*Serious Rachel, Phoebe and Monica flashbacks*
From weaving in the quotes at any opportune moment ('Pivot!', 'Grandma's chicken salad', 'I'M AN EIGHT!'), to re-watching all ten series on a continuous loop on Netflix to fangirling any time members of the six-person ensemble reunite, our love for the sitcom knows no bounds.
On this latter point, the void of new Friends episodes can luckily be counteracted by the fact that the cast remain the very best of pals, regularly meeting up and then sharing the photos with us, their devoted fanbase, to give us endless joy.
Here's a selection of the best times they've hung out, while we wait for the actual reunion...
The opening scenes beautifully articulate a certain kind of middle-class London lifestyle, with its ridiculous consolations and pathetic disappointments
The Emmys red carpet usually predicts the biggest hair and makeup trends of award season. But even with stars celebrating from their couches, they still managed to usher in autumns's hottest makeup look: statement lipstick. For many celebs, most of whom haven't had a reason to dress up since March, a swipe of bold lipstick served as instant glam for the evening. Tracee Ellis Ross complemented her green Alexandre Vauthier gown with moody mauve lips, while Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon wore (almost) matching shades of crimson from their backyard celebration. Ahead, we rounded up the standout lipstick moments from the Emmys that prove Zoom is much more fun when bright lipstick is involved. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?I Tried 16 Of Amazon's Most Viral Beauty GoodsThe Best Beauty Advent Calendars For Xmas 2020Hypebeasts, Meet Your New Favourite Lipstick
Sunday marked the 72nd annual Emmy Awards, the first award show of its kind since the pandemic took hold. Sure, there were the MTV Video Music Awards, which were broadcast live from multiple rooftops around New York City last month and were a success, but it was the Emmys that were television’s most anticipated event. That said, Sunday's semi-virtual event — which included Jimmy Kimmel hosting in an empty theatre and videographers dispatched to the winners for acceptance speeches — was marked “TBD” until the credits rolled around 11pm EST. One thing we were worried about was the lack of an Emmys red carpet, which for many viewers, is more important than the show itself. But, as proven by the looks we saw, just because the night’s fashion won’t look as what we’ve grown accustomed to at the last 72 Emmys, doesn’t mean that it won’t prevail. Instead, Sunday's nominees — including Zendaya for Euphoria; Issa Rae for Insecure; Rachel Brosnahan for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sandra Oh, and Jodie Comer for Killing Eve; Tracee Ellis Ross for black-ish; and more — were (fingers crossed) greeted at home by camera crews upon their names being called. And if we’ve learned anything from their past trips down the Emmys red carpet, none of the above will settle for just okay looks for the occasion. Whether that means silky pyjamas or couture gowns, only time will tell. Ahead, find out what the stars of your favourite TV shows chose for the (very different) 2020 Emmys.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?These Are The Best Emmys Looks Of All TimeTracee Ellis Ross' Mask Matches Her Emmys DressZendaya's Emmys Looks Won The Night
Red carpet or no red carpet, Zendaya is taking her unofficial role as queen of only wearing showstopping looks very seriously. The Emmys might not be in person this year, but that will not keep the Euphoria star from debuting multiple looks throughout the evening’s proceedings. “And so it begins…” the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award nominee teased on her Instagram Stories a couple of hours before the Emmy Awards began. For her first look, she wore a black-and-iris purple silhouette-centric gown with a plunging, squared-off neckline from Christopher John Rogers’ Fall Winter 2020 collection. Zendaya kept her hair in a simple, slicked-back low bun and accessorised with a stunning necklace by Bulgari featuring an assortment of purple, rosy pink, and emerald green jewels. Speaking of jewellery, Zendaya also wore not one, not two, but four rings by Bulgari. Each is a statement in its own right and each is covered in shimmering diamonds. To finish off the look, she wore black stiletto heels with bejewelled hearts. Zendaya has made quite the name for herself appearing on red carpets over the years. Each time you think she can’t possibly outdo herself, she does so in a way that is breathtaking and original. She also does this with the help of her longtime stylist, Law Roach. The pair have gotten creating one-of-a-kind looks down to a science. I mean, who could forget her Emmy’s look last year where she single-handedly convinced everyone that not only do we need a Poison Ivy movie but that she was the only one we could ever see starring as the glamorous supervillain?When pressed by E! News for spoilers on Zendaya’s look for the evening, Roach kept his lips sealed, instead coyly answering, “You’ll see.” The night is young and we haven’t seen everything the two style icons have planned, but if it is anything like her first look, it’s going to be a big night for television and fashion.> View this post on Instagram> > If Emmy was a real girl…. @zendaya wearing @christopherjohnrogers @louboutinworld and @bulgari> > A post shared by Law Roach (@luxurylaw) on Sep 20, 2020 at 1:27pm PDTWhen Zendaya teased a mid-award show outfit change, she really did not prepare us. With her hair in large, blown-out curls loosely arranged in a high bun and faux fringe, the actress sat at home surrounded by her family and close friends in a spectacular ball gown as she became the youngest person to ever win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. While the skirt was black, polka-dotted, and full, it was counterbalanced by a cropped jewelled bodice tied together by a black halter strap. According to her stylist Roach, the dress was made custom by Giorgio Armani Prive and all of her jewellery was by Bulgari.> View this post on Instagram> > She’s a WINNER baby……. @zendaya wearing custom @giorgioarmani Prive and @bulgari> > A post shared by Law Roach (@luxurylaw) on Sep 20, 2020 at 7:41pm PDTLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?"Malcolm & Marie" Is Coming To NetflixZendaya Wore Only Black Designers For This ShootWhat Happened To Those Zendaya Dating Rumors?
