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On Monday, acting Attorney General Sally Yates sent a letter to the Justice Department asking lawyers not to defend President Trump’s latest executive order (which barred all refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries) in court. Yates, who reportedly considered resigning over the weekend because of the ban, believed the executive order to be possibly against the law, as it discriminates against people on the basis of their nationality. “At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities, nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful,” she wrote. Hours later, she was fired by the Trump administration and replaced with Dana J. Boente Ironically enough, during Yates’s confirmation hearing in 2015, Senator Jeff Sessions, Trump’s pick for attorney general, asked Yates whether or not she would be willing to stand up against President Barack Obama if his actions were against the law. Her response falls in line with the courage she displayed on Monday. “I believe that the attorney general or the deputy attorney general has an obligation to follow the law and the constitution and to give its independent legal advice to the president,” she said. Here’s the thing: Yates is just one of the many women who are challenging Trump’s immigration ban across the country. On Saturday night, New York federal Judge Ann Donnelly issued a temporary nationwide stay, allowing immigrants from the seven listed countries that had already arrived to airports in the United States to avoid deportation. The same evening, Judge Leonie Brinkema of the Eastern District of Virginia passed a temporary order preventing officials from immediately deporting green card holders at Dulles International Airport, and giving them the right to an attorney. Early Sunday morning, Massachusetts Judge Allison Burroughs and Magistrate Judge Judith Dein passed a seven-day restraining order against the ban. Among the lawyers working overtime at Dulles airport on Sunday night, “probably 70 percent” were young women, according to The Atlantic’s Matt Ford. “It is clear that the resistance to Trump’s radical agenda will be led by courageous women fighting for our future,” California senator Kamala Harris tweeted last night. That’s not to say men aren’t also stepping up to the plate: Washington Judge Thomas Zilly passed an order to halt further deportation two immigrants, and thousands of people of all genders have protested at airports across the country. But it is quite fitting that it’s predominantly women who are bravely challenging Trump, a president who has made no bones about his misogynist rhetoric and boasted of being able to grab women by their genitals without their consent. The message is clear: Women are grabbing back.

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Inside a sleek, climate-controlled lab in Houston sit test tubes filled with the skin-care equivalent of liquid gold: a synthesized blend of hyaluronic acid shown to hydrate five times more effectively than other topical cocktails of its kind. “It literally pulls in moisture from the air, like a superdew,” explains Mark Potter, a chemist with a background in climate science, who spent 10 years obsessively researching the game-changing ingredient that anchors the “ultimate moisturizer,” which is how he refers to Bob’s Cream from Scalisi Skincare. The brainchild of Bob Nielsen, a former Estée Lauder executive known for developing such now-iconic brands as La Mer, the salve has been in the works since Nielsen retired in 2001 and was only recently completed with the addition of Potter’s discovery. The potential for this kind of pumped-up fix for flakiness is something to get excited about. “Hydration is the life force of your complexion,” confirms New York City dermatologist Julie Karen, M.D., pointing to quenching agents as the pathway to “glowy, youthful skin.” But with new moisturizing protocols changing the beauty conversation, knowing your time-release hyaluronic acid from your dual-matrix masks might be your best line of defense against dryness. Here, an insider’s guide to exactly which breakthroughs you need in your winter arsenal this year. Supercharged Serums By design, serums lack occlusive ingredients—thick waxes, fatty acids, and other emollients—and often require layering underneath something with more barrier protection. But for the seriously dehydrated, a fast-penetrating fluid can bring welcome relief. “Serums have a lightweight texture without many additives to dilute them,” explains Karen—meaning they have the potential to deliver a higher concentration of actives. Case in point: SkinCeuticals’s just-launched H.A. Intensifier, which uses spliced hyaluronic acid with incrementally smaller molecules to provide gradual, prolonged absorption of moisture. Second-Wave Oils Facial oils have emerged as a plant-based cure-all for everything from elasticity to dark spots, but “not all oils are created equal,” says Karen. Targeted essential oils (especially citrus varieties) and certain botanical fatty acids, like those in coconut oil, can aggravate acne and irritate sensitive skin. Well-crafted blends with lighter, more universally tolerable bases of tamanu, grapeseed, or the olive oil in Danish-born makeup artist Kirsten Kjær Weis’s new the Beautiful Oil, offer both nourishment and protective antioxidants that nearly vanish into the complexion (and can double as a primer under foundation). For even less risk of reactivity, Manhattan dermatologist Sue Ann Wee, M.D., suggests hybrid oil-creams, a recent advancement in formulation in which micro-droplets of oil float in a cushiony lotion. Showcased in Chanel’s forthcoming Hydrating Beauty Micro Crème, restorative camellia oil is dispersed, shine-free, upon application to help preserve its potency and drive benefits further into the skin. Intelligent-Delivery Treatment Creams With the ability to tackle multiple problems in a single jar, new high-performance moisturizers aim to outdo their predecessors, which have historically skewed heavy on richness and light on performance. Guerlain’s Orchidée Impériale Brightening Cream-In-Mask delivers 10 times more hydration than a standard rub-on application thanks to its ultra-absorbent fabric sheet: One side is soaked with a plumping and dullness-fighting concentrate, while the other is laminated to seal in moisture. Arriving from straight from Seoul, Korea, Sulwhasoo’s Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream EX, on the other hand, is the latest spin on the brand’s cult-favorite original released in 2000: this fourth-generation version contains a maximized dose of compound K, a skin-firming ingredient derived from ginseng roots that’s highly unstable but can now be encapsulated with bio-conversation technology (an advance that picked up a scientific distinction from Korea’s prime minister). And then there’s Nielsen’s superbalm, which packs a powerhouse blend of antiaging peptides and strengthening proteins along with Potter’s hyaluronic acid. Used twice daily, the chemist says, it will form a “healing dome” over the skin—the perfect antidote, perhaps, to a polar vortex.  

