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This Wearable-Tech Bracelet Electrocutes You If You Skip the Gym

The most sadomasochistic new wearable. 

Do you need a shock to your system to get you out of your basic no-pants, underachieving routine? Enter Pavlok, a new sadomasochistic bracelet that provides a very literal jolt to help you accomplish your goals. This goal-setting and tracking device looks like a cast-off from a Captain Planet accessory collection. But it also provides real consequences when you slack off. It will post embarrassing messages about your failure(s) to your Facebook wall for your co-workers and your high-school biology lab partner to "like." It will give money away. Or, it will simply shock you using "real voltage," a video helpfully confirms.

"Real voltage." »

50 Shades of Grey and The Devil Wears Prada Are Basically the Same Movie

Same masochism, new equipment.

A mousy (but still obviously babely) brunette journalist enters an office and has no idea what she’s in for! How will an intimidatingly composed and temperamental dom change her worldview forever? Will the hours of painful endeavors and torturous tasks make her or break her? 

It’s the plot of two different movies, which look sort of like the same movie, according to their trailers: 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada and the upcoming 50 Shades of Grey. Let’s compare: 

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The Photographer Who Captures Youth Subcultures

Ewen Spencer on his new magazine and a new exhibit featuring Miami spring-break photos.

LONDON— The acclaimed British photographer Ewen Spencer is perhaps best known for capturing the gritty nightlife of London — but that doesn’t mean he actually wants to live there. “London is quite unforgiving,” he says as we drive through the small seaside town of Brighton, where he’s been living for over a decade. “I’ve had a lot of attempted muggings.”

In his subjects, Spencer looks for signs of "clean living under difficult circumstances." »

How Far Can a Condé Nast Employee Walk in Heels?

Urban planning around women in Louboutins.

As Condé Nast prepares to move down to One World Trade Center, businesses are flocking to relocate within optimal walking distance from the publishing house. What is optimal walking distance? you may wonder. Well, if Condé Nast employees cannot walk there in heels, they will not walk there at all.

A story in today's Times "Style" section recounts the following exchange with Nadine Abramcyk, co-owner of the nail salon Tenoverten:

Ms. Abramcyk was initially delighted when she heard about the move. She had a salon in TriBeCa, about a 15-minute walk from 1 World Trade Center. But then she thought about it some more and realized something: That’s not walkable in heels.

“The truth is, we’re too far,” she said, adding that Condé Nast represents a significant portion of her business. “They’re not going to leave to go out for a manicure in TriBeCa,” she said. “You really need to be eight or 10 blocks farther south.”

John Barrett — the so-called "house salon of Condé Nast" — is putting an even finer point on that calculation:

The salon, which has space at Bergdorf Goodman, has a fully executed letter of intent to open up “about 50 paces from the elevators of Condé Nast,” said Jim Hedges, the chief executive of John Barrett Holdings. (The precise number of steps is really important to him; he cited it several times in an interview.)

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Must-have Fall Accessory: Prada’s Skinny Scarf

In five different colors.

For Prada's fall 2014 collection, Miuccia Prada drew inspiration from the 1972 film The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kantknown for its mind-bending narrative and amazing fashion. The collection oozed with touches of '70s pimp — metallics mixed with dark tones, and shearling layered over jewel-tone organzas.

We tried styling them. »

Selena Gomez and Cara Delevingne Partied in Saint-Tropez

Plus Leonardo DiCaprio, Rachel McAdams, Mick Jagger, and more highlights from this week’s parties.

It’s been an eventful week for new friends Selena Gomez and Cara Delevingne, who appear to be joined at the hip since celebrating Selena’s 22nd birthday on a yacht on the French Riviera over the weekend. Last night, the two pals took a break from Jet Skiing, parasailing, and other water-themed activities to attend the inaugural Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala in St. Tropez, where they were joined by Eli Mizrahi, Bono, and Leo himself. Meanwhile, back in New York, Rachel McAdams and Mick Jagger chummed around at the after-party for the premiere of A Most Wanted Man, and Chrissy Teigen and Rosario Dawson celebrated Belgium National Day with plenty of Stella Artois. Robbie Myers hosted a party for The Honorable Woman at the Ludlow that drew Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, and Chanel Iman, Cleo Wade, and Martha Hunt all attended the opening of Marilyn: The Lost Photos of a Hollywood Star at Sumo in New York. Click through the slideshow for these and more highlights from this week’s party circuit.

My Week Living Like Shailene Woodley

A week of oil pulling, tanning nude, clay eating, and dream journaling. 

While the daily customs of most of our celebrities are cloaked in mystery, Shailene Woodley is extraordinarily public about her habits. It is the habits themselves that are extremely mysterious. In every interview, Woodley seems to mention a new and unusual habit, often intimidating in its earthliness. There's clay eating. Oil pulling. Mushroom-tea slurping. Tanning one's vagina. Et cetera. 

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The French Are Mocking Their President’s Glasses

Because they look lame — and aren't made in France.

