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Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Swing Left, and Organizing For Action Partner on Women’s Health Day of Action

If you’re anything like me, the totality of the Brett Kavanaugh nomination and all that has come with it has wreaked havoc on your brain, your soul, and your spirit. I’m furious. I’m sad. I’m somehow both emotionally spent and energized at the same time. And I’ve given myself whiplash vacillating between hopeful and utterly distraught about America’s future—especially for women.

On Friday, the GOP-led Senate plowed ahead, as Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promised, with a final vote presumed to happen on Saturday. And at the conclusion of her speech on the Senate floor this afternoon, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced that she would vote to confirm the nominee. She delivered what felt like an endless defense of Kavanaugh that seemed to prove she had never been quite on the fence about him after all.

Democrat Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) released a statement soon after Collins’ speech that he is also a “yes” on Kavanaugh. As it stands now, someone who’s been accused of sexual assault by a woman whom President Trump himself deemed a “credible” witness will be confirmed to sit on the United States Supreme Court for the rest of his life.

Far be it from me to tell you how you should process this entire mess. (I’ve wept, screamed aloud in my apartment, self-soothed with sugar, and tried to write my way through it.) But I’ve also learned that when I can channel my rage, passion, and, yes, pain into something more tangible, I feel a hell of a lot better. So, a proposal: join me?

This weekend, three of my favorite progressive organizations—Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPFA), Swing Left, and Organizing for Action—have banded together to create a Women’s Health Day of Action. And it’s tomorrow, October 6—as in Saturday, the day that Kavanaugh might just win his nomination battle.

Their goal is simple: to help elect pro-women’s health candidates and regain a progressive majority in the House of Representatives. To that end, they have identified 16 House districts in seven states to support on October 6. Hundreds of volunteers will be working with the campaigns directly to knock on tens of thousands of doors to get out the vote in November. (In some districts, the candidates themselves will be participating.)

It’s time to activate our anger (again), ladies—and I’m all the way in.

“Everything is on the line in 2018. Women are fed up with politicians dismissing survivors of sexual assault, undermining access to Planned Parenthood health centers, and reshaping the Supreme Court to gut the constitutional right to safe, legal abortion,” says PPAF President Dawn Laguens. “Women are poised to serve a reckoning this November that is decades in the making, and this partnership is a signal that we’re all right there with them. We know that, together, our voices are too powerful to ignore.”

Literally—they are. One in five people have participated in protests since 2016, according to a Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation survey. And the number one issue that’s gotten them on their feet? The rights of women.

“The level of engagement and enthusiasm OFA has seen this cycle, among seasoned organizers and brand new volunteers alike, has been overwhelming – and women have been leading the charge,” says Katie Hogan, Executive Director of Organizing for Action. “It’s a phenomenon we’ve seen dating all the way back to the Women’s March, and that passion has only intensified as it’s become increasingly clear how much is at stake in November. We’re thrilled to be working in lock-step with both new leaders in the progressive space, like Swing Left, and long-time powerhouses of activism, like Planned Parenthood Action Fund, to elect representatives who will echo these voices in Washington.”

Here are the 16 districts that volunteers will target this weekend—and through the midterms on November 6. You can sign up to volunteer here.

  • AZ-02: Ann Kirkpatrick-CA-10: Josh Harder

  • CA-45: Katie Porter

  • CA-48: Harley Rouda

  • IA-01: Abby Finkenauer

  • IA-03: Cindy Axne

  • NJ-11: Mikie Sherrill

  • NJ-07: Tom Malinowski

  • NJ-03: Andy Kim

  • TX-32: Colin Allred

  • TX-07 : Lizzie Fletcher

  • TX-23: Gina Ortiz Jones

  • VA-10: Jennifer Wexton

  • VA-02: Elaine Luria-VA-05: Leslie Cockburn

  • VA-07: Abigail Spanberger

And if you don’t happen to live near one of those districts, don’t despair. Getting involved wherever you are couldn’t be easier. Contact the field office of a local candidate you support and volunteer to canvass or phone bank. Reach out to friends and relatives who aren’t routine voters to make sure they are registered (many state deadlines are fast approaching). Ask them to pledge to show up at the polls on November 6 at a site like Vote Save America.

