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February 16, 2004 Issue

Cover Story

Spring Fashion 2004

It’s heartening to know that fashion refuses to be daunted even by the most bitter winter: The spring collections are happily awash with lighthearted florals, bold flashes of color, flirty fabrics, and spangled accessories. Inside, you’ll find the season’s best—from crisp sportswear to gowns hot enough to sizzle until dawn. Plus: Dolce & Gabbana’s Sicilian-sexy red-carpet appeal, and Scarlett Johansson, New York’s favorite acting sensation.

>> The Spring Fashion Guide

Features

Plastic Surgery, She Wrote

Plastic surgery was a frequent, comic theme in the work of writer Olivia Goldsmith, author of The First Wives Club. But when she went in for a chin tuck last month, the result was both tragic and mysterious.

Departments

Letters to the Editor

Readers sound off on the new era of lesbianism and New York's young Republicans.

Help Desk

Bad blogger buddies, bailing on old bills, and dumping your ex’s artwork

Smart City

Best of New York

The maki roll at Japonica

Best Bets

Valentine's Day gifts for all the loves in your life.

Shop Talk

Iron-ons heat up on Avenue B

Sales & Bargains

Deal of the Week: Watches with extra bling

Plus, this week's sale listings

Beauty

Spa treatments for your valentine

Ask New York

Where can I find custom-made retro trousers?

Intelligencer

Intelligencer Column

Anti-semitism in the Dalton gym. Plus, Joe Francis goes party crashing.

Roman Goddess

Beauty is the subject of Terrence McNally’s new Off Broadway plays, so who better to star than Isabella Rossellini?

Breast in Show

How would you plan the next Super Bowl halftime?

Trendsetters Alert!

Zac, Esteban, Behnaz: Meet this year’s new designers. Four shows to watch for.

Many Happy Returns

Give—and get—back at Kenneth Cole.

Survivor: Fashion Week

Could you get by for a day on the contents of a gift bag?

Let's Party Like It's 1854

Louis Vuitton's birthday: luxe, volupté, no calme

Oh, Bull(winkle)!

For the Dem press corps, it’s bad food, sleazy motels, and close encounters with moose.

Is Daniel the Danube Guy?

Our handy guide to hard-to-tell-apart names.

Unimpeachable Wit

Clinton’s joke writer on the politics of laughter.

Columnists

This Media Life

A circus? Far from it. The Martha trial turns on mundanities—which is just the way the defense wants it.

The Bottom Line

Five boring blue-chip stocks that are weirdly, and enticingly, cheap

The City Politic

Sure, New York money is flowing John Kerry’s way. But is it pouring in fast enough to beat Bush?

Critics

Movies

An offbeat Norwegian comedy puts men under a microscope; The Code gives the standard gangster flick a French twist

Theater

Five Flights is for the birds, but The Musical of Musicals scores with sophisticated laughs

Classical Music

At Alice Tully Hall, a magnetic Peruvian tenor leaves ’em panting for more

Television

Hilary Swank leads the battle for the women’s franchise; talking heads tackle 24-hour news

Restaurants

Unforgettable Asian fusion at Geisha (if you can score a table)

Pop Music

Kylie Minogue is irresistible; Courtney Love isn’t

The Week

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

A baker from Mario Batali’s kitchens strikes out on her own in Williamsburg, starting with divine biscotti and other sensuous pastries.

New on DVD

Out this week: Sylvia, The Cry of Jazz, Wonderland, and more

Top Five

Chick- and Lad-Lit Picks

Valentine’s Day: Time to snuggle up with chick- and lad-lit.

New Film Festivals

Multiplex movies are bombing in clusters—duck and cover at these festivals.

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