In a year with many, many changes in the industry, the red carpet not only provided a platform for the celebration of fashion (any time Tracee Ellis Ross went anywhere), but it also amplified a lot of the conversations we, as a society were having—like how Hollywood showed solidarity with #MeToo with a coordinated fashion blackout at the Golden Globes, or how Gemma Chan celebrated representation across industries by wearing exclusively Asian designers while promoting Crazy Rich Asians. A gown, a pantsuit—whatever your garment of choice is, it can be so much more than just clothing when you wear it with intention and purpose. From the symbolic pieces that told a larger story to the jaw-dropping ensembles that were have-to-send-a-picture-to-the-group-text good, here are the 30 best red carpet fashion moments of 2018.
We thought by now we’d have a full-length Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer to analyze. We do not. Which means we don’t yet officially know what Jake Gyllenhaal’s on-screen Mysterio will look like when the legendary Marvel character finally makes his debut. However, a new image has arrived online that appears to be from a magazine profiling Spider-Man’s newest “adversary,” and this illustration gives us an idea of how the costume will look:
And yes, fans. Don’t worry. Mysterio WILL have the fish bowl helmet. However, much like Tony Stark frequently pulls back his helmet to show Robert Downey Jr.’s money-maker, the Mysterio suit will show off Jake Gyllenhaal’s face, as well.
I put quotes around the word “Adversary” because we also have learned that Gyllenhaal will actually start Spider-Man: Far From Home as a protagonist for the Web Head (played once again by Tom Holland). Based on quotes that the cast gave in Brazil at the local Comic-Con, Mysterio will be hired by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to help him track down Elementals, or creatures that draw their power from scientific elements.
Fury also will tap Spider-Man for assistance, and Holland described his relationship with Gyllenaal as a big brother/little brother dynamic.
Also, Spider-Man will rock this very cool Stealth Suit, so he can fight crime around Europe without his classmates wondering why both Peter Parker AND Spider-Man happen to be overseas at the same time.
But it’s SuperBroMovies contributor Daniel Richtman who gets proper credit for sharing the look at Mysterio’s costume in the upcoming Spider-Man sequel, and it ticks off a number of MCU boxes. It looks like body armor. It shows off the gauntlets that Mysterio uses when creating his illusions. And it has a long ass cape, which is essential to the image of the character. All I need to see in the first trailer is a lot of billowy smoke around Mysterio. That’s a deal breaker.
Our biggest question for Spider-Man: Far From Home remains HOW our hero will return after fading to dust at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. From what we have heard, the Far From Home trailer begins as if nothing from Infinity War happened, so we assume that Avengers: Endgame will explain that, and set Peter on his vacation course for Europe.
We will find out more when the trailer finally drops. As for Spider-Man: Far From Home, look for it in theaters on July 5, 2019.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico’s nearly 500-year-old capital, is far less predictable than other Caribbean vacation spots. Restaurants with Michelin-starred chefs vie for your attention with hole-in-the-wall cafes, slick hotels with colonial fortresses, white-sand beaches with provocative street art. Dense rain forests and groomed coffee plantations lie a short drive away. Puerto Rico fell off many travelers’ radars after Hurricane Maria tortured the island in September 2017, wiping out thousands of lives and homes, denuding flora and laying waste to the power grid—and the recovery has been difficult. But today in San Juan,…
In an email to CNN, Kathy Arberg, a public information officer for the Supreme Court, told reporters that Justice Ginsburg had been released from the hospital on Christmas Day and is now “recuperating at home,” following the announcement on December 21 that she would be undergoing surgery for lung cancer.
RBG has had a rough winter. Last month, a bad fall left the Supreme Court Justice hospitalized with three broken ribs, and it was during this time that doctors first discovered two cancerous nodules on her left lung. To remove them, Justice Ginsburg “underwent a pulmonary lobectomy” at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York this week, according to an official statement from the Supreme Court.
According to RBG’s surgeon, the nodules removed during surgery were found to be malignant, but “scans performed before surgery indicated no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body.” Her surgeon confirmed RBG appears to be in the clear and “no further treatment is planned.”
In reaction to her the surgery, Twitter has seen an outpouring of support for the Supreme Court Justice over the past week, with fans hilariously praising Justice Ginsburg’s “brass ovaries” and wishing her a speedy recovery.
Previously, Justice Ginsburg has said she plans to serve on the Supreme Court for at least another five years. And while her recent repeated trips to the hospital have some worried she may not be able to hold out for that long, Ginsburg appears to be tackling business with her usual moxie, just this week voting against President Trump’s proposed immigrant asylum restrictions bill from her hospital bed.
Luckily, the Justices are not scheduled to return to office for official business until January 4, which gives Justice Ginsburg some extra time to recover.
