April 26, 1999 Issue
"Male writers have always had characters like this, promiscuous yet good-hearted young men trying to make their way through life. This is the female version."
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The Luxury Wars
BY DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
No offense to designer Tom Ford, but Gucci's most electrifying show this spring happened backstage, as Bernard Arnault, chairman of French luxury-goods conglomerate LVMH, tried to add Gucci to his collection of fashion's biggest names. Gucci fought back with stunning ferocity, partnering with an LVMH rival to create a competing stable of high-end labels. The Dutch courts will decide who's the fashion victim.
Keeping Up With Ms. Jones
Bridget, that is. Sex and the Single Girl meets the nineties: Just in time for summer, a crop of Stateside Bridget Jones wannabes is appearing in novel form (screenplays in tow). Over 30 and gainfully employed, this young woman used to be an object of sympathy. Now everyone wants to know what she's doing on Saturday night (staying home, writing a best-seller, no doubt).
The Basher Bashed
Brilliant, rakish, and a gleeful idol-smasher (the scourge of Mother Theresa and Princess Di), columnist Christopher Hitchens is an irresistible draw among writers and editors. But when he ratted out best friend and Clinton mouthpiece Sidney Blumenthal, the Fourth Estate turned on him. What drives Hitchens to drink prodigiously -- and periodically blow up his life?
Heroes wanted:What keeps M.D.'s from flying to the rescue in Central Europe?
GOTHAM STYLE Rock-and-roll poses; tanned noses
Smoke and mirrors: How a couch turned a store into a hangout
The National Interest
Kosovo is the latest international litmus test for the boomer generation; how will history rule?
The Insatiable Critic
Daniel -- a palace for the palate, despite the dreary décor
Raising the speed limit on the info superhighway
Gray shirts, gingham slippers, and girly dishes
Sales & Bargains
On the trail of Gypsy style chic enough for the Hamptons
BY PETER RAINER
Kate Winslet's exotic Hideous Kinky is the anti-Titanic
Judi Dench and David Hare collaborate brilliantly in Amy's View
The Met's glorious new Greek galleries, a museum in themselves