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  • Yesterday at 5:30 PM

See a Baby Chloë Sevigny and Marc Jacobs Go Grunge

In Sonic Youth's "Sugar Kane" video.

Chloë Sevigny was a high-school senior (and former Sassy star intern), not a movie star, when she starred in Sonic Youth's video for "Sugar Kane." The rest of the production, directed by Nick Egan, had a similarly DIY, thrown-together (in a good way) feeling. Marc Jacobs lent out his showroom and some of his favorite models (sporting his infamous grunge collection) for the video shoot. The result was a collaboration of epic proportions, long before that word was co-opted by corporate synergy.

  • Yesterday at 5:20 PM

Real Talk About Post-Baby Bodies, Courtesy of Olivia Wilde

A belly like a "partially deflated pool toy."

In the latest issue of Shape, Olivia Wilde — looking rather fit — claims she’s “not in perfect shape.” In lieu of a traditional profile, the magazine let Wilde write about her post-baby body. Sick of the focus on women quickly bouncing back after pregnancy, the mother of an 11-month-old boy wrote, “I'm softer than I've ever been, including that unfortunate semester in high school when I simultaneously discovered Krispy Kreme and pot.”

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Female Tech Workers Are Thanking Ellen Pao

They took out a full-page newspaper ad.

A jury ruled against Ellen Pao in the retaliation suit she filed against Kleiner Perkins Caufiled & Byers over gender discrimination — but her fellow tech workers don't see it as a loss. In the days after the verdict was announced, female tech workers took out a full-page ad on the Palo Alto Daily Post as a way to commend Pao for raising issues of gender discrimination and the lack of female employees in the Valley.

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All the Megastars at Chanel’s Salzburg Party

Beyoncé, Pharrell, Dakota Fanning, and more.

Handsome, genteel men in suits passed cranberry drinks with sprigs of rosemary, elegant flutes of French Champange, and delicate, caviar-inflected hors d'oeuvre last night at the Park Avenue Armory, where some of New York's finest celebrities arrived to celebrate Chanel's lederhosen-heavy pre-fall 2015 collection. The crowd slowly found their way to their seats, each in color-coded rooms with corresponding floral arrangements — lavender, burgundy, baby blue, gold. An entire mansion had been constructed in a warehouse in New Jersey, then transported and reconstructed inside the cavernous armory space. While megamodels like Kendall Jenner and Stella Tennant strode out in fanciful, feathered couture, attendees were momentarily transported to Habsburg Germany, the inspiration for the collection. After the wild show, doors in the burgundy room opened, revealing a full bar, dance floor, and stage. Bedecked in tweeds and pearls, clients of Chanel mingled with young scenesters, models, fashion editors, and seasoned fashion-industry veterans. Pretzels in the shapes of the double-C logo were consumed and Instagrammed with equal gusto.

Click through our slideshow for a glimpse at the guest list, from Beyoncé to Patti Smith to Pharrell, who debuted a new hat and performed a song with Cara Delevingne.

We Should All Have Friends in Bands to Write Our Breakup Anthems

Talking to Stina Marie Claire Tweeddale and Cat Myers of Honeyblood.

The last weekend of this miserably cold March, the two-piece Scottish band Honeyblood was perching outside a Boston bar-venue. An extremely loud dude-band sound-checking mercilessly and endlessly had driven us outside. A gruff, punctilious bouncer chased us out and ushered our beers back into the bar. As it happens, dealing with annoying men who don’t know how annoying they are is Honeyblood’s post-riot-grrrl purview.

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  • Yesterday at 3:30 PM

Grunge Fashion Officially Made Androgyny No Big Deal

Kurt Cobain and his ilk had a big impact on gender politics.

The set of an MTV interview, 1991: Kurt Cobain is practically crowding his bandmate Krist Novoselic off the couch, wearing a yellow gown with foot-wide shoulders, the kind of thing Lady Gaga might do one of her paparazzi-driven perp walks in. When he gets a little too close, Novoselic playfully slaps Cobain, uttering a bro-ish “Dook!”

Rock-star androgyny was already well-trod territory by the time Cobain started trying it out. But most of it read campy, like U2 posing in drag-queen getups on the sleeve of Achtung Baby, looking like frat boys acting on a rush dare. Or, if it wasn't a jokey one-off, it came packaged with a stage persona, as with David Bowie or Prince. Cobain’s version was different. He didn't opt for sequins or marabou. He’d throw on a floral housedress or a pair of '50s-style sunglasses that flared out like the fins on a vintage convertible. 

"Men in bands wearing dresses isn’t controversial anymore.” »

Ask Polly: Can I Be Friends With My Ex Now That I’m Married?

Yes, but ask yourself why you want to be.