While we’re just coming to terms with the idea of summer being over, it seems that the TV world already has Christmas on the agenda. Ghosts is returning to BBC One this September with a second series as well as a bonus one-off Christmas special. Thankfully, we don’t have to start planning our socially distanced Christmas dinners just yet, with six new episodes to keep us entertained as we head into autumn.For those who may have forgotten – or entirely missed out on – what happened in the first series of Ghosts, let us get you up to speed. Having unexpectedly inherited an old stately home from a distant relative, young married couple Alison and Mike (Charlotte Ritchie and Kiell Smith-Bynoe) decide to turn it into a business venture. But the pair’s aim to create a luxe hotel in the British countryside soon starts to go wrong when they discover that the property is haunted by a gaggle of ghosts. Furious at the idea of turning their beloved mansion into a tourist attraction, the ghouls band together to dismantle the plan, which ends with Alison being pushed out of a large window. When she recovers from her two-week stint in hospital, she can see the spirits in all their glory. With no way of evicting them from their forever home, Alison and Mike are forced to make peace with sharing a house with a group of multigenerational ghosts, even if it means putting their business dreams on hold.So what have the gang at Button Hall been up to since then? Episode one picks up as Alison and Mike are tasked with finding other purposes for the gigantic, run-down house. Strapped for cash, they decide to tap into the plethora of poltergeist enthusiasts on the internet (who call themselves “paranormal vloggers”) by setting up ghost-hunting tours around the property. Enlisting the help of a neanderthal, a witch, an un-PC politician and the house’s original Edwardian owner, Alison implores the spirits to “go full ghost” when the visitors arrive. Unfortunately for Alison, some of Button Hall’s inhabitants are determined to keep their existence a secret and when the guests turn up, they interfere with her paranormal activity plans.For those entering the world of Ghosts for the first time, the best way to describe the comedy style is probably as a grown-up version of CBBC’s Horrible Histories – which makes sense, given that the show is made by the same creators. With many of the writers also acting in the series (you’ll probably spend the first 10 minutes trying to place everyone from Shouty Man to William Shakespeare), the overall feeling is that of a silly sitcom which works just as well for granny as it does your little brother, making it perfect for easy family viewing. The appearance of the plague victims might feel a tad close to the bone in 2020 but the show is largely filled with light lols, offering historically accurate jokes and physical comedy in equal measure. Over six short episodes, season two details the fractious and friendly relationships between the homeowners and their ghostly housemates, chronicling Alison and Mike’s misadventures as they try to make Button Hall a financial success. With a third series already commissioned for 2021, it seems safe to assume that the ghosts almost certainly end up getting in the way of their big business plans.The second series of Ghosts premieres on Monday 21st September at 8.30pm on BBC One.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?David Tennant's 'Des' Will Keep You Up At Night'The Duchess' Is A Comedy About Middle Class MumsNetflix's 'Criminal' Is Still Brilliant
It's funny to think that just a few years ago, sweater vests sat firmly in the sartorial realm of golf-inclined dads, smartly dressed pensioners and, well, Chandler Bing. Fast-forward to 2020 and you'd be hard-pressed to scroll through Instagram without seeing a host of styles worn by the coolest dressers around. Thanks to Harry Styles' out-and-out love for the knit (he broke the internet with an eccentric sheep-print vest in New York last November) plus a smattering of fashion month moments (think Prada, Gucci and Dior-approved styles), we're all hooked. From Copenhagen to New York, people are teaming sleeveless knits with everything from leather shirts to Peter Pan collar blouses and, delightfully, there's no one-style-fits-all. Minimalists will be pleased with the host of slick knits in oatmeals and slate greys, whereas those with a penchant for kitsch will most likely be trawling Etsy for handmade creations. Perfect for the transitional season, where it's not quite cold enough for a coat but we're well past the days of dresses and sandals, we're embracing the back-to-school vibe of the sweater vest with open arms. Click through to see how Instagram's finest are styling theirs. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Finally, Vintage Fashion For Plus-Size PeopleThe Influencers' Guide To Secondhand ShoppingThis App Is The Google Of Vintage Shopping
