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Rihanna Is the Ideal Wedding Guest

Even when she's wearing a bathrobe.

This past weekend, Rihanna proved herself the anti-LiLo when she skipped the VMAs in favor of attending her stylist's wedding in New York. To start, she decidedly stayed away from wearing white, opting instead for a lavender silk robe and matching purple lipstick. She then praised the bride, Sonya Benson, to her 25 million Instagram followers, and performed at her party, providing background music to a slideshow of photos of the couple. When it comes to getting married, it definitely pays to be on team RiRi.

Over-the-Top Dress Codes Are Making a Triumphant Return

Better get your "fantasy evening attire" on deck.

If you aspire to gain entry to the Marc Jacobs–hosted party for the book Gloss during New York Fashion Week, do not wear anything with a (shudder) matte surface. Otherwise, you'll be violating the dress code heard 'round social media last week. Also on the banned list: "flat shoes and natural looks." (The horror!) Instead, you should opt for — as the much-circulated invite called for, in small but insistent capitals — "FUR COATS OVER LINGERIE ... JERRY HALL SIDE-SWEPT HAIR ... PATTI [sic] HEARST SYMBIONESE LIBERATION ARMY GEAR." Can a run on berets be far behind?

In a world of 24/7 athleisure, insisting on an exacting dress code is a cannily counterintuitive move. The party couldn't have gotten better PR, with much of the reaction of the gleeful, isn't-this-fabulous sort. Between the Gloss party and the Harper's Bazaar Fashion Week extravaganza, whose invitation calls for "fantasy evening attire," it won't be a dull Fashion Week. Back in the spring, Steven Klein and NARS helped pave the way for the trend when they hosted a night of NSFW revelry in a mansion in Yonkers, with partygoers wearing crocodile hats or dripping in jewels. And this fall, nightlife fashion is even getting the museum treatment with "Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch" at the Museum at FIT, which will surely give aspiring hosts plenty of inspiration. 

The current mood is a callback to an era of over-the-top, no-holds-barred ostentation — think Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, or every night at Studio 54, where Bianca Jagger accessorized with the ultimate investment piece: a white horse. Perhaps it's part of the pendulum swing we've seen away from all things "natural" —  from stark minimalism to Alessandro Michele's embrace of magpie maximalism in fashion, from multistep "no-makeup makeup" to elaborate contouring in beauty. Grab your false eyelashes and your fuchsia blush — artifice is in. 

"It’s time for us to celebrate why we got into this business in the first place — taking risks and having fun in clothes and looking amazing doing it." »

An Easy Marc Jacobs Blouse for Under $200

Fitted and feminine. 

Every Monday at the Cut, we're highlighting one great purchase that won't eat up your whole paycheck.

This Marc by Marc Jacobs top is a foolproof addition to your closet. With flattering contrast stripes, elasticated sleeves, and a cinched waist, it's detailed enough that you don't need to worry too much about styling it — just add slouchy jeans, heels, and a simple shoulder bag. Best of all, you can get this designer top online right now for only $194. 

Marc by Marc Jacobs Striped Shirt, $194 at Stylebop

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Astrology GIFs for the Week of August 31, 2015

Find an appropriate outlet for passion.

Venus touches Mars on Tuesday, September 1, heightening sexual tension — and the Aries moon exacerbates this transit. Find an appropriate outlet for passion on this day. Trysts with past lovers are quite possible while Venus is in retrograde, but they may dredge up residual feelings of rejection and retaliation, so proceed with caution.

The joyous Taurus moon on Wednesday, September 2, makes beautiful aspects between planets — feelings will be pleasant and luck will abound.

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What Does a Perfect Cat Eye Smell Like?

Maybe Miu Miu has an idea. 

On September 10, Miu Miu's first-ever fragrance will launch, with ads to follow on its site and YouTube channel. Until then, click to watch an exclusive teaser of the new ad campaign shot by Steven Meisel and marvel at the great cat eye on actress Stacy Martin. If the new scent is any indication, cat-eye perfection courtesy of Pat McGrath smells exactly how you might expect: like an elusive mix of lily of the valley, woods, and patchouli. 

A Conversation With Amy Odell on Fashion, Writing, and How the Internet Has Changed

The veteran Cut editor is publishing her first book.

Amy Odell's Tales From the Back Row: An Outsider’s View From Inside the Fashion Industry will be on sale September 1. We spoke with the author (and veteran editor of the Cut) on the eve of her first book release about being the editor of, having a strong work ethic, misconceptions in fashion coverage, and more.

"... there’s a lot of misunderstanding around fashion and how it operates." »

Outfit of the Week: A Chic Going-Out Top and Cool Trousers

Yes, it does exist.

Everyone has the same struggle on Saturday evening before heading out for the night. Do you wear a dress? Are going-out tops even appropriate anymore? To answer that question: Yes, if you choose one with interesting details and adopt an off-kilter approach to styling. Take this Tibi crop top with its extra-long ties. It's a slim bandeau that shows off your midriff. But instead of going the early '00s route and wearing it with low-slung jeans, add a high-waisted wide-leg trouser that only reveals a sliver of skin. The pants create a long, elegant line, especially when worn with stacked-heel platforms. And to really make the look special and sophisticated, you can add a clutch, sleek bun and delicate earrings.

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Miley Cyrus’s VMAs Outfits, Ranked From Bad to Worse

A spangly, naked top-ten list.

Miley Cyrus wore ten looks last night while hosting the VMAs. Were they good? Were they bad? Do the words good and bad even have meaning when you're talking the woman who recently wore nipple pasties to a talk-show appearance? This is a topsy-turvy aesthetic universe we've entered, where all the shoes are go-go boots, and a card with a hole for your head can count as a dress if you just believe in it hard enough.

