Kate Middleton Stuns in Pakistan in Ombré Dress-Pants Combo & Her Go-To Pumps

Kate Middleton channeled Cinderella in sky blue as she and Prince William arrived today in Pakistan for a royal tour.

Middleton sported an ombré Catherine Walker dress over matching, slim-fitting pants.


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Kate Middleton arrives in Pakistan on Oct. 14.
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For footwear, the Duchess of Cambridge selected Rupert Sanderson’s Malory pumps. The shoes featured a shiny leather upper, a pointed toe and a slim stiletto heel.


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A close-up look at Kate Middleton’s nude pumps.
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Both Catherine Walker and Rupert Sanderson are British brands that frequently rotate into Middleton’s wardrobe. The duchess is known for her support of designers from her home country.

Of course, Middleton also is keen to make fashion choices in honor of the places she visits. The royal accessorized her look with drop earrings and a clutch from Zeen — a Pakistani label.


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Kate Middleton receives flowers upon arriving in Pakistan Oct. 14.
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Since marrying Prince William in 2011, Middleton has been an international style icon. The pieces she wears often sell out — especially when they come at an accessible price point.

“There has long been a contingent of Kate fans drawn to her classic choices and penchant for British designers,” explained Elizabeth Holmes, a longtime style reporter and author of the forthcoming book “HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style.”

Apart from Rupert Sanderson, go-to shoe brands for Middleton include Jimmy Choo, Gianvito Rossi and Penelope Chilvers.

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What You Need to Know About Record Marathon Runner Eliud Kipchoge

Running marathon distance in less than two hours seemed impossible, but Nike-backed Eliud Kipchoge did just that on Oct. 12 in Vienna.

The 34-year-old Kenya native ran 26.2 miles in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds on a closed course at an event dubbed the Ineos 1:59 Challenge. But because of several factors, the accomplishment is not considered a world record.

Regardless, the running community — and Nike, his longtime sponsor — has applauded Kipchoge’s feat and publicly shown support for the marathoner.

With the mark set, FN shares why it’s not considered a world record and looks into the historic career of Kipchoge.

Why Kipchoge’s Mark Isn’t a World Record

Some reports stated his use of 36 pacemakers in alternating groups is one reason the IAAF governing body won’t call the sub two-hour mark a world record. Other reports said the event being held on a closed 6-mile course instead of an open event is responsible.

This Was Kipchoge’s Second Attempt to Break the Two-Hour Barrier

The event on Oct. 12 wasn’t the first time Kipchoge attempted to run 26.2 miles in less than two hours with Nike. The first attempt — dubbed Breaking2 — was on May 6, 2017 in Monza, Italy. The effort was solid, but Kipchoge missed the target, running the distance in 2:00:25. At the time, Nike stated it was the fastest time accomplished for that distance, although it was not recognized as a world record.

The Nike Shoes Kipchoge Wore in Vienna Aren’t on the Market — Yet

The running shoes Kipchoge laced up for the event aren’t available for purchase. Nike confirmed before the sub two-hour attempt Saturday that he would wear a future edition of its Next% marathon shoe.


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Eluid Kipchoge holding a future edition of Nike’s Next% marathon shoe.
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He Holds the Men’s Marathon Record

Despite the sub two-hour mark not being recognized as a world record, he still is No. 1 in the books for men. Kipchoge ran the Berlin Marathon in 2018 in 2:01:39, which is considered the official men’s world record marathon time.

He’s Been Setting Records Since His First-Ever Marathon

It’s rare for any athlete to step on the scene and be the best, but one could argue Kipchoge did just that. In his debut, the Haspa Marathon Hamburg in 2013, Kipchoge won with a time of 2:05:30. It still stands today as the course record.

Kipchoge Is a Highly Decorated Marathoner

If you’re participating in a marathon alongside Kipchoge, you’re likely not coming in first place. The athlete’s World Marathon Majors resume is next-level. He won Chicago in 2014, finished first in London four times (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019) and Berlin three (2015, 2017, 2018). Also, he took home the marathon event gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.


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Eluid Kipchoge, wearing an unreleased Nike Next% shoe, breaking the 2-hour marathon distance mark.
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Travis Scott’s Air Jordan 6 Has Sold Out, But Here’s How You Can Still Get Them

This past weekend’s highly-anticipated release of the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 6 collaboration proved to be so limited that even Travis Scott himself had to address his fans following its launch. If you’re still on the hunt for the coveted shoe, here are a few options that you can consider.

As a refresher, the limited style is executed in an olive green hue covering the entirety of the premium suede leather upper; it’s accented by vibrant Infrared details on the tongue and on the heel. The shoe that retailed for $250 is now going for as little as $740 on StockX. As usual, the common sizes ranging from 8.5 to 11 are more expensive, with prices reaching upwards of $1,400. Resale stores including Stadium Goods and Flight Club are also carrying an abundance of sizes but are a bit more costly than the aforementioned marketplace with an average price of $1,600. The kicks were also available for fans with smaller feet including grade school, pre-school and toddler sizes with prices ranging from $130 all the way up to $800 based on the sizes.

In related news, Scott has a new Nike Air Force 1 Low collab also rumored to drop next month, which he gifted a pair to a lucky fan at the Made in America music festival last month.

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Why Chinese Sportswear Brand Li-Ning’s Stock Is Red-Hot

Shares for Li-Ning are soaring in 2019.

The Chinese sportswear company’s share price has more than tripled year-to-date — and it’s likely getting a new nudge in recent weeks stemming from the NBA’s fallout with China.

Li-Ning, which trades on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, saw its shares jump by around 4% last week, as traders appeared to become bullish on the brand after several Chinese companies severed ties with the NBA and state TV decided not to show pre-season NBA games.

The NBA-China conflict started earlier this month when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted out support for protestors in Hong Kong, who are demanding for territorial independence from China.

Likely in anticipation of heightened interest in the Chinese Basketball Association and a rise patriotic buying, traders seem to be further betting on Li-Ning. The firm’s shares today closed up 1.17% to HK$25.85 per share — but, overall, are triple the HK$6.84 price they traded for at this time last year.

It’s not just Li-Ning that has seen a share bump amid the NBA-China scuffle — and other probable factors in China such as its growing consumer appetite for branded wares and an expanding middle class. Rival sportswear giant Anta has also enjoyed a sizable boost year-over-year — with shares doubling to HK$70.05 today over HK$31.30 this time in 2018.

