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133 Designers Reveal Their Spring 2015 Inspirations

Just in time for Fashion Week. 

Fashion Week is upon us! Every season, the Cut brings you "One Word, One Shot," in which we ask designers to share one image and one word that describes their upcoming collections. This time around, Thom Browne is inspired by "Thursday," Tibi is going extra discreet, Tory Burch is thinking about Pablo Picasso, and Hood By Air is feeling really "stoned." 

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Watch Cara and Kate Moss Get Cheekbone Cozy in a New Burberry Ad

A new video for My Burberry.

Today marks the release of My Burberry, Burberry's newest scent, which kicks off with a Mario Testino–directed video campaign starring Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne. The two smize, spritz the air with the bergamot-and-sweet-pea fragrance, and take cover from the rain under a Burberry trench coat. Delevingne even remains mercifully awake for the whole thing, with Moss on hand to lovingly jerk adjust her trench-coat collar at the first sign of sleepiness. It seems like the beginning of a beautiful friendship, forged by two people who have had their likenesses replicated via cracker crumbs.

Bedazzled Bikinis and Heavy Plumage at the West Indian Day Parade

Plus, plenty of body glitter.

Yesterday marked the conclusion of the 47th annual West Indian Day Carnival — a two-mile-long Labor Day parade that runs along Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway through Crown Heights, drawing more than 1 million performers and spectators. This year’s festivities included the usual jubilant Caribbean music and dance celebrations, as well as a special performance of the de Blasio "Smackdown." 

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Michelle Harper Got Married in a Fluffy Gown

To girlfriend Jenny Shimizu.

Leave it to Michelle Harper — the woman who wore a transparent dress in the middle of a polar vortex — to make a statement on her wedding day. Harper married girlfriend Jenny Shimizu in a vintage cream-puff of a dress from Olivier Theyskens's tenure at Rochas. Shimizu opted for a tux of unknown origin. Congratulations to the happy (and street-style-friendly) couple!

How to Survive a Party Alone

Advice from Caitlin Moran's new novel, How to Build a Girl.

(Excerpted from Caitlin Moran's new YA novel, How to Build a Girl.)

A party is definitely a collaborative effort, I observe, looking at all the other people having conversations, and dancing together, and in the corner, kissing. Oh, kissing. I watch the kissing until it’s obvious I’m watching the kissing, and then I walk away, quickly. It’s bad to be seen watching kissing.

By now, my unkissed kiss feels like gunpowder on my lips — if anyone comes near me with even the vague heat of attraction, I will go up in a sheet of flame — mouth first. I feel a sexual fury for a moment. Oh, God — why won’t you let me fuck you! All of you! Everyone in this room. I have a feeling I’ll only ever properly make sense in bed, on my back. You would understand what I meant if we were there.

Anyway. Over the next ninety minutes, I try a variety of different tactics to make it look like I’m not lonely at this party. My findings on how to “party on your own” are as follows:

Number one, the buffet. »
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Caitlin Moran on Her Raunchy Teen Heroine

"A bit like Little House on the Prairie, but with really big penises and getting too drunk.”

Caitlin Moran, author of the 2010 memoir How to be a Woman, is back this fall with a  novel: How to Build a Girl. It’s a coming-of-age tale she describes as “a bit like Little House on the Prairie, but with really big penises and getting too drunk.”

Her heroine might not appear to have much in common with the Katniss Everdeens of the YA universe: Johanna is overweight, foulmouthed, and obsessed with sex. She’s not on a quest to save the world; she just wants to make a career as a music writer and escape small-town British poverty. But Moran still has grand, YA-epic-style plans for Johanna. “This is going to be a trilogy,” she told the Cut. “The next book is called How to Be Famous, and the last book is How to Save the World. In the last book, I intend to show girls how they can start the revolution.”

Moran spoke to the Cut about healthy hobbies like masturbation, and why she loves people who look like potatoes.

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A Sleeveless Turtleneck to Transition You Into Fall

Perfect for a humid September.

This Topshop sleeveless turtleneck is the perfect thing to transition you into fall — it isn't too summery looking, but is still light enough to wear while the weather remains horrendously hot. The big floral print and ivory color put a cool twist on a traditional shape, which makes it appropriate for the office or a night out. Pair the top with dark skinny jeans, or be a little daring with a mismatched patterned skirt. 

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There’s a Blind, Atheist Feminist Running for Congress

Meet James Woods. Not that James Woods.

James Woods had been working for an Arizona insurance company less than a month when he was infected with MRSA. So he was uninsured when the antibiotic-resistant staph infection — combined with his type-1 diabetes — caused him to go into kidney failure, and then blind, a month before his 27th birthday. The recovery was long and lonely. “Because I was an infection risk, I was alone for upwards of 20 hours a day,” he told the Cut. “I had a lot of time to think.”

But rather than come to Jesus, Woods promised himself that if he was able to get out, he would make a plan to give more to his community. He volunteered for the Democratic Party in his legislative district, and when it began looking for someone to put his name on the 5th District ballot against career Republican Rep. Matt Salmon, Woods, now 35, leapt at the opportunity.

Woods hoped he would speak for the politically marginalized groups he belongs to (lower-income Americans, the disabled, atheists) and serve as living proof of the importance of America’s social safety net (he relied on Medicaid, Social Security disability, and Nutrition Assistance while sick). “Society has invested so much in me, standing up and fighting for them is just one way I can try to pay everyone back their tax dollars that kept me alive,” he said. But along the way, he’s become a crush object for feminist blogs like Wonkette and Jezebel, thanks to “Prevent Abortion” condoms he sent to a local pro-life group.

The Cut talked to Woods about the very civilized stunt and more.

