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Carolina Herrera: Colormania

A recent consultation with an interior decorator yielded several instrumental tips for a home update, the most urgent of which was: add more color! I’m not repainting the hues of my walls anytime soon, but I’ll happily sacrifice some coffee-table space for the new fashion-photography book Colormania. The title celebrates the three-year artistic collaboration between Carolina Herrera’s creative director, Wes Gordon, and the German-based photographer Elizaveta Porodina, which began during the pandemic. Fashion illustration informed the painterly aesthetic behind many of the shoots, a number of which were produced via Zoom, including one especially dreamlike collection of images featuring six world-renowned ballet dancers, frozen in expansive bursts of motion. Inside, the book’s images are arranged according to the color spectrum, a visually pleasing proposition for any self-declared colorist (hopefully including my decorator). ($85, —Laura Neilson


These Americans

A few things Will Vogt has loved since his teenage years: a Nikkormat camera, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writing, and Robert Frank’s photography. Put these three things together and you get the inspiration behind Vogt’s latest photography book, These Americans. Vogt intimately captures his own upper-class social circle during the 1980s—a snapshot of the hedonistic and affluent lifestyle of Reagan’s America. Photographs of friends, family, and neighbors in the East Coast enclave of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, show women draped in pearls and men holding glasses of brandy or cigarettes or hunting guns—and sometimes all three. As Jay McInerney, the author of Bright Lights, Big City, writes in the introduction to These Americans, Vogt “knows who’s fucking whom, who cheats at golf, who starts drinking at eleven in the morning. But he’ll take them as they are. They’re his people. And he shows them to us in a way that no one else has. I suspect Fitzgerald would have been impressed.” ($50, —Carolina de Armas


New & Lingwood

When two of my dearest friends got engaged last year, I was thrilled. The couple would be making a lifelong commitment, and their wedding would finally give me the chance to achieve my Four Weddings and a Funeral sartorial ambitions, as the nuptials would be held at the groom’s family’s place, outside St. Andrews, Scotland. I visited my local tailor and selected the fabrics for my very own morning suit. But my plans hit a snag a few days before the wedding, when I received word that my ensemble was held up in U.S. Customs. I could wear a tuxedo, sure, but so would every other American, and I’m not sure Hugh Grant would have won over Andie MacDowell sans tails. I could take legal action against the U.S. government, but that would likely be costly and time-consuming. My third and really only option was to procure another, albeit off-the-rack, morning suit. I promptly hightailed it up to New & Lingwood on the Upper East Side, perhaps the only place in North America to stock a healthy selection of morning suits. The staff was helpful and assuring, and they will have you looking like an Eton graduate in no time. ($1,295; —Michael Pescuma


Petra Palumbo

There’s not much that housewares designer Petra Palumbo does that we are able to live without: the tartan cutlery, the terra-cotta tray, and, above all, the delft tiles. The mind boggles. And simply because we have no imminent plans to renovate our kitchen does not mean that we will resist her waffles. Or, perhaps, a few from the America collection? How does one choose among the Chrysler Building, strips of bacon, a six-pack of beer, and the Golden Gate Bridge? In the event that decision-making proves elusive, she also makes some rather beautiful carafes, which are just the thing to take a bedside table to the next level. ($41, —Ashley Baker


Alex Eagle

Simply because the weather in fashion capitals from London to New York this past week could be described as “tropical” doesn’t mean that back-to-school shopping should go on hiatus. In mere moments, it will be outerwear season, and waiting until the first frost to procure a new coat will lead to nothing but heartbreak. On that note, we present Alex Eagle’s Wetherby coat. Handcrafted at Eagle’s London studio from Loro Piana wool, it’s double-breasted, lined in silk, and fastens with horn buttons. Its slightly oversize fit ensures that it can accommodate a bulky sweater and even, come February, a vest and sweater. In the meantime, it will work its magic to make the entire concept of winter less egregious. ($3,036; —Ashley Baker


Good Bad Billionaire

According to Forbes, a new billionaire was minted every 17 hours during 2021. Still, we have yet to lose interest in the ultra-rich, especially those who have climbed to the top of the 2,668-person (oh, now it’s 2,669!) list. Hosted by Vice editor Zing Tsjeng and BBC business editor Simon Jack, the podcast reveals how the world’s wealthiest people, including Jeff Bezos, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, and George Lucas, made their first million, and then their billions. Are they good, bad, or average billionaires? And don’t worry, Rihanna is indeed one of the good ones. ( —Clara Molot

Issue No. 218
September 16, 2023
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Issue No. 218
September 16, 2023