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How do you decide what to buy? (Besides reading Who What Wear, of course.) Perhaps you purchase something out of necessity, maybe it’s celebrity-inspired, or it might be because of sheer FOMO. But have you ever tried shopping based on your zodiac sign? After reaching out to a slew of fashion girls and getting their smart, stylish, and well-articulated zodiac-based fall picks from Zara, I’m fully convinced that it’s a worthwhile pursuit. (In case you’re curious, you’re reading words written by a Libra—moi—who already got her fall wardrobe sorted by an astrologer.)

I got brilliant answers from a Taurus based in Copenhagen, a Scorpio in New York City, a Sagittarius in Madrid, a Cancer in Miami, and a Gemini in Los Angeles—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. These stylish ladies might not share the same sign, but they share a knack for being well-dressed and having good eyes for style. Scroll down to see what 12 women of each sign would buy from reader-favorite Zara right now. 

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The beauty of Richmond, Virginia–based Need Supply Co. is that it’s one of those one-stop-shops where you can buy a sweater, a bath mat, and a lipstick all in one shopping trip. Its e-commerce site features an epic assortment of brands, both indie and major designer as well as affordable and high-end. And as luck would have it, its Friends  Family Sale (which is a rare occurrence, I might add) is on, and everything (save for a few excluded brands) is a whopping 30% off. I know; my jaw dropped when I heard too.

The sale is happening through Monday, October 21, and you don’t even need a code—the sale price is displayed right on each item’s page. I love a sale, so I took it upon myself to shop out the very best buys to be had, which I admittedly thoroughly enjoyed. Scroll to shop the fashion items I’d buy immediately. 

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We know we’re not alone when we say that we could easily spend a large chunk of our salaries on skincare. Between the constant new launches and those OG holy grails, there are just too many opportunities to shop. As beauty editors, we’re lucky enough to have access to the most luxurious products on the market, but we’re well aware that it’s not always feasible to shell out so much money on lotions and potions—especially on a polarizing product like eye cream.

Some folks swear by the stuff for refining fine lines and keeping puffiness at bay, while others just don’t see the point. We happen to identify with the former and as such are quite looped into the formulas that perform best. On the other hand, we’re committed to bringing you the affordable options that still get the job done. Luckily, there are plenty of lower-cost products that can help mitigate the effects that aging has on the delicate orbital skin.

Here, find nine iconic eye creams beauty insiders swear by and the similar, more affordable dupes that will help you leave tired eyes in 2019. Just because there are bags under your eyes doesn’t mean you have to pay designer prices to get rid of them. (Unless you want to, in which case, you also have our blessing.)

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If you were to rattle of a few of your go-to store, there’s a high chance Nordstrom would rank top on that list. And for good reason—the mega-retailer basically carries everything you need (basics, trend-forward items, and the like) all at a variety of price points. But what’s interesting is that many of the top-rated wardrobe staples (featured in the “sort by customer rating” filter) all actually happen to skew on the affordable end.

That’s right: From the perfect straight-leg jeans to wear-everywhere ankle boots, many of the fall essentials monopolizing Nordy are under $200. But rather than send you on a wild goose chase scrolling through pages and pages of said merch, we curated an assortment of the chicest bargain items right here. Keep scrolling to shop 21 affordable, must-haves with four stars or higher, and read some of the glowing customer reviews for each as well.

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If you know about Harris Reed, you know. And if you don’t? Well, keep up at the back. Reed is one of fashion’s most exciting new talents, his designs lauded for their sparkly romance, their craft and unbridled otherworldliness. Reed came to GQ‘s attention a couple of years ago while he was still at Central Saint Martins, his designs already imbued with a silhouette that was both modern and nostalgic, all washed with an achingly cool, non-binary LA energy: his aesthetic has darkness, light, glamour and a non-threatening sense of their own sexiness. His designs aren’t just gender-fluid, they’re like wearing liquid gold.

