At Bridal Fashion Week, you can always expect a sea of long-sleeved, Kate Middleton-inspired gowns and bedazzled mermaid dresses. But every season, there are a handful of trends that manage to surprise us. And on the Fall 2019 runways, some of the most stunning gowns belied some truly unprecedented styles: KiraKira-level glitter (at Berta), Meghan Markle-inspired bateau necklines (at Amsale), and non-blush pastels (at Reem Acra.)
Whether it was a precise tailoring feat or a noticeably non-traditional color palette, the best trends coming out of the bridal market were fresh alternatives to the classic princess gowns you probably have on your Pinterest board. Ahead, we’ve identified the biggest—and most unexpected—wedding dress styles for Fall 2019 brides.
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Ruby Rose, who became the first openly gay superhero upon her casting announcement at Batwoman this summer, has finally suited up as the nocturnal crime fighter. And allow us to say: Wow. In the first image released Tuesday (October 9) by the CW, Rose—who will be portraying the role in various superhero shows, such as Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl—dons a red-hot wig, black catsuit, black cape, and the iconic black mask, which is a direct callback to the costume originally designed by Batwoman’s artist, Alex Ross. According to The Hollywood Reporter, we’ll have to wait until a December 9 CW crossover episode to see her character officially debut, so pin this photo to your walls in the meantime.
Rose has been vocal about how meaningful it’s been for her to be cast as Batwoman, especially as someone who’s identified as gay throughout the vast majority of her life, with limited role models to look up to. (Her character will also be an “out lesbian” on the CW, adding another layer of poignancy.) “I’ve always had this saying—well, not me, Oscar Wilde—which is ‘Be yourself because everyone else is taken.’ And the second motto when I came into the industry was ‘Be the person that you needed when you were younger.’ So one motto led me to the other, and I kept crying about it,” she recently explained about her role. “I feel like the reason I kept getting so emotional is that growing up, watching TV, I never saw someone on TV that I could identify with, let alone a superhero, you know?”
Sadly, her casting also had a toxic downside: The actor was forced to quit Twitter in August, owing to a never-ending stream of bullying on why she took the role. It’s safe to say, though, thousands of kids are looking at her photo right now, and thinking, One day, I’ll also be a superhero.
Barbra Streisand is one of the most famous voices in the world—and she’s never shied away from using that voice to share her political views. So it’s fitting that the election of Donald Trump is what inspired her to create Walls, her first album of primarily original songs since 2005. “He’s dividing the country,” she tells Glamour. “He’s pulling us apart.”
Walls, which will be released on November 2, also got Streisand back into the director’s chair for the music video of the first single off the album, “Don’t Lie to Me.” In addition to the new songs, Walls also includes Streisand’s 2018 re-imaginings of classics like “What the World Needs Now” and “Happy Days Are Here Again,” which once served as the unofficial theme song of the Democratic party. “I tried to make the songs universal,” she says. “They’re not just political rants.”
That’s not to say they aren’t deeply political. “I have to vent, I have to vent my despair,” she says of the album. “I do that by writing about it. A lot of my despair is about his effect on children and what children are watching and seeing and hearing. On TV, they’re hearing that it’s okay to lie? It’s okay to brag about sexual assault? It’s okay to never apologize and constantly retaliate?”
While the lyrics to “Don’t Lie to Me” could easily apply to any relationship, the video leaves no doubt about who Streisand is talking about. Images of the president are sprinkled throughout, along with American iconography like the Statue of Liberty and moving protest photography.
“[I think Trump] has a condition that I call the disowned self, which I learned many years ago in studying psychiatry,” Streisand says. “It’s when the person himself does not recognize his own flaws, so he projects them unconsciously onto others. Maybe in this case, it’s consciously. I don’t know.” But when asked whether she expects a response from Trump, Streisand is unconcerned. “No, I don’t care. What’s he going to do? Make the Republicans not buy my album? I don’t really care about the money.”
