Gwyneth Paltrow’s 14-Year-Old Daughter Is Definitely Her Twin

Gwyneth Paltrow’s 14-year-old daughter, Apple, has kept a very low profile compared to other celeb kids, such as Kaia Gerber and Hailey Baldwin, but that may be about to change. Today, Paltrow shared a rare photo of her adorable daughter in honor of #NationalDaughtersDay, and her 4.5 million followers are obsessed with the cute mother-daughter duo. Can you believe how much Apple looks like her mom’s doppelgänger?

“Happy #nationaldaughtersday Apple Martin, it’s like I conjured you from a dream, you make my life,” she captioned her photo. Hilary Duff also joined in on the hashtag with a sweet pregnancy photo: “Don’t know how I missed #nationaldaughterday but here I am with my beautiful sissy and my little thumping daughter still cooking,” she wrote. Scroll down to see Paltrow’s and Duff’s photos and other celeb mother-daughter duos on Instagram.

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15 Animal-Print Zara Pieces That Will Sell Out in October

Animal print, aka the number trend of fall 2018, is everywhere, but no other site or brand can quite match the vast selection of animal-print pieces currently available at Zara. In fact, the retailer even just introduced an entire edit devoted to the trend, and it is stocked. Leopard, zebra, snake, and tiger prints abound in the form of jackets, tops, skirts, dresses, shoes, and accessories galore. I was personally overwhelmed by the selection, which prompted me to create an edit of my own. Narrowing it down to 15 pieces wasn’t easy, but I think these selections are good enough to catch on and sell out by the time October comes and goes. (Many of them are already selling out, so don’t stall.) And in case you want a little extra styling assistance, the animal-print edit also features plenty of pieces that look perfect with animal print, from sweaters to trousers.

Keep scrolling to shop my animal-print picks. Your closet is about to get a lot more on trend for fall.

Trust me—you’ll reach for this the second the weather cools. 
The matching top is sold out, but the skirt is stellar on its own.
Coolest joggers ever.
Be sure to sign up for a notification for when these come in stock. 
We could all use another wrap dress.
No wonder this skirt keeps selling out.
Very here for some chic zebra print right now.
In case subtle is more your style.
Just think of all the ways you could style these.
This looks way more expensive than it is.
How ’bout a new dress to wear with all of your new boots?
Here’s how to bring the trend to the office.
The perfect ankle boots to wear with black jeans.
Colorful animal print is a surefire way to stand out in a crowd.
Here’s something fun for your next night out.

Next up: the Sienna Miller–approved Zara dress that looks perfect with ankle boots.

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Just Made Their Red Carpet Debut Together

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom just walked the red carpet for the first time together as a couple, but it wasn’t your average step-and-repeat. The duo joined none other than Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco for a royal double date on the glamorous red carpet at the Monte Carlo Gala. How’s that for an epic red carpet debut?

For the black-tie occasion, Perry wore Tom Ford’s ruched jersey evening dress with embroidered sleeves. Does the beautiful gown look familiar? Cardi B wore a similar version while expecting her first child, so you know it’s officially Hollywood-approved. Scroll down to see Perry and Bloom on the red carpet with the prince and princess of Monaco.

On Katy Perry: Tom Ford ruched jersey evening dress with embroidered sleeves

Yes, You Can Pull Off an Overall Dress

Overall dresses don’t necessarily count as a wardrobe staple, but in the coming months, expect to see them more and more. A flirty alternative to tomboyish overalls, this trend is for those looking to mix things up. From classic denim versions with dungaree-style straps to ’70s-inspired silhouettes in corduroy, there’s a little something to try no matter what your style may be.

As is the case with regular overalls, figuring out how to wear this piece in an adult-feeling way fan be tough. However, thanks to a few of our favorite trendsetters, you have some new ways to incorporate the piece into your wardrobe. If you’re feeling in a bit of a style rut, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite looks to help inspire your next overall dress look. Keep it casual by wearing it on its own or with a tee, or dress it up with a classic blazer. With this versatile look, the choice is yours. Read on to see the looks and then shop overall dresses for your next look.

Paired with a classic white tee, this overall dress is a perfect casual look.
A leather version of the trend is definitely going to turn some heads.
Dress up the casual denim look with a structured blazer and tall boots.
Let the dress be the center of attention.
A plaid overall dress will easily stand out.
Opt for zipper details instead of buttons.
Wear your overall dress with a blouse to elevate the trend.
Oversize sleeves feel fresh under a simple, denim overall dress.
Pile on the accessories over an otherwise simple neckline.
Opt for a ’70s corduroy fabric, especially in a bright, sunny shade.

