Fashion & Style

When the Cable Guy’s a Gal, Some People’s Wires Get Crossed

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‘Torch Song Trilogy’ and Me: A 35-Year Love Affair

But this play sounded like something we had never seen before. A few days later, we headed over to the Richard Allen Center on West 62nd Street and mounted six narrow flights of stairs, to confront a stage no bigger than my living room, and entered a cramped theater filled with others who had heard the same siren call. Previously ...

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Mourning Alaïa: The Designer’s Friends and Collaborators React

After the news of Azzedine Alaïa’s death broke early Saturday, Instagram and Twitter flooded with tributes to the Tunisian-born designer. Below, some of the designer’s closest friends and collaborators shared their thoughts with us. “I think one of the most memorable fashion moments I’ve ever had was seeing the wedding dress that Azzedine created for me. I didn’t know what ...

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Azzedine Alaïa, Fashion’s Most Independent Designer, Is Dead at 82

An exhibit of his work at the Villa Borghese in Rome in 2015, where his gowns held their own among the Caravaggios and Berninis, proved he had achieved that goal. Born in Tunisia in 1935, Mr. Alaïa came to Paris in 1957 to work with Christian Dior, living in the “chambre de bonne” of Comtesse Nicole de Blégiers, and paying ...

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Now Pass the Mic to Tatum O’Neal

“No,” she said. “It’s tacky.” At 54, Ms. O’Neal is used to putting her foot down, she said later that day over lunch at Spago. “My entire life, I’ve been saying no to everything. No, no, no,” she said. “I want to be a yes person.” Photo The actor Ryan O’Neal, left, and Ms. O’Neal, his daughter, at the National ...

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Thanksgiving, Solved! How to Deal With This Dreadful Holiday

Photo Credit Christoph Niemann My wife and I have been married for two years and dated for three before that. That’s five horrendous Thanksgivings with her extended family. (Mine is abroad.) Her father needles us about politics; her mother criticizes our clothes, apartment and friends. Last year, she told me my job wasn’t “masculine.” It’s total conflict. This year, my ...

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3 Designers Creating Clothes for Life — Not the Runway

There’s a certain type of woman who is always dressed in something stylish but not fashionable, expensive but never ostentatious, exquisite yet hard to place: some thoughtful, meticulously cut piece of clothing that channels the contemporary moment while remaining aloof to trends. It’s made of pure, papery crisp cotton, supple linen or the softest Italian wool. It’s capacious and effortless, ...

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Memorial T-Shirts Create a Little Justice, a Tiny Peace

“It’s a beautiful art, but it’s pretty morbid,” he said. Often, the T-shirts he designs are for the very young, frequently victims of gun violence. “I love airbrushing, I love graffiti, but I’d rather make shirts to celebrate a graduation or a wedding, or, hell, even a picture of somebody’s dog,” he said. “But it is what it is. It’s ...

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Why Fashion Can’t Stop Looking North

Photo From the exhibition “North: Fashioning Identity,” an image from “The Liver Birds” series shot by Alice Hawkins for Love magazine in 2012. Credit Alice Hawkins LONDON — What are the first things that spring to mind when you think of the north of England? The Beatles, cobbled streets and Manchester United? 1990s rave culture, rain and feisty women with ...

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It’s Melania 2.0, as Mrs. Trump Iterates in Asia

She may also have received less scrutiny because of … Hope Hicks, White House communications czar, and her tuxedo. Photo Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, at a state banquet at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on Nov. 6. Credit Andrew Harnik/Associated Press Or, to be fair, her tuxedo worn with a floppy, dandified bow tie to the state ...

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