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.
Savoir Flair's 'Extra Extra' Is Now 'ICYMI'
In case you missed it, Savoir Flair’s ‘Extra Extra’ is going through a makeover. We’ve been using the heading ‘Extra Extra’ for four years now, as a dependable stalwart of weekly news in the fashion, beauty, and celebrity world. However, as we continue to grow and change with the times, we decided to update our regular roundup of news under the new heading – with its own hashtag already – ‘ICYMI.’
We felt it was a more accurate portrayal of the section, since it’s not always breaking news that you see here, per se, but more a roundup of events that happened in the past week that you may or may not have seen. Also, it’s only five characters long and we needed the space in our titles for all those long-a$$ celebrity names. This is for you, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Meghan and Harry's Highly Anticipated Interview With Oprah Takes Place Tonight
For the first time since their royal exit, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are sitting down with Oprah Winfrey for a two-hour special in what is fast becoming the most highly anticipated piece of television since the last season of The Crown. The British media, as well as the Palace, have already started pushing back ahead of the interview after some fiery clips were revealed by CBS, the broadcasting company that allegedly spent $7 million to acquire the rights to the controversial interview. The interview is set to air at 8/7pm Central time in the United States… which is a delirious 5am for those of us on this side of the world. Yet, it is free to stream on cbs.com, so the real question is: how do you like your coffee?
Kobe Bryant's Daughter Is Pursuing Her Modeling Dream
Vanessa Bryant, wife of the late Kobe Bryant, has been open about her struggles with grief after losing her husband and their daughter, Gianna (Gigi) Bryant, last year in a helicopter crash. She attributes the strength and perseverance she has needed to get through this difficult time all to her daughters. Now that her eldest – Natalia Bryant – is 18, she has signed with IMG and is pursuing her dream of being a model, and her mother couldn’t be more proud.
Yesterday, Mama Bryant posted photos of her gorgeous girl and expressed how her father would have been so proud to see her pursuing her dreams. On her stories, she joked with her daughter that she better love her because she stole her face with her father’s lips. Kobe Bryant was well-renowned for being supportive of his daughters, in particular of Gigi’s pursuit of playing professional women’s basketball, and frequently championed the WNBA.
Vacation in Orbit? All of Our 'Star Trek' Dreams Are Coming True
Soon we won’t be dreaming about sipping Mai Tais in Hawaii or visiting the canals of Venice, because our vacation plans will be taking us to places never dreamed of before, like outer space. California-based construction company, Orbital Assembly Corporation of Gateway Foundation, has announced that by 2027 it will open the world’s first resort in space. This futuristic enterprise will comprise of 24 modules that form a spinning wheel orbiting Earth and connected via elevator shafts. Appropriately given the name Voyager Station, this cruise-style resort will give guests all the comforts from home – like gravity – while also allowing them to partake in activities and cuisine that previously only astronauts were privy to.
“We’re trying to make the public realize that this golden age of space travel is just around the corner. It’s coming. It’s coming fast,” says John Blincow, former pilot and current head of Gateway Foundation. Well, beam me up, Scotty.
Bahraini Entrepreneur Yara AlDhaen Launches the Region's First Custom-Tailored Shopping App
Bahraini entrepreneur Yara AlDhaen has brought us one of the coolest, most revolutionizing apps that is changing the way we shop. Similar to your Netflix and Spotify cue, SEPT uses an algorithm to tailor your fashion tastes to a more personalized shopping experience. By swiping ‘Me’ or ‘Not Me’, it continually adjusts and readjusts the algorithm so that the shopping suggestions you see are custom-tailored to your preferences. Working with powerhouse sites like NET-A-PORTER, Farfetch, Matches Fashion, Ssense, and Moda Operandi – with more niche brands on the way – SEPT has positioned itself as a platform which will redefine the shopping experience.
Saudi Artist Ethar Balkhair Designs the Latest Sephora 'Favorites Box'
The latest Sephora ‘Favorites Box’ is launching just in time for International Women’s Day tomorrow, and this year, the special box filled with Sephora beauty specialist favorites has been designed by Saudi national Ethar Balkhair. Balkhair incorporates bold and vibrant colors with exaggerated natural elements to exhibit the power and determination that are found in women and the strength that they embody when challenges may come their way. The iconic Sephora stripes appear throughout the illustration, adding energy and a unique sense of vision for the future. Here is an excerpt from the artist’s inspiration:
“Every woman has a story,
A story that challenged her,
A story that strengthened her to the core,
A story that made her unique.
This illustration is a reflection of a woman’s true beauty that comes from her soul and compassion.”
Victoria's Secret Relaunches Its Swim Collection With Inclusive Styles
In recent years, Victoria’s Secret consumers have criticized the company for its non-inclusive casting of models on the runway. The brand has heeded their call and launched an inclusive swimwear collection featuring all of our favorites and more. Whether you are lounging poolside, or taking a dip in the ocean, Victoria’s Secret has got you covered with designs that include high-waist bikinis, Brazilian-cut bottoms, asymmetric shapes, classic side-tie bikinis, hipster cuts, as well as halter, bandeau, scoop-neck, and cap-sleeve styles.
Benefit Cosmetics Officially Opens Its First Flagship in Saudi Arabia
Benefit Cosmetics, the San Francisco-based makeup brand started by twin sisters Jean and Jane Ford in 1976, has finally opened its pretty pink doors in Riyadh Park Mall. Well-renowned for its irreverent names and creative beauty solutions – hello, magnetic mascara – as well as one-of-a-kind cult favorite products like Benetint, They’re Real! Mascara, the POREfessional Face Primer, Hoola Bronzer, and Gimme Brow+, now customers can experience all the benefits – no pun intended – from a boutique shopping experience and our personal favorite, the pampering room.
Chloé and Unicef Partner for 'Girls Forward' Initiative
Chloé and UNICEF partner for the second time to launch a capsule collection in an effort to advance gender equality. The ‘Girls Forward’ initiative, which launched in 2019, aims to make actionable change through innovative solutions developed with and for adolescent girls to excel in the future workplace. The collection consists of a T-shirt, a vibrant scarf, a bracelet, necklace, pins with a graphic medallion, and a soft, heart-shaped printed pouch. Each of the pieces introduces new artwork created by Natacha Ramsay-Levi (who recently exited the company as Creative Director) that features holding hands, a sister symbol for girls helping girls.