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Finding Joy at Crop Over in Barbados After Two Years Away

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Just a few weeks in the past on a July afternoon, I eagerly boarded a flight in New York, my carry-on stuffed with glittery, colourful outfits. After a two-year hiatus as a result of pandemic, I used to be heading to Barbados for what I take into account the best present on earth: carnival. Solar, soca, and many rum fuels the weeklong bacchanalia that encourages a sort of pleasure that’s contagious. The jap Caribbean island gave me my first introduction to carnival eight years in the past, and I’ve been a self-proclaimed bacchanalist ever since. Carnival embodies a sort of freedom that I by no means realized a lot of my grownup life had been lacking. Amongst crowds of strangers baring pores and skin and brilliant smiles, music and dance jogged my memory find out how to let go.

I have been to carnivals in Trinidad, Antigua, and the Cayman Islands, however Barbados at all times calls me again. The nation’s celebration, known as Crop Over, is a three-month-long pageant rooted in pleasure, regardless of all odds. Relationship again to the 1780s, enslaved Africans would commemorate their arduous labor with track and dance when the sugar cane harvest ended. As we speak, that custom continues on the streets of Barbados with numerous musical competitions, events (known as fetes), and a spectacular finale full of colourful costumes and regalia on Grand Kadooment Day.

When my toes hit the highway once more, synchronized with 1000’s of different revelers round me, the prismatic colours of our costumes glowing below the solar’s warmth, it was as if nothing had ever modified. Regardless of beforehand closed borders and uncertainty, we picked up proper the place we left off—as a result of the spirit and legacy of carnival is one among resolve.

Masqueraders be part of the Aura Expertise for carnival’s closing parade, known as Grand Kadooment Day.

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Beyoncé Arrived Fashionably Late to the Grammy Awards

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It’s safe to say Beyoncé was one of the most-anticipated guests—okay, the most-anticipated guest—at the Grammy Awards this evening. The Renaissance singer nabbed a whopping nine nominations tonight, making her also the most-nominated artist this year. But when the red carpet began, there was no sign of Queen B; when the official ceremony began, still no sign of Queen B. It wasn’t until well over an hour into the show that Beyoncé and Jay-Z finally arrived. While she was reportedly stuck in traffic, she gave new meaning to the term “fashionably late.” 

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Her mixed metallics Gucci gown was well worth the wait. With a long silver skirt with cascading ruffles, it fell in line with the disco-ready vibe she’s been embodying during her Renaissance era. The singer went on to accept four Grammys tonight, including Best R&B Song (“Cuff It”); She now holds the most Grammy wins ever (a staggering 32 awards). After her live ceremony appearance, the singer followed up her Gucci dress with an Instagram post of her holding her new trophies. The look consisted of a sculptural, off-the-shoulder dress by Balmain with a golden, armor-like bodice underneath—not to mention a circular headpiece, which matched her new Grammys. Two bold ensembles in one night! The only thing that could have topped it off was a performance look—but you’ll just have to wait for her tour for that. If you can score tickets, that is. 



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First Lady Jill Biden Attended the Grammys in Signature Style

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Dr. Jill Biden’s dress for the 65th annual Grammy Awards may seem a bit familiar. When the first lady presented the award for song of the year to Bonnie Raitt on Sunday night (for “Just Like That”), she proved that great design deserves to be appreciated more than once, wearing an off-the-shoulder Oscar de la Renta gown with a botanical cutout lace pattern. She had, in fact, flaunted the same silhouette and pattern for the state dinner with French president Emmanuel Macron and first lady Brigitte Macron last December. Who among us hasn’t purchased a top or a dress in another color because we liked it so much? 

Whereas in December, Dr. Biden wore the style in navy, to tie into the red, white, and blue theme of the dinner, for the Grammys, she wore a version of the look in silver sequins—fitting for such a star-studded event.

