The Weekend Round-Up – 26/03/2017
THE long-awaited sequel of Love Actually lifted the spirits of the nation on Friday evening as it aired to raise money for Comic Relief. Famous faces and familiar lines combined in the nostalgia-inducing 10-minute special, which finished with a rousing speech by Hugh Grant’s character. Following a reenactment of his original dance sequence scene (this time to Drake’s Hotline Bling), Grant gave a press conference as prime minister, telling the roomful of journalists: “Wherever you see tragedy, you see bravery too. Where you see ordinary people in need, you see extraordinary ordinary people come to their aid… Good’s going to win, I’m actually sure off it.”
The poignant and timely message resonated particularly strongly this week following the terrorist attack in Westminster on Wednesday, which left five people dead and many more injured. Theresa May addressed the nation from the steps of Downing Street, condemning the attack: “We will all move forward together,” she said, “never giving in to terror. And never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.” The prime minister also paid tribute to the “exceptional bravery of our police and security services who risk their lives to keep us safe” and to all who responded to help in the aftermath of the attack.”
While the headlines of the week were rightly dominated by the tragedy, there were some lighter news stories too. Prince George’s future education was made public as it was revealed on Friday that the three-year-old royal will join Thomas’s, a private day school in Battersea, come September.
In fashion news this week: Burberry hired Sabrina Bonesi, an accessories specialist from Dior to oversee the bags, shoes and accessories for both the men’s and women’s collections; Hermès unveiled a new Apple Watch collaboration, and announced its profit margins hit an all-time high; Tory Burch apologised after her brand faced accusations of cultural appropriation over an ad starring Poppy Delevingne; the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards nominations were announced on Thursday night, naming Demna Gvasalia, Gloria Steinem and Franca Sozzani among those honoured. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s The Row receiving not one, but two nominations in the American fashion awards.
2017 CFDA Award Nominees Named
Speaking of awards, the Oscars came back into focus when Ryan Gosling explained his (rather adorable) reaction to the Best Picture accolade mix up. In other celebrity news: Gigi, Bella and Anwar Hadid’s mother, Yolanda, was confirmed as the lead in a new unscripted reality-TV show, tentatively called Model Moms for the American cable channel Lifetime; Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie confirmed that they would not be selling their famous vineyard; Kendall Jenner reportedly dismissed a member of her security team following a robbery last week at her home; Mariah Carey announced her intention to turn her festive hit All I Want For Christmas into an animated film; and Kate Winslet and Meghan Markle both spoke out against the inequality they have faced in their respective careers.
Kate Winslet Has A Message For Generation Z
Meghan On The Inequality She Has Faced
Emma Thompson revealed how she once turned down Donald Trump, and Oscar-winning actress Penelope Cruz was lined up by director Ryan Murphy to play Donatella Versace in the forthcoming Versace: American Crime Story. Karl Lagerfeld’s famous feline, Choupette, also stole headlines this week as she fell victim to an Instagram hacking.
The weekend starts with a fresh focus on all things mum-related, as the country prepares for Mother’s Day on Sunday. For any last minute gifts, we would recommend booking one of these indulgent spa days, or perhaps a delightful afternoon tea at one of these top destinations. For those looking to follow in the increasingly popular celebrity trend of mother-daughter dressing, may we recommend you follow these rules first.