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Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself In
The fallout from the #MeToo movement – which first began when The New York Times exposed the rampant and widespread sexual abuse perpetrated by powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein against dozens of women over the years – reached a critical point on Friday morning. It was with great satisfaction that we witnessed Weinstein and his “perp walk” in New York City, where he turned himself in on charges of first- and third-degree rape and committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree.
While the women he injured are no doubt eager to see him committed to prison in an orange jumpsuit, the moment will have to wait as Weinstein posted the requisite $1 million bond. He will now await trial. However, he is also suspected of sex crimes in Los Angeles and London, and those investigations are still underway.
Rosie Huntington-Whitely Teases Launch of Beauty Line
Like many of her famous and famously beautiful peers, model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has decided to get in on the beauty game. This week, Huntington-Whiteley announced via Instagram that her new company Rose Inc. was #comingsoon and posted a few gorgeous video teasers to whet our appetites. With the “Beauty from the Insider Out” tagline, Huntington-Whiteley will no doubt bring her backstage and editorial makeup expertise to eager fans.
Gucci Will Show in Paris as Part of an Ode to French Influence
Gucci is a very, very Italian brand with a very, very French owner (parent company Kering). Lately, Alessandro Michele has been thinking about how to synthesize these two distinct halves of the brand and landed on an elegant solution. Packaged as a three-part homage to France, Gucci will first show in Paris for its Cruise 2019 collection on May 30th.
Then, its larger Spring/Summer 2019 show will take place in Paris on September 24th as Milan Fashion Week transitions to Paris Fashion Week so as to not disrupt pre-existing travel schedules for its guests. Part three of the trilogy has yet to be announced, but it goes without saying that we’re excited to see what Gucci presents under the banner of France.
Tommy Hilfiger Announces Hailey Baldwin and Winnie Harlow as Brand Ambassadors
With the recent end of Gigi Hadid’s contract with Tommy Hilfiger, the savvy brand looked for new ways to maintain relevance in the brave new world of social media. Enter: Winnie Harlow and Hailey Baldwin. As two very influential figures in the fashion and media spheres, they have been tapped to be Tommy Hilfiger’s latest brand ambassadors. The two will appear as the new faces of ‘Tommy Icons’, a capsule collection set to release in the fall.
Carven Files for Bankruptcy
For a brief and shining moment, Carven was everything to fashion girls around the world. Under the leadership of Creative Director Guillaume Henry, the beloved French label made a roaring comeback in 2009 and sustained its desirability until he departed in 2014 to work at Nina Ricci. Unfortunately, his replacements Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud weren’t able to keep Henry’s vision afloat, and fans abandoned the brand in droves. Now, Carven has filed for bankruptcy protection in Paris Commercial Court and is presently looking for buyers.
Designer-24 App Launches in the Middle East
Rental-driven retail has proven to be quite an industry disruptor. Now, there’s an app that brings upscale fashion rental options straight to your phone, Designer-24. As the first of its kind in the UAE and Lebanon, Designer-24 has evolved its successful rental platform for the modern shopper – one who does most of her browsing and purchasing on her phone. With vast collections of stylish ready-to-wear and accessories, and an unprecedented home try-on service, staying on top of trends has never been easier.
Roupen Karageuzian, CEO of Designer-24, shared. “There’s no doubt that smartphones are integral to people’s lives these days, and the launch of this app means customers can now access their own endless designer closet anywhere, anytime. It’s a major step forward for our company, which is continuing to disrupt the fashion ecosystem of the Middle East through a focus on technology.”
Although Designer-24 officially launches tomorrow, it’s already being downloaded by the thousands, and already has top ranking and a 5+ rating from the Apple App Store.
Nabil Nayal Nabs a Massive Grant
Syrian-British designer Nabil Nayal was one of eight designers who was awarded a grant by the British Fashion Council this week. Selected for his exceptional effort and innovation in design, production, and other areas, he joined fellow recipients Aries, Teija, Marques’ Almeida, Mother of Pearl, Palmer Harding, Rejina Pyo, and Sharon Wauchob in splitting £380,000 in grants to help the expansion of his brand.
IBM Releases an Authentication Device
Tech company IBM has just released a device called the Verifier, which scans items like prescription drugs, paintings, luxury handbags, and diamonds in order to verify their authenticity. Using a combination of AI, microscopy, and spectroscopy, it is the most accurate authenticator ever invented. No more guessing about that designer bag you bought from Poshmark – simply scan it with a Verifier for instant peace of mind.
Aspinal of London Launches Pop-Up in The Dubai Mall
British leather-goods company Aspinal of London launched a new pop-up concept in The Dubai Mall on May 21st that features a giant walk-in trunk design based on the brand’s travel-inspired bag line. The pop-up is a fun precursor to the opening of Aspinal of London’s fifth store in the Middle East, which arrives at The Dubai Mall during the end of June.