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All About The Cast of ‘Bridgerton’, Shonda Rhimes’ Steamy New Netflix Series

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The second that an orchestral version of Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” plays in Bridgerton‘s first episode, viewers know to throw all expectations out the window. The series, the first of Shonda Rhimes’s landmark Netflix deal, subverts period drama tropes left and right, despite its 1813 Regency London setting.

Based on Julia Quinn’s bestselling romance novels, Bridgerton tells the story of Daphne’s (Phoebe Dynevor) search for a suitable husband. But what begins as an annual custom for “the ton” quickly becomes a lesson in bucking tradition. In order to avoid an arranged marriage, Daphne strikes a deal with the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) so both can forego love under a microscope.

Their plan gives way to a sprawling cast of characters, including Queen Charlotte, the scheming Featherington sisters, and a mysterious narrator voiced by Julie Andrews. The series, conceived by showrunner Chris Van Dusen, injects its characters with a welcome dose of modernity. “The show is so engaging—not only do you see yourself in it because it’s diverse, but also, it’s telling stories that are so relatable in the 21st century,” Dynevor told ELLE.com. “It’s lovely on the eye but also touching on all the themes that are so relevant today.”

Watching all eight episodes, which dropped December 25, can also begin to feel like an elaborate game of Guess Who. To help clarify the chaos, here’s a guide to the main players in Netflix’s Bridgerton—and where you may have seen the actors before.

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Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton

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Many of the corseted happenings of Bridgerton orbit around Daphne’s quest to find true love—or at least, a husband. This tireless search leads her to Simon, the Duke of Hastings, and an arrangement that leaves them free to live their lives without the pressure to couple up for real. Daphne is played by 25-year-old British actress Dynevor, who’s best known for playing Irish game developer Clare on Younger. She’s also starred in the BBC drama Waterloo Road and the series Dickensian as Martha Cratchit.

Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset

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If the ton elected a most eligible bachelor, the Duke of Hastings would win every year. In order to prove Daphne’s eligibility and avert eyes from his singledom, Simon strikes up a pseudo-romance with our leading lady. But this marriage-weary character begins to feel real emotions for Daphne, complicating things for everyone involved. The dashing Simon is played by 30-year old Page, who recently starred in Sylvie’s Love and appeared on ABC’s courtroom drama For the People and 2016’s History revival of Roots.

Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte

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The well-connected and gossip-loving queen is played by Rosheuvel, who has appeared in Lady Macbeth, Luther, and Silent Witness during her illustrious career. Queen Charlotte is one of the rare characters who is inspired by a real-life figure: the queen and wife of King George III is even believed to be one of the first Black British royals.

“Queen Charlotte really opened up the world and afforded us this completely different side of St. James’s Palace to explore,” Van Dusen told ELLE.com. “We have the most amazing, sprawling cast that is diverse, not just in terms of ethnicities, but also the levels of recognition for certain people who are better known than others.”

Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury

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Simon’s mother-like figure. Lady Danbury, is played by Andoh, best known for roles on TV shows including Doctor Who, Silent Witness, and EastEnders. Andoh is also an accomplished stage actress and regularly narrates audio books, including The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.

Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton

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The matriarch of the Bridgerton family is Violet, played by Gemmell. Violet is tasked with matchmaking for all eight of her children while maintaining her own standing in society circles. Gemmell is best known for various British series, including Silent Witness, Utopia, and Home Fires. She also appeared on Showtime’s Penny Dreadful and led the 1997 rom-com Fever Pitch, which would later be remade into an American film starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon.

Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton

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One of the younger Bridgerton sisters is Eloise, as played by 31-year-old Jessie. Marriage is the thing perhaps furthest from Eloise’s mind, as she races to track down the identity of Lady Whistledown and explore her own personal whims. Prior to her Bridgerton breakout, Jessie starred in 2016’s Their Finest, 2018’s Vanity Fair miniseries, and 2019’s BBC series Defending the Guilty. She’s also appeared on episodes of Doctor Who, Lovesick, and Call the Midwife.

Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton

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Aside from Daphne, Anthony is the other Bridgerton sibling with the most pressure to marry. As the eldest (and makeshift patriarch) following his father’s death, it’s Anthony’s responsibility to secure his own wife while helping his sisters find spouses of their own. The character is played by Bailey, 32, who won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his performance in Company on the West End. Bailey has also appeared in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Broadchurch, and Crashing.

Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton

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Benedict is the second of the Bridgerton sons, an artistic soul who is far more focused on his career ambitions than finding a wife. Thompson, 32, plays the role after appearing in the British comedy Misbehaviour and Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. He’s also an accomplished stage performer, co-starring in King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe as well as Hamlet alongside Fleabag‘s Andrew Scott.

Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton

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The youngest Bridgerton brother is Colin, a gentle soul who falls for the mysterious Marina Thompson while quietly winning the affections of Penelope Featherington. Colin is played by 23-year-old Newton, who is primarily known for Disney Channel’s musical series The Lodge. He’s also flexed his singing talent onstage, performing in The Book of Mormon on the West End.

Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington

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The spirited wallflower of the Featheringtons is Penelope, the youngest of the sisters and best friend to Eloise. She’s played by 33-year-old Irish actress Coughlan, who most viewers will recognize as Clare on Derry Girls or Hannah on Harlots. Penelope, who harbors secret feelings for Colin Bridgerton, leans into the traits that separate her from the rest of Regency London.

“She’s got a really rich inner life,” Coughlan told ELLE.com. “She truly is very sweet and kind and open and hopeful. But then, she comes from this family that is really acerbic and tough and quite bitchy. There’s the nature/nurture question that I had to think about. There has to be a level of that Featherington that’s in her.”

Ruby Barker as Marina Thompson

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Perhaps no character harbors more secrets than Marina, a simple country girl and distant relative of the Featheringtons who makes a mark with her debut in society. Marina is played by newcomer Barker, an actress best known for her work in the series Wolfblood and Doctors. Next up, she’ll star in the indie film How to Stop a Recurring Dream.

Bessie Carter as Prudence Featherington

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The eldest of the Featherington daughters is Prudence, a debutante who has struck out twice on the marriage market before her third go in season 1. Unlucky-in-love Prudence is played by 27-year-old Carter, who is best known for roles in 2012’s Les Misérables, the Starz miniseries Howards End, and The Good Liar alongside Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen.

Harriet Cains as Philipa Featherington

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Cains as Philipa (right).

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The third of the Featherington sisters, Philipa, is played by 27-year-old Cains. Prior to playing the perennial bachelorette, Cains appeared in episodes of In the Flesh, Safe House, and Marcella.

Polly Walker as Portia Featherington

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The puppet master pulling the strings of her daughters’ dating lives is Portia Featherington. She’s played by Walker, who has appeared on shows including Rome, Mr. Selfridge, and Pennyworth. Walker also has several big-screen credits, including Patriot Games, Clash of the Titans, and 1996’s Emma, in which she plays Jane Fairfax.

Ben Miller as Lord Archibald Featherington

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The patriarch of the Featherington family is played by Miller, a British actor who has appeared in Johnny English, Paddington 2, and The Prince and Me. He also co-created and co-starred in the sketch series The Armstrong and Miller Show before playing Rupert Murdoch on Tracey Ullman’s Show.

Kathryn Drysdale as Genevieve Delacroix

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For those wanting all the royal dirt, look no further than Drysdale’s Genevieve Delacroix. Genevieve is a modiste (or dressmaker) who clothes everyone whose anyone in the ton. This isn’t 39-year-old Drysdale’s first brush with royalty onscreen; she plays Meghan Markle on the spoof series The Windsors and co-starred alongside Reese Witherspoon in 2004’s Vanity Fair.

Freddie Stroma as Prince Friederich

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The German royal and nephew of Queen Charlotte is played by 34-year-old Stroma, who is best known for Pitch Perfect, Unreal, and as Cormac McLaggen in the Harry Potter series. The prince’s romantic intentions for Daphne don’t exactly pan out in Bridgerton‘s first season, but in real-life, Stroma has been married to his Unreal co-star Johanna Braddy since 2016.

Sabrina Bartlett as Siena Rosso

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The ambitious opera singer Siena is played by 29-year-old Bartlett. You may recognize her from roles in the History series Knightfall and Victoria, a PBS series about Queen Victoria. Bartlett has also appeared in season 6 of Game of Thrones and season 8 of Doctor Who.

Jessica Madsen plays Cressida Cowper

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One of Daphne’s main foes on Bridgerton is the manipulative Cressida, who often competes with her for high society’s most eligible bachelors. Cressida is played by Madsen, who has appeared in Rambo: Last Blood, Leatherface, and Dark Light. She’s also an accomplished photographer who often shares her pictures on Instagram.

Julie Andrews as Lady Whistledown

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Julie Andrews is to Bridgerton as Kristen Bell was to Gossip Girl—the all-knowing narrator who guides us through the dishy series. Andrews is gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, a character whose true motives aren’t unveiled until the season 1 finale. The actress herself doesn’t need to be unmasked—she won an Oscar for Mary Poppins and has made her mark in films including The Sound of Music, The Princess Diaries, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Andrews is also an accomplished author, who published her latest memoir Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, in 2020.