Fashion’s worst-kept secret is the fact that Reed has been working with Harry Styles for a couple of years now, making one-off outfits for the singer’s spectacular stage shows and offering the musician looks that seem in harmony with his renewed sense of self and megawatt style. Last week, when Styles’ lascivious, wanton, sweaty and damn good new song, “Lights Up”, was blasted out into the world, we noticed it was one of Reed’s bespoke designs that the artist had decided to wear for his second solo jaunt. As the video caught fire and went global, we called the ever-charming Reed to talk to him about working with Styles, how the outfit for “Lights Up” came about exactly and just how far he thinks Styles is willing to go with his new covetable gender-blurring aesthetic…

GQ: Hey Harris, nice talking to you again. How’s it going?

Harris Reed: “Well, I have a stinking cold, which is the worst. Especially when you are supposed to be working and selling a collection, it can seem like it’s ruining your life. But it’s OK, I will get through it.”

Congratulations on your design for Harry Styles’ outfit for “Lights Up”. You must be thrilled?

“Thank you, I am really happy. And it’s cute as well that Harry made his little icon photo on Instagram an image of the outfit from the video. Quite pleased to say the least.”

When did you first start working with Harry Styles?

“My big connect with Harry goes back to Harry Lambert, his stylist, who was the first person I ever worked with and the first person who pulled in any of my clothes years ago. I had that relationship with him starting about two years ago and after a while [Lambert] told me, ‘I think you’re ready, even though you’re right at the beginning of your career, to meet this person…’ I pulled some designs together – I didn’t really know who it was at this point – but I put together some references. Jimi Hendrick and [David] Bowie and Mick Jagger – you know, just classic rock’n’roll iconic frontmen whom I could see in the designs. Then that’s when I heard that it was actually for Harry Styles.”

Harris Reed’s bespoke outfit for Harry Styles’ Lights Up video

When did you first meet Harry?

“It was November 2017 at one of his shows, at the Hammersmith Arena, and I got a text message from Harry Lambert saying, ‘OK, just meet us at the stage door.’ It was insane – a sea of screaming girls, men and women were fainting and being taken away in ambulances… I was like, ‘What the fuck?’ It was insane. And so I found the stage door and went up to this woman who was wearing this huge red coat and I went, ‘Hi, I am here to see Harry Styles.’ Obviously she laughed in in my face, saying something like, ‘Who the fuck are you?’ I replied, ‘I am going to be Harry Styles’ designer.’ Like that, I’m not sure where the bravado came from! She goes, ‘Of course, come with me.’ I was led me through the crowd and right then and there I met Harry and the rest is history, I guess.”

How much steer did Harry give you initially for the clothing?

“Honestly, Harry [Styles] was truly the way I envisioned. I think it was Harry Lambert who originally gave me some references for the first work I did for him. It was never a strict brief, but initially I only had about a day to put something together, like, the day before. It was so late to the process. It was more how I could see my designs adapting for him. And then when I went into the meeting I was like, ‘Let’s do ruffles!’ I went a bit crazy, and that’s when [Styles] got a lot more involved and was steering me in the direction he wanted. But Harry [Styles] was so open to what I saw for him and what I wanted was an old-world elegance rather than seeing some hot guy in skinny jeans and a T-shirt jumping around on stage – which can work and is amazing – but I wanted to make this aesthetic far more romantic. Watching him as he performs on stage, he is so explosive and amazing at dancing and moving around… Listen, I have so much respect for Gucci and what they do for him, but because of that relationship he was wearing so many suits, so I felt like what I could offer was more fluid, a flounciness or a different silhouette, billowy sleeves and so on. Even the outfit I did for the ‘Lights Up’ video was sleeveless and the trousers had a slight flare, so he could dance and do his pelvic thrusting, which he loves to do.”

Harris Reed’s mood board while working on Styles’ Lights Up outfit

The outfit for Lights Up, when did you start working on this particular style moment for him?

