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How The Gilded Age’s Denée Benton Made Sure Peggy Scott’s Story Was Told Right

That’s so cool. She’s an icon, no doubt.

Christine [Baranski], Cynthia [Nixon], Carrie [Coon], Kelli [O’Hara]—they were all so generous with their wisdom and knowledge. And they’re also fun and goofy. They really made this show come down from our ears. And Jeanne Tripplehorn. Everyone. They were so generous in their spirits.

I can’t help but think how ironic it is that Christine Baranski and Audra McDonald star together in The Good Fight, and then Christine and Meryl Streep played best friends in Mamma Mia!, and now Meryl’s daughter, Louisa Jacobson, plays Christine’s niece in The Gilded Age. 

Definitely does feel like kismet a little. Christine and Cynthia [Nixon] apparently worked together when Cynthia was in college and Christine was pregnant with her first child. It’s really special in that way. Christine is the most benevolent matriarch of the set, and I got to hear her humming sometimes between setups. It’s all so priceless that I feel like I’m sure I’ll tell my grandkids about it.

What’s one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned as an actor?

There’s a maturity now where I’m like, “I want to be well in the midst of all of the success, and I’m not really willing to compromise my wellbeing.” Speaking to being well, I found out that I got the role of Peggy around the time I had to take a week off from Hamilton. I was really sick, and I’m such a recovering perfectionist. And then I got the call that I got this role. It felt like a [sign] from the universe that you can take care of yourself and blessings will still come to you. It’s not about working yourself into the ground. I think Oprah calls them God winks, like, “Yeah, you’re on the right track. Stay in this type of mindset because you’re not going to lose any opportunities by not treating yourself like a work horse.”

Was there either a TV show or a movie that you were obsessed with growing up, or one that had a big impact on you?

Brandy and Whitney in Cinderella. [Laughs] You can see how I got the whole, “I want to play aristocratic women. If Whitney did it, I can do it.”

Is there a TV show or movie that you’ve seen recently that inspires you?  

I really loved I May Destroy You. I really loved The Forty-Year-Old Version, and I really loved this documentary I just watched on HBO called Eyes On The Prize: Hallowed Ground, which is a look at what a Black liberation movement looks like now in the 21st century. It is so inspiring. So many of my activist superheroes were profiled in it, and I loved it.

That is great to know. Meanwhile, when you’re on set, do you have any superstitions that you can’t let go of when you’re filming?

The 37 Best Lingerie Brands to Shop in 2022

Lingerie is a key wardrobe essential—after all, it’s the first thing you put on and the last thing you take off every day—and the best lingerie brands are designing underwear that anyone can appreciate. Think simple yet sexy styles that support and come in a wide range of sizes. 

A handful of direct-to-consumer brands, like Cuup and ThirdLove, are leading by example in the realm of form-meets-function. Both are using technology—and real women’s measurements—to reengineer lingerie that’s more size-inclusive and representative of women’s bodies. Others, like Dora Larsen, Parade, and Savage x Fenty, home in on the experience of wearing lingerie with materials and cuts that are slinky but also exceedingly comfortable.

On this list you’ll find the best places to buy lingerie across all sizes, budgets, and occasions. (Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, though, if you needed a reason to shop!) Whether you’re looking for cute everyday separates or want to go all out for an at-home date night, we rounded up 37 of the best lingerie brands to shop right now.

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Feminine and comfortable, Eberjey is known for its pretty bralettes and lace undies that you can easily wear under a number of outfits. 

Just because it’s sheer doesn’t mean it lacks support. Cuup’s innovative mesh bras are made of a single airy layer that fits you in all the right places. And who doesn’t love leopard print? Meow.

If anyone is going to do shapewear right, it’s going to be Kim Kardashian West. Her Skims collection of ribbed bras, cropped tanks, and boxer shorts work under all kinds of strappy, backless tops and dresses, and the stretchy cotton fabric is comfortable enough to wear hours on end. (We know because we’ve tried.)

