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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images

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.

1

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Return to UK

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are back – sort of. For the first time in two months, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have appeared in the UK at high-profile events. Before you get excited that they’re reassuming their roles as senior royals, the duo are only back in order to fulfill a few duties before they exit from their positions on March 31 for good. Two events, the Endeavour Fund Awards and Mountbatten Music Festival at Royal Albert Hall, brought them back into the public eye last week, with a few more appointments slated before their return home to Canada.

2

Coronavirus Causes Mass Event Cancellations

With coronavirus spreading faster than ever – 103 countries have now been affected – events across the UAE have either been cancelled, postponed, or altered in scope. This includes Russ in concert, Art Dubai, Sikka Art Fair, Taste of Dubai, Ai Everything, Music Bank, and Dubai International Boat Show. Over in the capital, the list extends to include Ultra Abu Dhabi and Club Social 2020, amongst others. 

3

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Are Expecting First Child

After months of disguising her figure ahead of the drop of her new music video “Never Worn White”, popstar Katy Perry has finally gone public with her pregnancy announcement. She and fiancé Orlando Bloom are expecting their first child together, and she is thought to be around the six-month mark. In good humor, Perry had this to say about hiding her pregnancy for so long.

4

The Valentino 'Le Blanc' Experience Lands in Dubai

You don’t have to visit Milan for a couture appointment with Valentino. The maison’s translation of haute couture values into its ready-to-wear offerings has taken on new form through the new Valentino ‘Le Blanc’ experience. This unique pop-up lands at The Dubai Mall, starting today, and offers an exclusive made-to-order service. 

Two white poplin shirts from the Spring/Summer 2020 collection are offered with six different fits and embellishments, which are customizable to your choosing. The pop-up, located at Level Shoes, will also complement the made-to-order experience with a new Valentino Garavani accessories range called ‘Supervee’ that maximizes the Valentino ‘V’ logo to outsized (and incredibly eye-catching) proportions.

5

Calvin Klein Unveils Star-Studded SS20 Campaign

‘CK Everyone’, the new inclusive fragrance from Calvin Klein that reworks its classic ‘CK One’ fragrance for a gender-neutral generation, has landed in Dubai. Accompanying the fragrance launch are the new Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Underwear collections for Spring/Summer 2020. Shot by Mario Sorrenti, the message of the campaign is Deal with It, which is unapologetically centered on self-love, self-acceptance, and self-expression. Starring SZA, Lil Nas X, Kendall Jenner, and other Gen-Z faces, the campaign sees the stars showing off a different side to their personalities – one that is raw and real.

Calvin Klein Jeans SS20 campaign starring Kendall Jenner
Kendall Jenner for Calvin Klein Jeans Spring/Summer 2020 | Photo: Courtesy of Calvin Klein
6

N.Bar Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary

It was 20 years ago that N.Bar opened its first location in Palm Strip Mall, and has now expanded to 15 branches across the UAE. In celebration of its 20-year anniversary, N.Bar is unveiling special promotions, starting today and running until March 10, 2020. Not only is it rolling back prices on nail services to what they originally cost 20 years ago – which is AED 40 or 45 for a pedicure and AED 80 for a mani-pedi combination – but it is also launching educational scholarships in the Philippines for the children of its staff. Visit nbar.com for more details or to book an appointment.

7

Arcadia Opens Flagship Store in Dubai

Dubai-based perfume brand Arcadia created by Amna Al Habtoor has officially opened its flagship store at Dar Wasl Mall. The store boasts Arcadia’s full fragrance collection, including all 10 scents from its debut release ‘Edition 1’, as well as a range of limited-edition fragrances. In celebration of the store opening, Arcadia has also launched the exclusive fragrance ‘Bounded’, featuring top notes of saffron, rhubarb, and honey and heart notes of rose absolute, Turkish rose, carnation, and toffee.

Arcadia Bounded fragrance
Arcadia's New 'Bounded' Fragrance | Photo: Courtesy of Arcadia
8

Loewe Perfumes Launches Pop-Up at Mall of the Emirates

Spanish luxury house Loewe added fragrances to its stylish line-up in 2016 and, now in 2020, they are landing at a special pop-up at Mall of the Emirates. Not only is this the first Loewe Perfumes pop-up in the region, but it’s also the first of its kind for the house globally. Designed with natural wooden elements and artwork by Karl Blossfeldt, the artisan craftsmanship of Loewe is brought to the fore. The pop-up is located on the ground floor of the mall and will be run until the end of June.

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