“If we want to protect women’s health from the constant Republican attacks, it’s not enough to just vote this year. We need each and every person to knock on doors and make calls so that we can break out of our silos and bring about electoral change,” says Swing Left Political Director Katie Hogan.

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Did The Aquaman Trailer Tease Who The Sequel’s Villain Could Be?

The DC Extended Universe opted to only release one movie in 2018 after delivering two entries each in 2016 and 2017, but man, this next one is a doozy. Not only is Aquaman putting Jason Momoa‘s Arthur Curry front and center following his cameo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and his full debut in Justice League, it will also be spending a lot of time underwater (a first for a superhero movie) to explore Atlantis, including its history. Today DC and Warner Bros dropped a new, 5-minute-long trailer that was packed with a lot of cool moments, including Mera activating an Atlantean device that displayed a hologram of one of Atlantis’ deceased kings. The late, unnamed ruler explained the significance of the trident Arthur will eventually wield, but his presence has me wondering if Aquaman 2 (which, to be clear, hasn’t gotten the green light yet) could feature Atlan, the Dead King, as its main antagonist.

There have been numerous adaptation of the Atlantis myth, but most follow the same basic principle: it was a city/continent that somehow sunk into the sea. In the case of the DC universe, specifically the post-New 52 era, we have Atlan to thank for this. As one can surmise from his Dead King moniker, he ruled Atlantis centuries ago, but he was usurped by his brother Orin, who also killed Atlan’s wife and children. Atlan constructed seven weapons from the Gold of Legacy so he could take back Atlantis, but consumed by rage, he subsequently used his scepter to sink the city. Jumping to the present, Atlan was accidentally reawakened in Antarctica by Aquaman, and he once again tried to destroy Atlantis, but was eventually defeated when Arthur used Atlan’s own scepter against him.

We know that the Aquaman movie is drawing heavily from Geoff Johns‘ run on the Aquaman comic book, and since Atlan was the final main villain of said run, it’s not unreasonable to assume that he could be introduced in the Aquaman sequel. And upon watching the latest Aquaman trailer, you might even wonder if that hologram king is Atlan. That’s certainly possible, but this monarch is warning those who watch the hologram about the trident would bring destruction in the wrong hands. First off, it appears that Aquaman’s trident is replacing Atlan’s scepter as the tool that causes Atlantis to sink in the DCEU. But more importantly, why would Atlan warn others about what the trident is capable of if he ends up being the one to use it irresponsibly? Plus, the crowd shot below indicates that this king was one of the “true heirs” that united all the kingdoms so long ago, so he would have no need, or even have the capability, to sink Atlantis. On the other hand, we don’t know how long before Atlantis sunk that hologram was recorded, and maybe in that interim period, this king was corrupted and used the trident for nefarious purposes.

Assuming the Dead King ends up being Aquaman 2‘s main villain, there are two scenarios I can see being used. The first follows the New 52’s approach to the character. That hologram is of Atlan, and sometime after recording that hologram, he was tossed from the throne by his brother Orin and left to die. Thirsty for vengeance, he somehow obtained the trident, sunk Atlantis and was preserved beneath the surface in some kind of stasis. In the present, he’s reawakened, looks like his icy self from the comics and tries to seize Atlantis from Arthur, as Arthur is a descendant of his traitorous brother, and thus not worthy of ruling. The second scenario takes some creative liberties; this hologram is still of Atlan, but he’s not the Dead King. That title belongs to his brother or someone else who seized the throne, and upon trying to channel the trident’s power, ended up sinking Atlantis. Events from there proceed closely to the first scenario: the Dead King’s reawakened, he tries to take over Atlantis, etc. Make no mistake, whoever holds the Dead King title in the DCEU would be a formidable adversary for Aquaman, between his natural Atlantean abilities, his cryokinesis (being able to manipulate ice and snow) and the various weapons he wields.