Known for its seamless lace and breathable mesh styles, Cosabella (which translates to “beautiful thing” in Italian) makes lingerie that works under the trickiest of outfits

If you’re looking for soft cup lace bralettes, cheeky boy shorts, or comfy thongs (yes, those exist) you can wear everday, consider your search over. There’s something so unique about the fabrics Hanky Panky uses that one Glamour writer dubbed the brand her “one true lingerie love.” 

Hanky Panky Signature Set of four low-rise lace thongs

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You may be familiar with Journelle for its expert curation of designer lingerie, but the multibrand boutique also designs gorgeous bras, thongs, and sleepwear under the Journelle Collection label. Most of the styles are for everyday wear (plunge bras, balconette bras, demi bras, and briefs), but there are a few cheeky surprises if you want something more enticing. 

Gone are the days of boring, muted lingerie. Dora Larsen creates vibrant satin and lace sets, like this number, that can spark an instant mood boost.

If there’s no distinction in your top drawer between “everyday” and “occasion” lingerie, then you’ll love Araks’s dreamy, barely there undergarments. Think wire-free styles, pastel colors, elevated granny panties (definitely a thing), and lots of satin and mesh inserts. 

It’s easy to feel complete when your bra and underwear match, but Love Stories makes perfectly mismatched lingerie with printed silk and lace sets that are just as fun to buy as they are to wear.

Check out On Gossamer if you want to fill your underwear drawer with essentials that feel like nothing on. The brand is carried at major retailers like Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, so you’ll probably recognize its lace-trimmed bras and mesh briefs. 

On Gossame Cabana Cotton 3-Pack Thongs

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Using the measurements of millions of women, Thirdlove has more than 80 bra sizes you can choose from, including half-cup sizes (from A to I). The 24/7 Classic T-Shirt bra started it all—and set a new standard for fit and comfort. It has thin memory foam cups that mold to your shape, and soft, pleated shoulder straps that won’t dig grooves into your shoulders. 

Sweet, but make it Savage. Rihanna’s lingerie line of embellished separates, onesies, and cheeky Brazilian cuts look best with clothes off and the lights on. 

If you’re not ready to venture out into over-the-top territory, True & Co. has a ton of supportive, size-inclusive basics you can stock up on, including V-neck, triangle, and push-up bras.

Say hi to the bra that’s going to ruin all other bras for you. The Natori Feathers Bra has a cult following (even Lady Gaga is a fan!), and at $68, the price point is just right for a workhorse piece—not to mention there are a ton of bra sizes (30A to 38DD) and classic or seasonal colors to choose from.

Frustrated by lousy bras and bad fits for larger busts? Wacoal is worth checking out then. Pictured is its Awareness Underwire Bra, which starts at 32D and goes up to 44H. 

Created with comfort in mind, Le Mystère’s bras are the kind you wear and completely forget about because they fit that well. The brand designs bras from size 32A to 44H, and covers most categories—smooth T-shirt bras, full-coverage foam cups, and actually cute maternity options. 

More sexy plus-size lingerie coming to you from Cacique by Lane Bryant. The brand runs regular promos on panties and bras, so keep an eye out for those bargain deals. 

Cacique Smooth Lightly Lined Balconette Bra With Lace Back

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Best Lingerie for Special Occasions

Agent Provocateur is where to shop when you want something that’s moody and romantic. Its hotter-than-hot intimates are perfect for when you want to make ~an entrance~.

Fleur du Mal makes boudoir styles in deceptively comfortable cuts and fabrics—like this satin and lace set. Boardroom energy meets bedroom fantasy.

Bluebella has become a mainstay in the lingerie department, and it’s not going anywhere. With flirty bodysuits, cutout bras, and cute sleepwear coming in at under $100, you won’t regret adding this brand to your rotation.

It’s no exaggeration to describe La Perla as the pinnacle of luxury lingerie. The Italian brand has been around for over 60 years, and counts celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Lady Gaga, and Charlize Theron as fans. The burgundy lingerie set, pictured, is just an example of its timeless, high-quality design. 

The perfect bustier top, thanks to For Love & Lemons. The brand makes fun, carefree silhouettes—garter sets, cut-out one-pieces, and corsets—in Lolita-esque fabrics and prints.