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    All About Ashley Olsen’s Boyfriend Louis Eisner, the Artist She’s Been Low-Key Dating for Years

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    Ashley Olsen and her twin Mary-Kate Olsen have kept their lives as private as two world-famous child stars-turned-adult designers can manage. But while the girls haven’t spoken about their love lives, the tabloids and paparazzi have gotten some details on who they’re with. Mary-Kate has been married to Olivier Sarkozy since 2015 but requested an emergency divorce in May 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. That divorce was finalized in January 2021.

    Ashley, meanwhile, is currently dating a 32-year-old artist, Louis Eisner. The two have been photographed together a couple times. After nearly a year not being seen, they signaled their relationship is still on and strong this past Sunday when they were photographed out in New York City on a date.

    Here, details on who Eisner is along with his and Ashley’s dating history.

    What does Louis Eisner do?

    Eisner is a bicoastal artist who grew up in California. His mother Lisa is a famous fashion photographer and jewelry designer, so there’s art in his blood. He wrote a glowing caption about her on his Instagram last Mother’s Day. “You gave me life and also taught me how to find its magical beauty,” he wrote to her. “Forever thankful to you and all the mothers in the world.”

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    He was featured in Interview back in December 2010, where the outlet noted that Eisner went to Columbia University and studied art history. He was part of Still House Group, a collective of young artists, for years after he graduated.

    You can see some of his paintings formerly on auction at Artnet.com. He has a more abstract style. Apparently Ivanka Trump bought an Eisner piece in 2013, so his work is part of her art collection.

    How old is Eisner?

    Eisner was born on July 31, 1988, so he’ll be 33 this summer. He shared a shot from his high school yearbook on his Instagram, which publicly revealed his birth date. He’s a Leo!

    When did he and Ashley meet and start dating?

    Not much has been revealed about the two’s romance. RadarOnline reported back in February that the two quietly started dating in 2017 after being just friends for years. Grazia notes they were first seen publicly at the Hammer Museum’s Gala in the Garden in October 2017.

    They allegedly met through mutual high school friends and have known each other for more than five years.

    Are Ashley and Louis close with Mary-Kate and Olivier Sarkozy?

    When that Mary-Kate first separated from her husband of nearly five years in May 2020, Ashley was supportive of her sister during this time. A source told E! that Mary-Kate was quarantining with Ashley and a group of friends outside of New York City. “It’s gotten very ugly between them [Mary-Kate and Olivier],” the source said, referring to it as a “heated divorce.” Mary-Kate is “done with constant drama,” the source added.

    But before Mary-Kate and Olivier’s relationship ended, they were seen out a few times with Ashley and her significant other. In June 2019, the sisters celebrated their 33rd birthdays with Eisner and Sarkozy by their sides, according to E!. And in November 2019, the Daily Mail ran photos of the Olsen twins with their respective partners, double-dating at Bowery Hotel’s Gemma restaurant in New York City.

    How serious are Ashley and Eisner now?

    Radar’s source in February 2019 said the two were “very much in love.”

    An insider also explained to Radar that Eisner likes his privacy, and that’s why he hasn’t walked any red carpets with his girlfriend. (Ashley seldom walks red carpets, for what it’s worth.) “It’s not that they are trying to keep their relationship on the down low, Louis just doesn’t like the spotlight—even less so than Ashley,” the source said.

    Back in 2018, a source told the outlet that they’re not about to get married either. “They’re not in a rush,” Radar’s source said. “He’s a long-term relationship kind of guy, but he doesn’t follow societal norms.”

    In Mary-Kate and Ashley’s August 2018 WSJ magazine interview, the outlet noted that Ashley was contemplating moving to Los Angeles full-time. This could be in part because that’s where Eisner has been based. A 2017 New York Times profile on his mom described him as commuting back and forth between Los Angeles and Mexico City.

    Eisner has been to some major public events for Ashley. He was at her and Mary-Kate’s 33rd birthday party in New York City, E! reported, where he had dinner with their friends and Mary-Kate’s husband.

    On July 29, 2019, the couple made a rare appearance out in Pacific Palisades, California, where they were photographed going to see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

    Is Eisner on social media?

    Eisner has an Instagram, which mostly shows artwork. He does, however, share personal photos from time to time, although he has never posted any of him and Ashley together. He posted one about his brother in March 2018.

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    He also shared a yearbook photo of himself in January 2019, writing, “Tbt Senior page. Forgot to give them a baby photo but now this is my baby photo.”

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    How are Eisner and Ashley doing during the coronavirus pandemic?

