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See Our Exclusive Portfolio From Paris Fashion Week

Another fashion month dispatch from photographer Tomasz Lazar.

With horsesmodels wearing other models, and automated moving platforms, the runways at this season's Paris Fashion Week have defied expectations. Photographer Tomasz Lazar has been taking note for the Cut, catching those moments as well as some close-ups, like the angular fanny packs and de Chirico arches at Kenzo

Click through the slideshow to see his photos from shows like CarvenDries Van Noten, and Vetements — plus detail shots of the ragged blue sweaters and red crushed-velvet at Acne, and at Issey Miyake, posted reminders to have fun.

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Cheap Thrill: Jacquemus’s Tailored T-Shirt

A signature piece from the "It" designer.

Every Monday at the Cut, we're highlighting one great purchase that won't eat up your whole paycheck. If you're looking for something to splurge on instead, check back every Friday for one great purchase that's absolutely worth eating ramen noodles for the rest of eternity. 

If you know anything about fashion golden boy Simon Jacquemus, you know that he’s not only the coolest designer to follow on Instagram right now, but also that he’s more interested in creating “souvenirs” than just simply clothes. Take his signature school-uniform-inspired T-shirt. Far from your plain white tee, it doubles as an unexpected statement piece without the overkill of a blaring print, or a surplus of jewels. Layer it over longer-sleeved options like a sturdy dress shirt or a turtleneck bodysuit, or wear under your new fall jacket.

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Phoebe Philo Does Not Believe in Hair Extensions

About the strong beauty look from Sunday’s show.

If Céline's beauty look last season celebrated strength in individuality, this season celebrated the strength of femininity. The word strong is tossed around a lot in fashion and beauty. No fashion designer is ever designing for the weak-willed, insecure woman. Sometimes, in beauty, that strength is reflected in a sense of masculinity or sexual power in the looks, but Céline took a much subtler approach.

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Free Rob

There's a Rob-shaped hole on the new Cosmo cover.

The cover of Cosmo's 50th anniversary issue is proof of the power of hypnosis: Each of the Kardashians serves their own unique fierceness, attempting to stand apart from each other while still appearing as a cohesive unit, mesmerizing you with their chic bedhead and smoldering eyes. It isn't until you reach Khloé and her shock of blonde hair that you snap out of your Kardashian fever dream and wonder: Where the hell is Rob?

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Astrology GIFs for the Week of October 5, 2015

This week's horoscopes.

Mercury and Saturn combine forces on Tuesday, October 6 to inspire careful work on mental tasks requiring precise thinking and concentration. Get things done on this day, but don't work yourself to the point of exhaustion, which can be a fault of this transit.

Lustful Venus enters innocent Virgo on Thursday, October 8, turning romances frigid. If this is the case, work to reestablish passion.

Mercury stations direct by this weekend, ending a period of retrograde. Problems concerning communication, transport, transit, and technology should improve. Unresolved issues between people are more easily addressed and amended.

Venus and Saturn form hard aspects on Saturday, October 10, so be wary of falling victim to fears about relationships, thinking that they are worse than they are. Saturn often indicates acute dissatisfaction with people who do not live up to rigorous and rigid standards. This time is best for self-reflection and introspection.

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The Big Secret of Every Dating App: Tech Doesn’t Matter

Just like at bars, it's the crowd that counts.

Two years ago, I broke up with my boyfriend and, one month later, became a sex columnist. Since then I have been dating nonstop in every conceivable manner. I have used 15 dating apps personally and half a dozen others on behalf of friends and acquaintances. (I’m either the Cyrano de Bergerac of Grindr or a serial catfisher) I love dating apps. I advocate for them all the time. I steal people’s phones and install dating apps on them when they aren’t looking. But I also think the vast majority of discourse around dating apps — including discourse coming from dating-app designers — is garbage. Every time a new dating app comes out (or an old one gets new features), we talk about its matching algorithm, swiping patterns, protocols, and gimmicks. But I have come to believe that the technology powering any one dating app doesn’t matter at all. The only thing that matters is its users.

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Outfit of the Week: A Smart Way to Layer Basics

One more way to make weekdays easier.

So you've refreshed your basics, but you're still at a loss over how to style them? Here's an idea for a simple-but-chic weekday outfit that you can pull together quickly in the morning. Begin with a crisp, white shirt tucked into gray trousers. This pair is high-waisted and features a slightly thicker waistband, a subtle detail that differentiates the pair from every other low-slung cropped style. With flats (instead of high heels) and a scarf knotted at the neck, this ensemble offers that nonchalant Parisian feel without feeling like a French-girl stereotype.

To really tie it all together, add on another basic: the classic trench coat. Should you prefer the same look at a lower price point, here's a great option. Finish the outfit with a roomy, practical work bag and you're ready for another day at the office.

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Coddington, Kawakubo Star in Interview Portfolio

They were photographed for a sweeping 60-page section by Fabien Baron.

Rei Kawakubo is one of the most rarely photographed designers around, and Grace Coddington tends to stay behind the camera (though she was one of the stars of our latest Fashion Issue shoot with Rachel Feinstein). However, the Comme des Garçons designer and the  legendary stylist  are starring in a portfolio in the October issue of Interview magazine, as part of a 60-page portfolio shot by the magazine's editorial director Fabien Baron and styled by Karl Templer. They join a host of other subjects, including Valentino designers Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri, model Anna Cleveland, French filmmaker Gaspar Noé, and Cindy Crawford's lookalike daughter, Kaia Gerber.

"I rarely publish my work because the work is so personal and close to me," Baron tells the Cut. »

American Apparel Files for Bankruptcy

Current shareholders, including Dov Charney, will no longer control the company.

