The Best Paris Fashion Week Spring 2023 Street Style Looks


The fashion glitterati has made its final sartorial pit stop in Paris. The French capital always promises a bevy of street style stars, from editors to influencers and models off-duty that embrace the marathon that is Paris Fashion Week. From the stars outside the Dior show to the positively flawless fall layering, we’re taking note of the trends as they hit the street. Flip through and check back as ELLE’s resident photographer Tyler Joe reports on the ground in Paris.





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Abortion Fund Leaders Reflect on a Summer Without Roe v. Wade


In the three months since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, 14 states have banned nearly all abortions, causing millions of people to lose access. As a result, patients—including pregnant people with cancer and underage rape victims—have been denied medical services. Many are forced to travel across the country, navigate a patchwork of confusing state-level policy, and spend thousands of dollars just to receive care.

Often behind these stories is the essential work of abortion funds, which assist people who can’t access abortion by providing funds for the procedure as well as the logistical support necessary to obtain an abortion, including lodging, travel, and child care. For the leaders who oversee and work with these funds, this past summer was grueling and mercurial, yet in many ways still hopeful. Earlier this month, ELLE.com gathered five of these leaders on Zoom for a roundtable discussion about how their work has been affected, what they’re hearing from patients on the ground, and why, as one leader says, eliminating Roe means that it’s time to reach for a bigger goal: free and accessible abortion care for all.


The Leaders

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Kelley Raye

Oriaku Njoku, executive director of the National Network of Abortion Funds

NNAF is a member organization with a network of nearly 100 abortion funds.

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Amanda Beatriz Williams, executive director of the Lilith Fund

The Lilith Fund is based in Texas, where those who “aid or abet” abortions are subject to penalties. As a result, Lilith has discontinued funding abortions and has shifted to offering financial assistance for ultrasounds, birth control, and other reproductive health care services.

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Melissa Alexander

Jalessah Jackson, interim executive director of Access Reproductive Care-Southeast

ARC-Southeast supports patients in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, where most or all abortions are banned; Georgia, where abortion is banned after six weeks of pregnancy; South Carolina, where a six-week ban has been temporarily blocked; and Florida, where abortion is banned after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

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Destini Spaeth, president of the North Dakota Women in Need Abortion Access Fund

The ND WIN Fund supports those in North Dakota, where a judge temporarily blocked a ban on nearly all abortions. In preparation for Roe’s reversal, the state’s sole abortion clinic moved a five-minute drive away to Minnesota.

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Javay Frye-Nekrasova, board member of the Northwest Abortion Access Fund

The NAAF Fund serves those in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska, where abortion is legal, and Idaho, where nearly all abortions are banned.


Where were you when you got the news about Roe being overturned, and what immediate actions did you take?

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Amanda Beatriz Williams, Lilith Fund: My friend is an abortion provider who lives in Houston, and we were together, because we were going to the Houston Pride events. We’re a bunch of queer people of color, and we were going to have a great night. We were going to go dancing. But instead, we got this news. Of course, I had to do press events and shift into work mode. But at the end of it, we were still with our community. We were like, “We’re not going to let them steal our joy. It’s Pride. We cannot let them take that from us.” It was absolutely devastating. We cried. But we had to jump back on our feet, celebrate what it is that makes us human, and be in community the best we knew how.

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Javay Frye-Nekrasova, Northwest Abortion Access Fund: I was at home when I saw it. Initially, I wanted to shut down. But then I remembered, that’s what they want. And that’s not going to work. So I checked in with people. The defeat you feel can be so paralyzing that I wanted to make sure everybody knew: “Hey, it may be shitty, but we don’t just roll over and take it. We’re not pillow princesses when it comes to our government. We’re going to fight back.” On the [fund] side, it was like, we’ve got to put the messaging out. We’ve got to stay on top of it. There are more people turning to us now. There’s a role to play, and we have to continue to play it.

We had to jump back on our feet, celebrate what it is that makes us human, and be in community the best we knew how.”

