The fall season always feels loaded, no? Whether it’s marked by a renewed excitement (new clothes, less sweat, pretty leaves) or a more anxiety-ridden “vacation’s over” feeling—it’s a perceptible vibe shift. This time around, our schedules are peppered with far more events and commuting than last year, and we’re just trying to find a balance between relief and overwhelming exhaustion. Yet again, we’re left in the in-between.
So this issue, created in partnership with Macy's, is meant to make things easier on you. Here, you’ll find fall’s best beauty and style trends—in great detail—so shopping for the season change won’t feel stressful. There are editor picks for our favorite products (and soon to be yours too); resale stores you can shop online; and all the shoes, handbags, and accessories we’re dying to get our hands on. We have Thuso Mbedu as our stunning, smiley, and divine cover star whose interview and images will leave you feeling inspired. We’re also calling out the Gen Z designers working to push fashion forward, offering a helpful guide to what all those sustainable fashion buzzwords really mean, and spotlighting why Nap Dresses can sometimes make us feel weird.
We want fall to feel happy, crisp, and exciting again. My hope is these stories will help you get there.
-Hallie Gould, senior editorial director