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Rihanna Is Maybe, Probably, Launching a Makeup Line

Just not in the next Four Five Seconds. 

Rihanna is doubling down on her nascent fashion and beauty empire and launching her own makeup line, reports Refinery29 — as soon as she finds the time. The singer, who registered the business with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office as Fenty Beauty, explains:

"That is definitely something I am going to have my hands on and would love to do. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, but I’ve always had so much on my hands. But, this time, I’m going to make sure it happens. I'm going to find some time between albums and fragrance to do that. I promise."

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Celebrate Your Relationship’s End With a Divorce Selfie

Much more entertaining than #shesaidyes.

There are several ways to commemorate the end of a relationship on social media: Post a text card with an appropriately inspirational or angry or sad quote. Post a crying selfie with a lengthy diatribe about how hurt you are and a vague reference to that person who hurt you (you know who you are). Unfriend, unfollow, refriend, refollow, and repeat as necessary. Or you can get ahead of the situation, pop a divorce selfie, and show everyone how amicable and photogenic your split is.

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Is Running Electricity Through Your Face the Secret to Youth?

All about the microcurrent facial.

Letting someone else run electricity through my face is a surprisingly calming experience. I’m supine, my feet propped on a goose-down pillow, wrapped in a teddy-bear-soft blanket with the air-conditioning pumped high, as Miranda Kerr’s esthetician Ildi Pekar directs microcurrents of electricity through my face. The microcurrent machine has two prongs attached to silver balls. She moves one prong along my cheekbones, pausing for a minute before gliding along to my jaw and forehead and then settling around my eyes.

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Watch Johnny Depp Hallucinate a Buffalo

In his first-ever fragrance commercial for Dior. 

In one of the more unique fragrance campaigns since Brad Pitt's Chanel No.5 ad, today Dior released Johnny Depp's intriguing yet puzzling new commercial for the scent Sauvage. Directed by the French fashion photographer and music-video pro Jean-Baptiste Mondino — and yes, by the way, you do want to watch the entire director's cut — the ad takes Depp on a dizzying journey reminiscent of a peyote fever dream (or the time Homer Simpson ate Guatemalan insanity peppers). Click to watch him encounter a hallucinatory buffalo, bury all his man-jewelry in the desert, and get tears in his guyliner. It's magic. 

33 Affordable Shoes You’ll Want for Fall

From colorful flats to luxe suede pumps.

From a chic everyday ankle boot to a pair of low-heeled shoes that will boss up your work wardrobe, here are the best shoes for ushering in Pumpkin Spice Latte season without having to get a second job. If you're looking for a lace-up shoe with personality, step into Miista's felt brogues, complete with a cheery orange pom-pom to brighten up any dull fall color palette. If you want to take on the season's non-grungy mary janes, try Topshop's sleek patent-leather style. And if you want stacked-heel boots, you can find them in every color, including selections with a lower heel that won't kill you feet. Click ahead to shop the styles — most of them well under $300 — or check out our roundup of the chicest fall shoes regardless of your budget.

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Black Caviar Bracelets to Stack in Your Dreams

A stackable bracelet set worth the investment. 

Ceramic is not the first material that comes to mind when you think of fine jewelry, but LAGOS's revamped caviar bracelets are more luxe than arts and crafts. The new collection uses smooth ceramic "caviar" beads to add texture to 18-carat gold and diamonds. "I love the smooth finish of ceramic and the color choices it offers," said founder and creative director Steve Lagos. "Ceramic widened the design scope for us in many ways."

All of the pieces feature a signature LAGOS bracelet clasp that allows for a better fit over the wrist and makes the bangles easy to stack. They're clearly an investment buy, but look at it this way: When you pass these on to your kids as an heirloom someday, they might actually appreciate it.

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Big Bad Rent Boys, Sad Little Call Girls, and the Language of Sex Work

The language of decriminalizing sex work.

Sex-industry activists have a parlor game: Every time a story about the horrors befalling female prostitutes appears alongside an illustration of a woman’s bare back or a stock photo of high heels against a neon backdrop, there’s a virtual fist-bump. Here they go again — mainstream media offering visual titillation with a side of moral rebuke.

