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Lucas Hedges is grateful for his Academy Award nomination and for his role in MCC Theater’s off-Broadway production of Yen. The 20-year-old Brooklyn-born actor, who received a Best Supporting Actor nod for his heartbreaking performance in Manchester by the Sea, says that all the hoopla surrounding the Oscars was starting to affect him—and not in a good way. “I was beginning to go a little insane,” he admitted at the drama’s opening-night bash at a sushi restaurant in Manhattan’s West Village. “I was starting to talk to myself. So getting to do this play, to have a community and be part of an ensemble, is what keeps me going and keeps me grounded.” However, the Saint Ann’s School alum (other notable grads include Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, and Zac Posen) confesses that he would have been a wee bit crestfallen had he not scored the coveted nomination. “I definitely would have been disappointed,” Hedges said, “but I think there’s a part of me that also would have been relieved . . . I have a whole new set of challenges in being nominated, but I’m incredibly grateful for the nomination and everything that’s come my way because of it.” For the big night on February 26, Hedges will be clad in a Gucci tuxedo and taking his mom as his plus-one. No fittings have taken place yet, but he’s “very excited” for the process to begin. So in between jetting off to L.A. for the SAG Awards and an upcoming nominees luncheon, what does Hedges—who before Manchester had only acted in bit parts—do to unwind when he’s not onstage? “I meditate—very pretentious,” he said charmingly, “and I try to read as much as I can and swim at the Y.”  

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A couple weeks ago, as the nation fretted about the imperiled future of the Affordable Care Act, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made news by announcing a series of actions that would preserve parts of it by requiring New York state health insurers to cover the cost of contraception and medically necessary abortions. And yesterday Cuomo made another move to protect women’s health: He proposed that New York state codify into its own constitution the protections established nationally by 1973’s Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling. Yes, New York, which legalized abortion ahead of the rest of the country in 1970, never wrote Roe v. Wade into its own constitution—mostly because it never really had to. “We’ve talked about it before; we’ve tried it before,” Governor Cuomo told me shortly after making the announcement on Monday. “But there was no pressing need. Everybody said, ‘Oh, there’s no need to do this, the Supreme Court would never reverse Roe v. Wade. It just couldn’t happen.’ Two years ago, three years ago, that was an impossibility.” Oh how quickly the politically unthinkable has become the new normal. “Just because you assume it could never happen,” the governor warned, “question that assumption. It may not be correct. That’s what we’re learning.” The proposed constitutional amendment will take years to pass (and will have to get through a Republican state senate). But under a president who has already reinstated the global gag rule, moved to defund Planned Parenthood, suggested he’d support the overturn of Roe v. Wade, and has announced a Supreme Court nominee who may be inclined to do just that, Cuomo’s announcement is both proactively pragmatic—it will enshrine rights New Yorkers have long taken for granted—and powerfully symbolic, an opportunity to lead the rest of the country by example. (As Slate points out, the symbolic value may count for more.) “As they pull on women’s rights, we’re going to push back on women’s rights,” the governor declared yesterday to a crowd of 1,600 Planned Parenthood affiliates and volunteers, who had bused in from across New York to gather in Albany for a day of rallying, lobbying the state senate, and jockeying to bump elbows with Planned Parenthood’s glamorous Grand Poobah (and Robin Wright doppelgänger), Cecile Richards, who caught the early train up from New York City. A long line of speakers addressed the room ahead of the governor: New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (“We know history, and we’re not going back!”); Thomas DiNapoli, state comptroller (“It’s dollars and sense—common sense—to invest in family planning in New York”); Dr. Rachael Phelps, a Planned Parenthood doctor from central western New York (“A woman who wants two children has to prevent pregnancy for 30 years. That’s a long time to never miss a pill”); New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul (“Other states have governor envy”); and finally, Richards, who introduced Cuomo as “a friend—really family—and Planned Parenthood’s partner in this fight.” Jokes of the day came not at the president’s expense—his antics now seem too dangerous to be funny—but at Albany’s (So cold! No Lyft! Not even any Uber!). The color of the day was pink: Many of the attendees—old, young, male, female—were sporting it. I spied pale pink crushed silk, mauve polka dots, a magenta quilted vest, a rosy tweed skirt suit, a coral tie, and the countless bubblegum scarves that someone had draped as a freebie on the back of each chair. In my row, Donna and Melissa, a mother daughter pair, had their new scarves looped around their necks, and the pink scarves that they’d brought from home tucked away in their bags. “Now we have matching ones,” Donna observed. Ever since the election she’d been writing checks to organizations that would be hurt by the Trump administration. “Planned Parenthood, ACLU, anything to do with immigrants,” she rattled off. “I will be writing another check,” she added, reaching up to touch the fabric around her neck. “I feel like I should buy this.” The feeling in the room—among speakers and attendees—was one of wry determination. As she thinks about having kids of her own, said Donna’s daughter Melissa, who looked to be in her 20s, “I’ve kind of hit a point where I don’t want to look back when my children ask me what I did, and I’m going to say: nothing? It’s time to really get out there.” Many other women had the same idea. Family Planning Advocates (a lobbying arm of Planned Parenthood) arranges this day of action annually, but Joan Malin, president of Planned Parenthood’s New York City chapter, informed me that triple the usual number of people had signed up this year. I was seated among residents of Long Island’s Nassau County, which had sent three busloads of people. “Big buses,” emphasized Linda, a senior citizen–aged sex educator. How was Linda feeling about the state of the union? “Cautiously non-optimistic,” she deadpanned. Her friend Susan chimed in, “I’m despairing,” she told me, but she was laughing as she said it. Richards seemed more hopeful when I cornered her after the rally, at a luncheon at the governor’s mansion. “We’re not on the defense,” she proclaimed. “We’re on the offense—and we will put anybody on defense who goes to take away women’s rights.” “The most recent polling shows that support for Roe v. Wade has never been stronger, and I think it’s because folks really realize they’re going to have to stand up and be counted,” Richards went on. “I think it shows a generational shift, but I also think it’s a recognition that this is a real threat; this is a real risk.” The governor’s announcement, she said, sends an important message—not only to other states, but to the federal government, too. “Clearly, it’s important that this is a right in 50 states, not simply in the state of New York,” she said. “We never want to go back to the days when women had to travel to New York state to get access to a safe and legal abortion.” Even so: “I think it does put the government on notice, much like the women’s march did. Anyone in the administration who’s thinking of taking away a woman’s right to choose, a right that women have had for more than 40 years, there are millions of people in this country who are going to fight back.” She’d mentioned earlier that she’d been part of the protest in Battery Park City against Trump’s immigration ban this weekend. What would she say to those who grouse that protests don’t work? Richards made a pained face. “It’s the only thing that ever has!” Then: “There’s another way of looking at it, which is: When you have a government that’s taking actions that are not supported by a majority of people in this country, then this is the recourse.” Richards doesn’t normally attend these lobbying days in New York; she focuses on states where women’s reproductive rights are most under attack. But Cuomo’s announcement and the size of the turnout gave her an excuse. “There have to be those leaders that are pushing us forward, and I think that’s what you saw with Governor Cuomo today,” she explained. “That’s what we’re seeing with other states where governors are leaping out ahead. Because in addition to protecting what we have, we have to have some places that are our North Star. That’s what New York state is.” The governor, born and raised in Queens, might agree. “If you’re frightened, it’s not you,” he told me toward the end of the lunch. “It’s the circumstances, and you’re not alone. These are frightening, radical proposals that in many ways are repugnant to what we believed our fundamental tenets were. I think New York is a powerful state, a state with resources. And I thought it was very important to stand up and say: ‘This state is going to do everything it can to protect individual rights, to make sure that individual rights are not trampled.’ ” What about all that talk of coastal elitism, the post-election referendum on urban-dwelling progressives, that we were out of touch with the rest of the country? “If you look at history,” Cuomo said, smiling, “Our agenda becomes the country’s agenda.” He named a series of social justice movements—environmental rights, workers’ rights, the women’s movement—that all had roots here. “Recently,” he added, “New York was the first big state to pass marriage equality.” The governor changed the pitch of his voice, imitating his detractors: “ ‘Well, that’s just New York. That’s those people in New York.’ Oh really? Three years later the Supreme Court said it was the law of the land. So that is the pattern. ‘Are they right? Are they wrong? Should we wait and see?’ New York says: No! You stand up and fight for your rights.” Later, a touch boastful, he added: “I don’t think it’s the New York way to wait. It’s the New York way to lead.”  

