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Victoria Beckham to Launch Cosmetics Line
Fashion magnate Victoria Beckham has her eyes on a new prize. This week, she announced the launch of her own cosmetics line after inking a multi-year partnership with beauty retail giant Estée Lauder. In a personal video on Facebook Live, Beckham shared, “I am currently in the process of creating my own color, and my own line of skincare creams and a perfume. As a woman, I want to make the things that I need in my life, the things that are missing.”
Versace Officially Goes Fur-Free
Tom Ford, Armani, Gucci, Michael Kors, Furla, Tommy Hilfiger, and Yoox Net-a-Porter Group have all pledged in the past year to stop making or carrying clothes made out of fur – and Versace has now joined their ranks. Technological fabrication developments have resulted in spot-on varieties of faux fur that render the use of real fur not only obsolete, but also completely out of step for the times.
“Fur? I am out of that. I don’t want to kill animals to make fashion. It doesn’t feel right,” said Donatella Versace in a recent interview, and subsequently confirmed that Versace will be entirely fur-free by 2019.
Rihanna Confronts Snapchat
Many readers undoubtedly remember the tumultuous chapter of Rihanna’s history with Chris Brown. What many don’t realize is that his physical abuse against her was so extreme that it nearly took her life. The real account of the domestic violence she suffered at the hands of Brown is a horrifying story, yet the rapper suffered very little consequences.
Recently, Snapchat had the bad judgment to publish an ad campaign for a mobile game called ‘Would You Rather?’, which asked if users would either like to “Slap Rihanna” or “Punch Chris Brown”. Rihanna took to Instagram to criticize the ad and point out how it minimized the plight of domestic-violence victims. After Riri officially “cancelled” Snapchat, the company’s stock plummeted five percent, losing $800 million in value.
H&M Under Fire for Graffiti Lawsuit
H&M finds itself embroiled in controversy once again. This time, the fast-fashion retail corporation has issued a lawsuit against graffiti artist Jason “REVOK” Williams. Originally, Williams had sent H&M a cease-and-desist letter over the use of his artwork in an ad. H&M’s lawsuit against Williams alleges that his art was created as a “product of criminal conduct” and not protected by law, allowing it free use of his imagery in the ad campaign.
H&M subsequently received tremendous backlash from both the public and other prominent graffiti artists, resulting in a boycott. Initially, it appeared that the boycott worked and H&M said it would withdraw the lawsuit. However, HypeBeast has reported that the lawsuit has not actually been dismissed at this point in time.
The List Has Launched in Dubai
Although Dubai is the shopping capital of the world, with more retail options available than anywhere else, there are some products that are still next to impossible to find. Fashion, design, and art lovers know the frustration of trying to track down a rare or collectible item, but the launch of The List in the UAE is set to change that.
Stocked exclusively with pieces and brands that are limited-edition or tricky to find, the e-tailer offers easy access, simple payment processes, and home delivery. Now the most elusive items on your wish list can be accessed, from vintage accessories to under-the-radar clothing labels. Visit gothelist.com to get started.
Guillaume Henry Departs Nina Ricci
In the lead up to Nina Ricci’s Fall/Winter 2018 presentation at Paris Fashion Week, rumors swirled that Creative Director Guillaume Henry was on his way out. Reportedly, the designer had grown weary of waiting for Puig – Nina Ricci’s parent company – to make a serious investment in the brand. Despite the fact that the rumor was initially shot down by Nina Ricci, it has retracted the statement and confirmed that Henry is indeed departing.
“After three years of mutually gratifying creative collaboration, Nina Ricci and Guillaume Henry have together decided that the designer will depart the house after the presentation of the Fall/Winter 2018-19 collection. Pending the arrival of a new Creative Director, upcoming collections will be designed by the Nina Ricci Studio,” read the official statement.
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Call It Quits
After two years of being in one of the most intensely scrutinized, photographed, and reported-on couples in the world, Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid have called it quits. It was the break-up heard ‘round the world when the duo took to social media earlier last week in order to issue their personal statements. Both posts were filled with admiration and praise for the other, and both pledged to remain friends. We’re certainly going to miss their matching outfits at Fashion Week and red-carpet events.
Mara Hoffman Launches Inclusive Sizing on 11 Honoré
Mara Hoffman, the brand responsible for some seriously gorgeous patterns and breezy swimwear designs, has announced that it will start producing inclusive sizes. In an exclusive partnership with 11 Honoré – a retail company that focuses on curvy shoppers – it will offer extended sizes ranging from 14 to 20 for certain pieces from its Spring/Summer 2018 collection.