President Joe Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden greet French president Emmanuel Macron and French first lady Brigitte Macron.Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

While Dr. Biden stood out against the other guests, presenters, and nominees—there weren’t many other political figures attending the Grammys—she’s not the first woman in her position to appear at the show. Former first lady Michelle Obama attended in 2019, when she discussed the power of music with Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, and Jada Pinkett-Smith. (She also opted for shimmer with a dark gray blouse and pants.) Obama and former first lady Hillary Clinton have also won Grammys themselves, for the audiobooks of their memoirs Becoming and It Takes a Village, respectively. Clinton attended in 1997 to accept the award. 

With her gown, Dr. Biden showed off the enduring power of good style—and made a case for sticking to your signatures. If a look works for you, buy it in multiple colorways. 

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Harry Styles Remains the King of Jumpsuits at the 2023 Grammys

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Harry Styles is not only performing at tonight’s 65th annual Grammy Awards, but he’s also taking on the night with a whopping six nominations—including in buzzy categories like Best Album (Harry’s House) and Best Song (As It Was). All this is to say: It’s definitely his night to shine. Just before the event kicked off, Styles did just that by bringing forward his signature silhouette—the jumpsuit—to the red carpet. It’s been a go-to for his stage performances, so why wouldn’t he slip into a chic one-piece for music’s biggest night?

Styles’s graphic, low-cut look this evening, styled by Harry Lambert, was courtesy of the Parisian label Egonlab. Featuring a multicolor diamond pattern, the chest-baring design was perfect for showing off Styles’s two pectoral tattoos of sparrows. Though he’s worn many jumpsuits over the years, from striped JW Anderson to bedazzled Gucci styles, this latest version tonight has a decidedly more Harlequin vibe. Since the fabric was made with Swarovski crystals, it needed minimal accessorizing. Styles just opted for a pair of heeled white boots. The question is: Will he perform in one, too?

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Florence Pugh Is Team Peplums

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Like it or not, peplums are creeping their way back into fashion. The dramatic silhouette—with an instantly recognizable flared, gathered, or pleated waist—had a major moment in the early 2010s, thanks to labels like Jil Sander and Lanvin. But we’ve seen the voluminous shape start reappearing on a handful of stars this past year, from Deepika Padukone to Alicia Vikander. The most recent A-lister on board with the look? Actor Florence Pugh, who also wore a peplum gown to the 43rd annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards in London earlier today. 

Bringing a dose of high drama to the red carpet, Pugh—who was nominated for Best British/Irish Actress for her role in The Wonder—wore an all-red look with a fanned out peplum from Robert Wun’s spring 2023 couture collection. The strapless, floor-length gown was completed by a theatrical red brimmed hat and sweeping vail. After years of more sleek, pared-back shapes on the carpet, it seems Hollywood stars are clearly ready for a dash of 2010s excess again. The question is: Are you?

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The Best Beauty Instagrams: Hailey Bieber, Martha Stewart, and More

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From bleached brows to fresh bobs, this week’s best beauty Instagrams centered on the extras that take above-neck looks from expected to aspirational.

For Emily Ratajkowksi, that added oomph translated to a new haircut, her fringed, touseled, and shapely chop skewing futuristic in its styling. Elsewhere, Lily Collins and Harris Reed paused for a beret-bedecked snap; Soo Joo used cute clips to pull focus to her peroxide brows; and Anya Taylor-Joy took her signature white blonde to the dunes. Dakota Fanning’s selfie also served to highlight the impact of her buttery lengths (and brickish lips), while Hailey Bieber showed off her new bob with a swish of glowing highlighter on the cheeks.

And for Martha Stewart, a celebration of unfiltered skin (and a shout to dermatology) proved that any opportunities for aesthetic extras are born from a solid foundation. Scroll on for the week’s best beauty moments, as seen on Instagram. 

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The 24 Best Gold Bracelets for Men Who Enjoy the Finer Things

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2023 may just be the year of a mens’ jewelry renaissance. If you’re new to the men’s jewelry game, we have you covered with the best gold bracelets for men. Not only are our favorite well-dressed celebrities changing the narrative on gender-fluid jewelry, but their influence shows the many ways in which a gold bracelet or necklace can inspire. The rise of fashion influencers on TikTok has created a space with new ways for creators to be expressive and innovative by incorporating jewelry into their daily looks. Take the casual #OOTD à la Wisdom Kaye. A swarm of the internet’s favorite men’s style stars is proudly donning an eclectic mix of both established and up-and-coming jewelry brands.

