These will carry you (and all your stuff) well into 2021.
Though most of us embark on fewer outings these days, the need to schlep around our belongings remains. Whether we're carrying groceries, a bevvy of PPE, or essentials for a quick weekend getaway, women are still very much relying on our handbags. Designers debuting their Spring 2021 collections took note and left us no shortage of options, albeit ones with a more practical edge. While spring collections have historically been a place for summer vacation staples like straw totes and macramé shoulder bags, designers reminded us that the ways women spend their time outdoors shifted in summer 2020. Outdoor bar hopping was replaced by boozy brunch picnics with a select crew; farmer's market runs took precedent over laptop-schlepping daily commutes; and dressing up the mundane essentials, like water bottles, felt more novel than the micro bag trend of seasons past.
This doesn't mean a major shift in trends, but rather revisiting some tried-and-true trends and giving these styles a more practical purpose (as opposed to handbags sitting in a dust bag waiting to be paired with something other than sweatpants). At Marie Claire, we love practicality in fashion and making the trends make sense for us, so this is totally up our alley. We've taken apart the designers' offerings and shopped out styles that can work even now, while spring still feels so far ahead.
U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta, who was named to the court by President Barack Obama, has been selected at random to hear the U.S. Justice Department's case against Alphabet's Google, according to a court filing on Wednesday. Mehta is a judge on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Mehta, who was appointed to the court in 2014, heard a Federal Trade Commission fight to block a merger of Sysco and U.S. Foods.
A lax summer and a fractured political system have left Belgium facing a second COVID-19 wave potentially as serious as the first, with the health minister warning of a "tsunami". Belgium's more than 10,000 deaths mean the country of 11 million people already has among the world's highest fatality rates per capita. Like other Western European countries, it sharply curbed infections with a severe lockdown before the summer, only to see caseloads rise again sharply in recent weeks as children returned to school and the weather turned colder.
The biggest party in Malaysia's ruling alliance on Wednesday pledged its support for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, a boost for the premier as he faces a leadership challenge. The United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) also called for a "political ceasefire" amid a surge in coronavirus cases, just a week after saying it was considering withdrawing support for Muhyiddin's government. The move provides a temporary reprieve for Muhyiddin following opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's claim that he has the parliamentary majority to form a new government with the help of defectors from the ruling pact.
More than a million people in northern England will be banned from mixing with other households under new coronavirus rules announced Wednesday, sparking warnings of "months of agony" ahead.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday that his government will not buy China's Sinovac vaccine against COVID-19, one day after the health minister said it would be included in the nation's immunization program. "For sure, we will not buy the Chinese vaccine," Bolsonaro said on social media, responding to a supporter who urged him not to buy the vaccine. On Tuesday, Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello said in a meeting with state governors that the ministry would buy the vaccine developed by Sinovac <SVA.O> to include it in the immunization program, in addition to one developed by AstraZeneca <AZN.L> and Oxford University.
Thailand’s embattled premier announced Wednesday he might lift an emergency decree that has failed to stifle a growing protest movement demanding he steps down and also reforms to the monarchy.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha backed down on Wednesday over emergency measures he imposed last week to stop three months of protests, but which spurred even bigger demonstrations against his government and the monarchy. As the former military ruler spoke in a televised address, tens of thousands of people were marching to his office and many said his offer to lift the restrictions was not enough.
France will ban an Islamist group named after the late Sheikh Yassin as part of a crackdown on militants following the murder of a French schoolteacher last week, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday. Samuel Paty was beheaded on Oct. 16 by an 18-year-old of Chechen origin seeking to avenge his victim's use of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression. "This is a battle over security, culture and education," Attal said.
When 99-year old Florentina Martin caught the coronavirus in September, her grand-daughter's greatest fear was not that the disease would kill her, but that she would end up alone on an emergency ward. "I always thought loneliness would finish her off before the virus because she's afraid of being left alone, especially in the hospital," Noelia Valle said. A few days later, Martin began to feel weak and retreated to bed.
European stock markets slid and the dollar faltered Wednesday following a mixed performance in Asia, as investors continue to wait on a US stimulus package.
Samuel Paty, the 47-year-old history teacher beheaded for having shown his class cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in a lesson on free speech, is remembered as a well-liked and committed professional who enjoyed drawing his pupils into debate.
China's Ant Group has won the final nod from the country's top securities watchdog for the registration of its Shanghai offering, the regulator said on Wednesday, clearing the last regulatory hurdle for its $35 billion dual-listing. Ant, the fintech company backed by Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba Group Holding <BABA.N>, plans to list simultaneously in Hong Kong and Shanghai in the coming weeks, sources have said. The listing could be the world's largest initial public offering, surpassing the record set by Saudi Aramco's $29.4 billion float last December.
