The Bold Scoop #8 :: June 20-26

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The hugely important EU referendum is finally upon us... Britain will decide on Thursday, June 23 whether there's a Brexit or not. The vote will work a lot like an election meaning that if you aren't registered in the electoral register by now (though most people are), you'll be turned away at the polls. Interestingly, the last time the British public had a say about staying in the EU (EEC back then) was in 1975. "It puts the uncertainty behind us" is what Home Secretary Roy Jenkins said back then after 67% of the public chose to stay in Europe... it remains to be seen how things will shake out this time around given the latest polls show that Brits are still pretty evenly split on the matter.
As a reminder, should the Brits choose to stay in the EU they will receive a special status within the "club" (courtesy of David Cameron who negotiated the deal back in Feb) though the critics have said that the agreement falls way short of what they were promised. See below for more on what this deal entails.

Britain joined the European Economic Community in 1973, and hence the EU in 1993, but the country never fully accepted the legitimacy of European control over British institutions in a way that other EU members did. It refused, for example, to join either the Schengen Area, which eliminates internal border controls, or the common currency aka the euro. Since 2008, Britain’s background euroskepticism has been further amplified by the poor performance of European economies which led to an interest rate hike by the ECB and ultimately a double-dip recession... the contrarian decision that served as a partial catalyst for this upcoming referendum.

Up Close and Personal
Keep reading for a closer look at why the EU referendum came about.

What the pro EU camp is saying...
Those campaigning for Britain to stay in the EU say it gets a big boost from membership - it makes selling things to other EU countries easier and, they argue, the flow of immigrants, most of whom are young and keen to work, fuels economic growth and helps pay for public services. They also believe Britain's status in the world would be damaged by leaving and that the country is more secure as part of the 28 nation club, rather than going it alone.

Why the pro Brexit peeps are keen...
They believe Britain is being held back by the EU, which they say imposes too many rules on business and charges billions of pounds a year in membership fees for little in return. They also want Britain to take back full control of its borders and reduce the number of people coming there to live and/or work. One of the main principles of EU membership is "free movement", which means you don't need to get a visa to go and live in another EU country. They also object to the idea of "ever closer union" and what they see as moves towards the creation of a "United States of Europe".

Also, below is a summary of the special agreement negotiated for Britain should the people decide to stay...

Child benefits
Migrant workers will still be able to send child benefit payments back to their home country - Mr. Cameron had wanted to end this practice - but the payments will be set at a level reflecting the cost of living in their home country rather than the full UK rate.

Migrant welfare payments
Mr. Cameron says cutting the amount of benefits low paid workers from other EU nations can claim when they take a job in the UK will remove one of the reasons people come to Britain in such large numbers (critics say it will make little difference). He did not get the blanket ban he wanted. New arrivals will not be able to claim tax credits and other welfare payments straight away - but will gradually gain the right to more benefits the longer they stay, at a rate yet to be decided.

Keeping the pound
Mr. Cameron has said Britain will never join the euro. He secured assurances that the eurozone countries will not discriminate against Britain for having a different currency. Any British money spent on bailing out eurozone nations that get into trouble will also be reimbursed.

Protection for the City of London
Safeguards for Britain's large financial services industry to prevent eurozone regulations being imposed on it.

Running its own affairs
For the first time, there will be a clear commitment that Britain is not part of a move towards "ever closer union" with other EU member states - one of the core principles of the EU. This will be incorporated in an EU treaty change. Mr. Cameron also secured a "red card" system for national parliaments making it easier for governments to band together to block unwanted legislation. If 55% of national EU parliaments object to a piece of EU legislation it will be rethought. Critics say it is not clear if this would ever be used in practice.

All the above was helpfully summarized by the BBC - click for more.