For a twist on your classic black lingerie, look to Else’s dreamy sets, which are handmade in an Istanbul atelier.

Insta-friendly label Only Hearts is a one-stop shop for—you guessed it—all things hearts. Shop its gorgeous babydolls, mesh bodysuits, and bikini briefs with signature heart prints, bows, and cutouts.

Best for Everyday Basics

The perfect amount of soft, cozy, and comfy from (no surprise here) Aerie. The all-American brand is known for its wear-with-anything bralettes and underwear. 

If your underwear doesn’t make you feel invincible, you’re probably not wearing the right pair. Enter Stripe & Stare. The brand uses MicroModal in all its products, which is a sustainably sourced material from beechwood trees. The fabric breathes with the skin and holds its shape better than cotton. 

Stripe & Stare x LoveShackFancy Sunset Harbour Knicker Box

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If you haven’t heard of the term “leisurée” before, just know that Lively’s team of badass women is behind it. The brand combines the feel of activewear with the function of lingerie to make affordable size-inclusive bras, bralettes, underwear, and swimwear. 

With Organic Basics, you can count on having basics that feel good to wear and even better to buy. The brand prioritizes sustainability, working only with trusted, certified factories, and sourcing fabrics like organic cotton and Tencel that aren’t just softer or more durable, but also kinder to Mother Earth.

Organic Basics Organic Cotton Super High-Rise Briefs 2-pack

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Whether you’re looking for full coverage bras, nursing and maternity styles, or cozy lounge sets, Soma is one corner of the internet worth spending some time in—you won’t leave disappointed.

Ade Hassan helped redefine the meaning of skin-toned lingerie in 2014, when she launched Nubian Skin—a collection of nude basics for women of color. Now the brand sells a range of lingerie, loungewear (for men and women), and hosiery options that actually match your skin tone.

With its impressive size range and juicy-fruity color palette, Parade has permanently rewritten the script on inclusivity in the lingerie world. Don’t miss its recycling program, where you can send in old panties to score a 20% discount on your next order.

What you see is what you get at Knickey: comfy, minimalist underwear that put sustainability and versatility first. The undies (think mid and high-waist briefs) are made from organic cotton, cost $13 a pop, and come in a handful of essential colors. The brand is also big on recycling, so you can send in any old, unwanted pairs for it to recycle.

If you’ve ever seen Chiara Ferragni post a photo of herself in lingerie on Instagram, odds are she’s wearing Intimissimi. The Italian influencer is a brand ambassador, and we get why: Intimissimi makes sexy yet affordable underwear and bodysuits that you don’t want to tear off the second you get home. 

The best underwear is the kind you never have to think about, and Richer Poorer’s range of muted, earth-toned boy shorts (a.k.a. Femme Boxer) delivers time and time again. (Its cutout bralettes are just as soft, FYI.)

Here’s another brand redefining nude lingerie and hosiery. Nude Barre is a Black-owned, female-founded label bringing you top drawer essentials in a range of shades to match your skin tone. Not sure what color to go with? Order a pack of swatches first to see what works best.

By using only the softest fabrics—pima cotton, organic cotton, cashmere—Skin’s undergarments are ideal for people with sensitive skin. In addition to intimates, the brand sells cozy loungewear sets to add to your WFH rotation

Skin Eria Reversible Cropped Stretch Organic Pima Cotton-Jersey Camisole

$60

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Eres’s designs are as understand and high-quality as you would expect from a storied French fashion brand: delicate lace and stretch tulle, minimal seams, and light-as-air fits. It’s the kind of lingerie you have to experience in person before you can truly appreciate the craftsmanship. 

Another TV Show Character Had a Peloton-Related Heart Attack

And Just Like That… apparently started a new trend: Pelotons causing heart attacks for fictional characters on our television screens. Because in the premiere of the new season of Billions, which just aired on Showtime, a character has a heart attack after a Peloton workout. Just like Mr. Big.

It feels like years ago, but it was only last month when the Sex and the City revival And Just Like That… killed off Big (Chris Noth), who had a heart attack after working out on a Peloton. After Big dies in Carrie’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) in the premiere episode on HBO Max the fitness company, famous for its stationary bikes, started trending online. 

