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Beyoncé Dons Saudi Designer, Ashi, for Her New Visual Album, "Black Is King"

Beyoncé‘s new musical film and visual album, Black Is King, which she directed, wrote, and produced as a visual sequel to her 2019 album, The Lion King: The Gift, has finally dropped on Disney+ to rave reviews.

The film is a stunningly beautiful artistic feat combining poetry, song, dance, and costume design, with Saudi-born Beirut-based designer, Mohammed Ashi, having handmade the impressive black bodice erupting with exotic bird feathers during the clip “My Power.” The look, according to the designer, to 70 hours to create.

Guest artists in the film include the superstar’s famous husband, Jay-Z, and their daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, as well as Pharrell and Lupita Nyong’o, all in museum-worthy costumes.


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Ellen DeGeneres Pens Apology Letter to Staff

The ever-popular Ellen DeGeneres Show came under fire a few weeks ago when BuzzFeed reported anonymous allegations from one current employee and 10 former employees about the toxic and racist work environment, despite the show’s happy reputation. Warner Brothers has since started an investigation, interviewing current and former employees about the workplace environment and has stated that they take the stories of their staff “very seriously. ” Ellen, who was encouraged to remain quiet during investigations, penned a letter three days ago to her staff apologizing for not staying on top of everything that has happened behind the scenes, claiming full responsibility, and expressing her desire to make sure no one from her staff will be disregarded for any reason in the future. Read the full letter from Ellen here.

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The 2020 Emmy Nominations Are In

Hollywood may be on hold, but there is still so much good TV content out there as was evidenced by the Emmy Nominations for 2020. Zendaya earned herself her first-ever Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her work in Euphoria.

But perhaps the biggest surprise was the lack of nomination for Reese Witherspoon, who has had one of the most successful years as an actress and producer to date with The Morning Show, Little Fires Everywhere, and Big Little Lies. Not that the shows themselves were snubbed. Jennifer Anniston, Steve Carrell, Mark Duplass, and Billy Crudup all picked up acting nominations for The Morning ShowKerry Washington earned an outstanding lead actress nomination for Little Fires Everywhere, while Meryl Streep and Laura Dern earned themselves Outstanding Supporting Actress nominations for Big Little Lies.

HBO‘s Watchmen came in as the most nominated show of 2020 with 26 noms, but Netflix smashed the record with a grand total of 160 nominations for the network, beating out HBO’s 107 nominations by a long shot.

Zendaya wearing Bvlgari
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Michelle Obama Debuts New Podcast with Special Guest: Her Husband

Former First Lady, Michelle Obama, debuted her new podcast on Spotify this past Wednesday, with a special guest none other than her husband, former President Barack Obama. The couple talked about their different childhoods growing up, and what ultimately drew them together. Mr. Obama joked that Ms. Obama fell for him because of his good looks, which she immediately corrected by saying, “You’re cute but you know, no. But one of the reasons I fell in love with you is because you’re guided by the principle that we are each other’s brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.”

She went on to discuss the importance of community and the responsibility of being generous with what you are given. The Obamas also discussed the important role of government in society, and how most young people only hear about what the government is doing wrong, but there is so much the government has done for the people that should be remembered as well. The couple joked that their “dinners get a little heavy,” but also expressed their hope that most people are willing to have these kinds of important discussions.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 29: Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle close the Obama Foundation Summit together on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology on October 29, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The Summit is an annual event hosted by the Obama Foundation. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Boucheron Reveals Serene 'Contemplation' Collection

In response to troubled times, Boucheron’s ‘Contemplation’ collection offers a soothing reflection on peaceful moments. Highlighting the incredible beauty of passing clouds, birds in flight, and other serene scenarios, the Boucheron high jewelry ‘Contemplation’ collection proves to be one of the maison’s most astonishing efforts to date. The craftsmanship, which includes an algorithmically created 3D cloud collar necklace and a necklace made from Aerogel (a substance NASA uses to capture stardust), proffers unparalleled beauty. There are so many stunning pieces to choose from, but our favorites are the elongated aquamarine earrings, which resemble a teardrop of rain as it prepares to fall from the sky. To view the entire Boucheron ‘Contemplation’ collection, visit Boucheron.com.


Acqua di Parma Launches 'Futura' Program

Italian luxury fragrance brand Acqua di Parma recently launched its new Futura program, which combines the commitments of the company to make a positive impact on the environment and society with the LVMH ‘Life Program’ initiative. Acqua di Parma Futura focuses on the five pillars of products, people, climate, processes, and community, which means everything the brand creates has an integrity-filled purpose backing it. 

Take, for example, the launch of its latest fragrance ‘Colonia Futura’, which combines top notes of bergamot, lemon, grapefruit, and pink pepper with heart notes of lavender, sage, and vetiver packaged together in fully recycled materials. It is an ideal summer fragrance and  love note to Italy, as well as a visible effort on the Maison’s part to reduce its carbon footprint. This is but one step of many that the Acqua di Parma Futura program is initiating going forward. Acqua di Parma has also committed to preserving traditional artisanal methods, created a transparent model for its supply chain, and is holding itself accountable to improve the environmental performance of the company. To find out more about the Acqua di Parma Futura program and shop the new ‘Colonia Futura’ fragrance visit AquadiParma.com.


Chaumet Debuts New Additions to 'Bee My Love' Collection

Where would we be without bees? These hard-working little pollinators are responsible for flourishing 75 percent of the world’s crops. Chaumet’s ‘Bee My Love’ fine-jewelry collection pays homage to the honeybee, and honors the beloved insect for its contributions to the world. In honor of its most iconic motif, the honeycomb, Chaumet’s ‘Bee My Love’ collection illustrates the charm of subtle luxury and interplay of geometry. Graphic rows of pavé white or rose gold honeycombs create delicate earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, which can be paired together or elegantly mismatched. Mix and match your way to a glamorous look, and when someone asks you where you got your fabulous jewelry, you can use the moment to educate them about the importance of preserving and protecting our little bee friends.

Chaumet Bee My Love campaign
Chaumet 'Bee My Love' campaign | Photo: Courtesy of Chaumet

Chloé Unveils New Flagship at Dubai Mall

If you’ve been to the Fashion Avenue Extension at Dubai Mall lately, you’ve probably noticed a new addition to the extension’s luxury portfolio. After all, the new Chloé flagship – with its expansive glass screens and spacious layout – is hard to miss. Filled with light, the bright and illuminated space is an ideal showcase for Chloé’s palette of products. This warm and welcoming boutique invites you in to discover the French fashion house’s impeccably designed ready-to-wear collections, sophisticated accessories and shoes, and its delicious perfumes. If you haven’t had the pleasure of stopping by yet, add it to your must-do list the next time you’re at Dubai Mall.

Chloe flagship Dubai Mall
The new Chloé flagship at Dubai Mall | Photo: Courtesy of Chloé

Givenchy Beauty Launches Online Boutique in UAE

Givenchy fragrances, makeup, and skincare products now have a new virtual home in the UAE. Last week, the French luxury house launched its Givenchy Beauty e-platform, dedicated for shoppers in the UAE. In honor of this exciting launch, Givenchy Parfums has something special in store. The UAE e-commerce platform is the only place you’ll be able to find ‘Givenchy La Collection Particuliére’, a private collection of eight fragrances that are designed to be layered on top of Hubert de Givenchy’s signature scent, ‘Accord Particuliére’. Find this exclusive collection, and more, at shopgivenchybeauty.ae, and enjoy free shipping on all purchases.

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