Both Anta and Li-Ning have taken China’s side in its NBA feud: Anta announced it would cease a contract renewal process with the league and Li-Ning is purportedly no longer affiliating itself with the Rockets. But the NBA-China conflict also puts into question high-profile partnerships between the sneaker brands and big-name NBA stars — including a lifetime Li-Ning deal for Dwyane Wade (formerly of the Miami Heat) and a 10-year contract  between Anta and Golden State Warrior Klay Thompson that expires in 2026.

Meanwhile, analysts have conjectured that the conflict could be bad news for Nike — which is China’s leading athletic company with a 22% market share, according to a 2016 Euromonitor report.

“Based on what we know, I do not see much danger to Western brands’ sales,” Matt Powell, senior sports industry advisor at The NPD Group told FN. “But if the situation gets worse, they could be pulled into the fight and see sales impacted.”

Notably, Chinese sportswear brands are getting a boost amid the backdrop of a U.S.-China trade war that has seen tariffs placed on billions of dollars worth of imports from either country.

The two countries reached a partial deal late last week —  putting a pause on a planned increase from President Donald Trump that would have bumped tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods from 25% to 30% effective today. But a fourth tranche was rolled out by the U.S. Sept. 1 —  imposing a 15% levy on $112 billion worth of goods — and another $188 billion of Chinese product will be subject to tariffs beginning Dec. 15. Meanwhile, China has retaliated by slapping American products with duties ranging from 5% to 10%.

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How DTC Brands Can Balance Manufacturing Shipping Volume with Sustainability

A new study by global technology company Pitney Bowes shows that the growth of e-commerce has caused an increase not only in consumer shipping, but also in manufacturing shipping volume. Instead of just directing a larger proportion of product toward e-commerce channels, brands are manufacturing more product overall and selling directly to consumers.

“Manufacturing shipping is largely driven by B2C growth,” said Jason Dies, EVP and VP of sending technology solutions at Pitney Bowes. “The rapid penetration of e-commerce and the ability of small businesses to cheaply develop a web presence has caused many smaller manufacturers to sell their products directly to consumers.”

Parcel volume has more than doubled over the last five years, with year-on-year growth of 17%. Pitney Bowes forecasts that global shipping will surpass 100 billion parcels by 2020 and 200 billion by 2025. Manufacturing shipping volume is predicted to experience a 6.5% compound annual growth rate. Simultaneously, e-commerce revenue is expected to continue to grow; the U.S. accounts for 38% of global parcel shipping revenue, amounting to $119 billion.

But the proliferation of new DTC brands has coincided with growing awareness of environmental impact. The carbon footprint of shipping is a concern to many sustainability-minded brands, but eliminating shipping itself isn’t a possibility. Instead, Pitney Bowes recommends that companies explore ways to improve shipping efficiency. That allows a brand to continue to ship a high volume of product without compromising brand values.

“[There are] numerous ways to be environmentally friendly, such as reducing waste by choosing the right box for a given order; getting hubs closer to clients, so trucks spend less time on the road; and consolidating items into a single order whenever possible,” said Dies.

Introducing these practices also benefits a brand’s bottom line — reduced packaging means lower costs, as does shorter transport times. Faster shipping has also been shown to be a consistent driving factor in customers’ decision to purchase, which gives a greater incentive to move inventory closer to the consumer. For brands, fortunately, shipping services are also investing in these types of solutions.

“The trend we see is that all carriers are focused on efficiency, especially around last mile delivery, while trying to meet growing consumer expectations to be faster and free,” said Dies. “Carriers are trialing new strategies to deliver the best customer experience, to keep costs down, boost productivity and generate profitability, such as forming partnerships, designing next-generation sending technologies and developing last mile innovation.”

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What to Know Before Barneys Bankruptcy Bid Deadline Tomorrow

After weeks of back and forth, bankrupt luxury retailer Barneys New York is expected to firm up a potential agreement with a stalking-horse bidder on Tuesday that could allow it to stave off a liquidation.

According to court filings on Thursday, Barneys was wrapping up talks with “multiple bidders” as it moves toward the later stages of discussions with a potential buyer. Then, on Friday, the high-end department store received an extended deadline that bought it until Tuesday to solidify a deal with one such bidder — although an Oct. 24 auction could reportedly shake things up.

Speculation around potential Barneys’ suitors has been heating up for weeks: New reports today suggest Authentic Brands Group has prepped a nearly $270 million bid after Liberty Fairs trade show owner Sam Ben-Avraham’s supposed offer broke down.

In a September interview with FN, ABG confirmed its interest in buying the beleaguered department store chain out of bankruptcy.

“There is truth behind that; we are backing the new lenders,” ABG founder, chairman and CEO Jamie Salter said at the time. “They have a backup bid from us for the intellectual property, but we’ve got to wait until Oct. 24 and see who comes and who doesn’t come. Based on that, we’ll decide how far we play.”

ABG, which was named FN’s Company of the Year in 2018, already counts more than 50 brands across the fashion, lifestyle, sports, entertainment and media sectors — including Vince Camuto, Nine West, Frye and Aeropostale — and has been aggressive in the acquisition game.

“ABG has consistently proven an ability to see value through brands where others have not,” said William Susman, managing director at advisory firm Threadstone Partners. “Barneys’ brand is synonymous with being fashion-forward; I can only imagine what ABG could do with this iconic name. They are a great buyer, and when they put their mind to it, usually successful.”

Now, ABG’s reported new offer, according to a Wall Street Journal report, would give it permission to license the Barneys New York name to fellow luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue, which is reportedly in talks to open Barneys departments in some of its stores and take over Barneys’ website. ABG is also in discussions with Barneys landlords to keep some stores open, per WSJ.

“Barneys has a lot of equity regardless of where it landed in its progression,” explained Farla Efros, president of consulting firm HRC Retail Advisory. “If it is to be sold, it will be worth more [as a whole] and allow for the ability to truly streamline, keep some flagship stores and focus on its exclusive customer-oriented brand.”

An assembly of fashion executives led by Ben-Avraham had also been pursuing a reportedly $220 million bid to take control of the department store chain. According to a WSJ report on Friday, other members of the group include Intermix founder Khajak Keledjian, Reformation founder Yael Aflalo, Theory co-founder Andrew Rosen as well as Ben-Avraham’s brother and Scoop co-founder Uzi Ben-Avraham.

