates previously listed. This likely means it is going back to the production process in order to restock in time for future drops.
SoundCloud, a streaming music platform that allows anyone to upload their own content to the site, has long been a mainstay of the rap community. In fact, The New York Times reported that SoundCloud was a major driving creative force of the rap underground. It launched artists like Lil Uzi Vert and Post Malone, but lately the service has suffered major financial setbacks and faced imminent demise.
However, Chance the Rapper stepped in, promising his many Twitter followers that he was “working on the SoundCloud thing”. When he won the award for “Best Rap Album” at the 2017 Grammys, he gave a shout-out to SoundCloud, saying, “This is for every indie artist, everybody who’s been doing this mixtape stuff for a long time. Shouts out to DJ Drama for doing it first. You put in that time. Shouts out to every independent artist out there. Shouts out to SoundCloud for holding me down!”
After he got in touch with the site’s co-founder, Chance reported, “Just had a very fruitful call with Alex Ljung. @SoundCloud is here to stay.” He then proceeded to drop a brand new track with Young Thug called “Big B’s” on SoundCloud. It looks like Chance has saved SoundCloud – for now.
Louis Vuitton Launches the 'Tambour Horizon' Watch
In a gorgeous ad campaign starring celebrities from around the world, including Jaden Smith, Catherine Deneuve, Jennifer Connelly, Gong Yoo, Victor Cruz, and more, Louis Vuitton introduced the world to the latest in digital technology. The ‘Tambour Horizon’ smartwatch is the newest addition to the brand’s signature ‘Tambour’ watch line. Powered by androidwear, Louis Vuitton’s ‘Tambour Horizon’ is compatible with both Android and Apple devices. Connecting is simple and comes with the side bonus of Louis Vuitton’s bespoke city guides app. The watch face is customizable, and you can choose from a handsome variety of strap options.
The new Louis Vuitton ‘Tambour Horizon’ smartwach will be available in the UAE in September 2017.