Of course, all of this is even assuming that the Dead King is chosen to be Aquaman 2‘s main baddie. Maybe someone else will have that role; perhaps a certain deep sea-diving, laser-blasting mercenary? Although Black Manta will be an important player in Aquaman, he’s not the primary antagonist. Orm, a.k.a. Ocean Master, will fill that position, as he’s seeking to unite the seven underwater kingdoms to join him in declaring war on the surface as retaliation for polluting the oceans for so long. However, producer Peter Safran previously said that they “have every intention that Manta plays a very large role in the DC universe.” Aquaman is simply serving as his origin story, so rest assured, he’ll be back. The question then becomes if he’ll become the main villain in Aquaman 2 or continue causing trouble on the side, and then snag the villainous spotlight in Aquaman 3?

As an Aquaman fan, I’d be okay with either Black Manta or the Dead King being the lead baddie in Aquaman 2, but since the former is much more popular than the latter, I’m inclined to think Black Manta stands a better chance. But don’t count out the Dead King either. Even if he doesn’t debut until Aquaman 3, he’s one of the few other enemies Aquaman has faced over the decades who’s worthy of being a main antagonist, and since we’ll be learning a fair amount about Atlantis’ DCEU history, it would be a waste for these movies to just leave him sitting on the sidelines.

Aquaman dives into theaters on December 21, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more coverage on that, as well as any news regarding a potential sequel. In the meantime, browse through our DC movies guide to learn what else is in development for the DCEU.

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Some Lunatic Built A Nintendo Wii Into An Altoids Tin

Modder Shank uploaded the nine and a half minute video to his Shank Mods YouTube channel. He starts by talking about how miserable it was making the thing, and that’s why it’s called the Kill Mii. He spent about a year designing it, which features stripped down parts from the Wii put into an Altoids tin can. It sports a two-inch composite screen, two 3DS sliders that are designed as the analog sticks, four buttons that work as the ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘X’, and ‘Y’ face buttons, and a makeshift D-pad at the bottom. There’s also two infrared sensors for Bluetooth connectivity, an air intake and an air exhaust. There’s even a USB port for allowing gamers to add games.

Venom: Rate And Discuss With Spoilers

It’s the moment you’ve either been waiting for or dreading for some time: Venom is alive and well, with his own movie spinoff in an unidentified corner of the Spider-Verse. You’ve seen the memes, you’ve heard the claims of an R-rating get backtracked to a PG-13 rating, and you’ve been speculating as to who Woody Harrelson is playing in the film. Now, it’s time for your most important assignment: it’s time to rate and discuss Venom.

The critics haven’t exactly been swooning over this movie, and anyone who didn’t see that coming hasn’t been reading the internet fairly regularly. Even our own Sean O’Connell had the following words of wisdom pertaining to the film’s ultimate failings:

But, of course, this isn’t the Critics Corner, is it? This is Rate and Discuss, where you the audience, get to have your say (or your ‘says,’ should you be with symbiote) as to whether you enjoyed the film or not! So let’s begin with some rousing discussion questions that’ll help you better discuss your feelings about Venom:

So many questions and so little time. Don’t worry about answering them completely just yet, as you’ll have time to think up some crackerjack answers for your comments at the end of this feature. Speaking of those comments, they should also include a number, more specifically your rating for how much you enjoyed Venom on the traditional scale of 0 to 5. You can share your explanation for your numbered rating in said comments, as well as log that rating in the poll below. Statistics fans need love too.

How Many Stars Would You Give Venom?

Last, but not least, as we close out Venom Mania here at Rate and Discuss, we have some recommended reading to send you out with. In particular, there’s a legacy Spider-Man character that was included in the film’s opening act that may have snuck past your notice in all of the hustle and bustle. Also, you can read about how director Ruben Fleischer made his version of Venom different from that of Spider-Man 3 fame. Finally, if you’re scratching your head over the whole Carnage reveal during Venom’s mid-credits, we have the explanation of why it’s so important, and why Fleischer included it, for you to peruse as well.

