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Let This Recipe Host Your Next Dinner Party

GROWING UP, Ann Kim ate a lot of ssam. “It just means ‘wrap,’ ” said the Minneapolis chef. “Basically ssam is a Korean taco: You fold fish, rice and meat in lettuce and add toppings.”

This shrimp ssam, Ms. Kim’s final Slow Food Fast recipe, calls for tucking grilled shrimp into lettuce leaves. To ensure that your shrimp is as flavorful and tender as possible, she recommends a marinating time of 30 minutes to an hour. But don’t let them go longer, “or they will start to cook.”

The Cheese You Need Right Now

NORMALLY AN all-inclusive consumer of cheese, I spent a few months this year cooking exclusively with chèvre while writing a small collection of chèvre-centric recipes. That quality time with my favorite fresh cheese only deepened my appreciation for its bright acidity and compact texture. Both of these traits make chèvre a uniquely versatile ingredient.

Agile as the goats whose milk makes it possible, chèvre is like the lemon juice of the cheese world. It complements as well as focuses other flavors, coaxing sweetness, tempering saltiness and quelling bitterness. Its perky character works well in many recipes, but as summer temperatures stretch on into September, chèvre makes especially great no-cook dips.

Because chèvre is so dense, you may want to loosen it up a little by beating in yogurt, cream or milk until you reach the consistency you’re looking for. This cheese can be substituted in most dip recipes that call for ricotta: Simply whip room-temperature chèvre (by hand or with a mixer or food processor) along with your thinner of choice; I prefer to pair goat’s-milk dairy products with chèvre to reinforce the tanginess.

Play around until you find the dip that suits your fancy. You can season whipped chèvre with fresh herbs, drizzle it with olive oil and scatter thinly sliced Thai chiles on top. Or blend it with tahini, honey, orange zest and toasted pistachios. Tomatoes, olives or roasted eggplant will bring its savory side to the fore. Whatever direction you choose, count on the chèvre to provide some kick.

Chèvre & Walnut Skordalia

TOTAL TIME 20 minutes SERVES 4-6

The Greek dip skordalia typically uses potato and nuts to bind together an impressive amount of garlic and olive oil. This recipe swaps out some of the potato in favor of flavorful chèvre.

Peel 1 medium Russet potato and cut it into 1½-inch cubes. Place in a medium saucepan and cover with cool water. Add 2 tablespoons salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until potatoes are very tender, 10 minutes. Drain potatoes and set aside. // In a food processor, combine5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped, 5 ounces chèvre, 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 2 tablespoons plus ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper. Pulse until smooth. Add potatoes and all but a handful of 4 ounces (1 cup) toasted walnut pieces. Pulse until very smooth. With motor running, slowly drizzle in ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil until fully incorporated. Adjust seasoning to taste. // Place dip in a serving bowl and garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and remaining walnuts. Serve with pita chips or pumpernickel toasts.

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What Happened on Day Three of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

You like drama? Stories with strong female voices? Shade in spades? Then Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings are the show for you—oh, also because they’ll directly, and significantly, affect your life. Unfortunately, this bit of must-see TV airs when most everyone’s working or watching their kids, so we’ll be here to recap each day of these monumentally important proceedings.

Did everyone you encountered on Thursday seem a little more energized than usual? Did your boss whistle on her way to her desk? Did you spot your UPS delivery man dancing down the street with a package? Did even your dog seem to trot with a little more pride, perhaps forgoing her typical shame-eyes while she watched you pick up her poop?

That’s because all of them saw Senator Cory Booker (D–N.J.) lean over his mic at the Kavanaugh hearings and utter two words in response to Senator John Cornyn’s (R–Texas) threat to have him expelled from the Senate for leaking committee-confidential emails.

“Bring it,” Sen. Booker said. “Bring it.”

Somehow the day managed to have a perfectly bitchy tension, kind of like when you rent a house with friends and the trip goes on one day longer than it should.