“I was coming back from my week-long hiatus in LA during the summer after finishing at Gucci, so I was exhausted. I was in New York and Harry [Lambert] got in contact to say, ‘Hey, I don’t know if you’re up for this but Harry would love you to do something for the next video.’ All top secret, of course. All he sent me were two Pantone colours of blue with a note: ‘It needs to be in this shade of blue; I can’t tell you too much else.’ And I was like, well, OK. And at the time I wasn’t drunk… But let’s say I was enjoying myself in NYC and it was really late at night and Harry [Styles] was actually there shooting his Rolling Stone cover and, as a coincidence, his stylist was like, ‘Can you get some ideas to me really quickly. He needs to be able to move in it and it needs to look like he’s about to go on stage and take the world.’ So I kind I thought, ‘movement’, ‘take the world’ and ‘stage’ and got to work…”

Harris Reed weighs up which fabrics to choose for Styles’ latest solo outfit

Did you design it straight away?

“Yeah, I was in a bar, [The Bowery Hotel] so I asked the barman for a napkin and he handed me this piece of paper and I did a chicken scratch drawing and sent it back to Harry right away. He was like, ‘This is perfect.’ I did so many more sketches at the time, but he liked this one, it was so easy and clean and it reminds me a bit of David Bowie’s ‘Dog Days’ but more sparkly and upbeat and less linen and long hair.”

Harris Reed’s original design sketch for Harry Styles, drawn in the bar at The Bowery Hotel this summer

Did you have time for fittings and so on?

“Erm, no! We made the piece literally in three days. I got back from NYC with that sketch and they were leaving on a plane to do the video imminently. So I landed in London, went to all my favourite fabric shops in Soho, running around like a crazy madman with all these Pantone swatches of fabric. I have dozens of photos of all these different hues of blue. We ended up using a blue silk moire as it needed to be water resistant, or not water resistant, just be able to work with water, so reflective and shiny without being too heavy and not too hot, as the video was being filmed in South America. And we didn’t have any time to do a fitting, so I had to fit the whole outfit on myself. Harry and I have very different body proportions so we were just very lucky. I remember they flew to South America to shoot the video and Harry [Styles] texted me, ‘It fits! It works!’ And I was in fucking heaven. I didn’t sleep for a solid three days doing that outfit so I was thrilled.”

Harris Reed in a version of the design he made ‘in three days and nights with no sleep’ for Harry Styles

This isn’t the first outfit you’ve made for Harry Styles. Where are all those incredible one-off designs stored? Surely this archive must be preserved somewhere?

“I can’t say where it is located, but everything goes to an archive. It’s basically like a giant refrigerator – a frozen vault – somewhere in London where I am not going to disclose. But the clothes all have 24 hours surveillance, which you can look at via an iPad, specifically done for his outfits, and they have all been cryogenically frozen in time to preserve them. That’s also what is more surreal for me. After his first solo tour that I produced 14-15 looks for – he wore about six or seven – I was wondering where the others were and he was like, ‘Don’t worry, they are all under surveillance.’ I was like, ‘Oh, that’s chic.’”

Can you tell us what is next in the pipeline for you and Mr Styles?

“Hmm… Let me see what can I say. I think people can expect some pretty crazy, fabulous things coming. I can’t say too much. I think with Harry I am hoping this is really just the beginning and as he evolves with his own music, and I evolve as a young designer, I hope we can work on more possible projects and clothes and… things!”

Harris Reed’s design for Styles taking shape on a hanger in his London studio

Do you hear the music before you make the outfits for him?

“I think the way he speaks about the music, the way he speaks about the process is a real influence on me as a designer. I was lucky enough to go an see him in the studio this summer, and just seeing the passion and the ideas… I am someone who talks a lot with my hands and he’s the same, like he’s really orchestrating his whole universe. Even the way the ‘Lights Up’ video was teased, it’s never just music with him as for me it’s never just clothes – it’s the message too. That is what inspires me. I hope I get to hear little teasers of new music along the way, although I always have his stuff sort of on a loop in the studio anyway… Old school rock’n’roll and dashes of Harry Styles along the way.”

Do you ever get intimidated by the fact these designs will make up part of his musical legacy?