But the album isn’t all doom and gloom. “I think people will enjoy the songs on this album, and I think they will reflect what I’m talking about,” she says. To that end, Streisand has included her own spin on “Imagine” and “What a Wonderful World.”
And she’s still got time to root for Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s latest iteration of A Star Is Born. (Streisand famously starred in the 1976 version with Kris Kristofferson and won a Best Original Song Oscar for “Evergreen.”) She even thinks another version could come around in another 20 years.
“Well, I predicted it. It’s very good,” she says of the movie’s success, before turning the conversation back to Trump. “I’m for everybody to succeed, you know…even at the beginning, [I thought] maybe [Trump] could turn it around. It’s like certain Supreme Court justices, who started off as conservative and got more liberal. You always hope for the best. But he’s disappointed me greatly.”
Ever since the award-winning NBC drama This Is Us hit TV screens two years ago, audiences have remained unshakably captivated by the series. The reason? Aside from its tense storyline and an ability to give its audience a dependable, cathartic cry each week, the show brings with it a certain authenticity, thanks in large part to its characters—specifically its female characters—and the actresses that bring them to life. Led by Chrissy Metz, Mandy Moore and Susan Kelechi Watson, the show’s female cast has had a pop cultural influence that extends far beyond the small screen—which made the trio the perfect stars for our November cover.
Now in their third season of the hit series, Metz, Moore, and Watson have tackled a wide range of complex issues that deeply resonate with female viewers today. Metz’s character Kate Pearson, for instance, has grappled with fertility issues, undergoing IVF consultations and even experiencing a heartbreaking miscarriage in the show’s second season, while Moore’s Rebecca struggles with feelings of postpartum depression when she first brings her newborns home from the hospital. Susan Kelechi Watson’s performance as Beth Pearson in the show resonated so strongly with viewers that, when rumors of her character possibly being killed off began circulating, the Twitterverse nearly imploded. But, as Watson explains in her interview with Glamour, it’s the audience’s emotional attachment to her character that makes the story feel so important. “It’s always really cool as an actor to have a character that people want to see the best for,” she told Ramou Sarr. “To know that people are behind her, to know that people are rocking with her and get her.”
Rarely does a TV cast have such an impact, but these three women are definitively moving the needle forward when it comes to the stories being told on the small screen and the women who are able to tell them. “I couldn’t be more grateful to be on this journey with these two ladies,” Moore told Glamour of her two costars. “I stand in awe of their power as women and everything they bring to the table.”
Well, so do we.
Catch all three of our cover stars on This Is Us, Tuesdays on NBC.
When Susan Kelechi Watson sits down across from me at the restaurant inside the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills, she asks if the menu on the table is just for show or if we’re going to “keep it real and eat together.” I feel like I already know this woman. Of course we’re eating.
In the two seasons she has played Beth Pearson—the no-nonsense wife of our favorite adopted TV son, Randall Pearson (Sterling K. Brown)—Watson has transformed a solid supporting character into one so beloved that rumors of her impending death led fans to start Save Beth Pearson petitions. “It’s always really cool as an actor to have a character that people want to see the best for,” Watson says. “To know that people are behind her, to know that people are rocking with her and get her.”
It’s hard not to confuse a love for Beth with a love for the 36-year-old woman who plays her. Brown himself has fallen for Watson: “I tell my wife, ‘Ryan, I have to tell you that I love Susan. And it’s not a bad thing, and you don’t have to worry, but I need to let you know that I love this woman,’ ” he says. “She’s such a big giant heart of a human being. She’s so Brooklyn. She’s so New York—she’s got the accent and everything—but underneath that exterior, she’s just as warm a soul as you will ever come in contact with.”
The Brooklyn accent comes easy. Watson lived in the borough’s East New York neighborhood until her parents moved the family to Long Island. (She currently calls Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy home.) Growing up the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, she felt more pressure to be self-sufficient than she did to be successful. She wasn’t even sure she wanted to go to college until a friend told her she was applying to Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Watson, on a whim, decided to do the same.
