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The Golden Globes Upset Everyone
Right. Let’s just recap these Golden Globe nominations that came out last Wednesday for you, shall we? Snubbed: Zendaya for Malcolm and Marie. Snubbed: Michaela Cole and everyone who worked on I May Destroy You. Snubbed: Ben Affleck for The Way Back. Snubbed: Tom Hanks for News of the World – although he is probably too nice to mind. Snubbed: Meryl Streep.
Yet, Emily in Paris star, Lily Collins, received a nomination for Best Actress, and the show itself got a nod for Best Musical or Comedy, beating out Dead to Me – also snubbed with zero nominations. Emily in Paris? Really? Sure, we enjoyed the show. We also enjoyed Bridgerton – zero nominations as well despite the fact that Rege-Jean Page‘s abs are basically an award themselves – but we’re not quite sure it’s on the same level as, oh we don’t know, MERYL STREEP.
RIP Samuel 'Screech' Powers
If you grew up watching Saved By the Bell, or even just the re-runs, then you must know how adorable the character of Screech was. Back in the time when nerds weren’t cool, Dustin Diamond – a.k.a. Samuel ‘Screech’ Powers – endeared himself to millions with his optimistic and affable awkwardness, paving the way for the rise of nerds everywhere. But sadly, Diamond passed away suddenly from lung cancer after being diagnosed only weeks ago. His co-stars from the show, Mario Lopez, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen, Lark Voorhies, and Elizabeth Berkely Lauren, have all expressed their deep sense of grief at his passing.
RIP Captain Von Trapp
Actor Christopher Plummer, most memorable for portraying the role of Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, passed away at his home in Connecticut this past Friday after a fall caused a serious blow to the head. The incredible actor was a stage giant, having portrayed some of the most compelling performances of iconic Shakespearean characters of all time. After the success of The Sound of Music, he went on to lead a successful film and television career, spanning over 70 years of work. The actor was 91 when he passed away.
The Story Behind Nike's Most Inclusive Shoe Yet
Over eight years ago, high schooler Matthew Walzer – who has Cerebral Palsey – sent Nike a letter asking them to consider creating a shoe that doesn’t require lacing up so that when he goes to college, he can get dressed independently (something he was unable to do as his condition prevented him from tying his own shoes). Never in his wildest dreams did he expect renowned Nike designer, Tobie Hatfield, to not only begin creating prototypes for such a shoe, but also be asked to help test the new models created from the LeBron James inspired line.
Hatfield and Walzer’s hard work eventually paid off, and on February 15 of this year, the forward-thinking brand is releasing ‘LeBron Soldier 8 FlyEase’, the first hands-free shoe of its kind with easy entry, and a hinge mechanism that snaps the shoe in place. The Nike mission statement has an asterisk that says, “If you have a body, you’re an athlete,” and in this latest design, an asterisk is featured just under the strap.
You can read the full story of this incredible story here.
Hailey Bieber Launches a Skincare Brand
It feels like a new celebrity beauty brand is popping up every other day. The latest one is none other than Hailey Bieber, who, let’s be honest, does have pretty flawless skin. It will be called ‘Rhode’ – after her middle name – and will be a skincare and wellness brand built and owned exclusively by Bieber. Not much else is known yet about the new brand, but given Bieber’s penchant for raw egg face masks and natural DIY skincare, we think it will probably be incredibly organic with all-natural materials and over-priced avocados.
Alaïa Appoints Pieter Mulier as New Creative Director
Myriam Serrano, Chief Executive Officer of Alaïa, announced last week the appointment of Pieter Mulier as Creative Director, effective immediately. After studying Design and Architecture, Mulier worked for Raf Simons and Jil Sander before taking on the role of Design Director at Christian Dior. Most recently, he was Global Creative Director at Calvin Klein.
“It is an absolute dream to join this prestigious Maison, its beautiful ateliers, and its talented team. Always ahead of his time and open to all arts and cultures, Azzedine Alaïa’s powerful vision has served as an inspiration, as he always sought to give the necessary time to innovative and enduring creation,” says Mulier. “It is with this tremendous sense of admiration and responsibility that I will seek to carry forward his legacy of celebrating femininity and placing women at the heart of creation. I look forward to meeting the valued Alaïa clients and friends as well as the Alaïa Foundation, and to jointly shaping the future of this legendary Maison.” Mulier’s debut collection will launch Spring/Summer 2022.
Bottega Veneta Salon 01 Campaign is An Ode to Clothes
Bottega Veneta‘s latest campaign, ‘Salon 01’, is an ode to clothes. In their bold, and colorful statements, clothes are not seen as merely fashion, but a type of armor that you can fly in. The source of courage can often come from clothes, that second skin that we put on, that humbly accepts our figures, our bodies, and loves them, just as we ought to. It is our freedom from self-hate, self-consciousness, and self-deprecation. Our clothes bring out the bold in us, just as the bold designs speak to this idea of freedom and lightness in a compelling collection created by a compelling and electric woman.