The Bold Scoop #7 :: June 13-19

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Apple is hosting their annual WWDC aka the Worldwide Developers Conference from June 13 to 17 in San Francisco... this is where they usually announce software updates and introduce new products. Like every year, the action will kick off with a press conference where we expect to hear about an updated version of Apple Music (remember T-swizzle's open letter), a new generation of the Apple Watch as well as updates to both iOS and Siri. There is also talk of Apple discontinuing part of the Macbook Air range to make way for a more streamlined selection of laptops... either way nothing is certain until the day of and whatever they do come out with we'll surely want a pice of it this fall.

According to a recent report, the Apple Watch has surpassed other luxury watch brands on a list of luxury global brands. Measured by analytics firm NetBase, the study was based solely on social mentions and consumer sentiment. The top spot on the list went to Chanel while Apple as a company came in at #4 and the Apple Watch was ranked #13. Though Apple's placement on a list of luxury brands is no surprise, the ranking of the tech giant's watch over Rolex, Patek Phillippe and Tag Heuer is truly intriguing and reflects a shift in consumer sentiment from a traditional timekeeper to something more 'useful'.

Up Close and Personal
The main attraction of the WWDC 2016 is the press conference and keynote speech on June 13 at 10 am Pacific time... you can livestream it here. It's also worth downloading the official WWDC app for updated schedules and video content. 

What does it take to become a sought-after stylist in the fashion industry? Join and power stylist Kate Young at a New York City meetup on June 14 to hear about what it's like to style the cover of a national magazine, work on major ad campaigns, editorials, runway shows, and the Oscars red carpet in today's fast-paced environment. Attendees will be able to participate in a 30-45 minute Q&A with Young and Alyssa Vingan Klein, the Executive Editor of, and have the chance to join likeminded professionals for food, cocktails and networking before and after the talk.

Kate Young, who started her career as an assistant to Anna Wintour, has graced the top of the Hollywood Reporter's 25 Most Powerful Stylists List twice, first in 2012 and again in 2016. She styled both Julianna Margulies and Jennifer Connelly early on in her career and is now responsible for dressing the likes of Margot Robbie, Michelle Williams, Dakota Johnson and Selena Gomez. You can also thank her for transforming Sienna Miller from a boho queen to a real red carpet style icon... remember that Valentino Couture "kite" dress that she wore to last year's Cannes Film Festival? Yup, that was all Young.

Up Close and Personal
The talk will take place at Space 530 in Manhattan on Tuesday, June 14, from 6 pm to 8 pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here. There are only 50 seats available, so act fast!

Can't make it on June 14? is also hosting a talk with Jeriana San Juan, the former Gossip Girl costume designer behind Bahz Luhrmann's upcoming Netflix series, The Get Down, on August 16. You can reserve your ticket here.

This year's Royal Ascot takes place from Tuesday, June 14 to Saturday, June 18 in Berkshire and will see many of the world's top trainers, jockeys and horses compete for glory. The 5-day flat racing “Royal Meeting” was established by Queen Anne in 1711 and has become the centrepiece of the British social calendar. Thursday is the traditional Ladies' Day and hosts both the Queen Anne Stakes and the Gold Cup... it's also the best day to hat watch. Another important tradition you shouldn't miss is the daily Royal Procession which starts at 2 pm and sees the Queen and her castle guests parade around in landaus (i.e. carriages). As far as the prize money is concerned, the 2015 amount was increased by £1 million this year bringing the total to a record-breaking £6,580,000 over the week.

Almost 300,000 people attend the event annually with approximately 400 helicopters and 600 limos helping them reach the racecourse. In 2015, the racegoers enjoyed a total of 51,000 bottles of champagne, 160,000 glasses of Pimms, 131,000 pints of beer, 2,900 lobsters, 3,700 rumps of English lamb, 10,000 Angus steaks, 89,000 bottles of mineral water and 42,000 bottles of wine. In addition, roughly 45,000 guests opted for the afternoon tea service and together consumed approximately 1,000 kilos of clotted cream, 50,000 macaroons, 30,000 chocolate éclairs and 7,000 punnets of berries.

Up Close and Personal
All 5 days of racing will be covered live on Channel 4, Racing UK and BBC Radio 5 Live with shows starting around 1:30 pm. You can view the full racing schedule here. As of 2017 you'll also be able to follow the action on NBC's Sports Network since the broadcaster has finally signed a multi-year deal with the race.