Still, it is possible to ascertain which of these costumes were delightful and which just didn't work. In the slideshow below, we have attempted to rank all ten looks from best to worst. Or, worst to not-so-bad. Click through at your own peril.

The Best, Worst, and Craziest Looks on the VMAs Red Carpet

From Miley Cyrus to FKA Twigs.

Between Kanye West announcing his 2020 presidential candidacy and Nicki Minaj calling out Miley Cyrus, the 2015 VMAs involved enough made-for-Twitter moments to eclipse any conversation about the red carpet. But it's not as if the red carpet was boring — this was the year, after all, that MTV asked Jeremy Scott, who knows a thing or two about spectacle, to redesign the show's signature Moon Man trophy. Scott might be exactly the man to represent the show's nexus of high fashion and high absurdity, the place on the Venn diagram where Hailee Steinfeld's sophisticated Stella McCartney pantsuit overlaps with Miley Cyrus's vagina chandelier.

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Justin Bieber’s New Hair Is Making His Fans Nauseous

People are not reacting well to his new haircut.

The most dedicated Beliebers on Twitter are having powerful reactions to Justin Bieber's new Kate Gosselin–meets-Skrillrex hair. And it's too bad they don't have access to Kim Kardashian's morning-sickness drugs, because the most popular reaction seems to involve throwing up. But as the man-child himself once said: "Change is uncomfortable. Write that down." Here are some of the strongest and funniest Twitter reactions to his new hair. Martha Stewart has not yet weighed in. 

Now That She Has Nobody’s Attention, Kim K. Has Something to Tell You

The star made good with the FDA during the VMAs.

Now that your Instagram and Twitter feeds are clogged with celebrity photos from the VMAs, Kim Kardashian has something very important to tell you: Do not take Diclegis if you are allergic to doxylamine succinate, other ethanolamine derivative antihistamines, pyridoxine hydrochloride, or any of the ingredients in Diclegis. You should also not take Diclegis in combination with medicines called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), as these medicines can intensify and prolong the adverse CNS effects of Diclegis.

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50 Years of Fashion’s Sexiest Calendar (NSFW)

A look back at the Pirelli Calendar.

The list of those who have been involved with the Pirelli Calendar could also read as a roundup of the great models and photographers of the last few decades: Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Iman, Cindy Crawford, Karlie Kloss, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber, Helmut Newton, Peter Lindbergh. Since the Italian tire company started producing its promotional calendar as a way to advertise to car dealers in 1962, it’s become somewhat of a cultural institution. Photographer Patrick Demarchelier has called it the most prestigious calendar in the world: “Every girl we pick says yes.”

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Is Joe Biden Getting a Gender Advantage?

His record is fairly similar to Hillary Clinton's, yet he gets all the love — and very little hate.

We have reached an instructive moment in 2016’s presidential race, and we have Joe Biden to thank for it. Reactions to the imaginatively ascendant campaign of our vice-president offer a view of the very different ways the American media evaluates very similar candidates, especially when one of them is, well, not a woman.

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Study: Older Sisters Weigh More

Being firstborn isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Here's something new to bicker about with your sister: A study published in Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health found that firstborn girls weigh more as adults than their second-born sisters.

Researchers analyzed data from the Swedish Birth Register on more than 13,400 non-twin pairs who became mothers themselves. Their weight was recorded right after they were born and again at their initial prenatal appointment, between 10 and 12 weeks into pregnancy. Firstborn sisters weighed slightly less at birth than their younger sibs but had a 2.5 percent higher body mass index (BMI) early in pregnancy — 24.4 versus 23.8. That seems small, but they were also 29 percent more likely to be overweight and 40 percent more likely to be obese, and the researchers said this study supports similar findings on male birth order and weight. (Though it's worth noting that the sisters' adult weights weren't necessarily recorded at the same age, just when they were pregnant.)

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Why Rape Trials Like St. Paul’s Are So Rare

The jury debated questions of consent, and that's actually pretty rare in a courtroom.

On Friday, a New Hampshire jury of nine men and three women found former St. Paul's School senior Owen Labrie not guilty of felony sexual assault. The story that landed Labrie there is a deeply familiar one, even to those of us who didn't attend elite prep schools: an older boy wooing a younger girl, a younger girl struggling to say no while still remaining polite and respectful. Though the jury ultimately decided that the victim did not clearly indicate by speech or conduct that she did not freely consent, as required by New Hampshire law, there is one heartening takeaway from the trial: that the jury was discussing consent at all.

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I Had a Kid. Will My Bladder Ever Be Normal?

Is everybody peeing in their pants as much as me?

It would be easy to think that incontinence is an old person’s problem. But it affects younger women more than we realize: Two out of five women under 60 have some leakage, says Jill Rabin, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and author of Mind Over BladderOften, the problem isn't having to go suddenly (a.k.a. urge incontinence), but situational incontinence caused by movements like coughing, sneezing, working out, or even having sex.

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Dakota Johnson and Liv Tyler Partied Together

Plus: Kendall Jenner, Jenna Lyons, Owen Wilson, and more in this week's roundup.

Like many things, this week's parties started with the Kardashians: On Monday, Kendall and Kylie Jenner headed to Malibu to celebrate Kris's cover of Haute Living. The next night, in New York, Misty Copeland celebrated her Broadway debut in On the Town with Taye Diggs and Josh Groban. On Wednesday, several generations of cool got together in New York for the 45th anniversary of Electric Lady Studios, which had Patti Smith playing her entire Horses album for a crowd that included Alexa Chung, Dakota Johnson, Natasha Lyonne, Liv Tyler, and Michael Stipe. Click through the slideshow to see all that and more from this week's parties, including Jenna Lyons, Serena Williams, Leandra Medine, and a lurking Luke Wilson.

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