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Instagram Rolls Out New Updates
In an effort to improve transparency, Instagram has rolled out a series of updates. The first is a new “About This Account” section, which you can click on to find out more information about influential accounts. The second update comes in handy for those who are trying to legitimize their businesses with a coveted blue checkmark, which indicates the account’s verified status. Users can now submit to be considered for verification by selecting “Request Verification” under the Settings tab, as long as they have valid photo I.D.. Last but certainly not least, Instagram has added the ability for third-party authenticator apps that help keep hackers from accessing your vital information, like DUO Mobile.
Lady Gaga Grants a Sneak Peek at New Céline
It was with some consternation within the fashion industry that legendary French luxury brand, Céline, appointed Hedi Slimane to head the brand after Phoebo Philo departed. As a designer’s designer, Philo was a longstanding fashion favorite, while Slimane tends to impress us as more of a brilliant marketing strategist than a designer. His inaugural collection for Céline is only weeks away, but Lady Gaga is already privy to some of his work. Over the weekend, she was seen sporting a brand new Céline bag, designed by Slimane. Unfortunately, we remain underwhelmed by the design’s lack of originality, but are still anticipating what Slimane might unleash at Paris Fashion Week.
Former Employee at Etro Accuses Brand of Discrimination
Italian luxury brand, Etro, is in hot water after a former employee, Kim Weiner, alleged in a new lawsuit that the design house’s American wing, Etro USA, has displayed “discriminatory animus” over the years “[which] has festered among the highest levels of management and plagued employees”. Weiner maintains Etro USA has dealt with discrimination within the company by retaliating against, firing, and harassing employees who stepped forward with complaints. The lawsuit also alleges that men working at Etro USA made more money than their female counterparts for doing the same job. In the era of #MeToo, Etro has an uphill battle when it comes to clearing its name and righting the injustices carried out by its American subsidiary.
Chiara Ferragni and Fedez Tie the Knot
In what we’re dubbing “The Fashion Wedding of the Year”, style influencer Chiara Ferragni and rapper Federico “Fedez” Leonardo Lucia got married in the most fashionable way possible. A weekend packed with festivities launched with a private flight to Noto, Italy, where the ceremony and reception were to be held. With a glamorous party for their rehearsal dinner, and not one but three outfit changes on her special day, Ferragni seized the spotlight like a seasoned pro. You can find out all the details of #TheFerragnez wedding by clicking here.
Aretha Franklin Goes Home
On August 16, 2018, after a battle with pancreatic cancer, legendary singer, Aretha Franklin passed away at the age of 76. Her funeral was held in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan, and attracted celebrities, fans, and supporters from all over the world. As speakers like former President Bill Clinton, Ariana Grande, and Jennifer Hudson paid tribute to Franklin, they remembered her as a larger-than-life talent and a fervent activist for civil rights. Instead of a funeral, her family referred to the service as a “Homegoing”, and urged others to pour their grief into action for positive change in the world.
Rami Al Ali Announces His First-Ever Kidswear Collection
Inspired by little girls who want nothing more than to dress up just like their mothers, Rami Al Ali has announced the launch of his first-ever kidswear collection, just in time for the Fall/Winter 2018 season. The mini-me collection is perfect for girls aged three to 12. It features structural silhouettes, pleating, floral prints, and a soft palette of salmon, aquamarine, blush pink, and champagne. If you love the tiny versions, rest assured you can find their match in adult-sized designs from Rami Al Ali’s Fall/Winter 2018 ready-to-wear collection.