Want to attend? Entry to the Royal Enclosure takes planning, you need to be sponsored by 2 Members who have attended the Royal Meeting for at least 4 years, but anyone can get a ticket for the Queen Anne Enclosure (from £75), Windsor Enclosure (from £34) or Heath Enclosure. Get your ticket here.

Keep in mind that the dress code at Royal Ascot is tough. No straps thinner than 1 cm (even under a pashmina), above-the-knee skirts or fascinators in the Royal Enclosure, where trousers must be full length and hats are compulsory, as is morning dress for men. Smart casual with hats or fascinators in the Queen Anne (Grandstand) Enclosure, jackets for men. Dress up in the Windsor Enclosure (formerly the Silver Ring). For the complete style guide click here.

We celebrated our moms and now it's time to honor our dads... Sunday, June 19 is Father's Day which means you only have a week to figure out how to make your dad's day extra special. Why not forget the gift this year and instead let him spend the day on the couch watching his favorite team (both the US Open and Formula 1 are on) while you cook up some steaks. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, there's of course nothing wrong with getting your old man something he's had his eye on... see below for some excellent gift ideas.

Father's Day began officially in 1910 in Spokane, Washington, where 27-year-old Sonora Dodd proposed it as a way to honor the man who raised her when her mom died at childbirth. The movement grew for years but didn't gain national status until 1924 and wasn't proclaimed a federal holiday until 1972. Surprising right? Particularly because Mother's Day became a national holiday much earlier, in 1914. Dads also lose out on the gift front... despite Father's Day spending reaching almost $13bn in 2015 it's still a whopping $8.5bn less than what we spent on our moms for Mother's Day that same year.

Up Close and Personal
Need some gift inspiration? We are not going to pretend to be experts on dad gifts which is why we have rounded up some of the best gift guides put together for you by "guy experts", keep reading for deets...

  • Is he all about "The Best" in everything? These Forbes tested items are sure to make the cut.
  • Tired of those dad jeans? Upgrade his style with these fashionista-approved pieces.
  • Looking for something cute and quirky? The Real Simple gift guide is the answer to your prayers.
  • Have a tricky pops who is hard to shop for? Don't fret! Digg has ideas for every type of man in your life.
🍊 Season 4 of the Netflix mega hit Orange is the New Black is released on Friday, June 17... think you better draw the curtains and turn off your phone, you have some serious watching to do.

⛳️ One of the biggest golf tournaments of the year, the US Open, kicks off on June 16 and runs until Sunday, June 19. Keep an eye out for last year's winner Jordan Spieth who was just recently named Time magazine's one of "100 Most Influential People".

🦁 The annual Cannes Lions kicks off on June 18... with 4 award shows and ample opportunities for networking it's the largest gathering of advertising and media professionals every year. Remember Marissa Meyer's dinner-gate? Yup, that was at the 2014 Cannes Lions.

J.Crew Fringy white cotton tweed jacket with a red and blue edge and fringe detail
J.Crew Fringy Tweed Jacket
Zara off the shoulder blue cotton tunic with rose appliqué
Zara Off-The-Shoulder Tunic

CFDA Fashion Awards 2016 :: This year's fashion Oscars brought out some of the best and the brightest in the industry... Beyonce received the Icon Award while Marc Jacobs got the top honor for womenswear. Rising star Brandon Maxwell won the Swarovski Award for Womenswear and Rachel Mansur & Floriana Gavriel of Mansur Gavriel fame were together named the Accessories Designer of the Year. Our favorite looks from the red carpet are below...
Jourdan Dunn in a white see through crochet lace dress at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards
Jourdan Dunn | Jonathan Simkhai
Tilda Swinton in a Haider Ackermann grey top and black trousers at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards
Tilda Swinton | Haider Ackermann
Chiara in a blush pink Roberto Cavalli ruffle dress at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards
Chiara | Roberto Cavalli & Stuart Weitzman
Elsa Hosk in a see through gold lace Naeem Khan jumpsuit with fringe detail at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards
Elsa Hosk | Naeem Khan
Alexa Chung in a black leather and lace Prabal Gurung dress at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards
Alexa Chung | Prabal Gurung
Rachel Roy in a bright red off the shoulder gown at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards
Rachel Roy
Olivia Culpo in a black blazer dress with a ostrich feather detail at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards
Olivia Culpo | Kate Spade New York
Alexander Skarsgard in a grey and black Tom Ford suit at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards
Alexander Skarsgard | Tom Ford
Riley Keough in a black and white Proenza Schouler midi dress with ruffle details at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards
Riley Keough | Proenza Schouler
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