Another report from FN’s sister publication WWD noted that factoring and finance company Hilldun Corp.’s CEO, Gary Wassner, was facing off with Ben-Avraham to snap up Barneys.

The storied retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Aug. 6, securing $218 million in financing that allowed it to continue operations. Barneys, a Manhattan mainstay for nearly a century, has struggled amid skyrocketing rents and shifting consumer demands that have weighed heavily on its margins.

Over the past month or so, it shuttered units in Las Vegas, Chicago and Seattle, and it closed some warehouse locations and smaller concept stores as part of its restructuring plan. The company received court approval to continue paying employee wages and honoring customer orders as it works toward meeting its financial commitments going forward.

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Chiara Ferragni Bans Disposable Plastic Water Bottles, Takes Steps Toward Sustainability

Chiara Ferragani is making a new push toward sustainability.

The influencer-designer’s eponymous apparel and shoe collection, as well as her website The Blonde Salad, announced a ban on disposable water bottles at their Milan headquarters in a joint statement issued today

The move will divert the use of roughly 3,500 plastic bottles annually between her companies, according to the statement. To replace the disposable bottles, employees at the offices will receive treated water through a partnership with international water filtration company Culligan, joining its Italian branch’s #Plasticfreewater campaign.

“The real revolution starts now, are you ready to follow the greenest trend of the moment?” The Blonde Salad wrote in the statement.

Ferragni’s efforts come amid a wave of sustainable steps taken by the fashion industry. As brands seek to capture environmentally aware millennial and Generation Z consumers, they’re taking steps toward sustainability in stores and office buildings as well as through the supply chain process.

More than 150 brands signed onto the Kering-led Fashion Pact at the G7 Summit last August, pledging the elimination of single-use plastic and the use of renewable energy sources. Kering took its commitment a step further in September, when the luxury conglomerate announced it would go 100% neutral across all its brands and throughout its supply chain.

Eco-consciousness dominated the conversation throughout Fashion Month as well —  including in Ferragni’s home base of Milan. In the Italian city, Gucci staged a carbon-neutral runway show, Lewis Hamilton and Tommy Hilfiger showed a range of all-vegan footwear, and high-end resale platform Vestiaire Collective unveiled a pop-up shop in collaboration with the Green Fashion Awards.

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Queen Elizabeth Shimmers From Her Diamond Crown Down to Her Toes During Parliament Speech

Queen Elizabeth II wore her favorite pair of shoes for ceremonial engagements today as she delivered a speech during the official State Opening of Parliament in London.

The 93-year-old shimmered from head to toe with a white dress embellished in sparkling beading in ornate patterns and the glimmer extended down to her feet, where she had on silver metallic T-strap pumps. The shoes have a semi-round toe on a block heel. Her jewelry also matched the outfit’s luster, including a necklace with giant baubles and a crown featuring diamonds and pearls.


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Queen Elizabeth wears silver T-strap pumps.
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Detail of Queen Elizabeth’s pumps.
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While the Queen performed her duties in London, her grandson Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, performed duties of their own.

The royal couple landed in Pakistan today at the start of their five-day tour of the country.

To no one’s surprise, the Duchess of Cambridge arrived looking impeccably chic in an ombré blue Catherine Walker dress and matching pants. Completing the look was a pair of Rupert Sanderson pumps in nude. The luxury label’s Mallory pumps incorporated a pointy profile on a 4-inch stiletto heel. The shoes retail for nearly $600 at the current exchange rate on Rupertsanderson.com.


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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles at the State Opening of Parliament.
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Kate Middleton arrives in Pakistan wearing Rupert Sanderson pumps on Oct. 14.
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Cheryl Cole’s Tacky Sequined Mini Dress With Buckled Velvet Collar

Cheryl Ann Tweedy wore Christian Louboutin’s Montana boots with a sequined mini dress to the 2019 Attitude Awards held at The Roundhouse on Wednesday in London, England.

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The 36-year-old singer flaunted her hot thighs in a mini dress from Attico’s Fall 2019 Collection.

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It is cut from tulle sewn with scores of prismatic sequins and beads in soft golden hues. Do you like the contrasting buckled black velvet high neck?

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Velvet-Trimmed Embellished Sequined Tulle Mini Dress, $1,670 – $2,148 at Net-A-Porter and Matches Fashion

This mini dress is cut from tulle sewn with scores of prismatic sequins and beads in soft golden hues. It has a buckled velvet collar that contrasts the plunging neckline

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5 Best Looks at Variety’s 11th Annual Power of Women Luncheon

Variety gathered some of the most exceptional female luminaries for its 11th Annual Power of Women luncheon held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons in Los Angeles on Friday night.

The event, which was presented by Lifetime and sponsored by Audi and MoroccaOil, celebrated the voices and influence of women in the community. Mariah Carey, Jennifer Aniston, Brie Larson, and Awkwafina were among those who were honored at the luncheon for their philanthropic achievements.

These bold and powerful women, as well as other A-list guests, served up some serious but elegant looks on the carpet.

1. Mariah Carey Glams Up in Open-Toe Heels

Mariah Carey, who was recognized for her work with Fresh Air Fund’s Camp Mariah, was elegant as usual in her Alexandre Vauthier long black dress.

The floor-sweeping long-sleeved gown was glistening with crystal embellishments and features a draped plunging neckline that puts her cleavage on display.  

Mariah Carey glams up in Alexandre Vauthier dress at Variety's Power of Women luncheon held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons in Los Angeles on October 11, 2019Mariah Carey glams up in Alexandre Vauthier dress at Variety’s Power of Women luncheon held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons in Los Angeles on October 11, 2019

The 49-year-old singer simply let her hair down in waves, while her makeup flawlessly accentuated her features with peachy blush, lip shade, and eyeshadow.

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The Songbird Supreme kept the rest of her look simple. She only selected several rings and a pair of minimal open-toe sandals to complete her look.

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2. Jennifer Aniston Is Business Chic in Pointy Pumps

Prior to the premiere of her Apple TV+ comedy-drama web series, The Morning Show, on November 1, Jennifer Aniston attended the Variety luncheon, where she was honored for her work with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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The 50-year-old actress nailed business chic in a pinstriped dress by Alexander McQueen. The sleeveless number features padded shoulders and an asymmetrical draped skirt, styled with a black wraparound statement belt that highlighted her waist.

