Vogue Forces of Fashion: Editor Picks from the Designers Speaking at This Year’s Event

Vogue’s Forces of Fashion digital conference is just 9 days away, and the stacked line up of speakers comprises top models, actors, activists, industry leaders, some of our very own editors, and of course, designers behind powerhouse brands. And while we’re excited to hear insights from Daniel Lee of Bottega Veneta, Jonathan Anderson of JW Anderson and Loewe, Christopher John Rogers, and Victoria Beckham (just to name a few speakers), their fall/winter collections are not to be missed, either. Vogue editors are eyeing the latest wares from these illustrious designers, including ’70s-inspired bright knit turtlenecks perfect for layering, practical winter boots to wear until spring hits, embellished ballet flats for a little seasonal cheer, and even a pair of slippers to cozy up for the holidays. Here are the most wanted pieces Vogue editors are coveting and buying now before the digital conversations begin.

Virgil Abloh, Daniel Lee, Sarah Burton, and Jonathan Anderson are speakers at Vogue’s 2020 Forces of Fashion conference, taking place November 16 and 17. Learn more and buy tickets here.

Virginia Smith, Fashion Director

I’m reliving my high school uniform with these Victoria Beckham corduroy flares and this skinny turtleneck in a retro ’70s color palette. 

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Victoria Beckham alpaca-blend turtleneck sweater

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Victoria Beckham high-rise straight corduroy pants

Steff Yotka, Fashion News Editor

I’ve been thinking about this JW Anderson blazer since it walked the runway. The slightly exaggerated hips and ribbons make it more romantic than regular suiting, just the sort of pick-me-up I appreciate in these WFH days.

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JW Anderson strap-detail tailored blazer

Alexandra Gurvitch, Editor

With increasingly fewer places to go, and as the weather gets cooler I’ve started to turn away from shoes with heels. I’ve been thinking about these Bottega boots for a while, and it’s about time I invest in them for my flat-shoe winter ahead. 

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Bottega Veneta BV lug boots

Willow Lindley, Accessories Director

I’m a forever ballet flat fan so this Loewe embellished pair is an upgraded basic for me—and by far my favorite of the season!

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Loewe faux-pearl-embellished leather ballet flats

Alexandra Michler, Director, Fashion Initiatives

I am a big fan of Christopher John Rogers. I was so inspired by him throughout the Fashion Fund process, and I cannot wait to hear him speak during this year’s Forces of Fashion. Plus, Christopher just launched e-commerce, which makes it easier than ever to shop his new collection. I will be wearing one of his dresses to a party in the future, or perhaps just for dinner at home with my family.

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Christopher John Rogers “You’re Welcome” T-shirt



Rachel Besser, Market Editor

I’ve been on the hunt for a new pair of Chelsea boots this fall. Though they’re typically a streamlined silhouette, the latest runway versions are a bit stompier, and equipped with lug soles. I love the exaggerated-yet-polished sole on this McQueen pair.

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Alexander McQueen glossed-leather exaggerated-sole Chelsea boots

Julie Tong, Commerce Editor

While I get a head start on holiday shopping this year,

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South Carolina joins three others in South Dakota women’s basketball tournament

The South Carolina women’s basketball team, ranked No. 1 in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25, will play in the 2020 Women’s Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Nov. 28-30.

The four-team round-robin event will also include Oklahoma, South Dakota and Gonzaga, which was ranked No. 24. The four programs in the event have a combined 41 NCAA Tournament appearances along with 24 Sweet 16s, five Final Fours and one national championship.

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The Gamecocks went 32-1 last season and would have been a No. 1 seed and the favorite to win the national championship before the coronavirus pandemic canceled the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. No. 13 Gonzaga (28-3) and No. 17 South Dakota (30-2) also finished in the AP’s final Top 25 a year ago.

“We’re excited to be involved in the Women’s Crossover Classic this season and travel to Sioux Falls, which I know is a great city for basketball,” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said. “Everyone we’ve worked with on this event has been wonderful, and I know it will be among the best run tournaments in the country. After working through a preseason that has looked really different than previous years, these three games will be great to determine where we are as a team early in the season.”

All members of each team’s traveling party will be tested regularly for COVID-19 once they arrive in Sioux Falls. All traveling members will remain in a controlled environment during their entire stay.

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver marries in grandmother’s Dior wedding dress

This bride’s “something borrowed” was extra sweet.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver got married in her namesake grandmother’s vintage Dior wedding dress in a small Miami wedding.