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Destini Spaeth, ND WIN Fund: I was also alone when I found out. I’m pretty sure Twitter told me. I sat with that for about 30 seconds and then went into mobilization mode. We had one abortion clinic here in North Dakota. They’ve since moved, but I went there to be with my people and start gathering supplies. We had a rally at the courthouse. I was in the mode of: this is when we educate. This is when we give people the tools that are necessary to support this work and support people seeking abortions.

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Melissa Alexander

Jalessah Jackson, ARC-Southeast: About a week before Roe came down, I started in this position at ARC. It was a convergence at this very particular time, which felt both overwhelming and divine; it felt like reassurance from my ancestors that now is the time to boot up and really lean in. As a fire sign, the first emotion I felt was anger. I like to return to movement leaders, revolutionaries, and people who have done so much in alignment with the Black radical tradition and have written about their experiences. Going back to those writings, poems, videos is something that grounds me. So after the cussing fit I had, I read Audre Lorde’s “The Uses of Anger.” In our society, anger is something that’s frowned upon. People oftentimes associate anger as being the antithesis of logic. I don’t believe in that dichotomous way of thinking. So, really thinking about how we can use our anger in this moment toward our objectives.

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Oriaku Njoku, National Network of Abortion Funds: I was here in my apartment by myself, and I meditated. I was like, this is actually the moment where we need to be grounded. It feels like it’s the default to have this sense of urgency, respond, respond, respond. It’s easy to catastrophize this situation we’re in. The thing that’s harder—but it’s the thing that guides me—is [asking], what is the future we’re actually fighting for? What steps do we need to take for our collective liberation? Really understanding and believing that collective liberation is a manifestation of our love. So what does that mean now for how we show up differently in movement, how we strategize, and the rigor required to work together? It’s the beginning of something new. It’s an opportunity to move forward and not have to be on the defense all the time. And at the same time, it’s a shitty-ass situation.

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The state-level response has been swift and brutal. It’s changing day by day, and it’s difficult to keep up with. What has it been like to navigate the changing legal landscapes in your states?

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Javay Frye-Nekrasova, Northwest Abortion Access Fund: We have to keep an awareness of what’s happening in all the states, especially the states that we serve. The education piece on our part increases. Unless you are a lawyer, unless you have that background of policy, half the stuff doesn’t make sense. You can read all the bills, and you’re still like, “So what can I do?” We have to understand it for ourselves, but then be able to relay that information so the callers and people reaching out to us for resources understand, too.

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Amanda Beatriz Williams, Lilith Fund: In Texas, before Roe was overturned, we were already living in a state with the harshest abortion ban in the country. SB 8 was enacted in September of last year, which banned abortion at six weeks and also had a cause of action provision, which meant we were under threat of civil liability constantly. People were confused. It is so difficult, for even the most expert advocates, to keep up with the level of restrictions in our state. It’s not even that attorneys don’t always understand, it’s that they don’t always agree on the interpretation of the law. ’Cause guess what? These decisions, the statutes, they’re not meant to be easily understood. It’s up to interpretation, which is a huge problem when we’re talking about criminal and civil risk—whether or not we can interpret the law could mean going to prison or not. That is literally what’s at stake now.

Whether or not we can interpret the law could mean going to prison or not. That is literally what’s at stake now.”

Our fund is a majority women of color organization, and we have to think carefully about risk. What we’re hearing from patients is just this confusion, this isolation. We have to be clear as best we can and offer First Amendment-protected information, because the state has long since abandoned them. It’s been a nightmare. We’re plaintiffs in, like, a dozen lawsuits. But at the end of the day, we’re doing every single thing we possibly can. We’re fighting for a fighting chance. And it’s all we got.

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Kelley Raye

Oriaku Njoku, National Network of Abortion Funds: When the six-week ban went into effect here in Georgia, my sister was working in clinic, and she called me like, “Is this real?” I’m looking, reading, and I’m like, “Oh my God. They actually went through with this.” It was really emotional, because they were in clinic as it happened, and it was supposed to go into effect immediately. There is such a huge disruption in service provision when things just pop up whenever they want. We know we can’t ever rely on the state or the courts to support us in our livelihood, because the laws and systems created were never intended for us. So [I’m] not surprised that it happened, but it was wild.