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Jennifer wore her caramel tresses down and applied soft makeup with pink lipstick, blush, and mascara. A pair of dangling earrings, a delicate necklace, a watch, and a pair of black pumps with pointed toes and ankle straps rounded out her look.

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3. Brie Larson Looks Hot in Jimmy Choo Pumps

Brie Larson, who was celebrated for her work with Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), talked about her upcoming movie Just Mercy, which is based on the best-selling memoir by Bryan Stevenson (available at Amazon), founder of EJI.

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The Captain Marvel star stood out in a sophisticated yet edgy red-and-black outfit from Rosetta Getty’s resort 2020 collection. She teamed a red lambskin leather belted top, which appeared as a vest over a black high-neck top with matching red leather flared trousers.

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She kept her accessories to a minimum with only a pair of gold earrings and pointy black suede pumps by Jimmy Choo.

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4. Awkwafina Gets Playful in Sam Edelman Mules

Nora Lum, professionally known as Awkwafina, was honored for her work with Building Beats.

Awkwafina opts for a playful look at Variety's Power of Women luncheon held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons in Los Angeles on October 11, 2019Awkwafina opts for a playful look at Variety’s Power of Women luncheon held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons in Los Angeles on October 11, 2019

The 30-year-old actress opted for a more playful look for the event. She slipped in a color-block shirt dress in cobalt blue, white and yellow with a huge ruffle detail on the pocket from Pyer Moss’ Spring 2020 collection.

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The dress was already interesting enough but the Crazy Rich Asians star decided not to hold back in the accessories department.

She styled her look with a tiny square yellow handbag from Edie Parker, pearl drop earrings from Singapore-based jewelry brand State Property, and showed off her feet in Sam Edelman mules.

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These white Sam Edelman Hope mules feature pointed toes and clear PVC trim on the strap across the foot, which provided a modern twist to the classic silhouette.

Sam Edelman ‘Hope’ Mules, $130 at Amazon

Sam Edelman ‘Hope’ Mules

5. Joey King Wows in Alexander Wang Pumps

Joey King also graced the event, and she put on a chic display, thanks to her stylist Jared Eng.

The young starlet was clad in a black Azzedine Alaia Pre-Fall 2019 dress, which features a sexy crossover bodice with a keyhole, a ribbon detail, and a flouncy skirt that fell above her knees.

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The sophisticated look was styled with Eshvi earrings and several rings by Hirotaka, EF Collection, and Levian. A pair of Alexander Wang pumps gave the look some added edge.

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The Alexander Wang Rie pumps feature silver-tone ball stud trim, which adds an edge to the classic black pumps. They also have pointed toes and about 4.25-inch heels.

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Alexander Wang ‘Rie’ Pumps, $650 at Saks, Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Farfetch

Smooth leather stiletto Rie pumps from Alexander Wang with delicate metal stud trim

Smooth leather stiletto Rie pumps from Alexander Wang with delicate metal stud trim

Smooth leather stiletto Rie pumps from Alexander Wang with delicate metal stud trim

Smooth leather stiletto Rie pumps from Alexander Wang with delicate metal stud trim

Smooth leather stiletto Rie pumps from Alexander Wang with delicate metal stud trim

Silvery ball studs—an edgy detail seen in Alexander Wang's ready-to-wear collections—highlight the sharply pointed toe of this ultra-versatile stiletto

Silvery ball studs—an edgy detail seen in Alexander Wang's ready-to-wear collections—highlight the sharply pointed toe of this ultra-versatile stiletto

Silvery ball studs—an edgy detail seen in Alexander Wang's ready-to-wear collections—highlight the sharply pointed toe of this ultra-versatile stiletto

Silvery ball studs—an edgy detail seen in Alexander Wang's ready-to-wear collections—highlight the sharply pointed toe of this ultra-versatile stiletto

Silvery ball studs—an edgy detail seen in Alexander Wang's ready-to-wear collections—highlight the sharply pointed toe of this ultra-versatile stiletto

Silvery ball studs—an edgy detail seen in Alexander Wang's ready-to-wear collections—highlight the sharply pointed toe of this ultra-versatile stiletto

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Matthew Koma and Fiancée Hilary Duff Spark Marriage Rumors

Hilary Duff and fiancé Matthew Koma were all smiles on the red carpet as they attended the 5th Annual Adopt Together Baby Ball held at Goya Studios in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Hilary Duff and Matthew Koma at the 5th Annual Adopt Together Baby Ball held at Goya Studios in Los Angeles on October 12, 2019Hilary Duff and Matthew Koma at the 5th Annual Adopt Together Baby Ball held at Goya Studios in Los Angeles on October 12, 2019

The 32-year-old actress took the plunge as she showed off her cleavage in a red and black Raisa Vanessa Spring 2020 off-shoulder mini dress, which has a revealing pleated V-shaped bodice.

It also features a multicolored crystal-embellished waistband and a flattering thigh-grazing skirt.

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Her 32-year-old record producer fiancé, on the other hand, looked dapper in a black suit by Celine.

Matthew Koma, whose real name is Matthew Bair, is an American countertenor singer, songwriter, DJ, and record producer. His numerous hit songs include Zedd’s “Spectrum” and Grammy Award-winner “Clarity”, also with German-Russian record producer Zedd.

Hillary Duff and Matthew Koma got engaged on May 1, 2019Hillary Duff and Matthew Koma got engaged on May 1, 2019

They met in 2015 while collaborating on the Lizzie McGuire alum’s album Breathe In. Breathe Out. One year earlier, Hilary Duff split from ex-husband Mike Comrie, with whom she shares a son, Luca Cruz Comrie (born 2012).

Net Worth:$6 million
Full Name:Matthew Bair (known by his stage name Matthew Koma)
Born:June 2, 1987, in Seaford, New York
Dating:He has been dating actress and songwriter Hilary Duff since January 2017 and got engaged on May 1, 2019.
Kids:A daughter, Banks Violet Bair.
Weight:69 kg (152 lbs)
How did Matthew Koma meet Hilary Duff?They met when collaborating on Duff’s fifth studio album “Breathe In. Breathe Out.” (2015). They recorded the album’s title track (which he produced).
Height:5 feet 91⁄4 inch (176 cm)
Nationality:American
Source of Wealth:Singer-songwriter
Ethnicity/Race:Ashkenazi Jewish

Matthew and Hilary had their first child, Banks Violet Bair, Koma’s first and Duff’s second, on October 25, 2018.

