At a Romance Cover Shoot, There’s No Such Thing As Too Much Wind Machine

But according to bestselling romance author Sarah MacLean, those who criticize them are missing the point entirely. “These covers are designed to basically say, ‘Men, keep out!’ Because romance novels aren’t for them. They’re not for a patriarchal society, it’s for the other. It’s having that conversation about the patriarchy in front of patriarchy—without them noticing,” she says. Just make something designed for women actually by women, and rest-assured men won’t go anywhere near it.

Model Will Reis on the set of A Touch of Stone and Snow.

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And on the set, as the wolf howls gave way to top 40 jams, I was introduced to the cover’s hero figure, male model Will Reis (who yes, did have an 8-pack.) The clean-cut, chiseled 25-year-old was undergoing a transformation. While Reis was already wearing a platinum blond wig, the shoot’s stylist was still futzing around, braiding a few strands together for optimum effect. Once completed, Reis was thrilled with his new look. “I’ve always idolized Fabio,” he told me. “I love the long hair. It’s a breakaway look. People look at you as kind of like a God amongst them when you have super long hair.”

Up next was Reis’ makeup session, which primarily consisted of the stylist rubbing a mix of powders over his abs to look like mud. And as he got tastefully dirtied, I learned that Reis, too, was a romance shoot virgin. When I asked if he had any hesitation accepting the gig, pointing to the idea of “mommy porn,” Reis assured me that he was, “pumped.” He also added, “I always like hanging with older women more than I like younger women. They just get it, you know?”

With hair and makeup complete, the vision for the day started to come together. The inspiration was simple, and I soon learned, very common in the romance genre: Jason Momoa in furs. “[Jason] has so much drama in his look. He’s that guy who is intimidating and strong but you’d still want to fall in love with him. There’s definitely a fantasy appeal to him and that kind of romance,” said Rita Frangie Batour, senior art director for Berkeley Publishing (the company behind A Touch of Stone and Snow).

Every Fashion Girl Is Wearing Knee-High Boots Right Now

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We’ll take boots in any height, from bootie to so-high-they’re-almost pants. But of all the boot heights, knee-high boots are the ones we’re reaching for most often lately. Fashion is drawing heavily on the ’90s right now, and knee-high boots are meeting mini dresses and high-slitted midi and maxi skirts right there. Street style can’t get enough of knee-high boots lately, so we picked our favorite looks and rounded up some major #OOTD inspiration below.

Hanna Lassen

This year’s coat dresses go perfectly with a pair of knee-high boots. (Bonus points if they’re metallic gold for a Friday night out.)

Claudio Lavenia

Not all of us live in cold winter climates: If you happen to be basking in the sun, consider adding a pair of knee-high boots to your favorite short-shorts. (If it is cold, a pair of black tights can bridge the gap.)

Claudio Lavenia

Knee-high boots, a street-grazing cape, and a sheer, embroidered blouse add drama to your favorite blue jeans.

Christian Vierig

Keeping your outfit monochromatic above the knee—here, a marigold top and miniskirt under a yellow-tan shearling coat—lets your excellent statement boots below the knee shine.

Edward Berthelot

A white top is anything but boring when worn with an array of luxe textures—here, snakeskin, velvet, and leather. So pulled together.

Daniel Zuchnik

Knee-length shorts look unexpectedly incredible when paired with a matching blazer and textured knee-high boots. Keep everything in the same color family, a nod to this year’s monochromatic trend, for an extra-fresh look.

How to Wear a Boiler Suit This Winter

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For the past year, I’ve spent cold-weather months living in a burgundy boiler suit I bought on a whim in 2018, mostly because it a) let me hit snooze a few more times and b) made me feel all sorts of confident. (My mother’s reaction: “I had that same boiler suit in 1976!”) Boiler suits have gone in an out of style since then, but they’re back in a major way right now. Not only do they make getting dressed easy, they also look great with practical winter footwear, like Chelsea boots and sneakers. Whether you already have a boiler suit (or three) in your closet or you’re thinking about joining the club, you’ll be in chic company: both celebs and street-style stars have been spotted out in boiler suits lately. Scroll down to see our favorites.

Kirstin Sinclair

You don’t need to limit your boiler suit style to chunky footwear: These dainty lace-up boots bring balance to the utilitarian outfit, while the belt pulls it all together.