She made it to Howard and, following a call from alumna Phylicia Rashad to Denzel Washington, received a scholarship to study Shakespeare abroad at the University of Oxford. It was her first time crossing the Atlantic. “The sky was different,” she says. “Something about the color of the night over there, which was different from the haze-colored nights of New York, had an influence on me.” Watson had caught the acting bug but initially kept her career plans from her parents, who were concerned about their daughter’s ability to support herself. “I just kind of got into it without telling them,” she says. She spent many years barely getting by, splitting cans of soup with her neighbor for dinner while steadily playing cops, nurses, and lawyers. In 2012 she landed the role of Janet, the candid ex-wife and coparent to Louis C.K.’s Louie. While Watson says that her own experience on Louie was “really great,” when asked if her perspective has changed following the comic’s admitted sexual misconduct, she explains it this way: “There’s light and dark in all things, you know? And my experience was the light. But I cannot take away from anyone’s experience of the dark.”
The call for This Is Us came soon after her two-season arc on Louie concluded. Watson was on the phone with her good friend Danai Gurira after “a really bad audition” for Gurira’s play Familiar. “Danai says to me, ‘You know what, girl? Maybe God just has a pilot for you or something.’ Then I get a beep on the other line—literally,” she remembers. Still, Watson wasn’t convinced the then untitled Dan Fogelman project about an ensemble of characters all born on the same day was her big break. She started looking at apartments in Montreal, where the cost of living was cheaper than New York. The plan was “pay my rent, go work as a barista, learn French,” she says. Spoiler alert: She never became a barista.
As an actor, Watson is aware that she is part of a wave of black leading ladies, many of whom have found mainstream success later in their careers. And she’s particular about how she uses that platform, choosing to lend her voice to Drama Club, a New York City nonprofit that provides mentorship to incarcerated and court-involved young people, and Epic Theatre Ensemble, a New York City organization that makes theater accessible for students and first-time audiences. “We all need somebody to say, ‘I love you. I see you. And I’m not going to give up on you,’ ” she says. “Everybody has validity. Everybody has a purpose.”
Her purpose includes her advocacy work as well as a screenplay, a love letter to Brooklyn, she’ll work on with writing partner Sanjit De Silva when This Is Us goes on hiatus early next spring. In five years she sees herself producing and creating on her own, but “still acting—absolutely,” she says. The career she aspires to is that of Amy Adams, because “there’s nothing that I’ve really seen her do twice.” Watson hopes to be married, maybe with one kid. “I’m getting specific now,” she says with a smile.
As for Beth? “I feel like she’s going to start a community project that’s based on one of her artistic passions. She also has a background in dance, which you’ll see this season,” she says. “And still together with Randall, of course. I don’t think he’s going anywhere.” Neither is she. Neither are we.
Anyone who knows Mandy Moore will tell you she’s the nicest person they’ve ever met. Interviews refer to the 34-year-old as “America’s sweetheart” and “ the friend you’ve always wanted.” And while she appreciates the platitudes, they also make her a little uneasy. “I think those particular descriptors prevented me from finding momentum, workwise, because people saw me in one light,” she says. “There’s more to who I am.” Moore was only 15 when her hit song “Candy” debuted in 1999. She toured with *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys and starred in beloved teen movies like The Princess Diaries and A Walk to Remember. She wasn’t a tabloid fixture like her peers Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera, which gave her freedom to build her film résumé (Saved!, License to Wed) while still releasing music.
But there was personal upheaval behind the scenes. When Moore was 23, her mother left her father after 30 years of marriage for a woman. Moore discovered the relationship by accident, during a Christmas trip to North Carolina in a plot twist worthy of This Is Us: While setting up a laptop for her mom, she saw an email draft addressed to her. “I thought, Why is Mom writing me?” Moore says. “It was basically her telling us how she had fallen in love with a friend and was going to leave Dad.” It was the family’s last vacation together. Moore’s reaction was to protect her father, but as time passed—and through plenty of therapy—she came to understand her mom’s decision. “At the time I was left with no choice but to compartmentalize what was happening,” she says. Now “everyone is in a much better space, and they’re with the people that are better suited for them. All of that is a very happy ending, but it didn’t come without real struggle.”