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Like mother, like daughter, as the saying goes. It’s certainly true of Kim Kardashian West and her daughter, North, when it comes to fashion. The pair was seen at a performance of Swan Lake in New York City last night looking nothing short of chic. They sported oversize shearlings, both from Kanye West’s Yeezy line, with North upping the lo-fi outfit with a sequined skater silhouette dress. Kanye has long said he wanted to design children’s wear—he’s already added baby Yeezy sneakers to his collection—and this latest effort, codesigned with Kim, is both cute and fashion-forward. Amping up the cool-kid vibes were Vans and knee-high socks. As for Mom? She stuck with her signature monochromatic aesthetic, pairing a midnight blue ensemble with matching lace-up booties from her husband’s line.   Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on eating reindeer at Met Gala 2016:

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Little Edie, is that you? Spotted last night outside the Bowery Hotel in lower Manhattan, Dakota Johnson donned a calf-grazing fur coat that recalled the old-world elegance of the Bouvier Beales before Grey Gardens. Johnson is in town to promote her latest film, Fifty Shades Darker, and has been ramping up her wardrobe with a few unexpected and stylish surprises. Her latest look is a perfect example: With a graphic tiger motif sprawled across the back, the coat brought a whimsical elegance to the idea of a traditional mink. It is just one of the quirky, retro touches that Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, has become known for. This fall Kate Moss wore Michele’s intarsia star motif fur, and Johnson takes this aesthetic to the next level—a fashion moment that’s major from all angles.   Dakota Johnson Finds Her Inner Supermodel:

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Raf Simons has become one of fashion’s most central and celebrated figures since entering the industry in 1995, thanks to his work at his eponymous menswear label and stints as creative director at Jil Sander and Dior. In 2016, it was announced that the Belgian will be the next creative director of Calvin Klein, overseeing women’s and men’s ready-to-wear. To those familiar with Simons’s youth-inspired vision, the appointment makes good sense: Calvin Klein is the brand behind fashion’s iconic Kate and Marky Mark ads and CK One’s gender-bending, cooler-than-thou look in the ’90s, and Simons has riffed on his own youth in Belgium to the acclaim of the industry. What’s more, when he left Dior, it was said that one of his reasons was he wanted complete oversight, something he would be closer to having at Calvin. For those not so familiar with the designer, here’s a primer on Simons’s life and career as he steps into his new role at Calvin Klein.   1968 Raf Simons is born in the small town of Neerpelt, Belgium. His father is a night watchman, and his mother is a house cleaner.   1989 Simons interns for Walter Van Beirendonck while studying industrial and furniture design in Genk. Van Beirendonck takes Simons to his first fashion show, Martin Margiela’s Spring 1990 all-white show. Simons told The Gentlewoman of the event: “As a student I always thought that fashion was a bit superficial, all glitz and glamour, but this show changed everything for me. I walked out of it and I thought, That’s what I’m going to do. That show is the reason I became a fashion designer.”   1991 Simons graduates from university in Genk. While in university, he hangs out at Antwerp’s Witzli-Poetzli café and becomes friends with Olivier Rizzo, Willy Vanderperre, and Veronique Branquinho. Much of this cast of photographers, stylists, and designers remain Simons’s closest collaborators to this day.   1995 Simons founds his own menswear label and presents an early menswear collection as an 8mm film featuring Branquinho.   1997 Simons stages his menswear fashion show in Paris, held at Impasse de Mont-Louis. Models walk around overpasses in the space wearing his slim-cut and youth-inspired designs.   1998 Rizzo, Vanderperre, and Simons collaborate to photograph Robbie Snelders for the inaugural issue of V Magazine. The photo, of Snelders with Mickey Mouse painted on his face by Peter Philips wearing a Raf Simons coat, becomes the magazine’s cover and gains widespread publicity. “It wasn’t meant to be published, but then suddenly it was everywhere,” Snelders said.   1999 Simons and his then-girlfriend Branquinho are hired to design two collections for leather house Ruffo Research. Isolated Heroes, a photography tome of David Sims’s pictures of the street-cast models in Simons’s Spring 2000 show, is published, giving credence to the designer’s street-inspired and youth-focused message.   2000 Simons teaches in the fashion department at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, a position he holds for five years.   2001 For Spring 2002, Simons cloaks his models in face-covering garments and sends them out on the runway carrying lit flares. The visual is haunting, inspired by recent acts of terror in major cities around the world. The fashion show predates September 11 by two months.   2005 Simons’s eponymous menswear label celebrates its 10th anniversary at Pitti Uomo with a series of parties, publications, and a fashion show in Florence’s Boboli Garden.   2006 Hired to design men’s and womenswear for Jil Sander in 2005, Simons presents his first collection for Fall 2006. His debut is hailed as bringing a new sexuality to the house while still being reverent to Sander’s minimalist roots.   2008 Jil Sander’s Spring 2009 collection centers around a series of fringe dresses draped in sexy and revealing ways. Miranda Kerr sports a look from the collection to the 2009 Met Gala, bringing further attention to Simons’s work.   2010-2012 Beginning with his Spring 2011 show and continuing through his Fall 2012 one, Simons delves deep into couture ideas at Jil Sander. The collections mix his streetwise sensibility—Spring 2011 features gowns to look like T-shirts tucked into skirts—with his skill as a craftsman. His final show for Jil Sander, for Fall 2012, is met with tears not only from Simons, but from some of his audience.   2012 Shortly after parting ways with Jil Sander, Simons is hired as the creative director for Dior. His first collection is for Fall 2012 Haute Couture and is presented in a hôtel particulier decked out with millions of flowers by his go-to florist, Mark Colle. Drawing on Monsieur Dior’s signatures, Simons riffs on the femme fleur and Bar jacket with aplomb.   2013 A longtime wearer of Adidas’s Stan Smith sneaker, Simons inks a deal with the athletic company to create collaborative collections. His updates to the Stan Smith, in vibrant colors and with a perforated “R” detail, become instant hits.   2013 Simons stages Dior’s Spring 2013 Haute Couture collection in Paris. One of the finale gowns, a bulb-skirted pale pink number, is chosen by Jennifer Lawrence for that year’s Academy Awards. Not only did she win the Oscar for her work in Silver Linings Playbook, but she also tripped up the stairs to the stage, cementing Simons’s dress in pop culture history.   2014 Los Angeles–based artist Sterling Ruby and Simons collaborate on a menswear collection for Fall 2014 that draws upon shared references and obsessions like American culture, heritage, and artistic process. The pieces achieve grail status in the menswear market.   2015 Dior and I, a documentary by Frédéric Tcheng, premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival. The movie depicts Simons’s first months as creative director of the house leading up to his debut show for Fall 2012 Haute Couture.   2015 Dior stages its Resort collection at Pierre Cardin’s home in the South of France, the Palais Bulles.   2015 Simons presents his Spring 2016 collection for Dior, inspired by purity and the quasi-Victorian outfits in Picnic at Hanging Rock. Later in the month of October, he resigns from his post at Dior, shocking the industry. His decision to leave Dior turns him into Google’s top trending fashion designer of the year.   2016 Simons presents his Spring 2017 collection to Florence’s Pitti Uomo fair. The 57-look collection is a collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation and features the iconic photographer’s work as a part of every look.   Simons is named chief creative officer of Calvin Klein. In this role he will oversee all the brand’s many subsets, from Calvin Klein Collection to Calvin Klein Home, as well as all its marketing, communications, and visual creative services. His longtime right hand, Pieter Mulier, who you might remember from Dior and I, will be the creative director, reporting directly to Simons.  