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Jalessah Jackson, ARC-Southeast: What was really shocking [about Georgia] was that the judges decided to make it effective immediately, and that was an autonomous decision they made without being prompted by the state. That just communicates the commitment to state repression at multiple levels of our governments, not just in Georgia. It was a reminder that we can’t anticipate things to operate procedurally how we expect them to, or how they have before when our opposition is ensuring they have their representatives on the bench at multiple levels of state government. In Georgia, it looked like immediately calling people who had appointments for the very next day and having to hear those people’s concerns in real time, many of whom were already coming to Georgia from other states. So, needing to be rerouted again, which places an undue burden on so many of our callers, the majority of whom are Black and already parents. It was really hard for our team to make those calls.

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Is there anything you feel hasn’t been talked about enough in regards to what patients have been facing since June?

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Amanda Beatriz Williams, Lilith Fund: Hearing everyone talk about the states they’re serving, it struck me how critical it is that we pay attention in other states. Each time another state falls, it makes it so much worse for Texans. Right now, the only state that borders Texas where people can go is New Mexico, and from my service area, that’s at least a 10-hour drive. At this point in time, we have got to acknowledge how interconnected this fight truly is. This is now all of us or none of us. Our rights depend on each other.

We have got to acknowledge how interconnected this fight truly is. This is now all of us or none of us. Our rights depend on each other.”

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Destini Spaeth, ND WIN Fund: WIN Fund does practical support, logistical support, whatever callers need leading up to and on the day of their appointment. On the day of their appointment, they’re seeing a medical professional, and if they want to leave with a birth control option, but money is a barrier, the WIN Fund will cover those costs. We’ve seen a four-time increase in requests for birth control coverage from January to June. I’m so happy that the WIN Fund is there to be that bridge, but at the same time, this decision to find a LARC [long-acting reversible contraception] or a birth control option feels almost coercive in nature. It’s not like birth control is being pushed four times harder, but it’s because of the restrictions for care and the uncertainty behind it. So it’s a bit grim to me that people are going that direction if it’s not something they’re going into with their whole heart.

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Melissa Alexander

Jalessah Jackson, ARC-Southeast: This is all also happening before the backdrop of abysmal maternal mortality rates. So there’s the compounded fear of carrying a pregnancy to term. And the constant lingering threat of criminalization—Am I able to legally access an abortion? Will I get in trouble for crossing state lines? Am I breaking a law?—partially stoked by media misrepresentations or sensationalism ends up creating an additional barrier to our people accessing care and is a form of psychological violence. The attacks on abortion access are on the service itself, it’s on the communities we help access that care, and it’s a coercive power tactic to keep people in place. I don’t want to miss out on the psychological impacts that surround the questions of legality that limit our willingness and ability to seek out the services that we need.

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Where are you all finding hope and joy these days?

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Destini Spaeth, ND WIN Fund: Roe is gone. Now we have the opportunity to start from the ground up. We know what our demands are, and we don’t have to stop at Roe. We’ll continue to expand, and make it bigger and better. Accessible, free care for everybody—that is the ultimate goal.

Roe is gone. Now we have the opportunity to start from the ground up.”

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Kelley Raye

Oriaku Njoku, National Network of Abortion Funds: I have a lot of hope and so much joy in doing this work. Even the joy in resistance. The joy in seeing abortion funds thrive. The joy in knowing someone was able to get to their appointment, regardless of what legal and political climate we’re in. The other thing that gives me hope is that folks are starting to think beyond a binary choice. It’s not just having an abortion or not having an abortion. Reproductive justice is about having an abortion and all of the other issues that influence our decision-making process every day. Folks being able to see what’s happening with abortion access with an intersectional lens, being able to see that race, class, gender, the economy, access to jobs, labor rights, all of these things are tied into how people can get their abortions. I feel like people are starting to understand that. And that’s exciting. To me, that’s this radical love coming together to be like, we actually can change our future. We are in control of our own destinies. So, in this moment, what can we do to come together?

This interview has been edited and condensed.



