Weekly roundup: pop culture and fashion moments on our radar

ICYMI, here are the top fashion and pop culture moments that made headlines this week

Gigi Hadid channels Vintage Chic for Miu Miu’s Matelassé bags

Supermodel Gigi Hadid takes center stage in Miu Miu’s latest campaign, showcasing the brand’s iconic handbags with a touch of 1930s flair. Photographed by fashion legend Steven Meisel, the campaign is inspired by the work of pioneering British photographer Yevonde Middleton. Hadid embodies a classic and feminine look, sporting flowy Miu Miu and collared dresses and her blonde hair styled in a voluminous bob. The campaign highlights the brand’s signature matelassé leather, with the Wander and Arcadie bags taking center stage. These handbags are available in different colors, from timeless neutral shades to playful bright shades such as sunshine yellow and blood orange.

Payal Kapadias Everything we imagine as light Cannes makes history for India

Indian cinema is once again in the spotlight at the Cannes Film Festival, thanks to Payal Kapadia’s remarkable feature debut,
Everything we imagine as light. This milestone marks the first time in three decades that an Indian film has been nominated for the coveted Palme d’Or, the festival’s highest award. A rising star in the world of independent cinema, Kapadia is no stranger to praise. Her 2021 documentary, A night of knowing nothingwon the prestigious Golden Eye award at Cannes, showcasing her talent for capturing nuanced human experiences.

Royalty and raspberries: Meghan Markle makes surprise debut with limited-edition jam

Meghan Markle has taken a surprising turn and is dipping her toes (or perhaps a spoon?) into the world of gourmet jams. In a move that has excited fans and raised eyebrows alike, Markle has previewed her new lifestyle brand, American Riviera Orchard, with a limited-edition strawberry jam.
Details are currently scarce. The jam itself appears homemade, made with ingredients from Markle’s California home in Montecito. Select friends and influencers have been given jars decorated with the brand’s logo, in what appears to be a very exclusive ‘soft launch’.

This unconventional approach has led to mixed reactions. Some fans are excited and eager to support Markle’s new venture. Others question the strategy, especially the limited release and lack of information about the brand itself. Whether Markle follows up the jam with a full line of gourmet products or if this is a standalone venture remains to be seen. One thing’s for sure: the Duchess of Sussex knows how to stir the pot, even when it’s filled with fruit preserves.

Louis Vuitton unveils Pre-Fall collection at the first edition of Shanghai Voyager show

Luxury giant Louis Vuitton launched a new chapter this week with its very first Traveler show, sailing in Shanghai. The April 18 event, held at the Long Museum West Bund, saw the unveiling of the brand’s Pre-Fall 2024 collection, designed by the ever-innovative Nicolas Ghesquière. This catwalk show, titled the Voyager show, marks a potential shift for Louis Vuitton. The concept points to future presentations in international locations, each showcasing Ghesquière’s signature style with a touch of local flair. The Shanghai show itself was a lively affair, attracting more than 1,000 guests, including celebrities such as Cate Blanchett and local stars. The collection itself met the requirements Traveler theme, with striking colors, playful patterns and asymmetrical cuts. Boxy leather vests and statement skirts hinted at a season full of discovery and movement.

Jacquemus says ‘yes’ with the chic and unexpected LE MARIAGE collection

Love is in the air – and on the catwalk – with Jacquemus’ latest collection, THE MARIAGE. The capsule collection, which launched this week, offers a fresh take on wedding wear, perfect for those looking for a summery and stylish celebration.
Jacquemus is known for his characteristic southern French atmosphere and infuses the collection with relaxed tailoring, striking colors and airy fabrics. Think flowy silhouettes in crisp white linen, playful jumpsuits with oversized ruffles and sheer dresses decorated with delicate 3D flowers. The collection isn’t just for brides; Grooms and guests can also participate. Playful matching sets in pastel shades offer a unique alternative to traditional suits, while statement accessories such as oversized sun hats and mismatched earrings add a touch of Jacquemus whimsy.

Hit the beach in style: the sustainable Dior x Parley collaboration returns for summer

Calling all eco-conscious beach lovers! Dior and Parley for the Oceans are back with a splash, releasing their third collaborative beachwear capsule on May 16. This collection stays true to its aquatic inspiration with a cool palette of blue, green and gray, alongside classic white and Dior’s signature gray.

Sustainability remains a priority, with the use of eco-certified textiles and 30% of Parley’s signature ocean plastic. Look for statement pieces like a hammock and stand-up paddleboard, in addition to swimwear and chic cover-ups. Whether you’re surfing the waves or lounging by the sea, this collection will have you looking good and feeling good for the planet.

Sabato De Sarno will host the Gucci Cruise 2025 show at London’s Tate Modern

Gucci’s Cruise 2025 show heads to London’s Tate Modern on May 13. This highly anticipated event marks a new chapter for the brand. This is the first time that Gucci presents a Cruise collection in the British capital.

The iconic Tate Modern, a center for modern and contemporary art, serves as a fitting backdrop. This choice underlines Gucci’s long-standing connection between fashion and artistic expression. The show also kicks off a three-year collaboration between Gucci and Tate Modern, encouraging the next generation of creative minds. With a new director, a new location and a focus on nurturing young talent, the Gucci Cruise 2025 show promises to be a fashion event to remember.

Miu Miu celebrates women’s voices with Writing Life Literary Club

Miu Miu took a literary turn this week as host of the inauguration Writing life event on April 17 and 18. This two-day celebration championed the voices of women writers, with a focus on that of Sibilla Aleramo A woman and that of Alba De Céspedes Forbidden notebook. The event wasn’t just about revisiting these historical novels. Panels featuring acclaimed authors such as Jhumpa Lahiri and Sheila Heti explored themes of female empowerment, self-expression and the enduring power of literature. Live readings and artistic performances complemented the discussions and created a vibrant space for literary appreciation.

Ensemble India’s ‘Cutting the Pattern’ discusses responsible fashion at G5A Climate Now

Luxury fashion house Ensemble India joined forces with G5A Climate Now for a thought-provoking discussion on responsible consumption. Cutting the patternheld on April 18, shone a light on fashion’s environmental impact and offered solutions for a more sustainable future.

Ensemble, known for its timeless pieces, highlighted designers who prioritize conscious practices. Studio Medium, SWGT and Medha presented their collections and showed how innovative design can go hand in hand with ethical production. The The panel discussion was moderated by Tina Tahiliani Parikh and her daughter Aria Parikh. It explored the importance of conscious fashion choices and encouraged attendees to embrace quality over quantity. With installations that demonstrate sustainable design processes, Cutting the pattern offered a compelling call to action for a more responsible fashion future.