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Here’s Rick Owens Posing in Front of a 25-Foot-Tall Rick Owens Statue

Check that off your list of "things to see."

Rick Owens is celebrating his 20th year in business the way only Rick Owens can: namely, by posing in front of a large statue of himself. The imposing Douglas Jennings sculpture — which will sit opposite the iconic 1928 Queen of Time sculpture built into the store's façade — is part of the "World of Rick Owens" exhibit opening at Selfridges in London. As part of the project, Owens is designing window installations for the department store inspired by his favorite opera, Salomé, and curating a concept store on the ground floor (look for David Bowie records and copies of Jane County's autobiography). Selfridges will also host an Owens menswear shop-in-shop, women's and accessories sections, and a 20-piece limited-edition collection from Rick Owens and DRKSHDW. Best of all, the statue is holding a working torch that will burn 12 hours a day for a total of 552 hours. The man really doesn't do things by halves.

AnOther Magazine Did a Giant Kate Moss Issue

Celebrating her ten-year anniversary.

Knowing that the world’s hunger for information about Kate Moss can never be sated, AnOther magazine has helpfully produced a mega–Kate Moss issue for superfans.

It goes on sale on Thursday to mark the ten-year anniversary of her first shoot for the magazine and features Kate on four separate covers (shot by Craig McDean, Willy Vanderperre, Collier Schorr, and Alasdair McLellan) — the most she’s ever done for a single issue of a magazine.

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North West Now Wears Doc Martens

The days of heeding Mom’s fashion advice are over.

This weekend, North West celebrated the end of summer by breaking free from her mother’s domineering style influence. While Kim saw the weekend out in breezy linen and white denim, North has already adopted an edgier black wardrobe for fall. Yesterday at LAX, she rebelled against the overbearing Mommy-and-me styling of late and let her true colors shine in a pair of black-and-white-striped pants, black Doc Martens, and a sparkly YSL cross-body bag.

Carolina Herrera Thinks New Yorkers Are Slobs

And she's not a fan of your crop top.

Carolina Herrera may be a New Yorker, but that doesn't mean she is a cheerleader for New York style. “If you look at the people walking around the streets of New York at this moment, it is horrendous!” the designer told the September issue of Haute Living magazine, as reported by "Page Six." “I have never seen people so badly dressed in my life! It’s amazing the way they look! I don’t know why … I don’t know what’s going on … but it’s really, really bad.” Crop tops, in particular, come in for some ire: “When you are very young and you have a wonderful figure you can pull it off,” she says, “but whenever I see this style, it’s usually on the wrong person.” Maybe Herrera should just give these huddled, crop-topped masses tickets to her show on Monday so they can learn how it's done.

Angelina Jolie’s Wedding Dress Was a Versace Art Gallery

Donatella Versace collaborated with children.

For her wedding to Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie wore a long pillar of ivory satin designed by Donatella Versace. It was smooth and plain, and like the blank surface of a kitchen refrigerator, it simply begged to be decorated by whimsical artwork from the special youths of the home. And so, Versace punctuated Jolie’s dress with embroidery reproduced from her six children’s drawings.

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Let Spotify DJ Your Next Menstrual Cycle

A playlist of PMS jams?

Picking mood music for any occasion can be a challenge. You probably have a perfect mix of easy rock for dinner parties. And who among us hasn’t sought the power of a “Project Sex Friend” mix? (Start with Miguel, move to "Juicy" for the climax.) But personally, my arsenal is still missing a playlist specifically dedicated to the emotions that accompany my menstrual cycle. What should I be listening to? Death metal? Gangster-rap? Lisa Loeb? Who knows?

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50 Simple Pieces for Building a Classic Wardrobe

New versions of old favorites. 

If you're not the kind of person who cares to follow seasonal trends and instead strives for some sort of continuity from year to year, you might gravitate toward a simple, classic wardrobe. We do roundups of great basics a few times a year, but for this edition, we thought we'd try to pinpoint the 50 classic closet pieces that can get you through almost any occasion: perfect white shirts, the exact shoes you need, and Grace Kelly's pearls, to name a few. 

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Astrology GIFs for the Week of September 1, 2014

Mellowness descends. 

Hurried Mercury darts into Libra on Tuesday the 2nd and balance will set in as we head toward the fall equinox. The frantic pace of summer settles down to a mellowness, which will help us prepare for upcoming work. This is a time of harvest: It's labor that reaps great rewards, both personally and for the community at large.

Venus enters coy Virgo on Friday the 5th – summer love and casual sexual encounters will become more practical, which may be jarring at first. It’s amazing what a tan and a few fun cocktails can do for romance, especially under the right summer moon. As the light changes into a soft fall glow as we turn toward the equinox, things will appear a bit differently. Romance can be passionate and intense, but love is tender, patient, and kind. Let’s see what lasts. 

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The FBI and Apple Are Investigating the Jennifer Lawrence Nude-Photo Hack

Lawrence was targeted, along with Ariana Grande, Kate Upton, and many other female stars.

Jennifer Lawrence has been in contact with authorities after nude photos of her and a number of other female celebrities, including Ariana Grande, Kate Upton, and Victoria Justice, were leaked on 4chan yesterday. The authenticity of all the images could not be verified, although Lawrence's rep has confirmed that it is her featured in the photos. "This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence,” said Lawrence’s spokeswoman Liz Mahoney on Monday.

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Carrie Underwood Is Pregnant

She shared the news with a "Labor" Day tweet.

Carrie Underwood announced on Monday that she is expecting her first child along with her husband, NHL player Mike Fisher. The American Idol alum shared the news via Twitter, posting a photo of her two dogs with the caption “In honor of ‘Labor’ Day … Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn’t be happier!” Congrats, Carrie!

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