9 Raincoats That Will Have You Wishing for Spring Showers

What’s the upside to an otherwise rainy and gloomy day? The chance to wear a stylish raincoat, which will help you beat those April showers and make you look great while doing it. Whether you opt for a bright color, bold print, or classic trench, we’ve found nine options that won’t let the bad weather get you down.

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Gucci’s New Party-Themed Campaign Is a Major Win for Diversity

One day, we learn it’s now possible to get sleek new Gucci mules delivered to your door in less than 90 minutes. The next, the brand drops a new campaign featuring all Black models. Alessandro Michele, how do you do it?

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On Thursday, the Italian fashion house released its pre-fall 2017 campaign and one quick scroll through the images will make you feel, plain and simple, damn good. Across the portfolio, a beautiful army of models hit up an underground basement party to do what we all look forward to each weekend: dance. Not only are these lucky few dressed head-to-toe in Gucci’s sparkly, glittery, super ornate designs, but they look like they’re having the time of their lives.

Photographed and directed by Glen Luchford and styled by Alessandro Michele, the brand’s very own creative director, the portfolio is a nod to “Made You Look,” an exhibition that, according to a release, zeroed in on “black masculinity” and “dandyism” at London’s Photographer’s Gallery. Additionally, the team behind this stellar campaign also turned to both the work or Malian artist Malick Sidibe while also referencing England’s super groovy ’60s Northern Soul movement.

If you’re not the type to lose it beneath a disco ball, this campaign will change your mind. Look closely and you’ll find models breaking it down in silky floral suits; posing next to speaker sets with bags that read “Blind for Love;” and, impressively, lounging atop a hot-red couch with (because it’s Gucci) a larger-than-your face IRL iguana.

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The fashion industry has for years been criticized for not including enough diverse models on the runway and in campaigns, and Michele is proving style and diversity go hand-in-hand.

Scroll down to see more of the fantastically fun shots.

George Lucas honours ‘the boss’ Carrie Fisher

George Lucas honours ‘the boss’ Carrie Fisher

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George Lucas: “We’ll all love her for ever and ever.”

Star Wars creator George Lucas called the late Carrie Fisher “the boss” in an emotional tribute speech.

Speaking at Florida’s Star Wars Celebration exhibition, he said the Princess Leia star was “very strong, smart, funny, bold, tough”.

“She was brilliant, and obviously we will all miss her, but she will always be the princess who took command and never backed down,” he added.

The actress died last year aged 60, days after suffering a cardiac arrest.

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Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd also took to the stage at the event

Lucas added: “She was the boss. It was her war, and when I cast it, I said I want somebody young to play the part.

“When Carrie came in, she was that character. There are not very many people like her. They are one in a billion. For this particular part, it was absolutely perfect.”

The celebration also saw other stars from the film series take to the stage, including Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, who will appear in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is released in December.

“My mom, like Leia, was never afraid to speak her mind,” she said.

Star Wars Celebration is a fan experience which features interview panels, exhibitions, merchandise stalls and autograph signing. Here are some of the other stars from the sci-fi extravaganza who took part:

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Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and George Lucas joined forces once again

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Warwick Davis, who played an Ewok in The Return of the Jedi, will appear in The Last Jedi

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Billy Dee Williams is best known for his role as Lando Calrissian in the film franchise

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Anthony Daniels is famous for playing the humaniod robot C-3PO

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The eminent composer John Williams conducted some of his music from the films

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Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy has also worked on films including Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and War Horse


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Nicole Kidman leads the Cannes Film Festival

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She has already enjoyed a great start to the year with the success of films Lion and HBO series Big Little Lies.

And it seems actress Nicole Kidman won’t be slowing down, with the actress appearing in four different screenings at the Cannes Film Festival next month. 

The 49-year-old actress will appear in three different films and a TV series that will be screened during the two-week event.

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A-lister! Three films and a TV series starring Australian actress Nicole Kidman, 49, will screen at the Canne Film Festival

A-lister! Three films and a TV series starring Australian actress Nicole Kidman, 49, will screen at the Canne Film Festival

A-lister! Three films and a TV series starring Australian actress Nicole Kidman, 49, will screen at the Canne Film Festival

One of the most anticipated films is The Beguiled with an all star cast including Nicole, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell, directed by Sofia Coppola.

The film, which is set during the American Civil War, has generated plenty of hype after it was announced that it was competing for the Palme d’Or.