Contrast that with the typical image accompanying major media coverage about last week’s Department of Homeland Security raid on the Manhattan office of long-standing male-escort site Rentboy: a bunch of nondescript dudes in NYPD windbreakers (and one cool-looking chick in aviator shades) standing watch while other nondescript dudes in Department of Homeland Security polo shirts haul cardboard file boxes out of a nondescript New York City building.

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Janet Jackson Is Ready for Her Comeback

It includes gold chains, Missy Elliott, and a six-month world tour.

Janet Jackson is about to release her first album in seven years, and she's not messing around. Last night, the 49-year-old singer kicked off her six-month Unbreakable World Tour in Vancouver wearing a removable chain-harness contraption atop a gold shirt and white harem pants, swinging her long curls around as she sang new songs with samples from Missy Eliott and Kendrick Lamar. Welcome back, Miss J. We missed you.

Why We’re Treating Parenting Like Shift Work

On raising kids as a tag-team effort.

It’s 8 a.m., and I’m due across town. The school bell will ring in ten, but all three kids are shoeless, and yogurt streaks glisten on my toddler’s face. My firefighter husband was supposed to be home 30 minutes ago so I could get to this meeting, but his relief arrived late. I hustle the big kids off to school, grab my coffee (especially important since I was up late working), and pack my youngest in the car. I meet up with my husband, pass the baby over to him like the baton in an obstacle-filled relay race, and, waving out the window, head to my appointment. It feels like the opening scene of a harried-working-family sitcom, without the laugh track and the hair-and-makeup team.

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Theo James on Eyebrows and Manscaping

The Divergent actor is the new face of Hugo Boss.

Like many actors, Theo James says he doesn't care much about how he looks — but he certainly cares about what he smells like. The Divergent actor, whose Boss the Scent ads were released today, sat down with the Cut a few months ago to talk about his grooming routine. Below, James tells us about his most poignant scent memories, his love of shaving, and his experience filming the Hugo Boss campaign under the watchful eye of producer Darren Aronofsky.

"You definitely have to go in a bit of a headspace where your friends would call you a dickhead if they saw you doing it." »

The Man Deciding Whether to Cheat on His Sexless Relationship

This week’s sex diary.

New York's Sex Diaries series asks anonymous city dwellers to record a week in their sex lives — with comic, tragic, often sexy, and always revealing results. This summer, the Sex Diaries will appear on the Cut as a special edition. Check back Tuesdays for your weekly peek behind doors left slightly ajar.

This week, a marketing exec in a long-term relationship with a woman who has a self-diagnosed low sex drive: male, 31, West Village, straight.

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Teen Suicide in Japan Rises at School-Year Start

The saddest day of the year.

A new report published by CNN reveals that the first day of school in Japan (typically September 1) is the worst day of the year for teen suicides in that country. After the Japanese office of suicide prevention collected data from over 40 years, they discovered that teens under 18 were killing themselves at a much higher rate in the beginning of September than at any other time during the year. 

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Givenchy Makes the Ultimate Populist Move

Its upcoming show in New York will be open to the public.

Riccardo Tisci wants you to join his Givenchy fam. Women's Wear Daily reports that the designer is opening up his Givenchy show in New York next week to 1,200 regular Joes. Tisci is working closely with the city on distributing the tickets, 280 of which will go to local fashion students and teachers. While the venue hasn't been announced yet — presumably it's somewhere huge enough to accommodate an arena-size crowd — we do know that perennial Tisci collaborator Marina Abramovic will be involved. It's not Tisci's first flirtation with the concept — during Paris men's week a few months ago, the brand tried announcing its location early on social media to ensure an eager crowd would gather at the venue. CEO Philippe Fortunato called it "a form of rehearsal" for New York Fashion Week.

What would it mean for fashion to truly open itself up to the public? »

What You Should Know About Statutory-Rape Laws

In light of the St. Paul's verdict, a look at the complicated prosecution of sex with minors.

