The Fall Fashion Issue
The fashion world today is more democratic than ever. Shows are live-streamed from New York, Paris, and Milan, making the runway available to anyone with even a dodgy web connection. And yet, in the midst of all this inclusiveness, the luxury sector keeps growing—along with the income gap. In this issue, we take a look at consumerism on many levels, from the wives of NBA stars who walk a public—and judgmental—courtside runway several times a week (in season at least), to Peter Marino, house architect of luxury whose own style refuses to conform to any expectations. And we go to the zoo with cover subject Kim Kardashian, to whom half the fashion world is in thrall and the other half gives a coldly draped shoulder.
On the Cover: Kim Kardashian. Photograph by Pari Dukovic for New York Magazine. On Kardashian: embroidered petal jacquard dress available at Louis Vuitton; 866-VUITTON.
The most famous Kardashian is a shameless shill, a curvy sexpot, and a genuinely sweet woman. Just the kind of star the fashion world doesn't know what to do with. By Benjamin Wallace
In the late eighties, Jane Pratt practically defined Gen X's confessional voice. Now 49, she's den mother to Sassy's journalistic progeny. By Carl Swanson
Peter Marino is a former Warhol protégé who dresses like a Hells Angel—and the No. 1 architect in high-end retail. By Amy Larocca
Clare Distenfeld ended her quarter-life crisis—and her father's midlife crisis—by creating the New York boutique of her dreams. By Alex Morris
Marrying a hoops icon can mean a fairy-tale life of megamansions and stretch limos. It also means the glare of other wives at 41 home games a year. By Vanessa Grigoriadis
In China, young white-collar elites are hungry for Louis Vuitton wallets, Hermès belts, and the style advice of their mistresses. By April Rabkin
Athletic stilettos, shaggy fur, teeny tiny bags, and more.
Pari Dukovic's fashion month portfolio.
Here, the wages of titillation.
Romney’s curious brand of bibliophilia.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
The allure of Instagram storm porn.
The JPMorgan Chase CEO is really, really, really sorry. Except when he’s not.
Even to a devoted fan, it’s getting harder to watch the NFL.
A Coach duffle bag, a Hex Code wallet case, and more new stuff in stores.
“My son always tells me pleats are out, but I like them.”
For Lulu & Po chef Matthew Hamilton, this time it's personal.
Why not go a different route with artichokes?
Although the chef references the Big Easy with jambalaya balls and baked oysters, he considers Exchange Alley strictly “a New York joint.”
What to drink (and eat) at Pork Slope, opening next week in Park Slope.
As the high-tech methods for brewing and selling iced coffee proliferate, one café looks to the past.
Why your pint is being downsized.
Zachary Booth's ventriloquist act.
Lionel Loueke plays like a natural. But it took him a decade of relentless practice to sound that way.
Frank Langella spars with an android accomplice in Robot & Frank.
A reworked Into the Woods is strange, awkward, flawed—and a powerful success.
The spooky-creepy-beautiful The Murder of Crows washes visitors in mysterious sound.
Boss, Copper, and Hell on Wheels share Deadwood DNA.
Maison Kayser, the Parisian bakery and café that just opened in New York, may be a burgeoning international chain, but do not mistake it for Au Bon Pain.
Readers sound off on the Sex Issue, Jeff Greene, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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