It was a hell of a kickoff—and a fitting one. Day three, given that we watched the same people open their mouths, over and over, should have had all the thrill of a slowly deflating balloon. And if we’re honest, it wasn’t some great success. Both Democrats and Republicans spent much of the session launching valiant attempts to get Kavanaugh to promise he isn’t beholden to the President and that he wouldn’t thwart investigations into him. Kavanaugh’s response to their 600 efforts? “Guys, stop! I hate labels—’yes’ and ‘no’ are so limiting. Let’s talk about something else—have I mentioned my ‘four greatest moments in the history of the Supreme Court’? Oh, I have, and it’s really pissing you off that I’m saying it again? Shh—gonna do it anyway!”

Yet somehow the day managed to have a perfectly bitchy tension, kind of like when you rent a house with friends and the trip goes on one day longer than it should have and you’re like, Wait, I think I hate my friends. That’s where we’re at. Senator Mazie Hirono (D–Hawaii) is glaring at Kavanaugh like he’s the guy who picked the house but hasn’t paid his share yet. Senator Orrin Hatch (R–Utah) is grumbling about protestors like they’re the loud new boyfriend no one knew was coming. And Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s (D–R.I.) jaw is vibrating with that brand of fury specific to no one else but him ever taking out the goddamn trash.

Here’s your rundown of the best moments from the worst vacation ever.

Best eleventh-hour sensation: Senator Kamala Harris (D–Calif.)

Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing For Brett Kavanaugh To Be Supreme Court Justice

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A mood.

Before we get to day three’s events, we need to talk about what happened at the end of day two—at least an hour after most of America had retreated from C-SPAN and rushed into the kinder arms of America’s Got Talent. As the eve wore on, Kavanaugh, too, looked like he was dreaming of getting home to his couch and his DVR pileup (Mentalist reruns in standard definition, I’d bet). Perhaps he was a little tired, and so he didn’t hear the bell ring when Sen. Harris took the mic. But soon enough, he realized: Night school was in session. She hammered him—watch the highlights here.

Fiercest ride-or-dies: Sen. Booker, Senator Dick Durbin (D–Ill.) and Sen. Hirono. After Sen. Booker’s “Bring it,” Sen. Hirono pointed out that she, too, leaked documents—come at her. And Sen. Durbin got all excited and said, “If there’s going to be some retribution against the gentleman from New Jersey, count me in.” Kinda love that Sen. Durbin’s rallying cry works equally well for Senate proceedings in 2018 and publick-house brawls in 1772.

Loudest dog whistle: In response to a question from Senator Ted Cruz (R–Texas), Kavanaugh used the term “abortion-inducing drugs” to refer to contraception. The language comes straight from the fiercest anti-choice advocates and is also inaccurate. Contraception is not abortion, signed millions of American women and all of our doctors.

Worst reverse age-shaming: Kavanaugh on Roe v. Wade and Brown v. Board of EducationSenator Amy Klobuchar (D–Minn.) voiced the question that’s been making heads across America hurt this week: How does Kavanaugh define the difference between precedent and settled law when it comes to Supreme Court cases? In his answer, Kavanaugh said that Brown v. Board of Education is settled law because it’s “historical”—64 years old. Sen. Klobuchar grinned. “Roe is now 45 years old,” she said. “Why isn’t that a thumbs-up settled law?” Kavanaugh didn’t have a good answer for her.

Hypocrisy slay of the day: Sen. Hirono. Sen. Hirono, once again running low on fucks, went in on Kavanaugh’s record concerning reproductive rights, making the man wish he never met the phrase “undue burden.” See, in one case Kavanaugh ruled on, he said that people who opposed birth control on religious grounds shouldn’t have to fill out a form approving their employees’ health coverage of it. That, in his estimation, was “undue burden.” The phrase came up again in Garza v. Hargan, in which Kavanaugh’s decision sought to deny an immigrant minor an abortion. Kavanaugh wanted the procedure delayed until the girl found foster parents who could talk it through with her—letting her pregnancy tick on toward the 20-week deadline for abortions under Texas law. That delay, he argued then, did not constitute “undue burden.” Sen. Hirono scoffed at the irony laid out by the two cases: “So filling out a two-page form was too much,” she said. “But it was not too much for [Jane Doe] to wait around for foster parents to be found.”