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Gina Marinelli. Next, check out the ’70s denim style that has made a comeback.

Apparently No One Packed This Shoe Trend for Paris

If you follow even one fashion person on social media, you know that it’s the height of Paris Fashion Week. From editors to influencers, models to photographers, everyone in the industry is flocking to the city to attend the S/S 19 shows. To get updated on the latest happenings at PFW, we’ve put together a handy 15-second guide. As for the street style looks, well, rest assured that we’re covering every ounce of outfit inspiration, from Le Marais to Tuileries Palace and back again.

There’s one major 2018 trend that seems to be absent in Paris right now, though, and that is sneakers—more specifically, dad sneakers. Given that most of the Paris Fashion Week attendees have been traveling to Milan, London, and New York in one fell swoop, we’re a little surprised that the shoe trend hasn’t made much of a splash this time around. That’s not to say that sneakers are “out,” seeing as they were all over the place just days prior in Milan.

Rather, showgoers opted for sleeker shoe trends, like leather boots and pointed-toe pumps. To get a look at the shoe trends that are making waves in Paris at the moment, keep reading below.

Now you’re up to speed on what everyone’s wearing in Paris.

The Fila Sneakers Every Celeb Loves Got a Crazy-Cool Update for 2019

Fila’s cameo in Fendi’s F/W 18 runway show earlier this year was a sign of bigger (and even more stylish) things to come for the cult brand. For the very first time, Fila just presented its own runway show in Milan, and there were plenty of amazing activewear and fashion-forward looks to ogle at. However, we immediately zeroed in on one element in particular: Fila’s iconic Disruptor sneakers, which were transformed into knit boots in varying colors and patterns.

The OG Disruptors, of course, have long been a celebrity favorite. Emily Ratajkowski, for one, Instagrammed herself wearing the sneakers with cutoff shorts and a crop top to her 19 million followers. The sneakers even nabbed the number two spot on Lyst’s roundup of “the hottest women’s products” from the second quarter of 2018—beat only by Gucci’s logo belt. With that kind of cachet behind a pair of shoes, we wouldn’t be surprised if the cool boot versions also took off. Scroll down to see them on the runway and shop Fila’s see-now, buy-now items at Saks while we wait for the boots to become available.

Will Smith Plunges From Helicopter, Bungee Jumps Over Grand Canyon for 50th Birthday

Not many 50-year-olds would willingly nosedive out of a helicopter and bungee jump over the Grand Canyon for their birthday. Then again,Will Smith‘s not most 50-year-olds.

The actor took the plunge Tuesday, September 25, in what he describes as “pure terror to absolute bliss” with family, friends, and some lucky fans watching below.

Fans at home could also live-stream his jump; he also used the hashtag #willsmiththejump so people could follow along on social media.

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Smith had been challenged to do the stunt by Youtube personality Yes Theory six months ago.

“I’ve had an interesting relationship with fear my whole life,” Smith said during the live stream. “We drove to the Grand Canyon (when I was younger), and I remember having a deeply meaningful experience of how beautiful it was, but I was terrified of walking to the edge.”

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Not only did Smith walk to the edge yesterday, he jumped over it. The bungee stunt wasn’t just a celebration, either. It raised money for Education Cannot Wait, a global fund dedicated to giving crisis-affected children a free and quality education and also raised awareness for the advocacy organization Global Citizen.

Watch his jump below.

The Best $65 You Can Spend on Single Malt Whisky This Fall

It’s no secret that sherry-finished Scotch is a great sub-category of whisky, but the new Aberlour Casg Annamh adds another fathom to the depths of its greatness. Casg Annamh is the latest from master distiller Graeme Cruickshank, whose tenure has been peppered with awards for himself and the whiskies he oversees.

 

Aberlour is perhaps best known for its other cask strength, sherry-influenced Aberlour A’Bunadh, a rich, chocolate and raisin whisky with winter-ready, syrupy dried fruit notes and a modest oak spice dryness on the finish. There’s a nearly empty bottle in our collection.

Casg Annamh is built on the same formula: cask strength, highlight the casks. But this whisky is cranked up in brightness and freshness. Sure, Annamh is still syrupy with fruit notes, and dry and spicy on the finish, but the fruits are not muted.

