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Rihanna Reveals Why She Turned Down the Super Bowl

Last year, Rihanna famously turned down the Super Bowl Halftime Show, one of the most watched musical extravaganzas in the world. In a recent interview, she revealed the real reason she turned down the opportunity, citing solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. The former NFL quarterback and activist made headlines in 2017, when he refused to stand for the national anthem, choosing to kneel in order to protest police brutality and systemic racism in the United States. 

Inspired by his actions, Rihanna turned down the event without a second thought. “I couldn’t dare do that,” she shared in an interview. “For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sell-out. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”


Ed Sheeran and Prince Harry Join Forces

Ed Sheeran and Prince Harry collaborated on a special video to help bring awareness to World Mental Health Day, and the results were surprisingly hilarious. In this video posted to the @sussexroyal account on Instagram, we see the singer-songwriter paying a visit to Prince Harry as the two discuss an issue that plagues not only the two of them, but also many others worldwide. But apparently, there has been a misunderstanding about exactly what that issue is. We won’t give it away, but you can watch the video, below, to find out the funny and very touching message.


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Both Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran want to ensure that not just today but every day, you look after yourself, your friends and those around you. There’s no need to suffer in silence – share how you’re feeling, ask how someone is doing and listen for the answer. Be willing to ask for help when you need it and know that we are all in this together. #WMHD Check out the accounts below for more resources and support: @Heads_Together @Calmzone @MentalHealthFoundation @CharityNoPanic @SamaritansCharity @YoungMindsUK @GiveUsAShoutInsta @Childline_official @LetsTalkAboutMentalHealth @Jedfoundation @Pandas_UK @Charitysane @MindCharity @TimeToChangeCampaign @RethinkMentalIllness @MentalHealthMates @ActionHappiness @MHFAEngland @DitchTheLabel @TheBlurtFoundation

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Cole Haan Collaborates with Rodarte

United by a desire to continually innovate, two American brands have joined together to collaborate on a new accessories collection. Rodarte has added its creative spin to Cole Haan’s ‘Grand Ambition’ collection.

“The ethos of Cole Haan speaks to everything that we do. When you’re designing, it’s always about innovating and trying to think outside the box to create something new and create a dream that you take people into,” says Kate Mulleavy, who designs Rodarte along with her sister Laura Mulleavy. The collaboration features metal-tipped lace booties, croc-print moccasins, adorable studded bags, and more. You can find the collection now at Cole Haan boutiques in the region.

Rodarte x Cole Haan
Photo: Courtesy of Cole Haan

Willow Smith Busks in London Underground

Leave it to Prada to be the brainchild behind one of the most unique activations we’ve seen in a long time. Willow Smith has resurrected the lost art of busking (playing music in public spaces for voluntary donations) in the London Underground. This unexpected – and unannounced – moment was engineered to promote Prada’s ‘Linea Rossa’ Fall/Winter 2019 collection.

Passengers along the Central Line were treated to Smith’s surprise performance, during which she entertained with only with a guitar and her beautiful voice. As for what made the moment even more memorable? That hot-pink puffa from the collection.

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Photo: Courtesy of Prada

Dior Brings 30 Avenue Montaigne Pop-Ups to the Region

30 Avenue Montaigne, the original site of Christian Dior’s legendary atelier and the present-day location of the Dior design house, brings its savoir-faire spirit to Dubai. Two exclusive pop-ups – one at The Dubai Mall and one at Mall of the Emirates – invite you to discover iconic Dior codes like the ‘Bar’ jacket and modern classics like the logo pump and bags with customizable metal clasps. This is a one-stop shop for a full Dior wardrobe, one that marries both the legacy of the maison and the forward-thinking approach of its new Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Dior 30 Avenue Montaigne Pop Up Dubai
Photo: Courtesy of Ruta Plummer | Dior

Fendi Collaborates with Karen Wazen

Fendi’s made-to-order service ensures that every client gets their ideal pair of shoes. Now, with a new #MyFendiColibri offering dedicated to the ‘Colibrì’ shoe, you can pick from seven different combinations in order to customize your look.

There are two heel heights available in black, light gold, calf hair, and natural rattan as well as exteriors available in animal print calf-hair, black or beige satin, red gray, or FF logo tech mesh and precious embroidery versions. You can also add three initials on the ribbon detail. Fendi enthusiast and friend of the brand Karen Wazen has developed her own special version of the customizable ‘Colibrì’ shoe, and you can see just how she created it in the video, below.

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