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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Was a Surprise Grammys 2022 Guest

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Was a Surprise Grammys 2022 Guest

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Though the attack on his country is ongoing, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy continued his run of remote appearances in the United States at the 2022 Grammys on Sunday night. In a pre-taped address in English, Zelenskyy discussed the humanitarian crisis in his country before singer-songwriter John Legend took to the stage to perform “Free,” a new song that incorporates lines from famous Civil Rights Movement speeches and songs.
“The war. What is more the opposite of music,” Zelenskyy said. “The war doesn’t let us choose who survives and who stays in eternal silence. Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos. They sing to the wounded in hospitals. Even to those who can’t hear them. But the music will break through anyway.”

Here is Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s pre-taped speech at the #Grammys, introducing a performance for Ukraine from John Legend: “Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos. They sing to the wounded in hospitals.” https://t.co/rjX2S54hkr pic.twitter.com/43fcZTrjQK
— Variety (@Variety) April 4, 2022

During the performance, Legend was joined by Ukrainian artists Siuzanna Iglidan, a bandura player, Mika Newton, Ukraine’s entry into the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, and Lyuba Yakimchuk, a poet. As Yakimchuk read a verse, a chyron onscreen said that she “fled Ukraine just days ago.”
Variety reports that Zelenskyy recorded the video in a Kyiv bunker in the last 48 hours. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Grammys partnered with Global Citizen and the Stand Up For Ukraine campaign to produce the segment, which they hoped would raise awareness for the plight of refugees who have fled the country in the month
“We are heartbroken by the situation in Ukraine, yet still moved by the resilient spirit on display there every day.” Harvey Mason, the CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement before the show “We hope the segment inspires our worldwide audience to get involved to support these critical humanitarian efforts.”
Originally published in Vanityfair.com

HH Sheikh Mohammed Orders Emergency Aid to Help People Fleeing Ukraine

HH Sheikh Mohammed Orders Emergency Aid to Help People Fleeing Ukraine

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai. Photo: WAM
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, issued an order for two planes carrying emergency aid to support Ukrainians fleeing conflict. Enabled by the International Humanitarian City in Dubai, the relief flights have departed from Dubai and Sharjah.
The first flight was provided by Emirates Airline with its Boeing 777-ER Cargo plane that departed from Dubai to land in Warsaw, Poland. In coordination with the UN and other charity organizations, the shipment is expected to aid 50,000 people. The second flight was operated by Aramex airline in arrangement with the World Health Organization and UN refugee agency and departed from Sharjah to Liege, Belgium, with aid to support 35,000 people.
These recent relief efforts are an addition to a previously sent emergency aid flight dispatched by the UAE on March 7. The UAE has also previously called for peace amid the conflict through diplomatic means.
“UNHCR is proud of its strategic partnership with IHC in Dubai and we appreciate this important contribution which represents the generosity of the government of the UAE and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid,” stated Nadia Jbour, head of the UNHCR office in the UAE.

The emergency aid material will benefit 85,000 people affected by the escalating conflict.#WamNews pic.twitter.com/jlYc4DqFNj
— WAM English (@WAMNEWS_ENG) March 17, 2022

The UAE also announced this month that it would provide US $5 million in relief aid to affected civilians. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation stressed the importance of diplomatic solutions to the Ukrainian crisis during his visit to Moscow on Thursday and in conversation with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. The two discussed the current ongoing issues of global food and energy crises by the effect of the conflict.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to affirm the confidence that the UAE places in the parties’ ability to seek a political solution and to build on the existing talks between the parties,” said Sheikh Abdullah. He added, “The UAE is fully prepared to support all efforts aimed at finding a peaceful solution to the Ukraine conflict. We also affirm our full readiness to engage with all parties to reach a ceasefire agreement.”
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has also come to the aid of Ukrainians. A decision under the direction of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Thursday was made to extend visas for Ukrainians in the Kingdom. Whether the Ukrainians are there as tourists or for business, they will be given an extension for humanitarian reasons. The extension will automatically be added without the need for Ukrainians to visit the passport departments.
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Kate Middleton Wears Ukrainian Blue in a Show of Support

Kate Middleton Wears Ukrainian Blue in a Show of Support

The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in London today. Photo: Getty
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge showed her support for Ukraine today as she and Prince William visited London’s Ukrainian Cultural Centre to find out more about the efforts being made to support those affected by the war in the eastern European country.