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Hearts Are Trending for Spring 2023


Everyone will be wearing their heart on their sleeve next spring—literally. Brands from Acne Studios and Nensi Dojaka to Moschino and Vivetta had love on the brain for the upcoming season, showing hearts of all shapes and sizes, sometimes from head to toe (we’re looking at you, Moschino). If the past few seasons were about lust and desire, this one will no doubt be about the cheesiest, most lovey-dovey devotion. But don’t balk at the trend quite yet. Thankfully, labels found new and interesting ways to express that warm, fuzzy feeling instead of making us all look like Valentine’s Day teddy bears picked up from the drugstore. Click through our gallery below to scope out how you’ll be rocking the trend when the seasons change.

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Sanaa Lathan’s Most Iconic Roles


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Welcome to Look Back At It, a monthly column where some of the most iconic Black actresses in Hollywood reminisce and reflect on the roles that made them stars. For our first installment, Sanaa Lathan breaks down her career—from Love and Basketball and Brown Sugar to her most recent feature film directorial debut, On the Come Up.


For over two decades, actress Sanaa Lathan has graced our television and movie screens in everything from cult classics to romantic comedies. After graduating from Yale School of Drama in the ’90s, her first credited role was in 1996 with the LL Cool J-led family sitcom In the House. From there, she secured guest spots on hit shows like Moesha and Family Matters before landing her first big studio film Blade, acting opposite Wesley Snipes.

From there, Lathan went on to star in fan favorites like Love and Basketball (which was recently added to the Criterion Collection), Brown Sugar, and The Best Man. In 2004, she was nominated for her first Tony for her role in Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun, which was later adapted for a TV film of the same name. The awards didn’t stop there; just this year, Lathan was nominated for her first Emmy for her guest role in the HBO drama Succession.

Below, Lathan takes us through her most iconic film roles to share what she’s learned, some of her favorite moments from set, and why her feature film directorial debut On the Come Up has ushered in a new chapter.

Vanessa in Blade (1998)

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“I remember being really excited about this because Wesley Snipes was the biggest star in the world. This was my first big studio movie. I’m such an actor-y actor that I actually did so much research on vampires for this. At the time, there was a store in L.A. called The Bodhi Tree and it was a spiritual bookstore. I went in and I asked one of the guys if he had any books on vampires. Then he was like, ‘I have 200 at my house in a coffin.’ And I was like, ‘Are you a vampire?’ I was joking, but then he said yes. There are actually people who consider themselves vampires and who are obsessed with the world and the lore. But anyway, I read some books and did some deep diving and really took her seriously. I had a lot of fun, especially with the fangs. I was really committed.”

Robin in The Best Man (1999) and The Best Man Holiday (2013)

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“Soon you’ll be able to watch The Best Man: The Final Chapters, which is coming to Peacock in December. But these movies were so much fun. They actually called me in for the role of Candy [Regina Hall’s character], but when I read the script, I was like, ‘I wanna read for Robin.’ It was the first time that I had used my voice and asked [for what I wanted]. So when they said yes, that was a big thing for me. The Best Man was the first time I did a movie in New York City. We were all young, excited, and at the beginning of our careers. We had such a blast. I think it comes through in the first one. And then The Best Man Holiday was 16 years later. We shot that in Toronto. It almost felt like camp because, by then, we were good friends and almost like family. We had so much fun that we were worried at the end. We were like, ‘What did we do? Is it gonna be good?’ And it came out so great. We were really happy about that.”

Monica in Love and Basketball (2000)

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“I had known Omar [Epps] since The Wood and Gina [Prince-Bythewood] wrote the role of Quincy with him in mind. So he always knew that he was doing it. For my part, I think Gina was under the wrong kind of guidance that she needed a basketball player who she could teach to act as opposed to an actress who she could teach to play basketball. I had to really fight and I fought for months and eventually won the job, but it was definitely an exercise in perseverance and believing in yourself. It was really one of those moments where you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m really an actress out here.’ The shoot was so challenging. Gina was a college basketball player so there was always that feeling of wanting to get it right. But I remember when we went to Sundance, there was a four-minute standing ovation. I was in shock like, ‘Wow, this is what we did.’ And now it’s in the Criterion Collection.”

