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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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Kanye West Announces U.S. Presidential Run

After last week’s announcement of a 10-year partnership with Gap, Kanye West continues to stay in the headlines, this time with the statement that he will be running for President of the U.S. in 2020. The presidential election takes place in four months, in November.

West’s political views have been controversial in recent years. His fans reeled in shock after he went to TMZ headquarters in 2018 and declared, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years… For 400 years? That sounds like a choice.” In October of the same year he backtracked, saying, “My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!” In the interim, he has been a vocal supporter of Donald Trump, and is often photographed wearing a #MAGA hat. As of this time, West has yet to announce his party or platform.

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Celebrities Participate in #WearaDamnMask Initiative

Designer and business guru Tory Burch recently launched a new challenge on social media called #WearADamnMask. With COVID-19 surging to startling heights in America, and many citizens in the country becoming combative towards instructions to wear masks to protect themselves and fellow citizens from spreading the virus, celebrities are using their influence to help by joining Burch’s #WearADamnMask initiative. “#WearaDamnMask because it is not a political issue. It is an issue of saving lives,” Burch wrote on Instagram. “#WearaDamnMask because it is the only way to keep our most vulnerable safe and the only way to get our economy back on track.”

Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Kerry Washington have joined the challenge, urging their followers to follow mask protocol in public. “People seem worried about their “rights being taken away” by being asked to wear a mask,” Aniston wrote. “This simple and effective recommendation is being politicized at the expense of peoples’ lives. And it really shouldn’t be a debate.”

 

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I understand masks are inconvenient and uncomfortable. But don’t you feel that it’s worse that businesses are shutting down… jobs are being lost… health care workers are hitting absolute exhaustion. And so many lives have been taken by this virus because we aren’t doing enough. ⠀ ⠀ I really do believe in the basic goodness of people so I know we can all do this 🥰 BUT still, there are many people in our country refusing to take the necessary steps to flatten the curve, and keep each other safe. People seem worried about their “rights being taken away” by being asked to wear a mask. This simple and effective recommendation is being politicized at the expense of peoples’ lives. And it really shouldn’t be a debate 🙏🏼 ⠀ ⠀ If you care about human life, please… just #wearadamnmask 😷 and encourage those around you to do the same ❤️

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Burberry Unveils New 'TB Monogram' Campaign

While supermodels have still been shooting campaigns from the safety of their homes, Kendall Jenner’s shoot for the new Burberry ‘TB Monogram’ campaign might just be the most ambitious effort yet. Jenner shot her own photos, and then photographer Nick Knight and Art Director Peter Saville combined their vision and transformed the images with CGI to give them a mind-bending edge, while Katy England styled the shoot. The heart-racing results of this incredible campaign prove that physical limitations due to COVID-19 have only served to push creativity further. 

Featured in the new Burberry ‘TB Monogram’ campaign, you’ll find the monogram inspired by house founder Thomas Burberry’s initials. Jenner brings the collection to life, with menswear, womenswear, and accessories featuring the monogram in bold colorways that are perfect for summer.

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Bottega Veneta Introduces The Invisible Store

Bottega Veneta has just unveiled a brilliant new pop-up concept at Plaza 66 in Shanghai unlike any other. Rather than placing significant focus on visible branding, Bottega Veneta’s ‘The Invisible Shop’ concept is an installation submerged in its surroundings. By abstracting the traditional pop-up shop, the Italian luxury brand is in rebellion against physical limitations.

Reflective windows and surfaces camouflage the pop-up shop, so when a shopper stumbles across it, it feels like discovering a hidden gem. Simultaneously subversive and discrete, Bottega Veneta restores the joy of pure discovery to the retail experience. Launched on July 1 and running until the 19th, the 100-square-meter shop boasts a selection of pieces from the Bottega Veneta Pre-Fall 2020 collection for both men and women, including ready-to-wear, bags, small leather goods, shoes, jewelry, and eyewear.

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Photo: Courtesy of Bottega Veneta
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REDValentino Launches Dubai-Exclusive Pieces

REDValentino has just released a limited-edition lace dress and ‘Sandie’ pumps that are exclusive to and inspired by Dubai. A beautiful campaign, realized by photographer Prod Antzoulis and starring regional “It” girls Lana Al Beik and Parvané Barret, the exclusive launch is placed in a dreamy, surreal context. You can find the REDValentino limited-edition collection at its Dubai Mall flagship store now.

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MatchesFashion Launches SS20 Collections by FTA Winners

Fashion Trust Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s landmark prize in fashion for emerging design talent, partnered with MatchesFashion to bring the Spring/Summer 2020 collections of its winning designers to retail. This week, MatchesFashion launched the collections of Salim Azzam, Roni Helou, Mukhi Sisters, Zyne, and Sabry Marouf, who each won the FTA 2019 Prize, respectively. 

Not only did these talented regional designers win the coveted FTA 2019 prize, and receive financial support of up to $200,000, but they were also matched to a yearlong mentorship program with MatchesFashion. MatchesFashion Fashion and Buying Director Natalie Kingham explained the importance of the program, saying, “MatchesFashion has long been established as a champion of global design talent—our partnership with Fashion Trust Arabia has opened up a new opportunity to shine a light on new and innovative designers from the MENA region. What was unique for each of these brands is how proud they are of their heritage and how much this has influenced them.  From the use of local artisans to inspiration from ancient artefacts and dress, we are excited to bring our customers into our journey of discovery with these designers and share their stories.” You can shop the winner’s collections at matchesfashion.com.

FTA DESIGNERS Photographer Phill Taylor
2019 Fashion Trust Arabia Winners | Photo: Courtesy of Phill Taylor | MatchesFashion
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