Shriver recently tied the knot with Michael Serafin Garcia, saying “I do” in the 67-year-old gown her grandmother wore to wed Sargent Shriver in 1953, Vogue reports. The coronavirus pandemic forced the couple to scale back their 200-person guest list, (which surely would have included loved ones like the bride’s first cousin Katherine Schwarzenegger and aunt Maria Shriver), marrying instead before their immediate family of 32.


“We were hoping things would have eased by October, but we came to the realization that [with] the way things were, it didn’t feel right to ask guests to travel to Florida or do a larger event, especially if it wasn’t going to be the way we envisioned,” the bride explained.

As for the special dress, Shriver said it was all the more sentimental that it aged with time.

“The dress has aged into a French vanilla ivory, and there are a few holes in it, but I didn’t care,” she said.


Robert Sargent Shriver Jr. of Chicago and Eunice Mary Kennedy on their wedding day at St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1953.

Robert Sargent Shriver Jr. of Chicago and Eunice Mary Kennedy on their wedding day at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1953.
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In a twist of serendipity, “the bride and her grandmother happened to be the same height and have the same size waist, so the dress fit perfectly,” according to Vogue. With a little help from bridal boutique Ever After Miami, the Dior gown was restored and made modern with a new bodice and ivory veil.


In another sign from the skies, it reportedly rained almost every day the week before the wedding. But on the big day, the sun came out – making it easy for Shriver to ride in style to St. Patrick’s Church in her “something blue” — a baby blue 1965 Lincoln Continental convertible that her grandfather had given her grandmother.

“I think my grandmother wanted to make sure I got to ride in her convertible,” Shriver said.

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The gender gap was expected to be historic. Instead, women voted much as they always have.

In the weeks leading up to Election Day, women were expected to overwhelmingly reject President Trump.

a group of people holding a sign: Demonstrators rally during the Women's March on Oct. 17 at Freedom Plaza in Washington. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

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Demonstrators rally during the Women’s March on Oct. 17 at Freedom Plaza in Washington. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

Polling suggested that 2020 would bring the largest gender gap of any presidential election since women were granted the right to vote. A national Washington Post-ABC News poll showed former vice president Joe Biden leading Trump by 23 points among female likely voters. Some expected his lead among women to be larger than Hillary Clinton’s in 2016.

But according to preliminary exit polling data from 2020, that doesn’t seem to have happened. Instead, Biden’s lead among women appeared to fall in line with 2016, when Clinton won women by 13 points, and 2012, when President Barack Obama won women by 11 points.

Some early exit polling even suggests a slightly smaller gender gap than 2016, driven by men shifting toward Biden: The male vote split roughly equally between Biden and Trump, according to preliminary results from national and state exit polls conducted by Edison Research, down from an 11-point lead that Trump had among the group in 2016.

While the exact divide between men and women remains unclear, political scientists say the gender gap in support of the Democratic candidate stayed within the same range as it has since 1980. And one pattern continues to be clear, year after year: Party is usually a stronger force in presidential politics than gender.

In 2016 and 2020, polls and pundits suggested that women would serve as key swing voters because “they’re going to respond more powerfully to campaign dynamics than men,” said Erin Cassese, an associate professor of political science at the University of Delaware whose research focuses on the behavior of women as voters.

“That’s not a thing that happens,” Cassese said. “It’s really about partisan identity.”

The gender gap began emerging as a major force in presidential elections in 1980, when Ronald Reagan won with support from 47 percent of women. A slim majority of women have backed the Democratic candidate in every election since 1996, and the size of the gender gap has hovered within a narrow range: On average, women have been eight percentage points more likely than men to support the Democratic candidate in elections since 1980, according to the Pew Research Center.

Election reveals deeper divides between red and blue America

Kathleen Dolan, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, was struck less by the voting patterns among women and more by the split vote among men.

“In political science, we understand that the gender gap usually ebbs and flows based on men’s behavior, not women’s,” Dolan said. “Women are more static.”

When it comes to voting, race and education tend to matter more than gender, Christina Wolbrecht, a political science professor at the University of Notre Dame, pointed out. “Women vote more similarly to the men in their own racial group than they

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Jamie Bell scrapped our wedding dance because it wasn’t good enough!

Jamie Bell, Kate Mara posing for a photo: Jamie Bell and Kate Mara

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Jamie Bell and Kate Mara

Kate Mara says her husband Jamie Bell scrapped their wedding dance the week before their big day because it wasn’t “good enough”.