Sidney in Brown Sugar (2002)

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“We shot Brown Sugar right after September 11th and it was really scary. I remember being terrified to come to the city. You could still smell the smoke. The city was very empty, but it actually turned out to be such a great experience because New Yorkers were so happy and so grateful that we were there. I remember that there was a whole movement of bringing business back to New York and we were one of the first productions. So that was really great.”

Ann in Out of Time (2003)

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“I remember that I had to screen test against four other girls for this movie. It was also very nerve-wracking because Denzel Washington was in it. The auditioning process was intense. I remember Carl [Franklin, the director] just wanting me to cry a lot. Like, ‘Do it again. Do it again.’ I was like, ‘Oh, God. You want to torture me to get this role.’ We shot that in Miami in the summer. Even thinking about it, I’m breaking out into a sweat.”

Alexa in Alien vs. Predator (2004)

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“I remember being in a corner on the floor, dirty, in this big cold warehouse with the camera and then pouring buckets of goop [onto me]. It gets in your mouth and you’re like, ‘This is not glamorous.’ [Laughs] But there were retired basketball players in those predator outfits. I’m sure it’s not like this anymore, but at that time, they could only wear them for 20 minutes at a time. So it was a long shoot. And they all lost 20 pounds because the suits were so heavy.”

Kenya in Something New (2006)

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“People love this movie. I have so many people who say it’s their favorite. It’s kind of become a new classic. But at the time, I remember it didn’t do well at the box office. I was really upset by that. I had a lot of Black men come up to me and be like, ‘I’m mad at you Sanaa. Why you with that white boy? I didn’t wanna watch the movie, but my girl made me.’ [Laughs] But Blair [Underwood] and Simon Baker were so amazing. So was Donald [Faison].”

Beneatha in A Raisin in the Sun (2008)

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“Oh, this is great. I was shooting Alien vs Predator and Puffy called me in Prague and he was like, ‘I want you to read A Raisin in the Sun. I wanna do it on Broadway.’ He wanted to get into acting. And I was like, ‘Why A Raisin in the Sun? Can we do something new? I’m not interested.’ And then I read it and I was like, “Oh, this is the real meaning of a classic. It transcends time.’ It really spoke to me. I loved the hope and the light of Beneatha after playing Alexa [in Alien vs Predator] who was fighting and trying to save the world. So that was really amazing. We did a run on Broadway and I got to work with Phylicia [Rashad]. I’d known her since I was a child because she, my mom, and Debbie Allen used to dance together. And obviously, Audra [McDonald] is a force. It was standing room only every night and I got a Tony nomination. That was the cherry on top. And then a couple of years later, we shot the film. I remember being surprised that I still had the lines in my head. I didn’t have to relearn them.”

Andrea in The Family That Preys (2008)

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“This was exciting because Alfre [Woodard] has played my mom in three different movies: this one, Love and Basketball, and Something New. What I remember about this is that Tyler Perry had the happiest set I could imagine. My trailer was beautiful and had fresh flowers. It was the first time I felt seen as an actress. He treated us like human beings. Sometimes in this business, especially when you’re up-and-coming, there’s a lack of respect that you feel on sets. I felt respected by him. He saw us. He treated us great. He paid us well. I think he was just starting to build his studio back then, too. So that was a great experience. And for my character Andrea, he was like, ‘I want you to really lean into the bitch.’ And I did.”

Aubrey in Contagion (2011)

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“This is so timely. It’s insane. I remember seeing it at the premiere back then and I was like, ‘That that would never happen.’ And look at us now. But obviously, to be a part of such an amazing cast with such a brilliant director was really cool. We shot it in Chicago and I loved working with Laurence Fishburne. I didn’t really meet any of the other actors because everyone had their own storylines. But I loved being a part of this. I loved being in that company.”

Leah in The Perfect Guy (2015)

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“Well, this was fun because look at my co-stars. Obviously I knew Morris [Chestnut] from The Best Man, but I hadn’t worked with Michael [Ealy.] But I was like, ‘I’m the luckiest girl in the world to kiss both of these guys.’ This was filmed in L.A. and I remember we shot right around the corner from my house. There were a lot of night shoots and when you do thrillers, you have to be scared a lot. As an actor, you’re using your real emotions so it was an intense shoot. But I had the best co-stars. They were so great and so generous. And I remember this being number one at the box office.”

