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The Oscar Nominations Are In
The nominations for the 91st Academy Awards – which will be hosted by Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross on Monday, February 25 – have been released, and there are some major surprises and shocking snubs on the list. While everyone anticipated a Best Director nomination for Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut for A Star Is Born, he was conspicuously absent from the list, garnering a Best Actor nomination instead. Another surprise was Lady Gaga’s nod for Best Actress, as was Black Panther’s historic nomination for Best Picture, marking the first time a superhero movie has ever secured this lauded recognition. You can see the full list of nominations here.
Karl Lagerfeld’s Absence at Chanel Sparks Rumors
At roughly 85 years of age, Karl Lagerfeld has been the engine behind Chanel and Fendi for decades, producing multiple collections yearly for both brands. Every season, the legendary designer reliably comes out at the end of the show for a final walk, but at Chanel’s Spring 2019 Couture presentation, he was conspicuously absent. Citing fatigue, Lagerfeld sent out Virginie Viard, director of the creative studio of the house and Lagerfeld’s right-hand woman. Rumors immediately started circulating that his absence was an indication that he might be on his way out.
Lanvin Appoints a New Creative Director
After struggling to fill the Creative Director role, Lanvin has finally landed on a new appointment: Bruno Sialelli. The designer was previously Menswear Designer Director at Loewe, and promises to bring a fresh and youthful fusion of womenswear and menswear to the house of Lanvin.
In a statement to the press, Jean-Philippe Hecquet, Lanvin’s Chief Executive Officer, shared, “We’re thrilled to welcome Bruno as the new Creative Director of Lanvin. His singular and very personal vision, his audacity, his culture, his energy, and ability to build a strong creative team definitely convinced us. I can’t wait to discover Bruno’s first collections, which will fully bring back to life this beautiful and unique fashion house, and once again inspire a passion among our customers.” Sialelli is expected to produce his first show for Lanvin for the Fall/Winter 2019 season.
Riccardo Tisci Debuts First Ad Campaign for Burberry
In order to bring Riccardo Tisci’s new Burberry concept to life, the designer tapped six photographers with very different perspectives to shoot his first ad campaign for the iconic British brand. “They are images that have the confidence to stand on their own, but it’s when they are assembled together that they truly bring the diversity, the eclecticism, the inclusivity, and the beauty of Burberry to life,” shared Tisci.
Making their debut are photographers Nick Knight, Danko Steiner, Hugo Comte, Colin Dodgson, Peter Langer, and Letty Schmiterlow. Collectively, their interpretation includes multigenerational male and female models, diverse casting, and an intriguing juxtaposition between interiors and the Spring/Summer 2019 collection itself.
Influencers Sign Transparency Pact
While it is required by law to reveal whether or not a social media post is an advertisement or part of a paid endorsement, influencers have been appallingly bad at keeping up their end of the bargain. The Federal Trade Commission has been cracking down on high-profile influencers like Chiara Ferragni in the past year, and the UAE government has been requiring local influencers to state their advertising partnerships clearly. Not everyone, however, is complying.
In an effort to bring transparency to their budding industry, 16 influencers have signed a pledge with the Competition and Markets Authority to provide clear information about paid-for posts. Alexa Chung, Ellie Goulding, and Rita Ora are among some of the women who are leading the charge, and many more will follow suit hopefully.
Valentino Collaborates with Birkenstock
We can’t say we ever anticipated this collaboration, but regardless, we’re thrilled to see it. Under the Creative Direction of Pierpaolo Piccioli, Valentino and Birkenstock have partnered together to create two exclusive styles, which sees the bold Valentino logo splashed across both black and red versions of Birkenstock’s classic ‘Arizona’ sandals. You can find this covetable collaboration on sale on Valentino.com as well as select Valentino and Birkenstock boutiques worldwide.
Rene Caovilla Launches Region's First Shoe Design Competition
The Middle East’s first-ever shoe design competition has launched, featuring a partnership between Rene Caovilla and UAE-based brand experience agency Tea Before Noon. Footwear designers Suhaila Al Shaali, Ahad bin Haider, Buthaina Fahad, and Dalia Darwish are the chosen finalists in the competition, with all designs inspired by the works of Rene Caovilla. In effect, the regional designers are merging their vision with that of Rene Caovilla, which creates a unique intersection between Middle East design and Italian craftsmanship. The winning design will be produced and sold exclusively in the region for six months.
Cartier Opens Exhibition at The Dubai Mall
In partnership with Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, Cartier has unveiled an exciting new experiential exhibit at The Dubai Fountain. The floating pop-up structure features the ‘Santos de Cartier’ watch – one of the world’s very first wristwatches – which was created for Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos Dumont by the maison in 1904. Prior to that specialized watch creation, pilots had no way to easily tell time while flying without taking their hands off the incredibly sensitive steering mechanisms. The ‘Santos de Cartier’ solved that issue, launching its legendary status that persists to this day.
During the ongoing Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), the exhibition invites guests to discovery a unique, multi-sensory experience inside a replica of Dumont’s ‘Demoiselle’ airplane. Beneath the exhibition, visitors will see and feel the roar of the plane’s engine as well as recordings of early flying. This one-of-a-kind presentation can only be experienced at The Dubai Fountain until the end of DSF.
Pat McGrath to Open First Retail Location
Pat McGrath Labs will finally have a physical address, selling the brand’s entire cosmetics collections and limited-edition exclusives starting February 1st. The legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath will proudly unveil a shop-in-shop concept – her first retail location ever – inside Bergdorf Goodman’s main floor. This is only the first of what promises to be a very successful foray into physical retail.