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The Met’s New Exhibit, ‘Death Becomes Her,’ Will Thrill Your Inner Goth

Come over to the dark side.

By 9:30 a.m. this morning, two women in full goth garb — one in a black lace veil, the other in a top hat — were gamely posing for tourists' photos on the steps of the Met. They were there, along with more traditionally dressed reporters, to preview the Costume Institute's latest exhibit, "Death Becomes Her," which opens tomorrow and focuses on mourning fashion from 1815 to 1915.

While the concept is subdued, the 30-odd looks are surprisingly ornate up close — some gowns fall off the shoulder, as was the style of the era, and come in rich textured moiré and taffeta. These fabrics were, however, restricted to the later stages of grief, as they were considered too showy for the recently bereaved. As the 19th century wore on, mourning essentially became a cottage industry — at the height of the period, fashion magazines like Harper's Bazaar advised on the preferred styles, and, noted curator-in-charge Harold Koda, mourning warehouses were a popular purveyor of clothing. Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra, whose dresses are highlighted in the show, also helped shape the public's concept of bereavement chic, with Victoria donning mourning clothing for the rest of her life after Prince Albert's death.

Koda has a theory about the enduring appeal of goth. »

Meet Jade Rollers, the Gemstone That De-Puffs Your Face

The magic of jade rollers.

Jade rollers may seem like a relatively new beauty phenomenon — but they've actually been around since at least the 7th century. A favorite tool of elite women in China from then on, jade rollers are thought to reduce facial puffiness, drain the body of toxins, and balance one's qi. The gemstone naturally transmits infrared rays, which warm and increase blood circulation. I put one to the test.

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UCLA Street Style: Cat Shirts and Fixed-Gear Bikes

A sea of normcore.

Throughout this week, the Cut explores college life, from politics and identity to parties, sex, and style.

To kick off College Week, we sent local student photographers out to capture undergraduate street style on campuses across the country. First up is UCLA, where campus style is all about confidence in simplicity. Senior Angel Alvarado shot fellow students between classes embracing tried-and-true college classics, from jean jackets and crewneck sweaters to JanSports and flannel. Others spiced up normcore staples like black jeans and Keds with a bit of cheek, like a black-and-white cat T-shirt and a pro-vaping hat. Click through the slideshow for a look at UCLA’s students’ cool, comfortable style.

Kim Kardashian Wore Curious Knee-Length Jorts

With heels. 

Yesterday, Kim Kardashian was photographed enjoying a casual Sunday with Kanye in Calabasas — while wearing a confusing pair of jorts. Strolling through a movie-theater parking lot, Kim sported a pair of knee-length jean shorts with the ends frayed and ample holes. True to form, she paired the distressed biker-length shorts with a T-shirt featuring impressively little fabric covering her back and her favorite suede Hermès stilettos.

Live From the Front Lines of College Party, USA

Fear, loathing, underbutt.

Throughout this week, the Cut explores college life, from politics and identity to parties, sex, and style.

Frat Row at the University of Florida-Gainesville is a palm-tree-lined paradise. Each huge house, complete with manicured lawn, looks like it was plucked from an idyllic suburb and plopped onto this swamp-adjacent plot of land. On a weekday afternoon, I spot students playing pick-up basketball or sipping martinis in their yards, wearing artfully shredded jean shorts or neon pinnies. It’s quiet, but as I stroll around at 3 p.m. on a Wednesday, I’m convinced there must be a rager lurking somewhere just out of sight. After all, Gainesville consistently ranks in Princeton Review’s top 20 party-schools list, and tonight it will be host to the college-party video juggernaut "I’m Shmacked."

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GapKids x Kate and Jack Spade Is Here for Your PANK Needs

A fast track to being the best aunt this holiday season.

When GapKids announced a collaboration with Kate Spade New York and Jack Spade back in April, we predicted "driving gloves and kicky fur wraps." Turns out, the collection is inspired by a brother and sister traveling to their grandmother's house for the holidays and includes pieces like bow-embellished flats and a sweatshirt that reads "Here Comes Trouble." Talk about PANK-bait. The collection will be in stores from October 30 to November 14, so hopefully you're one of those early holiday shoppers.

British Politicians Think They’re Hugh Grant in Love Actually

A U.K. leader speaks out. 

As part of a greater censure about image-centric British leaders, member of Parliament Douglas Carswell pointed to one insidious influence among his peers: I think they’ve just watched Richard Curtis’s Love Actually, and think it’s a manual for how to govern the country.” It’s the objective of every romantic-comedy writer to deeply effect policy change, and look! Sway has been achieved. It's a victory for the arts today, and also a victory for shimmying in executive hallways.

Forget Liposuction: I Tried Fat-Melting Technologies

It was weird.

Recently, Britney Spears was spotted leaving a medical building intently reading a brochure for Zerona, one of the many noninvasive so-called “fat-melting” treatments now available. Liposuction, a procedure so conceptually horrifying to me that I have to close my eyes every time I see it on an episode of Botched, is the gold standard for getting rid of unwanted fat deposits. It obviously comes with some down sides: expense, potential for weird lumps afterward, and loose skin, not to mention the sucking. Oh, and sometimes people die from complications associated with it. So over the last few years, companies have introduced different technologies for use in doctors’ offices and medi-spas that offer fat burning (literally) without the pain, downtime, and ick factor of liposuction. There is, however, still the cost. And the time.

