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Tinder too cliché for you? Uber Pool is the new way to get a date. 

In my seasoned six years of life as a New Yorker, I have — between my friends’ stories and my own — scrutinized every dating scenario there is in the book of courtship. There have been numerous occasions where I’d rather slam my scalp into frozen sand than decode a three y-ed, pre-midnight “heyyy,” and yet I do it because my friends do it for me. By the end of our sessions, we usually feel like we’ve accomplished or established something. Like a riddle has been solved, order has been restored and life can carry on.

But one feature of the dating game continues to stump us. It’s nearly impossible to decode and it is rampant in New York City. But it can’t be limited to this freaky island, so, I ask: why do men take our numbers if they don’t plan to ask us out?

In the name of all those afflicted, I enlisted the help of 30 heteromalesSome were my friends, some were strangers, one was an excuse to con a guy into asking for my number, and the responses were overwhelmingly unanimous and as such can be fractioned into five succinct reasons.

1) Time and place should be considered

If a man gets your number midday after having met you in line at a coffee shop, he’s far more likely to contact you and set up plans than if he’d got your number during last call at a bar.

“You’re in much clearer headspace to tell if there’s a real connection or not,” said a friend we’ll call Montgomery. (Monty for short.) Apparently, men don’t typically peruse the waiting room at the dentist, hoping that the attractive girl reading a decaying copy of Highlights will go home with him. There’s no alcohol involved, no pressure from friends. Just him, you, and the receptionist who’s annoyed you showed up 10 minutes late.

“If we ask for a girl’s number during the day, we really want it. It took balls to ask. We saw something there, and we’re going to use it.”

So why are the stakes lowered at a bar? See number 2.

2) Sobriety Level

Every man, no exception, told me that when asking for a girl’s number out at a bar, there is a 100% chance they’ve been drinking and therefore a high likelihood that they won’t remember crucial details the following day to encourage a follow-up message.

Said one man who didn’t have a preference for his alias so let’s call him Bud Light, “It seems like a great idea at the time, then the next day, you can’t remember what you saved her in your phone as. Or a variety of other details that are usually deemed important when considering asking a girl out. Going on dates is kind of stressful. You want to be absolutely sure you like the girl. If you can’t remember stuff, it’s not worth the risk.”

3) The Getaway 

Some men said they ask for a number in order to end a conversation they don’t want to be having. “It’s an easy out, and you don’t look like dick.” When I said this was childish, one interviewee retorted, “How many times have you told a guy, ‘Be right back, I have to go to the bathroom or find my friend’ to end a convo, and then never returned?”

To which I said, “BRB gotta go to the bathroom. I think my friend’s in there.”

4) The Challenge

Several men said they enjoy the challenge associated with getting numbers. “Guys are going out to meet girls, for sure, but we’re not on the hunt for relationships. Getting a number is like a bit of validation — it says you still have the charm. You’ve got game.”

But to further said game, why don’t they use it?

“It’s sort of like when a dog is chasing his tail. If he caught it, he wouldn’t know what to do with it.”

5) The Fear

On a less chauvinistic plane than point number 4, some men admitted that they’re afraid. Bolstered by liquid courage the night before, they’re back to normal come morning, and just like the rest of us, doubtful and insecure. “What if a girl just gave you her number to end the conversation? To be polite because I asked?” one friend who I will call Ryan Gosling since I’m feeling generous today said. “I mean what if she actually hates me? Or what if I do ask her out, she says yes, and turns out to be a dragon?”

The aforementioned Monty (Montgomery for long) explained that when he does use a woman’s number, he means it. Many of the interviewed agreed, which is simply to say that, we continue to inhabit a city of big green avocados.

Just got dumped? Ugh. This will help. Back in the game and want to know if a guy actually likes you? Read this. (The ironic part: it includes advice on how to break up with someone. He suggests the Band-Aid method.) 

Photo via Tommy Ton for GQ

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There’s a new agent in town for Season 2 of Sam Esmail’s hacker drama Mr. Robot (catch the latest episode tonight on USA). Grace Gummer joins the case as FBI field agent Dominique “Dom” DiPierro, whose mission is to investigate the Evil Corp hack orchestrated by Rami Malek’s character, Elliot Alderson. Luckily, Gummer, who most recently starred in HBO’s Confirmation, is no stranger to mastering intense scenes (she is Meryl Streep’s daughter, after all). We caught up with the actress to get the scoop on what it’s like to hang out with real-life CIA agents and the surprising way she and Malek first met.