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It isn’t just the profound afterglow of the Women’s March on Washington, though that has certainly rekindled my ardor. My love affair with demonstrations started long before that incredible Saturday in Washington. It began when I was so young I had to beg my parents to let me go to peace rallies, and I look back on their tolerance now with awe and gratefulness. Virtually none of my friends’ parents would let a young teenager board a bus alone at 4:00 a.m. to set off for the wilds of D.C. But of course, when you’re in love, even at an extremely tender age, you can be extremely persuasive. Roughly the same age as Shakespeare’s Juliet, I made my arguments, if not with her eloquence, at least with equal ferocity. As much as other schoolgirls longed to date the slightly rough guy from the wrong side of town, I dreamed of being among thousands of upstarts, all of whom were much older than I, waving banners and chanting slogans. I loved the feeling of solidarity I found at demonstrations, a sense of belonging stunningly absent from my days spent in a suburban high school. I was a lonely girl in Massapequa Park, nothing to keep me warm at night but my plastic transistor radio under the covers, turned to WBAI, which would report on the sit-ins and teach-ins occurring in New York City, seemingly a million miles away. Sometimes I could indulge my obsession remotely. I begged my dad, who worked in the city, to bring me a copy of an album called something like Songs of the Selma Montgomery March, which he found at the Colony Records store in the famous Brill Building on Broadway. Like a letter from a faraway boyfriend, these songs, playing endlessly on the little record player I had in my room, made me feel as if I was part of something exciting, something new and real. When I grew up, finally!—for doesn’t childhood stretch on for eons and adulthood pass by in a mighty flash?—I never gave up my love for mass action, cheering on the union movement, the feminist movement, the fights for disarmament, and civil rights, and playing whatever small part I could. It was first love, for sure, but I am not one of those people who wake up one day and mourn her silly misspent youth. It may have been puppy love, but it has turned, I hope, into a fierce fighting dog, still barking after all these years.  

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Steve Aoki—the globe-trotting DJ and music producer—has “something new in the wheelhouse.” Enter: Dim Mak Collection, a streetwear line splinter of his Dim Mak record label and events production company, which he founded in 1996. If today’s presentation was an indicator of what Aoki is capable of, in terms of branding and buzz, then he may soon be just as recognized for his skill with a sketch pad as for his talent behind the turntables. “I’ve been screening T-shirts since I was 15,” said the man backstage before his presentation pushed off. “To be able to do this now, in this way, it took a while but it’s what I’ve always wanted.” Aoki has produced four collections so far for Dim Mak Collection—they were all made with the “specific” Japanese market in mind (Dim Mak Collection is developed and manufactured in the country). He’s going to keep his design team in Japan for now, though he chose to show a wider range lineup at New York Fashion Week: Men’s in order to get in front of—and entice—American eyes. And what Aoki sent out will doubtlessly appeal to a cross section of the young and the cool—such is his proven magic. His aesthetic is a unique mix of nightclub-y, skate-centric, Los Angeleno, and generally energetic cues (and was further informed today by the Beat Generation and ’70s-era New York), with results that are a little eccentric but not so much that they alienate. The clothes had all of these hallmarks. See: a long khaki trenchcoat with contrasting black laces (replete with a bullet-wounded form by the artist David Choe printed on the back); trousers with double belting; an MA-1 with a slight puffiness and an even slighter iridescence; and coordinating black-and-gray plaid work suits with neon yellow accenting. Aoki was especially thankful for the CFDA allowing him to debut in the U.S. under his own terms. “We’re using skaters, not models,” he said. (They rode a temporarily installed half-pipe while the band Mangchi performed.) “We want to make it legit, but also, we want to do so in our own way.” He has our attention.  

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The lease is signed, you’ve handed in the keys to your old pad, and your boxes are packed. But before you can settle into cohabiting bliss, you may still have a few hurdles to overcome. “Decorating is such a stress point for couples,” says New Orleans–based interior designer Sara Ruffin Costello. “When you’re decorating rooms, it’s like working on any job together; you’ve got to come together, and there’s going to be lots of compromises. The quicker you enter the program like that, the less blow-ups there will be.” With that in mind, here are some tips on how to peacefully primp your new space—without meltdowns. Get on the Same Page Financially Moving in together can be a serious test for how well couples will work together in the financial realm. To avoid any financial surprises, map out a master budget for decorating your new space—and stick to it. If your dream lounge chair is too pricey, circle back to it a year from now—you can always upgrade staple pieces in the same color palette. Purge, Purge, Purge “I would rather have a hole where a table should be than a table I don’t want to look at,” says Costello. “I think the most liberating thing in the world is to have the equivalent of a yard sale, which allows a couple to actually go out and hunt together, rather than be saddled with a lot of things they don’t want.” Take inventory of your items together, making note of special keepsake pieces you’d never want to toss. “There are things you want to keep that are sentimental and have these wonderful narratives associated with them,” says Costello. “Those things make a couple’s apartment.” Not digging the dresser he’s had since childhood? Have a calm conversation about potentially repurposing or sprucing up pieces headed for antique status. Remember: a new coat of paint can go a long way! Determine Your Mix With dozens of decorating aesthetics available at our fingertips, it’s no wonder couples often struggle to get on the same style page. “The options are dizzying,” says Costello. “Do I want it to be total French? Should we go Swedish modern? Who you want to be on Tuesday is sometimes not who you want to be on Saturday.” Costello advises couples to pick and choose pieces and styles that bring out their best selves individually—then blend. “As any decorator will tell you, the beauty is in the mix,” she says. “There’s a way to blend two different styles—let’s say, hyper-feminine with the man-cave look. These two can blend together really well, if you pick and choose correctly; it’s a wonderful balance. If there’s too much man cave, it’s out of balance—like the yin and the yang—it’s a wonderful thing when both styles are taken with measured consideration.” Start With the Sofa The focal point of almost any entertaining space can also be a serious investment, not to mention a major point of conflict for just-moved-in couples. “In many cases, sofas need to be jettisoned because most people’s starter sofas aren’t that great, and it’s a fun thing to buy together,” says Costello. “It really sets the tone for the rest of the room, so I like to start fresh.” After you’ve established the desired look and feel of your new place, begin shopping for a new sofa—and take your time. If well-maintained, this staple item can last you and your beau over a decade, so it’s important to agree on its shape, size, and overall look before hiring movers. Stick With “Non-Color” Walls “Color transcends gender in so many ways because it can cut in either direction, but white is typically a safe bet,” says Costello. “White, cream, ecru—any of that—levels the playing field.” To keep rooms feeling gender-neutral, Costello advises couples to stick with strictly light or dark colors for their walls. “With those non-color colors, you can weave in a palette that is masculine and feminine,” she says. For more zest, be sure to add pops of color in the form of accent pillows, wall art, and decorative items around your space. Make Your Presence Known—Slowly Moving into your (already established) lover’s place? Make your presence known, but be sure to wield your sword lightly. “Start with something small, like the bed linens,” says Costello. “This is someone’s home. You don’t want to all of a sudden put your stamp on it and steamroll. That’s a great way to break up immediately.” Rather than zeroing in on what you don’t like about your partner’s space, focus on first adding small items that will bring you both joy. “I think the greatest relationship advice is don’t sweat the small stuff, so I apply it to decorating together as well,” says Costello. Above all else, if you find yourself in a decorating stalemate, sleep on it. Your new roommate will thank you for it.  

