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The world is a scary place right now. As news of the coronavirus pandemic continues to crash through your screens all day long, we know it can be a lot to keep up with. In this special edition of Extra Extra, we’re dedicating the fashion, beauty, and pop culture news exclusively to updates regarding COVID-19, from the public figures giving back to the fashion brands keeping us busy at home.


Demi Lovato Turns Her Attention to Mental Health

Demi Lovato knows a thing or two about battling mental health issues, so it was only a matter of time until the popstar turned her attention to the impact of the ongoing pandemic on the anxiety, depression, and other struggles that many are facing at a time like now. Lovato took to Instagram to announce that she is helping launch The Mental Health Fund to support organizations that are meeting the increased demand for crisis counseling amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

“It’s so important that people have these lines because sometimes you feel really alone and you don’t know where to turn or who to talk to. You’re afraid that these thoughts you’re having are too dark, and you need guidance. That’s where this comes in. It can provide help to people who are struggling,” said the singer to People magazine. The fund, which has raised more than $2 million so far, will go towards Crisis Text LineKids Help PhoneShout, and SpunOut.


INKED Pays It Forward

As part of the the Pay It Forward program, the team at INKED is helping those in vulnerable positions, cooking and delivering well-balanced meals made with love for frontliners and people in need. The conceptual dining space has partnered with the Dubai Food Bank for distribution, as well as with the Dubai Health Authority to support the medical workers across several hospitals and clinics in the city. INKED has delivered over 2,400 meals so far. Learn more about the initiative and purchase a meal for someone who needs it here.


Jacquemus Gets Creative for its SS20 Campaign

At a time when jetting off to exotic locales to shoot a fashion campaign isn’t possible, Jacquemus got creative, using FaceTime to shoot its latest array of basket bags, translucent shades, and more. Starring supermodel Bella Hadid and model Barbie Ferreira of Euphoria fame, the Spring/Summer 2020 campaign – aptly named Jacquemus at Home – was captured by photographer Pierre-Ange Carlotti and marks a first in the fashion industry.

Bella Hadid Jacquemus Campaign
Photo: Courtesy of @bellahadid

Restrictions in Dubai Ease Up

Public transport is up and running, malls are open, restaurants and cafés can run at partial capacity, and you can finally stop giving yourself a lopsided fringe. The weekend brought it with plenty of breaking news about the easing of restrictions, and one giving women across the city endless joy is the reopening of salons. Hair and nail services? Yes. Waxing, facials, and everything else? No. Just be sure to book an appointment because walk-ins aren’t allowed.


London Fashion Week Goes Digital

With the ongoing pandemic forcing the fashion industry to reflect on its norms, a major announcement emerged from the UK: the British Fashion Council is moving London Fashion Week online. All the fashion week events over the next 12 months will now be held on a digital platform from June 12 to 14. Furthermore, instead of hosting separate events for menswear and womenswear, they will be combined into one. Helsinki Fashion Week, which was set for July, has also announced that it will be entirely digital.

Photo: Courtesy of Mike Marsland

Maison Valentino Launches #ChezMaisonValentino

Valentino has launched #ChezMaisonValentino, a new series of performances streaming live from Instagram Stories for the entire community. While the the final schedule is yet to be announced, it promises international artists, poets, singers, and more. Poet Rupi Kaur and singer Alicia Keys has already taken to the (virtual) stage. Follow the brand’s Instagram account for further performances.

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