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See Mark Seliger’s Instagram Portraits From the Cannes amfAR Gala

Photographer Mark Seliger, with Vanity Fair Italia, gathered Karlie Kloss, Adrien Brody, and more of the biggest stars of the famed French festival inside his portrait studio, during the annual amFAR Gala.

Portrait Photography

Vanity Fair’s Exclusive Cannes Film Festival Portrait Gallery

See photographer Fabrice Dall’Anese’s stunning portraits of some of the biggest stars on the Croisette.

Film Festivals

Prince Harry Has Finally Met Princess Charlotte

Before we even begin this post, we would like to note, for the record, that when you Google “harry charlotte,” the first result that comes up is Charlotte York Goldenblatt’s Wikipedia page (she was married, as even a casual Sex and the City watcher would probably remember, to divorce attorney Harry …

Prince Harry

Princess Charlotte Has Been Keeping Prince William Up All Night

It’s been about three weeks since Princess Charlotte arrived on this earth, though you, like us, may have a hard time remembering a life, any semblance of a content existence, before she was on this planet, too. Kate, William, big brother George, and the new princess, fifth in line to the throne, have …

Royal Family

Kate Middleton’s Mother Advocates for Bouncy Castles in New Advice Column

Carole Middleton—mother to Kate, as well as Pippa and James—has maintained a pretty low, if quietly visible, profile over the past few years. Most people are aware of two biographical details when it comes to Carole: one, she (with husband Michael) started an extremely successful party-supplies …

Advice Columns

Judy Garland’s Former Manager Opens Up About the Legend’s Final, Troubled Years

Stevie Phillips worked with Judy Garland for four years, beginning in 1961 as the manager of her comeback tour, and went on to represent her daughter, Liza Minnelli, until 1975. Below is an adaptation from Phillips’s memoir, Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & Me, which will be published …

Judy Garland

Season 6 Game of Thrones Casting News Brings a Long-Buried Plot Back from the Dead

The first character descriptions for the Season 6 Game of Thrones casting call have started making the rounds. They’re vague and general enough that they can be posted here at the top without any spoiler warning on them, and we’ll get to more in-depth analysis about what it all means below. So here, …

Game of Thrones

How Ford Models Changed the Face of Beauty

The little-known story behind a pair of young newlyweds in post–World War II Manhattan who launched the era of the supermodel.

When Eileen Otte and Jerry Ford eloped to San Francisco in November 1944, in the midst of World War II, it was hardly surprising that Jerry should declare his profession as …

Fashion Photography

Peggy and Stan’s Mad Men Romance Was Hinted at Way Sooner Than We Thought

Jay R. Ferguson shipped them before anyone else did.

The potential of a romance between Stan Rizzo and Peggy Olson on Mad Men had become clear enough in the final few episodes that many of us started rooting for them to get together—even if we firmly believed the show would never be kind enough to …

Mad Men

The 6 Mad Men Good-Byes You Might Have Missed

There were plenty of big, splashy good-byes in Mad Men’s series finale. The core cast of characters—Don, Peggy, Sally, Betty, Roger, Pete, and Joan—all got a deliberate check-in via the show’s final montage. And while some other side characters also got an emphatic good-bye (Trudy Campbell in that …

Mad Men

How Jackie O Played Matchmaker to Two of America’s Greatest Minds

Writer Peter Davis recalls how the former First Lady hosted an unforgettable evening with Harvard classicist John H. Finley Jr., journalist I.F. Stone, and the “wallpaper contingent.”

Social gaffes curdle an occasion. At a large gathering not long ago in Hollywood, I lost any traction I may have had …

Western Philosophy


8 Reasons Why Mad Max Is the Most Improbable Franchise of All Time

Inside the original 1979 film that somehow kicked off a decade-spanning action series.

Mad Max: Fury Road and its surprisingly feminist mystique revs its way into theaters this weekend, awakening a whole new generation of road-warrior fans. But the legacy of Mad Max stretches all the way back to the …


Game of Thrones Absolutely Did Not Need to Go There with Sansa Stark

Warning: This article is full of details from Season 5, Episode 6 of Game of Thrones, titled “Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken.” Don’t read it unless you’re prepared to be spoiled and are ready for a frank discussion of a particularly upsetting episode of Game of Thrones.

Did they really need to go there on …

Game of Thrones

So What Really Happens to Don at the End of Mad Men?

He achieves spiritual completeness. Or maybe he doesn’t.

“The new day brings new hope. For the lives we’ve led, the lives we get to leave. A new day, new ideas. A new you.”

(Spoilers for the final episode of Mad Men, obviously.)

So, did Don Draper come back to McCann and put all his yoga training to …

Mad Men

The Best Dressed of the Cannes Film Festival

The most talented and strikingly beautiful have gathered in the South of France for the Cannes Film Festival. Lupita floated down the red carpet in Gucci in a swirl of emerald green, Zoë Kravitz was a dream in Valentino, Charlize Theron looked ravishing in a rich-yellow Dior gown, and Emma Stone …

Film Festivals

Is It Time to Table Farm-to-Table?