Hilary Duff and Matthew Koma take their new baby daughter Banks Violet shoppingHilary Duff and Matthew Koma take their new baby daughter Banks Violet shopping in Los Angeles on December 23, 2018

At the 5th Annual Adopt Together Baby Ball, Hilary Duff’s blonde locks were parted in the middle and styled sleek straight, while her makeup included a red lipstick that perfectly matched her outfit.

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Styled by Jessica Paster, her stunning look was completed with Eriness Jewelry earrings, a State Property ring, a matching silver metallic clutch, and gold metallic Anouk pumps by Jimmy Choo.

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That same evening, rumors sparked that the couple has already tied the knot after Matthew posted a photo of Hilary on Instagram, referring to the actress as his “wife.” Fans were convinced that the two secretly wed just five months after their engagement.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Best Nordic Cross Country Ski Boots for Men

There’s no way you can conquer the slopes without the proper gear, and that means preparing yourself from the top to the bottom. The right pair of cross-country skiing boots should offer comfort and keep you steady on your feet. Nordic cross country ski boots should allow your body to propel forward efficiently. An anatomically designed footbed can help improve blood flow and enhance support. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best nordic/cross-country ski boots for men.

California Becomes First State to Ban Sale, Manufacture of Fur

California is hitting back against the fur industry.

On Saturday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill, AB 44, which prohibits the sale and manufacturing of all fur — making California the first state to pass such legislation.

The historic bill was passed through the state’s Senate last month and was described by Newson via  Twitter as “one of the strongest animal rights laws in U.S. history.”

AB 44 will go into effect in 2023 and makes it unlawful to manufacture, sell, attempt to sell, display, trade, donate or otherwise distribute fur products.

The ban carries a number of exclusions on used or vintage fur products, as well as leather, dog and cat fur, deer, sheep and goatskin, taxidermy and fur used for religious or tribal purposes. Violators of the law will be subject to civil rather than criminal penalties.

“AB 44 ushers in a more sustainable and cruelty-free future for the fashion industry and California consumers alike,” Laura Friedman, the California State Assembly member who proposed the bill, said in a statement.

Its passage came despite strong opposition from the $1 billion U.S. fur industry, including lobbying by Truth About Fur. The group said measures to ban fur are based “on a dangerous fiction.”

Although pro-fur groups spoke out against it, the bill had bipartisan support in the California legislature, passing 52-16.

AB 44’s passage also comes amid a wave of luxury designers pledging not to use fur products — among them Versace, Prada and Burberry. High-end retailers such as Yoox Net-a-Porter and Farfetch have also vowed not to sell fur.

Newson signed a number of animal rights laws to accompany the fur ban, most notably a bill that prohibits the use of most circus animals. California is the third state to place severe restrictions on circus animals, joining New Jersey and Hawaii.

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Jennifer Lopez Goes Monochrome in Baby Blue With Designer Work Boots

Jennifer Lopez proved she’s still “Jenny from the Block” with her latest look.

The 50-year-old multihyphenate hit the streets of New York wearing work boots — a staple of Bronx, N.Y. style.

The “Second Act” star sported a baby blue sweater and jeans under a Max Mara coat.


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Jennifer Lopez in a Max Mara coat and Buscemi boots in New York on Oct. 12.
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A close-up look at Jennifer Lopez’s boots.
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For footwear, she stuck with the same pale blue colorway, opting for a pair of Buscemi site boots. The style features a calf leather and canvas upper, with a lace-up front, padlock detailing and a ridged white outsole. The boots are available on Farfetch.com for $995.


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Buscemi site boots.
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J-Lo completed her look with tinted sunglasses and a Valentino crossbody bag. She wore her hair in a messy bun.

Over the years, Lopez has developed a status as a verifiable style star, thanks to buzzy red carpet looks and collaborations with brands such as Giuseppe Zanotti and Quay. That reputation was further cemented in June, when she received the 2019 Fashion Icon Award from the CFDA.

The “On the Floor” singer has long been a fan of work boots. While her Buscemi pair came with a luxury price tag, Lopez has been known to choose more accessibly priced styles, including variations of Timberland’s iconic 6-inch boots.

Flip through the gallery to see how Jennifer Lopez’s style has evolved.

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Rihanna Does the High-Heeled Thong Sandal Trend in Head-to-Toe White

Leave it to Rihanna to make two so-called fashion “don’ts” look incredibly chic.

The 31-year-old singer-turned-designer hit the streets of New York yesterday wearing head-to-heel white — after Labor Day — with oft-derided high-heeled flip-flops.

Riri wore a strapless white dress that went just past the knees.


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Rihanna in head-to-heel white out and about in New York on Oct. 12.
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For footwear, she selected high-heeled thong sandals, choosing a pair with a square toe and slim stiletto heel. The shoes’ blanche colorway perfectly matched her pedicure.


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A close-up look at Rihanna’s sandals.
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While heeled thong sandals — a ’90s staple — have often been thought of as unstylish, they made a comeback this summer, thanks to celebrity fans such as Emily Ratajkowski and Kim Kardashian. Rihanna’s pair got a modern upgrade courtesy of a slimmer heel and thinner straps.

The “Only Girl (In the World)” hitmaker accessorized her look with a white handbag with silver hardware and layered jewelry.


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Rihanna in head-to-heel white out and about in New York on Oct. 12.
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Rihanna’s never been one to play by the rules when it comes to fashion. Take the “no white after Labor Day” rule. The “it” girl ignored the decree with her latest look, sporting the hue from head to toe. Of course, she’s joined by other chic women, including Gigi Hadid and Meghan Markle, in pooh-poohing the rule.

The A-lister has translated her stardom into a fashion and beauty empire, with her Savage X Fenty lingerie, her Fenty luxury clothing and accessories and her Fenty Beauty cosmetics.

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Margot Robbie Puts a ’90s Spin on Power Dressing in LA

Margot Robbie may have gotten into the ’60s groove with her role in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” but her latest look is inspired by a different decade: the ’90s.

The 29-year-old actress stepped out to the Amazon Studios “Honey Boy” tastemaker event in Los Angeles yesterday clad in a business-chic ensemble with pre-Y2K vibes.

