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.
Meghan And Harry Open Up About Mental Health Struggles
After reading a New York Times profile on Teenager Therapy, the podcast started by five teenagers in a living room to help others from their generation deal with important issues, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry joined teenagers, Gael, Kayla, and Thomas — three of the podcast’s hosts — for a special COVID-friendly sit-down session to talk about mental health last Thursday, which marked Mental Health Awareness Day.
In the podcast, Markle opened up about her own struggles of dealing with being the number one most-trolled person in the world in 2019 while she was on maternity leave and adjusting to her new life as a mother, as well as the toll that it took on her own mental health. Prince Harry also opened up about his own struggles, finding a community, and his coping mechanisms. Both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke up in praise of the teenagers’ generation for giving space for people to talk about their vulnerability and their ability to break down the barriers of shame associated with mental health. They also shared how they find ways to care for themselves, whether it be through journaling, meditating, or keeping their intake of news positive rather than negative.
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OUR EPISODE WITH PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN IS OUT! In honor of World Mental Health Day, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sat down with us for a conversation about prioritizing mental health, removing the stigma around the issue, and how we can all contribute to a healthier world: physically, mentally, emotionally, holistically. We cannot emphasize enough how honored we are to be able to bring you this important conversation. We hope you enjoy it and find something you can apply to your own life. Take care of yourself, you deserve to be loved. Link in bio! – #princeharry #meghan #dukeandduchessofsussex #duchessofsussex #dukeofsussex #worldmentalhealthday #worldmentalhealthday2020
Kenzo Takada Dies from COVID-Related Complications
The fashion world is still reeling at the shocking news that avant-garde designer Kenzo Takada, aged 81, died last week at the American Hospital in Paris from complications that arose after catching COVID-19. Takada, who is known for his genderless designs, bright graphics, and vibrant colors, was the first Japanese designer to gain notoriety on the Paris fashion scene.
Tributes and messages have poured in from around the world from friends, colleagues, and even perfect strangers who were touched in some way by his creative work. A spokesperson for Takada said that the fashion pioneer “never stopped celebrating fashion and the art of living.” Fashion journalist, Suzy Menkes, spoke for everyone when she said, “He wanted to make happy clothes… it is sad when creative minds like Kenzo leave this world.”
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It is with great sadness that we have learned that our dear friend Kenzo Takada passed away today. He was an inspiring and prodigious creator and we were proud to collaborate with him. We will always remember his smile and joie de vivre. The fashion/design world and all of us are mourning him tonight and extend our sincere condolences to his loved ones. Kenzo Takada nous a quitté ce jour. Il était un homme formidable et un créateur inspirant. Nous étions fiers de collaborer avec lui. Les mondes de la mode et de la décoration sont en deuil ce soir. Nous garderons en mémoire son sourire et sa joie de vivre communicative.
Mean Girls Reunion. Yes, Please, and Thank You
In case you missed it last week, there was a Mean Girls reunion. And it was epic. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Tina Fey for not only writing some of the most quotable lines in movie history, but also for getting people to sign up to vote, and then rewarding these dutiful citizens (and the rest of the world) with a Mean Girls reunion hosted by none other than Katie Couric.
The reunion featured, well, everyone from the movie except Amy Poehler, which is strange since even Amanda Seyfried showed up after literally just having had a baby — which nobody even knew about, which was a fun piece of news. During the reunion, Couric talked to the cast about their favorite lines, moments, and memories from behind the scenes, and revealed that Fey is now working on the movie adaptation of the musical adaptation of the movie. It’s gonna be so fetch.
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Something fun for this tumultuous time. Thanks to all of you, we reached our goal with @headcountorg to get over 5,000 voter activations! To celebrate that – Tina Fey and I got the whole gang back together for a Mean Girls Reunion! Happy #MeanGirlsDay 😃 PS: It’s exactly 1 month from election day so please please make sure you are registered and have a plan to #vote on November 3rd – it’s so important! We can still keep the momentum going – head over to the link in my bio to learn more. @lindsaylohan @mingey @thereallacey @anagasteyer @whatsupdanny @jonathandbennett @rajivsurendra @headcountorg @meangirls @meangirlsbway
Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and More Lined Up for New Supermodels Docuseries
Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington are strutting down the runways of Apple TV for a new documentary series called The Supermodels, coming out next year. The series will reexamine the 90s fashion scene and dig into the supermodels’ careers and life stories. With fashion trends seeing a reemergence of the 90s, and reunions of iconic 90s casts everywhere we look, it was only a matter of time before someone took on the fashion models that defined that era.
