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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Issue Statement Amidst Staged Paparazzi Photo Scandal (People)
Over the last 48 hours, it has become abundantly clear that Meghan Markle’s father will not be giving her away at her wedding on Saturday. News of Thomas Markle’s absence broke Monday afternoon, following an admission that he had taken part in a staged paparazzi photo shoot, ostensibly for cash. Late Monday, Kensington Palace issued a statement on behalf of Meghan and Harry. “This is a deeply personal moment for Ms. Markle in the days before her wedding,” said a spokesman. “She and Prince Harry ask again for understanding and respect to be extended to Mr. Markle in this difficult situation.”
Earlier in the day, Meghan’s awful half-sister Samantha Markle — who’s writing a book about her sister — admitted to arranging the photo shoot with her father, but she said they had good intentions. “There’s a lot of scrutiny that it was money motivated, it was not,” Samantha insisted while appearing on a British talk show. She claims they did it to combat the media coverage that they felt portrayed him in a negative light. Uh-huh.
This whole thing is so gross and so sad. We just want this weekend to be over with so we never have to hear about these people again.
Grace Elizabeth Is the New Face of Estée Lauder (Vogue)
It model and Daily cover star Grace Elizabeth has landed a major beauty contract. The 21-year-old is the newest face of Estée Lauder, joining the likes of Karlie Kloss and Kendall Jenner. Grace Elizabeth has her very own glamorous Estée woman to reference, though — her grandmother, who worked the Estée Lauder counter at the local mall where she grew up in Florida. “When you are part of something, it just makes it that much sweeter,” she told Vogue of being part of the brand’s lineage.
Celebrity Stylist Karla Welch Collaborates with Levi’s (Vogue)
Mega stylist Karla Welch, who counts Justin Bieber and Tracee Ellis Ross as clients, has partnered up with Levi’s. To celebrate the brand’s classic 501 silhouette, Levi’s has decreed May 20 Levi’s 501 Day and recruited Welch to create a 9-piece capsule collection reimagining some of the brand’s most iconic styles. “Our collaborators want to work with our most classic products and it’s a way to keep them fresh and new and timeless,” said Levi’s global CMO Jen Sey. Standouts from the collection include a fringe-loaded trucker jacket and a long dark denim jacket with nods to traditional workwear.
Karl Lagerfeld Paris Creates Plus-Size Range With Stitch Fix Partnership (Fashionista)
Karl Lagerfeld Paris teamed up with subscription service Stitch Fix for their first foray into extended sizing. FOr those of you who don’t know, Stitch Fix is essentially a personal styling version of Birchbox. Customers fill out a style profile, then a Stitch Fix stylist sends them clothing that they can keep or return. The Karl Lagerfeld Paris capsule includes 15-pieces available exclusively in sizes 14W to 24W. The collection, priced between $39 and $158, is pegged to fall and will be available starting in August.
Heroine Sport x Tracy Anderson Launches
Luxe activewear label Heroine Sport has partnered with celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson on a seven-piece capsule collection available for pre-sale today. The collection retails between $120 and $155.
Oscar de la Renta Throws a Mother’s Day Tea for Chic Moms
Over the weekend, airy Tribeca bakery Maman hosted a cadre of well-heeled mommies for a luncheon thrown by Oscar de la Renta. Creative director Laura Kim, Dani Stahl, Maria Duenas Jacobs, Kate Davidson Hudson, Arielle Charnas, and their adorable tots munched on avocado toast and made flower crowns.
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