Robbie sported a checked suit that consisted of high-waisted bottoms and an oversized  blazer — both styling hallmarks of the decade’s power dressing.


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Margot Robbie wearing a pantsuit with kitten heels in Los Angeles Oct. 12.
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The ’90s theme continued with the A-lister’s footwear: a pair of pointy-toed black pumps. The shoes boasted a kitten heel, a short height favored by the years’ biggest style icon, Princess Diana.


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A close-up look at Margot Robbie’s kitten heels.
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Robbie accessorized her look with gold hoop earrings and wore her hair in a messy updo.

While promoting “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” this summer, Robbie went for a ’60s vibe, choosing outfits similar to that of her character, actress Sharon Tate.

When it comes to red carpet footwear, the Academy Award nominee and stylist Kate Young tend to stick with the classics.

“I don’t do a lot of tricky shoes with celebrities,” Young told FN in April.

Young — who also works with Dakota Johnson, Selena Gomez and Sophie Turner — added, “I use pumps all the time. I love a pointy-toe mule, which is a basically a cooler version of the pump. I use iconic, simple shoes.”


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Director Alma Har’el and Margot Robbie at the Amazon Studios “Honey Boy” Tastemaker event on Oct. 12.
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Brie Larson Updates Her Classic Look With Leopard-Print Booties at Ace Comic-Con

Brie Larson gave her office-chic look a modern upgrade —  thanks to cool accessories — yesterday at Ace Comic Con in Rosemont, Ill.

The 30-year-old actress participated in a panel at the event wearing a black and white jacket with olive-colored pants.


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Brie Larson speaks at Ace Comic-Con in Rosemont, Ill. on Oct. 12.
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For footwear, Larson selected leopard-print boots that added a modern twist to the classic look. While leopard never really goes out of style, it’s especially popular for fall ’19, joining other animal fabrications such as snakeskin, croc-embossed leather and cow-print. Larson’s booties featured a block heel, an almond-shaped toe and zip detailing at the side.


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A close-up look at Brie Larson’s leopard-print booties.
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The “Captain Marvel” lead accessorized her look with an embellished black velvet headband, embracing another of autumn’s major trends: puffy headbands.


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Brie Larson speaks at Ace Comic-Con in Rosemont, Ill. on Oct. 12.
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While the Academy Award winner spent her Saturday in Illinois, she was in Los Angeles on Friday for Variety Power of Women.

Joined by other stars including Mariah Carey and Jennifer Aniston, the “Room” star popped in a red leather Rosetta Getty set and black Jimmy Choo pumps. Speaking with FN, Larson revealed which entertainer’s shoes she’d most like to walk in.


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Brie Larson at Variety’s Power of Women event in Los Angeles on Oct. 11.
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“Grace Jones. I would want to be in her shoes, major swagger,” she explained.

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Nike Acquires Russell Wilson’s Seattle Startup, TraceMe

Russell Wilson has worn Nike cleats since 2016 — but the quarterback’s associations with the Swoosh now go beyond his footwear choices.

The athlete’s Seattle startup TraceMe — a company with financial backers including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and Alibaba co-founder Joe Tsai — was acquired by Nike, the athletic wear giant confirmed to FN.

Founded in 2017, TraceMe began as an app that aimed to connect celebrities and their biggest fans through behind-the-scenes content. The startup pivoted last year, however, shifting its focus to a service called Tally, a sports prediction app.

“Nike, Inc. has acquired TraceMe to supplement the company’s content strategy on Nike-owned platforms,” a representative from the brand told FN.

While the Swoosh is known best for its footwear and apparel, the Beaverton, Ore. company is making a push toward digital. In April, Nike moved to trademark two terms pertaining to tech: the word “footware,” to use in reference to its “smart” sneakers, and the word “cryptokicks,” to be used for a Nike cryptocurrency. 

Nike executives highlighted the importance of technology to the company’s strategy in its first quarter earnings report late last month.

“Our targeted strategic investments are accelerating Nike’s digital transformation and extending our competitive advantage,” explained EVP and CFO Andy Campion in a statement at the time.

The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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Nike’s Brigid Kosgei Sets Women’s Record With Chicago Marathon Win

When it comes to long distance running, this weekend was one for the history books.

Today, Kenyan runner Brigid Kosgei set the fastest time for a woman in a marathon, just one day after Eliud Kipchoge became the first athlete to finish 26.2 miles in less than two hours.

Kosgei, 25, ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in just 2:14:04 — beating the previous world record of 2:15:25 set by Paula Radcliffe at the 2003 London Marathon. (Until today, Radcliffe also held the Chicago course record for a woman, which she set in 2002.)


Brigid Kosgei of Kenya crosses the finish line to win with a women world record time of 02:14:04 in the 2019 Chicago Marathon in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 13 October 2019. The Chicago Marathon, first run in 1977, is one of six World Marathon Majors and allows up to 45,000 runners to participate.2019 Chicago Marathon, USA - 13 Oct 2019

Brigid Kosgei crosses the finish line at the Chicago Marathon wearing the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next%.
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Kosgei broke her own personal best (2:18:20) by more than four minutes. The runner achieved the mark at the London Marathon this year, which she also won.

There was no question who would win at the finish. Kosgei handily defeated the competition, with the second place runner — Ababel Yeshaneh of Ethiopia — coming in nearly seven minutes later with a time of 2:20:51.

Kosgei notched her achievement in the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next%. The shoe is available to buy now in men’s and women’s sizing via Nike.com, with a $250 price tag.

Nike fêted Kosgei’s achievement on Twitter, writing: “If it hasn’t been done before, it’s yours to claim. Brigid Kosgei becomes the fastest woman in history to run 26.2 miles with a time of 2:14:04. Congrats on your World Record and second consecutive victory at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. #justdoit #chicagomarathon.”

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Travis Scott Responds to Fan Complaint About His Sneaker Drops

When a Travis Scott x Jordan Brand shoe drops, sneakerheads need to act fast. The kicks typically sell out at retail within a few hours, winding up on the resale market for hundreds of dollars more than face value.

One fan of Scott’s, frustrated by the quick sell-out, took to Instagram this weekend to voice their concerns.

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“Many true fans of Travis, including myself, have been burned repeatedly just trying to buy the shoes our favorite artist designed. We worked hard for the hundreds of dollars that his shoes cost…Yet the only people that actually get the shoes are resellers using devices to cheat the system,” read the post, made by an account called @astro.travy. “They raise the price double or triple the amount, sell them and keep the money they made. This process keeps the real fans from getting any shoes at any drop.”