    A year into quarantining, Eisner and Ashley’s relationship is still very much on. The couple of nearly four years now was photographed in New York City on Sunday, March 14 on a double date with friends. Daily Mail ran photos of the two alongside each other in coats. Eisner, in one shot, has an arm around Ashley’s back. According to the outlet, the couple had dinner and wine with W magazine editor-in-chief Sara Moonves and her boyfriend, fashion photographer, Jeff Henrikson.

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    Lorraine Schwartz is Giving Back in Diamonds

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    March marks the beginning of spring, so new spring fashion is just around the corner (even if it’s not quite time to put away your winter coat yet). We’re rounding up the hottest drops of the month, and this week brings an initiative to help BIPOC jewelry designers, spearheaded by jewelry legend Lorraine Schwartz.

    Come back for more as we continue to update our gallery with the latest fashion news and launches that you do not want to miss.

    Lorraine Schwartz Announces BIPOC Jewelry Designer Initiative

    Who: Lorraine Schwartz

    What: Emerging Designers Diamond Initiative with the Natural Diamond Council

    Why: Lorraine Schwartz is initiating a one-of-a-kind program with the Natural Diamond Council with $1 million dollars of diamond credit dedicated to supporting emerging Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) jewelry designers. Young designers have an especially hard time accessing diamonds with limited resources, and Schwartz wants to provide these designers with the contacts and finances needed to get their brands off the ground. The program, announced in January, will offer mentorship and $20,000 credit to each designer and stand as a guarantor with the diamond supplier. A well-appointed selection committee including Lorraine Schwartz, NDC CEO David Kellie, Nicole Chapoteau of Vanity Fair, and celebrity stylist and designer Jason Rembert will review and approve designer applications until the $1 million diamond credit runs out. Honorary advisors Pharrell, Kelly Rowland, and Tina Knowles will also lend their expert opinions at various stages of the program. The committee has just announced the first six designers participating in the program: Constance Polamalu of Birthright Foundry, Dorian Webb of Dorian Webb, Lisette Scott of Jam + Rico, Malyia McNaughton of Made by Malyia, Marvin Linares of Marvin Douglas Jewelry, and Jameel Mohammed of KHIRY (all pictured here). The goal is to start endorsing, financially and creatively, more diverse viewpoints and allowing voices previously unable to break through in the industry the space to flourish.

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    Loro Piana Debuts The Sesia Bag

    Who: Loro Piana

    What: The Sesia Bag

    Where: Available online and in Loro Piana boutiques

    Why: Italian luxury brand Loro Piana, known for their unmatched cashmere and wool, is introducing their newest handbag shape for 2021, the Sesia bag. Named for the river that flows through the heart of the northern Italian valley where Loro Piana is based, the Sesia bag is made in harmony with nature. Its minimalist lines are complemented by leather in colors native to the region.

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    BVLGARI Introduces Serpenti Through The Eyes Of Mary Katrantzou

    Who: BVLGARI

    What:
    Collaboration with Mary Katrantzou

    Where: Available for pre-order in selected Bvlgari boutiques worldwide and on Bulgari.com from April 15. Online pre-orders will start from March 21st.

    Why: Bvlgari has allowed another designer to reimagine the iconic Bvlgari Serpenti and infuse their personal style and taste into the original design. British-born Greek designer Mary Katrantzou, known for her intricate and colorful designs, reworked on the Serpenti Metamorphosis bag, the Serpenti Metamorphosis Handle bag and the Serpenti Metamorphosis minaudière. Katrantzou emphasizes the relationship between the butterfly and snake with her playful patterns. Pictured here on fashion icon Natalia Vodianova, the Serpenti Metamorphosis Handle bag is reimagined in sublime Nappa leather in a variety of new colors.

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    Altuzarra Introduces Re-Crafted

    Who: Altuzarra

    What: Re-Crafted upcycled collection

    Where: Available at altuzarra.com

    Why: The push towards sustainable and circular fashion production is something more and more designers are taking seriously. Hopefully for most, it’s not a trend but rather a commitment to eco-friendly fashion. Altuzarra is beginning that journey with a line called Re-Crafted, a capsule of limited skirts, tops, and bags made with archival fabrics. Using leftover textiles from previous collections, Altuzarra created chunky and colorful knits, available now and starting at $395 on Altuzarra.com.

