Boseman may have been best-known on the global stage for playing T’Challa, but he made a mark in two earlier biopics, demonstrating his range as a performer. In 2013’s 42, he played Jackie Robinson, another Black man who broke the mold, integrating baseball in 1947. (It’s a cruel twist of fate that his passing coincides with Jackie Robinson Day.) His performance as James Brown in Get On Up had the verve and vigor of the late singer himself. At the time of Boseman’s death, he had completed filming on Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and was set to start production on the animated series What If…?, in which he would voice T’Challa. Black Panther II, which was quickly greenlit after the resounding success of Coogler’s film, was set to premiere in 2022.
Mary-Janes appear to be making an even greater than usual return in the fashion world, with Riccardo Tisci’s T-bar style for Burberry looking to once again dominate the fall footwear scene and Cecilie Bahnsen’s quilted pair (designed in collaboration with Charles & Keith as part of a collection aptly titled Back To School) being spotted all over Instagram. Also in the mix are Prada’s iteration, which appears to be a hybrid between a Mary-Jane and an espadrille; Nodaleto’s early aughts-era chunky-heeled platforms, and Proenza Schouler’s platform take. Carel, the French footwear brand that The Politician star Lucy Boynton (who plays fashion icon Astrid Sloan on the Netflix series) favors both on and off the silver screen, is also a recent favorite on Instagram. (Whether or not that’s a product of the show’s second season being a quarantine must-watch is a question for another day.) And, of course, you can’t talk Mary-Janes without mentioning Dr. Marten’s Polleys, which, like cardigans, are a smash hit among Gen-Zers on TikTok.
When coming up with the costumes used outside of competitions and practice, Fort envisioned “places that the character could go to, be it the mall or the local boutique.” As the costume designer behind the other most popular film of the time, Mean Girls, she has experience with that. “You try to get into the head of where the characters would be able to go — like, where would Torrance go to get her sweats?” she says. For the Toros, Fort envisioned a beachy look, mimicking what people wore at the time. “It is the antithesis of trendy,” she says. “In Southern California, people wear shorts, people wear tank tops.” Meanwhile, Clovers were dressed in more on-trend fashion of the time. (It should be noted that the mostly-open cardigan with nothing underneath, seen below, is one of the biggest trends of this summer.) “It’s the same with the Clovers. You would go to the places that they go to,” she says. “They had more options of places to go, being from a bigger city. Things that you couldn’t get in the more sort of provincial place like San Diego.”
One detained factory worker, who declined to give his full name out of concern for his safety, told the Financial Times that prison guards had asked protesters, “You wanted regime change and democracy? Here you go!” before forcing them to do 100 squats, subsequently beating those who failed to comply. “The first to be arrested were the luckiest, because they didn’t hit them so badly,” the man, identified only as “Yaroslav,” said. “With every passing night the people they brought were treated worse. Two or three people might beat them, one guy even got hit in the face with a truncheon.”
“Last year, before the pandemic hit, we traveled to Milan to source inspiration for this collection,” explains OPI Co-Founder Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. “We ate fresh pasta, spent hours walking the city streets, and drank Campari while admiring the incredible street style. Of course, at the time, we had no idea the hardships Milan would soon face. But through this collection, we pay homage to the magical city that showed its loving spirit, even at the height of the coronavirus outbreak.”
Our energy may feel erratic on Monday, whenmessenger Mercury forms a square against innovative Uranus. Our ideas and words can get tangled as the planets of communication and unexpected changes clash against each other. On the bright side, we’ll feel extra creative. While we’ll have to be intentional about considering our thoughts before sharing them with others, we can also use this transit to think outside of the box.
On Tuesday at 12:44 p.m. EST, the Moon wanes into her 3rd quarter in Taurus. This transit can cause us to rush others — and ourselves. One way to tap into patience is to focus on listening to the emotions that come up during this transit; this will let us move forward with purpose.
Power struggles may arise on Thursday, when warrior Mars creates a square against controlling Pluto. The confrontation between these planets can influence us to challenge authority figures or, conversely, we may feel challenged by others. It may feel unnatural, but we’ll find a happy medium during this movement by playing by the rules and avoiding burning bridges.
Starting Saturday, disruptive Uranus stations retrograde in Taurus, encouraging us to shift our focus towards creating internal change. We may feel frustrated with our progress, but if we focus on solidifying our values as the planet moves in reverse, we’ll be ready to put our best foot forward when Uranus stations direct again in Taurus early next year.
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In early March, communications professional Laila Neufville was riding high after an inspiring design meeting with her florist Holly Chapple — one of the last things on the to-do list for her May 23rd wedding. At Hope Flower Farm, Chapple’s property in Waterford, Virginia, they pored over inspiration images and discussed the bridal party’s color scheme. “It was such good energy all around,” said the bride, “I was like, ‘I trust you to do whatever you want. I don’t want to limit or stifle your creativity.’” However, within two weeks of that meeting, said Laila, “things started spiraling.” A trip to Spain to celebrate her 30th birthday and bachelorette, a bridal shower, and then the wedding was put on hold. After Laila joined a Zoom call that Holly organized for all of the brides whose nuptials she’d been scheduled to design that summer (“It was nice to talk to other people who were going through the same process — like, you can grieve [your wedding], but not really grieve it”), the florist invited Laila to host a scaled-down ceremony at Hope Farm. “She was like, ‘You can come say your vows, stay as long as you want; you can watch the sunset, take your pictures, whatever,‘” said Laila.
The month starts on an expansive note. We’re encouraged to open our minds on August 3, when the Moon waxes full in forward-thinking Aquarius and creates a square against change-loving Uranus at 11:58 a.m. EST. This is a day to absorb what is happening around us and focus on flexibility. Chatty Mercury speeds into the proud sign of Leo on August 4, altering how we share our thoughts. We’ll enjoy a new sense of confidence while the messenger planet moves through this sign, but we’ll have to be prepared to put a little extra effort into listening. Charming Venus makes her way into sensitive Cancer on August 7, helping us be gentler with our loved ones. We may notice that we’re more doting toward our partners, or that we’re feeling more open to new relationships. August 15 offers us an opportunity to manage our energy, as change-loving Uranus stations retrograde in reliable Taurus. We’re feeling a little jittery as this planet moves in reverse, and find it more challenging to tether our ideas. It’ll take more intention to center our thoughts, but if we make the effort it’ll pay off when Uranus stations direct in Taurus. Ready to get organized? The Sun enters Virgo’s practical sign on August 22, helping us figure out where loose ends can be tied up. We can use this transit to figure out how we can become more efficient and save time for what matters.