And that wraps the rate and discuss section for Venom, folks! Cue the Eminem tie-in single and exit through the headline, as you enjoy whatever else you’re headed out to see this weekend. We’ll see you back here for the next Rate and Discuss, so keep your pencils sharpened, and your symbiotes fed.

What The Final Shot In A Star Is Born Actually Means, According To Bradley Cooper

The following gets into spoilers for Bradley Cooper’s new A Star Is Born. So stop reading now if you haven’t seen the movie, or any of the previous three versions of A Star Is Born that have been produced.

The final shot in A Star Is Born is a stunner. After two-plus hours of Ally (Lady Gaga) avoiding the camera, or not being aware that she has been the subject of the lens, the pop star mourns her husband, and ends the movie with a powerful stare right into the camera’s eye… and right into our souls. It’s a very deliberate shot, and a very deliberate choice, so when CinemaBlend sat down with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga to discuss the film, we had to ask them the significance of the image, and Cooper told us:

When you think about it, even though she had been performing in various stages, and ON various stages throughout the movie, it is only once Ally is done mourning her husband that he’s capable of moving on and coming to terms with who she is as an artist. To begin with, she sort of lives in the shadow and influence of his music, the music of Jackson Maine. Then, Ally gets pushed and pulled by a manager who wants her to thrive as a shallow pop star. But now that she’s on her own, she’s ready to persevere, and triumph.

To that end, Lady Gaga added:

Because it’s an ending. But it’s also a beginning. Bradley Cooper went on to tell us that Ally’s career is just starting, and she’ll likely go on to achieve incredible success as a singer and songwriter. But his movie focuses on her origin, and the final shot, as he says, is the moment that the star is born.

Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born is in theaters as we speak. Our 5-star review is up on the site. Did you see it? What did you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

First Lady Melania Trump Wore a Pith Helmet During Tour of Africa

First Lady Melania Trump is currently on her first international solo trip, visiting various countries in Africa over the course of a week, and it hasn’t been without a few raised eyebrows.

Once again, FLOTUS’ wardrobe—particularly, one white hat—has come under scrutiny. This morning in Kenya, she visited the Sneldrick Wildlife Elephant Project wearing a white button-down, khaki pants, and tall boots. By the afternoon, to go on a tour of Nairobi National Park, she had added another item to her outfit: a pith helmet.

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Quickly, people across the globe pointed out the jarring image, as pith helmets have long been associated with colonial rule, particularly in Africa and parts of Asia and the Middle East, and are considered a symbol of oppression.

Over the course of her time in the White House, Mrs. Trump’s fashion has gotten a lot of attention, with the public reading into the meaning behind every wardrobe choice, even as FLOTUS declines to offer any. Still, many have followed it closely: The New York Times reports that the hashtag #FLOTUSinAfricaBingo, started by a political science professor in California, is tracking what could be interpreted as insensitive behavior, from outfits to activities, during FLOTUS’ trip.

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The White House has yet to release a statement on the pith helmet from today’s visit to Kenya. The East Wing did release an official summary, though, with FLOTUS saying: “The hospitality that I received made the experience so special. I was awed by the beauty of Nairobi National Park and was very interested to learn more about Kenya’s conservation efforts. The Nest is a prime example of what it means to protect and nurture our next generation—seeing their efforts shape the lives of so many children is something I will never forget. I look forward to visiting again in the future.”

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Life Is Strange 2: Episode 1 Review

While I came to the original Life is Strange late in the game, after every episode had already been released, I loved the story the game told. The story of Max and Chloe was a heartbreaking one, no matter how it ended and it showed that the team at DONTNOD Entertainment was on to something. Now, with Life is Strange 2, the universe of Life is Strange has begun to expand and while the first episode is far from revolutionary, it is a promising first step in a new direction with new characters.