At just 27, Jodie Comer is already a household name. Defining roles in Doctor Foster and, of course, Killing Eve (in which she plays impeccably dressed assassin Villanelle) have made her one of the most sought-after actors right now. But Jodie has a new gig, this time as the face of global skincare brand Noble Panacea. It makes total sense, seeing as Jodie’s glowing skin is the envy of pretty much everyone. And yes, it really is that good up close. We caught up with Jodie over a socially distanced coffee to talk treating hormonal breakouts, makeup must-haves and the simple skincare routine she swears by every day. On her role as a skincare ambassador“For me, everything is about integrity, including my acting,” Jodie told R29. “I’ve got to believe in something if I’m going to put my time into it and I was blown away by Noble Panacea’s ethos and attitude towards what beauty is.” The brand was founded by Sir Fraser Stoddart, the 2016 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry, and champions active ingredients such as probiotics, which strengthen the skin’s barrier, and acids for gentle exfoliation. “There is so much science that has gone into these products and I think that’s authentic,” said Jodie. On the simple skincare routine that makes all the differenceSince working with the brand, Jodie has cut back on stockpiling hyped skincare products and now opts for a more minimal routine. “I actually feel embarrassed when I look at my cosmetic cupboard and I see all the products that I’ve bought because there’s always something new,” she said. Cleansing is the lynchpin in her morning and evening routine. “I always cleanse my skin,” she added. “If I’m filming and wearing a lot of makeup, I prefer something with a creamy, thicker texture and I love using a cleansing brush.”What follows is super simple yet effective. “My skin actually gets clogged quite easily, so in the morning I just use the Radiant Resilience Moisturiser,” a mix of skin-repairing probiotics, pollution-busting minerals and soothing plant extracts. “What the brand champions is using the products in steps, so I also love the Intense Renewal Serum when I’m working out,” which contains bakuchiol (nature’s answer to retinol) and exfoliating glycolic acid. “I hate my skin being dry but I don’t want too much on my skin,” added Jodie. “Then, I always use SPF 50,” something Jodie’s facialist, Jasmina Vico, has instilled in her. “Jasmina can be naughty and nice when it comes to my skin,” continued Jodie, who treats herself to the odd facial when she’s in London. “They can be a little bit painful but that’s when I know it’s doing my skin some good. I’d much rather get all the gunk out of my face.” In the evening, Jodie speaks highly of the Overnight Recharge Cream. “But I try not to put too much on my face at night,” she said. “I really like rose or lavender water – something that will give my skin a little hydration boost. I try and keep it simple, and I find that if I change things up too much, I don’t notice a positive difference on my skin. I leave things like retinol to the experts because I feel like something could go horribly wrong!”On skin health inside and out“My facialist ingrained in me that it’s what you’re putting into your body, as well as skincare,” said Jodie. “It’s how many hours of sleep you get, which vitamins you’re getting and how much water you’re drinking.” And she drinks a lot of water. “Of course, I do live my life and indulge, though,” Jodie added. “But while makeup can be fun and allows for a lot of freedom, there’s this idea of covering things up. I feel so much more confident if I feel better in my skin. I’d rather wear little makeup or no makeup at all and feel free in that way.”On bad skin days and quick fixesBelieve it or not, Jodie gets the odd breakout now and again but she knows exactly how to treat them without aggravating her skin further. “Not long ago, I had so many hormonal spots under my skin, which was more to do with the contraception I was on at the time, but my facialist told me it was also because my skin was so dry. I’d been putting something on it to dry it out more, but I needed hydration. I thought I got spots because my skin was so oily! Hormones again change everything but when it comes to skin, you just have to be easy on yourself,” she said. “I’m also a really bad picker. I sometimes have little marks and I will pick and pick and pick until it’s huge and obvious. Diluting a bit of tea tree oil helps, though. You have to be careful with it but I do think it works.”On being mindful when it comes to beauty“Now, I’m more mindful about what I’m actually putting on my skin and into my body, and it helps that Noble Panacea ingredients are all clean,” said Jodie. All products are 100% fragrance-free, hypoallergenic and formulated without mineral oil, petrolatum, alcohol and paraffin, to name a few ingredients which may have the potential to irritate sensitive skin. “This never used to be important to me but it is now,” added Jodie. “I’m obsessed with the Overnight Recharge Cream in particular. When you wake up in the morning your skin is so moisturised and glowy and it starts you off on the right foot. I love the consistency of it, too. I