The 2016 Phoenix House Fashion Awards Dinner

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Bella Hadid Masters Post-Breakup Side Eye on the Victoria’s Secret Runway, Officially Wins This One

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There is no such thing as a pleasant post-breakup encounter with an ex. You’re always worried whether you look okay, or if they’ve already moved on, or if they still hate you for dumping them over text, or if they’ve unfollowed you on Instagram yet. Now imagine taking all of those anxieties and laying them out there for the whole world to witness. That’s exactly what happened to Bella Hadid and The Weeknd on Wednesday night in Paris, when they reunited during the soon-to-be nationally televised Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show after breaking up earlier this month. Needless to say, things got a little awkward.

According to our insiders (aka, our fashion news editors on the scene), during his performance of “Starboy,” The Weeknd attempted to pull an Adam Levine and dance with Hadid as she walked down the catwalk in her metallic lingerie set. Hadid, for her part, was not having it. The model shot him some serious side eye while gracefully stepping past, clearly winning the break up and strutting her way into the hearts of suffering exes everywhere. (Isn’t that pretty much the dream scenario?) To make matters even more uncomfortable, once he was done singing, The Weeknd apparently left the stage and hugged Hadid’s mom, Yolanda Foster, in the audience. Perhaps this was his way of making amends? Fingers crossed this priceless moment isn’t edited out before the December 5 broadcast.

 

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All the Looks From the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2016

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Is the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show the most over-the-top runway event of the year? Yes. Is it also the most fun? Definitely. Tonight was no exception, with the likes of Adriana Lima, Taylor Hill, Bella Hadid, and more jetting off to Paris for the 2016 extravaganza. (Chances are you’ve already seen your favorite model snap a selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower—they arrived several days ago.)

Lady Gaga performed in a surprisingly demure rose-embroidered gown; Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner got their wings; and Dilone, Georgia Fowler, and Herieth Paul hit the Victoria’s Secret runway for the first time. This year, the looks were as fantastical as ever and ran the gamut from Joan Smalls’s sweeping Spanish-inspired robe to Cindy Bruna’s tres Parisienne black lace lingerie accented with (what else?) sheer gossamer wings. Josephine Skriver was dripping in crystal fringe, and nearly every look was topped off with thigh-high boots—a trend you’ll no doubt see all winter long. You’ll have to wait until Monday to watch the entire show on CBS, but for now, click through every look in the slideshow.

 

 

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Kylie Jenner Is Setting Up Shop With a Whole New Category of Merch

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It was revealed earlier this month that Kylie Jenner will be opening her own pop-up shop on December 9 at the Westfield Topanga shopping center, following in the footsteps of her brother-in-law Kanye West. While there are scant few details surrounding the reality TV star’s latest fashion project, Jenner has taken to Instagram to tease fans and shoppers with images of what can only be described as her own merch; “I’m the Kylie, you’re the Kendall,” reads one of the slogans printed across T-shirts in the forthcoming line, which also includes caps, bomber jackets, and even thongs.

After the runaway success of her popular lip kits, it was only a matter of time before the youngest Jenner would set her sights on fashion. The 19-year-old already has a Puma campaign to her name, not to mention a label she co-designs with her supermodel sister Kendall. And with collaborations with her brother Rob in the works, too, it’s clear she’s making her entrepreneurial ambitions a family affair.

 

 

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No, You Really Don’t Want to Know Who Unfollowed You on Instagram

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For me, the turning point was halfway through last Fashion Week, when my Instagram feed was officially overwhelmed. No matter how far I scrolled it was the same, repetitive images of blurry runway shots, after-party photos, and carefully staged stacks of invitations. I was annoyed (FOMO!), but I was also bored to tears. The time had come for a major Instagram purge.

For the next hour, I unfollowed dozens of users from my account. I took the Marie Kondo approach: if an image didn’t bring me joy, the user got tossed. Out went the fashion brand that posted incessantly, the celebrity who just couldn’t take a good photo, and the friend of a friend who was, at best, a distant acquaintance. I felt ten pounds lighter!