Violet in Nappily Ever After (2018)

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“This is making me emotional. I’ve done a lot of movies. With this one, I was more involved. I had produced The Perfect Guy, but I was a real producer on this in terms of helping to choose the director and working on the script. I got my PGA mark on this. I was involved in the rewrite of the script because it was a project that had been around for a while. They had been trying to make it for years and there were different actresses attached. And finally when I became attached, it was a little dated. So we brought the script up-to-date.

I also remember begging the celebrity hairstylist Larry Sims to do it. So he designed all her looks. In the scene where I shave my head, it’s really me shaving my real hair. They rigged the mirror and they put the camera behind the mirror so I couldn’t see it. It felt like I was really looking into a mirror. I remember blasting music while I was shaving my head and it was a cathartic moment for me. When I was done, Larry rushed in crying. He was like, ‘Baby, it’s beautiful.’”

Jay in On the Come Up (2022)

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“God, this movie is everything to me. It’s my baby. When you’re the director, it’s your vision. You’re manifesting with the help of these amazing actors and crew and producers and studio. It was a dream and the joy of my life to work on. I’m just so proud of it and I’m happy that it’s resonating with people. I fell in love with my character, Jay. She isn’t the easiest character to play, but I just recognized a lot of women in my family in her. To prepare for the role, I talked to a Black woman who had been 30 years sober off of heroin. She just poured her heart out to me and told me her story. She was totally secure in her sobriety. She wasn’t worried about that. But her biggest regret was [the effect that her addiction had on] her children. So that was really informative in terms of playing Jay and in terms of understanding the relationship with her daughter Bri. You know, I feel really proud of myself right now. When I was at TIFF [Toronto International Film Festival] and the end credits of this film started to roll, it was like a dream. It was so surreal. My family surrounded me and it was truly one of those moments where I was like, ‘I finally feel some level of satisfaction.’”



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The Must-Haves: ELLE’s September Shopping Guide


THE CORSET

Designers offer a tougher take on the structured top: less boudoir, more armor.

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Whether draped, pleated, or full, a floor-sweeping hemline adds just the right amount of drama.

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The perfect transitional topper now comes in unexpected new proportions.

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“Dopamine dressing” evolves to accommodate more fluid, sequin-heavy silhouettes.

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Loewe’s Spring 2023 Collection Embraces the Real and the Fake


The internet was blessed with a preview of Loewe’s spring/summer 2023 collection last week via Zendaya’s Instagram, with the global phenom wearing a white column dress featuring a large anthurium bustier. She posed in the custom look, a spinoff of the runway version that debuted today, in her shower, naturally. Did she wear it outside? Was it just for the photo? Does it even matter? Creative director Jonathan Anderson asks what we really want out of our clothes—and fashion in general—with yet another electric collection of such creative resolve and tension that answers as many questions as it poses.

Similar to the last few seasons, the designer continued his exploration of surreal fashion for surreal times. The sparse show space in Paris was all white, save for a ginormous anthurium blossoming out of a hole in the ground. Models emerged wearing various sizes and shapes of the flower, “a product of nature that looks like an object of design, and treated as such,” according to a press release, whether as a breastplate, a bra, or molded around shoulders in dimension-defying frocks. Actress Taylor Russell of Bones And All, the movie on everyone’s mind after its electrifying Venice debut, opened the show in a strapless black velvet pannier dress with a single anthurium on her right foot.

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Elsewhere, the collection whittled dressing down to its very essence, then pushed it to new heights. Shoes were either crafted entirely out of deflated balloons, or made to look like inflated balloons encapsulating the foot. Ultra-short knit babydoll dresses in solid wools and striped knits, if they can even be called dresses, flounced alongside abbreviated hunting jackets with delicate resin floral tops underneath. Crewneck sweatshirt dresses featured cape sleeves that hung down to the floor, and a simple T-shirt neckline was exaggerated to cover models’ mouths. Draped minis in blue jersey and black dotted tulle had mountain ranges for necklines. The everyday and the mundane were closely examined under Anderson’s sartorial microscope.

