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New York Magazine

New York Magazine

January 6-19, 2020

In the Apr. 15–28 issue: Olivia Nuzzi on “wonder boy” Pete Buttigieg. Plus: Art & Design, by Wendy Goodman; the half-billion dollar “Leonardo”; Natasha Lyonne, Annette Bening, and more.

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26 Issues


3 min.

1 For New York’s latest cover (“This Is America,” December 23, 2019–January 5, 2020), the photographer Mark Peterson documented a year of white supremacy across the United States, and in an introductory essay, the poet Claudia Rankine exhorted readers, “To look away is a form of collaboration.” MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid called the project “an absolutely chilling look at our present era, in which Klanism and Nazism [are] resurgent; and a reminder that not nearly enough ever changes.” @LindaKleineberg described the photographs as “disturbing, heartbreaking, and essential.” Others criticized the decision to put a Klansman on the cover of the magazine. @chiragwakaskar tweeted, “Running a cover with white supremacists is also part of the problem which perhaps encourages and validates them.” Journalist Danny Gold added, “I go back and forth with…

6 min.
bad planning

DURING WORLD WAR II, a coterie of American men, secure in the righteousness of their cause, the necessity of their means, and the efficacy of their tactics, methodically destroyed Germany’s cities. A decade later, some of the same men, still just as confident of their purpose and certain of their methods, demolished their own cities, too. They used bulldozers instead of bombs and promised prosperity instead of victory, but the effect was the same: a landscape of empty lots and traumatized people. The goal, in America, was a mix of righteousness and prejudice: to uplift the poor, eliminate the unsanitary, stimulate commerce, and bring order to the messiness of urban life. In the period’s ideological framework, this required radical strokes rather than patience, sensitivity, and grassroots labor. If that meant that…

10 min.
the ladies who launch

ONE OFFICE OF the fashion brand Lingua Franca is in a warren of spaces below the Jane Hotel, where Diane Jaffe, an embroiderer, is working on a white sweater with WE THE PEOPLE stitched in red and blue thread that will sell for $380. Lingua Franca’s founder, Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, is sitting in a room to the side that’s separated by French doors, picking at a hamburger and talking about how she started craving meat during her pregnancy. She has tousled blonde hair and is wearing wide-legged jeans, a Com-me des Garçons Play T-shirt, and a charm necklace. She exudes jittery warmth. “I had crazy postpartum anxiety—I’m now proudly medicated—and my therapist said to try doing something with my hands,” she says of the brand’s origin story. “And I thought, Well, Grandma…

1 min.
socially conscious socialite brands

LINE: Dada FOUNDER: Claire Distenfeld Olshan, uptown retailer CAUSE: Mindful snacking LINE: La Ligne FOUNDER: Ex–Vogue editors and a former Rag & Bone executive CAUSE: Sustainable fashion that can “empower women of all ages with effortless self-expression.” Also, stripes. LINE: Lingua Franca FOUNDER: Society blogger Rachelle Hruska MacPherson CAUSE: #theresistance LINE: Même Chose FOUNDER: Creative consultant and former journalist Jessica Joffe and fashion veteran Alison Bergen CAUSE: Size inclusivity and the democratization of the dress shirt PHOTOGRAPH: PREVIOUS PAGE, YUMI MATSUO. THIS PAGE, COURTESY DADA; COURTESY LA LINGE; COURTESY LINGUA FRANCA; COURTESY MÊME CHOSE…

13 min.
157 minutes with … rudy giuliani

AS THE BLACK SUV came to a stop on 33rd Street in Manhattan, its lights flashing, a pale hand stretched through the open window of the passenger door and gave a little wave. It was attached to Rudy Giuliani, who smiled from behind his tortoiseshell sunglasses. He apologized for being late. “Couldn’t go on sidewalks like I used to,” he said, mourning a perk of his past life as mayor. It was early in the afternoon on Sunday, December 8, and Giuliani had just returned from Ukraine, where he said he’d been looking for information to undermine the case to impeach his client, President Donald Trump. “We snuck out of Kiev to escape having to answer a lot of questions,” he said, though it wasn’t clear if he meant from the press…

1 min.
the new marni

Francesco Risso has been a welcome gust of levity in an industry that often tilts toward restraint. At the 2018 Met Gala, which he attended with Claire Danes, he wore a monkey-print suit and bucket hat. Lawrence Steele, left, 56, works with Risso as his partner and intermediary. Steele, who founded his own label in 1994, is a respected industry veteran. Risso has put his stamp on Marni by twisting its trademark bohemianism into something nearly psychedelic: He loves bright colors, hand-painted details, and wild proportions.…