Another Nicole Kidman film nominated for the prestigious award is The Killing of a Sacred Deer, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

 Yes she Cannes! Nicole will star in two films that have been nominated for the prestigious Palme d'Or prize

 Yes she Cannes! Nicole will star in two films that have been nominated for the prestigious Palme d'Or prize

 Yes she Cannes! Nicole will star in two films that have been nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or prize

Period costumes: One of her films is The Beguiled which is nominated for the Palme d'Or. Directed by Sofia Coppola, she stars alongside Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell

Period costumes: One of her films is The Beguiled which is nominated for the Palme d'Or. Directed by Sofia Coppola, she stars alongside Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell

Period costumes: One of her films is The Beguiled which is nominated for the Palme d’Or. Directed by Sofia Coppola, she stars alongside Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell

Her third film entry How to Talk to Girls at Parties, is a sci-fi romantic comedy directed by John Cameron Mitchell is unfortunately not up for any award, but will still be screened during the festival.

Nicole will play Queen Boadicea, alongside comedian Matt Lucas and Elle Fanning once again.

Meanwhile, acclaimed mystery drama series Top of the Lake will premiere its second season, titled China Girl, at Cannes.

Palme d'Or winner? She will also star in Yorgos Lanthimos' drama film The Killing Of Sacred Deer

Palme d'Or winner? She will also star in Yorgos Lanthimos' drama film The Killing Of Sacred Deer

Palme d’Or winner? She will also star in Yorgos Lanthimos’ drama film The Killing Of Sacred Deer

Foray into TV: The Moulin Rogue actress will star alongside other A-list stars Elizabeth Moss and David Wenham in mystery drama Top of the Lake

Foray into TV: The Moulin Rogue actress will star alongside other A-list stars Elizabeth Moss and David Wenham in mystery drama Top of the Lake

Foray into TV: The Moulin Rogue actress will star alongside other A-list stars Elizabeth Moss and David Wenham in mystery drama Top of the Lake

The Moulin Rouge star is a recent addition to the star studded cast including Elizabeth Moss and David Wenham. 

Nineteen other films from all over the world have been nominated for the Palme d’Or award including You Were Never Really Here starring Joaquin Phoenixm, and Good Time featuring Robert Pattinson. 

The Cannes Film Festival will run from 17 to 28 May 2017.

One big year! 2017 has proven to be a successful one for the 49-year-old whose film Lion and HBO series Big Little Lies also received critical acclaim this earlier year

One big year! 2017 has proven to be a successful one for the 49-year-old whose film Lion and HBO series Big Little Lies also received critical acclaim this earlier year

One big year! 2017 has proven to be a successful one for the 49-year-old whose film Lion and HBO series Big Little Lies also received critical acclaim this earlier year

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Bake Off fans give mixed response to official team photo

Bake Off fans give mixed response to official team photo

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Spot the difference: Paul Hollywood, Sandi Toksvig, Noel Fielding and Prue Leith

Fans of the Great British Bake Off are decidedly mixed about seeing the new presenting line-up officially together for the first time.

Paul Hollywood, Sandi Toksvig, Noel Fielding and Prue Leith are fronting the show after Mary Berry, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins left last year.

One fan tweeted: “New #GBBO line-up is just… No!Bezza, Mel & Sue are irreplaceable 🎂❤️.”

But another simply wrote: “I’m sold #GBBO.”

Hollywood decided to stay with the show while Perkins, Berry and Giedroyc chose to remain with the BBC instead.

A number of fans are just not keen on the changes made to Bake Off after the BBC lost the contract to broadcast it after Love Productions, who make the show, signed a three-year deal with Channel 4.

Another fan wrote: “No! Just no! Much of the nation took this programme to its heart. Winning formula. Hugely popular. It worked. And then…this! 😰#GBBO.”

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Mostly gone but not forgotten: Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry and Mel Giedroyc

“Looks like someone has superimposed Noel’s face on Sue’s body & Pru’s face on Mary. Super awkward, just like the show probably will be #GBBO,” wrote another Twitter user..

But some are prepared to give the new team a chance, with one tweeting: “Why’s everyone hating on the new #gbbo line up. I am so excited for Paul Hollywood and Noel Fielding to start a bromance 😍😍 #ilovecake.”

Another added: “It doesn’t bother me at all – I like Sandi and Noel and I think it will be every bit as good as it was on the BBC. You’ll see! #GBBO.”

The show made its debut on BBC Two in 2010, moving to BBC One in 2014.


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Never say never again: When celebrities eat their words

Never say never again: When celebrities eat their words

In 2015, John Cleese said there was “no way” he’d ever work at the BBC again. Now he has changed his mind after announcing he will make a new BBC sitcom that will reunite him with his Clockwise co-star Alison Steadman.