hate it when a cream just dissolves into your skin but you don’t want it to be too thick either.”Jodie’s approach to skincare has changed since learning more about efficacy and sustainability. “I feel like we always just slap our moisturiser on and can be quite rough with our face when washing it,” said Jodie. “I travel a lot with work, too,” she continued, “so the Recharge Cream‘s small packages [each dose is individually wrapped to protect the product from light and air] are really useful and there’s zero waste.” The brand recently partnered with TerraCycle to source materials that are 100% nationally recyclable.On the makeup products she can’t live without and the top tips she’s picked up on set“Whenever anyone uses an Hourglass foundation on me, I love it. Also their highlighter palettes are so good,” revealed Jodie. “I also really like the Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer sticks but I like to warm the product up on my hand first and then apply it, as if you layer it, it can be quite thick.” Jodie works with makeup artist Alex Babsky a lot and has learned some clever makeup hacks. “Recently, Alex was doing an eyeliner look on me that was kind of like a cat eye but so subtle and gorgeous. I always want to do a little flick but it always ends up on my forehead. I’m always trying to level it out and it always gets bigger and bigger. He gave me a top tip, though: start it from the centre of your eye and then wing it out, starting with a pencil and then a felt-tip liquid liner.”“Another tip I learned is that once your lips are done, going around them with a little bit of concealer makes them seem a bit sharper and fuller,” said Jodie. “I really love a white or off-white eyeliner in my waterline to make my eyes look bigger, too, that’s a really nice touch. I also don’t put any mascara on my lower lashes, as it makes my eyes look smaller. But skin prep is also important. Whenever Hung Vanngo does my makeup, there is a face wash and a cleanser and two sheet masks and all of these things beforehand!”On her iconic blonde hair“I’m so lazy with my hair,” said Jodie, “but I love Olaplex and that’s the shampoo that I use.” Then it’s a simple spritz of sea salt spray (she likes Fudge) and she’s good to go. When Jodie is in the US, Harry Josh colours her hair, but when she’s back in the UK, John Clark at John Frieda takes over every five weeks. “The amazing thing is you get to try these amazing styles and colours out and it’s so fun to be able to play around like that,” said Jodie. But there’s one thing she’ll never try again: a fringe. “I got one on a whim one time and as soon as I walked out of the salon I thought, What have I done? Every time I had an event, I’d ask the stylists to please do something with it.” On her everyday makeup look“I like concealer and a little eyebrow gel so I don’t have to fill in my brows. I use MAC Brow Set in Clear because that stuff does not shift. I also have to have my Kevyn Aucoin eyelash curlers and I also like a nice cream blush, something super natural.”On her Instagram-famous eyebrows“My advice is: don’t touch them! I’m lazy with my brows and used to have no eyebrows so I’m scared to do anything to them,” said Jodie. “Actually, I’m very lucky they grew back. I let makeup artists tidy them up as long as they don’t go crazy, but I’d say leave as much as you can. I always used to draw mine on so heavy but I need to feather them slightly. Less is more with eyebrows.” On her favourite Killing Eve beauty looks“My favourite was the look from season one, episode three when [Villanelle] killed Bill,” said Jodie. “Even the costume was great, the jigsaw suit and plaits. We were filming in Berlin and she had Doc Martens on. What I imagine about Villanelle is that she is busy and doesn’t have the time to sit there and do her makeup. She’s free and being who she is. She is stripped back. As the seasons went on and the costumes became such a big thing, we had the opportunity to experiment. But she’s simple.”On her favourite style picks“You can’t underestimate the power of a good quality T-shirt and jeans,” said Jodie. She continued: “I love Agolde jeans. Mine split on the bum but I ordered them again because they’re so good. PAIGE jeans have great elasticity if you’re a girl who likes your food, like me! My friend also works at New Balance and when there’s a new shoe, she keeps me cool, but I’m very low maintenance.”And if she’s going to spend her money? “I love a good Joseph jumper or knit, and I’m more of a pants and jacket girl. Recently, when the BAFTAs were virtual, my stylist got me a Duro Olowu dress, which had a low V-neck. When I put that on I thought, Why don’t I wear dresses more? I was obsessed. But it takes a special type of dress to sway me. I also just bought a new pair of black boots from Celine. These ones don’t cut off my calves and I can wear them with jeans and a dress.”Refinery29’s selection is purely editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items we love! As part of our business model we do work with affiliates; if you directly purchase something from a link on this article, we may earn a small amount of commission. Transparency is important to us at Refinery29, if you have any questions please reach out to us.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Why Jodie Comer Is Staying Away From Social MediaSelena Gomez Has The Most Relatable Beauty RoutineThe Underrated Appeal Of A Simple Skin Routine