“Honestly, from a design perspective, I don’t worry, because when he tells me he loves something nothing else really matters. And because I’m not just designing a black T-shirt or a simple pair of trousers, I am making a statement, so it actually takes the pressure off me. I don’t worry about it if he doesn’t. I worry more about a seam splitting open. I remember he wore a few outfits for his big tour of Asia and I made all those outfits on my £50 sewing machine while eating chicken nuggets at five in the morning. I was still studying, and I don’t have a proper atelier, so its those technical worries that are the things that stress me out. People don’t know this but there’s a picture in Rolling Stone where he is near naked holding a ping pong bat and the caption is something like, ‘Harry waiting for a garment to be fixed’ and it was my garment and the zipper had ripped right off. But he sort of says, ‘Let’s take this fashion risk together’, so nothing else matters. As I said, if he loves it, I am happy.”

‘Harry Styles’ front jacket pleat’ – the design process begins

Ever feel like you’re pushing him too far with your designs?

“[Laughs.] He is so lovely and I don’t think he ever wants to tell someone ‘no’ but there’s definitely been a time when I laid out the designs from the most timid to the craziest, and when we got the craziest, he does this thing with his lips where he smiles, but he he’s like, ‘OK, we’re not going to go this far.’ But it probably involved an outfit with his ass hanging out or some huge Liberace cape… So he’s always open, but sometimes I can see in his eyes that he’s not quite there with me. I try to read those little mannerisms.”

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Every astute shopper knows that there are things you buy because they are on sale, and then there are things you buy when they are on sale. Everlane’s recurring Choose What You Pay event falls into the latter category, offering hundreds of its must-have basics at can’t-beat-it prices. 

For those unfamiliar with the Choose What You Pay model, Everlane has broken it down into three categories: roughly 20%, 30%, and 50% off of the regular price. As a part of the brand’s commitment to radical transparency, each price point comes with an explanation of what the consumer is choosing to support when paying for the item at that amount. For example, the price for items that are roughly 20% off covers the basic costs of development, production, and fulfillment; office overhead; and future product development. The price for items at 50% off only covers the cost of development and production for the product. 

No matter what you choose to pay, there are deals to be had on some top-of-the-line merchandise, particularly those items made of silk and cashmere. Below, check out the silk tops and cashmere sweaters that we’re buying now, plus a few bonus items that we just couldn’t resist. 

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In today’s era of online shopping, social media, and next-day delivery, it’s easy to imagine coveting the boots, handbag, or dress worn by Kate Middleton or Meghan Markle and purchasing it for yourself. But can you imagine acquiring the very item worn by your favorite duchess? Not quite as easy, which is why we were both intrigued and excited to see what items were on view from the estate of an American royal, Lee Radziwill, this week at Christie’s auction house in New York City. 

For those not familiar with the late fashion icon, Caroline Lee Radziwill (née Bouvier), more formally known as Princess Lee Radziwill, was an American socialite, PR executive, interior decorator, and the younger sister of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. A lifelong New Yorker, Princess Radziwill was given her title in 1959 when she married her second husband, Stanislaw Radziwill, a Polish prince. Although they divorced in 1974, Princess Radziwill went back to using her title after she divorced her third husband in 2001. A perennial feature in the society pages, one of Truman Capote’s storied “swans,” and included on Vanity Fairs International Best Dressed Hall of Fame in 1996, Princess Radziwill was a worldly and beloved figure, and as close to American royalty as it gets. 

While Lee and her sister, Jackie, were both known for their exquisite taste in fashion, the majority of the estate available at auction includes furnishings and other décor, in line with Radziwill’s professional passion. That said, we sorted through every single item available and selected a handful of accessories that not only represent this icon’s signature style but are also shockingly within the realm of affordability for us commoners. Browse these pieces below, and see the entire estate on Christie’s website. If anything strikes your fancy, why not place a bid? The auction begins at 10 a.m. ET on October 17 online and at Christie’s HQ in New York City. 