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We’ve got Gigi Hadid to thank for kicking the over-the-knee-boot craze into overdrive. It was about a year ago when the model was first spotted in a pair of Stuart Weitzmans pulled up over skinny jeans, and since then she’s sported her now-signature shoe with everything from ribbed sweater dresses to denim cutoffs. Clearly, the all-occasion style is an accessory worth investing in. But for many, the steep price tag is enough to give the whole idea, well, the boot. And understandably so. Which is why we’ve pinpointed 23 alternatives to help you dip a toe into the trend without digging too deep into your pockets. Featuring lace-up closures and a block heel, Dune’s Sibyl boots will stack up next to Hadid’s, while setting you back just $115. Flat devotees can get a leg up on the look with Toga’s stretch-leather Pulla boots, which boast Western-inspired buckled hardware. Looking to take the trend into a totally new direction? Try on Giuseppe Zanotti’s Melissa for size in rich chocolate brown with gold metal detail. And considering they’re marked at $333 (down from $1,334), they’re a stylish steal. In other words, run—don’t walk—to shop these and others in the slideshow above.  

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Beloved chef Julia Turshen has helped write some pretty legendary cookbooks in her time (Buvette, The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook, The Fat Radish Kitchen Diaries, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Good, to name a few), but her best book yet may be her own. Since its release last September, Small Victories was named one of the best cookbooks of Fall 2016 by The New York Times, and for good reason—the easy-to-follow prose reads like a lesson in the kitchen taken with your best friend over some tea. One favorite recipe from the classic cookbook is Turshen’s Aunt Renee’s Chicken Soup, named after the author’s dearly departed aunt. “It is unequivocally my favorite food in the world,” explains Turshen. “The small victory here is not just carrying on traditions, but also learning how to make a good chicken soup; because in doing so, you learn to make chicken stock—the backbone (no pun intended) for so many things in the kitchen. You can put a whole chicken directly in the pot, but I like to separate it so that the white meat is easy to retrieve early on and, also, the whole pot is easier to stir during cooking.” Like so many of the best chicken recipes, the below recipe is unbelievably versatile, and makes the perfect base for everything from classic chicken noodle to more variations, like a spicy Thai version or Italian Wedding. Really whatever suits your mood—chicken soup for the soul, indeed. Aunt Renee’s Chicken Soup   Ingredients One 4-lb (1.8-kg) chicken, cut into 8 pieces (2 breasts, 2 wings, 2 thighs, and 2 legs), backbone reserved 1 lb. (455 g) chicken wings 2 large yellow onions, unpeeled, roughly chopped 4 celery stalks, roughly chopped 1 head garlic, halved horizontally so that the cloves are exposed A handful of fresh Italian parsley sprigs, stems reserved and leaves finely chopped 1 T black peppercorns Kosher salt 8 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch (5 cm) pieces 3 quarts (2.8 liters) water 2 parsnips, peeled and cut into 2-inch (5 cm) pieces A handful of roughly chopped fresh dill Instructions 1. In the largest pot you have, combine chicken pieces, chicken wings, onions, celery, garlic, parsley stems, peppercorns, and 1 tablespoon salt. Add half of the carrots to the pot and cover with the water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer and cook, skimming off and discarding any foam that rises to the top, until the chicken breasts are firm to the touch, about 25 minutes. 2. Use tongs to remove the chicken breasts from the pot and set them aside in a bowl. Continue simmering the stock, stirring it every so often and skimming any foam that rises to the top, until everything in the pot has given up all of its structural integrity (the vegetables should be totally soft and the chicken should look well past its prime—this is all great, it means these things have given all of their flavor to the water) and the stock is a rich golden color, about 3 hours. 3. While the stock is simmering, let the chicken breasts cool to room temperature, and then discard the skin, remove the meat from the bones (discard the bones), and shred the meat. Set the meat aside. 4. Ladle the stock through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean pot (or, if you don’t have another large pot, ladle it into a bowl, clean the pot you started with, and return the stock to the pot). Discard the contents of the sieve (everything in it will have given all it can by this point). 5. Bring the stock back to a boil and season to taste with salt (be bold, it will need quite a bit!). Add the remaining carrots and the parsnips, lower the heat, and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. 6. Add the reserved chicken breast meat to the soup and let it warm up for a minute or two. Ladle the soup into bowls, and top each with some of the chopped parsley and dill. Serve immediately. Note: This soup is even better the next day. Do not discard the hardened fat that will have formed on top after the soup has been refrigerated. According to Turshen, “the rich pools of chicken fat on top of your soup are essential.” Spin-offs: Italian Wedding Soup Leave out the parsnips and extra carrots and save the cooked chicken breasts for something else. Poach little meatballs in the soup and wilt in some chopped escarole right before serving. Each bowl should get lots of grated Parmesan cheese. Thai Chicken Soup Add a large piece of crushed fresh ginger, a bunch of scallions, some cilantro stems, and a chopped chile to the broth. Adjust the water to 10 cups (2.4 liters) and add a 13 1/2-ounce (398 ml) can of full-fat coconut milk. Leave out the parsnips and extra carrots and simply serve the broth with the shredded chicken. Top with sliced scallions and cilantro leaves. Chicken and Vegetable Soup Simply add whichever kinds of vegetables you like to the strained broth (with or without the parsnips and extra carrots). Add the shredded white meat or save it for something else, like chicken salad sandwiches. Some of my favorite combinations include diced beets and shredded red cabbage (stunning!), finely diced leeks and roughly chopped potatoes, and shredded savoy cabbage with chopped tomatoes. Serve with grated Parmesan.  

