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August 27, 2007 Issue

Cover Story

Cover Girl: Evan Rachel Wood

Beneath Evan Rachel Wood’s all-American, uncomplicated beauty lives a semi-suppressed style rebel.


Cover Boy: Paul Dano

"I guess the main purpose of clothing, for me, is so that I’m not naked,” says Paul Dano, best known for playing Dwayne, the sullen, willfully silent son in last year’s indie darling Little Miss Sunshine.

Fall Fashion 2007

Prepare yourself for fall’s new edge—watch those angles!; a modern-day Addams family lurks in tweed; The triangle is the latest in geometric innovation; fear not, cozy is still cool, as Cindy Crawford shows in loungy sweaters; but then, so are motorcycle jackets; ditto, dreamlike evening gowns shown here in surreal settings. In exuberant fashion, men get dressed. Taking some dangerous leaps in old-school suits; some talented young gentlemen in coats and corduroy dress the part of creative guys around town.

Attack of the Fashion Gremlins

The Olsens—glamorous and bohemian—take their peculiarly prescient fashion sense mainstream with a grown-up line. And the result is surprisingly good.

The End of the Blob

This season, fashion takes on a dramatic new shape. Bid shapeless sacks good-bye; say hello to the waist. The female form returns.

Me, My Suit, and I

One man’s seduction by the demented world of bespoke tailoring.

Dior Man

Can Hedi Slimane’s heir, Kris Van Assche, trump an icon with subtlety?

Conspiracy of Two

So many tried to make sense of the deaths of Theresa Duncan and Jeremy Blake. Why did this well-known art couple take their lives in dramatic succession? A chronicle of their descent into paranoia and madness.


Popular Mike Hangs With Eliot

Governor’s new BFF: the mayor.

The New McCain Gang Still Paying Bills

Next campaign bus will be a beater.

Is Cipriani Group On the Menu?

It sure looks tasty.

Plover Attack! Fear Seizes Hamptons

Wrong bird accused of attack.

Modesty Panic Grips Hearst Tower

Flashing the tourists.

It Happened Last Week

As the city draped itself in black last week to mourn the death of Brooke Astor, stock-market troubles aside, the summer’s darkest days otherwise seemed to have passed.

Being Mrs. Astor

How she lived her life, very well indeed, to 105.

Social Circles

Astor always surrounded herself with people with ideas and energy. A decade-by-decade guide to some of those she was close to.

Her Donor Role

A selected tally of money given by the Astor Foundation (1959–1997) and Brooke Astor herself.

Always Those Smart Little Suits

Dressing Mrs. Astor.

Fighting Rove’s Last War

Yes, he was a great tactician. But for Democrats, his tactics are a trap.


The Sporting Life

For the first time in his life, Pedro Martinez wonders if he has what it takes.


Best Bets

The feather, rising star of the accessory world.

Shop News

The freshly minted ê Shave, the concept of former sculptor Danielle Malka, elevates shaving accoutrements to art forms.

Ask a Clerk

Flower Power Herbs & Roots, 406 E. 9th St., nr. Ave. A; 212-982-6664

Look Book

The charmed life of two model-bicyclists.

Restaurant Review

A promising start for the latest chef of Suba.

In Season

Short and squat, with a warty complexion, the Kirby may be the ugly duckling of the cucumber world, but it’s also the best for pickling.

Insatiable Critic

Probably you Justin Timberlake fans will haunt Southern Hospitality hoping to spot your crush sipping Mountain Dew in a back booth of this raffish joint he’s fronting.

Restaurant Openings

Week of August 27, 2007: Margaret Palca Bakes and BarFry.


In a smokeless restaurant world, matches may have become obsolete, but not the matchbook.

Hamburger Helpers

Ranking hamburger buns.

The Everything Guide to the U.S. Open

How to approach the U.S. Open.

Real Estate

A pre-bubble buyer? Good luck.

Apple’s Nanny Gets a Summer Share

Word is Gwyneth Paltrow rented a separate house in the Hamptons for her employees and it’s costing her a little more than $20,000 a month.

Life Swap: What If You Left New York?

Trade one island for another.


A New Pornographer in Town

Things have been going so well for New Pornographers front man A. C. Newman that he’s starting to get nervous.

The Movie Review

The convulsively funny Superbad might be the most provocative teen comedy ever made.

Typecasting Activist: Catalina Sandino Moreno

In Ethan Hawke’s film The Hottest State, Catalina Sandino Moreno finally plays a woman who doesn’t have to sneak into the country. She spoke with Logan Hill.

Verisimilitude Test: Is This Really the City You Know?

Which New York–subculture films get the details right?

The Theater Review

Why does Grease make everyone so happy?


What the audience really thought about Absinthe and La Vie at Spiegelworld.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Remembering Elizabeth Murray.

The Approval Matrix: Week of August 27, 2007

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

The Week

The Birth of the Cool

Soothing abstractions and well-ventilated museums are the perfect antidotes to horrifying humidity.

Something to Chew On

A workshop that’ll stick with you.

You Can Always Go...

An uncommonly rich week downtown as the summer festivals take dance to unusual places.

Pig Outs

We thought August meant corn, tomatoes, and lobster. Apparently, we forgot about pork.

Road Food

No time for a real summer vacation? Why not take a trip to the country for dinner?

Rock Out With Your Cash Out

A pair of daylong Saturday benefits.


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