Miami Beach cracks down on Spring Break party excess

College students usually turn Miami Beach’s main drag into a huge street party at this time of year — blocking traffic as they drink and dance to thumping reggaeton music.

But strict new measures mean the American ritual, known as Spring Break, is a much quieter affair this year.

The city in south Florida is enacting rules to stamp out partying which has gotten out of control — and even violent — in recent years, with two killed in shootings last March.

As the sun went down on the weekend, Ocean Drive — typically the party hub for the thousands who descend on Miami Beach — looked much calmer than normal.

The booming music, crowds of scantily-clad youngsters and the occasional whiff of marijuana smoke were all gone from the city’s iconic avenue with its distinctive Art Deco buildings.

Like Miami Beach, many seaside cities in south Florida are magnets for students keen to let off steam during their Easter break.

But now, to keep things under control, Miami Beach officials have deployed more police, set up extra drink-driving checkpoints and shut down all public parking lots except one which charges $100 on the busiest weekends of the Spring Break

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The best celebrity fashion from the 2023 pre-Oscars parties

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Ana de Armas

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Ana de Armas wore a shimmering nude David Koma dress to attend the Netflix Oscar nominee celebration.

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Lily James

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Lily James attended the Chanel and Charles Finch pre-awards dinner, wearing a lace and floral Erdem design.

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Nicole Kidman

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Nicole Kidman wore a Chanel skirt suit with a frilled hem.

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Brie Larson

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Brie Larson paired her Chanel blazer with sheer tights and a quilted bag.

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Kristen Stewart

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Kristen Stewart wore a textured Chanel two-piece and ankle boots.

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Marion Cotillard

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Marion Cotillard wore a tweed Chanel coat-dress and lace-up boots.

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Danielle Deadwyler

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Danielle Deadwyler opted for a polka-dot Chanel look.

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Kerry Condon

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Kerry Condon wore a lace dress with a white capelet.

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Ariana DeBose

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Ariana DeBose wore a silky black Chanel dress.

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Andrea Riseborough

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12 of the best vintage looks from this weekend’s Jazz Age Lawn Party in NYC

This past weekend, Governors Island was all that jazz!

New Yorkers went back in time for the Jazz Age Lawn Party on this island this past Saturday and Sunday. Bedecked in chic flapper looks with pearls, fringe and suspenders, they danced to jazz music, played croquet and snapped photos with vintage cars.

If you missed out on the fun, don’t worry. There’s another iteration of the Jazz Age Lawn Party coming to Governors Island on August 12 and 13 (tickets cost $50/person). Whether you’re looking for some outfit inspo for the August event or just want to admire these stunning vintage looks, we rounded up some of the most fabulous outfits from the event.

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Parasol perfection


Suspenders and a bowtie are always a good idea


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Pigtail power


A moment for this hat


The car completes the look


Fedorable


Festive fringe


A fascinating fascinator


Beautiful and bejeweled


Moon Swoon


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Vanity Fair Party Designers Tease What to Expect

This year’s Vanity Fair Oscar party will mark the hot-ticket soiree’s 30thth anniversary.

While the magazine is keeping tight-lipped on what exactly is planned to commemorate the milestone (because editor-in-chief Radhika Jones wants the VIP guests surprised), it’s no secret that the dinner and after-party will, for the ninth consecutive year , take place in a custom-built venue on the grounds of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Construction takes about three weeks with an additional week dedicated to taking it all down.

Variety caught up with the party’s longtime architect Basil Walter and his first-time collaborator, creative director and designer Will Cooper, to talk about the four-month process of designing, planning and building this year’s bash.

What did Radhika Jones say to you about what she envisioned for this year’s party, especially since it’s the 30thth anniversary?

Walter: It was just a notion of, ‘How do we make it different. How do we change it?’ And I think bringing in Will as someone who hasn’t participated in it, there’s always an opportunity for freshness when you get a new set of eyes on something.

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Designer re-creates party dress made for Lady Diana

LONDON — This is a dress with a story, and Elizabeth Emanuel wants to tell it.

Shocking pink with a plunging, ruffled neckline and body-hugging shape, the gown was designed by Emanuel for Lady Diana Spencer to wear at a Buckingham Palace party a few days before her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981. It was a visual coming-out event for the future princess, until then largely known for her conservative sweater-and-pearls look.

“This was definitely not a wallflower dress,” said Emanuel, who also co-designed Diana’s wedding gown. “This was a dress to be seen in and celebrated.”

It was also soon forgotten. In an era before smartphones put a camera in everyone’s pocket and social media made private events public, the dress was mostly seen by the party guests, including Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Grace and Nancy Reagan, but no one else. Emanuel doesn’t know where it is, or even if it still exists.

So she has re-created it, out of bolts of shiny, satin taffeta cut and stitched to match the dramatic sketches she made more than 40 years ago.

