For Daphne Guinness, the World Is a Stage. So She Picked Up a Mike.

By MATTHEW SCHNEIER May 25, 2016 Daphne Guinness (the Honourable, to use her proper title) was teetering on her usual heelless skyscraper shoes through Rivington Guitars a few weeks ago, addressing herself to guitars, pedals and amps with the awed focus and connoisseur’s eye she once brought to the salons of haute couture. Spindly and unnaturally elevated, …

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On the Runway: MoMA Finally Embraces Fashion With Plans for ‘Is Fashion Modern?’

May 23, 2016 Vanessa Friedman ON THE RUNWAY Fashion in the museum, traditionally a subject of some tension (is fashion art? and so on), has become something of a trend in recent years: Consider the astounding success of the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute blockbusters — and the attention paid to the opening gala — and …

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Cultural Studies: The Age of Consignment

Cultural Studies By PENELOPE GREEN May 21, 2016 “Your happy envelope is on its way!” This was the title of an email that appeared not long after I’d sent two dead laptops and two dead cellphones to Gazelle, an online gadget reseller. More thrilling was the $397 check that followed. It was a happy ending that sent …

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How the Elephant Became the Newest Celebrity Cause

By ALEX WILLIAMS May 21, 2016 The actress Elizabeth Hurley traveled to Nairobi from London a few weeks ago to witness the Kenyan government burn 105 tons of poached ivory, saying she “felt sickened to watch the great pyres.” Lupita Nyong’o, the Oscar-winning actress, posed with a baby elephant rescued from a poacher’s snare, telling her 2.6 …

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Vows: A Facebook Algorithm Renews a College Crush

May 20, 2016 By LOUISE RAFKIN When Kirk Spahn and Jennifer Alden exchanged marriage vows under towering California redwood trees, Ms. Alden, a former actress who played a bride in the film “Wedding Crashers,” acknowledged the many obstacles she overcame on this journey to the altar. For starters, there was that troublesome brain tumor. “You …

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