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    Loewe Launches Elephant Bag in Shuka Fabric

    Who: Loewe

    What: Elephant handbag capsule, in partnership with Knot On My Planet

    Where: Available exclusively online at Loewe.com and Mytheresa.com

    Why: Loewe continues their commitment to local craft and environmental justice as their collaboration with wildlife campaign Knot On My Planet enters its third year. This year, the Elephant bag is crafted in traditional Shuka shawl colors, a fabric used by the Samburu people of Kenya to symbolize the red of the cattle’s blood, the blue of the sky, and the white of the cow’s milk. The tassle strap is hand-woven by a skilled team of artisan women on the Samburu Trust. 100% of the proceeds from the limited run of handbags goes directly to the Elephant Crisis Fund, an initiative that directly works with conservationists in order to preserve the fragile future of the African elephant.

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    Uniqlo Launches +J SS21 Collection

    Who: Uniqlo

    What: Spring Summer 2021 Collaboration with Jil Sander

    Where: Available in Uniqlo stores and on Uniqlo.com

    Why: Since 2009, fashion legend Jil Sander has been collaborating with Uniqlo, creating timeless and sophisticated pieces at a price amenable for every customer. This spring, Jil focused on easy, breathable fabrics in muted tones, ready for a “regeneration and a fresh start” after a biting winter. The collection comes in a size range XXS-XL and is available now exclusively in Uniqlo stores and on Uniqlo.com.

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    MAMAG/group and PHLEMUNS Collaborate on Bucket Hats

    Who: MAMAG/group and PHLEMUNS

    What: Bucket hat collaboration

    Where: Available online at Phlemuns.com

    Why: Genderless label PHLEMUNS based out of Los Angeles has teamed up with their parent company MAMAG/group, a holding company focused on representation and equitable opportunity across multiple sectors and industries.Their first product collaboration resulted in these timeless bucket hats made in cow print, coming in three unique colors and seamlessly meshing with the elevated, accessible and cool designer James Flemons has become known for at PHLEMUNS. Each hat is handmade and 20% of the proceeds from profits go back to Homeless Health Care Los Angeles, an organization focused on supporting the homeless population and specifically the residents of Skid Row.

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    UGG Releases Collaboration with Molly Goddard

    Who: UGG

    What: Collaboration with Molly Goddard

    Where: Available at UGG.com, select global UGG® stores, and retail partners including Dover Street Market, Nordstrom, SSENSE and Blake

    Why: The wait is finally over! As soon as fashion industry favorite Molly Goddard debuted her collaboration with UGG on the runway of London Fashion Week last September, we’ve been drooling over the shoes she created with the Southern Californian shoe brand. Molly is known for her elegant yet playful designs, and her eye for color is unmatched. This collaboration highlights the whimsy of her vision with the platform slide in exuberant colors, a mini boot with floral pattern, and a furry slide that mimics some of Molly’s designs. Grab a pair, and fast– they definitely won’t stay on the shelves for long!

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    Who: A.P.C.

    What: Collaboration with Sacai

    Where: In A.P.C. stores and on apc-us.com

    Why: A.P.C. has initiated their 9th collaboration, or Interaction, with the Japanese brand Sacai. Designer Chitose Abe infused her signature hybridity and deconstruction of wardrobe basics with the French label known for easy, wearable pieces. Jean Touitou said of the collaboration that they “push the limits of what we might call ‘wearability’.” Denim jackets have nylon bomber jacket vents seamlessly integrated on its sides and hoodies and t-shirts are printed with the hybrid logo, SA.P.C.AI. The end result are pieces that speak to both brand’s core style and chicness.

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    Who: Dr. Martens

    What: Collaboration with Rick Owens

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    Birkenstock Collaborates with Central Saint Martins Graduates

    Who: Birkenstock

    What: Collaboration with Central Saint Martins

    Where: In select Birkenstock stores worldwide and on 1776.com

    Why: Birkenstock reached out to London fashion school Central Saint Martins in 2018, inviting Fashion Theory students to discover Birkenstock’s extensive archive, and the project went so well Birkenstock has partnered with them again. In 2020, they asked MA Fashion students to reimagine classic Birkenstock styles, including the Arizona and the Milano. The students were given carte blanche and were mentored by a dozen of the industry’s premier talents in design, publishing, and business. A final four was selected to have their shoes produced; the four winners are Alex Wolfe, Dingyun Zhang (whose design is pictured here), Saskia Lenaerts, and Alecsander Rothschild. This organic collaboration between two renowned names in fashion has allowed young talent to flourish and create exciting new designs, available for purchase now.

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    Who: Hermanos Koumori

    What: Pre-Spring Summer 2021 collection

    Where: Online at https://hermanoskoumori.com/

    Why: Mexican streetwear brand Heramons Koumori is always interested in storytelling through their clothing, and their latest collection is no exception. Inspired by a text written by Mexican novelist and short story writer, Antoni Ortuño, about a fictitious airline Aerolíneas Populares, or AeroPop. “AeroPop” inspired a line of pilot uniforms, vintage airline logos on t-shirts and hats, all produced in Mexico with fabrics sourced internationally.