Rather, they’re bold, bright, and fresh, with raisin and plum notes (and a surprising background note of peach) really coming to the front in a welcoming way. It’s sweeter in a way that highlights freshness, not volume of sugar (think ripe berries fresh off the vine, versus those bought out of season).

Part of this is likely due to some innovations in Aberlour maturation. According to the distillery, this is its first triple matured whisky, utilizing a mixture of sherry casks and two formats of American oak, one bigger, one smaller.

The mixture of the three is what brings all of these flavors together: tropical fruits and toffee from the American oak, and rich, dark fruit notes and deeper levels of oak spice from the sherry casks. Other distilleries do this with varying levels of success. This is what a good one looks like.

It’s truly a great sipping whisky, and and at least on our end, it led to a deeper appreciation for the complexity of these sherry cask whiskies in Aberlour’s portfolio.

But more than a helpful academic aid for whisky nerds, Casg Annamh is a shockingly low-priced, limited edition treat. At $65 suggested for retail, it’s by far one of the best things you’ll be able to buy for under $100 in the month of October.

We’re likely to see awards attached to this bottle in the next 12 months, even if we have to give them ourselves, but the problem of course is that 12 months from now all of this whisky will be gone. Only 6,000 bottles will be coming to the U.S.—a number far smaller than many of the most-hyped limited edition bourbons produced every year.

Ivan Drago Returns In the Extremely Intense New ‘Creed 2’ Trailer

Ivan Drago is back and his son is ready to challenge Adonis Creed. The latest Creed 2 trailer is here, and it’s everything you hoped it would be. From the pulse-pounding classic score, to Michael B. Jordan’s ripped physique, to Sylvester Stallone’s wise wisdom as Rocky, and the first good look at the return of Drago (Dolph Lundgren), Creed II is shaping up to be as intense as the original.

Picking up some time after the first film, the sequel follows Adonis (Jordan) as he tries to navigate the boxing world as a well-known fighter and champion. The trailer reveals that Adonis now has a child with his girlfriend Bianca (Tessa Thompson), adding more personal stakes every time he steps into the ring.

 

 

The official plot setup for the film reads: “Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history,” according to Deadline.

It also reveals the return of Ivan Drago, one of the most iconic villains and movie characters of all time. In the same way Rocky is working with Creed, Drago is coaching his son in the ring—and challenges Creed to the ultimate fight. Drago is the man that (spoiler alert) killed his father Apollo Creed in Rocky IV, and now Adonis will get the chance for revenge in the ring against Drago’s son.

Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu looks even more jacked than Jordan in the trailer—which is really saying something considering how shredded Jordan got for the film—and the trailer teases an intense battle between the two.

 

Creed II is set to hit theaters on November 21, 2018.

Watch This San Diego Woman Ride Behind a Dragster to Set a New Cycling Speed Record

San Diego cyclist Denise Mueller-Korenek is officially the fastest bike rider on earth: On September 16th, she broke the paced bike speed record during an attempt at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. She pedaled at an average speed of 183.9 miles per hour over a distance of one mile, smashing the previous record of 167 miles per hour.

A “paced bike” record attempt involves a lot more than just hopping on a bike and pedaling. As the San Diego Union-Tribune reported, this means that the cyclist rides behind a pacing vehicle in order to reduce wind resistance and increase speed—a cyclist pedaling on their own can only go about 40 miles per hour. The first record of this type was set in 1899, when a rider drafted behind a train, but the technology has progressed quite a bit since then. For her attempt, Mueller-Korenek used a specially designed bike and rode behind a souped up pace vehicle with a large hood at the back, called a fairing, which was built to conceal her from the wind as she rode.

According to Bicycling, the car towed Mueller-Korenek until the pair reached a speed of around 100 miles per hour, then released her. From this point onward, she had to pedal to keep up with the car and stay within its slipstream. It’s a high-risk endeavor, and many riders have been seriously injured or killed when they got too close to their pace car or fell at high speed. Mueller-Korenek told the Union-Tribune that riding with the pace vehicle requires a careful balance—get too close, and you’ll hit the fairing; fall behind, and you get sucked out of the pocket of still air and into the full blast of wind resistance.

Despite the dangers, Mueller-Korenek powered through the five mile course and beat the previous record by 16 miles per hour.

“I was literally stunned,” she told the Union-Tribune. “I was hoping to land somewhere in the 170s and we just blew right through them. It’s amazing to have this record.”