Vanni Bassetti

A boiler suit in a fabric with a funky finish lends itself to texture plays. An ultra-fluffy jacket and scarf and a tweedy handbag are the perfect foils for this high-shine ’suit.

Christian Vierig

Again, with the texture: This ruddy brown leather boiler suit has major moto vibes. Because both ’suit and the boots are shiny, they play nicely together.

Kirstin Sinclair

This boiler suit—like many modern takes—is cast in muted khaki, a nod to its utilitarian heritage. But Rainbow Brite buttons, a turtleneck underneath, and a bright puffer on top remind you that this ’suit wants nothing to do with the business end of a greasy rag.

Edward Berthelot

Keep a bold fabric in the spotlight with minimalist accessories. Here, white sneakers and a matching bag anchor a tie-dye boiler suit without weighing it down.

Jeremy Moeller

Pair your standard khaki boiler suit with high-heeled boots and a bold clutch for a look that says, “I get shit done, but I’m also fancy.”

The First Trailer for Marvel Studios’ Black Widow Is Finally Here

Following on the heels of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, another female-led superhero movie will make its way to movie theaters in May 2020: Black Widow. Scarlett Johansson‘s character has been a staple in The Avengers films—and if you saw Avengers: Endgame, then you know exactly how important she is to the team. Now, she’s getting her very own standalone movie.

The first trailer dropped today, December 3, giving us more insight into the plot. In it, we see Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff heading home to her native Russia and reconnecting with her family, including her sister Yelena (played by Little Women star Florence Pugh), her mother Malena (Rachel Weisz), and her father (David Harbour), who is Russia’s version of Captain America, the Red Guardian. “I’ve lived a lot of lives, but I’m done running from my past,” Johansson says in the clip. The fam has to work together to fight the film’s big bad, a villain known as The Taskmaster.

If you’re a little confused by the timeline, you’re not alone—but the events of Black Widow are meant to take place after Captain America: Civil War, when the Avengers split off and went out on their own before rejoining forces in Avengers: Infinity War. “Where we find Natasha in her life at this point is very specific,” Johansson previously told Entertainment Weekly. “She really is in a dark place where she’s got no one to call and nowhere to go. She’s really grappling with her own self. When something huge explodes and all the pieces are landing, you have that moment of stillness where you don’t know what to do next—that’s the moment that she’s in. In that moment, you actually have to face yourself.”

The film, which is directed by Cate Shortland, has been a long time coming. Black Widow was first introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2010’s Iron Man and fans have been clamoring for more of the superhero ever since. But Johansson thinks the timing is just right. ““I don’t think I could have played this version of Natasha 10 years ago,” she said at Comic-Con this summer, per People. “I get to play her as a fully realized woman. I’m looking to wipe out some of the red from my ledger.”

Regardless of the timing, Marvel fans were pleased with the first look at the movie.

Black Widow opens in theaters on May 1, 2020. Watch the first trailer, below:

The 3 Things I’m Shopping After Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies Nonstop

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Confession time: I’ve been watching Hallmark Christmas movies nonstop since November 1. You don’t need to ask me why: These movies are magically, inexplicably addictive. The never-ending supply of hot cocoa! The fact that everyone is always roasting literal chestnuts! The low-stakes and nonsensical plot points! I love it all, in complete sincerity, and I’m not ashamed.

And while my mind is mostly turned off as I watch my Hallmark Christmas movies, I’m still low-key mining them for style ideas. Hear me out. The women in Hallmark movies are always—I repeat, always—impeccably dressed. Their jeans are perfectly tailored, their boots are unexplainably shiny, and no one has ever gotten so much as a coffee stain on her T-shirt. There’s a wholesome coziness to the Hallmark lady aesthetic that I try to emulate every holiday season, and this year I’m determined to get it right.

I’ve essentially watched every new Hallmark Christmas movie this year and have determined there are three keys to nailing the cozy character look. Spoiler alert: It’s actually not that difficult.

Long-sleeve T-shirts (with or without buttons—your choice!) are all over the Hallmark Christmas movie universe. (Probably because they work in any climate—and in some of these movies, it goes from snowy to sunny in six hours flat.) Rich fall colors and wintery neutrals feel especially festive.

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What else are you supposed to wear for a snowball fight? Peacoats are functional but also stylish—perfect for all the winter errands you’ll have to run with your high school sweetheart, who’s all grown up and super-sexy. Magical.