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    Alexander McQueen Releases Skull Mask Eyewear

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    What: Skull Mask sunglasses

    Where: Available on Alexandermcqueen.com

    Why: We’re all used to covering our faces at this point, and these McQueen sunglasses allow for even more facial coverage. The XL frames are industrial chic and will keep you covered from the sun all summer long. The metal frames have a miniature skull on the temple, a signature motif of McQueen that brings the gothic edge to these sleek sunnies.

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    Adidas and Peleton Announce Partnership

    Who: adidas and Peleton

    What: Ongoing partnership and activewear collaboration

    Where: Available starting March 25 on adidas.com, in select adidas retailers, apparel.onepeloton.com and in select Peloton showrooms

    Why: Peleton is continuing to broaden their sense of community by collaborating with premier activewear and lifestyle brand, adidas. The partnership will kick off with a clothing line made in collaboration with Peloton instructors Robin Arzón, Ally Love and Cody Rigsby. These instructors had the opportunity to create pieces tailored to Peleton’s at home workouts, both on and off the bike, as well as relaxed loungewear for rest days. The collection is vibrant, wearable, and size inclusive, running from XS-2X. Prices range from $30-85 and the line will be available on March 25.

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    Hinge Collaborates for Virtual Date Night Kit

    Who: Hinge

    What: Virtual Date Night Kit collaboration with Uncommon Goods

    Where: Online at uncommongoods.com

    Why: If you’re struggling to come up with a cute way to virtually meet your online crush, this is the solution for you. Hinge has partnered with Uncommon Goods to enhance your first date with your Hinge match, albeit a virtual one. Purchase a Date Night Kit for $30, and Uncommon Goods will give you a code to send to your date for them to purchase one at no cost. The kit includes one of three mixing kits for cocktails and a selection of prompts from Hinge to break the ice.

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    Merlette Debuts Handbags

    Who: Merlette

    What: Line of handbags

    Where: Online at https://merlettenyc.com/

    Why: New York based brand Merlette, known for their easy day dresses, ventures into the world of accessories with their first line of handbags. The 3 styles are made with sustainable, traceable fabrics and complement the relaxed comfort of the brand’s ready to wear offerings. The Asha Tote pictured utilizes Indian hand-stitching practices and requires over 90 hours of handwork. Prices range from $460-560.

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    Isabel Marant Debuts Spring Eyewear

    Who: Isabel Marant

    What: Spring Summer 2021 Eyewear

    Where: Online at Isabelmarant.com

    Why: Isabel Marant is synonymous with effortless Parisian chic, and the brand’s Spring-Summer 2021 eyewear offering delivers on that premise. The launch includes geometric and oversized shapes, which mix seamlessly with the ease of the Isabel Marant wardrobe. The Spring campaign was shot by Juergen Teller and features Isabel regular Rebecca Leigh Longendyke.

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    Jacquie Aiche Participates in Make March Matter

    Who: Jacquie Aiche

    What: Make March Matter fundraising

    Where: Online at jacquieaiche.com

    Why: LA-based jewelry brand Jacquie Aiche is using the month of March to fundraise for the annual campaign Make March Matter. This campaign is focused on raising funds for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and both businesses and the community of LA rally around this fundraiser every year. Jacquie Aiche will be donating 20% of all proceeds from this line to Make March Matter, which includes best-selling items worn by Rihanna and Gigi Hadid, for the entire month of March.

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    Reformation Releases Jean’s Genes

    Who: Reformation

    What: Sustainable jeans collection

    Where: Online at thereformation.com

    Why: Reformation is seeking to increase the transparency in their clothing production from start to finish, and the latest offering of denim includes FibreTrace technology which engrains scannable, luminescent pigments into the fabric. When scanned, customers are able to view where the textiles came from that compose the jeans they’re wearing. Find out where the cotton was responsibly farmed and culled, to where the jeans were produced, and finally how they ended up on your legs. The range includes 6 styles, including some Reformation favorites, and range from $78-148.

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    Forevermark Launches Avaanti Collection

    Who: Forevermark

    What: Avaanti Collection

    Where: Online at Forevermark.com

    Why: The De Beers Group brand Forevermark has released their newest collection, Avaanti. Avaanti translates to “forward” from Italian, and the new collection symbolizes a kinetic energy brought to life by brilliant 18K gold and conflict-free diamonds. The collection includes bracelets, pendants, necklaces, and rings, all characterized by a swooping circular pendant, signaling perpetuity in motion.

