You’ve Heard of the Drop. Target Had It First.

In the late 1990s, when Target asked Isaac Mizrahi to create an affordable fashion line for its stores across the country, Mr. Mizrahi balked. “It was a very scary thing,” the designer recalled. “Halston was my idol at the time, and he had failed,” he said of the notoriously ill-fated partnership between the American couturier…

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A New Brazilian Magazine Is a Fantasy for Dark Days

One Monday afternoon in mid-August, the megalopolis of São Paulo, Brazil, fell into darkness. The cause could have been forest fires burning more than a thousand miles away in the state of Rondônia, but the miasma could have stood as a metaphor for the way the country’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, has cast a shadow in…

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How to Use Rent the Runway Unlimited Without Looking Like a Clone

This week marks one year since I started using Rent the Runway Unlimited. The $159/month service, which allows me to rent four pieces at a time for as long as I want, has brought me a lot of joy: I basically eliminated shopping for clothes (shoes are another story). I didn’t purchase a single coat,…

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Dear V.M.A.s: Bring Back the Bad Taste

There were snakes — two of them! — thanks to H.E.R., who wore one coiled around her neck, and Tana Mongeau, the YouTuber who wore hers like a boa (get it? — heh), on the red carpet. There were big brand names: Versace, which made the safety-pin-patterned Swarovski-covered primary-colored power jacket Taylor Swift wore with…

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W.H.O. Warns of ‘Dramatic’ Rise in Measles in Europe

LONDON — Measles has returned to four European countries this year amid a “dramatic resurgence” in the disease on the continent, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, a reversal fueled in part by a rising wave of people who are refusing to be vaccinated. The number of cases in the first half of the…

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From the Itata Valley in Southern Chile, Old-Vine Cinsault

For much of its history, the Chilean export wine industry has been dominated by big companies that farmed in the huge Central Valley region, which stretches 250 miles south of Santiago and includes well-known river valleys like Maipo, Maule and Rapel. In recent years, interest has been growing in cooler regions, which have long histories…

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Different Grapes From Different Regions, All Screaming Italy

What makes a wine French, or American or Spanish? Attributing national characteristics is a murky business, with one significant exception. Regardless of where they come from, the red wines of Italy often bear a similar signature: great acidity and sweet fruit or floral aromas and flavors, tempered by a refreshing bitterness that sets up the…

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How to Help Teenagers Keep Track of Their Stuff

After a meeting at my twins’ high school, I encountered a mountain of water bottles, sweatshirts, jackets, lunch totes and more in that lost and found pile. Every year, families outfit kids with new back-to-school clothes and gear. How can we help make sure our kids bring it all back from school? “It is important…

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The Great Fortune of Ordinary Sadness

I’m getting teary-eyed at a fruit stand, running my fingers lightly over the fuzzy skin of a peach while willing my bottom lip to stop its ridiculous quiver. I will not cry. A little change of plans is nothing to be sad about, as sad things go. A few weeks ago, I was supposed to…

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