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CALM IS THE NEW CHIC: The latest New Yorker Style issue is heralded by a Bruce McCall cover illustration of a forest of sleek, thigh-high boots — partially inspired by last year’s Louboutin Monica boots and the logistical challenges they presented to women, as covered in a “Talk of the Town” piece. At the issue’s center is a profile of Burberry’s creative director, Christopher Bailey, by Lauren Collins, who remarks: “Weather is to Burberry as sex was to Gucci: the thing without which it would be impossible to imagine the other.”
“I think Christopher Bailey and Burberry are really in sync with the mood right now,” said New Yorker articles editor Susan Morrison, “where being soulful and reflective is valued more than glitz and bling. Christopher Bailey is a lot of things that many designers are not: calm, young, sane, antielitist.”
Elsewhere in the issue, Dana Goodyear profiles Kelly Wearstler, and Alexandra Jacobs heads to Nevada to the Zappos headquarters, where members of the relentlessly buoyant corporate culture wonder about its future in the wake of being purchased by Amazon. Morrison said the piece was actually prompted by outgoing New Yorker managing editor Kate Julian’s surprise at having received a pair of shoes the morning after she ordered them.
— Irin Carmon