Last Friday, a New Hampshire jury found Owen Labrie — the St. Paul’s School graduate who was accused of a raping a then-15-year-old freshman girl — not guilty on three counts of felony rape. However, he was found guilty of four sexual-assault misdemeanors, including three counts of statutory rape involving penetrating a minor with his penis, mouth, and finger.

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Hillary Clinton Deals With Sexism at Work, Too

There are ogreish men everywhere.

After the State Department made public a new batch of declassified Hillary Clinton emails on Monday night, the insights regarding Clinton's time as secretary of State keep coming in. In an email from the presidential hopeful's longtime aide Philippe Reines, it was revealed that even a woman with that much power can experience "ogrish" sexism in the workplace.

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Pope Says ‘Contrite’ Women May Be Forgiven for Having Abortions

Catholic priests will be allowed to absolve women of the sin of abortion. 

In a letter published Tuesday by the Vatican, the Pope said that he will give priests the power to absolve women of the sin of having an abortion, as long as they are contrite. (No word on how said contrition will be measured.)

"I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision," he wrote in the letter. "What has happened is profoundly unjust; yet only understanding the truth of it can enable one not to lose hope."

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Meet the Bridal Designer Who Knows What Millennials Want

Katharine Polk of Houghton discusses her female icons and the '90s references that inspire her designs.

In a year when crop tops, floor-length capes, and jumpsuits were considered on-trend for a modern bride, Houghton — the New York–based brand created in 2012 by designer Katharine Polk — has forged its own path in offering alternatives to traditional bridalwear. Or, as the designer herself calls it, “ready-to-wear you can get married in.”

Named as a tribute to Katharine Hepburn — whose middle name was Houghton — the brand draws inspiration from the Hollywood icon's nonchalant aesthetic. At Houghton’s gypsy-inspired April bridal show, highlights included a floral wide-leg jumpsuit (worn with a shearling gilet), a sleeveless metallic sequined sheath, and a dreamy fluted pink halter-neck gown. There were even a few oversize, minimal men's looks in the mix, for the groom who loves Public School. The collection was bold, radical, even, in the context of New York Bridal Week, usually the province of floaty, hyperfeminine white gowns. 

Polk is currently readying herself for two fashion shows and a M.A.C collaboration. »

Hillary Clinton Is Winning the Fashion Schmoozing Race

By a landslide.

For the past two election cycles, Barack Obama was fashion’s undisputed candidate of choice, championed in particular by top bundler Anna Wintour. The Vogue editor-in-chief might as well have been his campaign manager: She hosted multiple fund-raising dinners for Obama, marshaled everyone from Marc Jacobs to Proenza Schouler to Narciso Rodriguez to design items for his Runway to Win initiative, and put him on the cover of Men’s Vogue (R.I.P.) twice. Of course, it didn’t hurt that Michelle Obama has been a First Lady fashion plate on the order of Jackie Kennedy or Nancy Reagan, drawing attention to young American designers with her much-chronicled wardrobe choices.

But as politics moves on, fashion is redirecting its energies toward Hillary Clinton. Yes, she's been vilified for her pantsuits, but now the industry is throwing out its spindly arms to her. Whatever sartorial sins she has committed in the past — scrunchies, blazers in the hues of an Edible Arrangement — consider them absolved. (As much as fashion’s crunchy, Birkenstock- and Teva-loving moment continues apace, it doesn’t seem that Bernie Sanders — the Vermont Country Store of candidates — will be the beneficiary of any of that affection.)

It’s hardly a shocker that the fashion industry would support the female Democratic front-runner, but Clinton is excelling even by that standard. »

See Lisa Frank’s Early Paintings

Nary a dolphin or unicorn!

Before her signature designs became the desired school-supply motif of children the world over, Lisa Frank was just another artist with Pop Art influences and fancy art-school training. In a great and rare interview with Foundations, Frank discusses her career beginnings and shares examples of the early, colorful, acrylic paintings that were the hallmark of her PD (pre-dolphin) period.

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