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Pharrell and his wife, Helen Lasichanh,  welcomed triplets earlier this month. Their rep declined to disclose the names or genders of the new bundles of joy, but did say that both mother and babies are in good health. Pharrell and Lasichanh already have an 8-year-old son, Rocket, who is now a big brother three times over. And while we can only imagine that Pharrell is taking some much needed time at home to be with his rapidly growing family these days, the singer and mogul also has a busy schedule ahead of him. As a producer and songwriter for this year’s critically acclaimed Hidden Figures, Pharrell has been making the awards-show circuit. Perhaps come Oscar time next month we’ll get to learn a little bit more about this happy news from the singer himself.  

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Quirky compositions, uncommon colors, and contemporary graphics defined the high and fine jewelry collections on show in and around the Place Vendôme during the Spring 2017 Haute Couture collections. Anything goes, so long as the statement is big and bold. Solange Azagury-Partridge When she realized she had a lot of loose stones sitting around, Solange Azagury-Partridge decided to throw what she calls a “party on your hand,” explaining, “I hate the idea of jewels just sleeping in a safe and doing nothing.” Here, two of her Portals, the Space Station and Temple rings have sex more color- and process-intensive siblings in sculptural shapes most with ceramic plate and lacquer. Think of them as anti-layering statements: One ring says it all. Giampiero Bodino When he’s not acting as art director for all the Richemont group’s brands, the multitalented Giampiero Bodino turns out very haute jewelry under his own name. With his first foray into timepieces, he revealed three one-of-a-kind high-jewelry bracelets with secret watches. The one inside the Rosa dei Venti bracelet is concealed under an 11.49-carat Zambian cabochon emerald surrounded by sapphires, rubies, and diamonds on a bracelet with lacy fleur-de-lys motif. Suzanne Syz Art Jewels With her very first design, a large turquoise necklace, contemporary art collector Suzanne Syz landed a legendary client: Elizabeth Taylor bought it right off her after a lunch. Today, she and her team turn out about 50 pieces per year that are shown alongside art and jewelry shows in places like Gstaad, New York, and London. This “Power to the Flower” ring is set in titanium with spinels, rose cut diamonds, yellow diamonds, and ceramic pistils surrounding an important, irregularly shaped emerald. Cadar A fashion designer for years, Michal Kadar closed shop to pursue a lifelong passion. “I realized that I wanted to focus on something more permanent, but that would be out in the world and having fun,” she notes. Last week, she showed her latest Bloom pieces alongside selected favorites: The Reflections earrings are a riff on the evil eye. “The whole idea is about looking within,” Kadar notes. “Things are not always as they appear. All my pieces have layers of meaning.” She also does wardrobe updates; ring jackets based on the one she designed for herself can transform an engagement ring in a flash. Tasaki For the second act in its collaboration with the Ritz Paris, Japan’s premier producer of pearls revealed a selection of graphic motifs inspired by sunlight pouring into the secret garden at the legendary hotel, including these Réve Ritz earrings with “Wallis blue” akoya pearls. These are but a prelude to a larger collection by the house’s creative director, Thakoon Panichgul, to be revealed this summer. Louis Vuitton The Blossom collection continues to bud with new varieties of the house’s Monogram flowers at both ends of the price spectrum, from flexible bracelets right on up to the upper echelons of rarity. Here, an example of the latter: Weighing in at more than 20 carats, this exceedingly rare lavender sapphire from Sri Lanka nestles among calibrated diamonds reprising the house’s second initial. De Beers At the center of the De Beers showroom sat a rough 109-carat diamond of windowpane transparency which, once cut, could likely yield a 50-to-60-carat pear- or emerald-cut diamond. This display of “raw beauty with no filter,” as De Beers CEO François Delage put it, showcased the house’s diamond expertise; nearby sat five loose diamonds perhaps worth a cumulative $30 million-plus, just making a brief appearance on their way to becoming bespoke creations. Stealth diamonds, the ones with once-in-a-blue moon colors, is what clients are after now, Delage noted. “They can be enjoyed, hold or increase value, and travel easily—and to a casual observer, they don’t scream money. No other investment comes close.”  