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This is the only way to top off every single winter outfit. Wear yours however you like, but the colors are non-negotiable.

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Now that you’ve shopped, turn on a Hallmark Christmas movie. Here’s this year’s lineup.

Let These Celebrities Inspire Your Next Bag Purchase

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I have a weakness for bags. Tote bags, trendy bags, classic bags, bags I’ll carry once or twice then display in my closet like multi-pocketed pieces of artwork. Maybe it’s because I grew up fascinated by the Olsen twins’ giant bags. (What were they carrying in those bags? Each other?) Maybe it’s because I saw this photo of Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian carrying matching Louis Vuitton bags on a particularly formative day. All I know is that I search early-aughts Chanel bags on The Real Real more than I’d care to admit. Actually, who am I kidding? I’m proud of the way I spend my free time. Some people have ASMR videos. I have bags.

And while I technically don’t need any more bags, one or two extras wouldn’t hurt, right? I’ve been saving for a rainy day, and it’s the holiday season, after all. I should treat myself—as should you. I can’t exactly afford the bags the celebrities, below, are carrying, but they can serve as inspo for my next purchase. And yours.

Dion’s tiny zebra-print top-handle bag is the perfect foil to her two-tone denim look.

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Longoria’s all-black outfit is perfect for showing off an Hermès shoulder bag.

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Sometimes it’s fun to match your bag to your dress, like Brown. A coordination queen. Her petite top-handle bag gets all my roses.

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I love a good crossbody bag: You get all the style benefits of tote but still have your hands free. Duff reaped the benefits of her Dior crossbody by picking up coffee. I’d probably use my hands to … carry more bags.

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Jamil’s yellow mini bucket bag is tonally aligned with her shades-of-tan outfit but provides a punchy pop of color.

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Punky Brewster would never, but, man, I would. What would I put in this Celine Luggage bag? Ten-thousand sticks of gum? Three smaller handbags? The Olsen twins would be proud.

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Leave it to Posh Spice to perfectly match her purple velvet clutch and heels. She deserves a Pulitzer for pulling this off.

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Friends Is Leaving Netflix for Good in January 2020

The day many Netflix users have dreaded for months is finally upon us: We now know when Friends is leaving the streaming platform.

This isn’t a total surprise, as the announcement that the show would move to Warner Bros. new streaming platform HBO Max came in July—but that doesn’t make it any less of a bummer. Plus, HBO Max isn’t slated to launch until the spring. That means there will be a few months without your Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey, and Ross fix.

As of January 1, 2020, Friends will no longer be streaming on the platform, according to the recently updated “availability” section on the show’s official landing page. HBO Max’s official launch date has not been announced yet.

“HBO Max will bring together the diverse riches of WarnerMedia to create programming and user experiences not seen before in a streaming platform,” WarnerMedia Entertainment and direct-to-consumer chairman Robert Greenblatt said about the acquisition at the time. “HBO’s world-class programming leads the way, the quality of which will be the guiding principle for our new array of Max Originals, our exciting acquisitions, and the very best of the Warner Bros. libraries, starting with the phenomenon that is Friends. Under the leadership of two of the strongest creative visionaries—Casey Bloys (HBO) and Kevin Reilly (original content and acquisitions)—and two of the most experienced digital experts, Tony Goncalves and Andy Forssell, I have no doubt they and their dedicated teams will deliver the world’s best storytelling to audiences of all ages wherever and whenever they want it.”

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But your Friends will still be there for you through the holidays, thank goodness. So get your fill of Smelly Cat, Ugly Naked Guy, Mrs. Chanandler Bong, and all that ’90s fashion while you can and take heart in the news that a reunion special is reportedly in the works for HBO Max.

“We would love for there to be something,” Jennifer Aniston recently told Ellen DeGeneres. “But we don’t know what that something is. So we’re just trying. We’re working on something.”

Rihanna Wins Her First-Ever Fashion Award For Fenty

It’s not at all surprising that anything Rihanna touches turns to gold: five months after launching her fashion line Fenty, she’s snagged her first big award. At the British Fashion Awards in London Monday night, the 31-year-old was presented with the Urban Luxe award for her contributions to sportswear by another icon, Janet Jackson.

“You’re loved for your style, you’re respected as an artist, entrepreneur, and for the first black woman to start a brand with LVMH,” said Jackson.”

