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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.


Lady Gaga Cancels Remainder of Tour

In the remarkably personal documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, Lady Gaga reveals the incredible pain she undergoes on a regular basis due to fibromyalgia. The mysterious disease, which afflicts the musculoskeletal system, is a disorder with no known cure. With a physically taxing performance schedule regularly sending her into convulsions of severe pain, the pop star has opted to cancel the remainder of her European tour in order to attend to her declining health.

“I’m so devastated I don’t know how to describe it,” Lady Gaga wrote to her fans. “All I know is that if I don’t do this, I am not standing by the words or meaning of my music. My medical team is supporting the decision for me to recover at home.” Her shows in Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and seven other major European cities have been cancelled with refunds being issued as of February 6th.

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Yeezy Season 6 Drops Viral Marketing Scheme

Will the real Kim Kardashian please stand up?

Over the week, you likely noticed your Instagram feed flooded with nearly identical, paparazzi-style photos promoting Kanye West’s new Yeezy Season 6 collection, which is available now for pre-order on YeezySupply.com with stock available as of March 1.

In place of a traditional fashion presentation, West decided to go the viral-marketing route, turning popular Instagram personalities into Kardashian lookalikes for the purpose of promoting his new release. By releasing all of the “lookbook” photos at the same time on various participating Instagram accounts, West assured complete market saturation.


Guess Co-Founder Accused of Sexual Harassment

In news that surprised nearly no one, Paul Marciano, the co-founder of the American fashion brand Guess, has been accused of sexual harassment by model Kate Upton. She alleged that he used his “power in the industry to sexually and emotionally harass women”.

Past sexual-discrimination cases against Marciano have re-surfaced since Upton came forward, lending support for her allegations. The designer denied any wrongdoing, telling TMZ, “If she has a claim, there’s one place to tell the truth and that’s in court or to the police.” We ‘Guess’ she’ll be seeing you in court, Marciano.


Meryl Streep Joins the Cast of "Big Little Lies"

Unpopular opinion: Big Littles Lies doesn’t need a second season. Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, the award-winning television adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Alexander Skarsgard wraps up as neatly and completely as one might expect from a book-turned-show.

However necessary a follow-up season might be, recent casting news has us reconsidering our stance. The illustrious Meryl Streep is set to join the cast of Big Littles Lies, making it one of the most talent-heavy line-ups that we’ve ever seen on television. Playing the mother of character Perry, Streep is guaranteed to drive home some of the season’s bigger dramatic moments.


Shopping in Dubai Just Got So Much Easier

As one of the world’s foremost retail destinations, it’s no wonder that Dubai’s shopping demands exceed the norm. In order to streamline the purchase-and-delivery process, tech entrepreneurs Ranya Zaben and Enas Soussan have developed AKYASI, an Arabic word that translates to “my bags”. Available on iOS and Android phones, the free AKYASI app asks users to scan the QR-code on their AKYASI bags in addition to the QR code on one of many drop-off location boxes located throughout shopping districts.

After dropping your purchases into the AKYASI box, you can select from a variety of delivery options, which means no more lugging heavy bags around enormous malls. AKYASI is already available at Yas Mall and Dalma Mall in Abu Dhabi.

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