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Elizabeth Holmes Comes Under the Spotlight
Another week, another groundbreaking documentary that has absorbed the attention of the masses. However, The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, didn’t unravel the secret world of a fallen popstar or the mega-elite, it shed light on the fraudulent business of Elizabeth Holmes. Long before Kylie Jenner was declared the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, Holmes was named the youngest female billionaire at 31 with a net worth of $4.5 billion due to her revolutionizing the industry of blood testing – except it was all built on a lie.
At just 19, Holmes founded and became the CEO of Theranos, a health technology company, with many comparing her to Steve Jobs. However, it all came crashing down in 2016 due to an article in The Wall Street Journal in which it was revealed that Holmes scammed her way to the top by deceiving the public – and investors – about her highly advanced blood-analyzing system. A couple of lawsuits, a book on the events, and a documentary later, it’s no wonder that a film is in the works, with Jennifer Lawrence slated to play Holmes. We’ll get the popcorn ready.
Victoria Beckham Goes Back in Time
Nostalgia is proving to be a big business trend for many brands as past decades reappear on the runway, with Victoria Beckham being the latest designer to cash in. Releasing a capsule collection inspired by previous sartorial hits, Beckham delivered 11 pieces that are now available on Net-a-Porter, online, and her Hong Kong and Dover Street locations. As a celebration of the brand’s 10th anniversary, this is a chance to get the one that got away – or at least a contemporary rendition of it.
Gucci Launches Gucci Changemakers
Gucci isn’t just walking the walk, it’s talking the talk. After some mishaps in the realm of racial insensitivity in 2018, it announced new moves towards inclusivity through its new Gucci Changemakers program and scholarship fund. Here’s what we know so far. As part of the Gucci Changemakers Fund, the Italian label will invest $5 million in community-based initiatives across North America to strengthen communities of color, with an external council ensuring transparency, accountability, and positive long-term impact.
Alongside, the Global Multi-Cultural Design Scholarship Program will help the next generation access the fashion industry through education. Lastly, still showcasing Gucci’s efforts in creating change is the volunteering program that went into effect last year. This allows for all 18,000 of the company’s employees worldwide to take up to four paid days off in order to volunteer in their local communities. Take note, brands: this is how you use your platform for good.
Messika Gets Top Honors
Valérie Messika is the first woman in France to launch her own jewelry house, but that certainly isn’t her only accomplishment. The designer recently accepted the Best Jewelry Designer of the Year award for Messika at The Daily Front Row’s Fashion Los Angeles Awards. Model Joan Smalls, who presented the award, wore pieces from Messika’s ‘Move Addiction’ collection.
Cartier Announces Finalists of the Cartier Women's Initiative
Further cementing its status as a brand that empowers women, Cartier has announced the 21 finalists for the 2019 edition of the Cartier Women’s Initiative. The luxury house has been in partnership with INSEAD business school and McKinsey & Company since 2016 to help women achieve their goals through financial support and networking opportunities.
Extending the help to women across the world in building their entrepreneurial ventures, Cartier’s program has helped countless businesses gain traction. This year’s finalists were selected from almost 2,900 applicants spanning 142 countries. The seven laureates will be announced at the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards ceremony on May 2 in San Francisco.
Level Shoes Partners with Gabriela Hearst
Level Shoes has announced a new partnership with highly sought-after label, Gabriela Hearst. Becoming the only retailer in the region to house the brand’s handbags, Level Shoes is also offering Gabriela Hearst’s new limited-edition clutch, the ‘Walkwoman’. Timeless and architecturally distinct, the collection will be available to shop at the exclusive Gabriela Hearst pop-up inside Level Shoes from now through April 4.
On the announcement, Hearst said, “We are delighted to partner with Level Shoes as we launch a new bag silhouette and feature the breadth of our whole handbag collection for an exclusive time in-store. The ‘Walkwoman’ is a clutch inspired by the first recordable media player and named after the empowerment of the future.”
Hermès Launches New Perfume
Hermès has just launched a delightful new scent, and it offersquite the floral bouquet. In keeping with its annual tradition, the French fashion house is following a theme that centers on new ideas, with 2019 focusing on dreams. ‘Un Jardin sur la Lagune’ is inspired by a garden that’s not like any other, one that transcends reality to be full of otherworldly olfactory gems. Perfumer Christine Nagel captured the vibrant reverie of her imagination in ‘Un Jardin sur la Lagune’ and filled it with notes of white musks, woods, and sumptuous florals like magnolias, pittosporums, and Madonna lilies.
Bulgari Establishes a World Record
Baselworld 2019 just wrapped in Basel, Switzerland, an annual fine watchmaking event that attracts some of the most innovative brands to showcase their new novelties. Bulgari led the way with a brand new design that defied all expectations. The Bulgari ‘Octo Finissimo’ watch took home the house’s fifth world record, achieving the thinnest ever mechanical chronograph in watchmaking history at only 3.3 mm. As the thinnest of ultra-thin watches, the Bulgari ‘Octo Finissimo’ is incredibly lightweight, but made of durable ceramic. What’s remarkable about this piece is that they were able to create an automatic watch with GMT function, while maintaining record thinness, which no one believed possible, until now. With the ‘Octo Finissimo’, Bulgari continues its streak of watchmaking excellence, and set the bar even higher for itself.