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The NYLON Guide To Rosé

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Long before the giant wave of millennial pink crashed the mainstream, wine lovers were minding their own business while sipping on glasses of rosé. The beverage has been around since the eighth century BCE where it was birthed in ancient Greece. It wasn't until the 19th century that the light pink drink became a staple in the South of France in a little town known as Provence.

Rosé can be made in four different ways: run-off or bleeding, grape skin maceration, direct press, and blending. So no, you don't just mix red and white wines to make rosé—it's actually forbidden to do so in France. The rise of rosé in the United States can be credited for a variety of reasons. Adam Chase, a certified WSET educator and director of Grape Experience Wine & Spirit School in San Francisco, thinks that the discovery of dry rosé is what changed Americans' perceptions of the wine. 

"For years, many U.S. consumers just assumed rosé was the sort of sweet concoction of a wine," he says. "So many rosés were the stuff that you'd see at the bottom of the shelf. They were very simple, sweet, sort of strawberry, almost candy like... What started to happen was more and more people started to produce rosés that had more to them—that tasted more nuanced, more layered, more interesting, and not what we would call an alcohol Kool-Aid or an alcohol pop."

Katherine Cole, wine writer and author of Rosé All Day: The Essential Guide to Your New Favorite Wine, says that rosé is a "much more complicated wine than we give it credit for" and points to the blurring of gender lines as an explanation for the growth in popularity. When it comes to drinking wine, the boundaries between masculinity and femininity have become obsolete over the past decade. "It's cool for guys to be open to pink and show that they're open to femininity," she says. 

Despite this sudden surge, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, a certified master of wine and author of Rosé Wine: The Guide to Drinking Pink, believes that "rosé has never really been out of fashion and out of style." She has always viewed it as a "crowd seeking" wine despite what the "wine-illuminati" think about it.

New Yorkers can even go on an annual rosé-themed weekend getaway at Governors Island every summer called Pinknic, thanks to French entrepreneur Pierrick Bouquet. Growing up in France, he was always familiar with rosé—when he noticed a gap in American wine industry in terms of educating people on the rosé category, he lept at the opportunity to fill that void. (He's also recently launchd his own Rosé Mimosa by Rosé S'il Vous Plaî, so you can trust his taste.) Warmer weather is ideal for rosé, but enthusiasts shouldn't feel limited by the seasons. "I drink it all year round without a doubt," adds Cole. 

Victoria James, one of New York's youngest sommeliers and author of Drink Pink: A Celebration of Rosé, wants everyone to know that rosé is not a basic drink. Right now, rosé is better than it's ever been but it is also being taken advantage of and served with a side of sexism. "It doesn't have to be for your basic bitch, it can be a high quality wine," she says. "That's kind of the biggest rumor I'm trying to dispel."

In honor of National Rosé Day, we put together a guide on our favorite wine with professional consultation from all five of these experts. Grab a glass and drink up all the details, below.

Origin

Like most fancy things, rosé's roots can be traced to vineyards in France. Many delicious bottles of rosé are imported outside of Provence though. It started as a pink run-off from red wine that people didn't want to go to waste so they drank the byproduct. Before wine makers started taking it seriously, James says that rosé was often made using rotten grapes and "young vines that weren't concentrated." She adds, "Now they're making high quality rosé all over the world."

People associate rosé with summertime because of Parisians staying in the south of France during that season with the pink drink in hand. The Hamptons wanted in on this glamorous indulgence, so they started incorporating rosé into their lifestyle, as well. Elsewhere, open your palate to the offerings of across the globe—James is a fan of rosés from smaller sub-appellations like Bandol, Cassis, and Palette within Provence but she also enjoys wines from areas like Spain, and Switzerland. Chase has found a decent amount of good rosés in Argentina, Australia, Italy, and South Africa.

People used to classify rosés as a "girly" drink. Wine companies have a tendency to target millennial women as the beverage's main demographic, but now more men feel confident about consuming it. Bouquet proudly drinks rosé all year long and describes it as a "premium" wine and the "champagne of the millennial." He adds, "Rosé is not intimidating." For the shameless women holding it down and demanding rosé whenever they damn well please, James has these words of encouragement: "Young females got to stick together and break the glass ceiling."

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"In my head I thought, This is how it ends"

Kit Harington almost lost a lot more than the Iron Throne while filming the final season of Game of Thrones. According to an interview with NowThis News, the actor almost lost one of his balls while riding a mechanical dragon.

Harington revealed that the incident took place when he was filming the scene where his character, Jon Snow, takes a ride on Rhaegal for the first time in the Season 8 premiere. Since dragons aren't real (sorry), Harington was filming the scene, where Jon almost falls off the dragon and then swings around to pick himself back up, on a mechanical contraption.

"My right ball got trapped, and I didn't have time to say, 'Stop,'" Harington said in an interview. "And I was being swung around. In my head I thought, This is how it ends. On this buck, swinging me around by my testicles, literally." We see shots of the fake dragon he's riding in front of a green screen, and it does look pretty terrifying.

Luckily, his testicles remained intact through the near-disastrous event, and he's survived with quite the story to tell to unsuspecting journalists.

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"I had to create a harder shell about being a woman"

In a panel discussion during Gwyneth Paltrow's In Goop Health summit, actress Jessica Alba revealed that she "stopped eating" to avoid unwanted attention from men when she was first starting her career in Hollywood.

