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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Jane Birkin Asks Hermès to Take Her Name Off Bags

Khloe, Kourtney and Kim Kardashian with their Birkin Bags.

Birkin bags — with their years-long wait lists, five-digit price tags and cult-like celebrity following — have long been considered a status symbol. Now the inspiration behind Hermès‘s high-fashion bag, British singer and style icon Jane Birkin, is speaking out about the practices used to created one of the label’s most notable (and expensive) iterations, the crocodile Birkin.

Following an investigation conducted by PETA (which the organization published footage of on its website), Birkin released a statement to the AFP. “Having been alerted to the cruel practices reserved for crocodiles during their slaughter to make Hermès handbags carrying my name… I have asked Hermès to debaptise the Birkin Croco until better practices in line with international norms can be put in place,” she said.

Victoria Beckham, Alessandra Ambrosio, JLO and Heidi Klum with their Birkin Bags.

In response, Hermès released the following statement to PEOPLE: “Jane Birkin has expressed her concerns regarding practices for slaughtering crocodiles. Her comments do not in any way influence the friendship and confidence that we have shared for many years. Hermès respects and shares her emotions and was also shocked by the images recently broadcast.”

The statement continues: “An investigation is underway at the Texas farm which was implicated in the video. Any breach of rules will be rectified and sanctioned. Hermès specifies that this farm does not belong to them and that the crocodile skins supplied are not used for the fabrication of Birkin bags.”

Jane Birkin

Celebrities are notoriously fond of Birkin bags — many willing to wait as long as it takes (or pay an upward of $150,000) to sling one over their shoulders. Ashley Tisdale, for example, once waited two years for this cobalt blue handbag. And Eric Johnson surprised (his then fiancée) Jessica Simpson with an orange one for her 31st birthday. Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian West, Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Lopez have all been spotted carrying croc versions.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Grace Kelly's Grandson Got Married This Weekend—You MUST See the Bride's Dress


The couple at the 2015 Rose Ball

Beatrice Borromeo wore a pink Valentino couture gown to marry Pierre Casiraghi —it is simply BREATHTAKING.

They tied the knot on Saturday morning.

Beatrice Borromeo wore a pale pink Valentino Haute Couture gown to marry Pierre Casiraghi on Saturday. Maison Valentino shared a photo of the gown on Instagram on Sunday:

The House of Valentino is pleased to announce that Beatrice Borromeo wore a Valentino Haute Couture dress designed by Creative Directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, for her civil wedding with Pierre Casiraghi on July 25th at the Prince's Palace of Monaco. The wedding gown was created in a pale pink and gold lace silk chiffon.


Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo officially tied the knot this morning in an intimate civil ceremony. The bride arrived for her big day in a vintage white Bentley before exchanging 'I do's' at Monaco's Pink Palace. Joining them were Casiraghi's uncle, Prince Albert, and his mother, Princess Caroline—both children of the iconic Grace Kelly—in addition to his siblings, Andrea and Charlotte.

According to People, the nuptials took place in the Salon des Glaces at the Pink Palace and was performed by the principality's Justice Minister Philippe Narmino. The guest list for the ceremony was limited to close friends and family, totaling only 70 attendees. For the reception, however, the newlywed couple opened up the celebration to upwards of 500 guests for an informal Monégasque party, hosted by Prince Albert in the palace gardens.


For the past several years Pierre Casirahgi has landed on the much buzzed-about T&C Bachelors List, but after this weekend he will have officially lost his spot on the 2016 eligibility countdown. The younger son of Princess Caroline of Monaco and his girlfriend—of six years!—Beatrice Borromeo (A member of the ancient aristocratic House of Borromeo, the 29-year-old Italian is the daughter of a count.) are tying the knot on Saturday with a civil ceremony at Monaco's Pink Palace.


"The wedding service will be in the palace's salons, then a garden party – because Pierre and Beatrice want it that way," Uncle Prince Albert, 57, told People. "It's going to be a summer garden party. A finger-foods-for-lunch thing, with buffet tables and drinks. There'll be places for guests to sit, but it's going to be mostly informal."


Uncle Prince Albert (who recently marked a decade at the throne with a cocktail party for 8,000) is also personally involved with planning the couple's fancier, larger celebration that will take place a week later on Italy's Lake Maggiore. The reigning monarch of the Principality of Monaco is organizing a traditional Monégasque picnic for his nephew's big day, that is said to have a guest list of 700. "We won't have submarine sandwiches or hamburgers or hot dogs," he explains to People.