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Two looks instantly sent Instagram into a flurry, one of confusion and awe. A simple tee outlined in graphic black “pixels” and faux-shadowed to appear frozen in motion, paired with khaki pants printed to look blurry and pixelated, appeared as if they came straight out of Minecraft. Trompe l’oeil for the 22nd century, perhaps. Proportion play has become a Loewe signature, and in recent collections has taken on new meaning as Anderson blurs the lines between real and fake, artifice and actuality.

 

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Anderson knows the world we live in is changing by the minute. Everything you see online is a copy of a copy of a copy, replicated ad infinitum and reduced to simulation in minutes. Through the noise, he is creating clothing that is aggressive, sure, but uncompromising in its beauty and craft. There is a silver lining of romance and classicism, one that grounds itself in a commitment to oddity and singularity in a world of fakes. These are clothes to take up space in, be consumed by, and, perhaps most importantly, consume in. A curious and open mind is the best accessory.

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Bella Hadid Gets Her Dress Spray Painted On As She Walks the Runway


On Friday, model Bella Hadid made an unconventional appearance during Coperni’s Paris Fashion Week runway show, stepping out onto the stage in nothing but a pair of white panties. There, three talented creators at Corperni spray-painted on her outfit right in front of the audience.

Hadid was wearing a pair of white kitten heels and had been made up to accompany the final look, which eventually became an off-the-shoulder white gown with a trailing skirt and thigh slit. The material was not made of traditional spray paint, rather a fibrous thin material made from latex that eventually built up into something akin to actual fabric.

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Her hair was up in a slick bun with some pin curls layered onto her forehead. As she strutted before the crowd, the dress received a round of applause. Coperni has been recognized for its more experimental designs and won the ANDAM’s Creative Label Prize in 2014, an award given to labels for their creative and commercial potential, and was a finalist for the LVMH Prize in 2015.

Also at the Coperni show was beauty mogul Kylie Jenner, who wore a dress from the design house as well. The strappy blue and black leather mini-dress showed off The Kardashian star’s figure, cinching in at the waist and featuring a plunging neckline and form-fitting bust. She styled it with long black extensions, matching pumps by designers Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant. She accessorized with a pair of clip-on frameless sunglasses.

Coperni’s show was held in the Salle des Textiles at the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris, and was attended by invite only. The technique for spraying on latex to create textiles was invented by Dr. Manel Torres.

“We wanted to dedicate this moment to Dr. Torres, because we respect what he does so much,” Vaillant told Vogue. “We felt that it was absolutely necessary that he led the performance – to us, that makes the experience even more magical.”



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The 17 Best Sulfate-Free Shampoos


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Life was lot easier when I didn’t have to worry about my beauty products being x-, y-, or z-“free.” These days, I spend time reading product labels to ensure that my serums, body washes, and makeup aren’t packed with anything that will irritate my skin—and my haircare is no exception. I’ll admit that I’m still not totally clear as to why I must stay away from specific ingredients, particularly the hotly contested “sulfates” in shampoos. So I turned to Alicia Bailey, hair texture specialist and global education manager at Design Essentials, for answers.

“Sulfate-free shampoo is formulated with cleansers that do not contain sulfates, which are essentially detergents that help to create suds and lather to cleanse the hair and scalp,” Bailey explains. While many shampoos contain sulfates as a lathering agent, unfortunately, they often come with the side effect of stripping the hair shaft of all that’s good—be it dye, oils, and/or natural protectants. Those that are formulated without sulfate may not offer as many suds, but they’ll also leave hair perfectly clean and much less damaged over time, especially if your hair is color-treated or curly. And some still manage to add suds all the same. Check out all of our favorites, ahead.