The post found its way to Scott himself, who responded: “Ur voice won’t go unheard.”

The complaint came in response to the latest sold-out collab between the “Astroworld” rapper and Jordan Brand: the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 6, which dropped Friday. Originally priced at $250, the shoe is now reselling on StockX.com for $600 and up. Scott’s next sneaker is rumored to be an Air Force 1, with a drop date in November.


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Travis Scott x Air Jordan 6
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No Longer Little Abigail Breslin Lets Sunshine Shine On Cleavage in Sexy Dress

Abigail Breslin joined Zoey Deutch and Emma Stone at the Los Angeles premiere of Zombieland: Double Tap on Thursday night at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California.

Abigail Breslin at the premiere of Zombieland: Double TapAbigail Breslin at the premiere of Zombieland: Double Tap at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California, on October 10, 2019

The 23-year-old American actress/singer, whose first acting role was in Signs (2002) by M. Night Shyamalan, put on a busty display in a hot pink plunge neck gown from Jill Jill Stuart.

Her revealing dress features spaghetti straps, a cinched waist, a concealed rear zip fastening, a side slit, and a long length. You can buy the black version on sale for $239 at Farfetch.

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Little Miss Sunshine styled her sexy dress with Stuart Weitzman Sohot platform sandals, Kallati rings, and a Cirari necklace and earrings.

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Two years ago, she was joined by Sarah Hyland at the premiere of Dirty Dancing during the 2017 PaleyLive LA Spring Season in Beverly Hills, California.

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Do you remember when she used to look like this? 11 years ago, the then 11-year-old Little Miss Sunshine star was inducted into the Girl Scouts of the USA in Los Angeles. She looked cute in a red polka dot dress and flat sandals.

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Alicia Vikander Plays Murder Suspect Lucy Fly in Earthquake Bird

Alicia Vikander is returning on the big screen for her first major leading role since Tomb Raider in 2018.

The 31-year-old Swedish actress plays the role of a murder suspect named Lucy Fly who is at the center of a love triangle in the upcoming noir mystery film, Earthquake Bird.

The movie is directed by Wash Westmoreland based on the novel of the same name by Susanna Jones (available on Amazon). It will have a limited release in theaters on November 1, before it starts streaming digitally through Netflix on November 15.

Alicia Vikander in a Louis Vuitton ensemble at the premiere of Earthquake Bird during the BFI London Film Festival at the Vue West End on October 10, 2019Alicia Vikander in a Louis Vuitton ensemble at the premiere of Earthquake Bird during the BFI London Film Festival at the Vue West End on October 10, 2019

Ahead of the movie’s release, Alicia stepped out in London to grace the premiere of her new psychological thriller during the BFI London Film Festival at the Vue West End on Thursday.

The Louis Vuitton ambassador made an elegant appearance in a classy black dress, which is most likely from the fashion house’s Fall 2019 collection.

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The ankle-length dress features a gathered bodice with crystal embellishments at the yoke, a high collar, and a pencil skirt with a side slit. It also has three-quarter puff sleeves, which are on-trend these days.

Alicia looked perfectly put together, with dangling earrings, a bracelet, and a pair of strappy heels for her accessories.

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These triple strap sandals perfectly complemented Alicia’s ensemble. They have wide toe straps, mid straps, slender buckled ankle straps, and about 4-inch heels.

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So what do you think of Alicia’s look?

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Celebrities Whose Style Got Better With Age

The old adage goes that age is but a number — yet in these celebrities’ cases, it seems that each year brings a new level of sartorial savvy.

Take Jennifer Lopez, for instance. The entertainer, now 50, became famous in the ’90s, bursting onto the scene in a series of form-fitting dresses — sometimes layered under a shawl or coat — and strappy metallic sandals.


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Jennifer Lopez at the “Man in the Iron Mask” premiere in 1998.
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Today, J-Lo is known for her versatility on the red carpet. While she’s still a fan of crop tops as ever of gowns with thigh-baring slits, the A-lister is more willing to experiment with bold colors and accessories, like denim Versace thigh-highs or her silver wig at the 2019 Met Gala.


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Jennifer Lopez in Versace at the 2019 Met Gala.
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Beyoncé is another star who’s become more stylish with time gone by. When she began her career as part of Destiny’s Child, Bey typically sported looks coordinated with group mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. The matchy-matchy outfits were sometimes designed by Beyoncé’s mom, Tina Knowles.


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(L-R): Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé and Michelle Williams at the 2001 Grammy Awards.
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Flash forward to 2019 and the “Single Ladies” singer is thought of as one of the world’s most fashionable women. Although she makes few public appearances, the Adidas ambassador makes them all count — like when she wore a crystal-covered Alexander McQueen look coordinating with daughter Blue Ivy’s ensemble at the Los Angeles premiere of “The Lion King” in July.


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Beyoncé wearing an Alexander McQueen look with sparkly sandals at the L.A. premiere of “The Lion King” in July 2019.
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Gwen Stefani has also managed to hit more high notes in recent years. In the ’90s, as part of No Doubt, she went for out-there, edgy looks. For instance, at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, Stefani sported pale blue hair to match a fluffy bikini top, completing her look with a skirt-pants combo and platform flip-flops.


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Gwen Stefani wearing platform flip-flops at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1998.
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The “My Sweet Escape” hitmaker hasn’t lost her punk-rock persona — fishnet tights, red lipstick and Vans sneakers still dominate her wardrobe. But as she approaches her 50th birthday, Stefani’s landed on a more refined aesthetic, with pointy-toed pumps and elegant dresses on the red carpet.


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Gwen Stefani wearing Moschino with Louboutin heels at the 2019 Met Gala.
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Click through the gallery to see more celebrities who have improved their style with age, including Mila Kunis, Demi Moore and Viola Davis.

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Eliud Kipchoge First to Run a Marathon in Less Than Two Hours in Unreleased Nikes

Two years ago, Nike-backed Eliud Kipchoge attempted to run a marathon in less than two hours in Monza, Italy, but missed the mark by 25 seconds. But today, the famed runner would not be denied of his goal.

Kipchoge became the first person to run a marathon today in less than two hours. He accomplished the feat in Vienna with a time of 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds.