Despite the 90th edition of Pitti Uomo (the Italian menswear trade show) coming to a close you still have a major reason to visit Florence this summer... like you needed one. Karl Lagerfeld, the reigning godfather of fashion, and Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery have unveiled a photography exhibit titled Visions of Fashion at the breathtaking Palazzo Pitti. Close to 200 never-before-seen images shot by Lagerfeld for ads and editorials (for the likes of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, NumΓ©ro and V Magazine) are displayed alongside the works of the great Renaissance masters, including Titian, Rubens and Raphael. Displayed pieces show off designer's use of various techniques including Polaroid transfers, resinotypes, platinum and digital prints. The exhibition is in collaboration with the Uffizi Gallery and was in part curated by publisher and longtime Lagerfeld collaborator Gerhard Steidl and Eric Pfunder, Chanel’s image director.

We've all heard about Karl's cat Choupette who has her own chauffeur, personal maids and a Twitter page, but the luxury life of his pet is not the only thing that makes Lagerfeld quirky. For example, while most designers stick to pencils to create their fashion sketches, he's been using Shu Uemura’s pressed eye shadows for over 20 years. The red color in the palette is custom-created especially for him. Also, he shoots all of his campaigns in the back of the 7L Bookstore, his art and architecture bookstore located in the 7th arrondissement, and he has a massive Diet Coke addiction... now that last one we can really get behind!

Up Close and Personal
The exhibition includes a full-body shot of Natalia Vodianova in an enchanted forest, Cara Delevingne in Chanel sneakers, Brad Kroenig dressed as a painter, Jake Davies and Sebastien Jondeau acting out roles from Homer’s mythological tales as well as works featuring Freja Beha, Mariacarla Boscone, Linda Evangelista and of course Karl himself. You can visit the show until October 23.

Not visiting Italy anytime soon? You can take a look at some of the works here or watch this video for a sneak peek at the exhibit.

The annual festival of mud and mayhem, also known as the Glastonbury is on from June 22 to 26. The event is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world and is said to be a template for all the festivals that have come after it. This year's Glasto promises a heady mix of new, emerging talent and massive artists playing to over 170,000 fans in the flesh and millions across the world via the internet... the biggest names in the 2016 lineup are Adele (headlining on the 25th), Coldplay and Muse. There have also been rumors that Rihanna will make a guest appearance as a stand-in for the Bee Gees who had to pull out at the last minute. While it remains to be seen whether the Anti singer will appear at Worthy Farm in Pilton, you can definitely catch the star at Wembley on June 24 or in Coventry on June 25.

The idea to start the festival was that of Michael Eavis, who owns the Worthy Farm, and was inspired by a festival he attended in 1969 where Led Zeppelin performed. Glastonbury was born the following year when 1,500 people paid £1 to attend and the entrance fee included free milk. These days the ticket will set you back a cool £228 and instead of dairy you'll have access to lots of booze... and ~5,000 composting toilets. While most visitors will choose to camp those allergic to tents can rent one of the onsite luxury yurts, which includes a real bed, sheepskin rugs, cushions and fairy lights. All that for "just" £7000.

Up Close and Personal
While it's pretty much impossible to get Glastonbury tickets at this late stage, you can still get a taste of the action. BBC will have extensive coverage of the festival on TV, radio and their website here. For more on this years acts, take a look at the full lineup and schedule.

As for Rihanna... you can still get tickets to the UK shows of her Anti World Tour. Check for tickets at Wembley and Coventry.

Beginning of summer also means the start of summer TV and boy is there a lot of it. Among the usual selection of slightly ridiculous and steamy guilty pleasures there is one block of programming that has both fascinated and scared viewers for more than 28 years... we are talking about Shark Week of course. The Discovery Channel favorite kicks off on June 26 and will give you a behind the scenes look at everything "shark". This year's offering promises to tone down sensationalism and come back to its scientific roots, though viewers looking to satisfy their bloodlust don't have to worry, there will also be a ton of cage rattling and close calls. According to Discovery, one of the highlights of the week will be the self-propelled shark cage placed off the Coast of Guadalupe that helped give marine biologists insight into the behavior of great whites at depths of up to 2,000 feet. In fact, 10 of the 16 shows will feature great whites while the rest of the specials cover reef, tiger, mako and bull sharks.