Dear Polly,

I am 29, recently married to a wonderful man I knew I wanted to spend my life with just weeks after meeting. We met when we were both 25, three years after I broke up with my college boyfriend, whom I dated for four years. At that time, I was still very close with my ex. Though we lived in different cities (the reason for our breakup), we talked on the phone regularly, saw each other whenever we found ourselves in the same place, and kept close tabs on each other's love life. There was a kind of possessiveness to it, a feeling that we both wanted to be each other's go-to person, even if we weren't together. We both dated other people during those three years, but he was still my first phone call when my grandfather had a stroke, and when I got my first job offer.

That changed when I met and moved in with my now-husband. »
  • Yesterday at 1:30 PM

The Model Who Exemplified Grunge Style

Talking to Sibyl Buck about her flame-haired, Nirvana-listening, skateboard-riding modeling years.

When Sibyl Buck first moved to Paris in 1991 to work as a model, she looked, as she describes it, pretty much the same as all the other girls: long brown hair, leggings, heels. But the look didn’t suit her: She was a flannel-wearing, bass-playing skateboarder, and her hair had been dyed bright red for as long as she could remember. A year after moving to France, she decided to dye her hair again, asking the colorist for “brake-light red.” Though her agents fretted she had ruined her career, the opposite turned out to be true. With flaming-red locks and septum and tongue piercings, she became an icon of grunge style — and a distinctive staple in shows by designers like Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Alexander McQueen, and John Galliano. Her defiant, non-commerical look--which in later years would include bright-red dreadlocks--set her apart from the standard mold of '90s supermodels like Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington, and made her a hit with Parisian designers keen to inject some edge into their collections (she remains a popular grunge icon on Tumblr and Pinterest). The Cut spoke with Buck — who left the fashion industry in 1997, and is now a musician in Topanga Canyon, California — about her relationship to grunge style and what it was like to see it co-opted on the runway--and eventually trickle down to the mass market.

"Nineteen ninety was the first year that I heard the word grunge, and I had been dressing like that for years." »
  • Yesterday at 12:40 PM

Millennials Have Surprisingly Conservative Views on Sex

40 percent believe being gay is morally wrong.

Along with their reputation for narcissism and unemployability, millennials are also widely believed to be tolerant. But it turns out that last bit may be wrong: A large survey performed by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) just found that millennials are actually rather conservative about sex and sexuality. The study polled 2,300 Americans between the ages of 18 and 35, finding nearly 40 percent of young people polled believe homosexuality is always morally wrong. 38 percent were concerned about the morality of sex between people in noncommitted relationships.

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A Shiny Parka to Combat Gloomy April Days

It's definitely not utilitarian.

Shedding your winter parka is one step toward becoming a rejuvenated, happy spring butterfly. If you're still on the hunt for a cheery, lightweight jacket that serves as a seasonal palate cleanser, consider this striped number. With its shiny pattern, the piece is unusual and eye-catching —  worn with jeans or tossed over a white dress, it will be your statement piece for the season. Reach for it during a gloomy April day or let its glittery bits sparkle under the bright May sunshine.

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Exclusive: Your First Look at the Times’ New ‘Men’s Style’ Section

Emoji etiquette, male beauty secrets, and more.

This Friday, the debut edition of the "Men’s Style" section will appear in the New York Times, marking the first time in 10 years the paper has launched a new print section.

“The men’s market is very hot right now,” says Brendan Monaghan, NYT’s vice-president of luxury advertising. “Last year, we saw a 30 percent increase in men’s related ads in the newspaper, T, and digital combined. The demand for this is huge.” The paper had originally planned to do a 12-to-14-page issue, but owing to overwhelming advertiser interest, they topped out at 32 pages.

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Gap and Levi’s Speak Out on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law

"These laws turn back the clock on equality."

Criticism of Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act is growing rapidly, and now fashion is joining the fray. The CEOs of Gap Inc. and Levi’s, Art Peck and Chip Bergh, made a joint statement against the law this morning. The bill is technically in place to allow U.S. citizens to practice their religion without the interference of the government, but Peck and Bergh say that it’s “bad for business” and “fundamentally wrong.”

"We’re urging state legislatures to stand up for equality by repealing and voting against these discriminatory laws,” say Peck and Bergh. »
  • Yesterday at 11:30 AM

Kathleen Hanna Thought Marc Jacobs’s Grunge Collection Was ‘Cool and Fucked-Up at the Same Time’

"It was just a made-up media conception and a fantasy."

