New York City Marathon
If you have been spending your days reading only the A section of The New York Times lately, we can forgive you for thinking that this weekend’s NYC marathon might be canceled over something as mercurial as a hurricane. After all, that’s what Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said today: That holding a major event in a city while its still reeling from a crisis is potentially not the best idea. (Although hey, it certainly would be the fastest way to get over any of New York’s bridges.)
And that makes sense, at least on the surface. But dig a little deeper … say, to Thursday Styles, and you’ll find out the real reason people don’t want to spend Sunday running around a ghost town. They’re afraid someone will take a stupid picture of them.
When we last reported on Rockaway Beach—a well-established “Hipster Hamptons” of sorts for the last few years—we saw the writing on the wall:
Peter Brant is the owner of Brant Publications, which makes him the publisher of Interview Magazine, which was started by Andy Warhol. He also makes lots of money doing other things, like collecting art. His wife—who he almost got a divorce with, and then, reconciled with—is supermodel Stephanie Seymour, who was in the “November Rain” video. He had three children with her. Two of them were profiled by the New York Times for tomorrow’s Thursday Styles section.
Without further ado, here are the ten best lines, removed from their context, without commentary*:
“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months,” Oscar Wilde once famously quipped. He was almost right. When discussing trends in fashion staples, very little is altered…not even the copy. Such is the case of The New York Times and its obsession with skirts.
“It seems parrotlike to go on repeating the statement that short skirts are fashionable,” wrote The New York Times fashion reporter Anne Rittenhouse, “but it is amazing to observe their progress toward a complete sweep of the field.”
Ms. Rittenhouse (a penname for Ms. Harry-Dele Hallmark) must have been looking into a crystal ball: she was already exasperated by the skirt trend stories back in 1909, when the novelty of a hemline was that it was no longer attached to a dress. Her item was titled: “What the well-dressed women are wearing; The Skirt With Separate Bodice the Correct Styles for Smartly Dressed Women This Season.”
With that, The New York Times pronounced that skirts were “in.” And twice a year because it lines up with Fashion Week: long skirts come back for fall, short skirts for Spring, with an almost clockwork preciseness, the parrotlike Grey Lady announces that once again, skirts are fashionable. Yes ladies, free yourself of those dowdy knickerbockers and put on a skirt…they’re back in style!