What came next: Moore married musician Ryan Adams. “I couldn’t control what happened to my immediate family, but I could control starting my own.” She pauses, then adds, “Not the smartest decision. I didn’t choose the right person.”
Their marriage ended six years later, and Moore was ready for a new chapter. She felt “spiritually and fundamentally stuck” leading up to the divorce, and her career and friendships suffered for it. “I don’t feel guilty for it. I don’t fault myself for it,” she says of the divorce. “When people said, ‘I’m sorry,’ I was like, ‘No. Sorry would have been had I stayed in a very unhealthy situation.’ I didn’t. I found my way out. And when I did, things opened back up again.”
One of those things was This Is Us, which came at a time when Moore felt her career was at a standstill. She plays matriarch Rebecca Pearson, which often puts her at the center of the show’s deeply emotional storylines. “I’ve never been a part of something that means so much to the outside world,” Moore says. “It means just as much to all of us.”
It’s why Moore feels as wowed by the show now, at the start of season three, as she did when it premiered two years ago. “This Is Us has allowed me to show people that I’m not perpetually stuck in the realm of teen romantic comedies,” she says. “I’m a woman now. I’ve been married and divorced. I’ve had ups and downs, professionally and personally.”
Another thing that opened back up? Her love life. She met fiancé Taylor Goldsmith, front man of folk-rock group Dawes, in 2015. (It was a truly modern meet-cute: She posted a photo on Instagram praising the band, and Goldsmith contacted her to say thanks.) “I was still dealing with the trauma of my divorce when we started dating,” she says. “Taylor was steadfast in his support—that was a huge sign for me.” They’ve renovated a home together in Pasadena, and Moore tears up as she talks about getting married “later this year.” “He makes me melt. I can imagine no better partner,” she says. “He’s going to be the most tremendous father. I view the past as a stepping-stone to get me where I am today. I would gladly weather all of that a million times over if it brought me to Taylor again.”
Yes, kids are in the picture, but don’t pressure her about it. “Maybe it’s true [about the biological clock], but fuck that narrative,” she says. Besides, the couple hopes to adopt, “so that will be a part of our lives, God willing.” Moore also plans to return to the recording studio. “I feel ready now,” she says. “I allowed other people’s perception of who I am and what I should be doing and how I should be doing it to permeate my relationship to music.”
Milo Ventimiglia, who plays her onscreen husband Jack, sees how she’s moving past her self-proclaimed “people pleaser” title: “She likes people happy, but she’s not a pleaser,” he says. “She just cares. She truly cares, both about the work and the experience.”
Moore has other goals for the future, including writing, directing, and producing. “If I’m not going to take advantage of the doors that have been opened because of This Is Us to shape the stories that I want to see,” she says, “then what’s the point? After years of not being able to find things that I felt challenged by, it’s really cool to potentially be in a position to find material and help create it.”
Whatever happens, though, Moore thinks her thirties and forties will bring good things. “You give less of a shit about how the world perceives you,” she says. “Now it’s more important to me to be self-satisfying. And I’m better at that. It just comes with time.”
Season three of This Is Us is on NBC now. Jessica Radloff is Glamour’s West Coast editor.
Don’t miss Glamour’s other two November 2018 cover stars Susan Kelechi Watson and Chrissy Metz
This story originally appeared in the November 2018 Issue of Glamour.
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After years of feeling insecure about it, Chrissy Metz finally wore a swimsuit on vacation. “I grew up wearing a T-shirt at the pool. As an adult, I was like, I’m gonna find a bathing suit I like and I’m gonna wear it,” she tells me from the driver’s seat of her Audi SUV, which we’re sitting in to escape the Los Angeles heat. “And there were people, like, ‘Oh my God, look at you! You know I could never do that.’ ” She laughs. “It’s a backhanded compliment, but I’m doing what I want to do.”