I was actually really pissed when I saw it. I was really young and idealistic and it was an official sign that they were commercializing the scene that I was in. But, then I thought it was interesting at the same time. I really had mixed feelings about it. Like grunge is where I lived, which was the Pacific Northwest, and it wasn’t really a real “thing.” We weren't walking around calling it grunge. It was just a made-up media conception and a fantasy. None of these bands thought they had anything in common with each other. No one was trying to make a fashion statement, it was like … Hey, this is just what we wear. Then it was like … Oh, plaid, and these kinds of skirts and tops. And my friends were into the feminist thing, so we weren't dressing like that. We were trying to take over the idea of creating the childhood we never had, so we dressed like weird fucked-up kids.

"We were like, 'So now some weird highfalutin fashion designer in New York is calling this grunge.'" »

Everything We Know About the Second Royal Baby

Sequels are for true fans.

With the hope this news neither shocks nor jolts you, let us issue a quick reminder to the general public: Kate Middleton’s elegant maternity coats contain a baby inside of them.

Oh, it’s true. It’s also not interesting. With the birth of Royal Baby George in 2013, the world peaked with frenzy about the birth of a kid not related to them. Two years later, a second royal baby approaches a jaded, inattentive world. No one can be bothered to drum up the hype.

You're not interested, so let's keep it brief. Here's a very short primer on Royal Baby, the Sequel:

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Do We Really Need Another White Guy Talk Show?

Chatting with co-host Grace Parra.

White Guy Talk Show, Fuse's new late-night show, is not quite as advertised: Saurin Choksi and Grace Parra, its two hosts, are decidedly not white guys.

Parra is the youngest child of Mexican parents who immigrated to the United States. She grew up outside of Houston where she attended Catholic school and started an all-girl rock band. After graduating from Columbia, she worked as an assistant at Late Night With Conan O’Brien before moving to L.A., where she wrote for several shows (like Glory Days and Work It).

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Can Cells From a Baby’s Foreskin Give You Youthful Skin?

That's the promise of a high-end new facial treatment.

In a tiny room inside an Upper East Side dermatologist's office, I'm attempting to regain my youth. Or, at the very least, look better. I've come to try the HydraFacial, a multistep treatment that promises to erase wrinkles, reverse sun damage, lighten dark spots, and prevent acne. All of these transformations come from one key innovation — using stem cells from an infant's foreskin to trick skin into behaving young again.

Why foreskin? Dr. Gail Naughton, a leader in regenerative science — she developed technology to grow human tissues and organs outside the body — explains it this way: When we're born, our skin is in its best shape. Our cells naturally secrete proteins known as growth factors "that keep the cells healthy and stimulate them to divide," Naughton says. As we age, our cells divide at a slower rate, which contribute to the telltale signs of aging, like wrinkles and loss of firmness and luminosity. Growth factors captured from the donated foreskin of a baby (just one can generate over a million treatments) are at their peak ability in promoting rapid cell turnover. Applied topically, they spur adult skin cells to regenerate. This is said to have a smoothing effect on the skin.

I'm here to see if the process actually works — specifically, on my nasolabial folds, the hereditary creases that stretch from my nose to my mouth. I'm told that three HydraFacial treatments will smooth the creases into near invisibility.

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  • Yesterday at 9:30 AM

Changing My Mind About Marc Jacobs’s Grunge Collection

I panned it at the time; here's why I'm revisiting that stance.

In a business where you’re only as good as your last collection, Marc Jacobs will always be remembered for one moment: the night he did grunge. It was November 3, 1992, in the elegant showroom of Perry Ellis, the lights of Seventh Avenue twinkling through the tall windows on the assembly of editors and buyers. Although Jacobs could hardly have known it, this was the show that would define him as an edgy, youth-minded designer. Up to then, he had been all false starts. Brought in four years earlier, at age 25, to restore Perry Ellis’s offbeat sportswear look, Jacobs had largely failed to please anyone — least of all himself. On that night, though, he was never more certain of what he wanted, and what he thought was beautiful and cool. But as Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, and the other supers stomped out to the clang of L7’s “Pretend We’re Dead,” in Doc Marten boots and Converse sneakers, with knitted caps and granny dresses and dingy plaid shirts layered over striped knits and cartoon T-shirts, it looked as if Jacobs had not designed any new clothes so much as raided every thrift shop from here to Seattle. As far as the reviews were concerned, Jacobs was dead. Within a few months, Perry Ellis let him go and shut down the line.

More than 20 years on, I find myself questioning my own reaction to the show, the violet-scented peevishness of my tone. »
  • Yesterday at 9:15 AM

Get to Know the ‘It’s Vintage’ Advisory Panel

They will be lending us their expertise throughout the month.

To launch our fashion history blog, It's Vintage, today, we called on a distinguished panel of advisors, including some of the best fashion critics, historians and industry insiders working today. They will be helping us throughout the month, lending their vast stores of knowledge as we dive into fashion's past.

Meet all of them after the jump. »

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