From a gold Tiffany & Co. lock bracelet to the eye-catching Bernard James floral collection, we’re embracing timeless styles and playful creations when it comes to gold bracelets. Whether you’re investing in a trusted, everyday fine jewelry piece or looking for a unique gift for a loved one, you can never go wrong with a gold bracelet. Below, shop our edit of the 24 best gold bracelets for men.

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25 Best Tennis Bags in 2023 to Ace Your Style Game

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You don’t have to be on the grand slam circuit to know the importance of a great tennis bag—nay, the best tennis bags. For some, half the fun of tennis is the exquisite fashion that comes with the sport, from stylish tennis dresses to bags for toting extras like balls, a towel, a water bottle, and beyond. Sure, you could certainly get away with a sports duffle or roomy carry-all when bringing these essentials to the court. But why not lean into the country club aesthetic in full force with a comprehensively thought-out look, proper tennis bag, and all?

If you’re an elite tennis player, you’re probably all for shoulder styles that can hold several rackets at once, plus all your other gear, from court-approved sneakers to accessories like a visor and sweatbands. However, you can go the racket cover route on the simpler end of the spectrum. Or, for a bit more carrying space to accommodate a change of clothes, a top-handle bag or backpack with a designated racket pouch or strap will feel perfectly sporty and chic. Like with a yoga mat bag, it’s all about function and figuring out what works best with your aesthetic and lifestyle. 

Keep scrolling to discover 25 tennis bags as practical as they are stylish, from sleek black to sporty striped accents and cute prints. Plus, customizable styles—who doesn’t love a good monogram?

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Rhude Fall 2023 Menswear Collection

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Rhuigi Villaseñor injected an off-handed sensuality and West Coast swagger into his Bally debut last September with dashing results; it was a finessed showing punctuated by him coming out for his bow in a very grown-up double-breasted pinstripe suit. For his own label’s fall collection last night in LA, he was in a more familiar mode, toying with archetypes of his youth, specifically the style of fashion iconoclasts Pharrell and Gwen Stefani in the early-aughts, hip-hop, and vintage shopping.

“It’s sort of the exclamation point on all the codes I’ve been building,” he said backstage before the show. “I would hang out in gasoline stations with my friends and dream about driving nice cars, starting brands, and living a lavish life. I think with my life moving so fast, it’s important to set my feet on the ground and go back to the foundation, to the roots.”

This idea manifested in some literal ways, including the Rhude-branded Lamborghini that greeted guests, and the cinematic gas station facsimile that served as the set (the Lamborghini partnership was also repped by collaborative pieces shown on the runway). But it also showed up in the way Villaseñor updated some of the touchstones of his brand—the baggy basketball short silhouette, the racing and varsity jackets, the piped pajama shirt, the track suit, and his now-signature chevron print among them. These weren’t merely elements of a nostalgia trip though, they had a sharper, crisper feel to them, from the trimmer, slightly cropped cut of the jackets to the elegant sweep of the baggy cargo pants and denim work pants. If Villaseñor wanted to toy with the ideas of Y2K that informed his childhood and have now bewitched Gen Z—he said he relies on his younger brother to help keep him tuned into what younger consumers are interested in—he did so with a deft hand and managed to avoid going too literal or sentimental, both wise moves.

Some standouts were a handsome cadet-style jacket with gold detailing on the sleeves, a sleek snakeskin coat worn over a half-tucked pajama shirt and slim dark jeans with matching boots, the slouchy double-kneed worn-in jeans, a vintage-tinged red plaid puffer vest, a nubby wool intarsia knit zip-up hoodie that recalled Abercrombie & Fitch’s golden era, and a ankle-length cargo skirt worn with a varsity jacket. In recent seasons, Villaseñor has let his silhouette get shaggier and a touch unruly, but this collection had a more contained approach that was elegant but not formal. Perhaps a bit of the European elan from the Bally studio has rubbed off here, adding some sophistication to that California easiness. “I’ve always kept this elevated thing where my guy is wearing t-shirts, and a loafer,” he said. “He’s a modern gentleman.”