Best circus advocate: Senator Lindsay Graham (R–S.C.)

Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing For Brett Kavanaugh To Be Supreme Court Justice

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Send in the clowns.

After Sen. Hatch mumbled that the proceedings had turned into “a circus,” Sen. Graham quipped, “I wanna defend circuses. Circuses are entertaining and you can take your children to them.” An excellent line, but I wasn’t surprised—the last 18 months have afforded Sen. Graham plenty of chances to defend a clown.

Guy we’re most done with: Senator John Kennedy (R–La.). Of all the whining the Republicans have done this week about protestors exercising free speech, Sen. Kennedy’s has been the whiniest. After Kavanaugh himself said, in the wake of a protestor’s shouting, that the students behind him were getting a chance to learn about democracy, Sen. Kennedy—who’s a dead ringer for this choir-boy doll my grandmother used to put out at Christmas, though that’s neither here nor there—looked down at the Kavanaugh’s middle-school basketball team and snooted of the interruption, “It’s happened over 200 times in the last three days. It’s not really how democracy’s supposed to work.” Actually, girls, it is. If democracy needs less of anything, it’s old white guys looking down from on high, telling you what to think.

The detective drama spin-off I’d most like to watch: Klobuchouse

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing For Brett Kavanaugh

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Nothing but respect for my Law & Order candidate.

She—Sen. Klobuchar is the unflappable good cop, smiling with catlike calm when a suspect spits her questions back in her face. He—Sen. Whitehouse—is the keyed-up bad cop, a cross between Statler from The Muppets and that one snappish teacher from high school who, looking back, probably had some stuff going on at home. They’re good cops on their own—but together they’re great.

Megan Angelo writes about TV and is the author of the novel Followers, which will be published in 2019. You catch her Kavanaugh recaps on all week.

The Meghan Markle Guide to Buying a Fall 2018 Coat

During the last few months, Meghan Markle has inspired plenty of fashion trends—from the Trooping the Colour off-the-shoulder blazer that would get the Zara treatment to a renewed interest in bateau necklines. Another recurring staple in her royal wardrobe has been polished, sophisticated outerwear. She made her debut as a future duchess in a wrap coat, layered drapey Aritzia coats over her outfit for casual appearances, and even compelled J.Crew to restock a two-tone coat she wore once. After perusing the new arrivals sections of our favorite retailers, we’ve come to the conclusion that Markle’s taste in outerwear—from double-breasted to checked coat styles—make for great fall shopping inspiration. We’ve identified the most wearable of the Duchess-approved silhouettes to build your seasonal wardrobe around. Check out our picks, ahead.

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Food on the Front Lines: Meet the People Fueling the Resistance

Since the 2016 presidential election, Americans have turned out in record numbers to make their voices heard through activism, with first-time protesters working alongside seasoned organizers to find innovative ways to lead in cities across America. In the ongoing fight for social justice, even those on the front lines need to eat. Today, when people take to the streets—and phone banks and airwaves—there’s a growing movement of dedicated, volunteer-led culinary collectives right beside them offering activists a way to fuel their bodies, all while nourishing their connection to one another and the causes so deeply important to them.

“We’re like street medics, but with food,” says Sarah Stock of Seeds of Peace Radical Catering Collective. “We like to make ‘pocket food,’ so when we walk along with the crowd [at a march] we can share it with them. We’ve done pierogi, empanadas, burritos. A tamale is really good.”

And while marches may have become more commonplace since the presidential election in 2016, peaceful protesting is nothing new—and neither is the need to eat while doing it. Founded in 1986, Seeds of Peace has been traveling across the country for decades feeding people at protests and sit-ins against everything from climate injustice to human rights violations. And they always keep in mind that cooking alongside the community is key.

