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Buyouts, mergers, public offerings, the sale of a big stake to an outsider--these are all existential focal points in the life of any company.

Emotionally and financially charged moments, they are highly anticipated and often transformative. Later they will be recalled by former executives and dissected by dealwatchers--ourselves included--with comments like "Everything went downhill when they sold out" or "They were nothing until so and so came in and whipped them into shape."
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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.

01-flappers.jpgWhat qualities do Josephine Baker, Zelda Fitzgerald, Tallulah Bankhead, Lady Diana Cooper, Nancy Cunard and Tamara de Lempicka all share? They were all prominent in the Twenties and are the subjects of an intriguing new group biography, "Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation" (Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Judith Mackrell, who is the dance critic of The Guardian. Mackrell's previous book, her first, was 2008's "Bloomsbury Ballerina," the story of Lydia Lopokova, the former Ballets Russes dancer who married the celebrated economist John Maynard Keynes. 
eye-dan-stevens04.jpgActor Dan Stevens, who made his name by playing Matthew Crawley -- a pivotal character who combined stalwart decency and a great deal of romantic appeal -- on the phenomenally successful British TV series "Downton Abbey," has a number of new projects in the works. (The fourth season, the first without Matthew, is currently on PBS in the U.S.)

THE INN CROWD: A self-professed fan of hotel living, Karl Lagerfeld has been tapped to design two luxurious suites at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris, currently undergoing a major renovation and slated to reopen in 2015.


On the second day of the new year, the latest outpost of Sant Ambroeus opened its doors in New York's SoHo neighborhood. The sun was setting on a crucial day, but holding court in one of the restaurant's red leather banquettes was chef Marco Barbisotti, sipping from a cup of espresso, the very image of Italian sprezzatura. He has been through many of these openings before.

Turns out, Rei Kawakubo, is a roll-up-her-sleeves kind of gal. That doesn't mean she sits readily for an interview, preferring to answer questions via e-mail and, at least in the case of her recent exchange with WWD in which she discussed Dover Street Market and the golden renovation of Comme des Garçons' New York flagship, in bold red caps.

December 23, 2013 12:06 PM

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Art, Meet Google Glass

Glasses -- as in optical frames -- are David Datuna's medium.

Fashion's most quoteable, at it again.
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