Extra Extra: Here’s What You Missed from the Week of November 4, 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.


Balmain Returns to Haute Couture

Olivier Rousteing is bringing Balmain back to the world of haute couture after a nearly 16-year absence, as revealed during the WWD Apparel & Retail CEO Summit last week. This marks the young designer’s first foray into couture since joining the label in 2009.

As for the reasoning behind this venture? Rousteing is “looking to bring back the Parisian DNA” to the brand. Balmain will return in January 2019; its last show took place in January 2003 under then Creative Director Oscar de la Renta.

Photo: Courtesy of @Olivier_Rousteing

Chaumet Reopens Its Flagship Store at The Dubai Mall

Luxury jewelry and watchmaking label Chaumet celebrated the reopening of its flagship store in The Dubai Mall last week, one that has been reinvented around the emblematic codes of the maison and conceived as a jewel box inspired by the “hôtel particulier” concept, an emblem of style and a unique way of life. Within the feminine and quietly refined space awaits dedicated spaces for jewelry, watches, and bridal – all with a touch of the Parisian spirit.


Over 20,000 Google Employees Stage Protest

The subject of sexual misconduct is only gaining traction, with Google being the latest name to draw attention to this issue. In a truly unprecedented event in the tech industry, over 20,000 company employees and contractors from 50 cities worldwide staged a mass walkout on November 1st, protesting how Google handles sexual harassment. CEO Sundar Pichai will meet with his leadership team on November 5th to address the organizers’ demands, which can be found in detail here.

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Photo: Courtesy of Time

Pharrell Williams Reveals Collaboration with Chanel

Celebrity fashion collaborations keep on coming, and this latest one makes us very “Happy” indeed. Pharrell Williams – who has already starred in a Chanel campaign, teamed up with hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd for his song “Chanel”, and composed the original soundtrack for Karl Lagerfeld’s short film, Reincarnation – revealed that he is designing a ready-to-wear capsule collection with the French fashion house. It is set to launch at Chanel’s Seoul flagship boutique in March 2019 before debuting at Chanel boutiques worldwide on April 4, 2019.


Gwyneth Paltrow Shares Wedding Photos

It took about a month until the world was given a glimpse into the most Pinterest-worthy wedding of 2018, but it’s here, courtesy of both goop and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Instagram account. The bride wore an ethereal lace dress by Valentino, a chef was flown in from Santiago, the flowers were eventually donated to local hospitals, guests chose between carrot and chocolate-vanilla cakes, and tunes from the 1980s set the tone for the afterparty. You can find a lot more details on #thefaltrows here.

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Photo: Courtesy of @GwynethPaltrow

Spice Girls Announce Reunion – but without Victoria Beckham

Fans have been waiting on a Spice Girls reunion for a while now, and it seems like the wait is over – but there’s a caveat. It has been reported that the 90s girl band will announce details on an upcoming tour this week, with Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham opting not to join in order to focus on her eponymous fashion brand.



The Pete Davidson-Ariana Grande Saga Continues

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson continue to air their dirty laundry, with her taking to Twitter to post a series of messages about moving on and learning from pain. And just as fans were debating whether these were her innermost sentiments or lyrics to her new song, she released a single entitled “Thank U, Next” just moments before SNL aired. All this followed the promo video for this weekend’s episode, during which he made a joke at his own expense, jokingly proposing to singer Maggie Rogers.




Big Brands Pledge to Eradicate Plastic Waste

H&M, BurberryStella McCartney, L’Oreal, and more – they’ve all joined more than 250 brands from a diverse array of industries in their pledge to eradicate plastic-induced waste and pollution by signing the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment that was launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Collectively, these brands are responsible for producing 20 percent of all plastic packaging globally, and the sheer scale of their commitment makes it one of the most significant actions around plastic pollution to date. It’s about time.



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