From Clocks

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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Valentino and Sofia Coppola Make an Opera

By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO May 18, 2016 ROME, Italy — With a swing of her hip, the soprano Francesca Dotto swept up a makeshift wooden staircase in a rehearsal space in Teatro Nazionale in Rome, only to have her long train get caught in one of the steps. There was a low murmur from the side of the …

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In Cannes, the Fashion World Takes Its Own Star Turn

By ELIZABETH PATON May 16, 2016 CANNES, France — “This might look like a ton of fun, but don’t forget this is also work,” said the movie producer Harvey Weinstein, long after midnight on the steps of the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, against a backdrop of flowing Champagne, crashing waves and a strolling band playing …

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Gisele Inc.

By GUY TREBAY May 14, 2016 “My career was never based on pretty,” one of the world’s most beautiful women was saying recently, straining a listener’s credulity. The woman was Gisele Bündchen. And if what should have seemed disingenuous or else a bad case of false modesty somehow rang true, that is because the listener had already …

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