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February 12, 2001 Issue

"I was expecting something out of The Wild Bunch. But it turned out to be more like a Euro version of the Hamptons."
-- Visitor at Casitas de las Flores, Costa Careyes, Mexico

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FEATURES
Jean Therapy
BY RENE CHUN

His hip-hop constituency deserted him. His earnings plummeted. His stock crashed. His designer colleagues gossiped about his marriage. Even Spike Lee gave him a hard time. But Tommy Hilfiger -- and this is a large part of his gift -- managed to get out in front of his disastrous year. The exuberantly all-American designer talks about his short-lived flirtation with cutting-edge clothes and how he survived being a fashion victim -- by falling in love again with the mainstream.

Western Picture
BY DAVID AMSDEN

Twenty-six New York filmmakers made the pilgrimage to Park City this year, braving the screenings, parties, and agents of Sundance in the hopes of becoming the next Kevin (Clerks) Smith. Here's this year's class -- and what they came home with.

South-of-the-Border Patrol
BY T.Z. Parsa

Time was when the phrases "Mexican travel" and "luxury vacation" seemed (save for Acapulco) mutually exclusive. But now, thanks to a crop of smashing spas, upscale resorts, virgin beaches, and, of course, Puerto Vallarta's new Four Seasons, you don't have to rough it -- unless you want to.

GOTHAM
This season's hottest new designer is . . . a knitter.
Real Estate: Carl Swanson
Style: Amy Larocca

DEPARTMENTS
Intelligencer
BY BETH LANDMAN KEIL AND IAN SPIEGELMAN

This Media Life
BY MICHAEL WOLFF

Why the host of Meet the Press isn't eager to meet the press

The City Politic
BY MICHAEL TOMASKY

Does Bill deserve a pardon for his shameful pardons?

MARKETPLACE
Best Bets
BY RIMA SUQI

Smart City
BY AMY LAROCCA

Offbeat solutions for the most stressfully romantic day of the year

Sales & Bargains
BY TARA PEPPER

Inimitable undies for Valentine's Day

TechWatch
BY SIMON DUMENCO & HILLARY ROSNER

High-tech tools to clean up your life

THE CRITICS
Movies
BY PETER RAINER

In the Mood for Love is anything but erotic

Books
BY DANIEL MENDELSOHN

A. S. Byatt's new abstract thriller: More abstract than thrilling

Theater
BY JOHN SIMON

Edward Albee's play about nothing

John Leonard's TV Notes

Architecture
BY JOSEPH GIOVANNINI

Fitting Clinton into a library

Classical Music
BY PETER G. DAVIS

Verdi at the Met disappoints

Dance
BY TOBI TOBIAS

Feld's Organon: Unmistakably awful

Pop Music
BY ETHAN BROWN

More fluff from Puff Daddy

Restaurants
BY HAL RUBENSTEIN

Chef Gavin Citron's genius eludes the bar crowd at Aleutia

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