Keenly aware of the powerful message her fashion choices can send, Kate opted for a blue Alexander McQueen jumper to match the Ukrainian flag, which she teamed with navy trousers and Gianvito Rossi heels. Both she and William wore blue and yellow badges, in a further sign of their support.
Shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began, the royals shared a message expressing their solidarity with the people of Ukraine. “In October 2020 we had the privilege to meet President Zelenskyy and the First Lady to learn of their hope and optimism for Ukraine’s future,” the Duke and Duchess wrote on Twitter. “Today we stand with the President and all of Ukraine’s people as they bravely fight for that future.”
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Salma Hayek Was the Coolest Mom at Paris Fashion Week

Salma Hayek Was the Coolest Mom at Paris Fashion Week

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What did quality time with your mum look like for you at 14? For Valentina Paloma Pinault, teenage daughter of Salma Hayek, it’s a girls’ day out at the Balenciaga fall/winter 2022 show in Paris.
Salma was joined by Valentina and her stepdaughter, Mathilde Pinault, at Demna’s epic presentation, which saw models struggling their way through a manufactured blizzard on the runway. Originally conceived as a comment on climate catastrophe, the show became a message to Ukraine from the Georgian designer, who was forced to flee his native Abkhazia with his family as a 10-year-old.
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Salma and Valentina wore coordinating black for the show (don’t think we didn’t spot V’s Le Cagole shoulder bag), with Hayek throwing an oversized powder-blue shirt over her slinky roll-neck and slip skirt combo.
After the show the House of Gucci star, an unofficial swimwear influencer who managed to upstage even Lady Gaga’s high-fashion marathon while promoting the film with a single pool snap, swapped her look for the colours of the Ukrainian flag. Blue and yellow T-shirts had been placed on guests’ seats ahead of the show, and Salma wore hers to pose for an Instagram snap with another fashion mum, Kim Kardashian, who attended wrapped in Demna’s answer to police tape (Balenciaga-branded, of course). Just another day at Paris Fashion Week.

 

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Originally published on Vogue.co.uk

Demna Sends a Heartfelt Message to Ukraine at the Balenciaga FW22 Show

Demna Sends a Heartfelt Message to Ukraine at the Balenciaga FW22 Show

“To me, fashion somehow doesn’t matter right now,” Demna told Vogue fashion critic Anders Christian Madsen at his fall/winter 2022 Balenciaga show, which took place in Paris as war rages in Ukraine. Here, everything you need to know about the Georgian designer’s most personal – and heart-wrenching – presentation to date.

