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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.

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Protests Sweep the Globe

From Australia and Syria to Paris and Brazil,  protests have broken out across the world in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States. The murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police was the match that lit the flame, but racial tensions had been simmering in America – and the world at large – for centuries. Even in the face of retaliation by police forces, the protests have continued unabated. We can’t help but feel that this is the beginning of a long overdue revolution.

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Meghan Markle Has a Message for the Graduating Class of 2020

In an address to the students of Immaculate High School in Los Angeles, which she once attended, Meghan Markle spoke out about the Black Lives Matter protests and police brutality. “What we have seen in our country, our state, and in our hometown of LA has been absolutely devastating,” she stated. “I wasn’t sure what I could say to you. I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that I wouldn’t or it would get picked apart. And I realized the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing — because George Floyd’s life mattered.”

She concluded, “Now you get to be part of rebuilding… because when the foundation is broken, so are we. You are going to leave with love and compassion and use your voice in a stronger way than you have ever been able to… you are going to vote… I know you know that Black lives matter and I am already excited for what you are going to do with the world.”

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Brands Give Back

While the world responded to the protests, social media was ignited. United by a common cause, users took to the comment sections of brands both large and small, demanding accountability. To their credit, many brands responded with promises to do better, as well as donations to help support the black community.

Luxury brands were shockingly slow to respond. However, some, like Balenciaga, rectified their lassitude by coming through with an annual fund in support of the NAACP and local French nonprofits. Their parent company, Kering, who also holds brands like Alexander McQueen and Bottega Veneta in its portfolio, made a donation to the NAACP, and promised to “continue to develop initiatives and internal programs to foster respect, equality, and fairness.” Many beauty brands also stepped up, like Huda Beauty, which pledged $500,000 to the NAACP, while Glossier donated $500,000 to be shared among multiple organizations like The Equal Justice Initiative and We the Protesters.

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Fendi Debuts New ‘Icons’ Video Exclusively on Savoir Flair

Fendi’s ‘Icons’ campaign pays homage to house signatures, including famous bags like the ‘Peekaboo’ and the ‘Baguette’, as well as the ‘FF’ boot and the ‘Colibri’ heel. It also happens to mean full-body fishnets. In the campaign video below, shared exclusively with Savoir Flair readers, the icons of the house are revealed, supported by a thumping electronic track that emphasized the edgy mood of modern Fendi. 

5

Chanel Announces Cruise 2020/21 Collection

With COVID-19 shattering norms left and right, fashion brands have been forced to find new and inventive ways of sharing their creative output. Chanel’s traditional Cruise collection always pays homage to a travel theme, and has taken place in the past in such locations as Cuba and Seoul. This year, it was scheduled to debut in Capri, but the pandemic caused a change of plans. Now, Chanel’s Cruise 2020/21 collection entitled  ‘Balade en Méditerranée’ will be unveiled on June 8th at noon (GMT+2) on chanel.com and on its social media platforms.

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Piaget’s Extraordinary Women Share Life Lessons

Piaget’s new ‘Extraordinary Women’ campaign is an ode to women who are leaders in the fields of cinema, art, music, and design. In the campaign, they dispense life lessons while expressing their femininity and style with Piaget watches and jewelry. Constance Wu, Olivia Palermo, and Jessica Chastain star in the campaign, and representing the Middle East, you’ll find the beautiful Emirati-Yemeni singer Balqees Fathi. See more at piaget.ae.

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Balqees Fathi | Photo: Courtesy of Piaget
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Elie Saab Debuts First Furniture and Accessories Collection

The Godfather of Lebanese couture, Elie Saab, has just unveiled a new project. Elie Saab Maison is an exciting new venture that represents his first time entering the interiors space. With Elie Saab Maison, he brings his attention to refined details and beautiful silhouettes to your home with luxurious furnishing, gilded decor, and more. Saab also plans to release exclusive and limited-edition pieces for art connoisseurs and collectors, so keep an eye out for that development in the near future.

Elie Saab Maison
Elie Saab Maison | Photo: Courtesy of Elie Saab
8

Get a Sneak Peek at Alaïa Fall/Winter 2020

Although our beloved Azzedine Alaïa is gone, he will never be forgotten. In fact, his maison and his rare design acumen are carried forth in his memory through the continuing collections at Alaïa. For Fall/Winter 2020, his signature exploration between the masculine and the feminine is upheld through supple silhouettes that are cut to perfection, allowing ease of movement and dexterity while maintaining high luxury standards. Inspired by the codes and sketches from the Alaïa house archives, the Alaïa Fall/Winter 2020 continues to keep its founder’s spirit alive. Below are 10 of our favorite looks from the collection.

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Kristina Fidelskaya Launches E-Commerce Platform

The Kristina Fidelskaya universe has a new address. One of our favorite Dubai-based designers has just launched an e-commerce platform, where you can not only shop her gorgeous collections, but also experience her collaborations, bespoke services, exclusive season drops, and mood boards. In addition to her ready-to-wear retail offerings, you’ll also find bespoke services for creating tailor-made dresses just for you. Visit the brand new website at kristinafidelskaya.com to start your journey.

10

Ingie Chalhoub Receives Fashion Award

As one of the region’s most prominent businesswomen in the field of fashion, Ingie Chalhoub is no stranger to awards. In fact, in 2018, she and her husband Patrick were decorated with France’s highest civilian distinction, the Legion of Honor award. In 2020, her work as the Creative Director of luxury fashion house INGIE PARIS has landed her the Monte Carlo Fashion Week ‘Ethical Fashion Award’, for her continuing commitment to sustainable values, as well as ethical and social engagement.

Upon receiving the award, Chalhoub commented, “Fashion today is about sustainability and values; we must look at different ways to encourage and engage in sustainable fashion. Consumers are increasingly aware and attracted to brands that have profound commitments to sustainability and strong social responsibility values.”

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