Want to Find Fulfillment at Last? Think Like a Designer

STANFORD, CALIF. — Take out your flow journals. We’re going to talk about flow moments. You’re going to learn how to find a fulfilling career. You’re going to learn how to better navigate life’s big-moment decisions and kill your “wicked problems” dead. How? By training yourself to think like a designer. That, anyway, is the …

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Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fantastical Imagination

BERLIN — “Who is in charge of the feathers?” the designer Jean Paul Gaultier shouted on a July day as about 20 people scurried around him in the costume workshop at the Friedrichstadt-Palast theater. Mr. Gaultier stood behind a dancer wearing a bodysuit of fake tattoos under a rhinestone-encrusted bikini, from which bulged a prosthetic …

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On the Verge: A Punky New British Designer (Who Designs With Girl Rock Stars in Mind)

On the Verge By OSMAN AHMED In just over a year, Dilara Findikoglu has established herself as one of London’s most rebellious designers. While studying at Central Saint Martins, the Istanbul-born metalhead organized a guerrilla fashion show for the students who failed to make the shortlist for the press show. (She staged it, intentionally, at …

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Vows: Two Actors Find the Perfect Parts in Love

Vows By KATHRYN SHATTUCK Although her childhood ended long ago, Holly O’Brien, an actress, has clung to her belief in the value of all things Disney and in the promise of happily-ever-after. She stuck with it in her post-teenage years, celebrating her 20th birthday with a Barbies-and-princesses sleepover, her room covered in glitter and her …

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With Weddings, New Orleans Is Sometimes More Than a Style Choice

Although they are based in New York, Elizabeth Frumin and Blair Douglas, both 37, say they love New Orleans and its traditions. Which is why, when they planned their Sept. 4 wedding in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the couple insisted on having their 300 guests travel on foot, in a second-line procession — something more typically associated …

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Scene City: The Flashiest Parties of New York Fashion Week

Scene City By BEN DETRICK Equatorial mugginess, the scent of meatballs and thrashing mosh pits: The parties of New York Fashion Week took a populist turn when Opening Ceremony held its seasonal rager last Sunday at the Pennsy, a two-story food court next to Penn Station. Spike Jonze, the Black Eyed Peas and the ascending …

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Inside an Emerging British Designer’s Candy-Colored World

“Come take a look at this — this is a good color because it’s a bit gross,” says the 26-year old British designer Matty Bovan as he pulls a swatch of neon green velour from underneath a sewing machine. “How can it not be a bit revolting?” he continues. “I love taking these taboo fabrics …

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Alicia Keys and the ‘Tyranny of Makeup’

It was the Friday before Labor Day, and Alicia Keys, the 35-year-old pop star, was on the “Today” show performing for the program’s summer concert series — she’s about to release a new album, and she wrote the theme song for “Queen of Katwe,” out next week. There was a lot to talk about. But …

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A Steel Watch Inspired by the Skies

Rather than assume the mantle of the famed French watch company his family founded in the 18th century, early aviator Louis Charles Breguet decided instead to fly. While the company (now based in Switzerland) was pioneering chronographs for cockpits in the late 1920s, Louis Charles perfected the gyroplane (a helicopter precursor) and developed a reconnaissance …

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