Metz’s newfound do-what-I-want mentality has been 38 years in the making. Born in Homestead, Florida, she spent her early years in Japan with her mother, older brother and sister, and father, who worked at a bar off the Yokosuka Navy base. Her parents divorced, and her mom planted the family back in Florida. After years of struggle—“our electricity was shut off a lot,” she revealed in her memoir, This Is Me—they moved in with her mom’s soon-to-be new husband Trigger, who would weigh Metz in their kitchen. (Trigger has denied this, telling Entertainment Tonight, “None of it’s true…. I love her very much just like I always have.”)
At 20, while chaperoning her younger sister Morgana to a modeling casting call, Metz caught the eye of a talent scout. She moved to L.A. in 2005 and spent nine years working as a talent agent (her clients included a young Ariana Grande) before landing a small part in American Horror Story: Freak Show. But the acting offers were few and far between; Metz reached a breaking point in fall 2015 with only 81 cents in her bank account. “There were a couple weeks when I was like, Chrissy, you’re delusional,” she recalls. “I just remember holding on to something I couldn’t really see but I knew was there deep, deep down. And then it sort of all just happened.”
It happened in the form of This Is Us, which has earned Metz both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. As Kate Pearson, she’s one of the most complex characters on prime-time TV and teaches us to have empathy for Kate’s anxieties about things like dancing at parties or fitting into airplane seats. This Is Us also presents Kate as a fully realized character: Last season saw her grappling with a miscarriage, her father’s death, and growing pains with her fiancé, Toby (Chris Sullivan). “People who’ve never been overweight don’t understand what it all entails. They think you’re just sitting in the corner and all you do is eat,” she says. “My thing is, Let’s get to the real issues—because the food is the symptom; it’s not the issue. Everyone’s filling a void with something.”
For Metz, that void was all about boundaries. “There are so many times in my life that I didn’t express how I felt,” she says. “Now I really try to remember, OK, Chrissy, this is your life, and you are entitled to do what you want.” In March she revealed she and her boyfriend of almost two years, a former cameraman on the show, broke up. She’s since gone on a handful of dates and has even tried the apps—“I don’t know if people genuinely like me or the lifestyle or who they think I am,” she says—but doesn’t always pick the right guys. “I’m sort of discovering that I attract people who are broken,” she says. “It’s tricky, but I wear my heart on my sleeve.”
This authenticity is the first thing people notice about Metz. “I trusted her immediately,” says Justin Hartley, who plays Kate’s brother Kevin, “and I don’t trust anyone immediately.” When I ask co-showrunner Elizabeth Berger what it’s like to work with Metz, she immediately mentions her heart. “Chrissy loves and feels the show deeply, and you can feel it in every interaction she has on set,” she says. It’s led Berger and her team to try to weave Metz’s personal interests, like singing, into Kate’s storylines. Music is a huge passion, and she hopes to release an album down the line. “I really want to do maybe some pop-country or country,” Metz says. “I would love to produce some film, maybe eventually be in a musical and have a production company.”
For now, she’s busy acting. Up next is Breakthrough, in which she’ll play a mom who uses prayer to resuscitate her son. The film, based on a true story, is one of Metz’s first projects that has nothing to do with weight—something she hopes keeps happening. “People are still surprised that a big girl could be on TV, and it’s like, Ugh, really? Really?” she says. “There’s so much other stuff to talk about.”
Ever since the award-winning NBC drama This Is Us hit TV screens two years ago, audiences have remained unshakably captivated by the series. The reason? Aside from its tense storyline and an ability to give its audience a dependable, cathartic cry each week, the show brings with it a certain authenticity, thanks in large part to its characters—specifically its female characters—and the actresses that bring them to life. Led by Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz, and Susan Kelechi Watson, the show’s female cast has had a pop cultural influence that extends far beyond the small screen—which made the trio the perfect stars for our November cover.