Demna sent a message to Ukraine
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Before icy lights illuminated the giant snow-filled arena erected within Le Bourget where Balenciaga’s most epic and emotional show ever played out, Demna recited a poem in Ukrainian over the speakers. “It’s a poem to Ukraine about being strong, about focusing on love, and that its sons will protect it. That’s not a good translation, but the people I wanted to send this message to will understand it,” he said backstage after the show. On every seat, he had placed a T-shirt dyed in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag, and a written statement explaining how he had decided to go on with the show because he didn’t want to give in “to the evil that has already hurt me so much”. Thirty years ago, when he was just 10 years old, Demna and his family fled their native Abkhazia in Georgia, after local separatists with ties to Russia claimed the land and killed more than 5,000 ethnic Georgians.
It was originally about climate change
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Originally, Demna – who no longer uses his surname in a professional capacity – meant for his giant, manmade arctic set to reflect the ecological decline we’re experiencing in a time of climate change. “It was a comment on what’s going on in the world. Maybe in 50 years, people will have to go to these places to have an artificial experience of a certain weather condition that we take for granted,” he said. “But it turned into something else, which often happens with my shows, somehow.” Watching his largely black-clad cast fight their way through a snowstorm in the mountain-like territory he had built was terrifyingly apropos and – with the addition of a traditional Slavonic piano soundtrack – completely heart-wrenching. Some were dressed in their finest, others in towels, some carrying their shoes on their backs.
The collection featured disposable elements
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In light of Demna’s own background, it was hard not to see the collection through the lens of current affairs. Next to the more haunting imagery that unfolded on his runway – those half-naked people fighting their way through the snow – garments had an air of disposability about them, the kind of make-do and mend we associate with times of turbulence. They were rooted in his own memories: Handbags looked like fabric sacks tied together with drawstrings. Floral dresses evoked the repurposing of old upholstery. As they wafted in the harsh wind, the trains of evening gowns appeared shredded as if they had been beaten by the weather. Super light trench coats were constructed so they could be compressed into their own pockets. A bodysuit was created entirely from yellow tape wrapped around the body. (In the audience, Kim Kardashian wore an identical piece she said had taken 30 minutes to tape up in the morning). “I used to do that as a little Georgian boy playing with curtains and tape, and being punished for it,” Demna smiled. “It’s a revenge for that; a payback moment. But it also made everything less madame, less bourgeois, less upper-class,” he said, referring to a fur coat in trompe l’oeil embroidery wrapped in tape. “It’s no longer the image of a rich lady walking in an expensive area. It breaks that. I like that an element like that can break a silhouette and re-contextualize it.”
It reflected Demna’s own experience
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Only a designer with Demna’s personal experience could have staged a show like this in a time like this. “I was seeing myself walking the paths from 30 years ago when I was in the shelter like some other 10-year-old Ukrainian boys and girls with their parents today, not knowing when the city will fall on you,” he said, a Balenciaga staff member tearing up behind him. “Standing here today and doing this show, if I could visually express that path, it was like those half-naked people walking through that wind. I have to say, it’s so personal it’s hard to explain it.” In 1993, he escaped Abkhazia with his family, fleeing across the Caucasus Mountains. “My dad went over the mountains by foot, because he knew we couldn’t go all the way. People died there. For a week we waited and finally my dad and my uncle rented a helicopter and found us. They were throwing us into a helicopter with the door open, full of refugees, and we flew off,” he once told me. The family settled in Tbilisi and eventually moved to Ukraine, where Demna learned the language.
The message was love
Photo: Courtesy of Balenciaga
“It’s only innocent people who die in war. I’ve experienced that and actually blocked it out for 30 years, until I started reading the news last week. It brought all this pain back, like anyone who has gone through that,” Demna said. “The message is love, always. And fashion has to assume that, at least in terms of taking a position on it.” The show was an example of how important context is to a staging like this in the age of social media; how important it was to know Demna’s own story to grasp the authenticity behind the imagery he presented. It was an epic, terrifying, beautiful, and heartbreaking experience in a season when the contrasts between fashion and its surrounding worlds couldn’t have been greater. As Demna said, “To me, fashion somehow doesn’t matter right now.”
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Originally published on Vogue.co.uk

Gigi Hadid Announces Fashion Month Earnings Donation to Ukrainian Relief and Continued Support for Palestine

Gigi Hadid Announces Fashion Month Earnings Donation to Ukrainian Relief and Continued Support for Palestine

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Gigi Hadid announced on Instagram that she will be donating all of her fashion month earnings towards relief efforts in Ukraine, which is currently facing aggressive invasion from Russian troops under the order of President Vladimir Putin. Over the past several weeks, the model has been a staple on the catwalks, having walked for the major fall 2022 shows at Michael Kors, Versace, and Vivienne Westwood, and many others.
“Having a set fashion month schedule has meant that my colleagues and I often present new fashion collections during heartbreaking and traumatic times in history,” wrote Hadid. “We don’t have control over most of our work schedules, but we would like to walk ‘for’ something. Following in the footsteps of my friend [and fellow model] @micarganaraz, I am pledging to donate my earnings from the fall 2022 shows to aid those suffering from the war in Ukraine, as well as continuing to support those experiencing the same in Palestine.”

In more ways than one, the fashion world has attempted to use its platform this month to help spread awareness about the dire situation in Ukraine. Ukrainian talents like Bevza designer Svitlana Bevza and model Eugenia Dubinov have both shared their experiences directly from Kyiv. At yesterday’s Balenciaga show, designer Demna Gvasalia, dressed in blue and yellow, dedicated his show to the resiliency of Ukrainians. Major brands and retailers—such as Net-a-Porter, Nike, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton—have stopped exporting to Russia altogether.
Hadid and Argañaraz are taking this sentiment of support one step further, and donating any financial support they’ve received during this time. Hadid, who  “Our eyes and hearts must be open to all human injustice,” wrote Hadid. “May we all see each other as brothers and sisters, beyond politics, beyond race, beyond religion. At the end of the day, innocent lives pay for war—not leaders. HANDS OFF UKRAINE. HANDS OFF PALESTINE. PEACE. PEACE. PEACE.”
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Originally published on Vogue.com