“There’s an enormous legacy when it comes to food and activism,” says Julia Turshen, author of Feed the Resistance: Recipes + Ideas for Getting Involved. “Both are entirely about community. We need to take care of ourselves and each other. Food is not just an essential need to cross off the list: It’s also one of the most tangible ways to feel truly taken care of.”

Stock agrees; that’s central to the Seeds of Peace mission. “We want to help people feel individual empowerment and community solidarity,” she says, adding that they try to create menus that make people feel comfortable. “For instance, we don’t want to serve vegan food in the Navajo Nation where they traditionally eat a lot of meat.” Similar organizations—including Food Not Bombs and the Pots & Pans Kitchen Collective—have brought sustenance to the Women’s March, Black Lives Matter movements, and more. These groups are volunteer-based, and sometimes recover leftover food from restaurants and grocery stores before it’s thrown away.

Showing up and cooking can be the tricky part. Seeds of Peace once helped make fry bread in 30-mile-per-hour winds during Arizona’s Big Mountain Spring Healing Camp, a 40-year-long protest against coal mining, which SOP has supported for more than 20. In 2008 they had to feed thousands of protesters marching with Veterans Against the War, all while keeping 20-gallon pots of rice cooking for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Another time, they prepared all the meals, including huckleberry pancakes, over a single coal fire.

But no matter how difficult the challenge, volunteer groups press on, because resistance food, at its core, is all about what a meal represents. “Feeding people is an act of love, and food doesn’t need to be complicated to be satisfying,” Turshen says. It can be as simple as a bean salad thrown together for a crowd, and it’s all about bringing people together. “One of the easiest ways to create community is with food.”

Julia Turshen’s Greek Chickpea Salad

This dish is perfect when you’re craving something healthy but don’t want to turn on the stove or do more than 10 minutes of prep. It’s best eaten right away, when everything is crunchy and fresh, but it can be stored in the fridge for up to three days. Serve over greens or with toasted pita for more heft.

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar1/4 cup olive oil1 garlic clove, minced1/2 tsp kosher salt, plus more as needed1 tsp. dried oregano, rubbed between your fingertipsOne 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained1 medium English cucumber, ends trimmed, coarsely chopped1 red, orange, or yellow bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and coarsely chopped1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced2 large vine-ripened tomatoes, cut into bite-size wedges (or 2 handfuls cherry tomatoes)1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese1/2 cup green or black olives

Place the vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt, and oregano in a large bowl and whisk well to combine. Add the chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper, onion, and tomatoes, and mix gently to combine. Add salt to taste, and top with the feta and olives.

The War of the Los Angeles Megamansions

Bruce Makowsky knew exactly what he wanted: a gigantic photograph of a statuesque blonde clad in a black gown and standing on the trunk of a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead, a $500,000 coupe with interiors swathed in Hermès leather. In her hands would be a chainsaw branded with Rolls Royce emblems.

“Give a beautiful blonde a chainsaw, But not any chainsaw, give her a chainsaw with Rolls Royce emblems,” chuckles Shawn Elliott, one of Mr. Makowsky’s real-estate agents, as he gazes at the resulting photo. “That’s Bruce’s mind in a nutshell.”

The picture is one of many pieces of art commissioned by Mr. Makowsky for the purpose of decorating his goliath Los Angeles spec home, now on the market for $188 million. An imposing man who made his first fortune selling affordable leather bags on home shopping channel QVC, Mr. Makowsky has spent millions on custom furniture and accessories from the likes of Fendi, Roberto Cavalli and Louis Vuitton.

At a time when many believe the ultra high-end real-estate market has peaked, a handful of colorful characters are forging on ahead, building some of the most lavish and expensive homes this country has ever seen. These Los Angeles developers are constructing modern-day palaces that serve as monuments to excess, with candy rooms, commercial-sized movie theaters, helipads and hair salons. The bet: Their over-the-top creations will outrun the market and sell for hundreds of millions—even up to $500 million for the priciest home hitting the block.

