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February 5, 2018 Issue

Cover Story

Mary J. Blige Sees Herself Anew

Mary J. Blige on watching herself. By Carl Swanson On the Cover: Mary J. Blige. Photograph by Radka Leitmeritz for New York Magazine.

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The Spring Fashion Issue 2018

Can Fashion Ever Be an Ethical Business?

A notorious industry gets its #MeToo moment. Sort of. By Jessica Pressler and Alexa Tsoulis-Reay

Fashion Has an Image Problem

Glamour is predicated on transgression. By Stella Bugbee

The Affluencers

Influencers who have actual influence. By Amy Larocca

Like Warhol but for 2018

Is Poppy enacting a meta-commentary on fame in the YouTube era? Or does she simply want to be famous? By Allison P. Davis

Before There Was Instagram

Antonio Lopez had an instamatic. By Joan Juliet Buck

Portfolio: Her Breakthrough Women

In a series of collages, an artist pairs images of black heroines with the clothes of the season. By Deborah Roberts

Trends: Companion Pieces

Atypically accessorized accessories. Photographs by Bobby Doherty

Trends: Let’s Decode the Runway

Unraveling the many varied references in this season’s shows, from The Shining to Sol LeWitt. By Emilia Petrarca and Rebecca Ramsey


The Swamp

The misadventures of Steven Mnuchin and Louise Linton.

Trophy Bags

The most coveted totes.


Jordan Peterson, tough-love self-help guru for the basement-dwelling set.

Reread: January 25, 1988

A hard look at the original modelizer.

The Strategist

Best Bets

A Bottega Veneta flagship, two niche bookstores, and a climbing gym in Bushwick.

Look Book

The kindred male shoppers at New York’s Filson store.

Market Report

Blind-buying $2,700 flat-pack sofas.

The Restaurant Review

The food at the Lobster Club holds your attention despite the midtown-party-crowd vibe.

The Dish

King’s fantastic hot chocolate–espresso hybrid is the antidote for winter doldrums.


Danny Meyer–backed California chain Tender Greens opens in Flatiron.

In Season

New York chefs are discovering all the possibilities of the sweet potato.


Wish You Were There

Snaps of Sundance stars.

An Updated Guide to the Culture of Intoxicants

We’re way past “White Rabbit.”

Conversation With a Unicorn

Erykah Badu deconstructs her own legend.

The Movie Review

Loveless conjures humanism out of wretchedness.

The Album Review

Migos’ Culture II isn’t an album, It’s a data dump.

The Book Review

Will Zadie Smith ever feel free?

To Do: February 7–February 21, 2018

Twenty-five things to see, hear, watch, and read.


Comments: Week of February 5, 2018

Readers sound off on the record number of women running for office, Glenn Greenwald, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of February 5, 2018

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

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