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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.

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Celebrities Caught in College Admissions Scandal

What consists of a bribery, lies, the exchange of exorbitant amounts of money, and a rich crowd getting caught in a massive scandal? No, it isn’t the gripping plot line of a new Lifetime movie, but the very real-life predicament that many members of the upper-class have found themselves in – Hollywood’s elite included.

In what is reportedly the biggest case of college admissions fraud, a record number of parents have been accused of bribing and scamming their kids into prestigious schools like Yale and StanfordAt the head of the operation, college admissions consultant Rick Singer has been charged with numerous felonies, while actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Laughlin have been charged for paying him hundreds of thousands of dollars for his services. Laughlin, who was released on $1 million in bond, might be going from Full House to the big house – the actress will face charges in Boston Federal Court later this month.

2

Louis Vuitton Cuts Ties with Michael Jackson

When Leaving Neverland came out, it caused many fans to take a hard look at Michael Jackson and the allegations that surrounded him for the majority of his life. And in the wake of such accusations, public figures have started dropping their support for the King of Pop, designer Virgil Abloh included.

Firmly taking a stance against the alleged horrific behavior that came to light in the HBO docuseriesLouis Vuitton‘s creative director recently pulled pieces that commemorated Jackson from its Fall/Winter 2019 menswear collection. In a statement regarding the decision, Abloh compassionately expressed, “I am aware that in the light of the documentary the show has caused emotional reactions. I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights.” 

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3

Julie de Libran Exits Sonia Rykiel

Julie de Libran might’ve joined Parisian brand Sonia Rykiel in what appeared to be an easy, happy merging. However, she is not leaving that way. After five years with the label and a contract that extended into 2020, the designer’s sudden exit has the fashion world rife with speculations as to what really happened.

Spokespeople for the brand express that de Libran left willingly, though they were not able to provide evidence of her resignation. Strangely enough, on the other side of the spectrum, the mood is very different. Harshly citing internal disputes, de Libran told Business of Fashion, “They weren’t respecting my contract and asked me to go on Monday. I found myself with my boxes in the street: the American way.”

4

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Pack Their Bags

Splitting up is hard to do, and this might be the reason why Kensington Palace has been keeping very mum about the royal moves that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been making – until now. In preparation for the birth of their first child due in April, the newlyweds will officially be taking up residence at Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate, in addition to separating their office space from that of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

After months of speculation of bad blood between Markle and Middleton, this move has done nothing more than spark more rumors about a possible feud between the two duchesses. And though many might love to pit one powerful woman against another, we’re not ones to fall prey to mere hearsay. 

5

By M.A.R.Y. Makes Debut in Dubai

Bespoke and made in the UAE, By M.A.R.Y. is the brainchild of designer Marie Hosatte as a tribute to the continent that she considers her homeland: Africa. Cheerfully vibrant and brimming with prints, the inaugural Spring/Summer 2019 collection gives a taste of Hosatte’s vision, which fuses her African upbringing and French heritage.

But quality and aesthetics aside, the garments were created for a good cause. With the sale of every item, a donation of AED 50 will be made towards educational enrichment of those at the Grand-Bassam Girls National Orphanage in Ivory Coast. What’s not to love about a brand that looks good and does good?

6

Kim Kardashian Accused of Copying Naomi Campbell

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but at what point does imitation turn into downright copying? The fashion sleuths behind @DietPrada recently called out Kim Kardashian for following in Naomi Campbell sartorial footsteps a little too literally, producing not one, not two, but multiple instances where the reality star copied the supermodel’s style. While some may argue that nothing’s new in fashion anymore, it can’t be a coincidence that this keeps happening, can it?

7

Audemars Piguet Launches New Collection in Dubai

Following a successful presentation of its new collection during the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, Audemars Piguet is bringing ‘CODE 11.59 by Audemars Piguet’ to Dubai. The first collection designed intentionally for both men and women, it caters to all who love the exquisite luxury and timeless quality that Audemars Piguet provides. Endowed with a long history of high-end artisanship and a heritage built on innovation, ‘CODE 11.59 by Audemars Piguet’ is an homage to its genetic code that keeps expanding and delighting its wearers around the world.

8

Mytheresa Collaborates with Ganni

For the second time in two years, luxury online retailer Mytheresa has partnered with Danish label Ganni for a capsule collection perfect for spring. Feminine, vibrant, and current, ‘Mytheresa x Ganni’ offers 12 pieces that include ruffled dresses, peplum hems, floral motifs, and the season’s must-have: white cowboy boots.

Ganni’s creative director Ditte Reffstrup expressed that the inspiration came from the season’s bountiful opportunities, saying, “For the capsule, we took it back to classic Ganni, with a feminine line-up of dresses and accessories full of fun floral prints and contrasting details – perfect for all the summer parties. We were thinking about that time of the year where everything is just on the edge of going into spring, when there’s a real feeling of change and excitement in the air.” Take a look at the editorial story for ‘Mytheresa x Ganni’, below.

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Valentino 'VRING' Pop-Up Set to Launch at Dubai Mall

Starting on March 18, 2019, you can experience Valentino’s sleek new ‘VRING’ bag in person at an exclusive pop-up shop at the Dubai Mall. Located in the new fashion extension, the pop-up features the new ‘VRING’ created by Pierpaolo Piccioli, which reinterprets a classic tote with a more contemporary aesthetic. With multiple interior pockets that put an emphasis on function, a bold new ‘V’ logo that latches to the outside flap, and a wide range of colors to choose from, the ‘VRING’ is the quintessential luxury day bag.

This event will feature a limited edition crocodile version in shades of jade green, gre, and red, which are available exclusively at the pop-up, while a selection of ready-to-wear items will also be on-hand to tempt the discerning shopper. Visit Valentino’s ‘VRING’ pop-up at the Dubai Mall until April 1.

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