Like Mr. Makowsky, most of these gunslingers didn’t start in real estate. Directly adjacent to Mr. Makowsky’s Bel Air project is another mammoth spec home. Asking $180 million, it is the brainchild of Raj Kanodia, a celebrated plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasties and counts Kim Kardashian as a client.

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Scott Gillen, who is building an $85 million spec mansion in Malibu, was a decade earlier directing commercials for brands like Mercedes-Benz and BMW. And Nile Niami, the builder behind “The One,” a $500 million house under construction in Bel Air, and “Opus,” a $68 million entry in Beverly Hills, did makeup special effects for low-budget movies and then ran his own company producing movies like “The Patriot,” a feature starring Steven Seagal as a doctor who must race to find a cure for a deadly virus.

Mr. Niami, 50, recently offered a tour of his personal West Hollywood home. Sporting sunglasses, a $55,000 Corum Tourbillon watch and a deep tan, he says he has just returned from an ultraexclusive celeb-studded fasting retreat and dropped 11 pounds for his coming trip to Burning Man.

Walking around his roughly 10,000-square-foot pad, Mr. Niami shows off his “bitchin” 1970s-inspired black leather bed and his “retro and manly” collection of vintage Playboy magazine covers. Mr. Niami says he was inspired in part to enter real estate by a “dude on TV” who did infomercials on buying and flipping homes.

Mr. Niami seems to revel in attention, and even considered his own reality show. “I had a friend who created a pilot that was really good called ‘The Mansion Maker,’” he says. “It was me going around all these houses and yelling at people…. I got a call from my investor at the time and he was like, ‘You’re out of your f— mind. You’re not going to go on TV. If you do, I’m not funding one more house.”

The personalities that thrive in this world tend to be bold and bombastic—with an appetite for risk.

Mr. Makowsky jumped straight into the expensive business of building ultra high-end homes. One of his earlier projects was the subject of a 2014 bidding war between Minecraft creator Markus Persson, who was fresh off selling his company to Microsoft for $2.5 billion, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Mr. Persson won at $70 million.

While Mr. Makowsky says he is building his latest creation with no debt, many of the other builders have taken on large loans to finance their projects. Property records show that Dr. Kanodia, 71, took a loan out from Bank of Internet for his house earlier this year, for instance. Meanwhile, First Credit Bank of Los Angeles has backed Mr. Niami’s $500 million mega-project, as has an unnamed Canadian investment partner.

“It’s a crazy business; you don’t do it unless you’re a little nuts,” Mr. Makowsky says.

Mr. Gillen, 58, says that spec developers are generally shooting for a return on investment of about 50%, though more typically he’ll get closer to 30%. “If I’m going to invest $20 million, I need 10 million bucks. If I’m listing a house at $100 million, I’ve got to have enough meat on it that, if something goes wrong, I can slice $25 million off the top,” he says.

Mr. Niami, who says he goes over budget with construction “every single time,” admits that he finds the pressure so intense that he’s launching a fast-casual organic rolled pizza chain in 2019 as a secondary income stream and a needed distraction.

“It’s like, my God, look what the mortgage payments are, look how long it’s taking,” he says. “I cannot keep doing this at this level with this many houses so often. It’s too much stress. My girlfriend’s a yoga instructor. She’s got me doing yoga and drinking yerba mate shit.”

Dr. Kanodia, who was raised Hindu, makes the pilgrimage every morning to his $180 million spec house, which is almost completed, from his personal mansion across the street. He meditates and lays flower petals on a small shrine to the Hindu gods Ganesh and Lakshmi. “I have a very strong relationship and belief in God,” Dr. Kanodia says. “I use that as my strength…It’s sort of an insurance policy against all odds.”

Dr. Kanodia’s friends and clients, many of whom are financiers and developers, advised him against the project, he says. “’You’re way out of your league,’” they told me. “I know I am. But the more challenging it became, the more resolute I was. I can’t face the world and say that I failed.”

