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.
Kristen Stewart Cast to Play Princess Diana
Finally, some lighthearted news. Savoir Flair hasn’t shied away one bit from confronting the realities of the pandemic or the Black Lives Matter protests, but we’re also human. Sometimes, a little escapism is in order. Over the weekend, it was announced that Kristen Stewart had been cast to play Princess Diana in a film called Spencer that will chronicle three days at Sandringham in the early 90s while she contemplates a divorce from Prince Charles. “Kristen Stewart playing Princess Diana in a PABLO FREAKIN’ LARRAÍN FILM? Apocalypse cancelled!” declared The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin via Twitter.
Givenchy Announces Matthew Williams as New Artistic Director
After three years in charge, Clare Waight Keller stepped down from the French luxury maison Givenchy as its Artistic Director. In the interim, there has been much speculation over who would be appointed to the coveted position. Last week, Givenchy surprised many by naming an unexpected choice, Matthew Williams. The 34-year-old designer helms a small streetwear label called 1017 Alyx 9SM, which is largely influenced by gothic and punk subculture. Williams will present his first collection as Artistic Director of Givenchy in October 2020, in Paris.
TikTok Teens and K-Pop Stans Pull Prank of the Century
The much ballyhooed record-setting attendance expectations for President Trump’s re-election campaign rally over the weekend quickly deflated when attendance numbers came in far below expectations. Held at the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa – which has a capacity of 19,199 guests – the Trump campaign proudly declared to media outlets in the lead-up to the event that over a million tickets had been requested. They repeated the claim over and over again. However, Forbes reported the total attendance at 6,200.
Although Tulsa has recently experienced a record-high number of COVID-19 cases, the pandemic is not the only reason for low attendance. According to the New York Times, TikTok teens and K-Pop stans around the world banded together to urge their followers to sign up for tickets, with no intention to actually attend the event. Many of them deleted their viral posts after 24-48 hours so that their plans wouldn’t be found out. Claiming success in preventing attendance at the failed event, TikTok teens and K-Pop stans have officially taken ownership of the greatest prank of the century.
Compilation of people bragging about a million people signing up for the rally pic.twitter.com/X9EHPSvv8Z
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) June 21, 2020
Kylie Cosmetics Unveils New Collaboration with Kendall Jenner
Famous sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner have teamed up for a clothing line, and now they’re embarking on a collaborative cosmetics collection. Kylie Jenner’s brand Kylie Cosmetics has collaborated with other family members before, like momager Kris Jenner and big sis Kim Kardashian, and now we have a forthcoming ‘Kendall x Kylie’ collection to look forward to. On Instagram, Kylie Jenner gave her audience a sneak preview of the collaboration, which looks to include lip kits, blushes, and shadows, but the full range has yet to be revealed. The Kendall x Kylie collection is due to drop on June 26, 2020.
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wow wow wow 🖤 can’t believe i’m finally announcing my next collection for @kyliecosmetics .. and it’s with my SOULMATE @kendalljenner! the KENDALL X KYLIE collaboration is launching on the 26th! we have been dreaming this up for quite some time so i hope you guys love it! stay tuned on my stories today for the official reveal. 🖤 @morellibrothers
Gucci Announces 'Off the Grid'
Gucci and its parent group Kering have made lofty goals of system-wide sustainability, and we’re pleased to report they’re carrying through with them all. As part of its sustainable vision, Gucci launched the ‘Circular Lines’ initiative, which relies on the concept of circular production. This term is described as finding ways to use and reuse materials and goods for much longer, creating more than one product lifecycle.
The inaugural launch of Gucci’s ‘Circular Lines’ initiative is the new ‘Off the Grid’ collection, made of completely organic, bio-based, and recycled materials. The campaign, shot by photographer and director Harmony Korine, stars Jane Fonda, Lil Nas X, King Princess, Miyavi, and David de Rothschild, and incorporates the idea of inclusivity alongside a commitment to sustainability.
Jonathan Anderson Designs Capsule Anniversary Collection for YOOX
Born in 2000, YOOX is one of the world’s leading fashion e-tailers, combining a curated selection of fashion, design, and art products. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, YOOX has partnered with award-winning British brand, Jonathan Anderson, for a one-of-a-kind capsule collection. To create the special Jonathan Anderson x YOOX anniversary collection, the designer looked back through his archives and created it from his most iconic themes and codes. You can find the capsule collection online here.
L'Oreal Middle East Donates AED 4 Million
L’Oreal Middle East has shown up in a big way to help the UAE’s COVID-19 relief efforts. Via its ‘Solidarity Program’, L’Oreal Middle East donated more than 84,000 essential and personal-care products worth AED four million to NGOs and hospitals in the country. The ‘Solidarity Program’ provided a multi-prong approach to aid. L’Oreal Middle East donated skincare packages to doctors and nurses at hospitals across the UAE via skincare brand La Roche-Posay, and also distributed more than 58,000 essential-care products to those in need, including families and laborers through Emirates Red Crescent Authority.
L’Oreal Middle East also took care of local salons, whose operations were suspended, by shortening their payment terms and freezing expected payments. In keeping with its high humanitarian and philanthropic standards, L’Oreal Middle East also maintained full employment and salaries for all of its regional employees.
MDLBeast Debuted New Digital Concert
MDLBeast, Saudi Arabia’s first major three-day electronic music festival, welcomed thousands to Riyadh in 2019 for its inaugural event, and showcased over two-dozen DJs. Over the weekend, MDLBeast was back with a 12-hour digital music festival called ‘Freqways’, starring top talent like Steve Aoki, Afrojack, Maceo Plex, Cosmicat, and Jade X Tala. Over 570,000 digital users streamed the event on June 20, 2020. If you missed it, MDLBeast will be hosting a selection of DJ sets at freqways.mdlbeast.com.
Rami Al Ali Launches ‘Creators at Home’ Campaign
Dubai-based couturier Rami Al Ali kept creativity alive during the pandemic with his new ‘Creators at Home’ campaign. For the campaign, he asked talented local content creators and artists to produce their own photoshoots from home wearing his breathtaking new Couture Spring/Summer 20202 collection. Syrian-Palestinian model Lana Albeik, photographer Prod Antzoulis, and French-Persian DJ Parvané Barret each participated, and put their own unique spin on the Couture collection. The results are gorgeous, youthful, and full of energy; you’d never be able to guess that they were shot at home if we didn’t tell you.