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Best for Repair

Olaplex

No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo

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Best for Thick Hair

Design Essentials

Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Shampoo

3

Best for Strengthening

Love Beauty and Planet

Sulfate-Free Deep Cleanse

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Best for Scalp

Giovanni

Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating Shampoo

5

Best Lightweight Formula

JVN

Nurture Hydrating Shampoo

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Best for Dandruff

Nécessaire

The Shampoo

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Best for All Textures

Mizani

True Textures Moisture Replenish Shampoo

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Best for Natural Hair

Rucker Roots

Smoothing Sulfate Free Shampoo

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Best for Moisture

Aveda

Nutriplenish™ Deep Moisture Shampoo

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Best for Hydration

SheaMoisture

Intensive Hydration Shampoo

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Best for Volume

Moroccanoil

Extra Volume Shampoo

12

Best Drugstore Buy

L’Oréal Paris

EverPure Sulfate Free Moisture Shampoo

13

Best Tech-Infused Option

Living Proof

Full Shampoo

14

Best Soothing Formula

True Botanicals

Organic Nourishing Shampoo

15

Best Cream Formula

Hair Rules

No Suds Cleansing Cream

16

Best Affordable Option

Garnier

Fructis Triple Nutrition Curl Nourish Shampoo

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Best Gentle Shampoo

Briogeo

Be Gentle, Be Kind Aloe + Oat Milk Ultra Soothing Fragrance-Free Hypoallergenic Shampoo

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What is a sulfate-free shampoo?

“Sulfate-free shampoos are formulated without the use of sulfate-based cleansers. Instead, sulfate-free cleansers are designed to still lather and clean away dirt, oil, and unwanted buildup,” says Mason.

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Is sulfate-free shampoo good for your hair?

Sulfate-free shampoos are great for hair because they remove the bad without robbing your strands of their good stuff. “Sulfate-free is the winner when it comes to what’s the best for your hair; it delivers a more fresh and gentle cleansing than the sulfate-containing formulations. [In shampoos] the main types of sulfates are sodium lauryl sulfate (or SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), which can strip natural oils from the scalp and hair and make hair dry and brittle. If your scalp is sensitive, sulfates can cause irritation like redness, dryness, and itching,” Mason explains.

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Why are sulfate-free shampoos better?

While sulfate-free cleansers are best for keeping your hair’s natural oils and nutrients intact, sulfates are not completely bad.

“I would not necessarily say that they are ‘better,’ because there are instances when shampoos that are not sulfate-free are needed. Clarifying shampoos, medicated shampoos, and neutralizing shampoos are not sulfate-free but are necessary,” Bailey says. “Sulfate-free shampoos provide moisture, shine, and conditioning to all hair types. They provide gentle cleansing and do not strip the hair of its natural oils, and they are great to help maintain color-treated hair and provide longevity as they will not strip the color from the hair.” If a sulfate-based cleanser is used, Bailey says she follows up with a sulfate-free option to return moisture to the hair. “If I must use a shampoo that is not sulfate-free in those instances, I always follow with a sulfate-free shampoo to impart moisture into the hair before following with my favorite conditioner,” she adds.

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Kylie Jenner Wears Undies and a Blazer To Paris Fashion Week


For the Friday Loewe Spring Summer collection show at Paris Fashion Week, Kylie Jenner arrived wearing the brand. The Loewe label was very visible as were her white panties which she matched to her white tank top. Though the beauty mogul was not wearing pants, she did have on a pair of black sheer tights under the underoos.

Over the casual ensemble, Jenner threw a long single-breasted grey coat with large pockets and oversized lapels that swirled around her tall heeled boots as she walked. She accessorized with some huge sunglasses and simple makeup, including a nude lip. The Kardashians star was sporting a short choppy bob.

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Jenner has been going all out for a number of shows during this years Paris Fashion Week, dressing for each collection display she attends. She was seen at the Coperni runway in a short leather mini-dress by the designer featuring thin shoulder straps, a plunging neckline and a cinched waste that accentuated her figure. The dress was printed in an abstract floral design in blue and black, and she wore a matching pair of dark blue heels created by designers Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant. Jenner left her long black hair down, and wore deep rose lipstick and clip-on frameless sunglasses.

In a look from Thursday, the social media influencer again chose a plunging neckline with a cut almost to her belly button, this one a strapless number with a constructed bodice that smoothly transitioned into a long form-hugging skirt.

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She styled the blue velvet gown with black accessories, including black pointed heels just visible under her hem, a small black purse, and an elaborate black choker hung with a heavy pendant. Jenner’s hair was up in a sophisticated coiffure, and she wore a bright red lip for an even more dramatic effect.



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