Extra Extra: Here’s What You Missed from the Week of April 29, 2018

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, depart the Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on April 23, 2018 in London, England. The Duchess safely delivered a boy at 11:01 am, weighing 8lbs 7oz, who will be fifth in line to the throne. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
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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.


The Royal Baby Arrives

Early on Monday, Prince William and Kate Middleton – a.k.a. the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – welcomed their third child into the world. Only seven hours after the birth, the happy couple appeared outside of the hospital and introduced the world to their new son, Prince Louis Arthur Charles, who is now fifth in line to the throne. Read more about the growth of the British royal family here.


Maison Alaïa Opens in London

Although the fashion industry is still mourning the recent passing of beloved couturier Azzedine Alaïa, a large part of his legacy will live on thanks to the newly opened Maison Alaïa flagship store in London. The glamorous fete attracted friends of Alaïa, like supermodel Naomi Campbell and fellow designers Sarah Burton and Vivienne Westwood. His influence will also be celebrated by the Design Museum in London, which is mounting a retrospective of his work that will run from May 10th to October 7th.

Azzedine Alaia and Naomi Campbell
Photo: Courtesy of Azzedine Alaïa Archives

Bill Cosby Found Guilty on All Counts

After years of court battles pursuant to dozens of sexual assault allegations, the one-time television favorite Bill Cosby was found guilty on all counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand. Several women who had also accused Cosby were cross-examined on the stand, undergoing brutal attempts to smear their reputations and undermine their credibility, but the defense saved the worst of the treatment for Constand herself.

However, her unwavering testimony – and that of her fellow victims – was nothing short of heroic, and it culminated in a tearful and emotional press conference after the verdict. Ostensibly, this is the first court win for #MeToo, marking an important milestone for the movement. At the age of 80, Cosby now faces the possibility of living out the rest of his years in prison.


Céline Sells Stakes in Mayfair Flagship for £500

Céline is offering investors the rare opportunity to buy a stake in its new Mayfair flagship property in London, currently owned by investment firm New Commonwealth, for only £500. The idea is based on New Commonwealth’s commitment to blockchain technology, therefore opening property ownership to as many as possible instead of a few high-stakes holders. Brilliant, right?

“In purchasing a piece of Mayfair, you are not only acquiring the bragging rights to one of London’s prized assets, but also a share in an asset with a healthy rental income… Returns do not come more stylish than this,” said New Commonwealth in a statement to the press. If you’re interested in an all-together different type of fashion purchase, you can apply to purchase a stake here.


Kanye West Outs Himself as a Trump Supporter

Well, that didn’t last long.

Last week, we reported that Kanye West had returned to Twitter after an extended absence in order to promote his impending music projects, but things took a severe turn for the worse when he used the platform to praise Donald Trump and post pictures of himself wearing a #MAGA hat. The backlash was instant and severe, causing West to haemorrhage followers to the tune of 10 million in one day.

He continued to defend his “free thinking” ideas, even as his friends and fellow celebrities questioned the intent behind it. Most notably, John Legend engaged West, asking him to reconsider his stance on Trump by saying, “So many people who love you feel so betrayed right now because they know the harm that Trump’s policies cause especially to people of color.” To this, West replied, “You bringing up my fans or my legacy is a tactic based on fear used to manipulate my free thought.”

John Legend and Kanye West text exchange
Photo: Courtesy of @KanyeWest

Raf Simons Tells It Like It Is

During a discussion at Harvard Graduate School of Design, designer Raf Simons minced no words about his real thoughts on the state of the fashion industry, fashion journalism, and supposed “rivals” like Virgil Abloh. Simons was vocal about his desire for fashion journalists to be more objective, stating, “There used to be critical reporters, but they kicked them out.” You can watch the fascinating full-length event here.

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