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August 24, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

Fall Fashion 2009

Wide shoulders and cinched waists, boy-tailoring for girls, buckets of lollipop red, jackets for the open road, a resurgence of dots, belts for conducting diplomacy, and more. By Harriet Mays Powell
Plus: Exquisite Circus
A gallery of the beautiful chaos surrounding the fashion shows in New York, Milan, and Paris. Photographs by Marcus Bleasdale
On the Cover: From left, Yulia Kharlapanova, Aleksandra Rastovic, and Sheila Marquez at the Yves Saint Laurent show in Paris; the collection is available at Yves Saint Laurent, 3. E. 57th St., nr. Fifth Ave. (212-980-2970). Photograph by Marcus Bleasdale/VII, for New York Magazine.


Vive Lacroix

If he doesn’t find a backer soon, the legendary couturier may be gone in a pouf. But what, Christian Lacroix wonders, did profit ever have to do with haute couture?

How Could This Happen to Annie Leibovitz?

The $24 million question.

Cuckoo for Coco

As a designer, Coco Chanel became synonymous with modernity. She also jumped into bed with the Third Reich. Audrey Tautou, the latest actress to play her, explains why Chanel’s legend is as enduring as a quilted handbag.

T-Shirt by Darwin

It’s been burned, washed, stoned, dipped in acid, discarded and rediscovered, even shot. The evolution of a once-humble garment.

Tinz & Topp in Tears

The fracturing of an haute-Wasp fairy tale.


Unhealthy Debate

100 pedestrians polled about our national health-care battle.

The Too-Quiet City

People always disappear from New York in August. But this year’s emptiness feels eerie.

The Post-Hughes Teenager

The fate of Ferris.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Sweaty Society

Peddling enlightenment in the Hamptons.

47 Minutes With Peter Peterson

The Blackstone Group billionaire reflects on philanthropy and his daughter’s dirty book.

Jim Sturgess: Belfast Over Broadway

It’s three o’clock in the afternoon, and Jim Sturgess is drinking a beer at Molly’s Shebeen.

Blood Work

When Yale refused to show Kate Levant’s project, Zach Feuer gave her keys to his gallery.


The Biggest Thing Since E-mail

Why the already-soaring smart-phone market is only just beginning to take off.


Best Bets

New fall nail-polish shades, shopping on side streets, and more.

The Look Book

“We had Bridget in a very good public school in Tribeca, but she was lopsidedly artistic from the very beginning.”


Monkey Bar pulls in plenty of stars, but A-list connections can’t cover for D-grade cooking.

At the Greenmarket

Low-sodium People's Pickles from Rick's Picks and Flying Pigs Farm's leaf-lard pie dough.


The Muse

Scarlett Johansson plays Brigitte Bardot to Pete Yorn’s Serge Gainsbourg on a new CD.

The Movie Review

Quentin Tarantino’s WWII wet dream of vengeance, Inglourious Basterds, was worth the wait.

Quentin Tarantino’s Girl Power

Tarantino’s films are as much about female empowerment as macho shenanigans.

Arab in America: Cherien Dabis

Onetime The L Word writer Cherien Dabis’s convictions far outweigh her fear of obstacles.

Almost Famous

The Delusional Downtown Divas are spoofing art-world status—and gaining it.

Born Again

John Forté’s hip-hop career was interrupted by prison and saved by George W. Bush.

The Classical Music Review

Mostly Mozart has found its niche: buoyant good fun. (With a little Stockhausen on the side.)


The Icee Gets Serious

Espresso addicts are not the sort to be placated with watery iced coffee from the local deli.


Comments: Week of August 24, 2009

Readers sound off on Obama's media presence, Trail's End Camp, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of August 24, 2009

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

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