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Watch Never-Before-Seen Video of Alexander McQueen

Unseen McQueen offers a trove of archival footage of the late designer and his inner circle.

Five years after his death at age 40, Alexander McQueen remains a powerful presence in the fashion psyche. That goes especially for his hometown of London, where two exhibits that explore a legacy that …

Alexander McQueen

Warm Up to Spring with These Old Hollywood Flings

Still searching for the first sign of the new season? We here at Vanity Fair may not be able to give you dainty flowers, chirping birds, or gentle rays of sun—but we can give you something much more alluring: spring flings with Old Hollywood’s ritziest couples (and in comparison, the other things …


Jon Hamm and the Mad Men Cast Celebrate the Show’s Send-off with Black & Red Ball

The AMC drama’s cast and crew gathered in downtown Los Angeles for a farewell party.

In Los Angeles, people tend to interpret dress codes as sartorial suggestions—choosing jeans or similarly casual wear for a cocktail event. But when it came to celebrating Mad Men, the AMC drama that reminded …

Jon Hamm

The 9 Episodes That Will Get You Hooked on The X-Files

It’s official: X-Files is returning to Fox for six new episodes. But for those of you who never got into the seminal sci-fi series, actor, comedian, and host of the The X-Files Files podcast Kumail Nanjiani has picked just a handful of the best episodes to get you started.

The X-Files changed the …

TV Series

How The Americans Subverted Worn-Out Sexist Spy Tropes to Bring Us Its Most Disturbing Episode Yet

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, the lead actors on FX’s slow-burning spy series The Americans are gorgeous, sexy individuals with undeniable chemistry. I know it, you know it, and the FX marketing team certainly knows it. But in this most recent season, FX has turned down the sex on their leading …

Keri Russell

Kate Middleton Went on a Shoe-Shopping Spree

As we patiently await the arrival of Lil’ Prince Dustin or Princess Jade (put your money down on those names; you won’t be let down), Prince George is no doubt getting a bit anxious, as eldest children do when there is about to be a new arrival in the family. Will he have to share space on magazine …

Kate Middleton

The True Story of Pretty Woman’s Original Dark Ending

As the classic rom-com turns 25, screenwriter J.F. Lawton looks back on how his gritty screenplay got turned into a fairy tale—and why he thinks it’s the best thing that could have happened.

Over the past three decades, the story behind the original Pretty Woman script—how it was dark, how it didn’t …


Madonna Through the Years in Vanity Fair

Since 1986, Madonna has expressed herself—and undressed herself—for Vanity Fair time and time again. Here are some of our favorite moments with this timeless pop-queen chameleon.


Robin Wright on Her Role as Claire Underwood and Her Marriage to Sean Penn

It took Robin Wright three decades to find the role that has made her a major star—and the woman she wanted to be. With the release of the third season of House of Cards, in which her Claire Underwood is a terrifying, pragmatic match for Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood, Wright talks to Sam Kashner …


Silk Onesies and Grand Gowns: Crafting the Costumes for The King and I

To re-create the historical dress from the kingdom of Siam, costume designer Catherine Zuber traveled all the way to Queens.

Catherine Zuber is a professional expert in bamboo hoopskirts and whalebone corsets. The five-time Tony Award–winning costume designer stood a few floors beneath Lincoln …

Carole King

The Week in Fashion: Blond Beauties Sizzle, Dazzle, and Glow

Suki Waterhouse glowed in a blush-tone Reem Acra gown, Lily James chose a sleek silhouette in a shimmering gray Balenciaga structured piece, Kate Moss, ever a joy to see out and about, strutted in a dazzling Marc Jacobs black number, and Natalie Dormer sizzled in a midnight blue deep-V Chalayan …

Kate Moss

White Luggage and Lemon Meringue Pie Are Just a Few of Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey’s Favorite Things

Two years ago, Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey, inspired by the glamour of Hollywood, launched Violet Grey as a multi-platform beauty enterprise with a digital-magazine component, and later opened a store on Melrose Place, in Los Angeles. The selection of coveted products, which has been curated by top …


Kate Middleton’s Pregnancy Style: A Coat Extravaganza

We are somehow, improbably, just weeks (weeks!) away from the arrival of Prince George’s younger sibling. Since the announcement was made in September that the Duchess of Cambridge was expecting her second child, every appearance Kate has made has been scrutinized to an even greater extent than the …

Kate Middleton

What Job Should Prince Harry Take On Next?

We learned earlier this week that Prince Harry is going to be moving on from the Army this June. What’s next for him, though, is somewhat uncertain. “I am considering the options for the future and I am really excited about the possibilities,” Harry said in a statement. “While I am finishing one …

Prince Harry

Be Patient: Bloodline, Kyle Chandler’s Swampy Netflix Drama, Is Worth the Time

Bloodline, the new family drama from the creators of Damages, takes some time to get going. But once it does, it seems like another addictive hit for Netflix.

Things move slow in Florida, especially down in the Keys, swampy and tropical and swaddled in salty breezes. But there’s something attractive …


10 Things We Learned (and then Forgot) from Watching Glee

Our former resident Glee addict looks back on six seasons, and where it all went wrong.