PayPal Holdings Inc <PYPL.O> joined the cryptocurrency market on Wednesday, allowing customers to buy, sell and hold bitcoin and other virtual coins using the U.S. digital payments company's online wallets. PayPal customers will also be able to use cryptocurrencies to shop at the 26 million merchants on its network starting in early 2021, the company said in a statement. PayPal hopes the service will encourage global use of virtual coins and prepare its network for new digital currencies that may be developed by central banks and corporations, President and Chief Executive Dan Schulman said in an interview.
Turkey stands to lose more than most other countries if Joe Biden is elected president since he is expected to toughen the U.S. stance against President Tayyip Erdogan's foreign military interventions and closer cooperation with Russia. Investors and analysts say the beleaguered Turkish lira is especially vulnerable if a Biden White House pulls the trigger on long-threatened sanctions over Ankara's purchase of Russian S-400 missiles, which Washington says compromise NATO defences. Top Republican and Democratic U.S. senators also called for sanctions that could hobble a Turkish economy hit by two slumps in as many years.
With lockdowns easing, Verizon gradually reopened all of its company-operated retail stores in the quarter, implementing touch-less retail, appointments and curbside pickups. Verizon added 283,000 postpaid phone subscribers in the third quarter, above the average estimate of 268,000, according to research firm FactSet. Apple Inc, one of Verizon's key partners, has delayed the launch of its new iPhones by about a month this year.
A United Nations judge on Wednesday ordered that Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga, who has been in a French jail since May, be sent to a detention unit in The Hague out of health considerations amid the coronavirus pandemic. The decision means Kabuga, 84, is likely spend at least several months in The Hague and be brought before an international judge there for an initial appearance in his war crimes case, rather than in Tanzania as planned. U.N. prosecutors accuse the former tea and coffee tycoon of bankrolling and importing huge numbers of machetes for ethnic Hutu militias who killed hundreds of thousands of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda during a 100-day period in 1994.
Indian opposition leaders on Wednesday called for the release of an elderly priest held on terror charges, one of 16 similar arrests rights groups say are politically motivated. Stan Swamy, an 83-year-old Jesuit priest working with tribal groups in Jharkhand, was arrested earlier this month on accusations he assisted Maoist groups active in the region. "The charges seem to be preposterous," said Shashi Tharoor, a lawmaker from the opposition Congress, that was one of half-a-dozen parties to speak at a news conference on Wednesday.
Faced with reduced opening hours, far fewer visitors and plummeting income, London's picturesque Charles Dickens Museum is typical of how British cultural institutions are being financially strangled by the pandemic.
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper revealed a fresh drive to strengthen US alliances with "like-minded democracies" in part through arms sales in an effort to curb the global influence of Russia and China.
At least 11 women were killed Wednesday in a stampede at an Afghan football stadium where thousands of people had gathered to apply for Pakistani visas, authorities said.
Britain said the European Union's chief negotiator had commented "in a significant way" on the sticking points in talks over a trade deal, and that negotiators would speak to each other later on Wednesday. "We note with interest that the EU's negotiator, speaking to the EP (European Parliament) this morning, has commented in a significant way on the issues behind the current difficulties in our talks," a spokesman from Johnson's office said.
It was a series of intercepted phone calls on a tense night in June that made Iraq’s new prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi fully realise how few friends he had. During one call, a senior Iraqi leader with strong ties to Iran instructed the security chief for Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, which hosts government buildings and foreign embassies, not to stand in the way of militiamen who were storming the area, two Iraqi security officials said. During the hours-long standoff, the militia detained several members of a U.S.-trained counter-terrorism force, according to the security officials and two militia sources.
If Biden defeats Trump in the November presidential election, voters like Putman-Thomas could be a big reason why. Roughly 7.3 million infrequent and first-time voters had cast their ballots as of Tuesday, according to TargetSmart, a Democratic analytics firm.
The battle over a hefty, new U.S. coronavirus aid bill was set to spill into Wednesday as the White House and Democrats try to strike a deal before the Nov. 3 presidential and congressional elections, now with the encouragement of President Donald Trump. Reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would resist fast action further muddied the outlook and potentially put him at odds with Trump on an effort that is a high priority for American voters. Despite Trump's insistence that his fellow Republicans in Congress would fall in line behind a big bill, there were no signs yet that those lawmakers would go along with anything costing more than around $500 billion.
A landslide win by Bolivia's socialist party at weekend elections may herald a year of dramatic shifts in Latin American politics as the painful economic impact of the pandemic discredits incumbents and fuels demand for change. Bolivia's former economy minister Luis Arce won Sunday's vote in the Andean nation, pledging to protect welfare spending as he takes over next month from a conservative interim government. "The pandemic has caused the Bolivian people to suffer and this government did not know how to handle it," said Nicanor Baltazar, a leader of Bolivia's largest workers group, the COB.