Rivalries have inevitably emerged as this small group of builders compete for the same pool of billionaires. In Mr. Makowsky’s rented construction office—a mansion once owned by Elizabeth Taylor—Mr. Elliott has pinned to the wall a list of the world’s billionaires with their telephone numbers and a check mark to denote whether or not he’s successfully made contact.

Mr. Gillen calls his home, which was built on the former site of a mock Scottish castle, “architectural” and less over-the-top than other homes. It has a gym, a wine room, a cigar room and a $1.5 million teak staircase. He laughs about some of the other offerings on the market: “It’s like, why not have a room to hold all my socks?”

Similarly, Dr. Kanodia, whose project has a floating staircase, a dramatic limestone facade and an herb garden, says he finds the other homes too opulent. “They’re great but they don’t have a soul,” he says. “I wanted to create simple elegance.”

Dr. Kanodia’s “house is beautiful but it’s a Prius,” responds Mr. Elliott, Mr. Makowsky’s agent. “We have three movie theaters… I’m not trying to say anything derogatory to Raj, but Raj’s is a room which is a box with a projector pinned to the ceiling and a screen that looks like you could buy it at Walmart. This is Hollywood.”

Mr. Makowsky’s $188 million house, known as “Billionaire,” is widely regarded as the showiest. “It’s almost a little overwhelming,” Mr. Makowsky concedes. “But my job is to touch every one of your senses. If you’re fortunate enough to have that kind of money, your home should be your kingdom.” On a recent tour, Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” blared in the background. Mr. Elliott, who was conducting the house tour while Mr. Makowsky was in Italy, said that Mr. Makowsky has turned down $2 million a month in rent from a Saudi family, because he wants to keep the property “a virgin house.”

The showiest house mantle may shift, however, once Mr. Niami’s “The One” comes on the market. With 20 bedrooms, a V.I.P. nightclub and jellyfish aquariums, it is asking $500 million—almost five times the Los Angeles record.

Write to Katherine Clarke at

Appeared in the September 7, 2018, print edition as ‘War of the Megamansions!.’

Think Your Clothes Have Enough Pockets? Think Again

IN 1901, Levi’s gave its famous 501 jean its famous fifth pocket. It wasn’t, as many assume, the teensy pocketwatch slot above the right front pocket—that had been there since the jean’s beginnings in 1879—but rather the back left pocket. That unassuming addition granted generations of men (and eventually women) double the rear-end real estate in which to stash bifolds, bandannas, crumpled bar receipts and, of course, awkward hands. For a mere sliver of space, it marked a revolution in clothing.

These days, our relationship to pockets is undergoing a similar sea change. Whereas Levi’s took a subtle approach, menswear designers are now stitching pockets on garments with the abandon of Jackson Pollock flinging paint on canvas. No longer an afterthought or mundane change-holder, pockets are the defining component of many designs. When brands showed their spring 2019 collections during Paris Fashion Week, two designers made pocket-packing vests a Big Thing: At Louis Vuitton, affixed wallet and pouch shapes directly onto cropped vests; and Junya Watanabe unveiled vests on which multiple pockets had been enthusiastically stacked. Meanwhile, labels from Gucci to Fendi slung “belt” bags—essentially fanny packs—across their models’ shoulders, the kind of thing a certain man now throws on like a detachable kangaroo’s pouch.

You needn’t wait until 2019, however, to witness how pockets have taken over men’s fashion. This fall, stash-minded guys can pick up British designer Craig Green’s cotton jacket with two mammoth pockets dangling down the front; or steroidal cargo pants from Japanese label White Mountaineering and Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy, with layered pouches barnacle’d all down the legs. Want a fisherman-style vest to hold all your gear? Versions from P. Johnson, Engineered Garments and Snowpeak offer multi-sized pockets to harbor everything from a pen to an iPad.