The plotline soon spawned its own real-world story as Peloton responded to the suggestion that a workout on a Peloton bike could kill someone by saying its bikes promote cardio-vascular health and, thus, did not cause Big’s death. Peloton also claimed that while it was aware its product would be used on the show, it did not know of specific plot details. Following the episode, Peloton made an ad featuring Ryan Reynolds and Chris Noth, which it subsequently pulled after Noth was accused of sexual assault in a report published by The Hollywood Reporter. 

And then, during the season six premiere of Showtime’s Billions on Sunday, January 22, a main character on the show has a heart attack after riding a Peloton. Wags (David Costabile) begins to feel chest pain after a Peloton workout. Sound familiar? Yeah—but unlike Big, Wags survives. The character even references And Just Like That…, saying, “I’m not going out like Mr. Big.”

The line referencing Big was added to the Billions season premiere in post-production, according to executive producers who spoke to The New York Times. The episode, however, was written and filmed prior to the premiere of And Just Like That… in December 2021, so the parallel plotlines are purely coincidental. Billions simply took advantage of the And Just Like That… uproar and added in the topical joke. 

As for Peloton, the company made a statement on social media after the Billions episode aired. “We get TV shows want to include Peloton to get people talking, but to be clear, we did not agree for our brand or IP to be used on Billions or provide any equipment. As the show itself points out, cardio-vascular exercise helps people lead long, happy lives.” 

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What’s the next show to kill off a character—or nearly kill off a character—using a stationary bike? Only time will tell.

Idris Elba Has Been ‘Part of the Conversation’ to Be the Next James Bond

Fans have been asking for Idris Elba to play 007 for years—and now, according to a new interview, it seems more and more likely it could actually happen.

Last year’s No Time to Die marked the end of the Daniel Craig era of James Bond films, which started with 2006’s Casino Royale. Craig’s Bond marked a shift in the franchise: The character was blonde for the first time, and the films got darker as they started to explore more complex themes. Now, with the role available for the first time in 15 years, speculation abounds as to who could be the next James Bond.

For years, Bond fans have suggested that Idris Elba take on the role. If given the part, Idris Elba would make history as the first Black actor to lead a 007 film. Elba is a great choice—he first gained fame for his role as Stringer Bell on HBO’s The Wire and since has become People’s Sexiest Man Alive and an action movie star with roles in Hobbs & Shaw and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

And in a recent interview, Bond producer Barbara Broccoli said that Elba has been discussed as a potential candidate for Craig’s replacement. On Deadline’s Crew Call podcast, per Indiewire, Broccoli said, “We know Idris, I’m friends with him. He’s a magnificent actor. You know, [Elba has] been part of the conversation, but it’s always difficult to have a conversation when you have somebody in the seat.”

With that said, Broccoli added that there is no rush to cast the role just yet. “I think we have decided that until No Time to Die has had its run, and Daniel has been able to–well, we’ve all been able to savor, reap the benefits of Daniel’s wonderful tenure, we’re not going to think about, or talk about, anybody else, actors to play the role, or storylines, or anything really,” she said. “We just want to live in the moment.”

In the past, Idris Elba has suggested that he would take the role of James Bond if it was offered to him. “James Bond is a hugely coveted, iconic, beloved character, that takes audiences on this massive escapism journey,” he told Vanity Fair in 2019. “Of course, if someone said to me, ‘Do you want to play James Bond?,’ I’d be like, ‘Yeah!’ That’s fascinating to me. But it’s not something I’ve expressed, like, ‘Yeah, I wanna be the Black James Bond.’”

Elba is aware of the commitment that comes with the role. “Bond is one of the biggest franchises in the world, and for that reason, whoever ends up playing it, lives it,” Elba told VF. “You’re THAT character, and known as that character for many, many years. I’m creating characters now that can still live alongside Idris. Not ones that take over me and solely define me.”

