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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Announce Engagement
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement this week after a little over a year of courtship. The two, introduced in London by a mutual friend, felt immediate sparks and started officially dating in October 2016. The two appeared in their first official interview as an engaged couple, beaming with delight, in an adorable video detailing their relationship and the proposal, which apparently took place spontaneously while the two were roasting chicken at their cottage.
Victoria Beckham Receives $40 Million in Private Equity Investment
In the past decade, Victoria Beckham has built a fashion empire, valued today at over $100 million dollars. With her tremendous success comes the interest of NEO Investment Partners, a private equity firm that just agreed to a $40 million investment into her company. Beckham remained adamant that her business remain independent, despite the huge influx of cash by the firm. The investment will also allow her to open new headquarters in West London in 2018. Talk about scaling up!
Billboard Honors Selena Gomez as "Woman of the Year"
Between a life-or-death surgery, the release of several singles and accompanying videos, a Coach ambassadorship, and heaping piles of relationship drama, Selena Gomez has had a huge year. Billboard’s “Women in Music” event chose to honor Gomez this year with the ultimate award: Woman of the Year. Billboard selected her for the award citing her powerful philanthropic efforts to raise awareness about Lupus and her multitude of “chart-topping bangers.” Other honorees include Kelly Clarkson, who won the “Powerhouse” award, and Camila Cabello who came through with the “Breakthrough Artist” award.
Dior's Maria Grazia Chiuri Granted a Fashion Award for Positive Change
The British Fashion Council’s Fashion Awards in London will honor Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri with the Swarovski Award for Positive Change for her outspoken focus on female empowerment in the fashion industry. Her feminist slogan tees and feminist messaging at Dior have helped the concept of third-wave feminism enter the mainstream. “The feminist movement that has been mine for the longest time has finally struck a resonant chord in society, and this recognition sends a powerful message to all women battling on a daily basis,” Chiuri shared in a statement to the press.
Calvin Klein and the Andy Warhol Foundation Reach Unprecedented Agreement
Raf Simons’ penchant for weaving art and fashion together is well-documented, but his new collaboration for Calvin Klein is perhaps his most ambitious. Calvin Klein just inked a four-year contract with the Andy Warhol Foundation allowing the brand to license Warhol’s art for collections and commercial activations. If you think Warhol is just Campbell’s soup cans and Marilyn Monroe portraits, think again. Calvin Klein aims to resurrect some of his more obscure and forgotten art, in order to celebrate the full breadth of his genius and contributions to art.