Kate Middleton, Prince William and baby George Alexander LouisEverything was supposed to change, and change utterly, when the new royal baby was born. But-this being the United Kingdom, which (when it is covered in bunting and cannons are firing in London's parks) feels more like it is United Ruritania-everything stayed the same.
British prime minister David Cameron had planned something special to welcome the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first child. In a burst of modernizing egalitarianism, he ditched the pragmatically ruthless English system of royal primogeniture, which for centuries has meant that the heir to the ruling monarch's throne is his eldest son, and his heir in turn is his eldest son, and so on. Though these islands have had three particularly brilliant-and long-reigning-queens (Elizabeth I, Victoria, and Elizabeth II), the only reason female persons ever became heads of state was if the royal family ran out of boys. Queens who could not produce boys were nothing but nuisances and dealt with variously:
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Kristen Wiig and Darren CrissSaturday Night Live has been around since 1975, and over the decades several of its cast members have wound up having big movie careers-Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Will Ferrell. What you'll notice about this list is that they're all men. Although the show's female cast members have gone on to do well on big TV shows-like the trio of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus-none of SNL's women has ever become a movie star. But almost from the moment she first appeared, the one who seemed most likely to do so was Kristen Wiig, whose ability to morph herself into mad or frenzied characters possessed a grandeur worthy of the big screen. When Bridesmaids became a hit, Hollywood may have been surprised, but not us fans.
Of course, if there's anything harder than making a hit comedy, it's catching lightning in a bottle twice in a row. Sad to say, the bottle explodes in Wiig's new comedy, Girl Most Likely, directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini.
- Vogue Magazine | Royal Baby Buzz – Mon, Jul 15, 2013 3:48 PM EDT
With the Duchess of Cambridge's rumored July 13 due date just one day away, the countdown to the royal birth has officially begun. In London, paparazzi are vying for spots outside of St. Mary's Hospital where the Duke and Duchess have reserved their private delivery suite while bookkeepers are placing bets on everything from the baby's gender (odds favor a girl) to hair color (our money's on Kate's rich chestnut hue). High street shops are also fueling the fanfare, stocking their shelves with commemorative souvenirs including mugs, dish towels, and coins. There's even an illustrated children's book entitled Shhh! Don't Wake the Royal Baby wherein noisy palace guards and the Queen's barking corgis conspire to prevent the newborn from sleeping.
Of course, while such hullabaloo might suggest the contrary, this is hardly the first House of Windsor tot bound for Buckingham Palace (it's just been a while). Here, we take a look at the family's past bundles of joys, from aRead More »from Royal Baby Countdown: A Buckingham Palace Photo Album
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Overalls, once the domain of farmers and factory workers, have made a surprisingly fashionable comeback. After turning up on the spring runways-color-blocked at 3.1 Phillip Lim, as elegant eveningwear at Chloé-the uniform really caught fire outside the shows, where street-style favorites like Anya Ziourova sported modern takes on the once-utilitarian-only one-piece. Inspired by their risk-taking approach, we spotlight five ways to wear overalls the right way, right now.
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In this week's behind-the-scenes video, the irrepressible Katy Perry reveals her big-night makeup ritual-a transformational affair that involves the use of tweezers, brow pencil, lip liner, lipstick, mascara, and the flutter of false eyelashes. The result? Pop perfection at its best. Here, Vogue's guide to the products you'll need to re-create the look.
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"Half the fun of sports-or is it really all the fun?-lies in wearing just the smartest possible type of sports clothes." This statement was made in Vogue in 1919, and since then, fashion and sports have been engaged in what can best be described as a lively tennis rally: Designers are constantly serving up clothes based on uniforms while players' on-court choices increasingly show that style matters. And it just so happens that the tennis dress-a sleeveless short tank style-is one of the most adaptable silhouettes for high fashion. Consider a pale blue Band of Outsiders dress that looks lifted straight from a vintage photograph, or Proenza Schouler's printed wrap dress that echoes some of the more performance-based ensembles we've seen in play. One thing's for sure: Pleated skirts work whether you're returning a volley on the court or a clever bon mot at a party.
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I realized how much my relationship with the sun had changed a few weeks ago, when spring finally hit New York after a long, gray winter and everyone in the city flocked to the nearest park or rooftop. Instead of joining them, I found myself grabbing my Panama hat and heading straight to the pharmacy to stock up on some sunscreen.
Last November, after going through what I thought was my standard annual exam at the dermatologist's office-submit to a mole check, have one or two spots removed, receive a letter in the mail saying everything was fine-I got a call while at work informing me that my tests were in. One of the biopsies, a small patch of skin taken from between my shoulder blades, had tested positive for melanoma.
The nurse on the phone recommended a surgical dermatologist and asked me to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. I needed to move fast, she explained, as I hung up the phone and struggled to hold back my tears. Needless to say, I was
Whether or not there's a summer weekend in St. Barth's ahead, you can still have the tousled, textured waves of an afternoon spent frolicking in the sea and sand. In today's beauty tutorial, hairstylist Peter Gray demonstrates how to create laid-back yet luxurious beach hair. Here, Vogue's expanded guide to the products you'll need to get the look (surf spray not required!).
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It's that time of year again. The annual rush to get in shape for swimsuit season can be a panic-inducing rite of summer. Fortunately, the latest wave of results-driven workouts promise to deliver a better body-and fast. From calorie-blasting boot-camp sessions to strength-building kettleball classes, here, our guide to the best fitness strategies for getting bikini-ready in a flash.
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"In a silly way, I think it's what people have expected of me most because of Carrie Bradshaw," says Sarah Jessica Parker. But it's not silly at all, this idea that the actress-mother-designer-business woman-multi-hyphenate could launch a serious shoe collection, which is exactly what she's doing with partner George Malkemus, the longtime CEO at Manolo Blahnik. SJP, as it will be called, will be available exclusively at Nordstrom early next year and will include bags and a few trenches, too.
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"It's sort of soup to nuts," Parker continues. "You put on a shoe and you put on a coat and you wear a bag and, on the outside, when you're walking down the street, they really can tell the same story about yourself."
Of course, the last thing Parker herself or the world at large needs is more shoes and bags. That's why her goal is to offer something different, something more in the vein-aesthetically and price-wise-of great old-school