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Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Announce Engagement
Katy Perry is the first to admit that her marriage to comedian Russell Brand failed due to her idealism and youth. She was 25 years old when they married and still “believed in Disney princesses”, according to interviews. Nine years later, a much more “pragmatic and logistical” Perry has been dating actor Orlando Bloom for nearly three years, and announced her engagement over the weekend via Instagram. There’s something to be said for letting love mature and grow before leaping into marriage.
Jussie Smollett Attacks Thought to be Fraudulent
Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal on hit series Empire, was reportedly the subject of a hate crime in Chicago two weeks ago. According to the actor, he was attacked by two men who hurled racial epithets at him. However, according to Chicago’s police department, new evidence was discovered that indicates Smollett likely orchestrated the attack himself. The two brothers who were charged in the attack – who have also worked as extras on the show – are fully cooperating with the police. Is life imitating art? This unexpected outcome could easily double as a plot line in Empire.
Amazon Bails on New York Headquarters
In November 2018, Amazon announced plans to open a second headquarters in New York, but has now backed out of the decision after facing increased political pressure. New York politicians courted Amazon with $3 billion in government incentives, while the online giant promised to create 25,000 jobs in the state in return.
The reason? Newcomer to the House of Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and fellow politicians pushed back, denouncing Amazon’s inhumane working conditions (exhaustion, injuries on the job, no time for bathroom breaks, and even a partial warehouse collapse). She also pointed out that Amazon made $11 billion in profit in 2018, while paying $0 in taxes, all while receiving billions in tax refunds from the federal government.
Amazon is paying $0 in taxes on $11+ billion in profit.
$0 for schools.
$0 for firefighters.
$0 for infrastructure.
$0 for research and healthcare.
Why should corporations that contribute nothing to the pot be in a position to take billions from the public? https://t.co/IdsuKaVOTU
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 14, 2019
Victoria Beckham Makes Some Changes
Victoria Beckham has successfully conquered the fashion realm and, now, she has her sights set on a new venture: beauty. After her two limited-edition collections for Estée Lauder established herself as a prominent tastemaker in the world of beauty, she recently announced the launch of Victoria Beckham Beauty.
The designer has revealed that the new line will include a distinct wellness element and offer a comprehensive selection of skincare, fragrance, and makeup. She also just announced that she will no longer be using exotic skins in her fashion collections, thereby joining a cadre of other brands like Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, and Vivienne Westwood who have also introduced a similar ban in recent months.
Style Icon Lee Radziwill Passes Away
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill were both revered style icons, with the latter surviving her sister by two decades. Throughout her life, she dabbled in interior design and acting before settling in as a PR executive for Armani. Radziwill was inducted into the Best Dressed Hall of Fame in 1994, and even worked as an assistant to legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland.
Famed publisher and longtime friend of the socialite Martine Assouline remembered her fondly, saying, “Lee was a woman to admire. For her elegance, her intelligence, her strong character. She went through an exceptional life being a lucid close witness of the most glorious days of America. When we worked together on her first book, we decided to name it Happy Times because her way, besides all the dramas she went through, was to always show a good face. That was her. Strong discipline of behavior as courtesy of life. A real ‘allure’! She will always remain this way for Prosper and me.”
Boucheron Unveils its New Campaign
Established in 1858, Boucheron became the first contemporary jeweler to be housed at the legendary Place Vendôme in Paris, and since then its legacy has been founded on qualities like innovation, craftsmanship, and unbridaled creativity. In 2019, Boucheron is still the vanguard of modern fine jewelry design. In a follow-up to the announcement that their flagship store in Paris has re-opened after 18-months, the house has celebrated with the launch of a new collection. In Boucheron’s playful new campaign for Spring/Summer 2019, photographer Oliver Hadlee Pearch captures Andreea Diaconu and a spirit of freedom and whimsy. She’s easeful and elegant, casually mixing comfy cashmere sweaters and high jewelry pieces from the Boucheron collection. Boucheron boutiques are located in The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, and Sowwah Square in Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi. Boucheron is also available in Bloomingdale’s in The Dubai Mall.