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Gugu Mbatha-Raw Chose an Architectural Dress for the Surface Premiere

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In her new Apple TV+ series Surface, which premieres on Friday, Gugu Mbatha-Raw portrays Sophie, a woman with amnesia who’s trying to piece her life back together. “She doesn’t know who she is, and that was quite a unique challenge as an actor,” Mbatha-Raw tells Vogue. “When you’re creating a character, you often start with a backstory and build their childhood and experiences. For me, it was really liberating, as I had to start from a much more intuitive and sensory place.”

For the new psychological thriller, Mbatha-Raw also serves as an executive producer for the very first time. She says she was drawn to being a part of the project after learning it was being produced by Reese Witherspoon’s media company, Hello Sunshine. “Knowing their ethos and the type of projects that they put together—which are very female focused stories, and empowering women both in front and behind the camera—it was really a no brainer,” says Mbatha-Raw. “[Creator] Veronica West’s script was also just so brilliantly written and mysterious.”

To celebrate the new series last night, Mbatha-Raw, Witherspoon, and more attended the official premiere at New York City’s Morgan Library. “It was pretty special to see Surface on the big screen and with an audience,” says Mbatha-Raw. “Because of COVID, I had only ever seen the show on my own, so to be able to watch it with other people and the rest of the cast and crew was amazing.” The stylish star, who brings easy elegance to the red carpet, brought out a stellar fashion look for the occasion.

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Hailey Bieber Uses This Make-Up Artist Trick for Subtle Festive Shine

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When it comes to holiday makeup, how best to nod to the festivities via your beauty? Red lipstick and metallic eyeshadow are always a popular choice, but for Hailey Bieber, it’s all about a nod to shimmer and shine with the help of a make-up artist favorite: eye gloss.

Just look at that shimmer: 

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An easy way to create natural luminosity on the face, eye gloss is beloved by the pros because it’s super versatile. It’s clear, so you can wear it on eyelids to catch the light and create a healthy, post-spa glow. But it also works well when worn atop eyeliner or eyeshadow for a smudgy, sultry and lived-in effect. Not to mention, it can also be used as a dewy highlighter on upper cheekbones and temples.  

Hailey Bieber wears hers here on top of a neutral taupe eyeshadow. Paired with fresh and natural skin and a lick of mascara, it’s the perfect look to add to your moodboard for party season and beyond. To recreate the look this Christmas, try the Guerlain Gel Gloss Mirror-Effect Top Coat or Gucci Éclat De Beauté Effet Lumière Gel Face Gloss. Add this multi-purpose wonder to basket, stat. 

This post was originally published on British Vogue.


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Taylor Russell Nails the Y2K-Era Jeans and Strappy Sandals Combo

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Taylor Russell gave us a blast from the past on the Gotham Awards red carpet today. The actor, who stars with Timothée Chalamet in the film Bones and All, appeared wearing a white fur chubby jacket: a Tom Ford-era Gucci archival piece from the spring 2004 show. To balance the megawatt Hollywood effect, the actor wore light-wash jeans and strappy heels, which instantly brought us back to the 2000s.  

Russell’s look is reminiscent of Mariah Carey, who popularized the strappy-sandal-and-denim combo on the red carpet. At the time, the singer often paired going-out shoes with low-rise, light-wash flares–sometimes with the waistband sheared off. Other celebrities who championed the ensemble included noughties red carpet darling Cameron Diaz and singer Janet Jackson. 

There’s a self-styled charm that comes from wearing sexy stiletto sandals and jeans with a high glam piece, such as Russell’s white jacket. (From her Instagram stories, it seems that she purchased the chubby herself from a vintage shop.) The overall look feels natural but playful, all while checking the boxes of a standout red carpet look. 

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This Pregnancy Loss Recovery Kit Is a Game-Changer

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It wasn’t until Frida founder Chelsea Hirschhorn experienced multiple pregnancy losses that she realized there was a gap in the promise her company made to serve women in every stage of postpartum. While Hirschhorn, a mother of four, already knew what recovery from birth looked and felt like, she was surprised to find that she dealt with similar pain and bleeding during and after her miscarriages. So she decided to do something about it. “There’s nothing political about what a woman’s body goes through, regardless of how they arrived at the situation,” Hirschhorn tells Vogue of the decision to expand the brand’s recovery kits to cover all stages of necessary care, including after a miscarriage or abortion with its new Frida Recovery Kit for Incomplete Pregnancies. “These are physical needs that they have, and we are in a position to help them support those needs.” 

Since launching her company in 2019, Hirschhorn has designed solutions to help mothers navigate the raw physicalities of childbirth, from C-section recovery bands to abdonimal binders. “As holistic and comprehensive as that was, we were still neglecting to address the 2 million women who still experience some form of physical transition with their bodies during pregnancy loss even though it doesn’t end with a baby,” says Hirschhorn. That’s changed with the launch of the Frida Recovery Kit, which is curated to address what she calls “basically the entire bathroom experience.” Within the discreetly labeled shipping box, there’s 1 upside-down peri bottle, 4 pairs of disposable underwear, and 6 ultra-absorbent maxi pads. “In pregnancy loss, there is a spectrum of experiences that women can have,” explains Hirschhorn. “If it’s an early stage, it may just be an extremely heavy menstrual period. Still, it will be a shock for women who are accustomed to using tampons or menstrual cups to hear from their OB-GYN that those aren’t permitted in the pregnancy loss healing process.” The kit also includes a personal note from Hirschhorn, which shares her experience with pregnancy loss. It’s meant to provide immediate “emotional handholding” gesture so that anyone reading it knows they aren’t alone. 

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Frida’s latest launch marks yet another opportunity to break taboos in the maternal health space, a mission the brand has championed since its global launch with a banned postpartum recovery-themed commercial at the Oscars and a first-of-its-kind primetime ad showing a breastfeeding mother during the Golden Globes. “Now we’ve lived up to our promise to support women through all phases of recovery, regardless of how their journey ended,” says Hirschhorn. “And we feel really good about that.”

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