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  • November 10, 2014 • Fashion

    Ann Demeulemeester’s Adieu

    Ann Demeulemeester paid a visit to Barneys New York last month to sign copies of her monograph: a blackened brick of a book, around two thousand pages in length, archiving over two decades of work. Early photographs were taken by her...

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  • October 27, 2014 • Fashion

    When Jimmy Kimmel Accidentally Became Pierre Bourdieu

    British novelist David Lodge wrote of a parlour game called Humiliation, which made its first appearance in his 1975 novel, Changing Places, a satire about the pretensions of “knowing.” The protagonists, university professors...

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  • September 16, 2014 • Fashion

    The Youth Quake: Maritime, Magma, and Sorry-Free Sex

    What’s in a name? A lot, it appears. Recent studies have suggested that using your middle name can trick people into thinking that you’re more intellectual than you really are. J.W. Anderson is praised for just that: cerebral,...

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  • September 13, 2014 • Fashion

    NYFW: Sea, Sports, and Planet Jacobs

    Fashion, they say, is art. Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte are turning it into some kind of sensational science, defying the basic rules of biology and physics that govern the making of matter. Last season the sisters closed their show...

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  • September 10, 2014 • Fashion

    NYFW: Sex, School, and Serenity

    It’s difficult to imagine any period in time without the costumes that substantiate the cultures. More than a source of shelter, clothing is a symbol of status and mobility: who you are, where you’re going, what you represent. For a...

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  • September 8, 2014 • Fashion

    Proenza Schouler and Bernard Arnault’s Big Business Phallus

    Last week news broke that LVMH, the luxury conglomerate presided over by French tycoon Bernard Arnault, had its stern, unwavering eyes on New York brand Proenza Schouler, which this year celebrates its fourteenth birthday. Delphine...

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  • June 23, 2014 • Fashion

    Trends and Trendcasting: From Crap to Couture

    A naïve fashion assistant fumbles into a room with a pen and notebook. During the run-through, she sees the stylist fretting over two belts that look almost identical. The assistant laughs quietly to herself over the general silliness of...

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  • May 9, 2014 • Fashion

    Shopper Showdown: Karl Marx vs Karl Lagerfeld

    The University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business recently revealed details of an upcoming study, to be published in October, suggesting that snobbish sales assistants may actually be motivating customers to spend more in...

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  • April 1, 2014 • Fashion

    The Child Model and the Big, Bad Fashion Industry

    Thylane Blondeau’s name first rose to prominence, or rather, notoriety, back in 2011 when photographs of her in the December 2010 issue of Vogue Paris fuelled debate about the sexualisation of children in the fashion industry. Jenna...

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  • March 20, 2014 • Fashion

    Building Dreams and Desire

    I still remember the first time I walked into Chanel. It was a dreary Friday afternoon with dark, threatening clouds lingering overhead. My friends and I were on our way home from a class excursion to the museum, and having just reached...

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