Philipp Plein Accuses Ferrari of Blackmail, Gawker Dies Again

by Aria Darcella
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Philipp Plein Accuses Ferrari of Blackmail
The designer received a cease and desist letter from Ferrari after he posted a video to his personal Instagram showing off his cars with a pair of his shoes on the hood. Naturally, Plein posted the letter — which requests he remove the video within 48 hours — to Instagram, accusing the car company of blackmail. He says he will not remove said video, and will instead consider legal action himself unless he receives an apology from Ferrari CEO Louis C. Camilleri.


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Gawker Gets Shut Down Again (New York Post)
Bustle Media Group, which owns Gawker, has laid off staff and put the relaunch on hold indefinitely. “It’s no secret that we have faced a number of challenges from the start,” said Bryan Goldberg, CEO of BMG. “We want to thank [editor-in-chief] Dan Peres and the rest of the Gawker team who have worked tirelessly on this project. We’ve made a number of acquisitions over the last year and intend to focus our efforts on those brands.”

The original Gawker shuttered in 2016 after a lawsuit brought on by Peter Thiel. Goldberg bought it in July 2018. By September he hired Amanda Hale as a publisher, with the intent to relaunch the site this year. In January 2019, four staff members were announced, including Carson Griffith as editorial director. But after Griffith’s old tweets — which featured racial and gay slurs — resurfaced, two other staff members quit the site. By June Ben Barna, hired as aa senior editor, also jumped ship.

i-D Announces Four New Contributors
Models Paloma Elsesser and Adesuwa Aighewi, photographer/director Gray Sorrenti, and stylist Hazel Ong have joined the i-D team as contributing editors. Elsesser, specifically, will be hosting a monthly TV show for the site called The Squeeze. “Adesuwa, Gray, Hazel, and Paloma are all rising stars in their chosen fields and all genuinely speak to i-D’s core values of creativity, innovation and inclusivity,” says editor-in-chief Alastair McKimm. “I’ve been fortunate enough to know and work with them all for a considerable amount of time and their enthusiasm for the brand and the creative industry we work in extremely inspiring.”


Meghan Markle Is Launching a Capsule Collection For Charity (Harper’s Bazaar)
The Duchess of Sussex has announced she is releasing a capsule collection to benefit her patronage, Smart Works. The charity “benefits disadvantaged and unemployed women who are entering or returning to the workforce.” What is most interesting is that the collection will be sold on a “one-for-one basis” — women will receive a piece of the line for each piece they donate in return.

Wolk Morais Launches Its New Collection With a Series of Short Films
To present its eighth collection, Wolk Morais has released a series of short films inspired by Hollywood wardrobe and screen tests. Lydia Hearst, Aimee Garcia, Moon Unit Zappa, artist Monica Ahanonu, writer/activist Rebecca Walker, and model Julia Dunstall all star in the films by Sandro Suppnig and images by Shelby Goldstein.


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