Karwai Tang

According to Vogue, the prize was created by the British Fashion Council to honor contemporary labels that elevate the concept of casual. The same award went to Off-White’s Virgil Abloh last year. Rihanna—always repping her own creations—wore a mint-green Fenty minidress (with a bedazzled back), a sheer jacket and gloves, and satin heels in the same shade. Rihanna was previously nominated for her Fenty x Puma collaboration in 2017.

During the last few years, the musician has proven herself a force to be reckoned with in the fashion and beauty world, setting new standards with everything she creates, like introducing 40 inclusive shades of foundation in her Fenty Beauty collection. Beauty brands offering extended, diverse colors to suit women across a large spectrum of skin tones feels obvious now, but just two years ago it was groundbreaking. She also did it with her debut fashion show for her Savage X lingerie, featuring an inclusive cast of models that felt like an antidote to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’s parade of tall, thin, mostly white, women (and she’s since been credited with helping kill the VS spectacle, which was officially canceled earlier this month.) And with her luxury fashion house, Fenty, she’s the first black woman to lead a brand under the LVMH umbrella. (LVMH, the fashion conglomerate that owns Louis Vuitton and Dior, is Fenty’s parent company.)

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Rihanna is both CEO and artistic director of Fenty, whose prices run higher than her past fashion collaborations but sit at the lower end of the luxury bracket: T-shirts start at around $200 and outerwear goes up to $1,500. More important, Fenty is built on and follows many of the same principles that have defined Rihanna’s various retail ventures, with representation at its core.

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Why Did We All Have Side Bangs in the 2000s?

“As someone who (this is true) once won a giant Tweety Bird at a fair because someone guessed I was six when I was 12, I spent most of the early 2000s desperately trying to look my actual age. Somehow I hoped side bangs would help? I pinned my hopes and dreams on Miley Cyrus, whose bangs seemed to imply a certain level of maturity that I obviously lacked. Did it work? All I know is that I still get asked for ID at bars. I’m 27.” —Mattie Kahn, culture director

“I got thick side bangs because I, for some reason, was very taken with the idea of being a woman who haphazardly gives a subtle shake of her head to get them out of her eyes. I also was inundated with images of 2000s-era Mischa Barton and Jennifer Aniston, both of whom were massive superstars at the time and looked so fresh and modern with sideswept fringe.” —Perrie Samotin, digital director

“Nicole Richie was always my girl. I was obsessed with her Rachel Zoe boho chic makeover, loved her on The Simple Life, and for a long time (once she got the makeover, obvi) she was my style icon. While I couldn’t afford her clothes, I COULD get her bangs. And boy did I ever. To very mixed results…” —Samantha Leach, assistant culture editor

I don’t really remember why I got The Bangs. Judging by my other choices at the time, I think I wanted to seem fashion-y, but also like someone who has a lot of feelings (read: emo girl). And they gave me a great excuse to flirtatiously brush hair out of my eyes. —Sarah Olin, art director

Bella Cacciatore is the beauty associate of Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.

Why Did We All Have Side Bangs 10 Years Ago?

“As someone who (this is true) once won a giant Tweety Bird at a fair because someone guessed I was six when I was 12, I spent most of the early 2000s desperately trying to look my actual age. Somehow I hoped side bangs would help? I pinned my hopes and dreams on Miley Cyrus, whose bangs seemed to imply a certain level of maturity that I obviously lacked. Did it work? All I know is that I still get asked for ID at bars. I’m 27.” —Mattie Kahn, culture director

“I got thick side bangs because I, for some reason, was very taken with the idea of being a woman who haphazardly gives a subtle shake of her head to get them out of her eyes. I also was inundated with images of 2000s-era Mischa Barton and Jennifer Aniston, both of whom were massive superstars at the time and looked so fresh and modern with sideswept fringe.” —Perrie Samotin, digital director

“Nicole Richie was always my girl. I was obsessed with her Rachel Zoe boho chic makeover, loved her on The Simple Life, and for a long time (once she got the makeover, obvi) she was my style icon. While I couldn’t afford her clothes, I COULD get her bangs. And boy did I ever. To very mixed results…” —Samantha Leach, assistant culture editor

I don’t really remember why I got The Bangs. Judging by my other choices at the time, I think I wanted to seem fashion-y, but also like someone who has a lot of feelings (read: emo girl). And they gave me a great excuse to flirtatiously brush hair out of my eyes. —Sarah Olin, art director

Bella Cacciatore is the beauty associate of Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.