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Would You Actually Pay to Tinder?

Money for the swipe right.

Yesterday, at the Forbes Under 30 Summit, Tinder CEO and co-founder Sean Rad announced that the company will introduce a “premium service” starting in early November in order to help monetize it. It’s been predicted that the company could make $75 million in 2015 — but it has to find some way to make money off of the 1.2 billion photos swiped per day.

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Refinery29’s Founders on Their New Book and Having Fun With Fashion

Why looking weird is encouraged.

If you've ever tried to DIY your own Yasmin Sewell look or assemble a crop-top ensemble worthy of Shiona Turini, you're probably in the target audience for Refinery29's new street-style-inspired book, Style Stalking. The coffee-table tome, out today, features all your favorite street-style stars showing off their most snap-worthy looks. Christene Barberich, Refinery29's editor-in-chief, and Piera Gelardi, the site's executive creative director —  the book's co-authors — sat down for a chat, in a manner of speaking: The jet-setting Barberich was at the airport en route back from a fashion week, while Gelardi, who logs plenty of miles on her own, was in New York, recovering from the previous night's Alex Wang x H&M spectacular.

Here's a phrase you won't find: “Don’t do this, because you might look crazy.” »

How Celebrities and Designers Remembered de la Renta

They filled social media with tributes.

"My all-time favorite designer has passed away. Oscar, it was an honor to wear your creations and to know you. In loving memory," wrote Taylor Swift last night, posting an Instagram shot of her Met Ball gown, which was designed by de la Renta. Swift wasn't the only one posting a tribute to the great talent: Naomi Campbell, Diane von Furstenberg, Iman, Carolina Herrera, Karlie Kloss, and more also shared favorite memories, quotes, and, of course, gowns. Here are some highlights.

10 Cool Fall Boots and the Miniskirts to Go With Them

Surprisingly comfortable. 

The best part of the cold weather is that it's finally time to break out your tall boots, a look that was all over the runways at Alexander Wang, Fendi, Lanvin, and Alexander McQueen. This fall, they're best pulled off with miniskirts and stockings, so we devised some combinations. Fringe-trimmed, woven, and asymmetric, there's a different skirt to go with each boot style. And if tall boots just aren't for you, we've thrown in a few shorter, mod versions for you to try. Click through our slideshow below for ten ways to pull off the miniskirt-and-boots look.

NYU Street Style: Loose Jeans and Chelsea Boots

With plenty of eye-catching accents.

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

For the second installment of our college street-style series, we sent NYU senior Alexandra Gavillet to shoot her classmates during their downtime around Washington Square. While UCLA students’ campus style was all about simplicity, NYU undergrads aren’t ones to shy away from colorful accents: They paired loose-fit jeans with iridescent sneakers and bubblegum pink combat boots, and skipped denim in favor of bright white pants scattered with blue stars. Others opt for urban interpretations of tried-and-true collegiate staples, with plenty of black leather, chambray, and eccentric hair colors on display. Click through the slideshow for a look at NYU’s hip yet relaxed campus style.

Meet the Man Telling Colleges How to Fix Their Rape Problem

Attorney Brett Sokolow has been busy lately.

Attorney Brett Sokolow, 43, both dapper and dadlike in a plaid blazer and paisley pocket square, is attempting to explain a legal term called deliberate indifference to a room of 20 or so mid-level college officials. Judging from the reverent silence, you’d think those present were watching pirated copy of Mockingjay instead of listening to a Philadelphia risk-management attorney relate the events behind Simpson v. University of Colorado, a 2001 case where university football players and recruits participated in the gang rape of four female students.   

“The women filed a lawsuit against the university challenging not only the campus response to their victimization but the abusive athletics culture in which recruits were enticed with alcohol and sex,” Sokolow says, squaring his shoulders to his audience. "The court sided with the women, and the university settled the case for $2.85 million.”

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Oscar de la Renta’s Most Iconic Red-Carpet Gowns

Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams, and so many more.

