6/2 – This Week in Women: Fashion, Politics and Comedian Controversy 6/2 – This Week in Women: Fashion, Politics and Comedian Controversy This week it’s been all about lines: fashion lines, crossing lines, and drawing lines. From Kathy Griffin turning heads with the incendiary, beheaded image of the president, to Ivanka Trump overcoming difficulties with branding, conversation around the Trumps proved to be more topical than ever. Sneak in the unavoidable politics and pop culture in between and you have this week’s five women to watch. Ivanka Trump reveals how her clothing line found success in a new direction of “affordable luxury.” Trump always admired finer fashion and accessory lines, like the successes that Louboutin and Tiffany & Co. found in not-so-niche markets. So, when she decided to release her line in a boutique on Madison Avenue, she envisioned the luxury branding to catch on as quickly as these inspirations. Yet, when that didn’t happen the entrepreneur evaluated the market and followed a new trend to target not just the wealthy, but a more “downmarket” consumer – along the likes of moderately priced clothing, accessories and jewelry – completely removing any upscale products that consumers just weren’t attracted to. She called it “affordable luxury.” This week, Bloomberg released a full report on the line’s evolution from 2010 to its current mid-market state. The article quotes Trump as she realized the turning point of her company six years ago and how she persevered in keeping her line alive, “I wanted the price points to be accessible, but ultimately we’re in the business of luxury and these looks are consistent with that larger messaging.” Angela Merkel set a tone for German involvement in the modern world. Angela Merkel. Photo courtesy of CNBC In the midst of this week’s discussion surrounding the United States leaving the Paris Agreement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated in a campaign rally, “The times when we could completely rely on others are, to an extent, over.” The European-United States relationship is one of the strongest international alliances, and German-United States relations have been strong since WWII. These comments by Merkel, in reaction to Trump’s decision to remove America from the Paris climate deal have caused concern as to how other members of the agreement may react, with Merkel’s words serving a possible warning for the impending self-reliance and independence to come. Queen Elizabeth apparently approves of and admires Netflix’s The Crown. This week, a “senior royal source” at the Daily Express reported that The Queen of England has watched all 10 of the binge-worthy show’s episodes, per recommendation coming from her youngest son Prince Edward and her daughter-in-law Sophie. The Netflix original series visits Queen Elizabeth II’s early days on the throne and touches on the familiar and sexual relationships she had while reigning. Since the show broaches personal affairs that depict royalty, some of whom are directly affected, critics of the show wondered what the Queen might have to say about the original series. Though Her Majesty commented that “there were some depictions of events that she found too heavily dramatized,” the series overall receives her stamp of approval. Olivia Newton-John starts another battle with breast cancer. Our favorite blonde-in-black from Grease announced that her breast cancer was back after she postponed her U.S. and Canadian tour dates for the second consecutive month. Newton-John explained that the back pain she had been experiencing, causing her to postpone her May dates, was a result of the breast cancer she battled in 1992, which reappeared in her sacrum. The singer took to social media to say, “I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia.” So far, her June concert dates have been postponed and the singer is hoping to be well again “later in the year, better than ever, to celebrate her shows.” Olivia Newton-John. Photo courtesy of James Calderaro Kathy Griffin poses for gory photoshoot with President Trump’s bloody head This week, the outspoken comedian held up Donald Trump’s fake, severed head for a photo shoot with Tyler Shields. Before the footage was released, TMZ leaked the image, which caused an immediate uproar from Hollywood and the White House. It went beyond the usual Democrats versus Republicans dispute and Trump supporters versus Trump haters duo, instead addressing the larger issue of whether this was a right of Griffin’s freedom of speech or if the comedian had indeed crossed the line. The president, the first lady, as well as comedians including the likes of Jim Carrey, spoke out in reaction to Griffin’s leaked photo. It was CNN’s firing of Griffin from the annual New Year’s Eve show – one that she’s co-hosted with Anderson Cooper since 2007 – that revealed the biggest repercussion from this photoshoot thus far. Along with the network’s statement that “CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program,” Anderson Cooper also said in a separate tweet, “For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.” Griffin has since released a slew of public apologies and has arranged a public press conference later today to address the context and reactions to the photoshoot. Kathy Griffin. Photo courtesy of Esquire Jillian Dara Jillian grew up an island girl but converted to city style after living in Boston, London, Santiago, and now, NYC. She is a writer, editor and content creator with a desire to share stories in the lifestyle genre. With a particular focus on travel and profiles, she prides herself on sharing the most authentic story for those who aren’t able to share their own.