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February 17, 2014 Issue

Cover Story

The Spring Fashion Issue

People are often shocked to learn that the average runway show lasts eleven minutes. All that preparation and then … whoosh. But more than ever, things move fast in the style world: Our cover subject, Lupita Nyong’o, went from unknown to international icon in nine months, and Leandra Medine tumbled from college into fashion’s big leagues because of her refreshing belief that fashion and feminism need not contradict each other. Elsewhere we take a look at Abercrombie & Fitch’s precipitous fall from beefcake grace; a new, earnest attempt to save the world through luxury goods; and six months in the life of one especially beautiful Chloé dress—just one of the season’s offerings we’re highlighting. Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari also stage a surrealist portfolio, and there’s our rundown of the newest trends: disco dresses, sporty sandals, and Pop Art prints. Here today, who knows about tomorrow.
On the Cover: Lupita Nyong’o. Photograph by Erik Madigan Heck for New York Magazine. Styling by Rebecca Ramsey; Set design by Andrea Huelse for Art Department; Makeup by Nick Barose at Exclusive Artists Management using Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 400 and Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 500; Hair by Ted Gibson at Ted Gibson Beauty.

Download the iPad edition to watch a survey of this spring's fashion trends on the runway, see a portfolio of abstract paintings by the late painter Moira Dryer, read an excerpt from Neil Swidey's novel Trapped Under the Sea, and more.

Features

Zoom

Lupita Nyong’o had just graduated from Yale School of Drama when she started shooting 12 Years a Slave. What happened next has thrilled and startled her. By Alex Morris

Abercrombie Loses Its Shirt

CEO Mike Jeffries wishes it were still the late nineties. By Matthew Shaer

The Life of a Dress

Tracing the path of one very influential Chloé piece, look No. 21. By Amy Larocca

Push Pull

Behind the allure of budding feminist-fashion empire Man Repeller. By Benjamin Wallace

Davos, Kenya, Barneys

Fledgling brand Maiyet wants to save the world—with luxury goods. By Robin Givhan

Magic Show

The hypersaturated spring 2014 collections give in to their id in a surreal dreamscape. By Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari

Spring Things

What the season will bring: graphic ginghams, oceans of fringe, pleat mania, disco dresses, 3-D embellishments, and head-to-sparkly-toe jock-inspired wear. By Amy Larocca and Rebecca Ramsey

Intelligencer

The Valley Politic

As the tech sector vies for a larger role in national politics, it has to contend with the libertarian isolationists in its ranks.

I’m Sorry

J.K. Rowling is hardly the first writer to regret what she’d committed to print.

91 Minutes With Philippe Reines

Going in circles with Hillary Clinton’s no-holds-barred public defender.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Betting the Rent

One recent analysis suggested that the securitization industry will do $5 billion worth of deals this year. Here’s how it works.

Columns

America’s Mayor: The Sequel

Bill de Blasio’s landslide has made him a beacon for liberals nationally. But does Park Slope really play in Peoria?

Strategist

Best Bets

The new backless mules, Budin opens in Greenpoint, and more new stuff in stores.

The Look Book

“I scan the racks really fast, and whatever jumps out at me, it’s mine.”

The Underground Gourmet Review

Emmett’s serves Chicago-style deep-dish pizza with a side of Midwestern nice.

The Underground Gourmet Review

Otto’s now serves an off-menu deep-fried taco.

In Season

A later harvest for parsnips can result in an unusually sweet taproot.

Culture

Investigating Kate Mara

A walk with House of Cards’ star reporter.

Big Men on Campus

Two academic interlopers attempt to make peace with the townies.

“I Don't Shy Away From That Side”

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The Book Review

Human overkillers and the next great die-off in The Sixth Extinction.

The TV Review

Hannibal is the best drama you’ll find on network TV.

The Art Review

The short, sharp career of Moira Dryer.

To Do: February 12–26, 2014

25 things to see, hear, watch, and read.

Departments

Comments: Week of February 17, 2014

Readers sound off on Jimmy Fallon, gentrification, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of February 17, 2014

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

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