Acting on an idea that took shape during Britain’s long coronavirus lockdowns, she did it for herself, for

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Tea party-style protests break out across the country against stay-at-home orders

Across the nation, protests against the stay-at-home orders that health experts say are needed to save lives are taking place, with more set for the coming days.

This week, about 100 protesters gathered outside the Ohio statehouse in Columbus to push for Republican Gov. Mike DeWine to reopen the state. In Raleigh, more than 100 demonstrators gathered to protest Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order, where at least one protester was charged with violating the order. In New York, a few dozen people gathered Thursday outside the state Capitol in Albany to rally for a return to normal. Kentucky, Utah and Wyoming also saw similar protests.

More events are scheduled for Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas, Oregon, Idaho and Washington state.

The largest took place in Michigan on Thursday, where police said 3,000 to 4,000 people showed up at the state Capitol in Lansing to protest Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s extended and expanded stay-at-home order, which was signed into law last week.

Asked about the protests at his press conference Thursday, one in which he unveiled his administration’s guidelines for reopening, President Donald Trump said he believed the demonstrators would listen to him and added there is no daylight

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Cara Delevingne reveals her perfect Christmas party outfit

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Cara Delevingne probably isn’t short of social invites when it comes to the festive season, so she’s well placed to share her thoughts on what makes a great Christmas party look.

Talking as part of her role as Jimmy Choo’s new cruise campaign star, she says that maximalism is key when it comes to festive dressing.

“Glitter, sparkles, a feather boa if you’re interested,” she says. “Obviously, a Santa hat or funny glasses. I like a good outfit change, so if you have a little Santa bag stockpiled with different outfits which you can put on and swap with people, I think that’s fun.”

The model-cum-actress-cum-activist says that this is the time of year when you should forget about looking chic or wearing anything understated. Embrace the sartorial fun that the festive season involves, even Christmas jumpers.

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“I really love to dress up – and I’m not just talking about looking nice,” she says. “I do like to put on a crazy outfit and be an elf or a reindeer. Or even if I just wear a nice sparkly dress with a red nose, it’s something different and quirky—it’s

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Taylor Swift gives an inside look at star-studded birthday party

Taylor Swift gave fans a behind-the-scenes look into her 34th birthday celebration.

Swift was photographed as she stepped out in style wearing a sparkling mini dress to celebrate turning 34 with her best friend, Blake Lively. Now she’s sharing photos of the actual party for her 278 million Instagram followers.

“Can’t believe this year… actually… happened? Thank you for all your beautiful birthday wishes yesterday,” she captioned photos of her night – which featured Lively, Gigi Hadid, Zoe Kravitz, Sabrina Carpenter and more celebs.

Swift’s longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff was also in attendance as the group presented the singer-songwriter with a cake that read, “birthday girl of the year.”

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Swift appeared to pay homage to her “Midnights” album for the night by wearing a sequined black dress with a crescent moon and cloud pattern. Lively stayed on theme in a black leather midi with a towering pair of Christian Louboutin

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Kaia Gerber turns 18 in New York, and her party outfit is all grown-up

At just 18, Kaia Gerber has already ticked off her fair share of model milestones, from Chanel and Valentino to Prada, Miu Miu and Alexander Wang.

And like her fashion icon mother, supermodel Cindy Crawford, Gerber has clearly learned a thing or two about how to pull off a stellar style moment.

Celebrating her birthday this week, Gerber, a runway-star in her own right, gathered with friends and family at The Times Square EDITION in New York on Friday.

And, safe to say, her online outfit choice lives up to the occasion.

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The Versace ensemble consisted of a leather skirt with a hip-high split and a corset top with six belts wrapped around her chest and collecting at a choker around her neck.

She wore the outfit with a Versace-emblazoned belt, gold earrings, a black clutch and matching knee-high strappy heels, topping off the look with a smokey cat-eye, nude lip and on-trend sky-high hair.

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The iconic outfit bears a striking resemblance – down to the sultry make-up and larger than life hair – to one her mother wore to the MTV awards in 1992 – only she wore

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Party of light and music opens Birmingham Commonwealth Games

The Australian team was the first to march into the arena in a Commonwealth Games opening ceremony bursting with light, colour, music and dancing this morning.

More than 200 Aussie athletes from the 750 strong team of competitors and officials marched into Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium in a party-like start to the 12-day sporting spectacular.

They were led by flag-bearers Rachael Grinham, who will represent Australia in squash, and our men’s hockey captain, Eddie Ockenden.

British music, including from Harry Styles, One Direction and the Spice Girls, played throughout the stadium during the parade of nations, with home team England marching in to Queen’s We Will Rock You.

Musical performances and dancing were a big part of the opening ceremony, which also featured a mechanical bull, hot air balloon and classic cars that formed the British flag in the center of the arena – all representing Birmingham’s rich history and culture.

Prince Charles made an entrance James Bond would be proud of, driving into the stadium in a 1969 Aston Martin to officially open the games.

The heir to the throne read a message from his mother, the Queen: “Over the years, the coming together of so many for the friendly

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