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August 25, 2008 Issue

Cover Story

This Year’s Model

The revivified Christie Brinkley, beacon of smiling all-American wholesomeness among the moody stick figures.
On the Cover: Photograph by Ruven Afanador for New York Magazine. Lanvin dress, $4,370 at Bergdorf Goodman. Hair by Italo Gregorio for Bryan Bantry. Makeup by Leslie Lopez for Manicure by Elisa Ferri at See Management. Styling by Harriet Mays Powell.

Fall Fashion

Cooling Off

The usual spring-to-fall fashion mood shift was particularly pronounced this year.

Playing With the Form

Playing it safe: not something our cover model, Rafael Nadal, does.

America’s Next Top Fashion Editor

How reality TV turned former Elle colleagues Nina Garcia and Anne Slowey into fierce rivals.

Straight Shooter

Juergen Teller has little patience for most fashion photography.

Heaven, With Hangers

Some people feel strongly about where they keep their clothes.

The Beefcake in the Backcourt

Another way in which ripped, raffish Rafael Nadal and his cardigan-wearing Swiss rival aren’t anything alike.

The Case Against Uniforms

How tennis influences fashion, and vice versa.

Like Kafka, But With Better Clothes

Fashion can alter the exterior, but our true selves can’t be concealed.

Let’s Keep This Party Rolling

Because we’re still dressed up from last night.

Sweet, But Spooky

There’s something a little dark about the girl next door this fall.

Glitter Among the Grit

Big, fake, and fully able to outshine its surroundings.

Share the Love

No fair hogging the tuxedos!

It’s Wild Over There

Jagged edges, aggressive shapes, fur on the edge of civilization.

Tomorrow’s Clothes Today

Dresses that will still look good a century from now.

Sometimes Together, Sometimes Apart

One photographer, a group of friends, and three weeks to play with a pile of fall fashion.


Building an American Nadal

Tennis in this country has been falling behind the rest of the world, without a new generation of stars. The USTA’s answer? Tennis boot camp.


Wishing Upon a Favre

The Jets’ new quarterback is not just a football player; he’s a cultural icon, a major celebrity.


Are Bad Homeless Stats Still Too Good?

Bloombergers are gaming the numbers, activists say.

Stop Parsing Parsons: I’m No Mayor

Let Bloomberg keep the job!

Olympic Disillusionment for Oksana

All that glitters

Wall Street Woes Hit the Nursery

Nanny unemployment up.

Leighton Loses Loaner From Lobe

And Van Cleef says thanks.

New Chase ATMs Worry Neurotic NYers

The envelopes, please.

It Happened Last Week

Gas fell to $4 a gallon in the city last week.

Camp Nebulizer

A retreat for kids with asthma.

Tbilisi on the Hudson

What Georgia’s president learned as a New York lawyer.

Williamsburg Patriot

How the global war on terror helped fund the expansion of a hipster-bar mini-empire.

Take Me Out to the Moneyball Game

New stadiums are going to cost you.


Pieces to Covet

The price tags aren’t recession-friendly, but one big piece can carry an outfit.

The Look Book

"I can wear short dresses because I have nice legs, but that’s beside the point."

The Restaurant Review

Jean-Georges’s haute-Chinese emporium turned haute soba joint misses the mark.

In Season

Basil, the sweet and pungent summer herb, is at its fragrant peak right now.

Insatiable Critic

Sheridan Square chef Franklin Becker inherited a dysfunctional work-in-progress.

Restaurant Openings

Week of August 25, 2008: Pomegranate and White Star.

What the Well-Dressed Line Cook Is Wearing

When Di Fara’s Dom De Marco was shut down by the Department of Health last year, the one thing that irked him above all else was their insistence that he wear a hat.

The Politically Correct, Ecofriendly Wiener

Is there such a thing as a hot dog that’s delicious, possibly organic, and maybe even homegrown?

I Smell Trouble

How do you sell an apartment that comes with a distinctive odor?


Digging Josh

The Discovery Channel finds its playboy.

The Movie Review

The miraculous Katrina documentary Trouble the Water. Plus: The Rocker never quite rocks.

To Be or Not to Be: Elisabeth Shue

In a small role in Hamlet 2, Elisabeth Shue plays herself.

One-man Band

If there’s a quirkier pop star than Canadian violinist Owen Pallett, we’d like to meet him.

The TV Review

Steven Bochco’s Raising the Bar lowers it further.

The Best of the Rest of the Summer

You still haven’t been to an outdoor festival this year?

Crime Pays: Michael Agovino

If there is such a thing as a typical New York upbringing, Michael Agovino knows nothing about it.

The Approval Matrix: Week of August 25, 2008

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


A Family Folk Act

Pete Seeger and grandson sing out.

Cheese Whizzes

You don’t need a herd of dairy cows to make cheese.


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