Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Cut Their Guest List, Lacoste’s Creative Director Steps Down

by Taylor Harris

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Significantly Cut Down Their Guest List to Rearrange Church Seating (E!)
“Intimate” means different things to different people. For Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, it means 600 — not 800 —people. According to E!, St. George’s Chapel, the venue where the couple will tie the knot on May 19, is able to hold 800 guests but on the big day, the couple decided to only invite 600 people to accommodate an altered seating chart. Meghan and Harry are customizing the church pews, arranging them diagonally so guests can get a better view of the altar. E!‘s source also claims this seating configuration will look “much better” on camera, particularly aerially — a favorite angle of producers televising the event.

Lacoste Creative Director Felipe Oliveira Baptista Steps Down (WWD)
Felipe Oliveira Baptista, who’s served as creative director of Lacoste for seven years, has left the French sportswear label. The move is seen by industry insiders as a strategic choice by chief executive officer Thierry Guilbert to refocus the brand on its sporty heritage. A Lacoste spokesperson told WWD that “a new organization of the creative direction of the brand” will be announced in the coming months and that the spring 2019 collection will be designed by Lacoste’s studio in the interim.

In March, Lacoste and Oliveira Baptista came under fire when Insta-fashion watchdog Diet Prada, known for calling out designer plagiarism, noticed that two looks from the the brand’s fall 2018 fashion show were remarkably similar to past looks from Jean Paul Gaultier and Hermes.

Despite the lukewarm reviews Oliveira Baptista’s collections often received, revenues grew by more than 1 billion euros during his tenure, according to figures released recently by the house. The designer was riding on the momentum set by his predecessor, Christophe Lemaire, who is credited with reviving the sleepy tennis brand, tripling its sales during his decade-long leadership.

Facebook Is Launching Its Own Dating App and It’s Called ‘Dating’ (Cosmopolitan)
Because, of course. At F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference, on Tuesday, Facebook chief executive officer, Mark Zuckerberg, unveiled the platform’s new dating portal, titled simply ‘Dating’. Per the press release, Dating will live within the Facebook app but otherwise won’t be wholly different from all the other apps you’re already on. Users who choose to participate will be able to set up a separate Dating profile and you’ll be able to swipe through potential matches based on your dating preferences, common groups or events, and mutual friends. None of your existing Facebook friends will appear as a potential match, as to avoid total awkwardness.

Kanye West Attempts To Clarify His TMZ Live Comments
We’re still shaking our heads from Kanye’s impromptu TMZ Live appearance yesterday afternoon, but, of course, he has more to say. Following the televised meltdown in which he equated slavery to “a choice,” Kanye took to his Twitter in an attempt to clarify his comments. “To make myself clear. Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will,” he wrote. “My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved.” He also made reference to the Willie Lynch speech, a purported address from a Virginian slave-owner in 1712 in which he tells other slave owners the “secret” to controlling African-American slaves is pitting them against one another. (For the record, according to Wikipedia, many historians believe the Willie Lynch speech to be a hoax, as it is rife with anachronism and inaccuracies.) West also said that when “scholars” study today (as if his TMZ appearance was some sort of historical event), they will coin it “the overground hell road.”

He also says, “The universe has a plan. I know that TMZ would be awesome.” There, truly, are no words.

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