Ah, the holidays. This season is always one of my favorites each year, as it’s filled with dressing up, letting loose, and dousing everything in tinsel (both literally and silver-lining my disposition). Our fingers are crossed that we’ll be able to have all the parties and wear all the sparkles we want, marking a return to going out that’s decidedly more cheerful (and safe) than it was last year.
Enter: The After-Dark Issue. This theme has always been a dream of mine to create and, in doing so, it fulfilled all those glitzy, glamorous fantasies—with the inimitable Kate Hudson in tow. There is no one better to cover an issue about having fun than the ever-smiling star of too many of our favorite movies to list here. I encourage you to peruse the cool, fun, and sexy images and read our interview about how Kate is the master of doing both: running a vodka brand and a workout line at the same damn time. That’s balance, baby!
In the issue, you’ll find stories about notable holiday trends, what to wear on New Year’s Eve, and how to accessorize a night spent at home. Created in partnership with Lunya and their famous Considered Restwear, we’re bringing you every silky, comfy-cozy piece to make your couch feel like a throne (you can gift them or keep ’em for yourself—we won’t tell).
We’re offering deep dives into the meaning of the “going out top”—you know the one—and the enduring allure of party-girl style. There are also gift guides, editors’ picks, and tips to keep your makeup from melting all night long. Welcome to the holiday season, friends. We’re happy to guide you through it.
— Hallie Gould, Senior Editorial Director