For my entire life I have been told to use my indoor voice. Every school report contained the words “needs to stop talking and distracting others” and I spent the majority of my teenage years in drama class shouting improvisations as if I were filming a scene in Marriage Story. All of which is to say that during my 24 years of life, I have always overworked my voice, so when I heard about voice therapy, it sounded like something I could definitely get on board with.You might think that vocal therapy is for healing physical symptoms like hoarseness by soothing inflamed vocal cords but apparently it can be used to fix much, much more. In recent years, vocal therapists have begun to use vocal exercises as a way to release stress build-up and to improve our mental wellbeing. Having felt a little stressed of late due to *gestures vaguely at the world* I decided to see if it could work for me and booked a free consultation with Maartje Monné, a speech language pathologist who runs her own voice care practice in France. In our discussion, she told me that vocal therapy not only has the capability to reduce irritation on the vocal folds but can also stimulate the vagus nerve, aka our body’s natural stress reliever. The longest cranial nerve in the human body, the vagus nerve is the key part of the parasympathetic nervous system, which works to turn off our fight-or-flight response in times of extreme stress. Running from the base of the brain to the abdomen, the vagus nerve acts as a communicator between the mind and body, sending signals to our brain to lower our heart rate and regulate our breathing when we feel under threat. Often referred to as the ‘rest and digest’ system, the parasympathetic nervous system, including the vagus nerve, works to overpower the sympathetic nervous system (responsible for putting us in panic mode), leaving us feeling calmer and more relaxed.Given that the vagus nerve is also connected to the laryngeal muscles (that’s the voice box to you and me), Monné tells me that we are capable of intentionally stimulating our vagus nerve through our vocal folds, which then sends signals to our brain to chill ourselves out. So how to do this? Apparently the most effective method is simply humming, singing or chanting. According to Monné, vibrating the vocal folds for long enough stimulates other components of the vagus nerve, sending signals to the mind and body to relax which in turn will regulate many functions in your body. Essentially, says Monné, this means you can ‘hack’ your nervous system to help you calm down in anxious situations.> View this post on Instagram> > A post shared by Voice Therapist|Maartje Monné (@voice_care_coaching) on Jul 14, 2020 at 9:44pm PDTWhile the method can be used in specific moments of stress, like before a big presentation, Monné suggests doing vocal therapy for 5-10 minutes every morning to improve your overall feeling of wellbeing. Following her advice, I attempted my first voice healing session the morning after our chat, sitting with my feet firmly on the floor and drinking a glass of water. Emulating her short demonstration, I closed my eyes and kept a steady hum on and off for around five minutes, allowing my voice to find a natural pitch that didn’t cause any straining. Initially I found the sound rather annoying and loud in my inner ear but eventually I managed to tune it out, instead diverting my attention to the sensation in my throat. While humming I realised that I found the method easier than traditional meditation as it allowed me to concentrate on the feeling of vibrations on my vocal folds, leaving less mental space for distracting thoughts to creep in. To tap into the exercise even more, I placed the palms of my hands gently on my throat and chest, focusing on the physical vibration throughout the humming. When the timer rang after five minutes, I noticed a visible relaxation in my normally tense posture and felt a distinct air of calmness that bordered on sleepy. My fellow voice healing experimenter (my boyfriend) also noted that he felt “a deep fuzziness all over” which he likened to the effect of receiving a neck massage.Like any therapy, vocal healing has to be repeated to see any real benefit, but from my short experience it’s worth doing the exercises alone in order to centre yourself, much like deep breathing during a yoga class. The benefits of strengthening your vagus nerve (or improving ‘vagal tone’) carry a lot of weight in the wellness community, with many crediting the method with lessening anxiety or feelings of depression. There are multiple scientific studies that back up these claims, including one from the American Journal Of Psychiatry which showed