Extra Extra: Here’s What You Missed from the Week of September 30, 2018

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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.

1

Brave Assault Survivors Confront Senator with a Swing Vote

It’s been a fraught week in US politics as the Republican majority-led Judiciary Committee pushed forward with a hearing between Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh after she accused him of sexual assault. Due process requires an investigation to take place before such hearings, but the committee circumvented process by holding the hearings without investigation and without allowing the testimony of corroborating witnesses. On Thursday evening, after the emotional hearings wrapped and the public was left raw and shaken by what they had heard, the committee announced that it would vote on the nominee the following day, regardless.

However, the brave intervention of two women who crowded into an elevator on Friday with Senator Jeff Flake – an undecided Republican on the Judiciary Committee who ostensibly held the swing vote – and pleaded for a delay to the vote could’ve made the ultimate difference. After much confusion when the committee reconvened to vote, Senator Flake announced that his “yay” vote came with strings attached, namely that he required an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh. The White House followed up by issuing an official, but limited, probe into the matter. It looks like women might have saved the day – again.

2

Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz Welcome Baby Girl

Baby Bond is here! Actors Rachel Weisz (48) and Daniel Craig (50), who have been married since 2011, welcomed their first child together this week. Although the late-in-life pregnancy initially took the couple by surprise, they were both eager to start a family together and have shared nothing but excitement and anticipation with the media since the initial pregnancy announcement in April.

3

Michael Kors Acquires Versace

When you think of fashion conglomerates, the likes of LVMH and Kering come to mind, but of the six major companies that own the majority of fashion brands, none are based in the US. Michael Kors is aiming to resolve that by creating his own holding company, Capri Holdings. His first acquisition was luxury footwear brand Jimmy Choo, which he purchased for $1.2 billion in July 2017. Milan Fashion Week buzzed with rumors that Kors was preparing to purchase Versace, and the news came down the wire as soon as its Spring/Summer 2019 presentation wrapped. 

Michael Kors acquired the Italian luxury brand this week for a cool $2.12 billion. Fans of Versace, lacking knowledge of what this purchase actually translates to as far as aesthetics, were outraged by the acquisition. However, majority ownership won’t change things at the design level. Donatella Versace is staying on as Creative Director, and collections will proceed much like you would expect them to. Who does Michael Kors have his eye on next? That remains to be seen.

Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2017
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4

Instagram’s Co-Founders Exit Company

Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, co-founders of Instagram, have announced that they will exit the company, leaving parent-company Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in total control. The decision came after the two fielded many requests in the past year to change Instagram’s functionality.

Facebook requested that Instagram drive traffic to Facebook, while removing some of the links to download Instagram from the Facebook app. Facebook also demanded more influence over certain functions, like ad sales. Without its founders to act as a buffer, there is evidence to suggest that Instagram will change more rapidly, especially when it comes to product integration and advertising.

5

Maison Alaïa Makes Its Digital Debut

Maison Alaïa has remained an elusive brand, not only because its founder Azzedine Alaïa showed collections off-season and according to his own timing, but also because it has never been available for digital purchase – until now. In partnership with the YOOX NET-A-PORTER Group, Maison Alaïa recently launched its first e-commerce effort, offering ready-to-wear, shoes, and accessories from the current season. The label is now available to over 100 countries worldwide via its new e-commerce platform.

6

Kanye West Changes His Name

Kanye West is no stranger to making headlines for his somewhat-absurd statements and, this time around, it’s because he has a new name: Ye, which also happens to be the name of his eighth studio album. The rapper took to Twitter on Saturday to make this announcement ahead of his underwhelming appearance on SNL.

 

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