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Simi Polonsky and Chaya Chanin of Frock Swap

On any afternoon in Crown Heights on Kingston Avenue, there are sliver sightings of forearms, the sounds of heels clacking, the humming of stroller wheels, and tribes of young mothers wearing long, tressed wigs. The Brooklyn enclave is home to the Hasidic Jewish sect, Chabad-Lubavitch. Women follow the Torah’s strict laws of modesty or “tznius”–their elbows and collarbones must be covered, they have to wear skirts (not pants) that go past the knee, as well as stockings. Once they are married, women must cover their hair by wearing a wig (a “sheitel”) or a scarf.

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It’s here! It’s here! The Met Ball red carpet is finally underway.

So the fashion is great–though not exactly punk. According to Anna Wintour, though, her florals are punk, in a way: Andrew Bolton, the currator of the exhibit told her that pink was the real color of punk. Hence the color scheme. So there.

Click through to see what everyone from Anna to Rooney Mara to Beyonce to Kim and Kanye and many many more wore.

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When Gwyneth Paltrow hit the red carpet earlier this week wearing a sheer paneled Antonio Berardi dress all we could focus on was her incredibly perky side ass, on display for all to see.

But that dress could have potentially revealed a lot more than Paltrow’s toned-by-Tracy-Anderson rear. Turns out People‘s “Most Beautiful Woman” doesn’t do regular bikini line maintenance, making for a potentially prickly situation, and making us really really like her.

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The Blonds are known for combining couture-level embellishment with Bob Mackie kitsch. The duo’s Swarovski-covered corsets have become signatures for many a pop star (Rihanna, Katy Perry, to name a few).

Designers Phillipe and David Blond’s latest creation was a commission for superstar Beyoncé’s latest world tour, The Mrs. Carter Show, and although the set list provides no new material (sad face), she’s retired her vintage Thierry Mugler for a provocative new number by the pair that’s making news the world over. Yeah, we’re talking about that crazy sparkly boob corset. We chat with the designers about the shocking look, their inspiration behind it, and working for Queen Bey.

Fashionista: Who was the first star to wear one of your design?

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Somehow, in 2013, yet another magazine has decided it would be a good idea to put a Caucasian model in literal blackface for a fashion editorial. This time, the culprit is Vogue Netherlands. (In the recent past, Numéro, L’Officiel and Vogue Paris, have all come under for using blackface.)

Model Querelle Jansen stars in the May 2013 issue’s “Heritage Heroes,” sort of a retrospective editorial of some of Marc Jacobs’s work for Louis Vuitton. The styling of each look is, we guess, somehow meant to illustrate the inspiration of a particular collection. Marc Jacobs found inspiration in African-American cultural icons for his Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 collections–Grace Jones and Josephine Baker, respectively. Vogue Netherlands decided that the best way to convey those inspirations would be with some white models, black face paint and wigs of what looks like black hair, worn throughout. A caption from the editorial translates to “This collection is inspired by the style of the Parisian showgirl Josephine Baker, mixed with tribal influences.”

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Photo: HARRY_LOUIS Instagram

So in case you were wondering whether Marc Jacobs and 25-year-old porn star Harry Louis are still an item, it appears that they are.

To celebrate Jacobs’s impending 50th birthday, the buff duo hit the beach in Rio, Made In Brazil is reporting. They wore suits that leave very, very little (although, um, “little” is not the word we’d use to describe anything about Louis) to the imagination. Louis wore a white Speedo covered with hearts, while Jacobs went for a more demure, yet no less tiny, grey pair. And damn, Marc Jacobs! Ripped at 50.

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L-R: Watson on British GQ, Roberts in Pretty Woman, Nasty Gal

If T Magazine thinks that Valentino’s buttoned-up spring collection has “wiped out a decade of slut style,” it should take note of this: That midriff baring body-con mini Julia Roberts famously wore when she played a hooker named Vivian in Pretty Woman is back–and it’s a best seller.

Emma Watson, promoting her new film Bling Ring and/or her own post-Hermione, post-pixie sexuality, is currently pictured on the latest issue of British GQ donning the infamous look. And an-all black version by clothing brand Tripp NYC, completely sold out at mega-retailers Urban Outfitters, ASOS, and Nasty Gal. Meaning, people are actually buying it. IRL.

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It may not literally be the world’s most expensive t-shirt (since it is not diamond-encrusted), but it’s definitely up there.

And it’s brought to you, unsurprisingly, by the purveyors of all things absurdly expensive and super luxurious, Hermes.

The item is a men’s “chiffon crocodile” t-shirt from the brand’s spring 2013 menswear collection. It’s made with an innovative lightweight dyed crocodile, mind-blowing in both technology and price. The Awl has photographic evidence of it retailing for a whopping $91,500 at the brand’s Madison Avenue men’s store. We know what you’re thinking: Finally! A t-shirt that costs more than a car. Or college education. Or yearly rent.

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Consider this a PSA: Don’t let your friend do downward dog if you can see her ass through her yoga pants.

Yes, this is a real concern.

According to an FAQ posted on its site, Lululemon is recalling 17% of all women’s bottoms in stores–specifically bottoms made from a the retailer’s signature luon fabric, a nylon and Lycra spandex blend–because of excessive sheerness.

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Miranda Priestly did not skimp at Paris Fashion Week.

Though many editors, writers, buyers, and bloggers attend Paris fashion week on an extremely tight budget involving the Paris Metro, Airbnb, and multiple trips to Monoprix for groceries, fashion’s elite–we’re talking the very top of the masthead here–still spend thousands upon thousands of dollars to cover the shows.

While it’s impossible to pin down how much each and every top editor at each and every magazine spends we’ve put together a handy expense report detailing what the average editor at a major magazine submits at the end of these packed nine days. We culled these numbers from the hotels, restaurants, and service providers, then double-checked our tallies with people who have actually taken/organized these trips. (We heard from a very reliable source, for instance, that the cost for one top editor at a big glossy to attend London, Milan, and Paris fashion weeks reached near $50,000).

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