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Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar Reopens in New York City

Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar Reopens in New York City

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On the deck of his home in Montauk, N.Y., over the sound of crashing waves — a vigorous white noise, more roaring than soothing — Ralph Lauren said he was glad to be back.Two days earlier, he had returned to New York for the first time since relocating to his Colorado ranch this spring. It was the longest the Bronx-born designer of cozy Americana fashion had spent away from his home state.“Colorado was mountains, and a different life,” he said, one of horseback riding, hunting and hiking.Mr. Lauren, who is foremost an architect of aesthetics and engineer of vibes, wanted a moment to transition before settling back into his main residence, an estate in Westchester County. So he stopped for a short stay at his airy Frank Lloyd Wrightian beach house, low-slung and understated in stone and ced...
Ralph Lauren Restarts the Fantasy

Ralph Lauren Restarts the Fantasy

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On the deck of his home in Montauk, N.Y., over the sound of crashing waves — a vigorous white noise, more roaring than soothing — Ralph Lauren said he was glad to be back.Two days earlier, he had returned to New York for the first time since relocating to his Colorado ranch this spring. It was the longest the Bronx-born designer of cozy Americana fashion had spent away from his home state.“Colorado was mountains, and a different life,” he said, one of horseback riding, hunting and hiking.Mr. Lauren, who is foremost an architect of aesthetics and engineer of vibes, wanted a moment to transition before settling back into his main residence, an estate in Westchester County. So he stopped for a short stay at his airy Frank Lloyd Wrightian beach house, low-slung and understated in stone and ced...

My Boyfriend Is Ready for a Makeover. What Do I Do?

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My boyfriend is turning 37 this month and has stated that he’s ready for a wardrobe update. His current look is heavy on graphic T-shirts (bands, sports teams) and jeans. He’s a software developer and works remotely but is ready to invest. When it comes to high-quality casual staples for men, what’s most important to keep in mind? — Katie, Brooklyn. N.Y.This is like “The Princess Diaries,” but with a different gender and without the pomp and circumstance. Or maybe a real-life version of the Ryan Gosling revamp of Steve Carell in “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” only with a different starting point. We tend to focus on women when it comes to makeovers or wardrobe updates, in part because men’s wear always seems so proscribed, but there’s a long (if subtle) history in male makeovers too.In fact, betwe...
Why Is an Italian Luxury Brand Having a Show in Michigan?

Why Is an Italian Luxury Brand Having a Show in Michigan?

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DETROIT — Around 2015, when Daniel Lee was a designer no one had ever heard of, working behind the scenes at Celine, he went on vacation to Jamaica, somehow ending up in Detroit along the way.He didn’t know that much about the city except the obvious: It had a history with cars (which he loved), and as the birthplace of techno music (ditto, ever since he was a kid). He became, he said, “obsessed.” He had been thinking about it ever since.Six years later, now the much-celebrated creative director of Bottega Veneta, he came back. With a chunk of the fashion world, a scattering of celebrities and the attention of their social media followings in tow. Most of them admittedly scratching their heads in befuddlement about what, exactly, they were doing there at the behest of an Italian luxury bra...
The Enduring Appeal of Laura Ashley

The Enduring Appeal of Laura Ashley

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In this way, and on account of the sheer number of wearers, there was always something populist about the brand. At the same time, of course, the British countryside idyll was traditionally a lifestyle reserved for a certain kind of person, namely someone white and Protestant. Designers like Hay, who draws on her Jewish heritage — her line was inspired, in part, by her Yiddish-speaking grandmother’s “frumpy New York aesthetic,” as she puts it — and Kika Vargas, Yuhan Wang and Sindiso Khumalo, who are all women of color, have found ways of subverting the aesthetic and its conventions and, in doing so, making it their own.Khumalo, who is based in South Africa and references her Zulu heritage in her work with bright, sustainable fabrics, admires Ashley’s ability to “tell stories with her text...
Martin Margiela Is Back

Martin Margiela Is Back

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More than 13 years after leaving fashion behind, Martin Margiela, the elusive and highly influential Belgian designer who changed how we dressed in the 1990s, is back. But not as part of a nostalgia-driven trend wave. As an artist.On Oct. 20, Mr. Margiela’s debut solo show, which is untitled, opens at Lafayette Anticipations — Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Like the Margiela clothes, which deconstructed notions of the suit and beauty through unconventional materials and approaches, the exhibition creates a sense of wonder around the banal through some 40 sculptures, collages, paintings, installations and films. It is almost as though Mr. Margiela views the world through the lens of a photographic negative, highlighting the details most of us never see and demanding the...
Decoding Kyrsten Sinema’s Style

Decoding Kyrsten Sinema’s Style

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Senator Kyrsten Sinema may have been in Europe recently on a fund-raising trip and out of reach of the activists who have dogged her footsteps, frustrated with her obstruction of President Biden’s social spending bill. But despite the fact her office has been keeping her itinerary under wraps, were those protesters able to follow her overseas, there’s a good chance they would be able to find her.Not just because of her political theater. Ever since she was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2005, Ms. Sinema has always stood out in a crowd. And as Ms. Sinema’s legislative demands take center stage (along with those of Senator Joe Manchin, the other Biden Bill holdout) her history of idiosyncratic outfits has taken on a new cast.As Tammy Haddad, former MSNBC political d...
Can I Wear a Ponytail to Work Without Looking Like a Kid?

Can I Wear a Ponytail to Work Without Looking Like a Kid?

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I am a teacher, and when wearing a mask at the school where I work, I find it easier to keep my hair in a ponytail. What is the best way to make this look professional? I’d prefer not to turn into a character from “Grease” or be mistaken for a teenager. — Yael, Bronx, New YorkThe ponytail has been a default hairdo ever since Ancient Greece and 1600 B.C.E., where the look was immortalized at the Palace of Knossos on Crete in the fresco “Ladies in Blue.” A look possessed of multiple personalities and social signifiers, the ponytail can seem like the simplest of possible ’dos while also adapting to changes in culture and social mores — and it has done so throughout history and for both men and women.In pre-17th century China, for example, men under the Manchu dynasty wore their hair in a queu...

For the (Renewed) Love of Vintage Dressing

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It’s fair to say that as a nation, our style is, collectively, in a state of disaggregation. I blame the pandemic, changing bodies and atrophied social skills, though those are just working theories that lead to more questions.Do the old rules of dressing we once subscribed to even apply in a world where many people no longer have to work in offices but do sometimes meet for after-work drinks? Could I now be someone who wears Western-style shirts on a first date? Is a red satin Versace sheath dress “too much” for sipping a Negroni at a sidewalk cafe on a Wednesday afternoon?“The resurgence in vintage is partly due to our collective ache to be noticed by other people again after feeling invisible for so long,” said Kat Henning, 34, a freelance shoe and home goods designer in the Bed-Stuy se...
Homer Simpson Was Made for Fashion

Homer Simpson Was Made for Fashion

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Clapping, whispering, cameras snapping, questionable music: These are the sounds of a classic fashion show. Bursts of laughter? Those are less common.Yet several were heard last Saturday night, rolling around the 19th-century Parisian theater where the great and storied house of Cristóbal Balenciaga skipped the traditional catwalk and screened a special 10-minute episode of “The Simpsons.”It was a surprise more than a year in the making, and the result of a sometimes grueling collaboration between two exacting creative entities known for their attention to detail. So far it has been viewed more than five million times on YouTube.In the episode, Homer writes to Balenciaga (“Dear Balun, Balloon, Baleen, Balenciaga-ga,” he says as he struggles to pronounce the famous fashion name) for Marge’s...