Jun Takahashi, the Sorcerer of Fashion

EARLY THIS YEAR, on a stage in Paris, a silent figure stepped under a spotlight. She was wearing a double-layered honeycomb-net skirt made of red organza, her hair twisted into giant ram’s horns. She was part Alice in Wonderland, part monarch painted by Velázquez. To the sounds of ...
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The Rebranding of the Bronx

In the late 1980s, Bruckner Boulevard was a forbidding stretch of asphalt strung with disused factories, dim tattoo parlors and fast-food depots. The thoroughfare, blisteringly sketched by Tom Wolfe in his satirical novel “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” was part of the wasteland that was the South Bronx ...
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Meet the Creator of Beyoncé’s Crown From the ‘7/11’ Video

Enter Laura Wass’s Brooklyn studio and you will find brass bunny ears, candy-colored bras, gold crowns and other pieces that are a futuristic cross between happy-go-lucky and streetwise, something a young Joan Jetson might have worn to an intergalactic rave. Out of the ordinary as they may appear, ...
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Silicon Valley Now Has Its Own Populist Pundit

MENLO PARK, Calif. — It’s not easy being the first and only Fox News host in Silicon Valley. But Steve Hilton, a tech entrepreneur who was once chief adviser to former Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, added that role to his résumé in June. Now every week, ...
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Modern Love: Four Castaways Make a Family

Modern Love By RENE DENFELD “I think you’re just right for her,” my adoption caseworker said, showing me her picture in the foster-child bulletin. She was a dumpling of a child, her face unclear in the blurry black-and-white photo. The narrative underneath told me her private story, one ...
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Encounters: Elizabeth Olsen, Cooking Onscreen and Off

Encounters By ALEXIS SOLOSKI The actress Elizabeth Olsen separated the first egg gracefully. The second? Not so much. And the third was a disaster. “Get it together, Lizard,” she muttered to herself as she leaned over a stainless-steel bowl. Ms. Olsen — Lizard to her mother; Lizzie to ...
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Anger Rooms Are All the Rage. Timidly, We Gave One a Whack.

Smashing things may not seem at first blush to be a winning idea to wrap a business around. Since March, however, nearly 1,500 people have shown up to break housewares, electronics and furniture at the Wrecking Club, two reinforced rooms in the basement of a building in the ...
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On the Runway: Walmart Heirs Snap Up Rapha, the British Bikewear Brand

Elizabeth Paton ON THE RUNWAY LONDON — Rapha, the upmarket British bikewear brand credited with bringing fashionable as well as functional garments to the booming cycling market, is set to get additional pedal power in the form of a major new shareholder. The company, based in London, announced ...
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At Home With: Jeannette Walls Settles Down Far From the Noise of New York

ORANGE, Va. — Early in the “The Glass Castle,” the movie based on Jeannette Walls’s memoir of growing up destitute, Rex Walls sidles up to his little girl, who lies burned and bandaged in a hospital bed. “Hey, Mountain Goat, it’s time to skedaddle,” he says, before swaddling ...
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Need Models for Your Party? There’s an App for That

When the vibrating yoga pants were switched on, the party perked up considerably. “Oh, I like this,” said Briana Siaca, facing the floor in a downward dog pose, as electronic sensors pulsed along her legs. Ms. Siaca, 23, a two-time Miss New York runner-up with more than Array,200 ...
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Future Tense: Grandpa Had a Pension. This Generation Has Cryptocurrency.

Future Tense By TEDDY WAYNE Most readers have probably heard of Bitcoin, the digital coin that dominates the cryptocurrency market. It has gained notice both because of its skyrocketing value (from less than a cent in early 2010 to around $2,600 currently) and because it is frequently a ...
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Cover Story: The Samuel L. Jackson Method

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Right now, as you are reading this, Samuel L. Jackson is on a yacht in the Mediterranean, perhaps standing on the fantail, whacking golf balls into the deep, deep blue. “The golf balls are fish food, so they’re environmentally correct,” he said a few ...
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Unbuttoned: Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the Optics of Relatable Style

Unbuttoned By VANESSA FRIEDMAN Well, that look didn’t last long. After a very brief 10-day interlude of in-your-face bluster draped in Loro Piana tailoring courtesy of Anthony Scaramucci’s showmanship, which replaced Mike Dubke’s — well, what? Does anyone have any memory of his affect? Me neither. The White ...
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Noted: A Brooklyn Museum’s Ode to Tabloid Culture

Last Friday night, visitors at the two-year-old THNK1994 Museum in Brooklyn sipped pink cocktails as they made their way through a new exhibition. The featured works included a portrait of Lindsay Lohan wearing a bikini and an ankle monitor, a sculpture made from prescription bottles and string lights, ...
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