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Parkland Shooting Victims Organize 'March For Our Lives'
On Saturday, across the US and across the world, hundreds of thousands of people protested against gun violence and the NRA in a peaceful demonstration organized by the brave survivors of the Parkland, Florida school massacre which occurred last month. In Washington D.C. alone, 1 million people showed up to rally, with many celebrities in attendance, including George Clooney and Amal Clooney, who announced last month that they made a $500,000 donation to the event in the name of their 9-month-old twins Ella and Alexander.
Britney Spears Is the New Face of Kenzo
Kenzo made a bold move this week when it announced pop icon Britney Spears as the new face of its ‘La Collection Memento N°2’ release. In an ad campaign shot by Peter Lindbergh, she resurrects her famous abs in cropped tops, a denim swimsuit, and colorful printed separates. However, Kenzo has also been called out on social media for the intense amount of Photoshop that the campaign underwent, rendering Spears’ face almost unrecognizable.
Olivier Lapidus Departs Lanvin
After two uncomfortable seasons at the helm of Lanvin, Olivier Lapidus is on his way out. As many had predicted, his critically panned tenure at the French luxury label left much to be desired by the brand’s new ownership, Fosun Fashion Group. Lanvin has had a difficult time finding new direction after beloved designer Alber Elbaz was unceremoniously fired in 2015. Some have speculated that Guillaume Henry, who recently departed from Nina Ricci, might be eyed to take over.
Kim Jones Leaves Louis Vuitton
Even if menswear is something of a blind spot for the fervent fashion lover, it’s safe to say that there’s one name we all know: Kim Jones. As the head of menswear for Louis Vuitton, Jones has produced some of the most ambitious collections known to the category and been widely praised by critics and fans alike for reviving men’s fashion for the legendary brand.
So, it is with some shock that we report Jones’ departure from Louis Vuitton. However, he is stepping easily into a new role at Dior Homme – taking over for Kris Van Assche – and we are eager to see what he cooks up for the brand.
Cynthia Nixon Announces Plan to Run for Governor of New York
Cynthia Nixon, who played lawyer Miranda Hobbes on Sex and the City, announced that she is running for Governor of New York. What we would like to emphasize here is that Nixon is running for office, not Hobbes. Lately, social media and political figures like current New York Governor Andrew Cuomo have turned her candidacy into a circus, posting memes about Hobbes as if it were the show character running for public office instead of a passionate, real-life humanitarian.
This treatment disregards both her service as an activist and her overall qualifications to run. Considering her years of hands-on political experience, strong stance on public education, and well-informed platform, we bristle at the idea that Nixon would be mocked due to her former celebrity status – which is especially hypocritical given who the American people recently voted for president.
Reports Surface of a Secret Memoir Left Behind by Bill Cunningham
Street-style pioneer Bill Cunningham passed away in 2016, leaving behind an archival trove of photos valued at over $1 million. Rumors have recently surfaced that he also left behind a secret memoir, which chronicles his 40-year career at The New York Times and trusted fashion insider. Business of Fashion reported that the memoir will be published in September 2018, just in time for Fashion Week.
Facebook Addresses Platform Abuse Problems
One of the biggest political stories of the week was the exposure of Cambridge Analytica’s involvement in tampering with the U.S. presidential election in 2016. Fueled by Facebook data that allowed them to tailor ads to user’s specifications – thereby manipulating their perspectives on the candidates – the political consulting firm was caught on film by Channel 4 bragging about its ability to control the outcome of many elections around the world.
As a consequence of the exposé, Facebook has come under fire for allowing data tampering and theft by looking the other way, even as insiders blew the whistle on such illegal practices. As a result, multiple governmental bodies are calling Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook in for questioning regarding their knowledge and involvement in the breach. Facebook has reacted publicly by announcing new steps to make change to the platform in order to protect the user, which are as follows:
- Review our platform. We will investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information before we changed our platform in 2014 to reduce data access, and we will conduct a full audit of any app with suspicious activity. If we find developers that misused personally identifiable information, we will ban them from our platform.
- Tell people about data misuse. We will tell people affected by apps that have misused their data. This includes building a way for people to know if their data might have been accessed via “thisisyourdigitallife”. Moving forward, if we remove an app for misusing data, we will tell everyone who used it.
- Turn off access for unused apps. If someone hasn’t used an app within the last three months, we will turn off the app’s access to their information.
- Restrict Facebook Login data. We are changing Login, so that in the next version, we will reduce the data that an app can request without app review to include only name, profile photo, and e-mail address. Requesting any other data will require our approval.
- Encourage people to manage the apps they use. We already show people what apps their accounts are connected to and control what data they’ve permitted those apps to use. Going forward, we’re going to make these choices more prominent and easier to manage.
- Reward people who find vulnerabilities. We will expand Facebook’s bug bounty program so that people can also report to us if they find misuses of data by app developers.