Pocket mania has clearly reached a fever pitch. But while some of these pockets are as useful as Levi’s fifth pocket, others are more about fashion cred than utility. Tommy Ton, the artistic director at New York label Deveaux, designed pants with a pocket just above the hem: “It’s graphic in a strange way,” he said. “There’s something about the pocket weighing down the pant that I find interesting.” The detail recalls the space-cruising crew in the 1979 film “Alien,” who wore pants with shin pockets. Still, Mr. Ton conceded that, for his earthbound customers, “realistically no one can ever use a pocket that’s lower on your leg.”

Sam Lobban, the vice president of men’s designer and new concepts at Nordstrom, admitted that today’s pocket overload is often about form over function. You might find a use for a few of the pockets on White Mountaineering’s crafty cargo pants, but all 20? “Unless you’re moving your house with the garment,” said Mr. Lobban, “you may not need all of those pockets.”

But men do need some pockets. That’s why practically every brand from Zara to Zegna has made a four-pocket safari jacket. And with all the cellphones, backup chargers, e-readers, AirPods and USB keys that we lug around, pockets are more desirable than ever, despite technology’s promise to lighten our loads. Cam Hicks, 26, a photographer in Brooklyn, N.Y., has taken to wearing a fisherman-style vest by the Japanese brand Needles and cargo pants from the French label Y/Project, not just on set where they help keep lenses and batteries handy but also when he’s just walking through the city. “From an everyday standpoint, it saves time and makes organizing myself easier,” said Mr. Hicks.

As artistic director Lucas Ossendrijver of Lanvin Homme said, “In the end clothes are there to serve you.” For fall, the Dutch designer took inspiration from the practical storage concepts on vintage military and fishing gear. Though a zippered breast pocket on a Lanvin sportcoat resembles something you’d find on a vintage Orvis vest, it’s perfectly sized for an ID card or curled-up headphones. One of the brand’s sophisticated gray parkas is endowed with practical cargo pockets. Still, Mr. Ossendrijver is not immune to the charms of an ornamental pocket: that parka’s largest pouch has been dramatically supersized to the point that it could absorb an entire lunchbox. Reality check: When you’re stuffing Tupperware in your coat, it’s probably time to grab a bag.

It’s worth pushing beyond your comfort zone when it comes to this new pocket frontier. By rejiggering familiar pockets in new ways, designers are making truly modern garments. Daniel Pacitti, 19, a brand consultant in east London, was turned onto pocket-packed jackets from South2 West8 and North Face Purple Label after a trip to Japan, where such garments are popular. “I like the look, but also I do use all [the pockets],” said Mr. Pacitti. Whether he’s camping or strolling in the city, he fills them with everything from his phone charger to headphones to a snack. If he needs it, he has a pocket for it.

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Ariana Grande’s First Trip to the U.K. Since Her Manchester Benefit Has Been Emotional

It’s been an emotional week for Ariana Grande, who returned to the U.K. for the first time since the benefit concert she held last summer in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack at her May 2017 concert. According to People, Grande was in London to perform at KOKO for Capital FM’s Up Close series, and if her tweets are any indication, the trip hasn’t exactly been easy.

After a fan asked via Twitter why she hasn’t been her usual active self on social media, Grande responded, “Sry i’m really really anxious and really exhausted and jus trying to get thru the trip. hope that’s ok. hope you enjoy the performances. my priority is giving u the best performances i’m capable of.”

Grande has been very candid about the emotional struggles she’s endured since the attack, and her tweets this week suggest she’s still going through it. “I’m like really trying,” the singer added. “It’s jus been a while since i’ve done this or been this far away from home. this was a huge test. so far not so great hehe. but i’ve loved singing for u and seeing ur faces. that part has been nice. thanks for understanding n for loving me.”

In typical Grande fashion, she also thanked her fans for being the “kindest human beings on the planet,” and for being “so gentle n loving w me n always valuing my ‘human’ life as well as my professional one tbh.”

In July, Grande described having dizzy spells when she returned home from her last tour. “I would be in a good mood, fine and happy, and they would hit me out of nowhere,” she told Elle. “I’ve always had anxiety, but it had never been physical before. There were a couple of months straight where I felt so upside down.”