that patients with severe depression who were treated with vagus nerve stimulation alongside usual medications and therapy improved far more than those who received just their regular treatments.While there are plenty of other ways to stimulate the vagus nerve (including plunging yourself into freezing cold water), humming offers an easy way into the practice, requiring little more than a comfy chair and five minutes of uninterrupted alone time. After trying it out for myself, I’d say that vocal therapy by way of humming could be a good thing to keep in your back pocket in times of nervousness or just when you are in need of a clear mind ahead of a big day. You may feel strange doing it but consider it your body’s secret (and free) way of helping you out in times of stress. If you ask me, that’s worth sounding a little bit silly.If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, please contact Anxiety UK, Mind or the Samaritans.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Can Laughter Therapy Cure My Crippling Anxiety?6 Books That Will Help Quell Your AnxietyMy Anger Was Actually Depression
Gwyneth Paltrow is an open book when it comes to what she puts on — and into — her face. From an off-label exfoliation routine to her trendy injectable of choice (think Botox, but Goop-ier), the 47-year-old actress, mother, and businesswoman describes her skin-care philosophy as openly evolving.“In the past, I’ve never said that I won’t do plastic or cosmetic surgery, because I think it’s important to stay honest to the fact that we all change as we age,” Paltrow explains in a recent Zoom interview. We’re chatting about her newest gig as the global face of Xeomin (pronounced Zeo-min), a botulinum toxin marketed as the “naked injectable.”Xeomin, according to Paltrow’s close friend and board-certified plastic surgeon, Julius Few, MD, is a newer, pared-down version of a wrinkle-reducing injectable. A close cousin to other FDA-approved options like Jeuveau and Botox, Xeomin hit the US market in 2011. What sets Xeomin apart from its competitors, the company claims, is that it’s formulated free of unnecessary or additive stabilising proteins, making it the purest form of incobotulinum toxin A available.“Originally, when Botox and other muscle-relaxing injectables came to market, they were made with proteins as a way to stabilise them,” Dr. Few explains. “However, in the more-recent production of Xeomin, it was found that those surrounding proteins aren’t necessary, and in some cases, they can actually cause injection-site reactions — especially for people with allergies or food sensitivities. So, when Gwyneth came to me a year ago interested in a subtle, frown-smoothing effect, and at the same time feeling concerned about what goes into her body, I recommended Xeomin.” Paltrow, who gets the “frown lines” between her eyebrows injected every four months, says maintaining a natural look is her main objective. “I never want to look younger or not like myself,” Paltrow explains, adding that she considers past experiences with other FDA-approved injectables as one of her biggest beauty regrets. “When I turned 40, I had like a mid-life crisis and got anti-wrinkle injections all over my face, and it was awful. I looked horrible — one eye was actually like higher than the other — and it was definitely a big mistake, though luckily a temporary one.”An overzealous approach to injectables isn’t Paltrow’s only skin regret, but she says it’s all part of her life philosophy: you live and you learn. “Oh, and I was a chain smoker in my 20s,” she admits, shaking her head. “That was really bad. After a night of smoking and drinking at 24, I would wake up [with] this dulled grey colour to my skin — thank god I quit.”> When I turned 40, I had like a mid-life crisis and got anti-wrinkle injections all over my face, and it was awful. I looked horrible — one eye was actually like higher than the other — and it was definitely a big mistake, though luckily a temporary one.> > Gwyneth PaltrowPaltrow credits her healthy lifestyle to the reason her skin now looks like she’s never touched a cigarette. “I think one of the biggest helps to rehab past damage has been exercise,” she says. “I love to dance and do yoga, and I think sweating is amazing for the skin. Drinking a ton of water and sleeping definitely help, too. It’s the really basic stuff — and a good topical routine.”As you can imagine, Paltrow couples exercise with a solid skin-care regimen. “I’m an exfoliating person, so I use our Goop exfoliator every day in the bath — even though you’re only supposed to use it like twice a week — and I love our peel pads, too,” she says, adding that her desert-island product endorsement is a slightly more affordable alternative to what her plastic surgeon doles out in his office. “We just came out with a new moisturiser called Goop Genes, and I’m already on my third jar of it. It’s incredibly hydrating, smoothes fine lines — and it’s easily the best face cream I’ve ever used.” For Paltrow, her beauty and wellness routine (which includes cosmetic procedures) is a way for her to feel more in touch with herself. “It’s funny and super ironic that at the age when you start to really fall in love with yourself on the inside… you get crow’s feet,” Paltrow laughs. “I just want to to look on the outside the way I feel on the inside, which right now, is really vibrant and strong.”Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?How To Get Rid Of Under-The-Skin SpotsIs There A Safe Way To Remove Skin Tags?Ferulic Acid Is The Secret To Better Skin
