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Beka Gvishiani


If you’re tired of @diet_prada’s vicious callouts, here’s a fashion Instagram account that covers the industry’s juiciest drama with a more lighthearted tone. Beka Gvishiani, a fashion-obsessed resident of Tbilisi, Georgia, is behind @stylenotcom. On the account, he posts text with breaking news, commentary, and the occasional history lesson. Sometimes he even posts exclusive first looks of fashion shows—this past Paris Fashion Week, he shared images of Balenciaga’s mud runway before most models or influencers had. Even insiders, such as Marc Jacobs, Naomi Campbell, Jonathan Anderson, and Gigi Hadid, follow the account. ( —Elena Clavarino


How to Live with Objects

The interior-design book How to Live with Objects does not advocate for minimalism or maximalism. Rather, it’s an “anti-decorating book” that pushes for a “thoughtful approach to objects.” The examples it provides—see inside designer Mark Grattan’s moody Mexico City apartment, architect Kim Mupangilaï’s wood-heavy Brooklyn brownstone, and designer Minjae Kim’s Western-inspired Queens house, among others—will stop you from impulse bidding on 1stDibs. The book, co-written by Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer, the founders of the online decorating magazine Sight Unseen, is full of wisdom from professional interior designers. Learn how to discern between originals and reproductions, bargain at antique fairs, and navigate estate sales. ($60, —Jensen Davis


Sweethearts of the Rodeo

If basic black boots incite a feeling of despair for the long, cold winter ahead, we feel your pain. That’s why we take the procurement of such a fall-winter essential so seriously. But how many times can one re-invent the riding boot? Well, it turns out that some designers are more enterprising than others. Enter Charlotte Pilcher and Vanessa Gillingham, former fashion editors at British Vogue, who co-founded the shoe company Sweethearts of the Rodeo. They have dreamed up a good-looking collection of faintly Western boots—finished with a soupçon of English flair and made at a family-owned factory in Tuscany. There’s a lot to love here, but for fall, we’re starting with the kicky Quaker style in French navy. They have all the utility of a boot, but with a profile that is well suited to skirts and dresses as well as to pants. ($1,200; —Ashley Baker



Simultaneously horny and sneakily poignant, Bobby Roth’s Heartbreakers (1984) is an unsung gem that’s been granted a new lease on life with a beautiful Blu-ray release, courtesy of restoration label Fun City Editions. Mid-30s friendship and sex in mid-80s Los Angeles define the world so convincingly captured by this character-driven drama. Blue (Peter Coyote), an artist that paints Bettie Page–esque erotica, is struggling to have his huge fetish portraits taken seriously, and his beautiful girlfriend, Cyd (Kathryn Harrold), dumps him for his more successful rival. While the nine-to-five life of Blue’s best friend contrasts with his, they’re both equally libidinous—causing tension when an alluring French gallerist (Carole Laure) stirs up desire in both of them. Writer-director Roth enlisted some exceedingly talented Germans to generate the neon-soaked look and sound. Frequent Martin Scorsese collaborator Michael Ballhaus (Goodfellas) shot the film, while electronic-music pioneers Tangerine Dream serve up a coolly scored soundtrack. ( —Spike Carter


Weekend Max Mara

Our admiration of Weekend Max Mara endures. How this design team manages to achieve such high style and top quality while keeping price points so friendly, we don’t know. But it’s certainly an impressive feat. The house’s blue Rail coat is your AIR MAIL style correspondent’s latest acquisition. At roughly one-third the price of similarly stylish models from its competitors, Max Mara’s version is not only gloriously hued but reversible. (Two for the price of one!) Made of pressed virgin wool, it is both snuggly and smart, and an ideal wrapper for the cold days ahead. ($790, —Ashley Baker


Norwegian Refugee Council

For the past 76 years, the Norwegian Refugee Council (N.R.C.) has worked to protect the rights of people displaced by violence and war. This year, the N.R.C. mobilized in Afghanistan after the earthquake, in Ukraine during the war, and in Somalia amid the drought. On October 21 in Los Angeles, the N.R.C. will accept the world’s largest annual humanitarian award presented to a nonprofit: the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize. With the $2.5 million award, the N.R.C. will continue to protect the lives and rights of 10 million people in more than 35 countries around the world. But that doesn’t mean your smaller donations should stop. ( —Clara Molot

Issue No. 170
October 15, 2022
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Issue No. 170
October 15, 2022