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    Loewe Launches Surplus Accessories

    Who: Loewe

    What: Surplus Woven tote and Crab Charms

    Where: Online at LOEWE.com

    Why: It’s no secret that Loewe handbags are some of the most luxurious and well-crafted leather goods in the business. Jonathan Anderson’s craftsman touch can be seen in the Surplus Woven tote bags, made from scraps of grained and smooth leather from previous seasons, tightening the production circle and maximizing the use of raw materials. The result is a timelessly gorgeous piece of art that’s practical and durable.

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    Dolce & Gabbana Announce Collaboration with DJ Khaled

    Who: Dolce & Gabbana

    What: Collaboration with DJ Khaled

    Where: Online and in select D&G boutiques worldwide on March 15

    Why: The duo behind Dolce and Gabbana are no strangers to the music scene, having collaborated with some of the biggest names in music. The latest talent on their roster? DJ Khaled, world famous producer and DJ. He brings his signature flair and casual style to the collaboration, which is bright, flowy, and size inclusive. The capsule drops on March 15th, online and in select boutiques.

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    Kassl Editions Presents Dog Bags

    Who: Kassl Editions

    What: Dog Tote Bags

    Where: Online at kassleditions.com

    Why: From the brand making the perfect oversized tote comes an even bigger tote than before—this time, for your pet. Kassl Editions was founded in 2018 to make the perfect fisherman’s trench coat, and their style has become synonymous with quality and European ease. The newest rendition of their hit Oil Tote bag comes in two sizes to accommodate any pooch, in 4 stunning shades.

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    Miu Miu Famous Cats

    Who: Miu Miu

    What: Famous Cats T-shirt Collection

    Where: In select Miu Miu boutiques and on Miumiu.com

    Why: Miu Miu released an exclusive line of five new t-shirts featuring some of film’s favorite felines. Didn’t think that The Godfather or Alien could be cute? Think again. Each tee features a printed still from the film, alongside a text blurb explaining just why these kitties are so iconic. Retailing for $655, sizes XS-L. Meow!

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    Marc Jacobs Hosts Open Book Conversations

    Who: Marc Jacobs

    What: Open Book Conversations

    Where: On Marc Jacobs Instagram Live @marcjacobs

    Why: To honor Women’s History Month, Marc Jacobs has invited some of his closest friends in the fashion industry along with new faces and talents to talk about the industry as a whole through the lenses of race, innovation, and giving back. The talks will kick off on Tuesday, March 9, with a discussion with Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell, two dear friends of Jacobs’. Their discussion will also be a live fundraiser for Every Mother Counts.

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    Dior Launches Her Dior Book

    Who: Dior

    What: Her Dior book

    Where: Available on Dior.com

    Why: In celebration of creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s tenure, Dior is releasing a special book in conjunction with International Women’s Day. The cover features the shirt Chiuri designed for her first collection, which became an instant hit and manifesto for her career at the French fashion house. Inside are works from 33 female photographers who have collaborated with Dior, honoring their work and uniquely female perspective.

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    Bloomingdale’s Launches Stella McCartney Pop-up “Stellabration”

    Who: Bloomingdale’s & Stella McCartney

    What: “Stellabration”, The Carousel Pop-Up

    Where: Online at bloomingdales.com, select stores (NY & CA)

    Why: In its latest Carousel Pop-Up, Bloomingdale’s invites a taste of spring with “Stellabration”. Shoppers will browse a curated assortment of brands & products chosen by Stella herself – from her own SS21 collection and beauty must-haves to home goods and snacks. Better yet, all of “Stellabration” supports and uplifts Stella’s eco-conscious ethos & leadership in sustainability efforts. Just in time for Earth Month! Stocked among giant video walls displaying exclusive Stella McCartney animation & illustrations by Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara, in-person shoppers will be fully immersed in a Stella-approved world. Stop into the store or shop the site, now through May 17th.

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    Brown University Announces Brown Fashion Week

    Who: Brown University

    What: Brown Fashion Week

    Where: Online at www.fashionatbrown.com

    Why: Brown University has announced an exciting two week long “Fashion Week.” The student organization [email protected] has expanded greatly upon last season’s fashion week and is offering over a dozen exciting talks and panels over the course of the two weeks, with speakers such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Emma Chamberlain. The two week long program culminates in The Brown University 11th Annual Runway Show on Friday, March 26 at 7:00 pm ET, presented virtually for the first time. The show will include the collections of twenty-six student designers from both Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. The show must go on, and Brown has used the new virtual normal as a means to engage students in discussions and allow more eyes to come to these emerging student designers.

