Vetements, Evolving

PARIS — “Warning!!” the T-shirt read. “What you are about to witness will disturb you. Even shock you. There is a dark side of humanity the censors won’t let you see … but we will.” That’s a Vetements promise. Shock and awe are arrows in the quiver. “View at your own risk” is the T-shirt’s…

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Up Next: James DeSantis of ‘Backyard Envy’ Tackles Botany and Body Issues

Name: James DeSantis Age: 30 Hometown: Sylvan Beach, N.Y. Now lives: In a two-bedroom apartment in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Claim to fame: Mr. DeSantis is one-third of the Manscapers, a landscape design firm in Brooklyn with an eclectic clientele drawn from the city’s cultural fauna. Along with his longtime pals Garrett Magee and…

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Update: The Rise of Halal Tourism

For one of the fastest-growing sectors of the global travel industry, there is no pork on the hotel dinner menus. There are flights with no alcohol on the drink carts, resorts with separate swimming pools for men and women, and daily itineraries with built-in break times for the five daily calls to prayer. Since 2016,…

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Vows: She Crumbled the Fortress Around His Heart

When Sting married Trudie Styler 26 years ago, his close friend, Simon Astaire, served as the best man. Last month, in New York, Sting was finally able to return the favor. “I’ve known him for 40 years; I never thought I’d be the best man, because I never thought he would marry,” said Sting, a.k.a.…

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Check In: Hotel Review: Eaton DC, Washington

Rates From $139. The Basics Given that people of opposing political persuasions tend to live, eat, shop, work and worship in self-selected bubbles, it was probably only a matter of time before someone decided that Republicans and Democrats needed their own hotels too. Enter the Eaton DC, in downtown Washington, the flagship hotel of the…

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What’s So ‘Indecent’ About Female Pleasure?

A personal massager, a sperm counter, virtual-reality pornography, something described as “the world’s first ebook-driven sex toy”: All of these products have been exhibited at CES, the country’s largest consumer electronics convention. Two of them won awards there. So Lora Haddock was surprised when Osé, a hands-free sex toy she designed with a team of…

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Ask Well: What Is a Fecal Transplant, and Why Would I Want One?

Q. What is a fecal transplant, and why would I want one? A. Fecal transplant is a medical procedure in which stool from a healthy donor is introduced into the intestine of a patient as a treatment for a disease. The idea is that the stool from the donor contains a healthful mix of gut…

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