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February 21, 2011 Issue

Cover Story

The Spring Fashion Issue

Who is fashion for? Not so long ago, real fashion existed only for the very fewówealthy people with access to the best showrooms and shops. Opinions were for designers to have and others to ape. In this issue, we take a look at who fashion is for now. Ask Jessica Simpson, and she’ll tell you it’s for anyone with a hundred dollars or so to spend. Ask Alexander Wang, and he’ll give you a very specific idea of the Wang girl. Yet the fashion world can still be cloistered, an up-for-anything place. On the Cover: Ruven Afanador for New York Magazine


The $1 Billion Girl

Jessica Simpson is laughing all the way to the fashion bank.

The Street Is Their Oyster

Two photo-bloggers, the Sartorialist and Garance Doré, in a very rewarding ménage à troisówith fashion.

ďDo You Smell Gin on Her Breath?’’

John Galliano’s search for his muse.

Fight Like a Pretty Boy

Where male models go to prove they’re not Ken dolls.

Why Fashion Keeps Tripping Over Race

The paint-chip problem, revisited.

Kiki’s Closet

To be Don Draper’s daughter, you have to look the part. And 11-year-old Kiernan Shipka loves to talk clothes.

Women of Wang

With a posse of model muses, and mentors like Anna Wintour and Diane Von Furstenberg, Alexander Wang knows where his girl’s at.


Salts Tripping

The latest very-bad-for-you designer drug has nothing to do with the stuff that goes in a tub.

The AOLington Post: Yet Another Liberal Media Dream Deferred

The dream of an avowedly liberal media powerhouse to rival Fox News remains as alive as ever.

The Westway Way

Hipster-approved girls dancing topless, just because.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Laughing Mad Loud

New Yorkese in the time of Twitter.

172 Minutes With David Frei

The real-life version of Fred Willard’s Best in Show character takes his spaniel for a walk.


Ball Hog

So why is Jim Dolan taking over again?


Best Bets

Big retail's big week, ladylike Valentino heels, and more.

The Look Book

"Everything is civilized with me. There is no working until two in the morning, eating delivery pizza."

The Restaurant Review

Michael White’s Ai Fiori lacks the sparkle of his other restaurants.

In Season

Citrus is winter’s most revivifying bright spot, and right now, produce shelves are teeming with the stuff.

The Superfund Discount

The Gowanus Canal: Toxic wasteland or real-estate hot spot?


Lady England

PJ Harvey addresses her country’s history of war with mordant wit and a beat you can (almost) dance to.

The Theater Review

Scott Brown sees Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark.

The Movie Review

His music might be bland, but a new documentary brilliantly packages Justin Bieber’s Furby charm.

The Accidental Actress

Grace Gummer joins the family business, after a few detours.

The Book Review

A survivor tests the boundaries of just how far a memoir of child abuse should go.

The Art Review

A trio of Cézannes walks us through the artist's pioneering way of seeing space.

The Great Leap Forward

Artist Laurie Simmons finds her perfect subject.


Team Sorella Branches Out With Stellina

The new café from the partners of Sorella, next door, should open in about a week.


Comments: Week of February 21, 2011

Readers sound off on Cathie Black, Superman, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of February 21-28, 2011

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

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