“I’m not interested in shock tactics. I just want to make beautiful clothes,” Oscar de la Renta famously said in 1963. For more than five decades, his commitment to feminine elegance made the designer an unwavering favorite not only among First Ladies but also on red carpets. “His clothes have been to more awards shows than Meryl Streep,” Michael Bloomberg joked when presenting the designer with a Couture Council lifetime achievement award in 2012 — a dramatic understatement. In fact, it’s hard to think of an A-list actress he didn't dress. Over the years, everyone from Candice Bergen to Sandra Bullock, Scarlett Johansson, Kerry Washington, and Amy Adams has worn his gowns proudly on the red carpet. This spring, Sarah Jessica Parker took her long-standing devotion to the designer even further, when she asked him to embroider his signature on the train of her black-and-white Met Gala gown. “It was my idea,” she told Vanity Fair. “He would never in a million years have done it, he’s far too modest.”

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A Look Back at Oscar de la Renta’s Greatest Runway Hits

Runway highlights from his nearly 50 years in the business. 

Oscar de la Renta, who died today at the age of 82, in many ways set the tone for American fashion, dressing everyone from First Ladies to movie stars. He quickly became a one-name wonder, and "I'm wearing Oscar" became synonymous with discerning taste and inspired countless paler imitators. From his early days designing in the 1960s, de la Renta always followed a feminine, dramatic blueprint. Whether it was the tiered polka-dot frock Pat Cleveland wore in his 1979 holiday show or the island-ready bandeau and skirt Gisele shimmied down the runway in back in 2000, his designs were unfailingly flirtatious, feminine, and sexy without being showy. Some of his trademarks included dramatic flamenco ruffles, bell sleeves, tropical prints, and boleros — often topped off with a dramatic hat.

Click through our slideshow to look back at some of the designer's signature moments from almost 50 years in the business.

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Oscar de la Renta Loved Powerful Women

The designer passed away today at 82.

Plenty of designers pay sound-bite-length tribute to so-called "strong women." Oscar de la Renta actually dressed them. The designer, who passed away today at the age of 82, was the preeminent outfitter of powerful women over his nearly five decades in business, whether they were First Ladies, CEOs, society grandes dames, or everyday women.

De la Renta had his share of A-list front-rowers over the years — Beyoncé, Jessica Simpson before she was a designer, Victoria Beckham before she was a designer — but he never based his choices only on star quality. (Plus, as he told New York in 2005, “[Actresses] are more of a hassle to deal with than anything else. They tend to be insecure people. Insecure and capricious. These are two bad qualities.”) No, de la Renta's clothes always stood for something larger than the celebrity red-carpet circuit — they are part of a larger tradition that has now touched generations of women. "When you wear Oscar, a little bit of New York's Gilded Age rubs off on you," Lauren Santo Domingo told New York last year. 

The rare designer who's not preoccupied with celebrities. »

Oscar de la Renta Has Died at 82

The designer's business has been around since 1965.

Sad news today: ABC News reports that designer Oscar de la Renta has passed away at the age of 82. The designer, who dressed First Ladies from Nancy Reagan to Michelle Obama and, most recently, notably outfitted Amal Clooney for her wedding, first began his business in 1965. Last week, the brand announced Peter Copping as de la Renta's successor, a role the company had reportedly been seeking to fill for some time.

‘I Was a 4-Year Queer’: 15 Straight(ish) People on Their Gay Time in College

It's a time to learn about yourself.

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

A straight woman I know was asked by her boyfriend if she’d ever made out with a girl. “Uh, yeah,” she said. “I went to college.”

The LUG — Lesbian Until Graduation — is a long-standing cliché, but no one's story is as simple as that. College is a chance to learn about yourself. And part of what you learn is that you can’t always predict whom you’ll want to sleep with.

Here are 15 men and women whose college experiences took them away from heterosexuality and (sometimes) back again.

Some names and identifying information have been changed.

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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.

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