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During these perilous times, when executive orders threaten human and civil rights, it seems almost improbable to call a selfie an active political intervention. Isn’t a snapshot from any number of the massive nationwide protests a more moving and selfless visual of resistance? But for Riya Hamid, a Brooklyn-based poet who hails from Chittagong, Bangladesh, social media visibility is, in fact, a significant way to combat massive misconceptions and stereotypes around her Muslim faith. Growing up dressed by her mother, Hamid began defining her personal style in her teens and challenging cultural double standards, gaining the confidence to become the outspoken Muslim woman she is today. It’s why her posting a striking self-portrait recently isn’t frivolous, but rather, as she explained, an embrace of her cultural identity as a woman of color and a defiant challenge to being made to feel “other.” Joining a robust community of young black and brown women online, Hamid is focused more than ever about controlling the images she sees and the image she disseminates of herself to the world. Her investment in her visual presentation helps articulate a Muslim woman’s varying tastes, interests, passions, and experiences during a time when society so often wants to circumscribe them. Here, she tells us how she learned to mix her heritage, grunge music, and a love for thrifting to create her distinct and stunning personal style. Growing Up Conservatively “My mom was a fan of floral and color, borrowing from the aesthetic back home, and very traditional and believed in modesty, so she dressed me as such. My hair was always tied in a ponytail—having it loose was considered to be immodest and attention-grabbing. I was forbidden to show skin or wear jeans that were tight. I didn’t look like the other girls in middle school, and I was bullied relentlessly because of it—whether it was about the hair on my upper lip, my floral frock, the fact that I had coconut oil clinging to my hair, or that I smelled like the biryani my mother cooked for dinner. It was terribly alienating and affected my self-esteem in a way that for a long time seemed irreparable. It was a struggle trying to balance two contrasting identities and trying to find myself among Eurocentric beauty standards. No one I saw on TV or film had black hair, dark skin, or eyes as dark as mine. I hated the way I looked for a long time because of it and constantly felt like I was drowning. Even the actresses I grew up with in Bollywood films were mostly very light-skinned and had Eurocentric features.” Pressure to Cover Up “For a long time, I was ashamed of having breasts. I went through puberty considerably early and was made to feel very self-conscious about them. Even if I were just wearing a basic T-shirt and your average pair of jeans, I would be told to wear a veil over my chest in case I stirred lust in the eyes of some guy. I remember getting ready for a family picnic once and my mom telling me to do that. When I asked her why, she answered, ‘Because your uncles are going to be there.’ And I was just like, ‘Wait a minute, if I’m a 13-year-old girl and my 40-something-year-old uncles are looking at my chest, isn’t that their fault? Wouldn’t that make them creepy?’ My mother’s beliefs are largely the result of men misconstruing a religion and molding it in a way that benefits them and enforcing the patriarchy for centuries, so I absolve her of fault. But after that, I just started doing my own thing—thinking critically and nursing this newfound freedom to be whoever and however I wanted to be.” Learning to Embrace Her Curves “When I was 13, a cousin of mine came from Bangladesh. She was a beautiful, confident, curvy woman. She poured a lot of thought into her outfits and was subject to a lot of gossip in the community because she was too ‘bold’ and confident in how she looked. She was the type of woman that wasn’t afraid of wearing a form-fitting dress despite having wide hips and large breasts. Once, she made me try on these huge poppy earrings that girls in school wore that I could never fathom wearing because of the restrictions of my culture—and I was hooked. I just felt pretty for the first time. That same week, my Barbadian English teacher, Ms. Collymore, walked up to me after class, looked me in the eye, and said, ‘You know you’re beautiful, right?’ I chuckled and said, ‘Yes,’ but I wasn’t 100 percent sure if I believed it yet. It was a process.” Teenage Spirit “In middle school, I became really fixated on grunge music. My parents never really introduced me to books or music or art, so I scoured the Internet on my own for things that resonated with me. I remember the first time I heard Nirvana and losing my fucking mind, like, ‘Whoa, someone gets me.’ It sounds cheesy now, but at the time it was profound. I started wearing a lot of black and really started to feel that first sense of comfort, that the way I was dressing had something to say about me.” Thrifting Her Way to Personal Style “I was able to better solidify my identity and become more comfortable with my own skin in high school. I ventured out of the neighborhood stores and started going thrifting. I’d find these really cool, unique pieces that spoke to me. I started wearing only things that I felt were a reflection of who I was. I was the girl in the hallway wearing a huge hat and winged eyeliner every day. I’d spend an hour and a half just getting ready for school, which in retrospect seems way superfluous, but I suppose I was overcompensating for all of those years of being bullied and feeling like absolute shit all of the time. I attracted a lot of negative attention because of it, but I didn’t care.” Letting the Colors In “I’d say my personal style is a lot more relaxed and effortless now. I like to be comfortable, but I also like to stand out. My style is a hybrid of the ’90s and the ’70s—two important decades that produced a wave of great music and films. I’ve embraced my heritage and try to incorporate aspects of it in otherwise Western looks. It’s kind of reclaiming my culture. When I was younger, I used to shy away from really bright colors and pastels because they would accentuate my melanin, something I always felt ashamed of. I’m pretty unafraid to do that now. Shedding all of that internalized hatred for your skin as a person of color is an ongoing effort, but I think it’s going pretty well.” Tattoos Help Get Her Point Across “I hardly thought about it when I got my first tattoo. I was just one of those impulsive teens who wanted to do new shit. But I did have to hide it from my parents for a whole year. If they were in the same room as me, I’d wear a full-length shirt or just put on a denim jacket over whatever I was wearing. I’m surprised I got away with it for that long. I’ve always felt very strongly about words and poetry. It was one of my first outlets as a kid. I got it from that English teacher, Ms. Collymore. My first few tattoos were lines from my favorite poems at the time. I liked having those words permanently etched onto my skin.” A Selfie Speaks a Thousand Words “When I was new to Instagram, I made a conscious effort to refrain from posting photos of myself and would almost exclusively post photos of whatever cool mural I found walking the streets of Bushwick, or something. But Instagram made me realize that there were so many brown and black women out there being unapologetically beautiful. The wonderful thing about social media is you can control, to huge extent, the content that appears on your feed instead of the media dictating what you should see, and my feed was just filled with brown bodies. I realized, ‘Wait, I spent most of my life feeling unattractive because of Eurocentric beauty standards and my struggle with body dysmorphia is still constant and aggressive. I can take all the selfies I fucking want.’ ”  

