May 10, 1999 Issue
"I went to a Phat Farm fashion show. It was very awakening to me, because I saw this is not a niche. You have to say now, Yves Saint Laurent -- that's the niche."
--Donald Trump, from "Hip-Hop Goes Universal"
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Hip-Hop Goes Universal
BY NANCY JO SALES
Russell begat Andre begat Puffy. Or was it the other way around? As rap replaces rock and roll and its moguls branch out -- into fashion, television, restaurants -- the three princes of the city's black entertainment industry are mixing it up with tycoons like Edgar Bronfman Jr. and Donald Trump. From the best table at Moomba, a look at the men behind the merger of hip-hop and high society.
Jeanine Pirro -- crime-fighting Westchester County D.A., pro-choice, progun control, People magazine pinup -- is an irresistible candidate for Republican stardom. But there's a problem, and you can call him Al. Pirro's husband, a well-connected real-estate lawyer and GOP fund-raiser, has just been indicted on 66 counts of tax fraud. Then there's that nasty paternity suit. Can the spotlight-loving prosecutor get the public to ignore her husband and give Hillary a run for her money? Does the name Geraldine Ferraro ring a bell?
From Here to Maternity
All you have to do is check out the stroller jams at Zabar's and Starbucks to see that the nineties are the Mom Decade in Manhattan. Women are having babies older -- and younger. And they're no longer in a hurry to trade prewar for fake Tudor.
She's Brazilian, freckle-faced, and what W calls "sexy and adorable." Now model Gisele Bundchen, who's dominated the splashiest ad campaigns and magazine covers for a year, is appearing, gratis, in an obscure fashion book that promises to "edgify" her wholesome image. Welcome to the fashion world's obsession with authenticity.
The City Politic
BY MICHAEL TOMASKY
Being a lame duck can free a pol to pursue higher goals. Or, as in Rudy's case, merely higher office.
Booty and the beasts: In Katzenberg v. Disney, Hollywood is the big loser
The Insatiable Critic
Zoë's new, nouvelle food may be worth the astronomical prices
Give your mother the (platinum, pavé, or multi-carat) gift she so richly deserves
Joyful noise: where to hear Bach or beatitudes on the big organs
Sales & Bargains
Wheel deal: cheap bikes, lightly scratched or wholly refurbished
BY PETER RAINER
Sean Connery's septuagenarian sex appeal fuels Entrapment
Paula Fox's justly resurrected Desperate Characters
Brotherly hate: Martin McDonagh returns to Leenane
Zimmermann's massive Requiem is an ode to millennial nihilism
The Unicorn Killer is still at large, but NBC knows where he is