Check out the impressive ride in the video below:

10 Great Hard Ciders You’ll Really Want to Drink This Fall

Though we like sipping cider any season, there’s something about fall that makes this beverage the apple of our eye. Hard ciders are undergoing a flavorful renaissance in America, not just alternatives to beer or wine but instead a first choice—and rightfully so.

 

Consider it a return to status quo. America was once a proud cider-drinking nation, the stuff so prevalent that even children drank a weaker version called ciderkin. But as America evolved from a rural to an urban nation, cider was overtaken by beer, which could be more easily produced in city centers. Cider, though, is making a most tasty comeback. Today’s hard ciders offer a lush harvest of flavor and complexity, from cuttingly acidic to finished with Cascade hops. Here are 10 top ciders to tip back this fall, from delicious, budget-friendly six-packs to gose-inspired cider.

If You Win This Scavenger Hunt, Busch Will Give You Free Beer for a Year

On September 25, Anheuser-Busch trekked through national forests across the country and tied six gold medallions around trees. Then they baited beer lovers to get out and hike with this incentive: The first person to find a medallion will win a year’s supply of beer.

 

 

This might seem like a debaucherous Easter egg hunt—and it kind of is—but there’s a philanthropic twist. Busch is partnering with the National Forest Foundation to promote conservation efforts by raising money and awareness.

“There is nothing better than a crisp, cold Busch in the great outdoors, so who better to partner with than the National Forest Foundation–a group committed to the conservation and development of some of America’s most cherished public lands,” said Daniel Blake, senior marketing director for Anheuser-Busch

Want to get in on the action? Since noon yesterday, Busch has been revealing a clue every hour via Twitter. To win, you must send in a photo of yourself with the front and back of the medallion, as well as a photo of your driver’s license to the email buschintheforest@anheuser-busch.com.

Those of you not willing to journey into the woods can help out by watching the video below and not skipping the pre-roll advertisement, appropriately called Tree Roll. Each time the advertisement is watched in full, the NFF will plant a tree.

What’s more, Busch will donate a portion of the proceeds from specially marked 18-, 24-, and 30-packs of Busch and Busch Light to the National Forest Foundation. Busch aims to plant 150,000 trees during their partnership with the NFF, and you can help by doing what you love: drinking beer.

Meet the CIA Officer Who Brings Realism to Amazon’s Jack Ryan

Robert Baer had just graduated from college when he filled out an application for the CIA as a joke. The phone call that followed shortly after ignited a 21-year career with the agency, and he worked as an operative all over the globe—but with a special focus on the Middle East. During his time as a clandestine agent, he chased down informants, mourned friends who were killed in the line of duty, and even made an assassination attempt on Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

“I was in over my head every day,” Baer admitted to Mens Journal over the phone. “But you are driven by the idea that there is someone out there with your same skillset, or perhaps even better than you, working for the other side.” Baer documented his unique experiences—after a CIA redaction, of course—in his books Sleeping with the Devil and See No Evil, the latter of which served as source material for the 2005 film Syriana starring George Clooney.

 

 

Since retiring, Baer has become a hot commodity in Hollywood as a consultant on projects involving espionage, and he helps ensure that these films depict authentic portrayals of spycraft. His latest assignment has been advising for Amazon’s new hit series Jack Ryan, based on the popular book series by Tom Clancy.

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We caught up with him about the work he’s doing on set.

Considering your background as a CIA officer, what do you think of the character Jack Ryan?

I have always believed that he is a pretty compelling character. For a CIA analyst to be out there doing the work of a case officer or operator is a very interesting hybrid. The fact that they also gave him this background as a Marine allows him to be capable during engagements as well. So the combination of all that makes for a really great thriller. My role was to help bring that realism to the scenarios that occur in the plot. The James Bond model is great, but it is completely unrealistic. So we had to figure out what situations would actually lead to Jack Ryan finding himself in those areas overseas.

What are you trying convey?

You have to show why someone like Jack Ryan would join the CIA, because a guy with that kind of motor and intelligence could be doing anything in the world he wanted. He could be a Fortune 500 CEO flying around in a Gulfstream, but instead he chooses to serve his country in this fashion. He is not a cowboy either. He doesn’t run into a room with his finger on the trigger. That is a particular kind of person.

You consulted on the movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit as well?