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  Maria Grazia Chiuri’s vision for Christian Dior is heavy on girl power, but that doesn’t mean her designs are just for the under-30 crowd. At last night’s Lumières Awards in Paris, Isabelle Huppert stepped out in a gown straight from the Dior runway that was updated via a simple styling trick. Wearing a sheer top beneath her slip dress, the French actress made the summery ensemble seasonally appropriate while presenting her take on the Dior look. Accessorizing with oversize diamond studs, crimson lips, and an understated hairstyle, Huppert was a shining example of French chic as she took home the prize for Best Actress. Huppert, 63, has brought a regal sensibility to her wardrobe throughout awards season, emerging as a style star to watch. Where most actresses wear their Dior in the same way it was seen on the runway, she cleverly added another layer of interest to a collection that has proved exceedingly popular. Huppert is certainly a fan of designers who prioritize craftsmanship; her love of Armani Privé, Bouchra Jarrar, and Chanel is well documented. Given her willingness to experiment, and the fact that Dior’s whimsical creations are now a part of her repertoire, she is sure to continue stepping out in fabulous fashions.  

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Weekend shopping trips in Soho. Perusing the antique furniture stalls of Paris flea markets. Although there was no mention of sharing avocado toast at brunch, the reports swirling around Kendall Jenner and A$AP Rocky’s recent escapades are adding up to sound like a budding romance. Yes, that’s right: The supermodel-cum-clotheshorse and hip-hop’s most fashion-obsessed star have been photographed flitting about between New York, Paris, and Miami in recent weeks, flirting along what appears to be a whirlwind and endless string of transcontinental shopping trips. It’s the stuff of a fashion girl’s dream: dating a man who not only finds your voracious appetite for clothing a turn-on, but for whom shopping represents the ultimate bonding experience. Because, quite frankly, it really is. Perusing a store for new arrivals can help you learn so much about bae’s interests, tastes, and endearing quirks than a dating profile ever could. Observe as he lingers over cashmere knit sweaters, perhaps checking the label for fiber contents or to determine whether it’s truly fair trade. Perhaps he knows his pant size and doesn’t even need to try on a new pair before making a purchase. Is he an impulse buyer? A sneakerhead? Is he a jewelry fanatic like yourself? Can he actually pull off man jewelry? Wait, do you guys share the same jean size? Of all the numerous revelations a routine shopping trip can unearth, learning that you can combine wardrobes with your rakish beloved may prove most illuminating. Who knows if Kendall and A$AP have tapped into each other’s designer-laden arsenal just yet, but a man willing to part with, say, his Raf Simons collection is a man worth keeping around, if you ask us. Cropped Dior furs are his and hers, and diamond necklaces are practically interchangeable. Imagine all the Japanese selvage denim one could borrow or perfectly oversize flannels: The fashion connection between romantic partners may certainly pale in comparison to such virtues as trust and fidelity, but quickly an intimacy is built. After all, you’re quite literally bringing someone into your space and sharing a piece of yourself. In so many ways, borrowing a boyfriend’s perfectly worn-in moto jacket becomes a fashion statement and a vestige of your love. So don’t feel guilty when you scour his closet and swipe his Marcelo Burlon track shorts or Thom Browne bucket hat. Just calmly explain it’s like having a little piece of him all around. If he’s still not buying it, don’t discourage him from layering up with your T By Alexander Wang striped knit turtleneck, while you snuggle deep into his Richardson “Stay With Me” sweatshirt. It’s bound to bring you two closer.  

