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Now that the fashion dust has settled in New York, London, Milan and Paris and one at last begins to recover from the exhausting blur of thousands of garments, one can take stock. What is it all about? What does it all mean?

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Sometime after the World Economic Forum scrum, Billionaire Husband and I got to talking about the lousy amenities at the Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvedyre in Davos (the hard, European-size mattresses, for instance) and the silly village rule that allows no salt on the wintry roads. (Thus, we got to see the president of Liberia slipping along the Guggerbachstrasse before dinner. I mean, the woman has hardly ever seen snow. You'd think for this one week they'd relax their uptight Swiss-ish-ness and treat the sidewalk, so that Mme Sirleaf wouldn't break her neck.) But mostly we talked about the idea of inequality.

The fashion industry has embraced social media in all its instantaneous glory. Excessive tweets, idle (and sometimes not-so-idle) gossip aside, fluency across interactive social platforms has remained the biggest Fashion Week must-have so far, proving to be an indispensable tool in brand exposure. So for the few skeptics that remain, keep reading.
May 24, 2010 11:44 AM

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Memphis Mojo

Montego Glover as Felicia Farrell in the Tony-nominated "Memphis."
photo courtesy of Joan Marcus
Montego Glover's work day consists of fan kicks, long leaps and lots of high notes--all in four inch stilettos. But the star of the new Broadway hit "Memphis" takes it all in stride. "I'm in heels the entirety of the musical," Glover says with a laugh.
May 19, 2010 5:13 PM

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Color Coded at DVF Gallery

Oil painting by Natasha Law

London-based painters Lucy Soni and Natasha Law (sister of Jude) will unveil their latest oil painting creations at a joint exhibition, "Licking Out Of the Same Bowl," on May 19 at DVF Gallery, adjacent to Diane Von Furstenberg's flagship store.

Michael Kors at the Golden Gate Bridge
Greetings from San Francisco -- one of my favorite cities in the world. Stopped by the Presidio for the Hitchcock views, had amazing dim sum for lunch at Tommy Toy's, went to a benefit fashion show for the San Francisco Ballet followed by drinks at the Tonga Room, which is like a tiki bar on steroids.


April 30, 2010 3:25 PM

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Bon Appetit in Tribeca

Plein Sud
photo courtesy of Emmanuel Faure
On Tuesday Tribeca will get a new dining option: Plein Sud, a 90-seat French bistro and lounge by Parisian restaurateur Frederick Lesort located on the ground floor of Jason Pomeranc's Smyth Hotel.

"My goal was to create a neighborhood restaurant that takes its energy from Wall Street but first and foremost from the strong residential basis of the neighborhood," says Lesort, whose other establishments include Opia and Matisse. "This is a restaurant for New Yorkers."


BASEL, Switzerland -- After the annus horribilis of 2009, the luxury watch industry is celebrating what it does best at the Baselworld trade fair. The talk has been all about heritage, know-how and vintage designs, with brands showcasing updated versions of archive pieces ranging from stopwatches to Kennedy-era wristwatches -- evoking the stylish "Mad Men" era.
November 19, 2009 4:12 PM

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WWD Postcard: Rafe Totengco

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Accessories designer Rafe Totengco dishes to WWD about his recent visit to Hong Kong:

Let me tell you about Hong Kong. It's fast and furious. It makes New York look like Boca. I've been coming here for so many years it's like my second home. As soon as I land, I hit the ground running. There are places to go, people to see. I always run over to Causeway Bay to check out all the small boutiques that carry local designers. They're on trend and cost a fraction of the price compared with the major labels.


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