The Best Looks From Paris Couture Fashion Week

Courtesy Like most creative minds dealing with tragedy, storied fashion houses are getting innovative in reaction to COVID-19’s impact on the industry. The suspension of IRL fashion presentations means that this season’s couture week doesn’t look anything like the extravagance we’re used to. Some designers tested out the video format, Balmain staged a boat show…

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New Data Sheds Light on Who Is Moving Because of the Pandemic

Last month, surveyors with the Pew Research Center set out to answer a timely question: Who is moving because of the pandemic, and why? They found that about 3 percent of more than 9,600 respondents in the United States said that they had changed their residence because of the coronavirus, and 6 percent said someone…

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Randy Rainbow’s (Upper) West Side Story

The YouTube star Randy Rainbow was 10 when his family relocated to South Florida from Commack, N.Y. For those who are fond of identifying silver linings, the unfortunate move furnished young Randy with a keen sense of purpose: getting back to New York as soon as possible. “All the movies and TV shows I love…

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Chanel Haute Couture Is Inspired by Karl, Not Coco

While the opulence of building a enchanted forest inside the Grand Palais or constructing a monumental, thirty-foot sculpture of a jacket feels like a distant memory, the world of couture lives on. Digitally, at least. As the fashion industry continues to grapple with physical shows during the time of COVID-19, the big fashion houses move…

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A Shot to Protect Against H.I.V.

A single shot every two months prevents H.I.V. better than the most commonly used daily pill, Truvada, researchers reported on Tuesday. At the moment, Truvada and Descovy, made by Gilead Sciences, are the only drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration for prevention of H.I.V. infection, a strategy called PrEP. Gilead has heavily been…

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I’m a U.S. Citizen, Where in the World Can I Go?

Even as many countries remain off-limits to American visitors because of the high rate of coronavirus within the United States, about two dozen others have started to welcome, and in some cases woo, U.S. citizens to come spend their tourist dollars. Still, would-be vacationers generally face a host of conditions and a lot of traveler…

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What Does Simp Mean?

The word “simp” isn’t new. In fact, it’s pretty old. But it has been dragged into fresh popularity. In the same way that older songs can find new audiences on TikTok, older slang emerges on the app to be championed by a broader, younger audience. Too Short, the bawdy West Coast rapper who used the…

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The Greatest Wedding Reception Dance Songs

It may be a while before dance floors are packed again. But music remains a priority for couples, even when hosting intimate socially distanced weddings and celebrations in person or via video conferencing apps and platforms. Hiring a D.J. for your reception — even a virtual one — offers several advantages. A great D.J. will…

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Ben Folds Puts His Live-Work Sanctuary in Hudson on the Market

Ben Folds writes songs that twirl humor and misery together like flavors in a soft-serve cone. He never seems to take the easy way. He named his 1990s alternative rock band Ben Folds Five, though it had just three members, a stroke of perversity questioned by every music journalist who interviewed him along the road…

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A Black-Owned Distillery in Minneapolis Pushes Forward

When Chris and Shanelle Montana founded Du Nord Craft Spirits in 2013, they chose the Longfellow neighborhood in southern Minneapolis, “in part because it was a little quieter,” Mr. Montana said. It didn’t work out that way. Over the past four months, Du Nord has been buffeted and transformed by each new trauma to shake…

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