Scouting Report: Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Looks

Hitting the Racks Need a last-minute New Year’s Eve look? Head to the Armarium pop-up at the Plaza Hotel before the clock strikes 12. There, fashion fairy godmothers (a.k.a. Armarium stylists) have entrance-making options like a Sonia Rykiel sequin dress ($500 rental, $4,050 retail) and a gold Roberto Cavalli gown ($1,000 rental, $11,000 retail) at …

Read more

Field Notes: Engaging Proposals, From the Rooftop to the Subway

Field Notes By VINCENT M. MALLOZZI “Will you marry me?” Hundreds of thousands of potential grooms (and perhaps even a few potential brides) pop that question every year, and yet the logistics of delivering that momentous phrase — where to do it, when to do it and how much of a surprise should it be …

Read more

Critical Shopper: A Men’s Wear Store Made for Men

Critical Shopper By JON CARAMANICA The fact that men’s interest in fashion is now taken as a given, not a rare treat, cuts both ways. On the one hand, it is no longer easy to condescend to a consumer who has curiosity, access to information and capital. But a different sort of condescension has replaced …

Read more

Willa Kim, Designer of Fanciful Costumes, Dies at 99

Willa Kim, the petite and unfailingly elegant theatrical costume designer whose exuberant, sometimes over-the-top designs brought her two Tony Awards and a solid reputation for innovation in the dance world, died on Friday on Vashon Island, Wash. She was 99. A friend, Richard Schurkamp, confirmed her death. Ms. Kim, a longtime resident of the Upper …

Read more

Wintering the Danish Way: Learning About Hygge

As soothing as a video of a basket of baby sloths, and borne on a raft of lifestyle books, hygge is headed for your living room. Hygge (pronounced HOO-gah, like a football cheer in a Scandinavian accent) is the Danish word for cozy. It is also a national manifesto, nay, an obsession expressed in the …

Read more

Modern Love: The Night Girl Finds a Day Boy

Modern Love By AMANDA GEFTER I stumbled across Justin’s online dating profile while waiting for water to boil. I had just gotten home from running errands — A.T.M., mailbox, grocery store — and was cooking dinner before sitting down to work. It was just after 4 a.m. “Message me if you want to talk about …

Read more

Social Q’s: Should I Stay Silent During One Child’s Populist Taunt of Another?

Social Q’s By PHILIP GALANES My husband and I went to a Hanukkah party, where I witnessed the hosts’ son (about 12) tease a younger girl whose mother is Latina. “Pack your bags,” he said. “Trump is going to send you back to Mexico.” The girl told her mother, who confronted the hosts; the boy …

Read more

Styles Q&A: Lynda Carter Deflects Critics of Wonder Woman

Is Wonder Woman a “pinup girl” or a feminist icon? The question dogged a United Nations campaign that featured the superhero as a symbol of self-empowerment for girls and women. While some feminists may have felt triumphant when the United Nations announced the end of the Wonder Woman campaign this month (in an earlier Times …

Read more