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Madewell’s French-Girl Collaboration Launches Today

The retailer teamed up with Paris-based label Sézane.

Our collective hunger for becoming French shows no signs of abating: See Maje, Sandro, Iro, Le Pain Quotidien, lymphatic drainage, manuals about how to become French, and so forth. Madewell, which has never been averse to a French slogan (Bien Fait, C'est Bon, etc.) collaborated with the brand Sézane, designed by Paris-based Morgane Sezalory — and even imported a version of her apartment, complete with stacked records and acoustic guitar, into the Madewell showroom. The 14-piece collection, available starting today, includes the label's smash hit "La Superbe" sweatshirt, a crackled tweed car coat, and leopard-accented ankle boots. Promises Sezalory, "The colors are quiet; the heels aren’t too high." You never know, it may just turn you into Julie Delpy yet.

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Enjoy Time Outside

Puff, puff.

Well, well — isn't it funny seeing you here? Oh, hi — just hopping out for a teensy smoke break. Oh, you must be joking, me, too. Great minds, I guess. Uh-huh, great minds. So, this is embarrassing, but I seem to have lost my lighter? Hmm, well — I guess you can use mine? Thanks. Uh-huh. I actually didn't know you knew about this place? Oh, I've been coming here for ages; actually, it's funny, I was going to ask you the same thing. Oh, I've been coming here for — oh, I don't know, like four years? This place wasn't here four years ago, you must be thinking of that other place. No, I'm pretty sure it was right here; I remember cause of the specific brick at my eye-level. Oh, yes, you do have a memory for bricks. That's so nice of you to say — I just, look, I'm sorry if I came off as a little rude, it's just I thought we each were really trying to do our own thing now? We are, we are — this is just the time when I am doing this cigarette-break thing at this specific public space. I know, and you know what — I'm actually glad you're here. You are? I am, yeah. Oh, that's so great — and also I found that lighter you were missing, here it is, I didn't take it or anything. Of course you didn't. Twins? Twins. Cough. Cough.  

25 Famous Women on Their College Lives

Meryl Streep, Mindy Kaling, and more. 

Regardless of where you go, college begins with a "move-in" — into a tiny dorm with a stranger — and ends with a fancy cap-and-gown ceremony. But it’s between these two turning points that all the really life-changing moments happen: the big lectures, the parties, the tailgates, the friendships, the love, the breakups, the meltdowns.

In celebration of the Cut's College Week, read on for a collection of good, bad, and ugly collegiate memories from notable women including Meryl Streep, Mindy Kaling, Michelle Obama . ..and Kourtney Kardashian. 

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Intimate Photos of Oscar de la Renta at Work and at Play

From fittings in the studio to dance parties in Punta Cana.

Oscar de la Renta, who passed away yesterday at 82, may have been in business for almost five decades — but that didn't mean he didn't adapt to the times. He was one of the first designers to amass a large social-media following, after the brand launched the OscarPRGirl Twitter account in 2009. Helmed by his head of communications, Erika Bearman, OscarPRGirl eventually expanded to Tumblr and Instagram (where it now boasts 437,000 followers) and, over the years, gave fans a glimpse inside Oscar's atelier and private life.

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What Sex Will You Have Beneath This Poster?

An art-sex correlation analysis.

Nearly every incoming freshman seeks to be both cool and normal. This means that freshman must decorate their living space (a space that will be seen by others) in a manner that is both cool and normal. And that's why nearly everyone has the same set of posters. They are tried, true, and perfectly suited to people who aspire to get laid.

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Watch: How to Look Less Tired in 1 Quick Step

Wayne Goss teaches us how. 

Everyone knows how to be less tired. You start by getting nine hours of sleep — and finish by not eating an entire bag of pizza Combos and falling into a dark Instagram K-hole of Russian fashion bloggers right before bedtime. But looking less tired requires a light touch, literally. A deft application of highlighter can transform you from panda-eyed to bright-eyed.

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Watch College Roommates Air Secret Grievances at Each Other

We asked roommates to confront each other with their biggest complaints. 

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

Ah, college roommates. In an ideal world, they provide each other with support in the face of academic stress, dance parties when someone is studying too much, and companionship at the lonely dining hall. But of course, we don't live in an ideal world, and the college roommate experience is all too often fraught with passive-aggressive emails, side-eye, and simmering resentment.

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See: A Handwritten Statement From Oscar de la Renta’s Family

A handwritten message to the public.

While the passing of Oscar de la Renta was reported last night, the company had yet to make an official statement on the matter until today, when the brand issued a handwritten statement penned by Alex and Eliza Bolen, the late designer's son-in-law and stepdaughter. (Alex is the company's CEO.) In true de la Renta fashion, the statement is moving, elegant, and old-school in the best possible way.

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It’s Not Censorship to Ignore You

Gamergate exemplifies anti-feminist free-speech paranoia.

Sorting through the claims and counterclaims of Gamergate — the fight between an amorphous collective of male video-game fans and the female developers and critics whom they've harassed — isn't easy. It all began when a young man named Eron Gjoni falsely accused his ex-girlfriend, the indie game developer Zoe Quinn, of sleeping with video-game critics in exchange for favorable coverage, and it picked up steam after video-game writer Anita Sarkeesian received death threats for her unrelated criticism of the ways women are portrayed in video games. (For a detailed overview, read this; plus, this analysis of why it's so hard to pin down Gamergate's goals is here). But the grievance that rallied gamers against Quinn, Sarkeesian, and anyone who defended them is familiar to those who've been closely following feminist debates in the past few years: free speech.

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Blake Lively Swathed Herself in Buttery Yellow

An uncomfortable-looking approach to maternity wear.

After walking around Manhattan in a blanket on Friday, Blake Lively opted for a less cozy approach to maternity dressing at last night’s Angel Ball. The mom-to-be graced the red carpet in a floor-length, snuggly fitted butter-yellow gown. The conspicuous frock, from Gucci’s Cruise collection, also featured a plunging neckline accentuated with snakelike silver trim — glamorous, but decidedly uncomfortable-looking.

The Instagram Generation Goes to College

How women are documenting their undergrad experiences.

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

It’s no secret that the number of women in college has been steadily growing over the past years; according to data released this spring by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 68.4 percent of 2013 female high-school graduates are currently enrolled in college. They’re also unprecedentedly prolific recorders of their own experiences — a Pew survey from last year found that 37 percent of college-age adults are on Instagram. With this in mind, we combed through the Instagram accounts of college women across the country — from LSU cheerleaders and Princeton sorority girls to black-lipstick wearers at Parsons — to see how they are documenting their undergraduate experiences. The varied results function almost as a contemporary reimagining of Jerry Mason's 1979 photo anthology The Family of Woman (which was itself a response to MoMA's seminal 1955 exhibition, "The Family of Man"), providing a poignant look at women from all walks of life.

Click through the slideshow for a look at the self-recorded experiences of students across the country, including dancers rehearsing at Juilliard, curated studio selfies from CalArts, a makeshift hallway Slip 'N Slide at Smith, and engagement announcements from BYU.

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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