According to People, Alba said that she "had a curvy figure as a young girl" and, as such, was made to feel as though her body was the reason that men may be inappropriate toward her. "I was meant to feel ashamed if I tempted men," Alba said during the panel discussion. "Then I stopped eating a lot when I became an actress. I made myself look more like a boy so I wouldn't get as much attention. I went through a big tomboy phase."

She continued, "In Hollywood, you're really preyed upon. They see a young girl, and they just want to touch you inappropriately or talk to you inappropriately or think that they're allowed to be aggressive with you in a way."

Alba also noted that she was raised in a conservative household. "My mom would say, 'You have a body, and it's very womanly, and people don't understand that you're 12,'" she said. "I wasn't allowed to have my nalgas out, which is butt cheeks [in Spanish], but I was born with a giant booty, and they come out of everything. So, I didn't get to wear normal things that all my friends wore."

She said that these reactions to her body really affected her attitude. "I created this pretty insane 'don't fuck with me' [attitude]," she said. "I had to create a harder shell about being a woman."

According to her, her relationship to her body only changed when her first child, Honor, was born in 2008. "[After she was born,] I was like, Oh this is what these boobies are meant to do! Feed a kid!" she said. "And that was the dopest shit I'd ever done. So, I came into my body as a woman finally and I stopped being ashamed of myself."

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Because of course

Teva, the most obvious lesbian footwear brand since Birkenstock, really knows its customer base. In time for Pride, the brand has teamed up with Tegan and Sara for a gay shoe to end all gay shoes. In other words, your Pride footwear is on lock.

The shoe isn't just your average Teva sandal. Tegan and Sara's design, the Teva Flatform Universal Pride sandal, is a 2.5-inch platform shoe with a rainbow sole. Tegan and Sara noted in a press release that they have been Teva wearers for pretty much their whole lives. "We got our first pair of Teva sandals when we were 16," they said. "This rainbow Flatform collab is like full circle LGBTQ+ Pride validation."

What's better, with each sandal sale, Teva will donate $15 to the Tegan and Sara Foundation, up to $30,000. The funds donated will go toward scholarships which will give young members of the LGBTQ+ community the chance to go to summer camps which will "help develop self-confidence and leadership abilities in a safe and nurturing environment." Tegan and Sara added, "Teva's generous support for our foundation will allow us to help even more LGBTQ+ youth."

Available today at Teva's and Nordstrom's websites, the sandal retails for $80.

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"Focusing on innovative materials will allow the company to explore new boundaries of creative design"

Prada Group has announced that Prada, as well as all of its brands, will now be fur-free. According to a press release from the Humane Society, Prada, Miu Miu, Church's, and Car Shoe will ban the use of fur beginning with the Spring/Summer 2020 collection (aka the Fashion Week coming up next). The list of fashion designers banning fur only continues to grow, with 3.1 Phillip Lim, Coach, Armani, Versace, Gucci, and more having stopped using the material in seasons past.

"The Prada Group is committed to innovation and social responsibility, and our fur-free policy—reached following a positive dialogue with the Fur Free Alliance, in particular with LAV and the Humane Society of the United States—is an extension of that engagement," Miuccia Prada told the Human Society. "Focusing on innovative materials will allow the company to explore new boundaries of creative design while meeting the demand for ethical products."

Following London Fashion Week designers forgoing the use of fur in September and the first-ever Vegan Fashion Week taking place in February, it's easy to imagine an entirely fur-free fashion future. It's especially easy, I presume, for the brands to consider a fur-free future, given that entire cities and states are taking a stance. New York is following in the footsteps of Los Angeles banning fur, with a bill proposed this March that would ban sales across New York State.

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"Club leisure" is the new athleisure

Alexander Wang is recognizing clubbing as the workout that it truly is with his latest Adidas collaboration. In this fifth installment, he "changes gears," per a press release from the brand, taking the iconic sports brand to the dance floor.

For the new campaign, the collection comes to life in iconic choreographer Tanisha Scott's dance studio and stars dancers Noemi Janumala, Dakota Moore, Avi McClish, and Olivia Burgess. The dancers show just how far these clothes can go when you want to bust a move or stretch, but TBH, I'll leave these poses to the pros and just use my clothes for flexing on the 'gram.

The collection—which features six apparel items, three shoes, and six accessories—features, per a press release, "Wang's knack for pre-styling." Standouts from the mostly black-and-white items include a silver sneaker that was *made* for moonwalking, an airy windbreaker that has just the right dash of bright blue with the scattered Adidas trefoil design, and a towel hoodie that you won't feel bad sweating in.

Ahead of the May 25 collection drop online and in stores, peep the gorgeous campaign images below.

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Adidas Originals by AW, Sweatshirt in Black, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Towel, $80, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Joggers, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Turnout BBall Shoes, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas.

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Adidas Originals by AW, Towel Hoodie, $350, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Sock Leggings, $60, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Adilette Slides, $90, available starting May 25 at Adidas.

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Adidas Originals by AW, Futureshell Shoes in Platinum Metallic, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas.

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Adidas Originals by AW, Sweatshirt in Core White, $280, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Shorts in Core White, $120, available starting May 25 at Adidas.

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Adidas Originals by AW, Sweatshirt in Black, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Bum Bag, $50, available staring May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Towel, $80, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Turnout BBall Shoes, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Duffle Bag, $70, available starting May 25 at Adidas.

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