You play as Sean Diaz, an American teenager of Mexican descent living in the Seattle, Washington area. You live with your father, a mechanic, and your younger brother Daniel, and your biggest concern is how you’re going to impress the girl you like. Unfortunately, when a tragic series of events unfolds, Sean is forced to grab his younger brother and run away from home. On the run from the police, Sean heads south, with some rough idea of getting to the Mexican town where his father grew up, where he might find potential safety.

Gameplay is, for the most part, identical to the previous Life is Strange and other modern adventure games of its type. You walk around a map, interact with the environment, pick up objects, and engage in dialogue with other characters. Decisions you make have the potential to change the story as you progress through the episode as well as in future episodes. The changes between the original Life is Strange and the sequel are subtle but welcome. Not all dialogue sections force you to stand there and talk, instead, you’re frequently able to move around and continue to interact with your environment while still engaged in conversation. It feels more natural.

However, the biggest change comes from the new perspective that Life is Strange 2 takes. It’s clear from early on that while the player is in control of Sean, this isn’t really his story. In the same way that Telltale’s original season of The Walking Dead was more about Clementine than Lee, Life is Strange 2 looks like it will be about Daniel, not Sean, but told through Sean’s eyes. Daniel is always there watching you and even if a decision you make doesn’t technically involve him, he’s a young child and he’s soaking things up like a sponge. Your job as the player is to lead by example. If the example you set is a bad one, well…

These changes are minor, and by the end of Episode 1, they’ve hardly had a major impact on the game. While that could certainly change in future episodes, Episode 1 feels like any other modern adventure game. It remains to be seen how drastically the choices you make will impact the game, though the fact that the biggest decision of Episode 1 is made for you is a bit frustrating for a series that claims that you can control things.

What’s clear about Life is Strange 2 is that the game clearly has something it wants to say. While the original Life is Strange, as well as its prequel Life is Strange: Before the Storm dealt primarily with female relationships, of both the loving and the dangerous kind, Life is Strange 2‘s focus is on giving an audience a glimpse at what it’s like being a minority. And the game is not subtle. One character I met on my travels even commented that he wanted to “build the wall,” in case you were curious how closely the Life is Strange universe mirrors our own. The game’s inciting incident is one so “ripped from the headlines” you half expect the cast of Law & Order to show up.

Life is Strange fans may have noticed I have yet to mention anything about the supernatural powers that were a key part of the gameplay of the first game. In order to avoid spoilers I’m not going to go too deep into them, as most of the detail as to how they will impact the plot isn’t revealed until the end of the episode, but needless to say, powers of that sort do exist in the game, though they’re not identical to the powers of the first game, and how exactly they integrate into the story will be somewhat different.

Overall I’m not waiting with baited breath for the next episode of Life is Strange 2, but I am certainly interested enough to see where things go. Honestly, that’s about where I was at this point in the first Life is Strange. That game also took some time to get going, but once it did, it was an emotional journey worth taking. If that happens here as well, I won’t complain.

This review was completed with an Xbox One version of the game provided by the publisher.

Rating:
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To 3D Or Not To 3D: Buy The Right Venom Ticket

3D SCORE:
21 /35

3D and superhero movies are like chocolate and peanut butter: two normally good tastes that go great together. But then again, Venom is no ordinary comic book movie, because as the trailers have told us, the world has enough superheroes. So there’s a chance that taking a spin in the third dimension with this Spider-Man adjacent universe could be something unlike anything we’ve already seen. Or… it could be the exact metaphor you’ve been quoting from the now infamous trailer.

Which means court is in session, as it’s time to ask and answer one of our favorite questions: to 3D or not to 3D? If you’re interested in seeing how Venom works as a movie, you can find out as you read our official review. But from this point on, it’s 3D time, as we put our glasses on and tell you whether or not Eddie Brock’s adventures are worth your hard earned 3D dollar.

3D Fit Score

5/5

Picture this scenario: your anti-hero has the power to change into a super powered monster that shoots strands of goo towards his enemies. You can see why Venom is a perfect fit, as the spectacle factor of this film and source material lends itself to a potentially fantastic 3D conversion. With a lot of action, both human and symbiote related, ready to pop off of the screen, this couldn’t be a better fit for the 3D format.