All the Brands That Are Rallying To Support Ukraine

All the Brands That Are Rallying To Support Ukraine

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Fashion is rallying together in support of Ukraine, with emerging talent platform 1Granary – founded by Ukrainian creative Olya Kuryshchuk – publishing an open letter calling for the industry to unite against the war taking place in the eastern European country.
Major brands like Balenciaga and its parent company Kering were among the first to make public statements calling for peace on their Instagram accounts, and to pledge “a significant donation” to the UNHCR, the United Nations Refugees Agency. LVMH has also announced that it’s donating €5 million (about £4,150) to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), while Erdem has said that it will donate all profits from its flagship store and website this weekend to the British Red Cross’s Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

The most recent announcement has come via retailer H&M, which has announced that it will temporarily suspend all sales in Russia in support of Ukraine, and just hours ago, shapewear brand Skims too shared a message on its Instagram stories, sharing the news that it will be making a donation to World Central Kitchen to support its on-ground efforts in helping the people of Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Budapest-based brand Nanushka is partnering with the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta to help provide accommodation, food, clothing and transport for Ukrainian refugees. Ganni has also pledged to donate 100,000 DKK (£11,200) to the Danish Refugee Council, which is working on the ground in Ukraine.

Smaller brands from the fashion, art, and interiors worlds are doing their part to support, too, with a series of charity raffles and auctions taking place online. Below, see 13 independent labels that are supporting the on-going humanitarian efforts in Ukraine and its neighboring countries.
Chylak

Warsaw-based bag label Chylak has donated all of its profits from last weekend – nearly €10,000 (£8,300) — to charities supporting Ukrainian refugees in Poland, including the Polish Center For International Aid, Polish Humanitarian Action, Rescue Foundation and UNICEF.
Aeydē
Berlin footwear label Aeydē pledged to donate 30 per cent of its net proceeds from last weekend to Aktion Deutschland Hilft, a network of more than 20 organisations providing humanitarian aid to people in Ukraine and refugees in neighbouring countries.
Collina Strada

New York designer Collina Strada has pledged to donate all its sales from this week to United Help Ukraine, a charity helping to provide humanitarian aid and medical supplies on the ground in Ukraine.
Elleme
Paris-based brand Elleme has set aside all its blue and yellow products on its online store – with 100 per cent of the proceeds from these sales going towards UNICEF’s Ukraine appeal.
Cressida Jamieson
London-based designer Cressida Jamieson has created a T-shirt embroidered with a Choose Love heart in the colours of the Ukrainian flag, to raise money for the charity’s Ukraine Crisis Fundraiser. All proceeds will go towards projects that are providing vital aid and services to those still in Ukraine, as well as those fleeing the country.
Clothes For Progress
Charity resale platform Clothes For Progress has launched a fundraiser for Ukraine, with brands like Ninamounah donating pieces towards the campaign. All funds will go towards United Help Ukraine.
Cawley Studio

Cawley Studio is raffling its Ella vest to raise money for Ukraine, with the UK-based brand raising £4,500 for British Red Cross so far. Each £10 donation counts towards a raffle ticket, with entries closing on Thursday evening.
Les Fleurs Studio
Madrid-based upcycling brand Les Fleurs Studio, founded by stylist and influencer Maria Bernad, is donating all its profits for a week to Razom For Ukraine, a non-profit that is providing critical medical supplies for those in Ukraine.
Heliot Emil

Danish menswear label Heliot Emil has pledged to donate 100 per cent of its pre-order profits from its autumn/winter 2022 collection – which will be shown during Paris Fashion Week on Thursday – to UNICEF, in order to aid humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.
By Alice
Interiors expert Alice Wawrik, the founder of By Alice, is organising an online auction featuring pieces from around 20 independent British homeware brands – including the likes of Matilda Goad, Vaisselle and Straw – in order to raise money for Choose Love’s Ukraine appeal.
Partnership Editions X Venetia Berry

Online art platform Partnership Editions is selling a collection of hand-painted plates by artist Venetia Berry in order to raise money for Ukraine. Twenty per cent of all sales will go to Choose Love’s Ukraine fundraiser.
Albie & Pearl
Vintage homeware site Albie & Pearl – which curates an array of interior gems, from candlesticks to ceramic vases – has pledged to donate 15 per cent of sales from this weekend’s edit towards Choose Love’s Ukraine crisis appeal.
Fred Rigby Studio

London-based furniture designer Fred Rigby Studio is donating 10 per cent of profits from its Raindrop collection – a series of elegant coffee tables and side tables in a range of finishes – towards the British Red Cross’s Ukraine appeal.
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk

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