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British Fashion Council announces ‘The Clearpay Collective’

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London Fashion Week will start on September 17th

The British Fashion Council (BFC) and leader in ‘buy now, pay later’ services Clearpay, have announced the launch of their collaborative initiative The Clearpay Collective. The Collective brings together innovative and diverse talent shaping the future of fashion as part of an initiative that will produce a range of exclusive fashion designs, unique shopping experiences, shoppable showcases, and designer-led content to celebrate London Fashion Week, scheduled to take place from 17th – 21st September 2021.

The designers unveiled so far, as part of the Collective, are two London-based womenswear labels, Halpern and KNWLS. They will work with Clearpay and the BFC to offer accessible fashion experiences during London Fashion Week.

Their partnership with the financial firm, which launched in the UK with retailers Urban Outfitters and BooHoo in 2019, will provide the Collective with a bigger platform and line of communication with existing shoppers. It will also enable them to reach new consumers, as those with an e-commerce platform will have direct access to Clearpay’s two million active customers in the UK via its Shop Directory. The customer reach Clearpay enables for these brands equates to approximately 8,000 times a designer’s average show capacity, generating more exposure and increased revenue opportunities for each designer.

“We are delighted to bring back a physical element to London Fashion Week this September. There is a fantastic sense of excitement as London comes back to life and London Fashion Week will be the moment to celebrate our extraordinary city and its creative talent. The Clearpay Collective is testament to this creativity, and we look forward to working with Clearpay to support exciting British brands by helping them reach new audiences.” – says Caroline Rush, ​Chief Executive of The British Fashion Council.

Alongside the launch of The Clearpay Collective, the BFC revealed its provisional schedule for the London Fashion Week, with over 100 designers taking part in the event. Following three digital seasons, London Fashion Week September 2021 will be a physical-digital hybrid event, marking a long-awaited cultural reopening of London.

Marcio Delgado is a Journalist, Producer and Influencer Marketing Manager working with brands and publications in Europe, America and Asia.

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Applications open for influencer contest offering a £4,000 prize

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Deadline for submissions is Wednesday 1 May 2024 | Photo: Mikhail Nilov

World Nomads, a leading global travel insurance provider, has announced its annual launch of its search for three aspiring travel content creators for the 15th edition of its scholarship programme.  

This year three content creators will win a trip to Thailand between 14-24 June 2024 to learn from pro travel creators NOMADasaurus to create content about Thailand for a real-life brief.  

The scholarship offers an exclusive opportunity for three budding content creators to embark on a potentially career-changing journey. Under the mentorship of travel content creators NOMADasaurus, participants will receive personalised guidance in Bangkok, Thailand, before embarking on a six-day solo expedition to various locations across the country. This immersive experience aims to kickstart recipients’ careers in content creation.  

“In today’s saturated digital landscape, breaking through the noise and getting travel content noticed can be an uphill battle. By partnering with NOMADasaurus, our scholarship winners will have that competitive edge, learning from the best in the field,” says Christina Tunnah, General Manager of Marketing & Brands at World Nomads.

Applications are open until Wednesday 1 May, and aspiring creators are encouraged to submit their best, public-facing travel content for consideration. Candidates cannot be professional content creators, they must be over 18 and no more than 25% of their current income can be generated from content creation. Each winner will receive mentorship and prizes worth in the region of £4,000.

To find out more, visit worldnomads.com/creator.  

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Mango teams up with Victoria Beckham for new capsule collection

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Mango teams up with Victoria Beckham for new capsule collection
The collaboration is part of Mango’s new 2024-26 Strategic Plan Elevate lever

Mango, one of Europe’s leading fashion industry groups, is teaming up with Victoria Beckham to launch a new capsule collection.

Victoria Beckham x Mango has been designed by the former Spice Girls member and reflects the essence of the designer’s eponymous label, considered the perfect blend of classic British luxury with a subtle contemporary twist, as well as the shared values of both fashion brands, such as quality and femininity.

The new collection, which coincides with Mango’s 40th anniversary, is the latest in a series of collaborations with other brands, artists and talents including French Writer and Influencer Camille Charrière, and influencer and stylist Pernille Teisbaek.

Mango’s collaboration with Victoria Beckham is part of the new Strategic Plan 2024-26, which aims to generate total turnover of more than 4 billion euros by 2026 through a differentiated value proposition, strong expansion drive, and improving sales in existing stores and online channels, as presented by the company last March. The new collection will go on sale internationally on April 23th, 2024.

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Official Selection of the 77th Festival de Cannes unveiled

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Actress Zoe Saldana stars in ‘Emilia Perez’, directed by Jacques Audiard, one of the films competing for a Palme d’Or in Cannes next month | Photo: Saint-Laurent Productions

The countdown for Cannes 2024 has started. The annual film festival is scheduled to open on May 14 with the out-of-competition world premiere of the French comedy ‘The Second Act,’ directed by Quentin Dupieux and starring Léa Seydoux.