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Once upon a time, ye old faithful bar of soap was the only skincare product we needed. A workhorse by any measure, it occupied a large space in our beauty routines, tasked with removing the day’s grime and leaving a clean canvas in its wake. But for all its good points it also had its flaws: its alkaline, oil-stripping qualities could leave skin dry and taut, and dermatologists soon started warning against them, eventually paving the way for the bottled cleansers we all rely on today.

Thanks to an increased emphasis on sustainability and improved formulations, however, the humble bar of soap is seeing a resurgence. “Using solid bars can completely eradicate any waste,” says Brianne West, founder of the world’s first zero-waste beauty brand, Ethique, whose entire product offering comes in bar format. “I created the brand to help rid the world of plastic waste and offer consumers an alternative that didn’t compromise on quality.” The brand have saved the world’s landfill of 5 million shampoo bottles in their seven year life, a number based upon the number of bars they’ve sold and the fact that each bar is equivalent to three shampoo bottles.

That’s the beauty of the bar – it’s an eco-friendly alternative to the plastic bottles and tubs of lotions and potions we rely on on a daily basis. Un-spillable, long-lasting and multi-purpose, it offers an alternative to bottles that are difficult to recycle and, frankly, too big to cart around with us.

Of course, there is also the question of efficacy. Far from stripping the skin or hair like they used to, the new wave of bars often err on the side of clean beauty, and are free of ingredients that offend the body’s natural processes (which is what causes irritation). The fact that there is less water included in the formulations means there is less opportunity for microbial growth and therefore less requirement for harsh preservatives – the end result being a product that is much kinder to the skin.

“The beauty industry is responsible for a huge amount of plastic waste, and this is arguably one of the biggest challenges our planet faces,” says West. “A lot of beauty products, particularly the high-end brands, contain packages within packages, none of which tend to be recyclable as they are made out of mixed materials. It’s a brand’s responsibility as much as it is a consumer’s to make sustainable choices.” Packaging-free beauty, like these soaps, is undoubtedly raising the sustainability bar, and making it easier for us to make more conscious choices – so which are the ones to go for? Vogue finds the best available now…

Ethique Heali Kiwi Shampoo for Dandruff and Scalp Problems

Packed full of natural, scalp-nourishing oils (kiwi fruit and coconut included), Ethique’s chunky bar helps ease the itchiness and flakiness that go hand-in-hand with dandruff attacks and other inflammatory scalp conditions. It’s totally soap free, kind to colour-treated hair and just one bar will last as long as three bottles of liquid shampoo. A no brainer.

Ethique Heali Kiwi Shampoo for Dandruff and Scalp Problems. £12; Ethique.

Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar

Free of everything from alcohol (drying) to essential oils (irritating), this soap bar is as gentle as they come and promises to cleanse, tone and moisturise all at once. Blueberry extract, marula oil and honey work together to leave the skin’s barrier robust and healthy, leading to healthier, glowier skin.

Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar, £24, Cult Beauty.

Foamie Shampoo Bar Aloe Spa For Dry Hair

With a mesh outer layer that sits around it, this shampoo bar lathers up like those that are pumped out of a bottle. Free of parabens, silicones and sulphates, it’s gentle and will nourish hair from roots to ends.

Foamie Shampoo Bar Aloe Spa For Dry Hair, £6.99, Boots.

Argentum Apothecary Le Savon Lune Illuminating Hydration Bar

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Perfect for reactive and acne-prone skin, the star ingredient in this luxurious facial bar is silver, which is anti-bacterial and healing. Expect skin to feel hydrated and soft post-use.

Argentum Apothecary Le Savon Lune Illuminating Hydration Bar, £104, Space NK.

Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo Bar with Aloe Vera

You can use this aloe vera-infused bar on both your hair and body, plus it’s totally natural and vegan. Use it regularly for soft, shiny hair that’s better able to fend for itself in the face of harsh weather and heat damage.

Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo Bar with Aloe Vera, £16, Space NK.

Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Bar Soap

Say goodbye to pore-clogging toxins and any dullness, as this charcoal-formulated number is packed full of ingredients (tea tree and white clay included) to gently exfoliate, detoxify and revive that all-important glow.

Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Bar Soap, £10, Space NK.