Did you watch the show before you got the part?
I didn’t watch the show before I went into the audition. I actually watched it after my audition, and got very excited about it and was really hoping that I’d get the part, otherwise I’d have been disappointed. The show really personally resonated with me.

Did you kind of get hooked after you watched those first couple of episodes of Season 1?
For sure. And as I was getting close to getting the part, I realized I probably had to know what was going on in the first season. So it was a good thing that I watched it. I sort of binged it and listened very carefully. It was funny to watch a show just knowing that you’re going to be on and to listen for all the details. That was cool. And everyone involved is so awesome and welcoming and it was sort of like I’d already been there in a way, because my part is so essential to the storyline—we were already a family.

It seems like a tight-knit group on set. What was your experience like getting to know your castmates?
Well, I knew Rami Malek from the start. We’d worked together on the very first film I did. It was called Larry Crowne with Tom Hanks. We were students together in a class that was taught by Julia Roberts, and we spent all this time together, Rami and I. We would shuffle back and forth together on set. So that was years ago, and I remember hearing that he was on this show, so I texted him immediately when I got this part and told him that we’d be spending a lot of time together, and he was really excited. At the very first table read, we all had to be there for eight hours and read all 10 episodes. Portia Doubleday slipped me her number on a little note, you know, as if we were in class. So ever since then, we’ve all been really close.

RELATED: Your Ultimate Guide to Mr. Robot Season 2

Your character is an FBI agent. Did you get to spend any time with real-life agents to prepare?
I didn’t have to learn too much about the tech side or the hacking side of things, but I did throw myself into the FBI world a little bit. I met with a couple female CIA agents who work in cybercrime at one of the field offices in downtown Manhattan, and that was really helpful and inspiring. I learned a lot about what they do and how they live their lives outside of work. And they’ve been on set a lot, which has been cool because they’ve been giving me like pointers about everything, including how to duck to avoid bullets, how to shoot a gun, how you would say certain things.

What’s it like working with director Sam Esmail?
It’s been so amazing. He’s very specific and he knows what he wants, which is extremely helpful, especially since I’m playing someone who is so different from me. I felt like I had an idea of what this person was in my mind, and then Sam sort of built on top. He trusted my instincts with it, but also gave me a lot of the specifics of what he wanted. He had this person in his mind for a long time, and so we sort of came together with both of our ideas for this person, and I feel like I’m still forming her in my head and my body and I’m really surprising myself every day with this part, because it’s so complex and messy, and strange and out there. It’s so fun.

Most memorable moment on set while shooting Season 2?
I don’t know if I can think of one specific moment, but I just loved working on all of my scenes. I did almost the entire arc of my character in four days. It was an intense week. And by the end, I actually had to go to the emergency room, because I had an accident on set. I pushed myself so hard! Even more, I felt like I could’ve had a concussion, but I wanted to make sure we got the shot. This show just matters so much to me. It feels important and I love my character.

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When you share genetic make-up with Kate Moss, part ruler of the fashion circuit and one of the most famous faces of our time, covet-worthy campaigns and editorial features are likely part of your destiny. At least that’s the case for her half-sister, Lottie Moss. In recent years, the budding model has racked up her fair share of projects, beginning with a Calvin Klein campaign in 2014 and later including appearances in Dazed, Teen Vogue, and W magazine, to name a few. And that’s not all—she also nabbed her very first Vogue Paris cover this past April.

In the wake of her new PacSun denim campaign, we caught up with the British beauty to learn about the latest addition to her portfolio.

Ahead, the younger Moss reveals her favorite pair of jeans from the PacSun line and predicts which denim style will be the most popular this fall.

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There are a lot of ways wearing a bell-sleeve top can improve your everyday life. Hailing a taxi is now an ethereal photo opp. Dancing/flinging your wrists around to Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” in your apartment is decidedly more impressive. Signing the receipt for your awesome new shoes includes a triumphant flourish. These are all just side benefits, though. The real draw for bell sleeves? They are without a doubt the best way to look fashion forward right now.