The 37-year-old actress has branded her actor husband – who starred in ‘Billy Elliot’ as a child – as a perfectionist, as she claims he was so intent on their first dance at their wedding being choreographed to a tee, that he cancelled the routine at the last minute when he realised they weren’t as good as he wanted.

During an appearance on ‘The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon’, Kate said: “He dances every day. But now that there’s kids, he dances like a dad. I’ll be doing my lesson and he’ll dance by the screen in the background. You would never know he was Billy Elliot. If he was gonna do something it would have to be months of preparation.”

Speaking about their wedding, she then added: “For our wedding, for example, the most romantic thing he’s ever done for me so far, was for our wedding dance. I wanted to learn a swing dance with him because I love swing dancing. It took a lot of convincing because he hates dance lessons.

“We spent about four weeks doing this swing dancing lesson and learning this whole dance and then literally the week before the wedding he was pacing around the room and I said, ‘What’s the matter,’ and he was like, ‘The choreography is just not good enough. We’ve got to scrap the dance.’ We didn’t do it for the wedding. We ended up slow dancing to our favourite Mexican song.”

The former ‘Fantastic Four’ co-stars – who have a daughter together who was born in May 2019 – began dating in 2015 and tied the knot in 2017 during a ceremony that took place “right across the street” from their house.

Jamie explained in 2018: “We actually got married right across the street from our house. I literally woke up in my own bed and walked across the street, and we had our ceremony.

“When we couldn’t find anything we just asked the woman who owns the house across the street, ‘Do you mind if we do it there?’ And she was like, ‘Yes, that’s amazing.’ So we walked across the street and then when it was done, we spent the night on that property and we crossed the street and came home.

“Every day we come out of the house, we see the house we were married in, which is beautiful.”

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18 Best Minecraft Gifts 2020: Lego, Games, And More Gift Ideas For Fans

With how much this year may have brought some people down, the holidays are a great time to cheer your loved ones up with the wholesome things they love, and there are few things as purely fun and inviting as Minecraft. The block-building survival game first took the world by storm over 10 years ago and has yet to let go.

Because of Minecraft’s massive popularity, many companies have licensed the series to make loads of great toys, games, and other products over the years. In fact, the sheer quantity of Minecraft items out there can make shopping for fans of the game a real task, but fortunately, we’ve scoured the internet for you and found the best Minecraft gifts for Christmas 2020. Keep in mind the prices shown below reflect an item’s list price–with holiday sales in full swing, you could find a discount when you click through.

If you’re looking for more great gift ideas, take a look at our 2020 holiday gift guide, which includes the best Nintendo gifts, PlayStation gifts, and Xbox gifts as well as Fortnite gifts, Animal Crossing gifts, gaming Christmas ornaments, and much more. There are also a number of non-gaming guides, such as the best Lego sets, Funko Pop gifts, and Baby Yoda gifts.

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Christmas shopping done with weeks to spare

Rochelle with her presents
Rochelle MacKenzie-McQueen has done her Christmas shopping with weeks to spare

When the November lockdown was announced a “mini-rush” of shoppers headed for the High Street, determined to squeeze in a bit of the normal festive experience before the shutters came down and the closed signs went up.

But for Rochelle MacKenzie-McQueen there was no need to scramble into action.

She started weeks ago and now has her Christmas gifts in the bag, for around 10 friends and family members.

“Normally I would have waited until early December,” she says. “But because of Covid I thought, I’ll just get them now.”

The 29-year-old has a medical condition that means she has to be particularly careful to avoid the virus, so she shopped online. But she could see another lockdown was looming and knew others would be doing the same.

“I thought better to get it done early, because as soon as Black Friday hits everyone is going to be trying to order,” she says.

Now she’s relieved the pressure is off.

Christmas shoppers before lockdown on Oxford Street
Shoppers on London’s Oxford Street before the second lockdown came in

Even in a normal year there is a divide between those of us feeling a bit smug that by Guy Fawkes Night we’ve done everything, down to the labels and ribbons, and those of us planning an adrenaline-fuelled dash around the stores on Christmas Eve.

But in 2020 it is harder to work out how to tackle it. The face masks, hand sanitiser and queues have made the shopping experience an uncomfortable balance of risk and reward. We don’t even know exactly where we’ll be able to shop and when, whether deliveries will come on time. It is even less clear whether there will be bargains to be found or if some things will be hard to get.