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It’s hardly a surprise to learn that when it comes to 9-to-5 style for Brazilian model turned shoe designer Mari Giudicelli, it’s shoes first. After all, the stylish Rio de Janeiro native is the mastermind behind the coveted carved mule that made every fashion editor—and any number of her nearly 48,000 Instagram followers—trip over themselves for a pair this past fall. Giudicelli’s signature Leblon mules have, in fact, become the center of her workwear, pairing seamlessly right now with the louche tops and ultra-stretch skinnies from Uniqlo that she loves to mix with vintage. “During the winter, I’m always wearing a chunky sweater with loose velvet pants or my Uniqlo stretch jeans,” she says. It’s a look that allows her to move between her New York studio and the shoe factories in Brazil with enviable and efficient tomboy style. As Giudicelli preps for the launch of her upcoming collaboration with a Brazilian accessories brand (stay tuned!), she talks about her artistic beginnings, how she learned the value of a good shoe, and the beyond-basic Uniqlo pieces she lives in at the studio. Her Artful Beginnings Growing up in Rio was such a privilege, I have to admit. My mother raised me without my father, so I spent a lot of my days with my grandma while she was out working. She was a product developer for accessories for a few years, and I remember playing with some of the supplies in our storage room on the weekends. We were crafty, but she didn’t have proper art or fashion education; we were just having fun together. Then after I finished high school, I decided I wanted to go to art school in Rio. I experimented with a lot of different mediums but ended up wanting to focus on wearables. Since there wasn’t a good fashion school in Rio at the time, I decided to pack my few things and move to New York. If the Shoe Fits . . . I wasn’t committed to anything when I was younger, I think. I did ballet classes, swimming classes, judo, jiujitsu, flute, piano, all for only one year or so and then moved on to the next. I always really enjoyed working with my hands, probably because of the association with hanging out with my mother, but had no idea which technique I wanted to specialize in or which career to pursue. It was a natural process. One thing led to the other. When I started studying fashion design at Parsons, I realized I loved creating small universes, collections that told some story. It was only a year of training, so after I had finished the program, I decided to keep going and applied to the Fashion Institute of Technology. That’s where I got out of the sketchbook and got my hands on sewing and experimenting with different textiles. I found out I loved working with leather and discovered that there was a footwear program. I transferred immediately and took a footwear course at the JCC, which was such a great introduction to shoemaking. Once I graduated, I was making my own shoes by hand and wanted to offer them to other people. It just seemed like the right time, and I had the support from my family and friends too, so I went for it. Uniqlo Jeans and Great Shoes for Every Day I usually wake up at 9:00 a.m., make a black coffee, and start responding to urgent emails. I take a break to meditate for 20 minutes, then go to the studio, meetings, a shoot, or run errands if I need to, like going to the post office, or the leather supply store. What I wear really depends on what I’m doing. If I know I’ll be jumping around town I’ll choose adequate shoes first and build the rest of the outfit from there. During the winter I’m always wearing a chunky sweater with loose velvet pants or my Uniqlo stretch jeans. If it’s not too cold, I’ll choose to expose my ankles and ditch the boots for the day. The most important thing for me is to be physically comfortable. But I guess it usually starts with the color. ‘Am I feeling a white look or all black today?’ Next, I choose the coat, and then the shoes. The rest is just covering up what’s left, balancing colors and volumes. A Designer/Vintage Mix for 9 to 5 I always balance designer items with something vintage; it makes the outfit so much more special. Vintage shopping is one of my favorite activities, and I’m struggling lately because I decided to avoid buying things as a New Year’s resolution, so passing on a perfect vintage denim, for example, is so, so hard. Working Within Her Natural Palette I am so afraid of colors. I tried for a little bit, but it’s just not me. My wardrobe consists of mostly white, tan, sand, navy, a hint of red or orange, and black. It feels consistent and easier to work with. Uniqlo HEATTECH and Drape Are Wintertime Essentials In the winter I can’t live without HEATTECH! I have so many. Uniqlo’s cashmere turtleneck sweaters are also very versatile, along with the men’s socks, which come in so many colors. Also the Uniqlo drape pieces are great basics to incorporate with your wardrobe. I love the V-neck top, which I can pair with jeans or skirts and look very polished. And the culotte pants look lovely with a pair of ballerina shoes and a cashmere sweater. Packing On All the Layers I’m always wearing my little stack of gold rings, which were gifted to me on different celebratory occasions, so they’re all very special, along with an onyx ring my boyfriend got for me in Montauk. I also wear a very thin gold necklace with a little pearl my grandmother gave me. When I feel like I need something more, I wear my Quarry bracelet. I rotate between a few earrings, but I barely wear them because my ears are very sensitive. Sunglasses are key, and I think that’s where I add the fun. Bag It Up I mostly wear leather bags with clean lines. I always have my phone with an extra battery case, mostly for emailing and taking photos, and a dollar-notebook with a red Pilot pen, lip balm, and a book or magazine for waiting times. Headed Home for Work My last trip for work was to Brazil, where I visited the factory. After the visit, I went to Bahia, where I picked up a few shells and feathers I found on the ground. I could’ve gotten so many things, like solid wood furniture, textiles, and rugs—it’s so tempting, everything is so special. But since bringing it back to the U.S. would’ve been such a hassle, I only took photos of it.

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