The Times article on portly foodists is out today, and we can't help but wonder if this is some kind of seismic shift in the city's gastronomic mood. After several years of what Alan Greenspan might have called “irrational exuberance” over the joys of pork belly, short ribs, bacon, and other such unwholesome treats, the city's “fat pack,” as Kim Severson dubs them, seems to have put the brakes on the spree, opting instead to focus on their health.
Obama's looking for a new foreign-policy adviser, and he could do far worse than Columbia's superstar economist, that rare critic of the Bush administration and the global power structure who deigns to offer actual solutions.
High-end designers have been moaning about copyright protection and the proliferation of knockoffs for years, but after working with the American Apparel and Footwear Association to iron out a fashion copyright bill called the Design Piracy Prohibition Act, the CFDA just received some bad news:
• New York said farewell to Fashion Week, but don't be sad! It's not really over — it just moved to London, where shows began yesterday on a sober note, signified by the appointment of the prime minister's wife as spokesperson. Look for slideshows on nymag.com soon. [Guardian]
One of our favorite art students turned model, Sasha Pivovarova, hit the runway for the first time this week at Anna Sui. But it was Lily Donaldson (also known for dating Vladimir Roitfeld) who dominated the catwalk Wednesday.
• High fuel prices and a soft economy have sent Delta and Northwest Airlines running into each other's arms. The two could announce a definitive plan to merge as early as next week. [NYT]
• Senate Republicans have axed a proposed economic-stimulus bill. The Dem-proposed $158 billion package, which sought to avert a full-fledged recession, came up one short of the required 60 votes. [FT]
• But, no worries. Economists put odds of a U.S. recession at 49 percent, which means we're not technically there yet. Also, for what it's worth, this video is funny. [WSJ]
Fashion can be mercilessly fickle: Designers are quite often dismissed just as soon as they're discovered. So thank God for Derek Lam, who has slowly, methodically, and quietly worked his way toward a collection that is now a mainstay of what we consider American fashion.
Derek Lam invited New York’s fashion director Harriet Mays Powell to his studio, and our cameras tagged along. Will Lam use lace for fall 2008? Or will he go with embroidery and pleating? It’s all out on his design table, but Lam wouldn’t get specific beyond admitting that purple and green are his favorite colors. But his fashion philosophy is worth remembering: “If a woman feels comfortable in her skin, then she’s the best-dressed one out there.” For more advice from Derek Lam, watch the video.
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Ford's Supermodel of the World competition last year launched model Chanel Iman (who was a runner-up) into the freezing, barely breathable atmosphere of the modeling world. Since then she's modeled for Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, and Derek Lam, among many others. She was also featured on the cover of Vogue last year in an homage to fashion's new supermodels. So anyone who says the annual Ford contest isn't a ticket to stardom is just plain wrong. Click above to view some backstage video of this year's competition and model interviews with New York's Jada Yuan.
Ford Supermodel of the World [NYM Video]
Right about now, protesters are gathering in front of Henry Kravis's home at 625 Park Avenue for the world premiere of The War on Greed: Starring the Homes of Henry Kravis, a Fabulous Life Of–style documentary that contrasts the private-equity magnate's income and lifestyle against those of normal working people. In the film, which, according to the Times, is being screened on "high technology sandwich boards" worn by protesters, filmmaker Robert Greenwald asks some normal people what they would do if they got to live in one of Kravis's opulent homes for the holidays. "I would sell everything in it and give the money to charity!" one woman squeals, predictably. But not everyone's so self-righteous: "I probably wouldn't even enjoy it," says one woman. "I'd just probably go home from work, go to sleep, then have to get back up and work again." We know how she feels. In fact, we're too busy on our own hamster wheel to go uptown to watch the movie, which is why we found it on the Internet. (You can click the picture above to watch it.) And wait a second: Where did independent filmmaker Greenwald get the money to pay for those fancy high-tech sandwich boards? E-mail us if you know about his secret trust fund!
War on Greed [Official site]
A Movie and Protesters Single Out Henry Kravis [NYT]