Recent surveys for American Express and John Lewis suggested that, as a result, more of us planned to get ready for Christmas early this year. The department store found that less than 2% of us were going to leave it until the last minute, while 60% of us hoped to have all the presents, prosecco, pyjamas and panettone sorted by the end of November.

Laura Pemblington has not only bought all of her Christmas presents – for her parents, her husband, her two young boys and a few other friends and family – but she has wrapped and carefully stashed them out of sight.

“I just sat here one night and said, ‘I need to cheer myself up.’ I made myself a hot chocolate, put on Elf – that’s my favourite Christmas film – and wrapped.”

That was about three weeks ago now. As for shopping, she started that during the first lockdown in the spring.

“There were some good deals,” she says. “Because I was sat at home I thought, ‘I’ll buy that.’ Before I knew it, I was done. I was shocked myself.”

She thinks she saved money too as long as she can be disciplined

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Olivia Culpo and her sisters shared their favorite finds from quaratine

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Accomplished, smart, and gorgeous, Olivia Culpo is a walking embodiment of the American Dream. Raised in the sleepy city of Cranston, RI, she went on to become Miss Rhode Island, then Miss USA, and then Miss Universe, all in 2012. Earlier this year she reached another pop-culture summit when she graced the cover of Sports Illustrated. And oh yeah: She’s also a Philharmonic-grade cellist and the founder of her own cocktail-in-a-can beverage line, Vide.

Recently, Olivia enlisted her sisters Aurora and Sophia to help plant the Culpo flag in the apparel world. Their latest collab with Macy’s in-house brand INC is called, fittingly, CULPOS X INC.

The girls have spent a big chunk of this year getting CULPOS X INC up and running. But they still found time for lots of home-and-hearth family fun. Read on to see what the Culpo sisters were obsessed with during quality quarantine time. 

Edible place cards anyone? (Photo: Celebrations In The Kitchen)
Edible place cards anyone? (Photo: Celebrations In The Kitchen)

Turkey Day is just around the corner, and since home is where the heart—and work and school and everything else—is this year, we’re looking for ways to make things a little more interesting. Enter cookie-place cards, from the company Celebrations in the Kitchen. They’re homemade, with a little help.

“Celebration in the Kitchen has a lot of really great kits that you can buy,” says Olivia, who has developed a love for baking and decorating cookies. This kit comes with pre-made cookies, and everything you need customize them for loved ones, including 6 colors of icing, sprinkles, and doodads. A really special way to personalize the table this year. But good luck getting your family to save their place cards for dessert.

Shop it: Special Thanksgiving Cookie Place Card, $50, celebrationinthekitchen.com

Oh, Ina, you always have the best ideas.
Oh, Ina, you always have the best ideas.

Sophia also fell in love with baking during quarantine, and who better to guide her through than the inimitable Barefoot Contessa, aka Ina Garten. “Olivia and I were are actually stuck at home with her boyfriend’s mom who has every, Ina Garten cookbook, every single one. And I kind of fell in love with all her recipes,” Sophia says. How perfect, then, that The Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? is just off the presses. With the Contessa’s help, even newbie bakers can craft quick desserts as easy as they are gorgeous. (And while you’re at it, why not get a head start on Christmas, with a couple of extra gift copies?)

Shop it: Barefoot Contessa, How Easy Is That?: Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips, $23, amazon.com

From one of Boston's best bakeshops.
From one of Boston’s best bakeshops.

It may be a discovery for most of us, but in Boston, Joanna Chang’s Flour Bakery is an institution. Olivia and Sophia went to college in Boston, and Sophia says she

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Florida League reverses course, comes out against Amendment 3

There were six constitutional amendments on Florida’s Nov. 3 ballot.

There were six constitutional amendments on Florida’s Nov. 3 ballot.

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Amendment 3 for open primaries in Florida lost, despite receiving 57 percent of the vote (and more votes than either President Trump or Joe Biden). The initiative fell shy of the 60 percent threshold required to change the Florida Constitution.

Amendment 3 “open primaries” has strong opposition. It would have allowed any registered voter, regardless of their political affiliation, to vote in primary for governor, state legislators and members of the cabinet.

On the day Florida’s secretary of State, certified petitions to get the amendment on the ballot, advocates were sued by both the Florida Democratic and Republican parties. This was expected. Open primaries are a threat to both parties because they put more power in the hands of voters. We knew passing Amendment 3 would not be easy because both parties would be against us.