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In the last few years, the word “cult” has, ironically, become mainstream in fashion. It’s been used in reference to influencer- and Cool Girl-friendly brands (think: Nanushka, Staud, Rotate); to brands whose products have taken over Instagram (Jacquemus’ Chiquito mini bags, Susan Alexandra’s beaded totes, Sleeper’s dresses); and to established brands whose every drop still gets fans excited (Supreme). But, if every brand can be a cult brand, then what does the designation even mean anymore?“A cult brand can be defined as a brand that has made significant impact within culture and fashion,” says Telsha Anderson, owner and buyer at T.A., a NYC boutique that carries popular brands like PH5, Ellery, and PRISCAVera. “It also creates its own target audience that continuously bands together to create support surrounding the brand, day after day.”Caroline Maguire, fashion director at Shopbop, defines it as a brand whose impact extends beyond the products it sells. “Cult brands have their own loyal customer base, who are not only obsessed with the brand but the culture and values that are associated with it,” she says.Sophie Hersan, co-founder and fashion director at Vestiaire Collective, agrees with both of them. “A cult brand is one that has developed a community of dedicated fans around it. In which case, it’s not always about the latest design or collection, but the identity of the brand that the fans are buying into,” she says. “Cult brands symbolise a lifestyle and culture first and foremost.”From the Wang Gang — aka members of designer Alexander Wang’s close (and famous) circle of models — to Ganni Girls — fans of the beloved Danish brand — communities have long been known to form around labels, and even specific designers behind those labels, as is the case with Phoebe Philo’s OldCeline or Daniel Lee’s NewBottega. In the case of Supreme, fans have frequently expressed their allegiance by camping out on folding chairs outside the stores the night before a big drop and buying out every collaboration, ranging from Louis Vuitton and Comme des Garçons to NYC’s MTA, within minutes.“Supreme is a perfect example of a cult brand and is a pioneer of streetwear. Over the last few decades, it’s developed a loyal following and has continuously innovated and collaborated with other designers and artists to remain trendy. Despite being around for over 25 years now, it remains a top seller on Vestiaire Collective and limited-edition releases are more valuable than ever,” Hersan says. And it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. Its most recent collaboration, Supreme x Pat McGrath, sold out eight seconds after first dropping. Since then, the $38 (£30) lipstick has appeared on StockX, Grailed, and eBay at prices starting at around $150 (£110). > “A cult brand can be defined as a brand that has made significant impact within culture and fashion.”> > Telsha Anderson“A brand garners a cult following through creative product offerings, innovative design, and exciting marketing,” says Maguire. “These brands always focus on the product integrity first. Next, they create exciting and innovative collaborations, which lends itself to how well it is marketed on social platforms.” With that said, while Supreme, who has been successful on all these fronts, will likely retain its reputation, it’s no longer the only brand that’s reigning, well, supreme. Since the introduction of Instagram and influencers, the idea of a cult brand, much like the definition itself, has evolved and expanded.“Cult brands have changed over the past few years with the rise and importance of social media. Previously, the fashion community would hear about products or brands through word-of-mouth, and while that is still important, everything is now so instant and easily accessible,” says Maguire. “Today, consumers watch tastemakers and influencers wearing products on social platforms and brands continue to introduce the ‘see now, shop now’ option, which work together to contribute to a cult brand’s large increase in popularity.” Take, for example, Cult Gaia. After the brand debuted its Ark bag in 2013, a see-through, half-circle bamboo clutch, the brand earned the “cult” label thanks to the way the bag was spotted on the arm of every celebrity, influencer, and fashion-lover alike; soon, it was sold out. Years later, the bag, which is now available in a variety of colours and materials and readily available, remains a best-seller for the brand, that has now also become known for its clothing