The Gilded Age Is Like Downton Abbey—But Better

The Gilded Age seems destined to be a hit. After all, American viewers are huge fans of British period dramas—or so it appears. The Tudors, Downton Abbey, Bridgerton, and The Crown are just a few of the series to find runaway success focusing on a time that transports us to yesteryear. And HBO is now tapping into those sensibilities with the long-awaited The Gilded Age, which premieres on January 24. But unlike these other television dramas, this time the United States is front and center in the drama. 

From Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, The Gilded Age is a glimpse into New York City’s high society before the turn of the 20th Century. It is drama-filled, dark at times, and pretty damn good if I do say so myself. Unlike many of the other historical dramas focusing on the elite, this story doesn’t solely center on white nobility. Concurrent to the arc of rich people doing rich people things is the quintessential story of New York: People just trying to make it to the top.

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When we’re first introduced to main character Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson, daughter of Meryl Streep) she is reeling from a life-altering event. Penniless, she is packing up her life in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and headed to the big city to live with her late father’s sisters. Aunt Agnes (Christine Baranski) and Aunt Ada (Cynthia Nixon) are her appointed navigators through this new chapter, but it is an unexpected friendship with emerging Black writer Peggy Scott (Denée Benton) that sets the tone for much of the series. This relationship underscores the class system that fuels their world. While The Gilded Age relies on fictional characters to explore life in this post-Civil War piece, it highlights the reality of old money clashing with the nouveau riche and Black America’s standing in a very segregated world. 

One of the main criticisms of Fellowes’ previous PBS drama was its lack of representation. He was careful not to repeat the same mistake, and it’s to the benefit of the show. In the 80-minute series premiere, we see that fitting into America’s high society is not simply about race and wealth. Across the street from old money is desperate-to-fit-in new money and across the water—in Brooklyn—is an enclave of well-to-do Black Americans who own their own homes, have established businesses, and have no desire to live a second-class existence over in Manhattan.

Cynthia Nixon and Christine Baranski star in The Gilded Age as the wealthy aunts of Marian Brook (Louisa Jacobson).

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The amount of scheming, backstabbing, plotting, and gossiping that goes down on East 61st Street and 5th Avenue is plentiful, as are the characters. Newcomers on the block George and Bertha Russell (Morgan Spector and Carrie Coon) can be credited for much of it. But even with its various subplots, I never felt overwhelmed. The Gilded Age is well-casted and well-written. Baranski brilliantly delivers the one-liners, Nixon brings the empathetic spirit, and Jacobson and Benton bring the charm that comes with finding one’s way in life and love.

While I may never forgive HBO for canceling How to Make it in America after just two seasons, they’ve earned points for bringing this other, authentic New York City story to life. [In my best Gilded Age voice] I am of the opinion that the network has another hit on their hands, and I quite like it.

Tanya Christian is a writer and editor based in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @tanyaachristian. 

Kanye West and Julia Fox Wore Matching Leather Outfits at Paris Fashion Week

Kanye West may still be navigating his split from Kim Kardashian, but he’s starting 2022 caught up in a new whirlwind romance. West and actor Julia Fox have started dating, and she recounted their first week together in a January 6 blog for Interview magazine. 

“Everything with us has been so organic,” Fox wrote of the budding romance. “I don’t know where things are headed but if this is any indication of the future I’m loving the ride.” 

Here’s the story so far. 

December 2021

December 31: The 31-year-old Uncut Gems actor meets the 44-year-old rapper on New Year’s Eve at a surprise Miami performance. Fox described West’s energy as “fun to be around” and wrote that he kept her and her friends “laughing, dancing, and smiling all night.”

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January 6: Having kicked things off so well on New Year’s Eve, Fox and West decide to keep things going with a second date in New York City. The two go to see Slave Play together on Broadway, and they dine at Italian American restaurant Carbone afterward.

While at Carbone, West directed a photoshoot for Fox, with people at the restaurant as an audience for the couple. For the romantic and intimate shoot, Fox wore Miaou thong pants and a Balenciaga turtleneck and coat. The photos show off the physical chemistry between the two, and judging by West’s smile in the pictures, he’s pretty happy with how things are going.

And just to cap this off as the world’s most extravagant second date: West surprised Fox with a hotel suite full of clothes.