“I’m excited to reunite with my friends to both celebrate and examine the way supermodels transcended the traditional perceptions and limits of modeling in the fashion industry through time,” stated Crawford on her Instagram. She went on to explain that the docuseries will “explore the dynamic personalities, and shifts in media and culture, that helped shape and define this iconic era.” Campbell similarly took to her social channels to say, “We hope our journey will encourage, motivate, and inspire young people around the world.”
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My sisters Christy, Linda, Cindy and I are extremely thrilled to share our story with the world and there could be no better partners than Brian Grazer, Ron Howard which is a dream come true to bring it to life, as we knew they would respect and honor our story. We hope our journey seen in the docuseries will encourage, motivate and inspire young people around the world. We look forward to this great adventure ahead with director Barbara Kopple. “The Supermodels” coming to @AppleTV. . . . . @AppleTV @ImagineDocs @ImagineEntertainment @cindycrawford @lindaevangelista @cturlington @barbarakopple @BrianGrazer @RealRonHoward
Dubai Comedy Festival Line-Up Reveals Guaranteed Laughs
As one of the first cities in the world to restart live events and performances, Dubai’s very own Comedy Festival is back to bring a star-studded cast of international and local talent to the stage to clear away the Corona Blues. Headliners like Gad Elmaleh, Vir Das, Mina Liccione, Ali Al Sayed, Michelle Wolf, Gaurav Kapoor, and many more are confirmed to unleash non-stop laughs at the festival running from October 21 to 24 at Dubai Opera and The Theatre, Mall of the Emirates. It appears we are all in need of a good laugh, as tickets are selling fast. Head to dubaicalendar.com for more information and to ensure your seat at the laugh fest.
Layla Kardan Brings Smokey Jazz and a Touch of Burlesque to Q's Bar and Lounge
Q’s Bar and Lounge at Palazzo Versace Dubai is bringing the talented Layla Kardan to the stage every Thursday night for the next three months. With a touch of burlesque sprinkled throughout the show, guests can now expect to hear some soulful melodies and smokey jazz from the singer, who claims that it will be a “tantalizing and sensual evening of music and dance in a private and intimate setting.”
Personalized Arabic Is Now Available by ABCDior
For the first time in the Middle East, ABCDior is offering personalized Arabic customizations for the house’s emblematic creations like the Dior Book Tote and Lady D-Lite. For a limited time via pre-order starting October 1st, and then from October 13th to 24th in all Dior boutiques in the Middle East, customers can make their iconic pieces even more unique and distinctive with the luxury detail combining technology and craftsmanship.
IWC Schaffhausen Joins In Solidarity with Beirut
In a partnership with Beirut-based NGO Nusaned, supporting those affected by the Beirut blast on August 4, 2020, IWC Schaffhausen has launched its Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition ‘Solidarity with Beirut.’ With only 30 pieces worldwide, the limited-edition watch features a back engraving of a cedar tree that symbolizes eternity and peace, as seen on the flag of Lebanon, in a stainless steel case with a green dial. ‘Solidarity with Beirut’ retails for AED 21,227, and is available exclusively in the UAE and in Lebanon, with proceeds from every sale going to Nusaned’s relentless support of providing immediate needs for families affected and rebuilding homes and shops that were destroyed in the blast.
“The global IWC Schaffhausen family stands together with Lebanon during these challenging times, and we truly believe that our contribution to Nusaned helps those in need and accelerates the restoration of the beautiful city of Beirut,” says Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen. “Our hearts are with the people of Lebanon, and we hope that together with the support of the rest of the world, we can stay strong and help rebuild a better future.”
Louis Vuitton Opens Pop-Up Shop in Katara
On the 6th of October, Louis Vuitton unveiled its ‘Katara‘ pop-up in Qatar’s renowned 21 High Street, Katara outdoor shopping destination. The pop-up will only be around until November 6th and features several exclusive collections including hard sided trunks, hard sided clutches and bags, jewelry and watch cases, beauty cases and never before seen pieces in the region from the Objets Nomades and the Objets Nomades Sports & Play collections.
House of Garrard Partners with Ounass and Threads Styling
As online shopping becomes the new normal, The House of Garrard partners with Ounass, the Middle East’s leading luxury portal, and Threads Styling, the premier destination for luxury chat commerce globally, to meet with consumers growing demands. On Monday, October 5th, 2020, Garrard unveiled a curated selection of jewels available for purchase on both platforms. Consumers can find the new “Aloria” collection, a modern interpretation of Garrard’s setting for the world’s largest cut and colorless diamond, the Cullinan I, as well as a limited number of the beloved “Wings” collection for purchase on the online portals.