Deluxe Gifts for Me! Me! Me!
Screw gift-giving to others. This season should be all about you! Treat yourself to something extraordinary that, naturally, you’d never consider budgeting for to give to anyone else. Don’t dwell on the stigma of selfishness–you deserve a reward! Sixty-hour work weeks with dreadful colleagues that collide headfirst into a binge of holiday family time; menacing Read More
David Yurman’s Madison Avenue townhouse, which displayed his newest collection for ogling in honor of the GLAAD Media Awards, is beige. Waiter, models, or waiter-models in black swooped around the glass jewelry displays brandishing tuna tartar on tiny bites of toast, and GLAAD co-chairs welcomed participants as they filed inside, heading straight for the champagne at the far wall.
There is nothing quite as pleasurable as having your mind changed. It’s almost as pleasurable as being right.
I am The Observer‘s Culture Editor — hi — and I am not what you might call a fashion person: I appreciate a fancy frock as much as the next gal; I can slip into an attitude Read More
In the late summer of 1987, actor George Hamilton swung open the door of Elizabeth Taylor’s suite at the Plaza Athenee Hotel in New York to greet two guests. The actress made an entrance down the stairs and offered a buffet supper and Champagne to John Block, then the director of jewelry at Sotheby’s auction Read More
Ask most New Yorkers how they feel about the acres of construction scaffolding encircling the city’s buildings, and they will respond with contempt. Short of keeping construction debris and rain off our heads, their main job is to annoy. Scaffolding blocks out the sun and the beautiful architecture. It makes jaywalking and tourist-passing all the Read More
It is one of the truisms of the art world that the fine-jewelry market defies recessions. Whether that’s because the very rich don’t even notice downturns, or buyers turn to hard assets in tough times, the demand for baubles is ridiculously undented by economic realities. Since December 2008, a string of jewelry records have been Read More
• In accordance with the past few weeks’ spate of mixed economic indicators, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 1.6 percent in the second quarter — slower than the government’s initial estimate of 2.4 percent but faster than economists had expected. [Bureau of Economic Analysis / Bloomberg]
• Investors Read More