The Book of Dead Philosophers
By Simon Critchley
Random House, 265 pages, $15.95
Whatever you think of his philosophy, or his celebrity, give Simon Critchley this: He’s a courageous writer. It takes an author possessed of true courage (or utter folly) to follow these sentences—“Philosophy begins, then, with … the cultivation of a love of Read More
Yesterday, before the packed Phillip Lim show at the Tents, we caught up with Ken Downing, dapper man-about-town and senior VP and women’s fashion director at Neiman Marcus, to discuss the neon-hued ’80s nostalgia which has seized designers like Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, Rodarte and Marc Jacobs this fashion week.
“You know, London always has Read More
Adam Begley, The Observer‘s longtime book review editor, has signed on with HarperCollins to write a biography of John Updike, who died last month of lung cancer at the age of 76. Mr. Begley sold the book through the literary agent George Borchardt, and will be edited by Tim Duggan. The publication date is Read More
Yesterday’s Oscar de la Renta show, at a Christian Science Church on Park Avenue*, took place in a grand, two-story room anchored with White House–esque columns at the front. Mr. de la Renta employed a diverse cast of models, among them a handful of the most prominent African-American up-and-comers (his spring 2009 runway was also Read More
At Anna Sui’s show last night, the British socialite and Nylon contributor Peaches Geldof was sitting in the front row with a fragile-looking Williamsburg boy in skinny black jeans and grungy hair. (This was not, however, the skinny Williamsburg boy, 24-year-old Harvard grad Max Drummey, guitarist of the band Chester French, whom she married last Read More
It’s 2 a.m. and you awake with a jerk, alone in your fully lit apartment and still on the couch. On TV, the credits of some movie you’ve already seen a billion times are scrolling by. It feels like rock bottom. And we know, because we’re just like you: single.
Need a movie to keep Read More
A funny thing happened on the way to the funeral being held for Tom Cruise’s career … Valkyrie became a hit. Well, maybe calling it a "hit" is a bit too much. But still, the film, which was dragged through the muck for the better part of a year, grossed a respectable $153 million Read More
Mayor Bloomberg, Caroline Kennedy, and Joel I. Klein showed up Giorgio Armani‘s store opening last night because Mr. Armani is donating $1 million to The Fund for Public Schools. [WWD]
Recently separated Tinsley Mortimer, mostly absent from the society scene as of late, showed up at Baby Phat (of all places) with new Read More
As Michael Kors‘ show began this morning, it looked just as we had expected with classic silhouettes, precise tailoring, and a resurgence of 80s cuts in blacks, browns and grays. But then—hello!—a Big Bird-like feather coat in neon green appeared on the runway. Then magenta. Then a highlighter orange.
At first we were concerned. But Read More