American politicians continually fall under scrutiny about wearing the politically "right" thing — think of President Obama's made-in-the-USA Hart Schaffner Marx suits, the outcry over the First Lady daring to wear European designers, or the de Blasio ladies sporting inauguration looks by Garment Center booster Nanette Lepore. In a similar, though much sillier fashion, French President François Hollande is currently at the center of a optical imbroglio. The New York Times reports that the embattled president recently switched out his rimless glasses for "geekier" horn rims. (To us, they just look like hipster glasses.) Comment dit-on "super-lame?" Not only has Hollande gotten flak about the style, but the glasses are made by a Danish company, Lindberg, which is also responsible for Miuccia Prada's signature specs.

"Mr. Normal" and his $1,300 glasses. »

American Apparel Appoints Its First Female Board Member

Lean in, Colleen Brown.

Given its history, you might not be surprised to learn that American Apparel has never had a woman on its board. That changed yesterday when the company appointed Colleen Brown as its first-ever director. Brown — formerly the CEO of Fisher Communications, a television and radio conglomerate — is one of four new members hired to the company's board, The Business of Fashion reports. The new appointments are part of the company's agreement with Standard General, whereby Dov Charney is employed as a "strategic consultant." By the way, guys, how's that misconduct investigation going?

Kesha Wore a Catsuit on Good Morning America

“Kitty cat cult gear.”

This morning, Kesha was spotted leaving her New York hotel room at the crack of dawn to head to her Good Morning America taping. For the occasion, the aspiring cult leader wore a coordinated shirt and pant set demonstrating her newfound commitment to cats. She paired the “kitty cat cult gear” with new baby-blue locks and high-heeled loafers.

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Paris Hilton Is So Good at 2005 Stuff

Starring in another Carl's Jr. commercial.

National representative from 2005, Paris Hilton, has returned to add a punch line to another Carl's Jr. commercial. This version has her in a seemingly executive position, as the doyenne of euphemistic car-washing — overseeing a new model's strangely focused cleaning job. She seems like a decent manager — communicating her expectations by stealing a fried jalapeño and gently observing: "You missed a spot." It's great to see someone rising in the ranks of the advertorial car-wash community. 

Hermès Officially Appoints a New Designer

They've hired a veteran of The Row and Céline.

Looks like those rumors swirling yesterday were well-founded. Hermès has, in fact, hired Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski to replace Christophe Lemaire as creative director at the house. WWD reports that the little-known 36-year-old designer, a veteran of  The Row, Céline, and Maison Martin Margiela, will take over after Lemaire shows his final collection for the brand. “Her talent and her creative track record will be great assets in the continued development of women's ready-to-wear," CEO Axel Dumas told the paper. "She will devote herself full-time to our house,” he added — perhaps referring to the fact that Lemaire is leaving to work on his namesake line.

A Brazilian Beauty Editor on Her Secrets

"I wouldn’t say beauty is pain in Brazil, but beauty is effort."

Modern-day beauty culture owes a lot of gratitude to Brazil. It introduced us to waxing and its citizens make up roughly half of the Victoria's Secret model fleet. To get behind Brazil's outlook on beauty, the Cut spoke with Victoria Ceridono, a Vogue Brazil beauty editor who also runs the beauty blog Dia de Beaute. She talks to the Cut about her country's sense of happy — and natural — beauty, how everyone has custom-made skin care, and how local soap opera stars created a craze for the "Rachel" cut.

"It’s very clear that people judge you for your looks." »

30 Chic Shoes You Can Buy on Sale Now

The best of the discounts on Alexander Wang, Nicholas Kirkwood, and more.

For those who can wait, the end of July is the best time of the entire summer to shop. The markdowns are big — and you can immediately wear everything since it’ll still be hot for at least another month. And, in the case of shoes, you can often find a few that last you through the fall and well into next year. With that in mind, we scoured the best of the deep discounts to bring you 30 pairs that are $350 or less. There are flat sandals, like Zara’s tricolor pair, that can go from the brunch to the beach — or, for those who would rather get a jump on fall’s flat-shoe trend, Miu Miu’s metallic penny loafer would look fantastic with a white dress now and cropped black trousers when it gets chilly.

Keep in mind, like all great sales, sizing is limited and there are a few tricks to get the full discount. For the J.Crew pairs, use the code SALEFUN for an extra 40 percent off. And should you get sticker shock from the pairs at Barneys Warehouse, realize that once you throw ‘em in the cart, the price magically goes down 50 percent. Click ahead to see our favorite shoes currently on sale.

The Scientific Case for Decriminalizing Sex Work

It could be the most effective way to reduce global HIV infection rates.

Arguments in favor of decriminalizing prostitution often rely on empathy for sex workers themselves: Journalist Melissa Gira Grant contends, for example, that criminalizing sex work implicitly condones violence against sex workers, who are often afraid to go to the police to report violence and are frequently ignored when they do. Current laws (sex work is illegal in 116 countries) require that sex workers render themselves largely voiceless and invisible — which makes their interests easy to ignore.

But new research suggests that existing legislation against sex work may also be harming society at large — and that decriminalizing sex work could help slow the spread of HIV.

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One Direction Is Now 4 Years Old

Happy birthday.

Though it may not seem like so long ago that Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry, and Louis were young, lonely teenagers on The X Factor, today One Direction is four years old. Though their faces are as fresh as ever, a lot has happened since these purveyors of syrupy ballads, deep thoughts, and exceptionally popular fragrances joined forces. In honor of the occasion, take a moment to revisit the real reason to be a One Direction fan: their shameless, male-on-male PDA. Happy birthday, boys.

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