The next day over Gchat, a friend mentioned that she had dinner with the aforementioned acquaintance the night before. She told me he had been “beyond offended” by my online gesture. I admitted that I may have gotten a little overzealous, but I had only interacted with him a handful of times, and then only briefly! I asked her how he could have known so quickly that I had removed him from my feed. Was he watching his follower account that closely? “He has that app,” she said. “Don’t you know about it?”

Now I do. Unlike Facebook, which allows users to blissfully stalk or ignore their friends in private, like any good citizen, I quickly learned that there are a number of apps that prevent people from doing the same on Instagram. While businesses use them to keep track of their brand’s engagement, individual users have been known to download them to find out who among their followed users don’t follow them back. (A subtle yet very significant Instagram diss.) These apps also feature the added bonus of sending a user an alert when anyone unfollows him or her.

Much to my (and now likely your) dismay, these apps have been around for years. Ana, 26, who works in marketing, first downloaded one of them four years ago when she was handling a client’s social media account. Soon after using it for work, she downloaded it on her personal phone. “I realized that it was a mistake pretty quickly,” she said, after she discovered a good friend of hers had recently unfollowed her. “I started thinking about why he did that and then I saw he was only following about 100 people by then so I didn’t take it personally. But that’s when I realized this could potentially hurt me, so I deleted it.”

Tom*, a 27-year-old video producer, has been using the app for the past two years. He first downloaded it out of curiosity, but he’s kept it on his phone ever since. He tells me about the day he found out a coworker had suddenly unfollowed him. “It was a bit of a surprise. It made me think, ‘what did I do to make you want to unsubscribe to my life?’ ” For Tom, unfollowing is as grave a digital sin as unfriending someone on Facebook. “My Instagram is really personal, so yes, I take it very personally. After she unfollowed me, it made me think about all the interactions in person that we had together, and that maybe they weren’t so genuine. Maybe she was just being courteous because we work together.”

Okay. So I concede that the act of unfollowing someone may come off as technically impolite. But couldn’t the same be said for those who take such serious offense at the matter? Months after my Instagram purge, I happened to run into the acquaintance who I cast off from my feed. He came up to me at a party and asked point blank why I had unfollowed him. Since when do I have to explain how or why I choose to spend my leisurely time online? But turns out, many take our actions on social media as seriously as how we behave in real life. To some, an unfollow is tantamount to a public slap in the face. Since now, apparently.

I’m not the only one who has suffered from a you-unfollowed-me! ambush. Sarah, a 26-year-old stylist, once unfollowed a woman that she used to do freelance work for. “She was just posting random pictures that weren’t even hers. It wasn’t her styling, or her product, or her photography; she was using it like Tumblr,” she explained. She wasn’t into it, so she unfollowed. Ten minutes later, she received a text from a mutual friend confronting her on the matter. “I explained my reasons and I re-followed her but she has since unfollowed me and I haven’t heard from her again,” Sarah said. “She took it as the end of our friendship. But it’s just a screen, it’s just an app!”

There have been countless studies on the negative effects of social media on our psyches. One that came out this week stated the obvious: Comparing yourself to others on Facebook makes you depressed. So why on earth would someone go the extra mile and download an app that only delivered bad news? In this case, wasn’t ignorance bliss?

When I ask my friend Sophia why she still keeps the app on her phone, she tells me about the time she ran into an ancient-history ex at a party. They had stayed friendly and he was now dating another woman, which she also knew from back in the day. She thought she and her ex had had a perfectly pleasant chat that evening, but then the next morning, she awoke to a notification that he had unfollowed her. “I’m not sure if it was him or his girlfriend who made him do it, but it was clear there was some sort of problem with me,” she said. “At least now I know, if I ever see them again in the future.”

During the course of these interviews, I’ll admit I became curious. Who in my life had had enough of me? But ultimately I decided against the download—I was not ready for what I might encounter and how it might make me feel. But Tom ultimately sees the app as an exercise in self-care, at least in the sense that the best defense is a good offense. “Yes, it gives you negative information, but it’s also good for your own sake,” he said. “Social media can be so misleading but there’s some truth to this. It’s a way of understanding people better and their motives. It’s a way for you to have your own back a bit.”

Names have been changed to protect the identities of the digitally sensitive.

 

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