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    Nordstrom Introduces Second Goodfair Drop

    Who: Nordstrom

    What: Collaboration with Goodfair

    Where: Shop at Nordstrom.com

    Why: Expanding upon their Sustainable Style offerings, Nordstrom is partnering with Goodfair to bring the thrill of thrifting to your online cart. Goodfair is a one-of-a-kind digital thrift store, lightening the burden of shopping vintage by curating the best of their finds and creating an in-house sizing system to ensure everything fits perfectly the first time. Monthly drops feature exclusive vintage finds ranging from $40-$80.

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    Cuyana Releases Double Loop Bag

    Who: Cuyana

    What: Double Loop Bag and Mini Double Loop Bag

    Where: Online at cuyana.com

    Why: San Francisco based brand Cuyana has been devoted to high quality and sustainable leather goods since its inception ten years ago, and the latest offering is an expansion on their best-selling Oversized Double Loop Bag. The Crossbody allows hands-free, travel-friendly carrying of just the essentials. Don’t miss the opportunity to sign up for the Mini Double Loop, a smaller version, which is available for pre-order now before its launch in May.

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    Neous Unveils New Handbag Shapes

    Who: Neous

    What: The Venus and Mercury Handbags

    Where: on Neous.co.uk, Net-a-Porter, and Matchesfashion

    Why: The increasingly popular British handbag brand Neous is releasing two handbags today inspired by British artist Barbara Hepworth. The Venus and the Mercury (pictured on this adorable llama) draw on the geometric and spatial works of Hepworth, bringing the infinity of the circle to life in both symmetrical, art-like handbags.

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    Canada Goose Announces Partnership with NBA and Collaboration with RHUDE

    Who: Canada Goose

    What: Partnership with NBA and Product Collaboration with RHUDE

    Where: In select Canada Goose retail stores and online

    Why: Hypebeasts and hypebaes, unite. Canada Goose is initiating a partnership with the NBA, releasing a collaboration with a new designer each year. The first of lot is with Los Angeles-based brand RHUDE, dropping on March 7th. Four unisex outerwear pieces will be available right before Sunday night’s NBA game, including this bright traffic cone orange puffer vest. Be sure to grab one before they’re all gone.

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    Gucci Announces Collaboration With Tommey Walker’s Label DETROIT VS. EVERYBODY

    Who: Gucci

    What: Collaboration with Tommey Walker and his label DETROIT VS. EVERYBODY

    Where: 11 US cities picked as Changemakers cities by Gucci, and on Gucci.com

    Why: Gucci is furthering its commitment to its social impact initiative, Gucci Changemakers, by collaborating with Detroit native Tommey Walker and his brand DETROIT VS. EVERYBODY on a series of eleven t-shirts highlighting Gucci’s eleven Changemaker cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington D.C). Gucci tapped Walker and his brand because the ingenuity and sincerity of his brand caught their eye and matched perfectly with the brand’s reinvigorated commitment to community-based change.

    This is the first fashion-based program that the Changemakers program is releasing, and a portion of the profits from the shirts will be donated to the 2020 and recently announced 2021 Gucci Changemakers North America Impact Fund winners. The winners are organizations striving towards social and racial equity, focusing on building connections and opportunities within communities of color.

    The shirts retail for $390 USD, available in all eleven cities and Gucci.com. A special edition shirt which says “GUCCI VS. EVERYBODY” will be available exclusively at Troy Somerset Collection Gucci in Detroit.

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    Meghan Markle’s Veja Sneakers Are 30 Percent Off Right Now

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    It’s been a few years since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s October 2018 Australia royal tour, but one accessory to emerge from the trip has remained steadfast: the effortlessly chic Veja sneakers the Duchess of Sussex sported on a boat in Sydney.

    As anyone else who’s ever waited for a restock of Veja’s core styles will know, the celebrity-loved brand still sells out of sizes three years later. This brings very good newsfor those of you who’ve long awaited an online shopping miracle. Bandier currently has a handful of Veja styles on sale for 30 percent off as part of a friends and family sale that kicks off today, March 16. The sale covers most of the luxe e-tailer’s site and savings are reflected in cart at checkout.

    Meghan Markle wearing Veja sneakers in 2018.

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    Aside from the French brand’s star-studded list of wearers (Katie Holmes and Reese Witherspoon also own a pair of Vejas), Veja stands out for being one of the early prioritizers of sustainability. Veja sources all of its raw materials directly, and the brand is fully transparent about every step of its production process.

    Considering how Veja sneakers rarely, if ever, go on sale, now would be a very wise time to treat yourself to a pair before they inevitably sell out and are back to being full price on March 21. Meghan Markle would approve!

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