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February 20, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

The Spring Fashion Issue

Features: Nicki Minaj, life after modeling, the Clarins girls, Christopher and Tory Burch, Cindy Sherman's self-portraits, and more.
Trends: The season’s styles distilled into twenty distinctive looks, including short shorts, tall loafers, forestwear and seawear, chewy pink, playful pleats, daredevil wedding dresses, and the retro chic of Betty Draper and Daisy Buchanan.
Portfolio: A photographic portfolio, taken at the shows in Paris, Milan, and New York.
On the Cover: Nicki Minaj. Photograph by Pari Dukovic for New York Magazine.



The kaleidoscopic, schizoid, cyberpunk, hiphop genius of Nicki Minaj. By David Wallace-Wells

Is There Life After Modeling?

Three top models ponder how to retire gracefully from a ruthless industry. By Jada Yuan

The Fabulous Clarins Girls

Four French skin-care heiresses are, somehow, fashion’s most soulful “It” girls. By Andrew O’Hagan

His. Hers.

Christopher Burch has a new store. Ex-wife Tory thinks it looks a little too familiar. By Jessica Pressler

Cindy Sherman: Becoming

The photographer’s sublime self-portraits are as mysterious and telling as Zen koans—including two shot specially for this issue. By Jerry Saltz

Kiss, Kiss, Shoot, Shoot

A portfolio of Beyoncé, Gisele, Salma Hayek, Julianne Moore, Catherine Deneuve, and a coterie of fashion-world designers, doyennes, and disembodied lips, shot in and around the runways of Milan, Paris, and New York. By Pari Dukovic


Cardinal Rimshot

Timothy Dolan’s 35-year career as a priest has been highlighted by extensive study of Catholic history, political outspokenness, and many cornball jokes.

Hov at the Hall

Jay-Z’s peerless social diplomacy.

Ode on a Boarding Pass

The trials of airline design.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

The Politics of One Gay Marriage

Quinn’s calculus.

108 Minutes With Merle Hoffman

Behind the picket lines with the abortion-rights crusader as she plans her landmark new Queens clinic.


Winning the Future?

Obama’s reelection chances are looking good right now, but the next nine months are full of storm clouds.


The Best Bet

Fendi’s Daisy clutch, Pilates ProWorks opens in the West Village, and more.

The Look Book

“Men’s shopping habits are most similar to mine—finding something you love and buying it in bulk.”

The Restaurant Review

Acme serves up forager cuisine in a chic lounge setting.

In Season

The next time you’re in the market for a really jumbo egg, try the deep-green, pale-yolked ones laid by emus.

Trendlet: Reintroducing the Reuben

A forgotten classic steps into the haute-sandwich spotlight.


Tabloid Trainee

Justin Theroux has Hollywood all figured out. Except the part about being famous.

The Movie Review

Return avoids every cliché of the coming-home-from-battle genre—and finds power in silence.

Springfield Forever

The immortal Simpsons reaches 500 episodes.

The Pop Music Review

Noisy Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells return with a dreamy, speaker-blowing second album.

The Architecture Review

At MoMA, curators and architects seek a way out of the cul-de-sac.


Chef's Change of Seasons

New chef, new location for Kajitsu.


Comments: Week of February 20, 2012

Readers sound off on Wall Street, Trent Arsenault, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of February 20, 2012

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

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