It’s no secret that the style crowd loves to inject a little drama into their outfits, and the statement sleeve is the ideal way to do so. That’s why I selected them as the inaugural subject for the relaunch of Trend Trial, a series near to my heart, where I test-drive a style that’s currently trending in the fashion world. (For a some context, see my first ever Trend Trial from nearly four years ago!) So without further ado, I present my little primer on how to wear bell-sleeve tops—scroll down to see the three best ways to style them!

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Dakota Johnson just took a trendy denim-on-denim outfit and made it très chic. The actress is in Paris filming her latest movie, Fifty Shades Darker, and stepped out in the most fashion-forward French girl outfit we’ve seen all summer. Is it just us, or are you getting Jane Birkin–style vibes as well? The 26-year-old looked like a young Birkin as she showed off her toned midriff in an elastic-band crop top and matching culottes from Staud. Dakota elevated the casual summer look with black sunglasses, delicate gold jewelry, an Hermés tote, and classic Gucci loafers. Perhaps her time in Paris is influencing her style because this is a standout fashion moment for the actress—and we’re hoping to see more of her off-duty style very soon.

See Dakota’s Parisian-chic ensemble below and keep scrolling to shop her look.

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LONDON, United Kingdom — This season, major brands such as Chanel and Prada bid farewell to staid sophistication and adopted a playful, collage-approach to advertising. Continuing in the spirit of the Spring/Summer 2016 campaigns that championed a DIY quality, a number of brands pushed this aesthetic even further — towards a new kind of digitally inspired campaign imagery.

These collage-like-campaigns might be attributed to the growing popularity of Doug Abrahams, and his Instagram feed BessNYC4. Known for repackaging mainstream advertising into visceral counter-cultural collages, Abrahams has become an important bridge between luxury fashion houses and the digital-native techniques such as splicing, simplistic post-effects and collages. Although Abrahams has already collaborated with the likes of Givenchy, Courrèges, Marc Jacobs and Adidas Originals, it seems his aesthetic is still gathering pace.

Without further ado, please enjoy our Top 10 campaigns of the season. Which did you like most? Let us know in the comments below.

1. Prada — Shot by Steven Meisel, styled by Olivier Rizzo.

Prada Autumn/Winter 2016 | Source: Courtesy

Prada Autumn/Winter 2016 | Source: Courtesy

Prada tapped 27 prominent names to feature in its Autumn/Winter 2016 campaign, shot by longtime collaborator Steven Meisel.  This season features longtime Prada muse Sasha Pivovarova, actress Milla Jovovich and rising star Natalie Westling, along with 24 more known-name faces — each marching towards their futures in front of digitally altered landscapes. The flat digital perfection of landscapes the models are set against — whether starry skies or burning sunrises — forces the viewer to focus on Miuccia Prada’s Autumn/Winter 2016 collection. Described as a “tour de force,” by BoF’s Tim Blanks, the collection tackled pressing themes including the polarization of the rich and the poor, and the imminent threat of mass migration motivated by survival.

2. Chanel — Shot by Karl Lagerfeld, styled by Carine Roitfeld.

Chanel Autumn/Winter 2016 | Source: Courtesy

Chanel Autumn/Winter 2016 | Source: Courtesy

This season, Karl Lagerfeld described his creative vision for the Chanel campaign as “spontaneous.” And spontaneous it is. Signature Chanel motifs, pearls and quilted fabric are interspersed among cut-outs of Mariacarla Boscono and Sarah Brannon. Peace sign emojis and smiley faces appear next to digitally rendered camellias and black and white cutouts of models, creating the Pop-Art aesthetic Lagerfeld incorporates so well into the brand’s classic codes. After a one season hiatus, Carine Roitfeld returns to style the campaign. Another new direction from Karl’s Chanel.

3. Balenciaga — Shot by Mark Borthwick, styled by Lotta Volkova.

Balencaiaga Autumn/Winter 2016 | Source: Courtesy

Balencaiaga Autumn/Winter 2016 | Source: Courtesy

In the first major season campaign since new artistic director Demna Gvasalia took up the creative helm at Balenciaga, Mark Borthwick shot unknown names on location in Paris. Composing the images around a simple mirror resting against an unmarked wall, Borthwick, along with Gvasalia’s long-term styling collaborator Lotta Volkova, creates powerful images using the simplest of props.