The shambolic, pedantic, and formerly seminal Fox high-school comedrama Glee is finally ending its broadcast run. Though once devout adherents, we were worn down by the show’s sloppiness and gave up on watching …


A Tribute to Angelina Jolie, Kathryn Bigelow, and Other Women in the Director’s Chair

Amid fresh critiques of Hollywood’s gender divide, here’s ample proof that women can thrive in the director’s chair. Whether they’ve leveraged screen stardom or simply leaned in and charged ahead, who would dare stop the creative forces on these pages?

Women have stormed the top tiers of government, …

Kathryn Bigelow

Prince Harry Says He Is Beginning A “New Chapter” of His Life

Confirming rumors, Prince Harry made it official yesterday: he will be leaving the British Army in June, after 10 years of service. Harry reflected on this time in the military in his statement about the decision, writing, “After a decade of service, moving on from the Army has been a really tough …

Prince Harry

Wall Street Executives from the Financial Crisis of 2008: Where Are They Now?

It’s been nearly seven years since a financial meltdown almost destroyed the global economy. Some of Wall Street’s major players reflect on riding out the maelstrom.

Once upon a time, Jimmy Cayne, now 81, had a lot to say about the sad fate that befell Bear Stearns, the Wall Street investment bank …

Wall Street

What Was New York Times Reporter James Risen’s Seven-Year Legal Battle Really for?

For seven years, Risen lived under the threat of jail for refusing to reveal a confidential source. When the government backed off, some saw a victory for freedom of the press. But Risen’s fight shows how little that concept means in post-9/11 America.


On a January morning this year, James …


Why Gone Girl’s Amy Dunne Is the Most Disturbing Female Villain of All Time

Even F.B.I. veterans are amazed by Amy.

Sure, movie posters may proclaim all the time that they’ve got the “best” or “most thrilling” thing you’ve ever seen. But when a real F.B.I. agent calls someone “one of the most disturbing female villains in movie history” and a “cold, calculating psychopath,” …


Breaking Down the Real-Life Royal Counterparts to the Characters on The Royals

Who’s the William? The Harry? The Kate?

For E!’s debut scripted series, The Royals, the network is zeroing in on a subset of individuals very near and dear to us at the royal family. Of course, the show centers on a fictional set of royals—led by Elizabeth Hurley’s Queen Helena—but, when …

Elizabeth Hurley

The Week in Fashion: 70s Glam, Jumpsuits, and Stunning Alexander McQueen

Poppy Delevingne screamed 70s glam in Miu Miu, Lily James continued her winning Cinderella streak in Camilla and Marc, Lady Gaga reminded us just how flattering a jumpsuit truly can be in Martin Grant, FKA Twigs held her own in a powerful McQueen piece from his spring 2008 collection, and Victoria …

Alexander McQueen

Prince William and Kate Middleton Are Looking for a New Housekeeper

Your chances of seeing Kate Middleton at work every day just improved (by an infinitesimal amount, but still), as the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge have reportedly put out an advertisement in a local magazine for a new housekeeper for their country home, Amner Hall. If you’ve had even the slightest …

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton Opts for Spotted Dalmatian Coat for Gallery Visit

The Duchess of Cambridge—some six weeks away from the arrival of Royal Baby No. 2 (Jayden if it’s a boy, Jaydin if it’s a girl, for sure)—is in the midst of a very busy week. On Monday, she made an appearance at a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, where she sported a pink Alexander …

Kate Middleton

Introducing Colin Hanks, Documentary Director

The actor’s debut feature, about the rise and fall of Tower Records, premieres at the SXSW Film Festival this week.

Sure, Colin Hanks—actor, Emmy nominee for Fargo, child of a Hollywood mainstay—is a fan of the film and television industries that keep him employed. But, he says, “It’s also my job. …


My Difficult, Revelatory Three Days of Eating Like Beyoncé

“I figured that if even the slightest bit of Beyonc-ocity could rub off on me, I’d be a better man for it.”

I stood nervously by the office microwave, self-conscious about the wafting smell of fried rice. I took out my carton when it was ready, mashed the yellow mush around, and then frowned …


The Fugitive Heir

Two decades after his lovely young wife vanished, Robert Durst, scion of a Manhattan real-estate family worth billions, faces new murder charges. A cold case is now red-hot news, with a gangland-style execution, a headless torso, a manhunt, and revelations that Durst led part of his double life as …


Prince William’s Trip to China Ends with a Controversy

The Duke is the first senior royal to visit China in nearly 30 years.

Prince William’s tour of China has ended in controversy after he visited an elephant sanctuary a stone’s throw away from an entertainment park where elephants are trained to sit on balls and play football. 
The Duke, who has left …


Kate Middleton Attends Hotel Reopening in Surprising Floral-Print Dress

You guys, is everyone prepared for Kate to give birth next month?! Next month! How did this happen?! It always felt like the arrival of Prince George’s forthcoming younger sister or brother was so far off, but yet, as ever, time seems to have evaporated and it’s almost time. (Where’s Prince Harry …

Kate Middleton