Style File: For Influencer Brittany Xavier, Comfort is the Rule

In ELLE.com’s Style Files we ask our most stylish friends how they got that way. Up first, Brittany Xavier, the brains behind the eponymous blog (formerly named Thrifts and Threads) and an Instagram account with more than 1 million followers. We caught up with Xavier at Michael Kors’ TWA Jet Set experience, where influencers from…

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Can New York City Live Without Foie Gras? We May Soon Find Out

FERNDALE, N.Y. — For their final days, the male Moulard ducks at the Hudson Valley Foie Gras farm are force -fed three times daily. They eat fatty, corn-based feed through a tube inserted into their throats, a process known as gavage that will swell their liver up to 10 times its size. A worker manually…

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Forever 21 Is Reportedly Preparing to File for Bankruptcy

With the rise of clothing rental services and super fast digital shopping sites, several brands are feeling the heat, including beloved mall brand Forever 21. According to a report from Bloomberg, Forever 21 could potentially file for bankruptcy due to a decline in cash flow and failed attempts at its turnaround plans. Sources explained to…

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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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