Navigating the social riptides of Manhattan used to be simple. It was always so easy to tell who was rich and who was poor. The person with the Verdura baubles, mink stoles and Blahniks was the rich lady. The beleaguered individual with the matted hair and the moth-eaten knitwear was the poor lady.
Confusingly, the Read More
On the evening of Monday, May 2, as rain pelted down from the sky (as has been its wont in prior years), guests scampered out of their cars, armored vehicles and trucks-no cabs, thank you!-and up toward the entrance of the Metropolitan Museum for the Costume Institute Gala: hems dragging through the puddles, furs mottling, Read More
For the past several years, my mother and her friends have invited me to the annual Frederick Law Olmsted Awards Luncheon held by the Central Park Conservancy, where the crème de la crème of New York society turns out in full bloom to match that of the glorious park gardens. Usually I borrow a hat Read More
Some more things we’re just not on board with: the warmed-over meat loaf that is the new New York Times Thursday Styles section. White power males swimming naked? Yuck! (We give them exactly two weeks before they publish a feature on the “shaved scrotum” hipster look for summer 2005 … ); and don’t Read More
During the 2004 election coverage, I repeatedly cringed at the unflattering ensembles I saw woman politicians and the wives of politicians wearing on the campaign trail. Seeing such sexless politico-wear brought to mind the Chanel suit I have always left on its hanger in my various closets. Prophylactically separated from the rest of my clothing Read More
Mom Delivers Baby,
Stork Snatches Purse
Giving birth is a sufficiently laborious task that one might think keeping an eye on one’s purse would be the last thing on an expectant mother’s mind. But a Long Island City woman faced just that challenge at Lenox Hill Hospital on May 15-if not during labor, then Read More
Tuleh’s sunny creative director loves getting dressed! Our Ms. Brooks! Socialite, supermom and new fashion pioneer
Amanda Brooks, 29, formerly the muse of the beloved society clothing line Tuleh, has schmoozed or oozed her way into the position of its creative director, without any formal fashion training. It’s a sweet three-day-per-week gig whose responsibilities include Read More
“My shoppin’ demons are hoppin’,” said Tammy Faye Messner once, referring to the recklessly acquisitive tendencies that have dogged her through good times and bad. How ’bout you? Are your shoppin’ demons prodding their little pitchforks into your susceptible rump? Are you destined to be burned at that infernal stake called credit-card debt?
Unlike Tammy, Read More
“Mopping,” “boosting,” “pulling a Winona”-call it what you will, shoplifting has become the new hot transgression du jour . In the Ice Storm 70′s, we had key parties and wife-swapping: Today’s thrill-seekers are more apt to steal clothes for kicks than discard them for pleasure. And it’s getting worse.
In the past, retailers have resigned Read More
“I don’t like skinny people. I think it’s very démodé.” -Karl Lagerfeld, 1977.
“Muscles are out. Bones are in.” -Karl Lagerfeld, 2002, after shedding 90 pounds.
Busted! Karl Lagerfeld’s dramatic weight loss has been a hot topic in the world of fashion for almost a year, which doesn’t say much about Le Mode’s Read More