February 17, 2014 Issue
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.
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
CEO Mike Jeffries wishes it were still the late nineties. By Matthew Shaer
Tracing the path of one very influential Chloé piece, look No. 21. By Amy Larocca
Behind the allure of budding feminist-fashion empire Man Repeller. By Benjamin Wallace
Fledgling brand Maiyet wants to save the world—with luxury goods. By Robin Givhan
The hypersaturated spring 2014 collections give in to their id in a surreal dreamscape. By Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari
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
As the tech sector vies for a larger role in national politics, it has to contend with the libertarian isolationists in its ranks.
J.K. Rowling is hardly the first writer to regret what she’d committed to print.
Going in circles with Hillary Clinton’s no-holds-barred public defender.
Our roundup of news from around the city.
One recent analysis suggested that the securitization industry will do $5 billion worth of deals this year. Here’s how it works.
Bill de Blasio’s landslide has made him a beacon for liberals nationally. But does Park Slope really play in Peoria?
The new backless mules, Budin opens in Greenpoint, and more new stuff in stores.
“I scan the racks really fast, and whatever jumps out at me, it’s mine.”
Emmett’s serves Chicago-style deep-dish pizza with a side of Midwestern nice.
Otto’s now serves an off-menu deep-fried taco.
A later harvest for parsnips can result in an unusually sweet taproot.
A walk with House of Cards’ star reporter.
Two academic interlopers attempt to make peace with the townies.
Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Human overkillers and the next great die-off in The Sixth Extinction.
Hannibal is the best drama you’ll find on network TV.
The short, sharp career of Moira Dryer.
25 things to see, hear, watch, and read.
Readers sound off on Jimmy Fallon, gentrification, and more.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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