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Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Bode, Lil Nas X, Ashley Park

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Save the best for the last, the saying goes. Celebrities spent the last week of January providing a bonanza of powerful style moments. My personal favorite: Bode illustrating the dapper power of a tuxedo with a snap of photographer Tyler Mitchell, Aaron Singh Aujla (Emily Bode’s partner), and Kurt Beers in crispy three-pieces. I can’t wait to see how Bode’s vision of opulence and special occasion dressing translates IRL with her recently showcased womenswear debut (and what women celebrities join her fray). And speaking of new fashion, Vogue’s very own fashion editor-at-large Gabriella Karefa-Johnson modeled her poppy and size-inclusive Target collaboration. 

There were great fit pics throughout the week. Notable photos came from Lil Nas X in a corset-adjacent top and South Korean rapper CL in an oversized Raf Simons sweater-cum-dress. And Tracee Ellis Ross shared some glamorous photos of her in a fuzzy Bottega Veneta number that she recently rediscovered in her camera roll. 

Below, check out the best fashion Instagrams of the week. 

Ashley Park

Lisa Rinna 

Luar 

@shesunderrated

Rosalía 

Tracee Ellis Ross

CL 

Lil Nas X 

KJ Moody 

Bode 

Tanner Reese 

Tina Leung 

Lorenzo Posocco

Gabriela Karefa-Johnson 

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Inside Nadia Ferreira and Marc Anthony’s Star-Studded Miami Wedding

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Last weekend, stars descended on Miami for model Nadia Ferreira and singer-songwriter Marc Anthony’s wedding at the Perez Art Museum Miami. The two were first introduced by a mutual friend at a Maestro Cares Foundation event before becoming engaged in 2022—and after a whirlwind eight months of planning, they tied the knot on January 28. 

Victoria and David Beckham, Salma Hayek, and Lin-Manuel Miranda were all on hand to celebrate the couple at what many are already calling “the wedding of the year.” “We had a great team that worked with us in every detail,” the bride and former Miss Universe contestant explains of the planning process. “Marc and I were involved in every aspect,” she adds, noting that the couple worked with NCIB Design to bring their vision to life.

For the wedding day itself, Nadia wore two custom looks. “They were made especially for me by the wonderful Galia Lahav,” she explains. “I loved, loved, loved my dresses. When we had our first meeting, we discussed what I envision for the special day, and they presented me with the most beautiful sketches  that came to life in the most glorious way.” Her dress for the ceremony, the Hunter gown, featured a sheer sweetheart corset bodice and floral embroidery that cascaded down the voluminous embellished silk tulle skirt to a wide horsehair-trim chapel train.

The bridesmaids’ dresses, meanwhile, were designed by the couple’s close friend Victoria Beckham. “Marc, David, and Victoria have been friends for a long time,” Nadia notes. “The dresses were this magnificent shade of navy blue, and she made them with so much love. I am eternally grateful to her.” Marc wore a bespoke suit from Dior Men, while the groomsmen were in navy blue and black tuxedos—all in similar styles, but each with their own personal flair. 

At the beginning of the ceremony, the groom’s father Marco Felipe Muñiz walked the bride down the aisle while Marc’s version of Peter Gabriel’s song “The Book of Love” played in the background. Miami mayor Francis Suarez, who is a close friend of Marc’s, officiated the ceremony, while Father Jorge M gave the couple his blessing. “The ceremony was everything I dreamed of and more,” Nadia says. “There was so much love and goodwill in the room.” 

The service was followed by a sit-down dinner with a menu that featured Paraguayan dishes in honor of Nadia’s heritage; then, after dinner, the bride changed into a second look by Galia Lahav, called the Jill. Made from woven yarn and silk, along with dazzling iridescent embellished sequins and feathers, the mini was the perfect party gown dress and just right for dancing the night away. First up for the evening’s entertainment was Angelo Pagán and his band, followed by DJ Xtreme and DJ Cassidy—whose playlists included more than a few Marc Anthony hits, no doubt.

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