Cleese isn’t the first celebrity to go back on his very public word. From Charlie Simpson’s Busted to Bond star Sean Connery, it’s wise to never say never again.

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Charlie Simpson – Busted

There are some bands that will never get back together. Abba. The Jam. The Smiths. Then there are those that “will never get back together”. Like The Stone Roses. And Busted.

The group that had eight top 10 hits in the 2000s, and sent many a teenage girl all aflutter, split in 2005 when frontman Charlie Simpson left.

Simpson told BBC Newsbeat “not in a million years” would they reform. But some 999,990 years before that date, Simpson announced they were getting back together after all.

Speaking at the time of their reunion in November 2015, Simpson said: “I reckon I said it 20 more times than that, privately and publicly, and I meant it every single time.

“But as I say, I have changed my mind, and that has been down to the circumstances changing. I never thought we would get to a point where we were in a studio writing music we all got behind creatively and that was a huge shock to me.”

The band played UK arenas in 2016 with the aptly named Pigs Can Fly Tour.

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Gervais returned to the Globes not once, not twice, but three times

Ricky Gervais – Golden Globes

When Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globe awards in 2010, offending half of Hollywood in the process, he told the relieved A-list audience: “It’s OK folks, I won’t be doing this again.”

But he returned the following year, and again in 2012, before announcing very publicly he would not be back.

On his blog after the 2012 ceremony, the acerbic comic wrote: “I’ve told my agent to never let me be persuaded to do it again though. It’s like a parachute jump. You can only really enjoy it in retrospect when you realise you didn’t die and it was quite an amazing thing to do.”

Four years later, he headed back. Employing a good old British turn of phrase, Gervais tweeted: “It’s a good job I’m drunk. Otherwise the thought of hosting The Golden Globes again would seem like a real pain in the arse.”

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Whoopi Goldberg was one of several Hollywood stars who threatened to quit the US

Election promises

What do Whoopi Goldberg, Miley Cyrus, Amy Schumer, Chloe Sevigny and Ne-Yo have in common?

They all should be living in Canada or Europe after vowing to leave the US if Donald Trump was elected President. But they’re not.

Some hastily tweeted U-turns when Trump was elected, others went quiet and hoped nobody would remember.

Goldberg said “I’m not leaving the country I was born and raised in,” while Schumer used social media to declare her pledge to move to Spain was merely a “joke”.

Cyrus released an emotional video the morning after Trump’s win saying she “accepted” the new president.

Samuel L Jackson, who had been succinct in his intentions, also backed out. “If that mother… becomes president, I’m moving my black ass to South Africa,” he said.

He didn’t.

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Charlie Chaplin returned to Europe in 1952

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In the early 1950s, Charlie Chaplin reportedly said he had “no further use for America” and “wouldn’t go back there if Jesus Christ was President”.

After a series of political controversies, personal scandals and falling audiences, he decided to hold the world premiere of Limelight in London, where the film was set, rather than the US, where he had settled.

Boarding the RMS Queen Elizabeth in New York in 1952, he received word that his re-entry permit had been revoked and he would have to be interviewed about his political views and moral behaviour if he wanted to return.

He said: “I have been the object of lies and propaganda by powerful reactionary groups who, by their influence and by the aid of America’s yellow press, have created an unhealthy atmosphere in which liberal-minded individuals can be singled out and persecuted.”

By 1972, feelings had softened on both sides and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences offered Chaplin an honorary Oscar.

Chaplin was given a 12-minute standing ovation, the longest in the Academy’s history, as he accepted his award for “the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century”.

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Daniel Craig (left) and Sean Connery are regularly voted the best Bonds

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Daniel Craig famously said he would “rather slash my wrists” than reprise his role as 007 fifth time.

But The Sun reported last week he was “ready to do a final Bond”.

It isn’t confirmed, but the newspaper said film producer Barbara Broccoli had almost persuaded him to get back on board one last time.

Craig is regarded as one of the best Bonds of all time – and it seems the best Bonds are also the most fickle.

In 1983, Sean Connery returned to the role for the seventh and last time in Never Say Never Again, with the title being more than a subtle nod to Connery’s reported remarks that he would “never again” play Bond.

Quite.


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Nicole Kidman leads Cannes Film Festival line-up

Nicole Kidman leads Cannes Film Festival line-up

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Kidman will be seen in the second series of Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake

Nicole Kidman fans may want to head to the French Riviera next month – the star is in four productions that will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival.

