What’s Gone On This Week?

So in case you hadn’t realised, its Friday! And not only is it the start of the weekend, its the start of a bank holiday  weekend, so you get one more day to play.

But before you run off for some Friday night tomfoolery, allow me to round off your week with a quick summary of what’s gone on in the world of fashion, culture, and life.

Madonna turned 56

That’s a lot of candles, but then again, she’s lived a lot of life. Not being one to subscribe to the concept of “a quiet night in,” Maddona did 56 in style with a 1920s themed bash in Cannes. Guests included designers Dean and Dan Caten (of DSquared2) and Kate Moss, pictured with the birthday girl here.1


Karen Elson and Jean-Paul Gaultier joined forces

The pair star in the designer’s new campaign for his one-off collaboration with Scandinavian brand Lindex. Oh, and speaking of Monsier Gaultier, check this out.9


Gwyneth Paltrow starred in a campaign of her own

The actress is the face for the new Hugo Boss fragrance, Boss Ma Vie. The scent is apparently inspired by “the independent spirit of woman,” and the television commercial shows Paltrow wandering happily through Manhattan in chic business attire.8


Meanwhile, in Lego Land…

For the first time, the classic toy company introduced a range of female figurines in a science lab; a chemist, an astronomer and a palaeontologist. Up until now, the only female Lego toys available did things like brush their hair or sit by little Lego pools, a point which seven-year old Charlotte Benjamin pointed out in her letter to the company, which went viral  back in January. ‘I want you to make more Lego girl people and let them go on adventures and have fun ok!?!’ said Benjamin. Its 2014 and it took a seven-year old to remind the world’s second-biggest toy manufacturer that women do actually have jobs.7


Portia de Rossi gave Ellen Degeneres the best anniversary gift ever

They’ve been married for six years, so de Rossi casually wrote the word “six” in the sky as a surprise for her wife. How is that even possible!?2


Beyonce released a new “back to school” range.

Because why not? You can be the coolest kid in school with the range, which includes a t-shirt, notebook, pencil case, pencils and a rucksack. Ever the busy B, the star also had her new waxwork unveiled at Madame Tussauds this week. Bit creepy, if you ask me.6


Gisele Bundchen is officially the highest paid model in the world.

The German supermodel topped the Forbes list by a mile, earning $39 million more than her second place contenders, Doutzen Kroes and Adriana Lima (both of whom earned $8m last year, measly by Gisele’s standards). Earning $7m were Kate Moss, Liu Wen, Kate Upton and Miranda Kerr, whilst Alessandra Ambrosio and Hilary Rhoda raked in $5m. Natalia Vodianova, Carolyn Murphy, Karlie Kloss and Jourdan Dunn all earned $4m, which makes thirteen models earning the top five salaries, six of whom have worked with H&M and five of whom with Victoria Secret. It’s also very noticeable that only two of these women aren’t white; what does that say about the fashion industry, I wonder?

Anyway, Gisele’s happy.5


Kate Moss has done a Marie Antoinette

They say that the champagne coupe was modelled on the ill-fated French queen’s breast, and, not to be outdone, the British fashion queen has collaborated with artist Jane McAdam Freud to create a champagne coupe moulded from her own breast for 34 restaurant in London’s Mayfair.3


And finally, the Ice Bucket Challenge has won at social media.

Unless you’ve literally not been on the planet for the week, you know all about this. There’s celebrities, there’s ice, and its all for a good cause (donate to the Motor Neuron Disease association here). As always, there’s been controversy, but I for one think there’s nothing wrong with raising awareness for Motor Neuron Disease, and its clearly working; the ALS Association raised $64m in the whole of last year, and its raised $53m since the end of July. There’s no arguing with that number.

Also Anna Wintour did it, and you can’t argue with Anna Wintour because you don’t argue with god.

Have a great bank holiday weekend!