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About me I'm a writer in new york. previously, i worked at the baltimore sun, where i covered the music industry and youth culture, and at the miami new times, where i wrote cover stories on cuban punks and strippers, AMONG OTHER THINGS. Im now an editor at Women's Wear Daily.*

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obvs, anything i write in this biblical scroll should not be mistaken for the views of whatever entity ive conned into employing me.

taylor dane in all her glory


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I smoked a cigarette in the bathroom with the door shut because you’re not allowed to smoke in the room. Mark McNairy, american hero

(Source: grubstreet.com)


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Ron Galella shot a lot of incredible pictures over the years, but this one of @dvf is my absolute favorite. theres one of joey heatherton that runs a close second. cc @constablec29  (at WWD)

Ron Galella shot a lot of incredible pictures over the years, but this one of @dvf is my absolute favorite. theres one of joey heatherton that runs a close second. cc @constablec29 (at WWD)


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At Home with Ron the Don. Alterna hed: ‘Pope Ron’ - kisses to the man who gets the reference. http://www.wwd.com/eye/people/at-home-with-the-don-7718911?navSection=issues (at WWD)

At Home with Ron the Don. Alterna hed: ‘Pope Ron’ - kisses to the man who gets the reference. http://www.wwd.com/eye/people/at-home-with-the-don-7718911?navSection=issues (at WWD)


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Our post-CFDA page: a little bit of Baltimore, a lot of macarons (at WWD)

Our post-CFDA page: a little bit of Baltimore, a lot of macarons (at WWD)


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John Waters on hosting the CFDA Awards: “I would say of all the clubs I’ve played, it’s the toughest room. Prison’s easier.”
(Photo by Steve Eichner)

John Waters on hosting the CFDA Awards: “I would say of all the clubs I’ve played, it’s the toughest room. Prison’s easier.”

(Photo by Steve Eichner)

(Source: wwd.com)


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What happens in Mykonos stays in Mykonos,” he says. “Hashtag, secrets. Olivier Rousteing, the creative director of the French house Balmain, is the new Mykonos archetype: Age 28 and gay, he looks like Tony Curtis in Spartacus, and he speaks as if addressing his Instagram followers.

(Source: wwd.com)


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CORRECTION: It is Low Tea at the Blue Whale, not Middle Tea at the Pavilion. New York Times, Jun 9, 2010

(Source: The New York Times)


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Talk about #FIRSTWORLDPROBLEMS: Um, what are you doing this summer, Montauk or Mykonos? Sigh. My new story in M.

Talk about #FIRSTWORLDPROBLEMS: Um, what are you doing this summer, Montauk or Mykonos? Sigh. My new story in M.


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isaac puts his musical comedy skills to the test. Here’s to Unzipped: The Musical!


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We like our Ms extra large in M (at WWD)

We like our Ms extra large in M (at WWD)


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Fashion is only for pleasure. My attitude toward it is not like the Vreelands’ and the Donovans,’ who feel that everyone should have an orgasm over a dress. A great dress is like a great meal. You eat it and it comes out the other end.

That’s just one eminently quotable guy, John Fairchild, talking to another, John Duka, for a piece about Charles James that appeared a month after the designer died in 1978. Yes, my little obsession with Duka continues - fun fact: he worked for Fairchild Publications at one point, at Home Furnishings Daily.

Duka was one of the many fashion people who stopped by James’ squalid apartment at the Chelsea Hotel in the designer’s later year. James is credited with a number of innovations in fashion - he is subject of an exhibit at the Met’s Costume Institute - and when he died, penniless, everyone gushed about his forgotten genius, much like now. Fairchild viewed him as an eccentric: “James had almost no impact on fashion.” James death’ did end up getting the publisher’s attention, just a few dignified paragraphs in Women’s Wear Daily. The obituary appeared on page 22.

(Source: books.google.com)


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#tbt john duka, 1977, new york. by alan kleinberg (at WWD)

#tbt john duka, 1977, new york. by alan kleinberg (at WWD)


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I learned many things. That, in New York, no matter what anyone says, it is permissible to smoke between every course. That it is perfectly acceptable for women to apply lipstick between the second course and salad, the first course and second, or at any time that they feel their color is sagging. And that one should never talk sincerely about what one sincerely feels about his life. That is common. It is preferable to talk about sincere things insincerely because that is entertaining. And it is best to tell fabulous stories because that is an art, and therefore, the most sincere thing of all. John Duka at his first big-time dinner party. Vogue, November 1983.

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One of the (few) pleasures of HBO’s The Normal Heart is the rediscovery of the great, late writer and man about town John Duka. A lot of his columns for the New York Times are available, with some digging, on the Times’ website. Through the Conde Nast library, I got a hold of some of his old pieces for Vogue and House & Garden. This one is a favorite. Here’s Duka in Vogue in November 1983 declaring that New York has enough dinner party hostesses, OK?
QUOTE: Occasionally, a new hostess will surface, like an alien queen bee in an unfriendly hive, and then sink, to be found months later at the wrong table at the right dinner party, at the right table at the wrong one, or, as often happens, at a desk holding down a public relations job.

One of the (few) pleasures of HBO’s The Normal Heart is the rediscovery of the great, late writer and man about town John Duka. A lot of his columns for the New York Times are available, with some digging, on the Times’ website. Through the Conde Nast library, I got a hold of some of his old pieces for Vogue and House & Garden. This one is a favorite. Here’s Duka in Vogue in November 1983 declaring that New York has enough dinner party hostesses, OK?

QUOTE: Occasionally, a new hostess will surface, like an alien queen bee in an unfriendly hive, and then sink, to be found months later at the wrong table at the right dinner party, at the right table at the wrong one, or, as often happens, at a desk holding down a public relations job.


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