December 7, 1998 Issue
"My girls are my conduit to the underground. They've got their fingers in the pulse of the popular-culture scene today."
-- Tommy Hilfiger, "Good Publicity"
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BY VANESSA GRIGORIADIS
A younger, feistier (and, dare we say, perkier) set of publicists have the toniest designers, the trendiest bars, and the most tractable journalists at their beck and cell-phone call. Alternately best friends and bitter enemies, they've also made the city's nightlife look a lot like high school. Peggy Siegal, watch your back.
Jonathan Levin's mother wasn't the only one offended by Anthony Ricco's aggressive defense of her son's killer, Corey Arthur. But proving that the legal system isn't a popularity contest is Ricco's personal mission.
The Toughest Call
Your child's life is in danger, and the world-class specialists you've enlisted disagree on a course of action. The pressure is terrific, the outcome frighteningly uncertain. And you're the one who has to make the decision. Right now. An intimate look into the lives of parents -- and kids -- who've been there.
Can Robert A.M. Stern, the flamboyant new dean of Yale's architecture school, win hearts and minds in academia with his Disney showmanship?
Off the Block
When the new just won't do, socialites, designers, and fanatics turn to the William Doyle Gallery's high-drama couture auctions.
B&N's aggressive astrology; the Harlem Boys Choir gets down
GOTHAM STYLE A necklace that only looks like a million; the oldest overalls
Mort's pattern of highbrow hires for the middlebrow Daily News
Even the PBA is no longer a closed shop
The Insatiable Critic
Regine's Rage is the place to be for buxom babes of a certain age
Stop time: Watches for the wacky, well-bred, and winsome
Face off: The newest facials, from soothing to sandblasting
Sales & Bargains
Don't despair -- these tailors can rework, reweave, and resurrect
Insectopia: A Bug's Life is both amusing and technically amazing
BY JOHN SIMON
No death wish for On the Town
Zen -- the real thing -- shines at an exhibit of modern monks' works
Luciano's musical sense, like his voice, has run dry
Beck's folk-pop stylings; R.E.M.'s electronic dabblings