Extra Extra: Here’s What You Missed from the Week of December 10, 2017

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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.

1

Instagram Adds Stories Archive and Stories Highlights

Last week, Instagram added two big updates: ‘Stories Archive’ and ‘Stories Highlights’, which allow the user to now archive and permanently display their stories, add them as a highlight, reshare their stories, share them as a post, or turn off the feature completely. Highlights appear under your profile now. Here, Stories can be grouped and assigned themes, like a collection of your favorite pet moments, for example.

2

Kim Kardashian Is Dragged for Copycat Designs

The Kardashian-Jenner clan has a long history of “copycating” without giving due credit. This week, Kim Kardashian came under fire for directly lifting designs by Rei Kawakubo and Demna Gvasalia for her children’s line, TheKidsSupply. Whistle-blower Instagram account @Diet_Prada pointed out that an original Comme des Garçons jacket and a sparkly sequined dress by Vetements were copied in their entirety.

Kardashian responded quickly by saying that her TheKidsSupply designs were intended to be “homages” to the original designers, and that 100 percent of the proceeds from both pieces will be donated to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – sounds like damage control to us.

3

Pantone Announces 2018's 'Color of the Year'

Pantone’s annual ‘Color of the Year’ announcement is hotly anticipated in the design world as it signals the presiding color trend for the coming year. For 2018, the company has announced the shade “Ultra Violet,” which it describes as a “dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade” that “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future”. Be prepared to see this color dominate in the beauty, fashion, and interior worlds in the coming year.

Pantone color of the year
Photo: Courtesy of @Pantone
4

Nike Pro Unveils Hijab

After a year in the making, Nike will unveil its first hijab for athletes in January 2018, created in collaboration with a variety of athletes, from weightlifter Amna Al Haddad and boxer Zeina Nassar to figure skater Zahra Lari. By continually giving their feedback throughout the creation process, these sports professionals ensured that Nike’s hijab was capable of high levels of performance. Made from a lightweight technical mesh, the fabric is breathable and stretchy, but comes with elastic lining so that the head covering will not slip while engaged in activities.

Nike Pro Hijab campaign
Photo: Courtesy of Nike
5

Time Names 'Person of the Year'

For reasons we cannot begin to fathom, Donald Trump took to Twitter the day after Thanksgiving to declare that he had been contacted about being named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’, but that he judiciously “took a pass” – cue the eye rolling. In a year packed with painful schadenfreude and irony, Trump did end up being part of the magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ announcement, but not in the way he expected.

Instead, Time named “The Silence Breakers”, or the group of women who have come forward this year about sexual assault and harassment. These brave whistle-blowers are the reason that men like Donald Trump, Roy Moore, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and Louis CK have been exposed as serial abusers. For the most part, the silence breakers’ fearlessness and fortitude have led to men in power being toppled from their positions or resigning in disgrace, which in turn has encouraged more women to come forward about their traumatic experiences.

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