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 culture, celebrities, and fashion.
2020 Oscar Nominees Announced
The nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards are in, and you can find out who will win Hollywood’s most prestigious statuette when the ceremony airs live on Sunday, February 9. Now, all eyes are on dark anti-hero tale Joker, which has 11 nominations total. Meanwhile, The Irishman, 1917, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Jojo Rabbit, Parasite, Little Women, and Marriage Story have snagged a heap of nominations between them.
While many have dubbed the Oscars “still a white man’s game”, we noted four films from the Arab region receiving nominations across two categories. Syrian films The Cave by Feras Fayyad and For Sama by Waad Al-Kateab are both in the running in the Best Documentary Feature category. Meryam Joobeur has been recognized for her short film Brotherhood, making her the first female Tunisian director to get an Oscar nod. Last but not least, Nefta Football Club – like Brotherhood – by Yves Piat and Damien Meghrebi was nominated in the Best Live Action Short Film category.
Jean Paul Gaultier Retires from the Runway
Legendary fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier – who first debuted on the scene in 1982 – announced his retirement from the runway over the weekend, indicating that his upcoming Couture presentation on January 22 will be his last. However, he has reassured fans that his couture line will continue under a new concept direction. What that means remains to be seen.
This show celebrating 50 years of my career will also be my last. But rest assured Haute Couture will continue with a new concept. pic.twitter.com/PJCC53K4tm
— Jean Paul Gaultier (@JPGaultier) January 17, 2020
Gigi Hadid Called for Jury Duty
Most news these days sounds like it’s hailing from an alternate timeline, but this tidbit really threw us for a loop. Last week, supermodel Gigi Hadid was called up for jury duty in the ongoing Harvey Weinstein case. However, Hadid’s status in the industry and friendship with Cara Delevingne – one of the 105 women who have accused the film producer of sexual misconduct – was cause for her to be dismissed from the jury pool. In the US, jury duty is randomly assigned to citizens, so this was a complete coincidence but bizarre nonetheless.
Emilia Clarke Is the New Face of Clinique
Game of Thrones might be over, but Emilia Clarke is still going strong. She has launched a charity, starred in romantic comedy Last Christmas and, as of last week, has become the new Global Brand Ambassador for Clinique. Just in time for its new face to grace campaigns worldwide, Clinique also announced an update to its customizable range of moisturizers, ‘Clinique iD’. This unique range allows the user to choose a hydrating base and an active-concentrate cartridge to target specific skin needs. The ‘Dramatically Different Moisturizing BB-Gel’ has also been added to the line-up as a new base option.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Is the New Face of Hourglass
Last week, it was announced that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley had been named the first-ever ambassador for beauty brand Hourglass, with whom she has had a close working relationship for years. “She’s such the embodiment of Hourglass,” commented Hourglass’s CEO and Founder Carisa Janes. “We thought to have our first brand ambassador to be somebody like Rosie, just seemed like the perfect fit. She’s timeless, she’s accessible, she’s a modern woman.” It bodes well for the partnership that Huntington-Whiteley is an authentic user of the brand and happens to be a world-famous beauty maven in her own right.
Gucci Launches a New Lipstick Line
Gucci has debuted a new matte lipstick line called ‘Rouge à Lèvres Mat’, and it has some deep thinking behind it. Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele got philosophical with the idea of lipstick, saying, “Lipstick is primitive, and symbolic of an almost ancient and evocative language. Something that sends a precise message even when it’s no longer on. The beauty of putting it on is also taking it off.” But of the 28 shades on offer, it’s the 25 Goldie Red – a.k.a. “The Gucci Red” – that you want to start with. Not only does the uniform intensity and silk texture add even more glamour to its already glamorous crimson hue, but it’s also the shade having “all the fun” in the corresponding campaign.
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Kenzo Debuts a New Logo
With the arrival of new Creative Director Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Kenzo is marking its new chapter with a fresh logo. An energetic font, designed as a construction “game”, serves to elevate and sharpen the brand’s identity. Following the debut of the new logo, Baptista will present his first collection for Kenzo at Paris Fashion Week for the Fall/Winter 2020 season in February. We look forward to seeing what he brings to the legendary brand.
Elie Saab Launches Childrenswear
Elie Saab’s Fall/Winter 2020 presentation is right around the corner, but this time around, it has a new addition. Elie Saab, in partnership with Italian childrenswear producer Simonetta, is launching Elie Saab Junior for kids. His trademark craftsmanship will be found throughout the collection, with plenty of elegant dresses for girls and handsome separates for boys.
“The launch of the Elie Saab Junior line allows us to take a new step in the development of the house,” Saab said in a statement. “Reflecting our identity, this new line … offers pieces delicately made and inspired by the know-how and DNA of the house. Simonetta and Andrea Montelpare are the ideal partners to interpret our vision.” We’re prepping ourselves for all the adorable matching child-parent outfits that are sure to saturate social media after this auspicious launch.
Nadya Hasan Ties the Knot
Dubai-based influencer Nadya Hasan – a.k.a. The Fierce Nay – has officially tied the knot, marrying model Wiktor Gniewek dressed in a gorgeous gown made by Château Modeliste last week. For accessories, she selected a stunning headpiece by AURA by Carolina, a beautiful clutch by Tyler Ellis, and jewels from Bvlgari. This look was worn for her official wedding ceremony, but the couple has a second wedding planned in the groom’s home country of Poland in July. Double-weddings seem to be on the rise, affording a second opportunity for the bride to wear something fabulous. We look forward to the next go ’round.