4. Coach — Shot by Steven Meisel, styled by Karl Templer.

Coach Autumn/Winter 2016 | Source: Courtesy

Coach Autumn/Winter 2016 | Source: Courtesy

Taking another stride in Coach’s comeback to cool, the brand returns to home to mark their territory with the help of longtime collaborator stylist Karl Templer and New York-based art direction agency Baron Baron. Steven Meisel also returns to the brand after a season hiatus, to capture models such as Rianne Van Rompaey, Jing Wen and Caitie Greene, who are shot against the Manhattan skyline frolicking in a Brooklyn car park filled with vintage cars. While Coach has slowly regained market share and financial success in the accessible luxury sector, previous campaigns read as more cautious campaigns when compared to this autumn’s confident composition.

5. Calvin Klein — Shot by Tyrone Lebon, styled by Grant Woolhead and Max Pearmain.

Calvin Klein Autumn/Winter 2016 | Source: Courtesy

Calvin Klein Autumn/Winter 2016 | Source: Courtesy

From US Vogue’s creative director-at-large Grace Coddington to Hollywood’s newest darling Margot Robbie, Calvin Klein continued to tap ambassadors from across the entertainment and media industry this season — a testament to the brand’s increasing ubiquity and universal appeal. This season features a more elevated narrative; descriptive fill-in-the-blank captions are layered over intimate images creatively directed by Tyrone Lebon, who returns to the brand for the second consecutive season. In recent years, Calvin Klein has taken up a more prominent role in the fashion industry through social media-savvy advertising and clever casting. Within the first four months of their Instagram movement #MyCalvins — which launched in February 2014 — the hashtag garnered 4.5 million interactions, and to date, the Instagram hashtag #MyCalvins has amassed nearly 400,000 images, the majority of which is user-created content.

6. Miu Miu — Shot by Alasdair McLellan, styled by Katie Grand.

Miu MIu Autumn/Winter 2016 | Source: Courtesy

Miu MIu Autumn/Winter 2016 | Source: Courtesy

After a string of more subdued, docu-style campaigns, Miu Miu was looking for “24 hour lived in decadence” this season and chose Houghton Hall — the country seat of the UK’s first prime minister — as its location. The campaign is inspired by the phrase, “any hour for my friends,” which is inscribed on a sundial situated on the grounds of the estate. Styled by Katie Grand, this season features actress Amanda Seyfried and a cast of models including Anna Ewers and Taylor Hill, captured in their revelry by Alasdair McLellan in his debut shoot for the brand. Entitled “Found Narratives,” the campaign follows the cast of characters, including ‘The Whisperer’, ‘The Player’ and ‘The Ingenue’ on a reimagined English country weekend, complete with picnics, croquet — and pearl tiaras.

7. Dior Homme — Shot by Willy Vanderperre, styled by Olivier Rizzo.

Dior Homme Autumn/Winter 2016 | Source: Courtesy

Dior Homme Autumn/Winter 2016 | Source: Courtesy

Artistic director Kris Van Assche continues to reinterpret the Dior Homme brand codes, but adding his own vocabulary through elevated street style silhouettes and styling. For Autumn/Winter 2016, Van Assche handpicked a selection of  “subversive,” ambassadors, in his words, including film director and producer Larry Clark to rapper A$AP Rocky — as well as French actor Rod Paradot and model Dylan Roques. Although Roques was declared by Van Assche as the muse of the season, and walked exclusively for the brand during the last Paris Men’s Fashion Week, the image of A$AP Rocky wearing a vermillion coat, contrasted by Dior’s muted grey branding, is the stand out of the selection.

8. Raf Simons — Shot by Willy Vanderperre, styled by Olivier Rizzo.

Raf Simons Autumn/Winter 2016 | Source: Courtesy

Raf Simons Autumn/Winter 2016 | Source: Courtesy

Raf Simons reconnected with his long-term collaborators Willy Vanderperre, Olivier Rizzo and Luca Lemaire (across styling, modelling and photography), to shoot his eponymous label’s Autumn/Winter 2016 campaign. Filled with shadowy introspection, Simons wanted to convey attitudes, memories and visions for the future — as opposed to the garments themselves. Citing a “preppy victim” as the campaign’s inspiration, the images feature Simons’ idiosyncratic take on exaggerated American sportswear silhouettes, alongside extremely intimate portraiture of Lemaire.