Planning & Effort Score

2/5

While Venom is a perfect fit for 3D conversion, the planning and effort showing through Venom’s final 3D product is quite subpar. The biggest handicaps to the film’s execution in the third dimension are both the editing and the darkness of the film itself. Very jumpy visuals and a murky color palette wreck the chances that the film has of being a proper 3D film. At the very least, Venom does have some decent depth drawn in its picture, but it’s not enough to make up for the failings that plague the majority of its runtime.

Before the Window Score

2/5

In a better 3D conversion, Venom’s symbiote powers would be able to come off of the screen and into the audience with gleeful abandon. That’s not the movie we get with this conversion though, as with the exception of a couple shots throughout the film, most of the aspects on the screen stop short of jumping before the window. There are even shots that are primed for a good eye-popping gag, only to be filmed and converted in such a way that we never get that effect. Altogether, it still feels like you’re watching a movie happening behind a screen.

Beyond the Window Score

4/5

Meanwhile, in the beyond the window department, Venom actually manages to do its best work with the depth depicted in its images. Backgrounds are pretty limitless, through various shots involving alleyways, laboratory hallways, and select sequences with objects and persons plummeting to the ground. There’s even a special added effect of depth, which sees Eddie Brock and his symbiote temporarily separating during certain distressing times, which adds another layer of depth between characters. Say what you will about any other factor in this film’s 3D conversion, but at least the depth in Venom is near perfect.

Brightness Score

2/5

Your mileage may vary depending on how well your theater keeps up the health of its projector and auditorium, so keep that in mind when deciding whether Venom is 3D worthy for you. However, even with that caveat in mind, it’s highly doubtful that the extra dimness of the 3D glasses add to the picture will do any favors to the audience. Some sequences do have better lighting that makes it easier to make out who’s in a scene with who, but a good majority of Venom’s shots are at night and in the darkly lit forests and labs, rendering it nearly unwatchable. This is more than the minor level of grey the glasses lend to the picture; this is a problem that goes straight to the source of the picture.

Glasses Off Score

3/5

With a dim brightness level and a lot of shaky cam in play, you’re going to want to take your glasses off at times while watching Venom in 3D. During those times you remove your facial furniture, you’ll notice that there’s a certain degree of blur at play in the picture’s presentation, which usually indicates the level of depth and projection that the 3D picture is supposed to reflect. Interestingly enough, there is are portions of Venom where the blurring in the picture seems minimal, if not completely 2D. Even more confusing is a sequence towards the beginning of the film, where portions of the screen are not blurry at all, with other smaller windows housing the blur of a 3D effect. Yes, there’s some blur, and it’s pretty healthy when it’s there. But altogether, it’s an uneven execution.

Audience Health Score

3/5

As previously mentioned, the dimness of the picture and the choppy editing of major action sequences in Venom seriously handicap the ability to watch the film effectively. Through some small miracle, the film is actually still watchable, and for the most part it’s not a straining affair. Once the action kicks in though, it’s a different story, as big set pieces are so visually jumbled that it makes the dimness of the picture even more of a problem. Whole sections of Venom are pretty difficult to watch, but the movie on a whole can still be enjoyed – provided the viewer is prepared.

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HeroBlend #25: Venom Reaction

To start, if you haven’t seen the movie yet but still want to hear about Sean’s impressions of Venom, you’re in luck. What we’ve done for you this time is begin HeroBlend with about 15 minutes of pure, unadulterated, spoiler free Venom discussion! We’ll talk, in general, about the plot, performances, action sequences and special effects, so you can get a basic idea of what Sean thought of the movie. After that, never fear, full fucking spoilers are here! That’s right, the next step is for Eric and Adrienne to grill Sean on the specifics of what did and didn’t work in Venom, using concrete examples from what he saw. We’ll go over everything from the spoiler free portion, but more in-depth, and also touch on things like how many symbiotes the movie actually uses and whether or not it’s easy to tell them apart, if the movie works with a PG-13 rating, if the film really did need some Spider-Man and how many dudes you can expect to get eaten.

