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February 13, 2006 Issue

Cover Story

Spring Fashion

Gauzy dresses, big squishy bags, megagowns, softer suits, wild, crazy shoes....

More Spring Fashion

Karl Lagerfeld, Boy Prince of Fashion

Charismatic enough to inspire hysterics in even the most jaded fashionistas, he’s one of the industry’s last true megastars. What’s on the mind of the man who’s always in the middle of a stylish mob.

Closet Analysis

What one woman’s wardrobe is really worth.

Intelligencer

JT LeRoy’s Fake Dad Shops Tell-All

Is the husband deceitful above all things?

Shopping and Campaigning

Candidates spend donors’ dollars in the strangest places.

‘Crash’ Landing

City makes great faux city.

Borough Prez’s Ex Factor

Love and the smoke-filled room.

Chooray for Chollywood!

All-Yiddish indie film.

In a Minute

The city toyed with us last week, showing that when you live in New York, any morning can be the beginning of the day your life changes forever.

From The Heidi Chronicles

A excerpt from a play by the late Wendy Wasserstein (1950-2006).

James Frey's Enabler

Sean McDonald made his name as an editor by championing a memoir called A Million Little Pieces. Can he put his career back together again?

Strategist

Best Bets

Bold lipstick, a heavy-duty duffel bag, Parisian chocolates, and other hot buys.

Ask a Shop Clerk

Gilles Delaine of Versace.

Shop News

Store openings this week.

The Look Book

"I always wear my tinted glasses."

The Restaurant Review

It’s glitz overload at Mario Batali’s Del Posto

Restaurant Openings & Buzz

Week of Feb. 6, 2006: The Dining Room at Country, Noodle Bar, Cellar 72, and Hanco's.

Ask Gael

Is it the real or discount David Burke at Bloomie's?

In Season

A spaghettini al limone recipe from an Il Valentino chef.

The Sweet Lowdown

Compiling a list of New York restaurants’ best chocolate desserts for Valentine’s Day might seem like a piece of cake. But as we discovered on our ganache-noshing Valrhona voyage, it’s tougher than it looks.

Real Estate

Do-gooder groups with townhouse headquarters are cashing out with the best intentions.

Harlem: An Appreciation

How a plumber named Ziggy went from bankruptcy to $2 million in real-estate holdings in half a decade.

The High Price of Fashion

Why should a dress cost more than a car?

The Culture Pages

Julianne’s Job

Julianne Moore continues to delight audiences and disappoint tabloids.

The Movie Review

Neil Young is subdued in a great Jonathan Demme concert documentary.

Beware the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

Now that the Oscar nominations have been announced, we can start grappling with the real puzzler: Is Jon Stewart going to blow?

The Theater Review

At Rabbit Hole, one might ask: What’s the point of a play that strives for realism?

Theater of the Absurd

Can real estate inspire great art?

Revenge of the Niche

The WB and UPN had the right idea at the wrong time.

Reality-TV Index

A recurring guide to which shows are on the rise and which are about to crash.

The Art Review

A new exhibit does justice to David Smith’s powerfully interconnected body of work.

Show & Tell

In photographer Tim Davis' latest series, “Illilluminations,” light doesn’t reveal so much as strip, desensitize, and ultimately obscure.

The Pop Music Review

Arctic Monkeys are un-self-conscious enough to make derivative Britrock sound good.

The Classical Music Review

A new but still superlative direction for the Berlin Philharmonic.

The Approval Matrix

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.

Columns

The Power Grid

Sirius isn’t going to be the behemoth Wall Street thinks.

The Bottom Line

How to build a financially potent, politically incorrect portfolio.

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