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  It seems 2017 is the year of the sheared, layered chop—at least in the world of Hailey Baldwin. The model took to Instagram to share what looks to be a new cut and freshly snipped bangs, the straight style doubling as a study in geometry. Rather than opting for a blunt length or full-fringe look, Baldwin’s blanched, shoulder-skimming lengths center on angles and lines, with shorter strands framing her cheekbones to highlight-worthy effect. Based on the caption, the new chop likely has roots in Baldwin’s younger years, but one thing is certain: The updated rendition is anything but retro.  

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  Neon is clearly having a moment. You can thank, in part, La La Land, a film that washes Los Angeles in a cool Technicolor glow. Beyond its seductive qualities, the artistry and skill required to create neon works—the bending of tubes by hand into sinuous letters and forms—are also experiencing a resurgent appreciation. “I became enamored and obsessed with the way these signs are designed and handmade,” explains Tanja Tiziana, a Toronto-based photographer whose recently released book, Buzzing Lights: The Fading Neon Landscape of North America, documents vintage signs across the United States and Canada. “I was drawn to their cool designs and retro aesthetic.” If you, too, find yourself enamored with neon, here’s a look at some ways to get turned on by the quintessential gas-and-glass combination right now. And in case you can’t get enough, we’ve also included a few ways to work the glow into your home in the slideshow. Take a Tour of La La Land’s Iconic Neon Gems “Throughout the film, you see classic neon signs fronting the Rialto Theater in South Pasadena, the Lighthouse Café in Hermosa Beach, and many others,” says Harry Medved, coauthor of Hollywood Escapes: The Moviegoer’s Guide to Exploring Southern California’s Great Outdoors. “The location managers who found these vintage landmarks really helped shape the look of the movie.” Of course, neon love is not new in Hollywood. “Los Angeles has always had a love affair with neon, thanks to our romance with car culture and advertisers’ attempts to stop traffic with brightly colored signage,” says Medved. In La La Land, director Damien Chazelle plays tribute to classic Hollywood landmarks like Musso and Frank and the Brown Derby in a Singin’ in the Rain style montage that dazzles the eyes with nostalgia and light. Another neon-lit L.A. landmark featured in the film—if only fleetingly—is in the century-old, newly hip Grand Central Market, where Ryan Gosling’s and Emma Stone’s characters, Seb and Mia, eat pupusas under the neon-blue glow of Sarita’s Pupuseria. Visit the Neon Muzeum in Warsaw Poland has long been famous for its graphic art, from beautiful movie posters to striking signage. The Cold War coincided with a golden age of neon, when signs lit up otherwise drab Soviet-era buildings in rebuilt Warsaw. The city’s Neon Muzeum, which boasts the biggest single collection of neon signs anywhere in Europe, is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of Poland’s Cold War–era signs by the likes of Jan Mucharski, Tadeusz Rogowski, and Jan Boguslawski. The old store and factory signs are also a treat for lovers of font design. Located in the revamped Soho Factory in Praga, Warsaw’s cool art hub, the museum has quickly become one of the city’s biggest draws. Do It Yourself California’s Museum of Neon Art offers a one-day immersive class that gives an overview of what it takes to make neon, as well as more intensive courses that allow you to create your own glowing gas signs or restore and preserve vintage ones. Artist Lili Lakich’s studio in L.A. offers an eight-week intensive course, called Zero to Neon. Lakich, who has been creating neon art since the mid-’60s, explains of her passion: “It’s one of the most viscerally beautiful mediums possible. When you get in front of it, the light draws you in. It has a real moth-to-flame quality.” Her course teaches people how to design and create their owns signs and sculptures, from the preliminary drawing to the fabrication. Students have included a 17-year-old high school junior and a 74-year-old rabbi, who made neon candlesticks. Visit the Neon Museum in Las Vegas The Neon Museum is dedicated to collecting, restoring, and relighting the iconic neon signs that have helped shaped Las Vegas.“Neon is probably the most iconic thing that people associate with Las Vegas—it’s the skyline of the city,” a spokesperson for the museum explains. “There’s no other place like it unless you go to Japan.” The collection includes vintage hotel and casino signs that lay in the Neon Boneyard, an outdoor extension of the museum. (Fun fact: Boneyard is a term used by sign companies for the place where sign-makers go to scavenge for old parts.) Some broken tubes and rusted signs in the museum’s boneyard date back to the 1930s. There are even signs from Moulin Rouge (the first racially integrated hotel in Vegas) and the Frontier, the first Vegas venue Elvis performed in. Watch Blade Runner (Old and New) Ridley Scott’s original 1982 Blade Runner introduced the world to an art aesthetic known as future noir, with cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth’s neon-lit world becoming highly influential. If early teasers are any indication, Blade Runner 2049, the upcoming sequel starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford and being released later this year, is sure to be a worthy, neon-filled successor. In a similar vein, we can also look forward to the neon-noir vibes of Duncan Jones’s film Mute. His sci-fi story about a mute bartender whose girlfriend goes missing in Berlin will be out later this year on Netflix and promises to feature plenty of dazzling neon.  

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