Yes, I remember my first sitdown with director Kenneth Branagh and Chris Pine in a hotel room in Los Angeles. You need to answer what drives someone this smart and capable in this line of work. Part of it is the existence of a competitor, someone who matches you working for the other side.

Is that similar to what you experienced during your career?

It is very similar. I became obsessed with chasing this one person who had blown up one of our embassies. I came to learn that he was a very dangerous person who perhaps was better at tradecraft than all of us. He became my white whale. Chasing him became the reason that I got out of bed in the morning.

You mentioned that you felt in over your head, and Jack Ryan certainly experiences that too. What was that like?

There were a lot of scenarios where I didn’t really know what I had gotten myself into, but I had to go with it. Once I spent a night drinking with a bunch of Russian army guys in Tajikistan, and they invited me to parachute with them the next morning. Our plane got caught in a storm, but the plan was still to jump. They told me to go first, and up until the moment when my parachute opened I was wondering what I had gotten myself into.

Did your training prepare you for being out in the field?

There was a lot of training when I started, but I’m not sure if you are ever prepared. They had us jumping out of airplanes, throwing grenades, and going through kill houses. I learned a number of languages. I was never eager to use a gun, but of course we were on the range. I actually lost part of my hearing shooting a 105mm recoilless rifle.

What element do most spy movies miss?

I think the element that gets lost often is what happens after someone attempts an operation in the field, whether it goes right or wrong. There are rooms that you are pulled into afterward, and they are very unpleasant. Everyone is looking at you under a microscope, and there is this bureaucratic hostility.

When did you face that yourself?

I was heading up a team in Iraq and I made an attempt on the life of Saddam Hussein. I was going to kill him. Unfortunately I was missing some paperwork to execute it and it became a criminal situation referred to the FBI. I tended to eat lunch alone at the office after the attempt on Saddam. Word got around. They saw me as a cowboy. The fact is when you work like Jack Ryan you are going to be looked at pretty closely by the people back home after being in a gunfight overseas. But listen, sometimes you just have to say ‘fuck it.’

This interview has been edited for concision and clarity. 

Here’s the Story Behind Matthew McConaughey’s Texas-Inspired Longbranch Whiskey

Matthew McConaughey‘s list of acting accomplishments runs long, but he keeps busy off-camera, too: He launched his Longbranch whiskey this year, and during our shoot, the Men’s Journal October cover star shared the story of how it came to be. It all started over three years ago, when he partnered with Wild Turkey to be the face of its brand. Pretty soon he was pitching ideas about what the company should do next.

“They liked those ideas, and all of a sudden I was having a good time coming up with them,” he tells Men’s Journal.

Wild Turkey eventually brought McConaughey on board as a creative director, and he soon started working with master distiller Eddie Russell to develop his own whiskey as a side project.

“I wanted to create my favorite bourbon with him,” McConaughey says.

Given the star’s roots in the Lone Star State, the pair decided to create a Texas twist on bourbon by steeping it in mesquite wood, which is native to Texas and often used in grilling. Then Russell got to work distilling, and sent McConaughey over 80 different samples over two and a half years. The recipe required lots of tweaking to get just right.

“Sometimes we over-smoked it, sometimes we under-smoked it. Sometimes it was too harsh, sometimes it was too sweet,” McConaughey says.

But he finally found the whiskey he was looking for—and on his birthday, no less. Up late with his wife after putting their kids to bed, he tasted one of the samples and immediately knew it was the one. Without tipping her off, he passed a glass to his wife for her to try.

“She picked up the one that I handed her,” he recalled, “and she goes, ‘this is it!’” And with that, Longbranch whiskey was born.

How to Get Matthew McConaughey’s Signature Wavy Hairstyle

We’ve always associated Matthew McConaughey with perfect surfer hair. His mane is full despite the fineness of his hair, thanks to its natural, wavy texture. He cleans it up for black-tie events, but wears it casually otherwise. McConaughey is proof you don’t need to have some businessman’s cut to be taken seriously. Instead, you only have to know how to style and maintain your hair.

 

 

To learn how to do exactly that, we spoke with our stylist pal Greg Ruggeri of Salon Ruggeri in NYC. He has enviable wavy hair, much like McConaughey’s, and helps many of his male and female clients make good of their own. Here’s Ruggeri’s advice on how to cop McConaughey’s look for yourself.

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The Type of Hair You Need

As with any style, you need to have the right kind of hair in order to execute this one perfectly. This comes down to density, texture, thickness, and so forth. And with McConaughey’s style, Ruggeri says you need to have fine- to medium-textured hair (so, not thick and wiry), and it needs to have “a slight wave or soft curl to create the appearance of floppiness.”

