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Kim Kardashian Responds to 'Kimono' Pushback
After the incessant backlash against the name of Kim Kardashian’s new shapewear line ‘Kimono’, which came alongside accusations of cultural appropriation, the reality star has decided to pull the name. “My brands and products are built with inclusivity and diversity at their core and after careful thought and consideration, I will be launching my solutionwear brand under a new name. I will be in touch soon. Thank you for your understanding and support always,” she posted last week. Power to the people!
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Being an entrepreneur and my own boss has been one of the most rewarding challenges I’ve been blessed with in my life. What’s made it possible for me after all of these years has been the direct line of communication with my fans and the public. I am always listening, learning and growing – I so appreciate the passion and varied perspectives that people bring to me. When I announced the name of my shapewear line, I did so with the best intentions in mind. My brands and products are built with inclusivity and diversity at their core and after careful thought and consideration, I will be launching my Solutionwear brand under a new name. I will be in touch soon. Thank you for your understanding and support always.
Halle Bailey Announced as Ariel in Reboot of 'The Little Mermaid'
Halle Bailey, one half of the twin sister pop duo Chloe x Halle, has just been cast by Disney as Ariel in its new live-action film The Little Mermaid. The Bailey sisters started their singing careers by posting songs to YouTube, which caught the notice of Beyoncé, who invited them to open for her on tour. They have a previous relationship with Disney, as their song “Warrior” appeared on the soundtrack of A Wrinkle in Time.
While there was a lot of negative backlash surrounding the casting because Bailey is black and the previous version of Ariel was white – which is categorically irrelevant considering that she was also a cartoon mermaid – English author Caitlin Moran set the record straight in hilarious fashion.
Fact box: the Little Mermaid lives on a TROPICAL CORAL REEF with a calypso-singing lobster with a strong Jamaican accent. When you think about it, it’s bizarre she was white the first time around.
— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) July 4, 2019
The Royal Baby Is Christened
The newest addition to the royal family Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, was christened at Windsor Castle on Saturday. Although the couple chose to exclude the press from the private ceremony, they did share photos of the special day on Instagram, including the first proper look we’ve had at Archie’s adorable face. Let the gushing begin.
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This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment. Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie. Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
Gucci Launches First High Jewelry Collection
Gucci has opened its first high jewelry boutique at the iconic Place Vendôme in Paris, where the world’s most renowned jewelers are headquartered. With stones that were personally sourced by Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele, the house’s first high jewelry collection ‘Hortus Delicarium’ can be seen and purchased at the ritzy new location.
Comprised of over 200 pieces featuring Gucci iconography and featuring stunning stones like tourmaline, topaz, ruby, opal, and sapphire, the inaugural high jewelry collection makes for an exquisite tribute to its house codes. Get a sneak peek at the collection in the gallery, below.
Alber Elbaz Collaborates with Tod's
Beloved fashion designer Alber Elbaz has joined the Tod’s family with a capsule collection called ‘Tod’s Happy Moments by Alber Elbaz’. The luxury Italian brand’s iconic driving shoe acted as a starting point for Elbaz, who interpreted its codes with a smile on his face.
Oriented toward happiness – like the feeling of freedom you get while driving down an Italian countryside with a Tod’s driving shoe pressed on the accelerator – Elbaz’s joyous celebration is translated into bright colors, unstructured silhouettes, and sneaker soles. The happy moments captured in the video below are absolutely contagious.