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February 23, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

Kate: ‘I Am a Woman Now’

Every fashion move she's ever made is instantly copied (and just about every boyfriend she’s ever had chronicled in the tabloids). But as her alliance with the soon-to-arrive Topshop proves, she is in full control of her brand. By Amy Larocca
On the Cover: Photograph by Bert Stern for New York Magazine.

Spring Fashion 2009

Friends & Fashion

Intimacy is one of life’s richest pleasures, so for this issue, we decided to explore relationships.

Petey and the Boys

The wandering days and bunk-bed nights of Fashion Week’s handsome rookies.

Everything Here Is Under $100

Proof that nice new clothes do not require major cash.

I Go Out. I See Friends. I Take Pictures. I Post Them.

Their art is the party. Their gallery is the internet. Four young photographers who live behind the lens.

The Fashion Thief

Kevahn Thorpe is a serial shoplifter for whom jail was not too steep a price to pay for the labels he loves.

Spring Trends

A big bracelet or two is all the jewelry that’s required.

Field Trip

Nothing like a (virtual) day in the country, with some models wearing spring’s sweetest, lightest clothes.

c u later? xoxo

Spring’s best going-out clothes get a local test-drive at Goldbar and La Esquina.

The Virgins

…are lying here on a really nice Persian rug in the Bowery Hotel, thinking of a new song to sing.

From Gere to Gladiators

Giorgio Armani reflects on some career-changing moments.


Full Campaign Employment

The Bloomberg campaign has already hired an astounding, and high-priced, array of talent.


After the humbling of A-Rod and Brett Favre, are the days of the sports diva over?


The perils and pride in cleaning glass.

Speaking Role

The art of accepting effectively.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

150 Minutes With Carolyn McCarthy

The congresswoman is already planning to take down New York’s newest senator.

The Decelebrification of Fashion Week

Fashion Week ballooned over the last decade to World’s Fair size.

Stars Struck

With Michael Phelps losing his endorsement deal, it’s time to look back on earlier falls from grace.

Luxury Vacancies

When one apartment comes on the market in New York’s most coveted co-op, it’s cause for chatter.

Reif Larsen

His debut novel, an illustrated story about a cowboy’s son, earned a reported near-million-dollar advance.


Defending Tim Geithner

Wall Street loved the new Treasury secretary but hated his bank-rescue plan. I see it just the other way around.


Best Bets

An Armani megastore, two-for-one theater tickets, and more.

The Look Book

“The designer of Cloak & Dagger is a dear friend of mine. I’m wearing her coat right now!”

A Lower Bar

L’Artusi underdelivers on the trendy bar-dining concept.

In Season

Daikon can be cooked into a delicious, savory cake.

How Low Is Really Low?

Buyers are expecting deep discounts, and ads are suddenly using words like “fire sale.”


Just Like Us

The patently ridiculous rise of Clive Owen, Everyman.

Hand Off

Loving, and mourning, scribbling.

Oscar Predictions You Can Bet On!

Mr. Statistics, Nate Silver, goes for the gold.

Who Worked Hardest for His Nomination?

We rewatched the films starring Supporting Actor nominees.

No Kiss Kiss, All Bang Bang

Spielberg-loving, Spike Lee–attacking critic Armond White is the film world’s brother from another planet.

The Movie Review

Katyn, Andrzej Wajda’s morally dizzying vision of WWII Poland, is also a tribute to his father.

The Pop Music Review

Brooklyn’s Right on Dynamite is the party for now.

A D.J. for Dark Times

Morgan Geist makes joyous dance music for tortured souls.

The Theater Review

Uncle Vanya’s jumpy, star-studded Russian melancholy, and Lynn Nottage’s grimly lyric Ruined.

Where Angels Fear to Tread: Chase Mishkin

Producer Chase Mishkin is about the magic. She reads a script, she loves it, she puts it on.

Prodigal Dancer

Melissa Barak returns to City Ballet, this time as choreographer.

The Architecture Review

Lincoln Center’s battered chamber-music hall gets a triumphant rehabilitation.


Local Heros

It’s taken the Red Hook sandwich shop Defonte’s 87 years to open a satellite branch in Manhattan.


Comments: Week of February 23, 2009

Readers sound off on Twitter, stoop drinking, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of February 23, 2009

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

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