If you have thick and straight hair, this style will end up looking like Brad Pitt in the late aughts. It’s not a bad result, but it’s important to note you’ll have different results, and that this piecier McConaughey style is probably not yours to execute.

And of course, it will need to be dense—that is, not overtly thinning—and grown an inch or two past your ears.

What to Tell Your Stylist

Ruggeri says you won’t need to cut much, but that your stylist should do a general tidying up everywhere.

“Keep the length, giving the appearance of a slightly grown-out haircut,” he says. “Then, ask him or her to texturize the ends all over, to create definition and softness.”

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How to Style it Casually (Like Our October 2018 Shoot Above)

Ruggeri says to start with a curling balm (like Liquid Rollers from Evo), which will emphasize your natural curly texture, as well as a salt spray (like Australian Salt Spray from David Mallet) to enhance and control it. You can also substitute the balm for a light paste (like Box o’ Bollox by Evo), which will preserve your wavy texture if you aren’t working with actual curls.

“When hair is slightly wet, apply the pomade or curling balm to your hands,” says Ruggeri. “Rub together gently, distributing evenly over your palms. Then lightly rub the product over your entire head. Don’t think too much about it.”

You can comb it in with your fingers, then go back through and scratch at it to dismantle the neatness. You just want to keep it loose, unfussy.

“Once the first product is applied, lightly spray salt spray to create slight texture,” Ruggeri adds. “If you want a simpler approach, try just using the salt spray by itself. Your only concern here is not to use too much.”

Start with a couple sprays, evenly over the hair, and work from there, gauging the texture and definition as you go.

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How to Style it Formally

When it comes to dressed-up styling, Ruggeri says that the formal execution is not much different than the casual approach: “The difference with formal styling here is that you’d use slightly more product,” he says. You’ll get a glossier finish, and Ruggeri advises using your fingers to play with the balance and weight—until you see that it flatters and frames you properly.

How Often to Get it Cleaned Up

Ruggeri says you should return to your stylist every 4-8 weeks for a slight trim with scissors. You don’t want to do anything with an electric clipper, and you only want to clean up the ends and lightly texturize anything that isn’t already so.

Note: Guys with straight hair will have to texturize their hair with scissors more often. How frequently you visit is just a matter of how fast your hair grows, and a matter of how quickly the style looks or feels unlike the one you first received.

Joaquin Phoenix Looks Wild While Filming in Full Joker Costume

For his new Joker movie, Joaquin Phoenix is channeling his inner clown. Phoenix and director Todd Phillips took to the streets of New York City to film the movie, transforming Brooklyn into a Gotham City setting. Phoenix has been spotted around the city in his full Joker costume working on the movie, including a scene set in the subway where his Joker character is causing trouble.

The new film is going to be a standalone feature about the iconic Batman villain, and won’t connect with other DC movies like Wonder Woman and Justice League. Phillips described the film as an “exploration of a man disregarded by society that is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale,” according to Variety.

 

 

Phillips has been putting out official photos of Phoenix as the Joker and Zazie Beetz’s character, who is playing a love interest to the Joker. Robert De Niro, Marc Maron, Bill Camp, and Frances Conroy are also starring in the film. De Niro is reportedly set to play a “a talk show host who is somehow instrumental in the Joker’s origin,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Here’s a look at the Joker in his full makeup and costume:

 

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The photos below show New York City being transformed into a gritty Gotham City sidewalk in the film. The Wrap reported in the summer of 2018 that Phillips would be taking some inspiration from The King of Comedy, Martin Scorsese’s 1982 black comedy that starred De Niro as aspiring comedian Rupert Pupkin, and Jerry Lewis as a famous late night host that Pupkin kidnaps so that he can appear on his show. These shots seemingly confirm that, as that movie also took place in the 1980’s and had a similar gritty, city aesthetic.