Your television queues are about to be so full in 2019. In addition to the many new shows premiering, there are several anticipated reboots, returns, and final seasons to think about. Game of Thrones and Homeland are both taking final bows, while Big Little Lies is back for its second (and mostly likely last) season. Mix in Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor, Lindsay Lohan’s beach club reality show, and The Hills reboot, and you have one of the most eclectic TV lineups in recent memory.
Even better: The shows are coming for several different networks, from HBO to MTV, not to mention all your favorite streaming platforms. This means that, no matter where you are, you’ll always be able to catch something good on TV. Good luck doing literally anything else. Pace yourself, my friends. It’s going to be a long year.
Below, all the TV shows we’re excited about watching in 2019.
THE FILMMAKER Sofia Coppola loves a theme party. In the 1990s, in Los Angeles, she threw proms and Valentine’s Day fetes with her brother, Roman. She’s hosted Halloween gatherings in France, where they don’t really celebrate Halloween. For a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-themed birthday party that she threw for her husband, Phoenix lead singer Thomas Mars, Ms. Coppola dressed like Gwen Stefani, though she recalled that a friend told her she looked more like Lady Gaga. More recently, she and pal Anna Sui hosted a caftan party at the designer’s house, “so we could all wear caftans.”
Granted, it’s only 12 reviews. The movie didn’t press screen, prompting critics to drag themselves to theaters over the holiday to see if Will Ferrell as the legendary detective and John C. Reilly as his trusted partner could generate some laughs. Well, they didn’t. The reviews have been savage, with Ben Kenigsberg of the New York Times writing:
The consensus on the whodunit appears to be that it coasts for a little while on the chemistry of the two men, who have appeared together in memorable comedies like Step-Brothers and Talladega Nights. However, without Adam McKay at the helm, the guys have to carry too much of the load, and THR writes:
Yeah, safe to say a few critics really took this movie to task just because it made them head to the theaters over the holiday. Can’t say I blame them. But the movie also lacked any real reason to be excited about actually seeing the comedy. In the IndieWire review, David Ehrlich states:
Basically, stay away. Holmes & Watson doesn’t work. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly certainly will work again. Probably even together. But this comedy hopefully taught them that they need to do more than just slide into the period costumes of two famous characters to make audiences laugh.
Did you see Holmes & Watson this week? Are the critics wrong? If you dug it, weigh below and let us know YOUR review of the new movie.
Not to brag, but my skin is the best it’s ever been in my life. I credit that 100 percent to a round of accutane I embarked on last year. The medication worked wonders on knocking out my constant hormonal acne, and for the first time since middle school I feel comfortable leaving the house without makeup.
Before that, though, the only time my skin had ever been remotely as good as it is now was when my derm prescribed me a topical retinol in hopes of wiping out my acne without resorting to the medication (spoiler: it didn’t). Retinols are the gold standard for treating both wrinkles and acne, as they help accelerate skin regeneration and stimulate collagen.
While the retinol didn’t work for me to fight off cysts, it did wonders on fading the pigmentation old breakouts had left behind. My skin was evening out and my pores looked smaller, and I got a glimpse of what life could be like with “good” skin.
Flash forward to this summer, post Accutane. I had no active breakouts, but my skin was riddled with scarring, particularly on my left cheek where I had an explosion of breakouts. My face was also extra sensitive, as Accutane is notorious for drying out your skin. In hopes of lightening the damage, I reached for my trusty retinol. Disaster stuck. Even easing myself in (derms recommend using it once a week and slowly building up to everyday use), my skin wasn’t having it. It was red, dry, irritated and peeling, even in the middle of the sticky New York summer.
I swore to myself I would never reach for a heavy-duty retinol again—until the Drunk Elephant’s new A-Passioni 1% Retinol showed up on my desk. Like the rest of the Internet, I’m steadily becoming a convert for the cult of DE. The brand’s Vitamin C Serum and D-Bronzi Serum are everything, and people swear by the line’s efficacious yet gentle formulas. Given that, it’s no surprise why Reddit threads and beauty bloggers have been freaking out about the brand’s foray into retinol, which officially lands in-store at Sephora today.
Even still, it took the ingredients label to convince me it’d be gentle enough on my skin. It’s got the obvious—vitamin A—which does come in a more potent 1% formula than some of the more lower-strength 0.5% options. But that’s offset with additives like nourishing kale and winter cherry, skin-strengthening peptides, and marula and jojoba oils to help prevent any peeling that comes from retinol. It’s also a vegan, plant-based formula, which Dr. Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, says are becoming increasingly popular for the fact that they’re less likely to irritate your skin.
I’ve only been using it one to three times a week—depending on how my skin is feeling—for the past month, and I’ve definitely noticed a change in the appearance of my skin. My pores are more refined and my skin looks more even, and if I do say so myself, I’m glowing. The creamy texture goes on so nicely (it almost feels oily, in a good way), which I’m sure is thanks to all the hydrating ingredients in the formula.
The most exciting thing is the pigmentation from all my acne scars is starting to lighten and my tone is looking more even all over. Oh, and not only that, I’ve had no zero irritation, redness, or dryness.