offerings. (This past summer, the brand was responsible for one of Summer 2020’s most popular dresses.) “Social media, hype via word of mouth, and sold-out product are all important [in making a brand go cult],” says Anderson. “I also believe a brand’s ability to innovate beyond what the brand is known for in that ‘cult moment’ is important as well.”In 2020, according to Anderson, Hersan, and Maguire, no brand is more emblematic of cult status than Telfar, which Maguire calls “THE brand for fashionistas at the moment.” The Telfar Clemens-led, Brooklyn-based unisex brand — that just won the CFDA Fashion Award for the American Accessories Designer of the Year category and revealed an upcoming UGG collaboration — has become known for its “Bushwick Birkin.” The tote, which comes in three sizes and many colours, has become so heavily sought out that it earned its own security program after every drop sold out and fell prey to resellers hiking up the price. There is also the way Telfar caters to its audience. Telfar is not only groundbreaking for its inclusive approach to luxury — the most expensive tote goes for $250 (£200) which, while not cheap, certainly doesn’t even come close to the cost of many other luxury It bags — but also for the way it puts its community first. “It’s not for you — it’s for everyone,” reads the website. “Telfar is unique in their product offering, editorials, approach to social media, and they continue to evolve. They also have a unique target audience that supports them digitally and in-person,” says Anderson. To wear a Telfar tote, whose supporters notably include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is to display your values — something that consumers are now increasingly interested in when it comes to brands they support. “The last couple of years have seen increased consumer demand for purpose-driven brands amongst both independent and mainstream designers. COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter have only accelerated this trend further. The followers of cult brands have high expectations for the ethos that they are buying into, so I anticipate this to continue,” says Hersan. “Speaking out about values won’t be enough. Loyal followers will want to see positive actions and know that their purchases are building a better future for society and the environment.”> “A brand garners a cult following through creative product offerings, innovative design, and exciting marketing.”> > Caroline MaguireCustomers are indeed moving away from fashion brands — especially of the fast variety — that only offer clothing, and toward those that have a mission behind them. “Two brands that have had a viral moment this year are Marine Serre and Telfar,” says Hersan. “I think both brands are symbolic of the things that are important to consumers in 2020: sustainability, diversity, and community.” According to a Vestiaire report, Marine Serre experienced a 1,200% increase in sales over the past year, becoming one of its top five most listed sustainable brands. After Beyoncé and Adele wore the label’s crescent moon print designs, global fashion search platform Lyst also saw a spike of 426%. Telfar, likewise, has seen a 270% increase in search since being spotted on AOC. It helps that both brands have instantly recognisable elements — Marine Serre with the crescent moon print and Telfar with the oversized logo — which don’t guarantee brand success, but also don’t not.Anderson says it makes sense that what used to be defined as “cult” is evolving. “Cult brands changed because our culture, needs, and resources have changed. I believe change is important and necessary for growth as a culture,” she says. “As life evolves, I believe the idea of a ‘cult brand’ will evolve as well. What makes something launch or pop today will change in the next six months or in the next five years. The definition of a ‘cult brand’ will shift and change as our culture, resources, and day-to-day necessities change. What we need today will never be what we need tomorrow, and that’s the excitement of growth and human evolution.”So then what does a brand need to do today to go cult? According to Hersan, a strong point of view. “Cult brands will always have a unique story and ethos that really resonates with the values with the community it appeals to. The ones that retain value are those that are consistent with and protective of their brand image,” she says. “Despite being dramatically different, Hermes and Supreme both evoke a certain lifestyle and have earned a loyal following as a result.” Maguire agrees. “Focus on what your brand really stands for! Don’t try and be everything to everyone. What is special about a cult brand are the styles, the philosophy, and the story behind it,” she says. “As we rely more and more on technology, brands will continue to come up with innovative ways to connect and resonate with their customer base. This will ultimately lend itself to loyal relationships and products more catered to their consumers.”Like what you see? 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