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This Vegan CC Cream Comes in a Shade Darker Than Fenty’s Foundations

On the surface, CC creams appear to be the perfect product. Formulated with the distinctive property of targeting discoloration, color corrective creams offer the all-in-one sunscreen, primer, moisturizer, and foundation power of a BB cream with the bonus of evening out skin tone and fading hyperpigmentation. But where the product category falls notoriously short is in inclusivity. It isn’t rare for brands to bring creams to the market in fewer than five shade offerings, typically in broad classifications like light, light-medium, and medium only.

For Karissa Bodnar, founder and CEO of the buzzy philanthropic brand Thrive Causemetics, the alienation of so many consumers of color was unacceptable, so she decided to do something about it. The result? An 18-shade Buildable CC cream collection with its darkest shade ringing in as one of the darkest available on the market—darker than even the deepest foundation shade from Fenty Beauty, which has come to serve as the standard for what an inclusivity line looks like.

Recently launched on the brand’s website, the new CC cream is oil-, vegan-, paraben-, and sulfate-free, and it’s even formulated with “smart” micropigments that adjust to your skin tone. Shades are divided between four categories—light, medium, rich, and deep—with four to five shade options in each category.

“Most CC creams have high levels of zinc and titanium dioxide to make up their SPF, which in their raw state are pure white,” says Bodnar. “That’s what makes it impossible for these other brands to achieve the darker shades.”

It took three full years of development with scientists, dermatologists, and ophthalmologists to work around the scientific limitations. The result? They created an unprecedented process that adds color to the zinc and titanium dioxide to not only accommodate an inclusive range of tones, but to ensure that the cream wouldn’t leave a white cast on skin. The process also makes the formula HD, which means no camera flashback. It’s a win/win all around.

Even more impressively, to make sure the ambitious 18-shade range was truly inclusive, Bodnar and her team worked with women of color on the formulation, including Essence magazine editors, brand tycoon and influencer Bozoma Saint John, and actress Priyanka Chopra, as well as customers from its Thrive Lab, a community that gives input and tests new products for the brand before they’re officially rolled out. The hard work paid off—when the creams debuted, half of the shades sold out in less than 48 hours, with a significant portion being on the darker end of the range.

“I’m so proud that we’ve been able to create shades that are truly inclusive. It’s so amazing to hear from women who have never been able to wear a CC cream before,” Bodnar says of the women who thank her and the brand on social media daily. “It makes me emotional because I come from a place of privilege; as a Caucasian women I’ve never gone into a store and thought: I can’t use this makeup. So the fact that any woman would ever feel like she can’t use one of our products because of her skin tone makes me so determined to include them. To hear the feedback from women of color, whether they’re Indian or African American, it’s amazing.”

But why is three-year-old Thrive Causemetics the first beauty brand to find its way around the exclusive science? Bodnar met the question with a deep sigh over a phone call.

“I wish I had a clear answer,” she says. “First it makes me sad. Then it makes me mad. Then it just makes me really determined to create something that is inclusive.” She went to explain that the zinc and titanium dioxide needed in the formula is tricky to work around, noting that Thrive Causemetics had to literally reinvent how to create a CC cream. “I don’t think that’s an excuse, though; I want to be really clear about that. You have to keep going until you create a product that is inclusive.”

Let’s hope other brands are out there taking notes, ready and willing to follow suit sooner than later. Women of color deserve that much.

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27 Best Trench Coats for Fall 2018

There’s nothing quite like a move to make you realize you own too much of something. For me, that’s trench coats. I have what you could describe as an unhealthy obsession with them, my closet filled with different versions of what’s essentially the same item. But truly, it’s because they’re the perfect transitional coat: easy to wear with anything you already own, not strictly seasonal, great for layering according to the forecast. Plus, trench coats are infinitely versatile, looking just as good with sneakers as they do with your work heels.

Whether you prefer a classic camel style or something that feels more updated, scroll ahead to see our favorite fall 2018 trench coats, for your transitional dressing pleasure.

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