The “farm-to-table” movement has run amok as restaurants everywhere provide exhausting pedigrees for every morsel. When did where food comes from start to matter more than how it tastes?

I used to dream of being able to go to a restaurant near where I live that would serve the freshest and most …


Prince Harry Reveals When He’d Like to Have Kids

While Prince William spends some time with Kate, George, and new daughter Charlotte at their country house, his younger brother, Harry, is currently touring New Zealand, shutting down bars to take part in trivia nights, cavorting with ancient lizards, and—in a real “Royals! They’re Just Us . . .” …

Prince Harry

Who Gave Princess Charlotte Her First Outfit?

Princess Charlotte is going to have a lot of pressure, when it comes to her style, to keep up with her mother and brother—both of whom have yet to be seen in an outfit in public that didn’t immediately sell out online. This is decidedly not a family where you can slink outside in some sweatpants and …

Kate Middleton

Kristin Davis Wants to Take Credit for Princess Charlotte’s Name

When the news broke in the war room that Kate and William had named their second child Charlotte, one of the first questions tossed out—after we all regained consciousness, of course—was what Sex and the City star Kristin Davis, pop culture’s most famous Charlotte, for sure, would make of …


Princess Charlotte Meets the Queen, Becomes an Official Citizen

Princess Charlotte isn’t even a week old, and she has already scored a seven-figure recording contract, won a Pulitzer for a book of short stories, and held court for the Queen of England. O.K., only the third one of those actually happened, but just give her a year, and we imagine the first two …

Prince Philip

Why Princess Charlotte Could Never Have Been Given Diana as a First Name

Royal experts weigh in on the legacy of the new princess’s name.

Yesterday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s aides announced their daughter would be named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, and royal watchers say that they’ve scored a hat trick. The name, which has received the blessing of Her Majesty the

Prince Charles

Crush of the Week: Pearls Are a Girl’s Best Friend

Whoever said diamonds were a girl’s best friend never saw these pearl Dior tribal earrings, and let's face it, also never heard of Raf Simons. Can you believe that these pearls make a pair of diamond earrings seem old-fashioned and dare I say it, outdated? Don’t get me wrong, if you are planning on …


Why Anne Hathaway Wore a Hoodie to the Met Gala

And other knowledge gleaned from the red-carpet of red carpets.

On Monday night, Madonna stood at the top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's famed steps, and summed up the scene at this year's Costume Institute Gala.

“It's like a Fellini movie,” she said, “because it's the best and the worst of …

Anne Hathaway

A Definitive Examination of Kim Kardashian’s Hair

Kim Kardashian is basically known, at this point, for her shifting looks: on any given day, in any given selfie, Kim’s entire appearance—her hair color, her eye color, her style aesthetic—is impossible to predict. Today, though, we will examine, in particular, the hair. If Jennifer Aniston is the …


Week in Fashion: Rihanna’s bold look, Gigi's Ravishing Red DVF, and Beyoncé’s barely there Givenchy

Fashion’s elite made their way to New York this week in honor of one of the most spectacular events of the year, the Met Gala. Beyoncé reigned supreme in a show-stopping barely there Givenchy Couture gown, Rihanna was captivating in a canary yellow fur-trimmed and beautifully embroidered Guo Pei …

Ball Gowns

Which Emma Are Americans Naming Their Baby Daughters After?

Meanwhile, did Noah hold on to the No. 1 spot for boys?

It’s that time of year! Everyone’s allergies are kicking in; you can walk outside without a jacket on (you don’t even need a light one “just in case”!); you can hear music blasting from car windows on every block. It can only mean one thing: …

Emma Stone

Watch a Slyly Funny Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Crack Jokes En Route to the Met Gala

And recall that time she air-kissed Beyoncé.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala is known for its strict guest list and arguably the best red carpet in the business. As the A-list turned out Monday for the debut of this year’s exhibit, "China: Through the Looking Glass," …

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Beyoncé Shows Up Late to the Met Gala, Still Turns All Heads in Revealing Dress

When the Met Gala red carpet came to a close tonight, there seemed to be one very conspicuous absence: Beyoncé. But then, right at the wire, like pop-cultural manna from pop-cultural heaven, Bey made a last-second arrival and a full-scale Twitter meltdown was avoided.

The singer—who ended up drawing …


The Story Behind Rihanna’s Red Carpet-Winning Met Gala Dress

That train, though.

The Met Gala red carpet was shaping up to be a respectful but restrained affair of tasteful red dresses and flame-like silhouettes on Monday night. Then Rihanna appeared on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in an imperial yellow, fur-trimmed cape that was embroidered …