What we didn’t expect, however, was that the League of Women Voters would oppose us, too.

Yes, Florida’s premier voting-rights organization stood against the enfranchisement of 3.7 million independent voters in the state — including 1.2 million voters of color.

I was a member of the Florida League of Women Voters for many years, serving as vice president of the Upper Keys Chapter. I resigned last month because of the League’s opposition to Amendment 3.

What perhaps was most offensive about the League’s decision was how it was made. It allowed partisan Democratic Party consultants to make a mockery of the organization’s processes. “Vote No on 3” was the result of partisan pressure, pure and simple, not fact-finding and research.

Members of the Florida League devoted five years to investigating the issue of Florida’s primary elections. In 2015, it commissioned a rigorous two-year study that resulted in an enthusiastic recommendation that Florida move to an open primary system. As a result, League members helped gather signatures to place Amendment 3 on the ballot.

This summer, the executive committee decided to throw years of research and exploration out the window and changed its position based on one week of closed-door discussions. There was no substantive chapter or membership input and no transparency on who, if anyone, was consulted. The League reversed itself after being presented with a report from Sean Shaw, a paid political operative and past Democratic Party candidate for Florida attorney general, who alleged that open primaries would hurt candidates of color. Shaw’s report was superficial and erroneous, but was accepted without scrutiny. There remains to this day no independent vetting of his allegations. In fact, the Florida Supreme Court, when presented with these findings in a last-minute attempt by the parties to keep open primaries off the ballot, found no credible reason to entertain them.

Courts, of course, must look at the actual evidence. The League has shown it’s clearly not bound by such standards. In coming to this rushed decision, the League ignored the findings of its own two-year study of primary systems. Open primaries do not

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Chantel Is Skeptical About Brother’s Relationship Ahead of Abroad Wedding

The Family Chantel: Pedro and Chantel Pack for Her Brother’s Philippines Wedding

The Family Chantel: Pedro and Chantel Pack for Her Brother’s Philippines Wedding

Chantel Everett is feeling uncertain about her brother’s wedding in the Philippines on the upcoming episode of The Family Chantel.

In PEOPLE’s exclusive sneak peek at Monday’s episode, provided by TLC, Chantel and her husband, Pedro Jimeno , share their thoughts on Royal and Angenette’s international nuptials while airing their concerns about the couple’s relationship.

“I am very happy [about] going to the Philippines,” Pedro says. “I feel like I want to explore one more city, you know, one more nation.”

Prior to being introduced this season, Chantel’s brother Royal brought Angenette over from the Philippines on a K-1 Visa and they got married in court with no family or friends in attendance. Though they are planning to have a second wedding in Angenette’s home country, Chantel and her family are still hoping to get to know her better before the big day.

Chantel, for one, is feeling skeptical as Angenette was embraced a lot faster by her family than Pedro was, despite both of them having come to the United States on a K-1 visa. Furthermore, Angenette told cameras that she had a miscarriage a while ago, and Royal doubted that it was his baby.

While Pedro is excited to experience a new culture, he thinks some things need to be cleared up between the pair before their second wedding.

“If Royal feels like it [wasn’t] his baby, why feel like this, you know? It’s like, who [is saying] the truth here?” Pedro wonders. “I think they need to clear the air before they get married again the second time.”

TLC Pedro Jimeno and Chantel Everett

RELATED: Chantel Gets Into Explosive Fight with Sister Winter in Family Chantel Sneak Peek

When Pedro asks Chantel if she’s “excited” for the wedding, she’s uncertain.

“I don’t know,” she admits as they pack their suitcases. “We don’t know anything about Angenette’s family, we don’t know anything about the Philippines, really, at all.”

She goes on to explain an incident with Angenette that gave her pause. “When we went dress shopping, I asked her about how she met Royal and if she messaged any other guys, before she met Royal, that were in America,” she recalls. “And it seemed like she was about to cry.”

“Royal was the only fish that she can catch,” Pedro jokes as Chantel laughs. “The only big fish, you know, that she can catch.”

Referencing their own journey, Chantel says, “I guess I was the only fish you could catch as well.”

He sweetly replies, “Yeah, the best one.”

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Pedro moved from the Dominican Republic to Atlanta on a K-1 visa after he and Chantel secretly got engaged following a brief romance. Fans first met the couple on the

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