Jaws, the movie that first brought sharks into the spotlight, is also considered the first ever summer blockbuster. Prior to its 1975 release, summer was considered the worst time to release a movie, mostly because studio execs felt that audiences would rather be outdoors. The movie took 159 days to film instead of the scheduled 55 and cost $9 million to make, a whopping $5.5 million more than its original budget. It all turned out well in the end though... Jaws made more than $471 million - a record at the time - and put director Steven Spielberg firmly on the map.

Up Close and Personal
Shark Week 2016 runs from June 26 to July 3, you can view the full schedule here.

Can't wait until Sunday? Tune into Discovery's live Shark Cam. For more Shark Week fun check out Discovery’s Sharkopedia for “everything you ever wanted to know about sharks” and test your shark IQ here to find out how much you really know about the creatures.
☀️ Summer officially begins on June 20 with the longest day of the year... go enjoy the sunshine and make every minute count... because starting Wednesday the days will start getting shorter and it will be fall before you know it. πŸ‚πŸπŸ˜‚

πŸ› Those of us whose heart swoons at the sight of a preppy blazer are in luck... J.Crew, our waspy brand of choice is hosting a sample sale from June 20 to 26 at 260 Fifth Ave in NYC. Expect a good variety of tops, sweaters and jackets and an abundance of one-off pieces that never made it into production.

πŸ‘½ Our favorite aliens-are-taking-over-the-world movie is back 20 years after the initial attack and the sequel promises to be nothing short of epic... Independence Day: Resurgence opens June 24 with a cast that includes old-timers (Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman) and new faces (Liam Hemsworth) alike. Too bad Will Smith couldn't find the time to make an appearance...

Ann Taylor scalloped eyelet white city shorts and shell
Ann Taylor Scalloped Eyelet City Shorts & Shell
Banana Republic black and white floral print halter ruffle dress
Banana Republic Halter Ruffle Dress

Cruise Collections 2017 :: We've covered the front rows of all the major Cruise shows and now it's time to round up the best of the collections themselves... green made sort of a comeback this season sneaking in here and there (like the track pants at Rag and Bone and the plaid maxi skirt at Rosie Assoulin) while other primaries claimed whole looks (check out this gorgeous red Ellery combo). Black & white also continued to have their moment with the likes of Jonathan Simkhai and Elizabeth & James showing head to toe monochrome. In terms of texture, there were plenty of ruffles on everything from tops and dresses to jackets and skirts... the more the merrier. See below for some of our favorite looks from all the collections and check back next week for more.
2017 Cruise Collection Sally Lapointe red ruffle long sleeve top with tie waist and red skirt
Sally Lapointe
2017 Cruise Collection Mugler uneven color block dress with asymmetrical cutouts and neckline
2017 Cruise Collection Ellery lime green sweater with fur cuff detail and lime green silk chiffon maxi skirt with front slit
2017 Cruise Collection Jonathan Simkhai white sleeveless top with lacing and cutout details and black knit skirt
Jonathan Simkhai
2017 Cruise Collection Elizabeth and James white wrap long sleeve shirt and black underwear with white edge
Elizabeth and James
2017 Cruise Collection Ports 1961 white shirt with asymmetrical hem and dark green wool trousers with pattern detail
Ports 1961
2017 Cruise Collection Missoni hunter green and mustard knit trouser and cardigan set
2017 Cruise Collection Rosie Assoulin green plaid tiered maxi skirt and green knit crochet crop top bustier
Rosie Assoulin
2017 Cruise Collection Rag and Bone green silk tracksuit bottom and top with long beige camel coat and red loafers with buckles
Rag and Bone
2017 Cruise Collection Monse layered look with dark olive skirt blue button-down shirt and belted black jacket
2017 Cruise Collection Gabriela Hearst dark grey midi dress with short sleeves and ruffle detail at the waist
Gabriela Hearst
2017 Cruise Collection Altuzarra lavender skirt with yellow lace overlay and black leather jacket with red and white stiching
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