There are several different types of treatments, but they all generally work the same way. »

Astrology GIFs for the Week of October 20, 2014

Get ready for public disorder and a solar eclipse.

Public disorder is likely on Thursday the 23rd, when a solar eclipse occurs in Scorpio. The term eclipse is derived from a Greek word meaning "abandonment" or "disappointment." Scorpio is a water sign that brings floods, an expectation of war, and high mortality among ordinary people. This eclipse is the same day that the sun and Venus enter Scorpio, and here, Venus is in detriment. Because Mercury is static, the possibility of misunderstandings is heightened. 

Mercury positions directly this weekend, and the motion of this planet begins to add normalcy to your daily routine. Things will go more smoothly now that the divine messenger darts forward; Mercury is a fast-paced planet that does not enjoy being stationary.

Mars advances into Capricorn on Sunday the 26th, where the planet of aggression lends courage. Behave prudently in your own affairs and choose fair battles.

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Rick Owens Likes His Runway Shows ‘Big and Dumb’

"Like a cheap magic act."

Rick Owens knows his runway shows are performance pieces in themselves. Today,  the designer tells The Independent, "If I try and sustain this kind of thing, it will start getting a little desperate and I don't want to be a ring-master designer. I like trying to make something as simply monumental, eternal and primal as I can. Big and dumb, that's kind of my motto." Owens adds, "I love the idea of working with almost nothing. Light, air, smoke. Like a cheap magic act."

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Outfits Her Friends With Notorious R.B.G. Merch

She says she has "quite a large supply."

In a conversation with legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg at the 92nd Street Y, Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she likes to suit up her acquaintances with Notorious R.B.G. shirts, from the Tumblr that combines themes that relate to both Ginsburg and the Notorious B.I.GGinsburg reminds Totenberg that she has given her two Notorious R.B.G. shirts from her "large supply." Nina Totenberg (of the Nina Totin’ Bag fame) confirms she wears her R.B.G. shirts on "weekends all the time." 

Walk, Point, Shoot: A Model’s Behind-the-Scenes View of New York and Paris Fashion Weeks

Photographer Louise Parker documents her life.

For models, Fashion Week starts the week before the shows, with castings all over the city. You show up, walk for designers and casting directors, and hope to get picked. Sometimes you don’t find out if you’ve been booked for a show until the day before. Two years ago, I started taking a camera with me to castings and shows to document what I was seeing.

This season, castings began on a lonely Labor Day weekend. While most of my friends were out of town, I shuttled around to different offices and shot a look book for a Korean designer. I went to SoulCycle classes and, at night, put on face masks. These things just get me in the game — there’s really nothing you can do to prepare for the runway other than just feel good about yourself.

"Being a model today is about so much more than what you do on the runway." »

Look Book: The Goodwill-Shopping Art Teacher

“I used to shop at Urban Outfitters, but now that I’m middle class and can actually afford it, I find it ridiculously overpriced.”

Trevor Crest, Teacher

What do you teach?
Art, to elementary- and middle-school kids at an all-boys charter school in Bed-Stuy. Right now we’re working on Joseph Stella–inspired pieces. You gotta have a hook. Last year, we did a unit on Banksy. They loved it. A lot of the concepts went over their heads, but he goes over a lot of people’s heads.

Teaching all boys must be kind of intense.
It can be a little wild. But I’m a huge advocate of same-sex education in middle school—helps them lock down some important life skills in terms of respect and personal hygiene. I went to an all-boys Catholic school in Baltimore and then got a scholarship to a superrich co-ed boarding school in Virginia.

"Over Christmas break, I would take the bus back to Baltimore, and my classmates would be flying private jets out of Dulles to the Bahamas." »

See Glorious Backstage Photos From Yves Saint Laurent’s Heyday

Roxanne Lowit spent decades shooting Yves Saint Laurent. 

When the photographer Roxanne Lowit first started sneaking backstage at fashion shows in the late '70s, it wasn’t so much an artistic choice as a matter of convenience. “I didn’t have the credentials to be up front,” she explains now — adding that it also didn’t help that she was a woman. “I came onto the scene, and they said, ‘You don’t look like a photographer, you can’t go in there’ — because the photographers were these big men carrying huge cameras and lenses and so on,” she told the Cut last week over tea at her Manhattan apartment. “I always met this closed door, and instead of trying to break through the door, I went around the back.”

Before long, she was flying to Paris to photograph backstage at all the biggest shows. »

See Rose Byrne’s Impeccable Red-Carpet Style

She looks good in pretty much every designer.

Rose Byrne, best known for her role in Bridesmaids, has been acting for two decades, most recently appearing in This Is Where I Leave You as the quirky girl next door. But despite having several Golden Globe awards and Emmy nominations under her belt, the Australian star manages to keeps a relatively low profile in the media. On the red carpet, however, she’s known to make a statement in the form of a fiery Jonathan Saunders red dress or a sparkly Max Mara jumpsuit. She's also not afraid to experiment with young designers, either. Case in point: a rocky printed Dion Lee dress at the David Jones store opening and the geometrically perforated Christopher Kane number she wore to the Blue Jasmine premiere last summer. See all of those, plus her other spectacular outfits through the years, in our slideshow.

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