Now in their third season of the hit series, Metz, Moore and Watson have tackled a wide range of complex issues that deeply resonate with female viewers today. Metz’s character Kate Pearson, for instance, has grappled with fertility issues, undergoing IVF consultations and even experiencing a heartbreaking miscarriage in the show’s second season, while Moore’s Rebecca struggles with feelings of postpartum depression when she first brings her newborns home from the hospital. Susan Kelechi Watson’s performance as Beth Pearson in the show resonated so strongly with viewers that, when rumors of her character possibly being killed off of the show began circulating, the Twitterverse nearly imploded. But, as Watson explains in her interview with Glamour, its the audience’s emotional attachment to her character that makes the story feel so important. “It’s always really cool as an actor to have a character that people want to see the best for,” she told Ramou Sarr. “To know that people are behind her, to know that people are rocking with her and get her.”
Rarely does a TV cast have such an impact, but these three women are definitively moving the needle forward when it comes to the stories being told on the small screen, and the women who are able to tell them. “I couldn’t be more grateful to be on this journey with these two ladies,” Moore told Glamour of her two costars. “I stand in awe of their power as women and everything they bring to the table.”
Well, so do we.
Catch all three of our cover stars on This Is Us, Tuesdays on NBC.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are back on the royal circuit for the first time since the birth of Prince Louis, and they’re doing it for a good cause. The pair’s first joint engagement since the birth of their third child in April was for the inaugural Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit, according to People. The initiative was launched to help raise awareness of mental health issues around the world.
Middleton looked absolutely radiant in a lilac Emilia Wickstead dress, which People points out, she previously wore last year in Germany. The recycled dress was fitting for the occasion, which saw the couple show off their artistic sides by painting with the Colombian artist Dairo Vargas. While inside the meeting, which took place at County Hall on the south banks of the River Thames in London, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also listened to presentations that detailed the work of mental health programs in both Slovenia and the U.S., People reports.
It’s a cause that’s clearly close to their hearts, as Prince William recently spoke about mental health in the workplace, and how his own work as a first responder affected him. “I took a lot home without realizing it,” he said at a mental health event in Bristol, according to People. “You see [so] many sad things every day that you think life is like that.” Middleton meanwhile, joined students at an outdoor recreation center last week, where she listened to teachers explain the value of being around nature and how it can help children’s mental health and development, People reports.
Middleton and Prince William have been doing their part to spread mental health awareness in recent years, after they joined forces with Prince Harry in 2016 to launch the Heads Together campaign. Fittingly, the couple’s most recent outing came one day ahead of World Mental Health Day.
If there are still any lingering questions about whether Bella Hadid and The Weeknd are back together, this new Instagram should clear things up. After sparking rumors of a reunion by appearing together at New York Fashion Week and Cannes, the on-again-off-again couple are most certainly on again, after The Weeknd (whose real name is Abel Tesfaye) posted a romantic series of photos featuring himself and Hadid, in honor of the model’s 22nd birthday.
The photo set begins with a video of the couple passionately making out, a theme that continues throughout the series. There’s a shot of them sitting courtside at a basketball game and another of them holding microphones for what looks like a karaoke session. There’s even a picture of the notoriously private couple in which Tesfaye is sitting beside Hadid as she lays in a bathtub filled with rose petals.
Tesfaye captioned the PDA-filled Instagram post with the message “happy birthday Angel,” followed by a pair of heart emojis. The couple first split in 2016 after a year and a half of dating, according to People. Tesfaye then embarked on a whirlwind romance with Selena Gomez, which ended last year. Things between Tesfaye and Hadid appeared to be heating up again after People reported that they were “all over each other,” “sitting in each other’s laps,” and “definitely looked like they were fully back together” at Coachella this year. But Hadid shot down that report when she commented on an E! News report of the gossip. “It wasn’t me,” she wrote at the time.
Now, after months of speculation, there seems to be no question that Tesfaye and Hadid are a couple once more. But, if you’re expecting a statement from their publicists confirming the rekindling of their romance, don’t hold your breath. These two now seem to be “Instagram official,” which in 2018, is really all that counts.