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Taylor Swift and Katy Perry Squash Their Beef
In celebration of her new Lover album, Taylor Swift has evolved her attitude towards the competition. Plenty of “Bad Blood” flowed between the popstar and rival Katy Perry, but the two have officially squashed their beef, making their new friendship public in Swift’s music video for “You Need to Calm Down”. Growth is always better than unnecessary drama.
Gloria Vanderbilt Passes Away
Fashion designer and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt passed away last week at the age of 95. You might know her best as a jeans designer, but Vanderbilt lived her life in the limelight from an early age. As the daughter of railroad magnate Reginald Vanderbilt, the socialite first became a household name as a model at the age of 15.
She later became an actress and then transitioned into fashion design, operating as her own best representative for her creations. She is remembered for her merchandising genius, her charisma, and her enduring status as an international style icon.
Net-a-Porter Announces Upcoming Launch
Last week, Net-a-Porter announced two exciting changes. The first is Net Sustain, a new initiative that aims to make fashion more sustainable. Joined by 26 brands, the inaugural Net Sustain launch ensures that the products under this initiative meet – all of which take into account human, animal, and environmental welfare – align with internationally recognized best practices in the fashion and beauty industries.
Karl Lagerfeld Remembered in Moving Tribute
Legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld was remembered in a moving tribute called ‘Karl For Ever’ last week, jointly hosted by the houses of Chanel, Fendi, and Karl Lagerfeld. The event was attended by famous friends like Tilda Swinton, Cara Delevingne, and Pharrell Williams, who also contributed memories of the man. Works were read by his favorite authors like Virginia Woolf and Edith Sitwell, and a violinist played the works of one of Lagerfeld’s favorite composers, Niccolò Paganini.
Additionally, there were choreographed dances, a seven-piece orchestra, a piano solo, and more as dozens of artists gathered to memorialize Lagerfeld through his preferred mediums of creative expression. It was a beautiful and emotional scene, set against the backdrop of 56 enlarged portraits of the designer. His exceptional life will continue to live on through those who loved him, and the indelible impression he made on the fashion landscape will not soon be forgotten.
Ralph Lauren Presented with Honorary Knighthood
One of the most prestigious American fashion designers in the world, Ralph Lauren was just recognized for his lifetime contributions by the UK. Lauren has been named an Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace presided over by the Prince Charles.
He is now the first American designer to be granted honorary knighthood, which means he can now add the initials “KBE” – Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire – to his signature. Swanky.
Farfetch and Facebook Partner on a Global Block Chain
Facebook recently announced the launch of Facebook Libra Association, a blockchain-based platform with its own cryptocurrency that, unlike bitcoin, will be backed by a reserve of real assets. Fashion luxury e-tailer Farfetch has joined other businesses like eBay and Spotify in the association, which is set to launch in 2o20. Blockchain, although convoluted to describe, will become an essential part of retail moving forward as it enables the authentication of products and global tracking through the production supply chain, making it much easier for consumers to know where their products come from.
“Blockchain is still in its relative infancy, but we think it holds a lot of promise with regards to how it could assist the luxury fashion industry scale solutions to these consumer expectations,” said Farfetch CEO José Neves. “Having data intelligence around the life cycle of a product is what really empowers the circular economy.” Leave it to Farfetch’s future-forward business strategy to be among the first to adopt this new and exciting technology.
Nafsika Skourti Lands at Harvey Nichols London
Nafsika Skourti, the eponymous Jordan-based ready to wear brand by fashion designer Nafsika Skourti, brings its glamorous street-smart creations to a new audience. Already renowned in the Middle East, the label is waiting to be discovered by London shoppers, having just landed at Harvey Nichols. The brand has made its London debut at the Maison Pyramide pop-up, and will be available until July 14.
Chaumet Launches ‘Bee My Love’ Collection
In keeping with the brand’s identity, which revolves around naturalistic elements, fine jewelry brand Chaumet has released a stunning new collection called ‘Bee My Love’. The apiary-themed collection pays tribute to the bee with honeycomb-shaped geometry, and features cocktail rings, brooches, necklaces, and bracelets in gold or gold set with diamonds. See a sample of this buzzworthy collection, below.