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 bringing you news regarding COVID-19 from the worlds of fashion, beauty, and pop culture alongside updates that have nothing to do with our new normal.
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Are Expecting
Internet sleuths quickly deduced that Gigi Hadid’s recent birthday posts also doubled as a pregnancy announcement. In the background of one snap posted by her sister Bella Hadid, a gift bag was masked behind a sunflower emoji, but clever online detectives soon realized that it bore the greeting, “Hello, Little One”.
Soon, social media caught fire with the news that the supermodel and her partner Zayn Malik were expecting way before the couple had officially announced the pregnancy. All of that digging actually added up to something, with the couple confirming that they were indeed expecting their first child – a little girl – who is due later this year.
Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor Pass Away
Irrfan Khan, one of the great icons of Indian cinema who starred in Hollywood films like Slumdog Millionaire, Jurassic World, and Life of Pi, was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor in 2018. He passed away last week at the age of 53, leaving a huge void in the film scene.
In other tragic news, veteran actor and giant of the Bollywood screen Rishi Kapoor passed away from cancer a day later. An outpouring of grief and memories of the beloved actors flooded social media, with celebrities like Priyanka Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan sharing their tributes.
'A Moment with the Met' Fills Met Gala Void
Although the 2020 Met Gala event and corresponding exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art have been postponed until further notice, there is still an opportunity to witness a glamorous virtual version. A Moment with the Met will be live streamed on YouTube on Monday, May 4, featuring guests like Cardi B and Naomi Campbell, a musical performance by Florence Welch of Florence and the Machines, and a live DJ set by designer Virgil Abloh.
Lea Michele Announces Pregnancy
Lea Michele, singer and actress of Glee fame, took to Instagram to announce her pregnancy last week, posing barefoot in a lovely blue dress with the caption, “So grateful.” Michele has been married to Zandy Reich for one year, and the young couple is reportedly overjoyed at the news that they are expecting.
Jenji Koha to Launch 'Social Distance' Anthology Series
Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan is now focusing her attention on a new quarantine-themed series for Netflix called Social Distance. Due to production restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the writers, crew, and cast came together remotely to bring the project to life. There is no release date attached to the project yet, but its unique approach is sure to make it one of the most anticipated Netflix shows of 2020.
Salvatore Ferragamo Unveils Digital Platform
Italian luxury brand Salvatore Ferragamo has been quick to heed the needs of the #stayathome crowd with the launch of a new digital platform. The redesigned website focuses on improving user experience by way of unique storytelling, beautiful edits, and an innovative e-commerce channel. By blending all of the above, the house’s heritage, tradition of craftsmanship, and the resulting products are no longer divided by category, and now experienced holistically. Click here for a taste of how the treasured company is adapting to our new normal.
Madonna Tests Positive for COVID-19 Antibodies
Madonna has been regularly updating her followers on Instagram via a series she calls Quarantine Diaries. Her latest installment included the surprising news that she has tested positive for the presence of COVID-19 antibodies, and that her (somewhat bizarre) plans were to take a long drive and “breathe in the COVID-19 air”. However, medical authorities have not yet confirmed whether the presence of antibodies equates to immunity.
Gemfields Explores the History of Emeralds in New Series
As one of the world’s leading emerald and ruby suppliers, Gemfields is uniquely qualified to explore the fascinating history of rare gemstones. Not only has it turned this facet of fine jewelry into a fascinating new video series, but this month’s installment is exclusively focused on emeralds, the birthstone of the month of May. Via short educational films, you’ll find yourself immersed in the world of emeralds like never before. Visit its channel on YouTube to experience this intriguing new series.
La Mode S’Engage Auctions Exclusive Items for Charity
Calling all sneakerheads and hype beasts! Your fanatical desire to own rare collector’s items now has a philanthropic angle. The La Mode S’Engage auction site is now offering hard-to-find items like the Supreme x Gaultier ‘Le Male’ scent and sacai x Nike LDV ‘Waffle’ sneakers for bidding, with proceeds going to benefit the #ProtegeTonSoignant organization for French healthcare workers. The auction is live until Monday, May 4. Happy bidding.