“It was every girl’s dream come true,” Fox wrote of the surprise in Interview. “It felt like a real Cinderella moment. I don’t know how he did it, or how he got all of it there in time. But I was so surprised. Like, who does things like this on a second date? Or any date!”

Sources say that while ’Ye might still be pining for his ex, Kardashian is happy he’s moving on and glad Fox is his new girl. TMZ reports that Kardashian wants West to find a good person and is happy that Fox is a fan of her and her brand, having modeled for Skims and called herself “die-hard” for Keeping Up With the Kardashians. That admiration may make it easier for the three of them to get along. Makes sense to us!

January 13: Fox uses the latest episode of her podcast, Forbidden Fruits, which was titled “Behind the Scenes with Julia Fox,” to “address some of the controversies and set the record straight.”

“There’s no labels, none of that,” Fox said of her relationship with West, per People. “It’s just people that make each other feel better. It’s really, like, such a Gemini-Aquarius connection. It’s very inspirational. Our minds, we both work very fast; we keep up with each other, which is cool.”

Ilia’s Tinted Lip Balm Is a Game-Changer for Dry, Flaky Lips

No matter how many lip masks or hydrating treatments I slather on, winter weather always wreaks havoc on my lips. Ilia’s Balmy Tint Hydrating Lip Balm is the one exception to the rule. This tinted lip balm delivers both hydration and a pop of color to my dry, flaky lips. Wondering how? Let’s get into it. 

Ilia’s Balmy Tint Hydrating Lip Balm has been around for over a decade, but the brand decided last summer to phase out the old formula and introduce a new-and-improved version that’s more moisturizing and with a greater color payoff. I never got around to trying the OG lip balm, but I recently got my hands on Memoir (a neutral mauve that’s perfect for every day) and was set on testing it immediately. 

As a fan of other Ilia beauty products (shout out to the Super Serum Skin Tint), I was curious to see how this tinted lip balm would stack up against the products I’d already tried from the brand—and the current lineup of masks, ointments, and lipsticks clustered on my top shelf. Long story short: I was sold after a single swipe. 

Creamy and incredibly hydrating from the moment you apply, Ilia’s Balmy Tint combines all the benefits of a daily lip treatment with the juicy pigment of a lipstick—in one easy-to-apply balm stick. The new formula is packed with nourishing skincare ingredients like rosehip seed oil and shea butter, which is what are behind the smooth texture and creamy finish. 

Equally impressive are the eight shades, which range from a pretty rose to a yummy cherry red. The pigment gives a gorgeous wash of color that makes your lips look like yours but better, and I love how versatile and wearable they are for daytime. I like a few soft dabs of Memoir for a natural, just-bitten look, but all the shades are buildable so you can layer for more intensity depending on your mood or look. 


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The staying power isn’t as long-lasting as a regular lipstick or salve (the product wears off after two hours) but the buttery, moisturizing formula keeps me coming back for more. Reapplying is a breeze—I keep the balm next to my laptop for touch-ups on my phone camera in between Zoom meetings—and my lips always emerge softer and more hydrated. Even better, I don’t feel precious about eating or wearing a mask when I have the product on, which is not something I can say for lipstick or sticky gloss

With eight colors to choose from—and now a new clear lip balm formulated with hyaluronic acid and prickly pear oil—there’s a little something for everyone. The $28 price tag may sting at first for a balm, but trust, it’s about to become your new daily staple, especially since you can use this product year-round. Shop the full range here, or scroll down to add my go-to shade, Memoir, to cart. 

Rihanna Skipped Pants for a Date Night With A$AP Rocky

Rihanna has made it clear that cold weather does not determine what she wears. 

In late December she wore a purple mini skirt despite the chilly air. In early January, she wore a puffer vest as a top. And over the weekend—when temps in New York City were below freezing—the multi-hyphenate billionaire went out in Manhattan on January 22 with boyfriend A$AP Rocky in an oversized football jersey and no pants. And of course, she looked incredible.