Two of the Australian actress’s films will be in competition for the Palme d’Or, both also starring Colin Farrell.

They are Sofia Coppola’s One is The Beguiled and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.

Her sci-fi rom com How to Talk to Girls at Parties and an episode of TV drama Top of the Lake will also be screened.

Elsewhere, multiple Oscar-winning director Alejandro Inarritu will show a short virtual reality film titled Carne Y Arena (Flesh And Sand).

Filmed by renowned cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, the experimental film will explore the experience of a group of immigrants and refugees crossing the border between Mexico and the US, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It is a theme explored by a number of film-makers. Happy End by Austria’s Michael Haneke is another refugee story, this time set in Calais.

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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power focuses on Al Gore’s climate campaigning

Actress Vanessa Redgrave also examines the refugee experience in her directorial debut, Sea Sorrow.

Among the big-name directors competing for the Palme d’Or are Michel Hazanavicius, the man behind the Oscar-winning silent movie The Artist, whose film Le Redoutable is about the romance between director Jean-Luc Godard and actress Anne Wiazemsky.

Carol director Todd Haynes will premiere his period drama Wonderstruck, starring Julianne Moore.

Lynne Ramsay is the only British director with a film in competition. Her latest feature, a thriller titled You Were Never Really Here, stars Joaquin Phoenix.


Films in competition

  • Arnaud Desplechin – Les Fantomes D’Ismael
  • Fatih Akin – Aus dem Nichts (In the Fade)
  • Noah Baumbach – The Meyerowitz Stories
  • Bong Joon-Ho – Okja
  • Robin Campillo – 120 Battements Par Minute
  • Sofia Coppola – The Beguiled
  • Jacques Doillon – Rodin
  • Michael Haneke – Happy End
  • Todd Haynes – Wonderstruck
  • Michel Hazanavicius – Le Redoutable
  • Hong Sangsoo – Geu-Hu (The Day After)
  • Naomi Kawase – Hikari (Radiance)
  • Yorgos Lanthimos – The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Sergei Loznitsa – A Gentle Creature
  • Kornel Mundruczo – Jupiter’s Moon
  • Francois Ozon – L’Amant Double
  • Lynne Ramsay – You Were Never Really Here
  • Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie – Good Time
  • Andrey Zvyagintsev – Nelyubov (Loveless)

As usual, there will be a number of special screenings out of competition. This year, Barack Obama and Donald Trump will be seen in a An Inconvenient Sequel, Al Gore’s follow-up to his 2006 climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth.

The Cannes Film Festival runs from 17 to 28 May 2017.


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Wait, Zara’s Website Has a Secret Sale Section

The next time you visit zara.com, forget browsing through the New-In tab or the Trafaluc page. There’s a section on the brand’s website that you’re going to want to scope out first. It’s labeled as Special Prices, and it’s pretty much like having a personal shopper to show you all of the ridiculously good deals on Zara’s website. It’s not exactly a sale section with discounted items, but more of an area that highlights amazing products with originally low prices–like the $30 faux leather jacket or the $35 trendy mules below.

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Right now, everything grouped on the page is under $50. And nope, it’s not a collection of leftover styles from last season. There are tons of new looks to grab, and we’ve gathered our favorites below.

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Sexy Bras Comfy Enough to Be Your New Go-To

It used to be that everyone had at least one classic t-shirt bra as their ‘everyday bra’ – that is all about to change. I am trading out all of my t-shirt bras for the lace unlined underwire bras. This style is perfect balance, no padding instead these bras have underwire and hidden slings that will still give you the lift you need. For most women when they read unlined they instantly turn the other way, but there is no need to be alarmed! Even know this bra doesn’t have lining or padding it will still create a smooth and lifted shape. I dare you to try and find an unlined bra that is not beautiful and sexy, it’s impossible.

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These Lip Liners Are Nothing Like Your Pencils from the ’90s

Cue the nostalgia: Just like lip gloss and glitter, another makeup bag essential from your middle and high school days is making major comeback. Call it the lip kit effect, whether you turn to a liner to help your pout appear fuller, or to guarantee your lipstick will last throughout your dinner date, this new guard of liners can in fact, do both–and more.

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Buxom’s uber-pigmented matte pencils plump up lips, while Bite Beauty and Wet n Wild’s creamy liners glide on like jelly with a finish that’s nothing like your chalky pencils left over from the ’90s. And lipstick-liner hybrids like Benefit Cosmetics’ bullet with a teardrop-shaped lipstick and pointy tip let you get an entire lip look in one swipe.

Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite new lip liners you’ll want to start using ASAP.

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