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The late Chessy Rayner bedazzled Bill Blass, astounded Arnold Scaasi, and was admired by just about everyone else as a style icon. With her trademark look -- daring color, ornate patterns, rich jewels -- back on fashion's agenda, we pay homage to a woman whose sense of style was as playful as it was perfect.
The New Legwarmers
. . . plus, meet the "humble potter"
Come to Mama
Take a successful New York woman who's tanned, toned, waxed, blow-dried, and tastefully dressed. What does Mama Gena's School of Womanly Arts have to teach her? The art of pleasure. Getting it, not giving it. From ice cream to orgasms.
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Fashion Week's emergency rooms for fabulous invalids.
Graffiti plea; charmed; Ed Klein and more . . .
A Farewell to Yves
Titans may have crashed, but the eighties comeback still rages on . . .
Fashion Week Calms Down....
Plus: A Side of Wings
Home Design 2002: Posh Spice
Half high society, half bohemian, the Earl and Countess of Albemarle -- a.k.a. Rufus and Sally -- are storming the city's social scene from their flower-district loft.
The party line: Publicist Lara Shriftman tells how to use homespun invitations and heady Indian ambience to surprisingly chic effect.
Time Well Spent
Looking for a gift that will make a difference -- to your life as well as someone else's? Volunteer with one of the city's worthy projects for New Yorkers in need.
That 70's Revival
Plus, Prada's classics return
Lauren Ezersky is fashion's eccentric aunt, all outlandish designer outfits and ropes of diamonds. But the success of her style-centric talk show, Behind the Velvet Ropes, is serious business.
Dress (for Success) Codes
Each of New York City's professional tribes has its own dressing rituals, its own coveted status objects. Clothes can show where you stand in the hierarchy—and where you'd like to be. The secrets of power dressing in seven professions.
The Shows Go On
Say hello to Fashion Week, a welcome break from having to think about, oh, Iraq. Now, here’s what you need to know.
Rich hippie? Forget it -- real hipsters know that spring's grooviest schmattes can be had for a song.