Take a look at Phoenix hard at work filming the Joker movie in New York City:

Joaquin Phoenix is seen filming a scene for 'Joker' in Brooklyn on September 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
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Joaquin Phoenix is seen filming a scene for 'Joker' in Brooklyn on September 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
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Joaquin Phoenix is seen filming a scene for 'Joker' in Brooklyn on September 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
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Joaquin Phoenix is seen filming a scene for 'Joker' in Brooklyn on September 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
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Joaquin Phoenix is seen filming a scene for 'Joker' in Brooklyn on September 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
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Joaquin Phoenix is seen filming a scene for 'Joker' in Brooklyn on September 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
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L: Joaquin Phoenix is seen filming a scene for 'Joker' in Brooklyn on September 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images), R: Joaquin Phoenix attends the 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot' premiere during the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Berlinale Palast on February 20, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
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Futuristic Iren Boots Made From Holographic Iridescent Leather

Balmain‘s creative director, Olivier Rousteing, styled these ‘Iren’ boots with numerous outfits at the French fashion house’s Fall ’18 show in Paris.

Inspired by the idea of what people would be wearing in 2050, this futuristic pair has been made in Italy from black and holographic iridescent leather and set on pin-thin stiletto heels. The distinctive shape is highlighted by studs.

Iren Studded Smooth and Iridescent Leather Ankle Boots, $1,320 at Net-A-Porter

Inspired by the idea of what people would be wearing in 2050, this futuristic pair has been made in Italy from black and holographic iridescent leather and set on pin-thin stiletto heels

Olivier Rousteing styled these 'Iren' boots with so many looks at Balmain's Fall '18 show in Paris

Iren Studded Smooth and Iridescent Leather Ankle Boots

You can also buy this split-front ankle boot in black calfskin at Neiman Marcus. Which version do you like best?

Iren Calfskin Split-Front Ankle Boots, $1,295 at Neiman Marcus

Balmain Iren vachetta leather bootie with stud trim

Iren Calfskin Split-Front Ankle Boots

We’ve also taken the opportunity to check out a few more recent footwear releases from Balmain. Do you have a favorite?

Isis Clear Studded Pointy Toe Booties, $2,350 at Nordstrom

Studded patent trim sets off the curvy proportions of a revealing pointy-toe bootie, while a sculptural Lucite heel with logo-engraved hardware balances the cutting-edge style.

Studded patent trim sets off the curvy proportions of a revealing pointy-toe bootie

The sculptural heel with logo-engraved hardware balances the cutting-edge style

Irina Pleated Pointy Toe Booties, $2,250 at Nordstrom

Lambskin leather, beautifully pieced to showcase the micro-pleated detailing, adds a supple look to cutting-edge booties with a contrast toe and extended heel counter. A chunky, accordioned heel perfectly balances the style.

A chunky, accordioned heel perfectly balances the style

Lambskin leather, beautifully pieced to showcase the micro-pleated detailing, adds a supple look to cutting-edge booties with a contrast toe and extended heel counter

Babette Flash Glittered Leather Boots, $1,695 at Net-A-Porter

Balmain’s Pre-Fall ’18 collection is plastered with lightning bolts that call to mind pop-culture references like Barbarella, a 1968 science fiction film directed by Roger Vadim.

Printed with a graphic motif, these ‘Babette Flash’ boots are made from glittering leather which folds over the vamp and towering 120mm heel.

Printed with a graphic motif, these 'Babette Flash' boots are made from glittering leather which folds over the vamp and towering 120mm heel

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Babette Flash Glittered Leather Boots

Cameron Mesh Sneakers, $695 at Mytheresa

These pink and black sneakers are designed with a sleek high-top silhouette.

A black tonal logo-embossed leather-topped stretch strap covers the foot comfortably, while branded pull-tabs at the back allow for ease of entry.

Balmain's Cameron sneakers have been crafted in Italy from fluro pink and black speckled mesh and are designed with a sleek high-top silhouette

A black tonal logo-embossed leather-topped stretch strap covers the foot comfortably, while branded pull-tabs at the back allow for ease of entry

Chainmail-Embellished Suede Ankle Boots, $1,695 at Net-A-Porter

Part of the Pre-Fall ’18 collection, these chainmail boots been made in Italy from black suede and have a sleek pointed toe.

Balmain's boots have a real noughties feel to them

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Chainmail-Embellished Suede Ankle Boots

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Meghan Markle Wears Favorite Aquazzura Deneuve Pumps for First Solo Outing

Meghan Markle attended her first solo royal engagement without Prince Harry at the Royal Academy “Oceania” Exhibition opening in London on Tuesday. If she was nervous, she calmed her nerves the best possible way we could think of: by wearing her favorite go-to shoes, her Aquazzura ‘Deneuve’ cutout-side bow-back pumps.