New #ValentinoEmpathy Campaign Debuts
In considering the new world that social distancing has created, Valentino’s Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli tuned his sensors to a deeper need for empathy. With the launch of the new women’s and men’s Fall/Winter 2020 advertising campaign, entitled #ValentinoEmpathy, Piccioli places emotion front and center.
For the campaign, Valentino is tapping friends like Laura Dern, Adut Akech, and Naomi Campbell, all of whom will be shot wearing the collection inside their homes. Piccioli wanted to meet people where they were and, instead of being paid to participate in the campaign, the subjects are grouping together to donate one million euros to a hospital in Rome that is a hub for fighting the COVID-19 virus.
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#ValentinoEmpathy Adut Akech (@adutakech) Anwar Hadid (@anwarhadid) Christy Turlington (@cturlington) Ellery Walker Harper (@elleryharper) Frances McDormand Ghali (@ghali) Gwyneth Paltrow (@gwynethpaltrow) James Turlington (@jamescturlington) Janet Mock (@janetmock) Laetitia Casta (@laetitiacasta) Laura Dern (@lauradern) Leon Dame (@leondame) Liu Wen (@liuwenlw) Maria Carla Boscono (@mariacarlaboscono) Mustafa the Poet (@mustafathepoet) Naomi Campbell (@naomi) Pierpaolo Piccioli (@pppiccioli) Rafferty Law (@rafflaw) Rossy de Palma (@rossydpalma) Rula Jebreal (@rulajebreal) Shu Qi (@sqwhat) Tali Lennox (@talilennox) Tang Yan (@tangyan1206) Vittoria Ceretti (@vittoria) For the new Women’s and Men’s Fall/Winter 2020-21 Campaign, #ValentinoEmpathy, @pppiccioli will highlight the unifying power of empathy, regardless of physical location. The Maison is pleased to announce that all talents involved in this upcoming project will donate their fee. 1 Million euros will go to the Italian Hospital Lazzaro Spallanzani in Rome, the Italian Hub fighting against COVID-19.
FACES Launches Concierge Service
Concierge services are generally so personal that they’ve begun to feel like a thing of the past. However, FACES – one of the very best beauty retailers in the region – has smartly created a way to access that personal touch from the comfort of your home. The launch of FACES Concierge enables you to conduct a virtual consultation with a beauty expert in a dedicated interface experience. Everything takes place online, including booking, so visit FACES Concierge here to sign up as a client.
Local and International Brands Partner with Dubai Cares
Every Ramadan, e-tailer Namshi partners with a different charity initiative. This year, it has released a message of hope and community solidarity in partnership with Dubai Cares. The initiative, which already offers a limited edition T-shirt bearing a bold Arabic calligraphy script that says “life is beautiful”, is now launching a line of hoodies. Even better: 100 percent of proceeds benefit Dubai Cares.
Meanwhile, international luxury travel brand TUMI has also partnered up with with UAE-
Huda Kattan's Blog Turns 10
Tracing her journey from an insecure girl to a full-fledged beauty mogul, Huda Kattan marked the 10th anniversary of her blog – which started out as “passion project” that grew from her love of all things beauty – on April 29 with a montage of highlights from the past decade. Huda Beauty is celebrating this milestone with the launch of ‘Huda’s Essentials Bundle’, an exclusive kit containing some of Kattan’s most iconic products to date. Shop it here.
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OMG 😱🙏🏽 I can’t believe that it’s been 10 YEARS since I started my blog! It was a passion project that grew from my love of makeup and beauty, and I really wanted HudaBeauty.com to be a platform for me to share everything I discovered with whoever wanted to listen. I could never have dreamed that it would grow into the brand it is today!!! 💃🏻🎉 Thank you my loves for all the LOVE & SUPPORT! I couldn’t have done this without you guys! ❤️❤️❤️ I love you guys soo much
Washmen Is Collecting Clothing Donations for Free
Washmen is offering a recycling opportunity for those who place orders via its app. When the Dubai-based laundry service comes to pick up your laundry order, it will also collect paper and plastic waste as part of a proactive effort for the company to achieve a net zero balance on plastic consumption. Now, Washmen is also offering a donation service through which you can schedule a pick-up of donatable clothing that it will come and collect for free. This translates to not one, but two amazing opportunities to give back this Ramadan.