The Weekend Round-Up – 27/05/2017
THE shocking news of the worst terror attack since the London 2005 bombings dominated the start of the week. The blast at Ariana Grande’s Manchester Arena concert killed 22 people and left 64 injured as the audience left the event on Monday evening. Prime minister Theresa May condemned the attack in a speech on Tuesday – which killed a number of young victims, some as young as eight years old. Later in the week, the Queen personally visited victims in a Manchester hospital and a number of celebrities took to social media to offer their condolences to those affected. Grande has since cancelled the remainder of her European tour dates, after the blast left her “broken”.
Manchester Terror Attack: “Pop Teaches Girls To Be Fearless In A Hostile World”
US president Donald Trump continued his first overseas tour, meeting with the newly elected French president, Emmanuel Macron, for the first time ahead of this week’s NATO conference in Brussels. A video of the American president to push Montenegrin prime minister Dusko Markovic aside went viral after the meeting.
Hollywood’s finest descended on the French Riviera as the Cannes Film Festival got into full swing. This week saw the premieres of the highly anticipated The Beguiled and the Netflix-produced Okja, as well as the star-studded amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala.
Also this week, Susan Sarandon talked about speaking out in a politically charged climate, saying that she would rather use her career in the spotlight to speak out than let her career have control; Sandra Bullock’s stalker was convicted of breaking into her home after three years of court proceedings; and the film world paid its respects to the late Roger Moore – including fellow James Bond stars, and previous Bond girls – who passed away on Tuesday after a short but brave battle with cancer.
Fellow Bond Stars Pay Tribute To Roger Moore
In fashion news, Jason Wu revealed that he would be opting out of a resort presentation this year, instead combining a pre-collection with his spring ready-to-wear collection due to be shown at New York Fashion Week in September. “It’s really exhausting to present four times a year,” he admitted.
Jony Ive, the chief design officer at Apple, has been named chancellor at the Royal College of Art succeeding James Dyson in the honourary role. Ive will take up the unpaid role in July.
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The week also marked the arrival of two fashion exhibitions to the capital just in time for the bank holiday; the much-awaited Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion opened the V&A museum and Anna Sui’s nostalgic retrospective, The World Of Anna Sui, opened this week at the Fashion and Textile Museum.
Elsewhere in the fashion world, Mulberry revealed plans to go direct-to-consumer from spring/summer 2018, with private buying appointments this September and a return to the shows schedule next February as a see now, buy now brand; MAN announced the line-up for London Fashion Week Men’s for spring/summer 2018; Tory Burch outlined the retail plans for her eponymous brand; and the British Fashion Council announced its largest ever donation to its Fashion Trust, with a total of £450,000.
The three-day weekend arrives with a blast of heat after somewhat temperamental temperatures haunted most of May. Roland Garros in Paris kicks up a gear as Andy Murray plays Andrey Kuznetsov on Sunday in the first round of the French Open and thousands of guests continue to flow through the gardens of the Chelsea Flower Show in London.
As for you? We’ve compiled the ultimate guide to soaking up the (rare) sunshine in style and swot up on Vogue’s must-see bank holiday hit list – you’re welcome.