In this city, art and fashion are constantly colliding—on stages and gallery walls, on the runway and on the street. We’ve brought them together here too, by setting the season’s color-drenched styles in an assortment of cultural contexts. On our cover, Paul Taylor’s Heather Berest dances furiously in a blue silk jersey gown. In the pages that follow, you’ll find dresses suitable for opening-night preening at BAM and the Met. In “Frieze Frame,” video artist Eve Sussman, whose staging of Velázquez’s Las Meninas was one of the most startling pieces in last year’s Whitney Biennial, allows us to re-costume the women in her next project in spring’s toga-inspired dresses. “Singular Sensation” celebrates the return of A Chorus Line by featuring Broadway gypsies stepping out in style. Artist Marilyn Minter unveils a tableau of the summer’s most daring heels. And because this city thrives on the interplay between high and low, we present a lovely soap star dolled up in lace. What else? Yoko Ono still looks swell at 71. We glam up Christina Ricci, and put five young artists through their blue period (Ryan McGinley, the photo-chronicler of the underdressed skater-boy, is strangely at home in seersucker). And we examine how the collaboration of fashion and art begins. You’ve read how Oscar de la Renta began as a painter and became a fashion legend, and how Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez—better known as Proenza Schouler—resolve two sets of inspirations (Joseph Beuys, Calder, and Jackie O. this season) into one coherent collection. The art of fashion isn’t always easy. Luckily for you, all you have to do is wear the clothes.
At 72, with his business on ﬁre and the White House calling, Oscar de la Renta is at the peak of his power. Now if only he can work out the line of succession.
Small Is Beautiful
Resisting the allure of world domination can work in your favor. These three New York designers are happily under the radar.
Deconstructing the collaborative process of the Proenza Schouler boys.
The surprisingly sexy septuagenarian.
Goth Girl Goes Glam
Christina Ricci polishes her dark side.
Showstopping dresses for a season's worth of outings.
The irresistible force of straps, buckles, and spikes.
All My Children’s Rebecca Budig lounges in the delicate looks of spring.
Greek-inspired dresses come center stage. (Pick up New York Magazine's Feb. 14th issue for photos.)
Five young artists explore their blue period.
Eighties exuberance returns, ﬂaunted by Broadway’s high-kicking hoofers.