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Vogue Permits Us to Glimpse the Cumberwedding

The bride wore Valentino.

After Anna Wintour gave Benedict Cumberbatch's nuptials her stamp of approval, we figured it wouldn't be long before we saw his new wife, Sophie Hunter, in the pages of Vogue. (See also: Clooney, Amal.) And in fact, the new issue of the magazine has an Annie Leibovitz spread featuring Hunter in her white lace bridal gown at Valentino's Roman atelier. She is pictured alongside designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, who raced to make her the couture dress in three months (instead of the typical six.) Hey, you didn't think they'd announce it in Us Weekly, did you?

Hunter has "limbs like a champion whippet," according to the article. »
  • Yesterday at 4:25 PM

18 Women on What Contractions Really Feel Like

Because one of the worst parts of childbirth is not knowing what it will feel like.

For me, one of the worst things about childbirth was not having any idea what it would feel like. How to imagine a whole new sensation, particularly a bad one, its potential lying dormant in my body all this time without my brain knowing? People talked about contractions being like really bad period cramps, but I couldn’t picture it. I absolutely hated this: the lack of control, the not-knowing, the no-one-can-tell-me. And now that I’ve experienced it, I find it hard to describe, too. I remember saying it was like your body being punched and twisted and wrung out from the inside, but I’m not sure that does it justice. The truth of it is trapped in my memory, maddeningly subjective, and fading fast.

In a just world, we would all experience one extreme contraction at least once in our lives. »
  • Yesterday at 4:05 PM

The Straight Eyebrows and Dewy Skin of Seoul

No Cara Delevingne brows here.

For the Cut's Global Beauty week, we sent photographers around the world to find out what makes the women of one city look distinctive from those of another.

Although Google reported a global uptick in searches for "fuller brows" in the past year, the women of Seoul don't appear to want Cara Delevingne brows anytime soon. For the next stop on the Cut's global beauty tour, photographer Seungjeom Choi hit the streets of the South Korean city and found that women there have a penchant for undefined, archless eyebrows, and clear, dewy skinClick through the slideshow to see a sampling of the beauty of Seoul. 

Buy Sandals, Fight Cancer: It’s a Win-Win

You have to buy sandals anyway, so might as well get some you can feel altruistic about.

When it comes to self-gifting, fancy new shoes are always a satisfying choice — this time made even better with these Stuart Weitzman lace-up gladiators. The brand, a long-time supporter of the Folkman Institute at Boston Children's Hospital, just released a capsule collection with proceeds going toward the institute's groundbreaking cancer research. Led by director Marsha A. Moses, Ph.D., the institute has been a leader in finding new ways to diagnose and treat a variety of cancers, including ovarian, breast, and bladder, among others. Available in four different colorways (gold lamé, sunny yellow, lipstick-red suede, and a dark denim), these sandals are a charitable purchase you can wear with anything, like a cuffed jean or pretty dress. You'll be tempted to join the weather deniers and wear them right now, but wait — they'll be even better in June.

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How to Get Strong, Thick Eyebrows Like Rihanna

Bad-gal brows.

When Rihanna shared the cover art for her latest single, "Bitch Better Have My Money," on Instagram, the first thing we noticed were her eyebrows. The super-dark, strong brows (created by makeup artist Yadim) made us think of Bert, Frida, Groucho, and the Céline spring 2014s runway all at once. Though Rihanna's brows are definitely a statement, click through the slideshow for tips and products on how to channel some of that power brow yourself. As brow expert William Scott advises: "Make confident movements — not slow, wobbly, unsure strokes — and it'll look good!" 

Kim Kardashian Kouldn’t Keep Up With Her Hair Kare

Platinum no more.

Today, hairstylists around the world can take a collective day of rest. They are once again free from the tyranny of 16 clients a day asking to be taken from brunette to Kardashian levels of blonde. After a brief stint with platinum, Kim Kardashian was photographed taking Nori to ballet class with freshly dyed, once-again brown hair. That's right — even the woman who wore a bedazzled bra through airport security and dresses her baby in sheer fabrics and leather probably thought keeping up with platinum was too much work. You win, Jared Leto. You win.

  • Yesterday at 2:08 PM
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What It’s Like to Be a Woman in a Field That’s Still 99 Percent Male

Nina MacLaughlin chronicles her move from journalism to carpentry in the new book Hammer Head.

In 2008, Nina MacLaughlin had just quit her journalism job of seven years — with no plan for what to do next — when she happened upon a Craigslist job posting for a carpenter’s assistant. Though she had no experience to speak of, she was heartened by the tagline “Women strongly encouraged to apply,” and sent in her application. She got the job, and has been working as a carpenter in Cambridge, Massachusetts, ever since. In her new memoir, Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter, MacLaughlin chronicles the experience of abandoning her desk job and the satisfaction and joy of learning to work with her hands. She spoke with the Cut about what her career switch taught her about ambition, how working as a carpenter changed her relationship to her own femininity, and what it’s like to be a woman in a field that’s still 99 percent male.

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The Best Way to Light Your Face for Perfect Makeup

Buy better bulbs.

I once overheard Heidi Klum deny a picture to a photographer at Fashion Week because of bad lighting. “You see this overhead light here? Not good!” she chirped. Everyone knows that lighting can be the difference between a good photo and a bad one, but it can also be the difference between good and bad makeup application. 