After hitting the mark, Kipchoge wrote a heartfelt thank you on Twitter.

“Today we went to the Moon and came back to earth! I am at a loss for words for all the support I have received from all over the world. Thank you to all who gave me the opportunity. Asante,” Kipchoge wrote on the social media platform.

Despite running a marathon in less than two hours, the feat will not be recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations as a world record. (Multiple reports state it won’t count as a record because of the amount of pacemakers who ran with Kipchoge in alternating groups.)

Ahead of today’s attempt, Nike announced Kipchoge would wear a future edition of its Next% marathon shoe. A current model Next% model, the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%, is available to buy now in men’s and women’s sizing via Nike.com with a $250 price tag.


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Eliud Kipchoge in an unreleased Nike Next% style.
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Amazon’s Marketplace Is Adding 3,300 New Sellers a Day — But Many Don’t Stick Around

Amazon’s third-party marketplace is vast and growing by the day. According to a new report from Marketplace Pulse, an e-commerce analytics company, there are about 2.8 million active sellers currently doing business on the platform — a number that exceeds the population of Chicago.

Because of Amazon’s relatively open process for registering new sellers, scores of others have also joined and later been suspended, stopped selling items or never listed anything to begin with: Per the report, Amazon has added an estimated 3.3 million new sellers since Jan. 1, 2017, which comes out to more than 3,300 per day. Of that number, though, only 60% are currently active.

“Often sellers become active for a day, a week, or month, but then stop,” Marketplace Pulse Founder and CEO Juozas Kaziukėnas told FN. “This is because Amazon often requires additional documentation (ID, bank statements, business license etc.) after starting selling, which they fail to produce. Or they get suspended by Amazon because of bad behavior, so they keep creating new seller accounts.” (FN has reached out to Amazon for comment.)

Opening multiple accounts without permission is prohibited under Amazon’s terms — a step the company has taken to fend off counterfeiters and other bad actors — so if these sellers are flagged, their new account would likely be suspended, too. It’s common for marketplaces to see sellers sign up and fail to become active or abandon their accounts soon after joining, Kaziukėnas said.

Signing up to become an Amazon seller takes just a few clicks, provided you have a business name, address, telephone number, chargeable credit card, bank account, tax information and $39.99 per month for a professional-level membership. By contrast, Walmart requires sellers to complete an application and wait several weeks for approval to join its marketplace; according to reports, only a fraction make the cut. Target’s marketplace, which launched earlier this year, is invitation-only. “We know guests count on Target to find products they’ll love without wading through endless options,” the retailer said in its announcement, setting itself conspicuously apart from Amazon’s ethos of being “the everything store.”

Third-party sellers have become increasingly central to Amazon’s business model: In 2018, they sold $160 billion worth of merchandise worldwide and accounted for 58% of the company’s sales of physical goods, up from 30% a decade ago. “Third-party sellers are kicking our first party butt. Badly,” CEO Jeff Bezos wrote in his annual letter to shareholders in April. Along with the selling tools and logistics infrastructure the company provides, such as Prime and Fulfillment by Amazon, the ease of signing up as an Amazon merchant is helping drive this growth.

Using automated tools to police sellers after the fact, though, can also have dangerous consequences. A a Wall Street Journal investigation this summer found thousands of listings for products like toys, helmets and medications that were deceptively labeled, banned or declared unsafe by federal regulators, but which Amazon’s algorithms didn’t flag. The company removed most of the listings following the reporters’ inquiries, and when more problematic items popped up in their place two weeks later, they removed those too and said they had improved their tools to prevent the same thing from happening again.

“There are bad actors that attempt to evade our systems,” an Amazon spokesperson told the publication, adding that if a prohibited item should “ever slip through, we work quickly to take action on the seller and protect customers.”

As the marketplace continues to grow, though, will these systems be able to keep up?

Rihanna Launches Her Artsy Book in Exotic Prints & Fierce Slouch Boots

Rihanna can add one more memory to the books. Last night, the Fenty mogul celebrated the launch of her coffee table book “Rihanna by Rihanna” in New York City at the Guggenheim Museum.

The hitmaker arrived in a Saint Laurent spring 2020 dress with bordeaux boots. She truly answered the call of the wild with the leopard-print one-shoulder draped design. The dress came with cut-out detail on the front that revealed a hint of her chest and featured a gathered waistline. Completing the outfit was a pair of snakeskin-embossed slouch boots on a block heel.


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Rihanna attends the “Rihanna by Rihanna” book launch in Saint Laurent with slouch boots.
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Detail of Rihanna’s slouch boots.
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On Instagram, Rihanna shared that the artsy tome — filled with 1,050 photos and a removable, double-sided poster — took five years to complete. “Thank you to all of the photographers and artists that contributed and to @phaidonsnaps for working with me to publish my first piece of art in a new industry!” she captioned a teaser, expressing gratitude to her publisher. The book is available for $150 on Urbanoutfitters.com.

In September at her Diamond Ball, Cardi B bid $111,000 to secure an exclusive signed copy. Proceeds benefited Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation. She founded the organization in 2012; it provides support services and emergency response programs around the world.


saint laurent leopard print dress, Rihanna attends the "Rihanna" book launch event at the Guggenheim Museum, in New York"Rihanna" Book Launch Event, New York, USA - 11 Oct 2019

Rihanna attends the “Rihanna by Rihanna” book launch in Saint Laurent with slouch boots.
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“Rihanna by Rihanna” book.
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Nike Wants You to Write Your Own Story on These Customizable Air Force 1s

Everyone has their own story. And Nike is encouraging sneakerheads to tell theirs on a pair of Air Force 1s.

Available now is the Nike Air Force 1 “More Than” — short for “More Than An Athlete” — the statement used by the brand and NBA star LeBron James’ Uninterrupted platform to encourage athletes to share their stories. The kicks come with a Sharpie for the wearer to write about themselves wherever they want to on the shoe.

The sneakers are predominantly white and feature lapis blue details throughout, including the words “I Am Uninterrupted” around the base of the upper, “I Am More Than” on the left heel opposite the Uninterrupted logo on the right. Lapis blue also makes an appearance on the tongue, the laces and the outsole.

The Nike Air Force 1 “More Than” is available in men’s and women’s sizing via the SNKRS app with a $130 price tag.


Nike Air Force 1 "More Than"

Nike Air Force 1 “More Than”
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