For her latest date night with A$AP, Rihanna paired a Martine Rose football jersey, which she wore as a dress and falls about mid-thigh, with a bright red Balenciaga parka and black and blue Miu Miu gloves. The warmth on Rihanna’s arms and hands must have made up for the lack of winter weather wear on her legs and feet because for footwear she also defied the season with strappy heels with silver ankle straps. 

To complete the outfit, Rihanna wore a black baseball cap with the letter R on it and elevated the athletic look with large silver earrings. She wore a bold red lipstick, and her cheeks were contoured to perfection. Meanwhile, Rihanna’s BF A$AP Rocky covered up in a furry beige jacket, a beanie, dark pants, red gloves, and boots. 

Check out their full looks below:

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Ella Paradis Has So Many Top-Rated Sex Toys on Sale Right Now

Ella Paradis’ curation of sex toys has been top-notch since the online retailer launched in 2015, and luckily for you, an Ella Paradis sale just kicked off, with hundreds of best-selling vibrators, clit stimulators, remote-controlled toys, and more on deep discount for a certain day in February. 

Thanks to its ongoing sitewide Valentine’s Day sale—which we can confidently say is stacked—you can score up to 78% off (!!) on everything from sex toys and accessories to matching lingerie sets with the code LOVE at checkout. Notable brands in the mix include Lelo, Dame, Satisfyer, Womanizer, We-Vibe, and the Magic Wand, which may just be the ultimate crowd-pleaser

From finger vibrators to petite butt plugs, many of these sex toys are great for partnered play if you’re shopping for a steamy date night in, though we’d consider any of these as “treat yourself” gifts if you’re happily uncoupled. Ahead, a small selection of some of the best sex toys (all that we’ve written about before!) to shop from the Ella Paradis sale.

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Kanye West and Julia Fox Made Their Red Carpet Debut in Matching Denim-on-Denim Looks

Kanye West may still be navigating his split from Kim Kardashian, but he’s starting 2022 caught up in a new whirlwind romance. West and actor Julia Fox have started dating. She recounted their week together in a January 6 blog for Interview magazine. 

“Everything with us has been so organic,” Fox wrote of the budding romance. “I don’t know where things are headed but if this is any indication of the future I’m loving the ride.” Here’s the story so far. 

December 31, 2021: The 31-year-old Uncut Gems actor meets the 44-year-old rapper on New Year’s Eve at a surprise Miami performance. Fox described West’s energy as “fun to be around” and wrote that he kept her and her friends “laughing, dancing, and smiling all night.”

January 2022: Having kicked things off so well on New Year’s Eve, Fox and West decide to keep things going with a second date in New York City. The two go to see Slave Play together on Broadway, and they dine at Italian American restaurant Carbone afterward.

While at Carbone, West directed a photoshoot for Fox, with people at the restaurant as an audience for the couple. For the romantic and intimate shoot, Fox wore Miaou thong pants and a Balenciaga turtleneck and coat. The photos show off the physical chemistry between the two, and judging by West’s smile in the pictures, he’s pretty happy with how things are going.

And just to cap this off as the world’s most extravagant second date: West surprised Fox with a hotel suite full of clothes.

“It was every girl’s dream come true,” Fox wrote of the surprise in Interview. “It felt like a real Cinderella moment. I don’t know how he did it, or how he got all of it there in time. But I was so surprised. Like, who does things like this on a second date? Or any date!”

Sources say that while ’Ye might still be pining for his ex, Kardashian is happy he’s moving on and glad Fox is his new girl. TMZ reports that Kardashian wants West to find a good person and is happy that Fox is a fan of her and her brand, having modeled for Skims and called herself “die-hard” for Keeping Up With the Kardashians. That admiration may make it easier for the three of them to get along. Makes sense to us!

January 13, 2022: On the latest episode of Fox’s podcast, Forbidden Fruits, which was titled “Behind the Scenes with Julia Fox,” the host decided to “address some of the controversies and set the record straight.”

“There’s no labels, none of that,” Fox said of her relationship with West, per People. “It’s just people that make each other feel better. It’s really, like, such a Gemini/Aquarius connection. It’s very inspirational. Our minds, we both work very fast; we keep up with each other, which is cool.”