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Beyoncé Grants $1 million to Black-Owned Small Businesses
Typically, on our birthdays we get gifts, but for Beyoncé’s 39th birthday it was the other way around. Earlier this year, Beyoncé set up a fund in partnership with the NAACP to grant $1 million to black-owned small businesses, and on her birthday this year she announced a new round of funding through her charitable organization BeyGood. An additional million will be donated, available in amounts up to $10,000 “in select cities to help sustain business during this time”.
— BeyGOOD (@BeyGood) September 2, 2020
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Ink Deal with Netflix
If you’ve been wondering what the former Sussex Royals were planning after exiting the royal family, your answer has arrived. Over the weekend, news broke that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had inked a $150 million deal with Netflix, which places them in position to lead production on documentaries, docuseries, feature films, scripted shows, and children’s programming under a yet-to-be-named production company. In a joint statement, the couple explained their new venture, saying, “Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope. As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us,” and further shared their hope to create “impactful content that unlocks action”.
Sex and the City Creator Has a New Show Coming to Netflix
It’s been 16 years since HBO’s Sex and the City series ended, but the groundbreaking show has remained in the pop culture lexicon ever since. Showrunner Darren Star is back with the announcement of a new show, Emily in Paris, starring Lily Collins. The series will drop on October 2 on Netflix, but its content has already ruffled feathers in France’s capital city. French critics and social media commentators have decried the show’s glossy portrayal of Paris. One user shared, “Stop lying about Paris. That’s why tourists get traumatised when they come for the first time,” but then followed it up with, “Can’t wait to watch.” Will it be a trainwreck or a runaway hit? Peep the trailer below if you’re curious.
Tiffany & Co. Cements Its Leadership in Diamond Traceability
This October, Tiffany & Co. will take an unprecedented step in diamond traceability by sharing the full craftsmanship journey of its newly sourced, individually registered diamonds.
Disclosing the country where each stone is crafted and set in jewelry marks an industry first. This follows the 2019 announcement that Tiffany would become the first global luxury jeweler to provide the provenance (region or countries of origin) of its individually registered diamonds. By taking transparency to a new level and sharing the full craftsmanship journey of its diamonds, Tiffany reinforces the brand’s commitment to ensuring that every step in the journey of its products contributes to the well-being of people and the planet.
Burberry Designs Costumes for Marina Abramović’s Opera Project
Marina Abramović’s new opera project, 7 Deaths of Maria Callas, greeted the world stage at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich last week in regal Burberry costuming. A collaborative effort between Burberry’s Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci and renowned artist Abramović gave rise to a spectacular series of clothes that depicted the house’s craftsmanship and technique as well as a cross-eximination of the historical notions of masculine and feminine style. The costumes play an integral part in the artistic performance as they serve as a key component in the characters’ journey in each scene.
“I have wanted to make 7 Deaths for 30 years. To die from a broken heart is the thread which draws together each opera in a project which is centred around love and its forms, as much as my relationship with Riccardo. When the opportunity for this project started to become real, there was no other team I wanted to work with: Riccardo had to make all the costumes because we are love, he is fashion and I am art, two worlds that cross over in a creative dialogue of love, respect and freedom. I am so proud of this work as a team and grateful to Riccardo for teaching me how to be elegant and confident as a woman in my life and in my performances,” Abramović shared in a statement.
Rituals Announces Limited Edition Amsterdam Collection
Following the success of Rituals’ exclusive ‘Amsterdam’ collection of home and body products created in partnership with Rijksmuseum in 2019, the beauty brand has expanded into a global limited-edition range. Gorgeous packaging inspired by an iconic ‘Delft Blue’ vase from the 17th century yields a range of products that double as home decor. A fragrant blend of Japanese yuzu and Dutch tulips unite the offerings, which include the addition of ‘Fragrance Sticks’ and scented candles, along with Rituals’ beloved body scrub. The limited edition ‘Amsterdam’ collection can be found at Rituals stores across the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar, as well as online at www.Rituals.com.
New Loewe Store Opens at Dubai Mall
Even if you’re already a familiar face at the Loewe store at the Dubai Mall, you’ll be excited to learn that the beloved Spanish luxury brand has expanded its footprint. Next to its existing shop, Loewe just opened a second larger store, which brings Loewe menswear to the region for the first time.
The new Loewe store at Dubai Mall will also host the entire women’s ready-to-wear collection, leather goods, accessories, shoes, and more. In keeping with the arts and crafts that are central to the house, the space also boasts gorgeous interiors decorated by contemporary furniture and amazing art pieces created by LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize winners like 2019 finalist Kazuhito Takadoi. Stop by and see this special new store at Dubai Mall, located on the ground floor of the Fashion Avenue extension.
Nike Launches Maternity Range
With the launch of Nike’s new maternity range, one of the most overlooked sectors of the fitness world now has a place to snag truly great athleticwear. Nike’s first dedicated maternity collection, Nike (M), supports women during all stages of pregnancy and beyond. With the introduction of the Nike (M) Collection, a four-piece essentials capsule consisting of the Nike (M) pullover, the Nike (M) ‘Swoosh’ Bra, the Nike (M) tank and Nike ‘One ‘(M) tights, Nike employs universal design philosophy to help play a role for moms as their relationship with their bodies and sport simultaneously change. The collection launches in-store in the MENA region early 2021, and will be available for purchase online on www.Nike.com beginning on September 17.