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We get it. We can barely keep up with the onslaught of information ourselves. That being said, it’s our mission to keep readers in the know, which is why we’ve combed through it all, distilled it to its essence, and dispensed it into easily digestible tidbits. Want to be the most knowledgeable culture savant in your group of friends? Then check back every Sunday for what you’ve missed in the world of celebrities and fashion.


Gucci Bans Fur

Finally, it seems like the fashion world is coming around to something we at Savoir Flair have believed for a lifetime: the use of fur is cruel and unnecessary. We could not be more thrilled by the recent announcement that Gucci, one of the world’s biggest luxury brands, has decided to go fur-free. Who will be next to make such an important commitment? Fendi, we’re looking at you.


Coach Rebrands as Tapestry Inc.

When it comes to business, a name change is a big deal as it usually signals a massive pivot for the brand. However, Coach’s transformation has happened steadily over the past three years – the name change from Coach to Tapestry Inc. merely reflected those changes. Victor Luis, the CEO of Tapestry (née Coach), decided to grow the brand strategically by acquiring both Stuart Weitzman and Kate Spade. While Europe has Kering and LVMH, and the Middle East has Mayhoola, the United States does not have a luxury conglomerate. However, with this move, Coach has positioned itself to become the first one.

tapestry new name for coach
Photo: Courtesy of New York Times

Guess and A$AP Rocky Announce Another Collab

After a succesful first run in which rapper A$AP Rocky imprinted Guess’ classic striped shirting with his own colorways and personal aesthetic, the two are back again with a new collaboration. Focusing on both menswear and womenswear options, the range will contain denim jackets and tops with the Guess branding altered to say “GUE$$”.

Guess x ASAP Rocky collab
Photo: Courtesy of Guess

Harvey Weinstein Is Ousted from the Academy

The predatory behavior of film producer Harvey Weinstein has finally been exposed for the world to see and, with his unmasking, comes a flood of stories from women who were damaged at his hands. This horrifying scandal seems to have no end in sight as celebrities as powerful as Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow have come forward with their own harrowing accounts.

It has peeled back the curtain on how men in Hollywood – men with infinite power, money, and access – really behave behind closed doors. The repercussions have been swift and exacting, as Weinstein was immediately fired from his own company and, most recently, ousted from Hollywood governing body Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


#WomenBoycottTwitter Results in Changes to Twitter Policy

While 2017 has been marked by more shocking scandals and tragedies than we can count, the biggest one of them all so far – as far as scope and repercussions go, at least – started with The New York Times article regarding Harvey Weinstein and the multitude of women he has assaulted over time. After the story broke, actress Rose McGowan has been one of his more vocal opponents; she took to Twitter to name other offenders, including Ben Affleck.

After McGowan put the establishment on blast, her account was quickly suspended, but the backlash against Twitter was swift and intense. Thousands of users took to the site to point out the hypocrisy of silencing a woman coming forward about abuse, while simultaneously allowing internet trolls the unchecked ability to hurl epithets, hate speech, and even death wishes at women who offend them with their opinions. When her account was restored, McGowan used the platform to call for an all-female boycott of Twitter on October 13th, bearing the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter.

While some suggested that self-silencing was actually giving the trolls exactly what they want, the effect was powerful – so powerful, in fact, that CEO Jack Dorsey issued a public statement that Twitter would be changing its policies with regards to harassment. “We decided to take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them,” he said. The following weeks, according to him, will introduce new rules regarding “unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence”.

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