That said, it might not knock out breakouts entirely for you at first. I’ve still gotten a few spots on my cheeks and chin. I consulted Dr. Zeichner, and he said it’s normal for some people to get new breakouts after starting a retinol routine because the ingredient causes your skin to purge itself of any blockage in your pores. The best results for most retinol regimens are seen after six weeks of use. And if it is too harsh for you at first, the brand says you can mix small amount with other products (like a hydrating moisturizer) to help temper the effects. (You can read more on “retinol buffering” here.)
Until then, I’m going to keep putting this to the test to see if I can fade my scars for good, but for now I’ll be enjoying the glow.
Drunk Elephant A-Passioni 1.0% Retinol Cream, $74, sephora.com
Mental health issues don’t discriminate—even the glossiest of celebrities with all the advantages in the world aren’t immune to depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges. They’re way more common than you might realize; approximately one in five adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. But the reality is, there’s still a stigma around mental health issues (and many people aren’t getting the treatment they need).
The good news is? The stigma is slowly but surely starting to crumble thanks in part to the fact that people—including celebs with a platform (and droves of Instagram followers)—are opening up about their emotional well-being. We still have a long way to go, but there’s real power in that; the more open we are about mental illness, the easier it is for people to ask for help. Read on for 11 stigma-demolishing moments that put mental health in the spotlight this year.
So much happened in 2018, and social media was there to capture all of it. From the Winter Olympics—remember, we had a whole-ass Olympics this year—to the royal wedding, “Thank U, Next,” and everything in between, it feels like all the major moments in 2018 came with a viral tweet, Instagram caption, or hashtag. Like photographs, these digital posts will serve as mementos in the years to come. Simply put, we’ll always remember where we were when Kylie Jenner revealed the birth of her daughter—because she posted about it.
Like you have a top nine on your Instagram page, these 24 social moments, below, were some of the most buzzed-about of the year. In many ways, they defined the past 12 months—for better and for worse. Let’s take a look back, shall we?
After months of rumors and speculation, Jenner confirmed on February 4 that she’d given birth to a baby girl, Stormi Webster.
RiRi’s May 2 post set the Internet ablaze, with many women applauding her for challenging beauty standards.
“Been in Africa, what’d I miss ??” she wrote in June. Enough said.
More women embraced their breakouts in 2018, including Kendall Jenner, who hit the Golden Globes red carpet with perfectly imperfect skin.
We honored some of the survivors at the 2018 Glamour Women of the Year Awards.
Her disparaging comments against Valerie Jarrett led to the cancellation of the Roseanne reboot. A new spinoff, The Conners, emerged a few months later…without Barr’s character.
Selena Gomez, Lili Reinhart, Millie Bobby Brown, and Ariana Grande were among the stars who announced temporary hiatuses from Twitter or Instagram. Prioritizing yourself and your mental health is so important, and these women were shining examples of doing just that.
The KP Twitter and Instagram accounts were our lifelines this year to everything royal—particularly Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding. (See also: Markle’s pregnancy announcement and the arrival of Prince Louis!)
The Bachelorette winner came under fire for problematic Instagram posts he “liked” before appearing on the show. He’s since apologized and is still with Becca Kufrin.
We bow down to one of the most iconic, game-changing beauty brands of 2018.
The pop singer kept mum about the death of her ex-boyfriend—until she posted this black-and-white photo of him. She went on to tribute him in other ways, including on her song “Thank U, Next.”
No celebrity made more of a splash on social media this year than Grande. Whether she was promoting her new album (Sweetener), her number-one single (“Thank U, Next”), or musing about her personal life (so many Pete Davidson subtweets), we paid attention to everything she posted. And still do.
Their relationship caught everyone by surprise—as did the Instagram post in July announcing their engagement. They went on to have more memorable Insta moments—Hailey “Bieber,” anyone?—but that initial engagement confirmation was the highlight.
I still hear both of them, to be honest.
Remember when people were jumping out of cars because of a Drake song?
The notorious tweeter made his return, for better or for worse—most of the times for worse. He managed to start feuds with John Legend and Drake, praise Donald Trump, and drag Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen into the mess. And we haven’t even touched on the #IfSlaveryWasAChoice hashtag.
Too many moments to count.
The EGOT one was especially A+.
She alleged sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, the conservative judge President Donald Trump nominated for for the Supreme Court. Women came out in droves to support her.
People first caught whiff of their relationship from a series of flirty Instagram likes and comments. Before we knew it, they were engaged—and the news cycle hasn’t been the same since.
The figure skater was the viral sensation of the 2018 Olympics. Reese Witherspoon even gave him a shout-out on Twitter!
The hashtag was used on the day of the Super Bowl, where Justin Timberlake took the stage at the halftime show. (Many have reexamined Jackson and Timberlake’s 2004 #Nipplegate controversy and believe she was unfairly criticized.)