As it turns out, hiring a CEO who hasn't been accused of a variety of gross behavior wasn't enough to revitalize American Apparel. The New York Times reports that the peddler of crop tops and body suits filed for bankruptcy protection early on Monday morning. The company has massive debts, and the move was predicted several weeks ago after sales fell 17 percent in the second quarter compared to last year. American Apparel lost more than $340 million over the last five years, plus an additional $45 million this year.

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Ellie Kemper Thinks Kimmy Schmidt Would Fit in Well in Greenpoint

Nobody bats an eye at the character’s outfits because “everybody there dresses like that.”

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Ellie Kemper thinks her ferociously positive character would fit right in with Greenpoint hipsters, at least when it comes to her sunny wardrobe.

“We shoot in Greenpoint,” Kemper said, “and I’ll be wearing these clothes, ridiculous clothes in my mind, and I’ll go out to get coffee, and nobody looks twice.”

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Sigourney Weaver on Talking to Ronald Reagan About Abortion Rights

He didn’t want to chat.

Though typically known for portraying some seriously badass women onscreen, it turns out Sigourney Weaver is a total boss in real life, too. On Friday night, Weaver sat down with film critic Anthony Lane at the New Yorker Festival, and recounted one particularly bold interaction she had with President Ronald Reagan at a White House Christmas party.

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This Santa Monica Loft Is a Neon Escape From New York Winters

Where an Upper East Side couple flees when the cold becomes unbearable.

When interior decorator Jessica Ayromloo’s clients, a Manhattan couple with a duplex on the Upper East Side, first visited this Santa Monica loft one block from the beach, it was hard for them to get beyond the stuffy décor. “There were overbearing, floor-to-ceiling drapes everywhere. And so much beige,” Ayromloo says. The owners, who come to L.A. about once every six weeks or so, were going for an industrial, youthful vibe. So Ayromloo commissioned local artists to make installations out of perforated metal and a kitchen island of reclaimed wood. “Because we hired people in the neighborhood, the owners were actually able to meet every person behind their artwork and custom pieces,” Ayromloo says. She installed neon lights for the kitchen and a chandelier made of discarded speakers, and kept the exposed metal piping in the ceilings to create an industrial feel. “Yes, everything feels graphic and cool, but the space is comfortable at heart,” Ayromloo explains. “The couple’s grandkids needed to be able to run across the dining-room banquette. Nothing is too precious.” 

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The Retired Modeling Agent Who Loves Empire

“I started my own agency — we represented Twiggy — but went off to be assistant to the actor Yul Brynner, who was dating my roommate at the time.”

Mary Wikler, Retired

What did you retire from? Well, I had a very checkered career: I moved to New York from New Jersey when I was 18 and worked as a secretary for the BBC. I had a mad crush on Alistair Cooke! I thought I wanted to be a model, so I went to meet with Eileen Ford, who ended up hiring me as her secretary — she fired me after two years because she said I was too slow. 

“I paid $100 a month for a studio on Jane Street.” »

Witness a Photographer’s Affair With Los Angeles

Bruce Davidson captured the city in 1964, and again almost 50 years later. 

A cultural desert with acrid air, bumper-to-bumper freeways, tall palms, and sordid Hollywood types.” That’s how Bruce Davidson says the East Coast intelligentsia saw Los Angeles in 1964, the year Esquire sent him to investigate with a Leica camera.

The photos he took on that trip were brutally honest. They show disgruntled faces behind sunglasses; parking lots and streets packed with motorcycles and Cadillac Coupe de Villes; storefront after storefront of motels, loan offices, jewelers, and toy stores. They weren’t, however, what his editors were looking for. Returned without comment, his prints sat in a box for years, save for a selection published in 1978.

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Bright Coats for Cold Days

New York women in winter's least-boring outerwear, from bright-green alpaca fur to leopard-print mohair. 

Though the days are getting shorter, there's still time to invest in a reliable coat to carry you through the darkest season of the year. This winter, it's worth getting creative with colors, textures, and shape: A coat that's not your average puffer can brighten up your look and help you avoid the snow-season doldrums. We asked 14 New York women to try on some of the best coats of the season, from bright furs to eye-popping prints to clean, modern constructions. Click through the slideshow to see all of our selections.

Photographs by Bobby Doherty. Styling by Rebecca Ramsey. Photo Editor: Emily Shornick. Fashion Assistant: Lori Keong. Hair Stylist: Martin-Christopher Harper @ Platform|nyc. Makeup Artist: Allie Smith.

*Select images from this spread appear in the October 5, 2015 issue of New York Magazine. 

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Céline’s Woman-Friendly Triumph

Phoebe Philo remains in touch with what women want to wear.

Last night, French Vogue celebrated its 95th anniversary — why wait for 100? — with a dance party that drew out Rihanna, Kanye West with his mother-in-law, Kris Jenner, and a beefy posse (followed in by a startled Victoire de Castellane, Dior’s jewelry designer), scads of models in slinky couture spangles, and designers. By midnight it was a big sweaty mess, with the nondancers ascending a staircase to the crush on the second floor, where there were bars, a buffet, and a VIP den. One paneled room contained an enormous model of a luxury shopping complex planned in Qatar, which underwrote the party.

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Sleater-Kinney on Riot Grrl, Reuniting, and Portlandia

10 things we learned from their New Yorker Festival panel.

On Saturday, the elegant Directors Guild Theater was packed to the gills for the New Yorker Festival panel with Sleater-Kinney and staff writer Dana Goodyear. Fans of all ages were eager to see Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss chat about everything from the earliest days in Olympia to the magical city of Portlandia. The panel also featured audio and video clips of the band, as well as their fantastic music video with the Bob’s Burgers gang for their song “A New Wave,” off their first album since going on hiatus in 2006, No Cities to Love. Here are 10 things we learned from the panel:

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