Franca Sozzani, 1950-2016

Very sad to hear the news today that Franca Sozzani has died. The groundbreaking editor of Vogue Italia, who once published an “all black” issue of the magazine, was a pleasure to photograph. Always elegantly dressed, she was a true lady, smiling and polite, yet a bit mysterious. Although she favored certain labels – particularly Alaia, Fendi, Valentino and Prada, designed by her fashion friends – she was always open to change, both in what she wore and how she approached the magazine, for which she even wrote a blog. We will miss her.  A gallery of some of her best looks, after the jump. 
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Gato

Take a tapas bar, a prime downtown location and popular celebrity chef Bobby Flay and you’ve got a winning combination for a place that will be packed seemingly all the time, as Gato has been since it opened earlier this year. By the time we got in the door, Bobby Flay had handed over the reins to executive chef Kenneth Carias, though according to the staff Flay circles back frequently. His flavorful imprimatur is still on all of the food here, though some dishes shine more than others, and previously unsung dishes are now rising to the forefront. 
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Cold Feet, Winter 2016

One notable trend to emerge last winter and this one is exposed ankles, no matter what the temperature. This photo was taken when the polar vortex bore down on New York fashion week last winter. Part of it is due to the conundrum of what to wear with cropped, wide cut jeans and pants, the new silhouette that is edging out skinny jeans. And part of it may just be plain old fashion masochism.

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Red Belted Coat, Outside Carolina Herrera FW2016

A belted and embroidered red coat seen outside the Carolina Herrera show has a pretty, folklore-y appeal that’s perfect for the holidays.

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Recipe: Gram’s Ginger Cookies

One from the archives – something I make nearly every year at this time.  

For the holidays, an old recipe – my grandmother’s. Not quite gingerbread, not quite ginger snaps, these cookies are ultra thin, crisp and addictive. She used to make them out of the bridge-party heart, club, diamond, and spade cookie cutters even at Christmas, but if this mystifies you as it does me, use a traditional gingerbread man cookie cutter.

The molasses give these an especially old-fashioned taste. I’ve seen no evidence of Brer Rabbit molasses around NYC, but other brands will do just as well. 
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Deep Freeze, Outside Lacoste FW2016

This was one of the coldest days on record last winter – and of course, a day we photographers were all standing around outside for fashion week in New York. The Lacoste show attendees put a chic spin on cold weather dressing, like this woman in blue with suede over-the-knee boots.

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Monochromatic Look, Outside J. Crew FW2016

A dramatic and monochromatic look with an ombre coat, seen outside the J. Crew presentation last winter.

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Chumley’s

In the dead quiet of Bedford Street at night, without even a sign to guide you, you might ring the wrong buzzer in your attempt to find Chumley’s, the historic NYC speakeasy just reopened as a full service restaurant. But just push the door of number 86, and it will open into a dark, wood-paneled dining room filled to the rafters with vintage book covers and portraits of the writers who wrote them – many of whom were Chumley’s patrons of years past. 
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Bryanboy and Tina Craig, After Valentino SS2017

A burst of yellow – and a spring fashion preview in florals and camo – on Bryanboy and Tina Craig aka Bagsnob in Valentino outside the show.

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Details, NYC, November 2016

Winter may be upon us, but that hasn’t stopped New Yorkers from dressing up in the morning. In downtown Manhattan, a woman mixed a fringe bag with black and nude brick motif tights and combat boots.

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Mix and Match: Tiffany Hsu at Erdem SS2017

Loved the interplay of patterns in this embroidered sheer dress by Self Portrait with a leopard bag on Tiffany Hsu at the Erdem show.

 

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Get Cozy: Caroline Issa at Peter Pilotto SS2017

The weather’s getting colder, and it’s time to get cozy. Caroline Issa looked comfy but chic in a cashmere turtleneck sweater and pale gray coat and trousers at the Peter Pilotto show in London.

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Milk & Hops

Wedged between a Starbucks and a Chase Bank is an unlikely interloper among the chain stores on lower Broadway: Milk & Hops, a sliver of a market and bar dedicated to all things cheese and beer.

This space has bottled beer and packaged food for sale on one side and a long marble bar running down the other. Here you can order up various spins on grilled cheese sandwiches, plus a selection of seasonally rotating cheese and beer. On a recent visit, there were some trusty cheese standbys like Bayley Hazen Blue and Kunik, but also a few rarities like Red Dragon, a Welsh cow’s milk cheese made with ale and studded with mustard seeds.
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Into Combat: Sara Sampaio at Alberta Ferretti SS2017

Combat boots have been a major trend for fall 2016, as seen on Victoria’s Secret model Sara Sampaio after walking the Alberta Ferretti show.

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Biking in a Hat and Gloves, NYC November 2016

Winter is coming to New York City, but that hasn’t deterred people from biking around town. A man wore a hat, scarf and gloves as he biked through Astor Place one morning.

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