Since moving apartments, I’ve had to accept that my shiny, brand-new bathroom has bad beauty lighting. The slightly yellow, warm generic GE bulbs are perfect for hiding under-eye tiredness, and not ideal for showing just how much under-eye concealer I really need. To find out the best lighting for beauty, the Cut spoke to makeup artists Nick Barose (whose clients include Lupita Nyong’o and Gugu Mbatha-Raw), Vincent Oquendo (who works on Jessica Stam and Cara Delevingne), and Deanna Melluso (Olivia Wilde and Natasha Lyonne). Let there be (good) light.

"Any lighting that's overhead is bad. It will cast a shadow and you’ll end up putting too much on." »

Now, Nothing Will Come Between Kendall Jenner and Her Calvins

She's officially the face of the brand's new denim collection.

Kendall Jenner has been one of the central figures in the #mycalvins social-media campaign, and today Calvin Klein announced that she's starring in ads for its #mycalvins Denim Series. The limited-edition collection will initially be exclusive to Opening Ceremony and will debut April 15, with an L.A. event heralding the launch. It will then be available on Calvin Klein's website beginning May 15. 

According to a statement by global creative director Kevin Carrigan, the campaign images were inspired by the lo-fi feel of the #mycalvins images — some in low-contrast black-and-white and featuring Jenner alongside male model Simon Nessman — and were shot by Alasdair McLellan and styled by Melanie Ward.

“I’ve grown up wearing the brand and seeing the iconic advertising in magazines and on billboards." »

What Happens When Breast Milk Goes Big-Business?

Are corporations scamming poor moms, or helping them?

Last week, the New York Times reported that Prolacta Bioscience — which buys, pasteurizes, and resells breast milk — has raised $46 million from investors. In hospitals, extremely premature babies are treated with the concentrated, high-protein (and highly expensive) formula. With its new funds, Prolacta now has the resources for research into possible new therapeutic uses for breast milk.

But while Prolacta’s product helps sick babies — and can give breast-feeding mothers a way to earn money for their milk — not everyone is thrilled about the entrance of big business into what’s largely been community-based, nonprofit work.

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Report: Amazon Could Buy Net-a-Porter

WWD says the two giants are in "ongoing talks."

"Ready, Set Shop!" proclaims Net-a-Porter's current homepage. And if a WWD item today is to be believed, Amazon is taking the etailer at its word. The paper claims that the two are in "ongoing talks" about Amazon buying Net-a-Porter Group, which, according to analysts, is valued between $1.31 billion and $1.64 billion. 

Amazon has been upping its fashion cred of late. »

Christina Hendricks Wore a Detachable Ball Gown


The real drag about red carpets is that you have to commit to just one outfit — a truly uninspired status quo. Last night, torn between two different looks, Christina Hendricks rebelled against this oppressive tradition by performing a mid-red-carpet outfit change. She arrived at the Mad Men Black & Red Ball in Los Angeles wearing a very serious emerald-green Zac Posen ball gown, with a skirt that appeared large enough to pose an obstacle to sitting or, say, walking through a doorway. It turned out there was no need to worry about Hendricks's movability, though: While everyone was blinking, she discreetly detached the skirt, handing it to an assistant, and posed for another set of photos in a sleek, fishtailed variation of the original dress.

Can We Please Use the Word Slut Correctly?

Larry Wilmore calls for better grammar when slut-shaming.

Last night, Larry Wilmore dedicated all 25 minutes of The Nightly Show to the subject of “slut-shaming,” from Mo’ne Davis to Monica Lewinsky. This included a helpful etymological breakdown of the actual word slut. Which Wilmore defines as follows: “a girl who developed faster than you both physically and emotionally; she dabbled in healthy sexual experimentation, which was intimidating; or she refused to have sex with you, which was frustrating.” The term is correctly deployed in order to punish her for making the speaker feel bad.

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20 Chic, Lightweight Spring Jackets to Wear Now

Be gone, Canada Geese!

This may have been the winter of the Canada Goose, so we don't blame you for wanting to throw that gigantic black puffer into a massive funeral pyre. But now that it's finally above freezing, you can ditch the overstuffed parka in favor of something lighter. Here at the Cut, we rounded up the chicest lightweight jackets to wear from now through the spring. For mornings that still have a bit of chill to them, try a jacket with a little heft, like COS's minimalist leather number. If you're looking for a streamlined, classic coat, try Zara's camel double-breasted version or Mango's white topper with thin black piping. And if you'd rather really welcome spring with a burst of color, Raey's bright-yellow coat and Opening Ceremony's printed bracelet-sleeve version are literally sunshine and flowers. Click ahead to see all of those, along with the best trenches, bombers, and ultrathin parkas for the season ahead.

  • Yesterday at 5:55 AM
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Chelsea Handler Claims Cosby Tried to ‘Cosby’ Her

Yeah, his last name is really a verb now.

In an Esquire interview, Chelsea Handler revealed that Bill Cosby might have had plans to "Cosby" her, as she put it. Handler said that roughly a decade ago, the two were doing stand-up in Atlantic City and were staying at the same hotel. During some down time, Cosby asked one of the hospitality staffers to fetch her because the now-embattled comedian wanted to meet with her in his suite. "I said, That's really weird. I don't want to go alone. I go, I don't know him. So the three guys I was with — thank God these guys were with me ... I brought them up with me to his room and thank God I did, because now I know what would've happened if I went up there alone," she recalled.

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These Empire Stars Gave In to the Show’s Oedipal Energy

It's cool. She's just his stepmom.

Along with some pretty heavy-handed Shakespeare references, Fox’s Empire loves to get weird with its Oedipal overtures. Youngest song Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) regularly calls his older girlfriend “Mama,” and — spoiler alert — gleefully sleeps with his stepmother-to-almost-be to get back at his father.

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