There’s nothing quite like a trusty pair of shoes to help you feel like you’re in your comfort zone.

Meghan Markle in a Givenchy sheer-sleeved velvet-paneled dress and Aquazzura 'Deneuve' pumps.Meghan Markle in a Givenchy sheer-sleeved velvet-paneled dress and Aquazzura ‘Deneuve’ pumps

The Duchess of Sussex used her Aquazzura pumps to accentuate an elegant, black Givenchy midi dress with velvet chest paneling and velvet-cuffed sheer plissé sleeves.

Meghan Markle in her favorite Aquazzura 'Deneuve' black-suede pumps.Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex in a Givenchy sheer-sleeved velvet-paneled dress and her go-to Aquazzura ‘Deneuve’ bow-back pumps.

We love her addition of a velvet belt to the frock. You can compare it with the belt-less and shorter-hemmed version of the same Givenchy dress, which retails for $3,300 at Barneys and Farfetch.

Meghan Markle at the "Oceania" Exhibition at the Royal Academy of ArtsMeghan Markle at the “Oceania” Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, departing the "Oceania" Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, England, on September 25, 2018.Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, departing the opening of the “Oceania” Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, England, on September 25, 2018.

Meghan Markle shows off her feet in her favorite Aquazzura Deneuve cutout-side bow-back pumpsMeghan Markle shows off her feet in her favorite Aquazzura Deneuve cutout-side bow-back pumps

We’ve already written extensively about the Aquazzura ‘Deneuve’ pumps. Now, it’s time we showed you how to get the look for less!

Check out our two under $50 alternatives below. The Qupid ‘Show 39’ pumps have the same side cutouts and back bows and get additional support from ankle straps. The ‘Sayde’ pumps from Kurt Geiger‘s Miss KG label, on the other hand, are almost an exact replica.

Aquazzura ‘Deneuve’ Cutout-Side Bow Pumps, $750 at Farfetch, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom

Qupid ‘Show 39’ Bow Ankle-Strap Pumps, $39.10 to $45 at Amazon

Qupid 'Show 39' Bow Ankle-Strap Pumps

Miss KG ‘Sayde’ Bow-Back Pumps, $25 (before: $75) at Kurt Geiger

Miss KG 'Sayde' Bow-Back Pumps

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Lindsay Lohan Flaunts Hot Legs in High Waisted Lavalliere Dress

Lindsay Lohan posed for the cameras alongside her 22-year-old brother Dakota after attending the Saint Laurent show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019 held on Tuesday in Paris, France.

They were joined in the front row of the presentation by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, G-Eazy, Dave Franco and his wife Alison Brie, Nicole Richie, Caleb Landry Jones, Cindy Crawford, Amber Valletta, Kate Moss, Salma Hayek and her husband Francois-Henri Pinault, and Matt Dillon.

Lindsay Lohan and Dakota Lohan arriving back from the Saint Laurent showLindsay Lohan and Dakota Lohan arriving back from the Saint Laurent show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019 held in Paris, France, on September 25, 2018

The 32-year-old entertainer showed off her hot legs in a black high waisted ‘Lavalliere’ dress from Saint Laurent ($4,390 at YSL) featuring structured shoulders.

Lindsay Lohan flaunts her hot legs in a black high waisted 'Lavalliere' dress from Saint LaurentLindsay Lohan flaunts her hot legs in a black high waisted ‘Lavalliere’ dress from Saint Laurent

Lindsay toted a ‘Smoking’ box bag ($1,450 at YSL) and revealed plenty of toe cleavage in pointy-toe ‘Zoe’ patent-leather pumps that you can buy for $625 at Net-A-Porter.

Lindsay Lohan had plenty of toe cleavage on show in pointy-toe Zoe patent-leather pumpsLindsay Lohan had plenty of toe cleavage on show in pointy-toe Zoe patent-leather pumps

Whether you’re looking to invest in a pair of timeless black pumps or just want to add another iteration to your arsenal, Saint Laurent’s ‘Zoe’ version is a worthy adversary.

Zoe Patent-Leather Pumps, $625 at Net-A-Porter

These pointy-toe pin-thin stiletto heels have been expertly made in Italy from high-shine patent leather. The low-cut vamp creates the illusion of longer legs – enhance the effect with mini hemlines.

These pointy-toe pin-thin stiletto heels have been expertly made in Italy from high-shine patent leather

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The low-cut vamp creates the illusion of longer legs - enhance the effect with mini hemlines

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