August 20, 2012

Cover Story
The Fall Fashion Issue

The fashion world today is more democratic than ever. Shows are live-streamed from New York, Paris, and Milan, making the runway available to anyone with even a dodgy web connection. And yet, in the midst of all this inclusiveness, the luxury sector keeps growing—along with the income gap. In this issue, we take a look at consumerism on many levels, from the wives of NBA stars who walk a public—and judgmental—courtside runway several times a week (in season at least), to Peter Marino, house architect of luxury whose own style refuses to conform to any expectations. And we go to the zoo with cover subject Kim Kardashian, to whom half the fashion world is in thrall and the other half gives a coldly draped shoulder.

On the Cover: Kim Kardashian. Photograph by Pari Dukovic for New York Magazine. On Kardashian: embroidered petal jacquard dress available at Louis Vuitton; 866-VUITTON.

Features

Kim at the Zoo

The most famous Kardashian is a shameless shill, a curvy sexpot, and a genuinely sweet woman. Just the kind of star the fashion world doesn't know what to do with. By Benjamin Wallace

It Happened to Me

In the late eighties, Jane Pratt practically defined Gen X's confessional voice. Now 49, she's den mother to Sassy's journalistic progeny. By Carl Swanson

Leather Daddy of Luxury

Peter Marino is a former Warhol protégé who dresses like a Hells Angel—and the No. 1 architect in high-end retail. By Amy Larocca

Shop Girl

Clare Distenfeld ended her quarter-life crisis—and her father's midlife crisis—by creating the New York boutique of her dreams. By Alex Morris

The Belles of B-Ball

Marrying a hoops icon can mean a fairy-tale life of megamansions and stretch limos. It also means the glare of other wives at 41 home games a year. By Vanessa Grigoriadis

"Vanity Is a Necessity"

In China, young white-collar elites are hungry for Louis Vuitton wallets, Hermès belts, and the style advice of their mistresses. By April Rabkin

Fall’s Big Trends

Athletic stilettos, shaggy fur, teeny tiny bags, and more.

One Camera, Three Cities, a Thousand Poses

Pari Dukovic's fashion month portfolio.

Intelligencer

A Pinup P&L

Here, the wages of titillation.

See Mitt Read

Romney’s curious brand of bibliophilia.

Dead Books Club

Pulping’s history.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Ohh! Snap.

The allure of Instagram storm porn.

122 Minutes With Jamie Dimon

The JPMorgan Chase CEO is really, really, really sorry. Except when he’s not.

Columns

Is Football Wrong?

Even to a devoted fan, it’s getting harder to watch the NFL.

Strategist

Best Bets

A Coach duffle bag, a Hex Code wallet case, and more new stuff in stores.

The Look Book

“My son always tells me pleats are out, but I like them.”

The Restaurant Review

For Lulu & Po chef Matthew Hamilton, this time it's personal.

In Season

Why not go a different route with artichokes?

Restaurant Opening

Although the chef references the Big Easy with jambalaya balls and baked oysters, he considers Exchange Alley strictly “a New York joint.”

Restaurant Opening

What to drink (and eat) at Pork Slope, opening next week in Park Slope.

Cold One

As the high-tech methods for brewing and selling iced coffee proliferate, one café looks to the past.

Trendlet: Tiny Bubbles

Why your pint is being downsized.

Culture

A Portrait of the Actor As an Addict As an Ex As a Young Man

Zachary Booth's ventriloquist act.

Lessons Learned

Lionel Loueke plays like a natural. But it took him a decade of relentless practice to sound that way.

The Movie Review

Frank Langella spars with an android accomplice in Robot & Frank.

The Theater Review

A reworked Into the Woods is strange, awkward, flawed—and a powerful success.

The Classical Music Review

The spooky-creepy-beautiful The Murder of Crows washes visitors in mysterious sound.

The TV Review

Boss, Copper, and Hell on Wheels share Deadwood DNA.

Agenda

Slow Rise

Maison Kayser, the Parisian bakery and café that just opened in New York, may be a burgeoning international chain, but do not mistake it for Au Bon Pain.

Departments

Comments: Week of August 20, 2012

Readers sound off on the Sex Issue, Jeff Greene, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of August 20, 2012

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

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