9. Roberto Cavalli  — Shot by Tim Walker, styled by Ellie Grace Cumming and George Cortina.

Roberto Cavalli Autumn/Winter 2016 | Source: Courtesy

Roberto Cavalli Autumn/Winter 2016 | Source: Courtesy

Roberto Cavalli’s second campaign under new creative director Peter Dundas continues the brand’s refinement away from typically sultry and blatantly sensual advertising, starring famous faces including Nicki Minaj. This season, Dundas injected a sense of romance and youth culture into the campaign, commissioning British photographer Tim Walker, best known for his on-location editorial shoots that play with allegory and fantasy, and Ellie Grace Cumming, who began her career as Alasdair McLellan’s assistant. The campaign features models Erik van Gils and Adwoa Aboah, lounging in a blissed-out reverie, clad in fluid silks and crushed velvet. There is a new kind of sexy at Cavalli.

10. Brioni — Shot by Zackery Michael, art directed by Justin O’Shea.

Brioni Autumn/Winter 2016 | Source: Courtesy

Brioni Autumn/Winter 2016 | Source: Courtesy

In his first campaign for Brioni as new creative director, Justin O’Shea gave the classic brand a rock-and-roll facelift by casting Metallica and referencing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody cover composition. Shot by Zackery Michael, the black and white images feature Metallica’s James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo in both group and individual images, suiting up in white formal dinner jackets, bow ties and sunglasses. O’Shea’s radical creative vision has realigned the Italian brand along strictly masculine and mature lines. Surprisingly, the gothic typeface used across the bottom of the images is a reinterpretation of Brioni’s original logo when it was founded in 1945.

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There! Now you know everything about me!*

I never thought twice about how often I consult the various portals that I follow on Instagram to the get the wheels of style in motion before I’m slated to pack for any period of time away. Until! My friend Shiona (who, spoiler alert, only wears crop tops and pencil skirts and as such attempted to style me as a crop top and pencil skirt-wearer, which will culminate in a blog post !!!next week!!!) sent me a text message last Monday to tell me that she had spent 10 minutes scrolling through the Man Repeller feed to get outfit inspiration for an imminent trip. It got me thinking that maybe some of you do that, too, or if you don’t, at least that more of you should do that so in honor of the fantastical weekend that lay ahead, here’s a look at the posts I consulted in order to pack for the next four dayzzzz.

1. Viviana Volpicella in a Vita Kin top, white jeans and clogs

The photo’s vibe: easy, reliable clothes for a Friday night dinner in whatever garden will allow me to nourish myself there.

The takeaway: I have white jeans, I have a peasant blouse, I have a belt and I definitely have clogs. Done!

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2. Natasha Goldenberg in a Celine dress and flatflorms

The photo’s vibe: I ate a quarter pound of cake last night, so I’m wearing the beach chair on my person today, thank-you-very-much.

The takeaway: I can wear long sleeves and a mid-length skirt without looking like a recent modern orthodox Jewish day school grad. Duly noted.

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3. Lisa Marie Fernandez’s Bowery Bear in a branded bikini

The photo’s vibe: Welcome to Croatia (and, also, I ate another quarter pound of cake but I live life with no regrets).

The takeaway: Place is a state of mind. If I can approximate the bathing suit, I can approximate the experience.

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4. Haya Maraka in lace up sandals and short-ass shorts

The photo’s vibe: The supermarket is a great place to test drive shoes that are liable to untie during any given step.

The takeaway: Shorts are hard. They’re not dynamic and they have never once proven themselves as the unsung hero of any number of wardrobes. But lace up sandas and roomy blouses may very well be their sole saving grace.

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5. Aziza Azim, New York Closet veteran, wearing Louis Vuitton resort pumps on an exotic rock

The photo’s vibe: Your denim is only as decadent as the shoes you pair it with.

The takeaway: My denim is only as decadent as the satin shoes I pair it with; Saturday night, Sunday morning, Sunday night, here we come!

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*There is still one thing you don’t know about me: I lie to people and tell them I am allergic to bees in order to justify my manic, decidedly obscene behavior when in their presence.

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