Truman Says

Opulence and extravagance are still prevailing, but in radically different ways. Despite a lethargic economy, increased focus on ecommerce, and a generally uninspired consumer, retailers are still focusing on the store experience to generate excitement. But flashiness can come in two different ways. Take for example the monstrous beast that is the Fifth Avenue Uniqlo global flagship that we visited just yesterday. It was the perfect example of unrestrained excess.

October 13 2011 7:15 AM

In a recent profile in The Independent, designer Jean Paul Gaultier candidly discusses his life, and the many divas with whom he's worked -- Madonna and Lady Gaga among them -- but he has some choice words for the Vogue editrix (and Out obsession) Anna Wintour

October 12 2011 9:52 AM

While the world mourns digital visionary and cultural game-changer Steve Jobs, the media's fascination with the former CEO of Apple has yet to wane. 

October 12 2011 9:07 AM

As a follow up to this year's immensely popular exhibit featuring the works of the deceased Alexander McQueen, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute has chosen Miuccia Prada (right) and Elsa Schiaparelli as the subjects of next spring's show.

October 12 2011 8:41 AM

It used to be if you wanted to feel Euro on a budget you might pick up a classic H&M look. Then, the Swedish megaretailer got serious with its mission to bring fashion to the masses by teaming up with major designers, the latest being Versace. The Versace-H&M pairing may seem like a bizarre match. But this philosophical yin and yang has created a killer combo. "Darling, odd pairings make the most beautiful relationships," says Donatella Versace, the creative director who is almost as iconic as her family business.

October 11 2011 10:42 AM

If you've ever stepped into the Uniqlo store in Manhattan's Soho district, you're probably familiar with the the brand's offerings of colorful basics at unbelievably low prices displayed in stacks and stacks (and stacks and stacks...) of meticulously folded columns. The Soho location is a monster of a retail operation -- always packed to the brim with hungry customers satiating their longing for affordable cashmere, and slim-cut denim.

October 11 2011 10:17 AM

As fall approaches, so does Oscar season. For the publishing industry, this means we can expect a slew of Academy Award-hopefuls gracing the covers of upcoming issues of every women's monthly. Any celebrity in a film with even the slightest Oscar-buzz is about to kick their press presence into high gear. Yet there is one notable, elusive woman that remains the ultimate get. Looming over any Hollywood heavyweights, Princess Katherine is the ultimate prize right now in the magazine business.

October 10 2011 9:53 AM

In the ever-evolving world of fashion, even basics have gotten -- well -- complex. Even something as quotidien as the t-shirt now boasts a laundry list of special modifications. James Perse began making t-shirts from cotton that seemed to be woven from the thinnest, most luxurious of silks known to man.

October 10 2011 9:15 AM

Today, the idea of preppiness is as malleable as it is ubiquitous. American designers like Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren have made their fortunes on this sartorial sensibility by popularizing it far beyond its origins.The upright, high-minded visual language was born in the 1920s on Ivy League campuses, serving as unspoken language of elitism and scholarly society. Upper class leisure activities -- golf, polo, and tennis, for instance -- were appropriated to create what would become an American archetype.

October 07 2011 8:59 AM

The internet has been inundated with news, commentary, reflections, tributes, and memorials on the passing of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The visionary technology titan certainly made a profound impact on the world as we now know it, in a very tangible way (don't believe us? Try and remember the last time you bought an actual CD -- or even thought of one, for that matter -- seeing as the iPod rendered those obsolete a mere decade ago).

October 06 2011 2:58 PM