Next Year’s Most Wearable Women’s Trends

“WHAT IS REAL is what lasts,” said Oprah Winfrey in her toast to Ralph Lauren at his recent anniversary event in Central Park. After 50 years as a pivotal fashion figure with an unwavering American aesthetic, Mr. Lauren has outlasted his contemporaries like Donna Karan and Calvin Klein, both of whom no longer design for their namesake companies. At the close of a season marked by change, Mr. Lauren’s consistency stands out in a mutable fashion landscape. While some brands are still defined by their core DNA, others have been reinvented by a revolving-door procession of creative directors.

At the label Mr. Klein launched in 1968, originally known for its beige-y minimalism, Belgian designer Raf Simons proposed inventive, postmodern clothing for spring with references from prom to “Jaws.” It was heart-poundingly fun, and relevant, but bore little resemblance to Mr. Klein’s blueprint. At Celine, which former creative head Phoebe Philo turned into a brand beloved by women for its professional yet comforting shapes, Hedi Slimane divisively pulled the accent off the first “e” and sent sharp, very-Slimane tailoring and abbreviated dresses down the runway. The renegade designer Demna Gvasalia continued his sleight of hand at Balenciaga, combining elements from the brand’s past (like architectural waistlines) with technical fabrics. More faithfully, Pierpaolo Piccioli drew gasps for his gowns at Valentino, many in the brand’s signature scarlet color. And as one of the few designers who rivals Ralph Lauren’s longevity, Miuccia Prada unveiled delightfully (and characteristically) eccentric efforts at both Prada and Miu Miu. A variation on Ms. Winfrey’s sentiment seems likely to be chewed over in seasons to come: Do women want consistency or evolution?

Next Year’s Most Wearable Women’s Trends
Seeing Spots

That Betty Boop-ish vintage standby, polka dots, was given new life. From left: a sweet minidress at Carolina Herrera (care of a new designer, Wes Gordon); a sheer frock (slip required) at Prada; volume play at Celine; va-va-voom mega-dots at Dolce & Gabbana; a baby-doll at Burberry (newly designed by Riccardo Tisci).

Next Year’s Most Wearable Women’s Trends
To Dye For

This season proved that tie-dye, against all odds, can be refined. From left: An acid-washed interpretation on the cool girls at Proenza Schouler; a ladylike, deconstructed, shibori-style skirt at Prada; hints of a Bali summer gone absolutely right by Paco Rabanne; a silken slip dress at Christian Dior ; a showstopping, full-tie-dye jumpsuit (on Kaia Gerber, Cindy Crawford’s daughter) at Stella McCartney.

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Shore Things

Retro beach vibes harked back to more glamorous summer travel. From left: patterned splendor at Etro; that Goa lifestyle at Chloé, a fringed ensemble at Valentino for SPF-50 types; the ultimate embroidered caftan at Tory Burch; a yé-yé-girl shift at Chanel, where the models walked barefoot on a ‘beach.’

Next Year’s Most Wearable Women’s Trends
Noir Hour

Inky, gathered, voluminous dresses were a novel idea for evening. From left: Thick navy knots show Rei Kawakubo’s mastery at Comme des Garçons; an off-the-shoulder gown at Valentino; The Row’s sheer layers of chicness; Simone Rocha’s silk taffeta garment, topped off with a lacy veil.

Next Year’s Most Wearable Women’s Trends
Practical Magic

Refined utility looks will make phone storage a cinch in spring. From left: Sheer pocket play at Fendi; Givenchy’s luxe cargo pants are wish list-worthy; Hermès nailed the pocket-y jumpsuit; at Loewe the pockets were almost as big as the garment; Louis Vuitton’s futuristic woman uses old-school utility tricks.

Next Year’s Most Wearable Women’s Trends
Entrenched

From left: Croc coat at Burberry; a pearly gradient at Gabriela Hearst; ruffled sleeves at Max Mara; stripped-down stripes at Tod’s.

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