Today, Iris Knobloch, who is now in her second year as president, and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the event, announced the official selection of films competing for a Palme d’Or at the 77th Festival de Cannes. The official lineup features 19 movies and includes some well-known filmmakers who have previously debuted productions in Cannes. Among them is British film director Andrea Arnold (‘American Honey’), who is debuting her sixth feature, ‘Bird,’ and Francis Ford Coppola, who won a Palme d’Or at Cannes 45 years ago for ‘Apocalypse Now.’ His new production, ‘Megalopolis,’ starring Adam Driver, is a $120 million self-funded sci-fi epic that has been in development since 1983, when Coppola wrote the first version of the screenplay.

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos will return to Cannes for the world premiere of ‘Kinds of Kindness,’ his latest collaboration with Emma Stone. Lanthimos is a familiar face at the festival, having won the Un Certain Regard prize at the Cannes Film Festival for the psychological drama film ‘Dogtooth’ (2009), and scooping a Best Screenplay prize after competing with his ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ at the 70th Festival de Cannes in 2017.

Ainouz: filmmaker directs Erotic Thriller ‘Motel Destino,’ shot in Northeast Brazil | Photo: reproduction Instagram/karimainouz

Brazilian filmmaker Karim Ainouz will bring his eighth fiction feature, ‘Motel Destino,’ to Cannes after shooting his first English-language production, ‘Firebrand,’ starring Alicia Vikander and Jude Law, which played in competition at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Aïnouz won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes in 2019 for ‘Invisible Life.’

Among the other films playing in competition are new works by David Cronenberg, Paul Schrader, Jia Zhangke, Miguel Gomes, Paolo Sorrentino, and Coralie Fargeat.

Although last year marked a difficult one in Hollywood, with strikes by actors and writers forcing filming and post-production work to shut down for months – leaving significant gaps in 2024’s movie schedules and studios’ pockets – it will be a busy two weeks for the Festival de Cannes, with American filmmaker George Lucas set to receive an honorary Palme d’Or, and Sony’s Columbia Pictures also celebrating its 100th anniversary during the event.

The 77th Cannes Film Festival will run in the French Riviera from May 14-25, 2024. This year’s jury will be overseen by Barbie director and co-writer Greta Gerwig.

Official Selection 2024

Competition

  • The Apprentice, Ali Abbasi
  • Motel Destino, Karim Ainouz
  • Bird, Andrea Arnold
  • Emilia Perez, Jacques Audiard
  • Anora, Sean Baker
  • Megalopolis, Francis Ford Coppola
  • The Shrouds, David Cronenberg
  • The Substance, Coralie Fargeat
  • Grand Tour, Miguel Gomes
  • Marcello Mio, Christophe Honoré
  • Caught By The Tides, Jia Zhang-Ke
  • All We Imagine As Light, Payal Kapadia
  • Kinds Of Kindness, Yórgos Lánthimos
  • L’amour Ouf, Gilles Lellouche
  • Wild Diamond, Agathe Riedinger
  • Oh Canada, Paul Schrader
  • Limonov – The Ballad, Kirill Serebrennikov
  • Parthenope, Paolo Sorrentino
  • The Girl With The Needle, Magnus Von Horn

Out Of Competition

  • The Second Act, Quentin Dupieux (opening film)
  • Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, George Miller
  • Horizon, An American Saga, Kevin Costner
  • She’s Got No Name, Peter Chan
  • Rumours, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, Guy Maddin

Midnight Screenings

  • Twilight Of The Warrior Walled In, Soi Cheang
  • I, The Executioner, Seung Wan Ryoo
  • The Surfer, Lorcan Finnegan
  • The Balconettes, Noémie Merlant

Cannes Premiere

  • Miséricorde, Alain Guiraudie
  • C’est Pas Moi, Leos Carax
  • Everybody Loves Touda, Nabil Ayouch
  • The Matching Bang, Emmanuel Courcol
  • Rendez-Vous Avec Pol Pot, Rithy Panh
  • Le Roman de Jim, Arnaud Larrieu, Jean-Marie Larrieu 

Special Screenings

  • Le Belle De Gaza, Yolande Zauberman
  • Apprendre, Claire Simon
  • The Invasion, Sergei Loznitsa
  • Ernest Cole, Lost And Found, Raoul Peck
  • Le Fil, Daniel Auteuil

Un Certain Regard

  • Norah, Tawfik Alzaidi
  • The Shameless, Konstantin Bojanov
  • Le Royaume, Julien Colonna
  • Vingt Dieux!, Louise Courvoisier
  • Who Let The Dog Bite?, Lætitia Dosch
  • Black Dog, Guan Hu
  • The Village Next To Paradise, Mo Harawe
  • September Says, Ariane Labed
  • L’histoire De Souleymane, Boris Lojkine
  • The Damned, Roberto Minervini
  • On Becoming A Guinea Fowl, Rungano Nyoni
  • My Sunshine, Hiroshi Okuyama
  • Santosh, Sandhya Suri
  • Viet And Nam, Truong Minh Quý
  • Armand, Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel

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