Style Map Vienna, T Men’s Fashion Fall 2010

WHAT’S NEU? In Vienna’s cobblestoned city center, where horse carriages amble by and street signs are printed in Gothic type, bygone artisans still flourish: some of the most beautiful storefronts belong to tailors and shoemakers that have been there for generations. And yet, with Helmut Lang and Raf Simons having done turns teaching at the city’s fashion school, a nascent contemporary men’s-wear scene has emerged, making no Viennese shopping expedition complete without experiencing old and new… Continue reading

Athens Is the New Berlin, T Travel Spring 2010

There’s been some bad blood between Athens and Berlin lately, with the latter city holding the economic fate of the former in its less-than-forthcoming hands. ”Berlin-Athens, Why So Much Hate?” read a recent French headline. Could there be an element of jealousy? Despite being in the red (or perhaps because of it — cheap rents!), the Greek city is starting to steal the cultural spotlight from the increasingly gentrified Berlin, which seems more interested in spawning an outpost of London’s Soho House than in nurturing the careers of creative types. Continue reading

Grace Kelly, T Women’s Fashion Spring 2010

For anyone raised on Madonna or Rihanna, it’s hard to fathom how a rich girl with a wardrobe full of shirtdresses, twin sets and pearls — and a firm disbeliever in women wearing trousers — could become the fashion idol of her generation. But Grace Kelly epitomized a time before rebellion was a virtue, and the forthcoming “Grace Kelly: Style Icon” exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London pays homage to the actress-turned-princess’s sartorial legacy, from her rise to stardom in the ’50s to her untimely death in 1982. Continue reading

Mint Milano, T Design Spring 2010

If you follow furniture, you know that unlike fashion it’s less about trends than about style and innovation. Every April at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, the most established designers — whose impeccable, minimalist works are mainstays of producers like Cassina and Kartell — set the tone for the industry, and this year is no exception. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect when the furniture fair opens on April 14. Continue reading

Roman and Williams, The Moment January 2010

If they were considered slightly eccentric before — obsessing over industrial materials, old things and cabinet-of-curiosities-style tableaus while most of their peers were stuck on modernism — 2009 was the year the rest of the world caught up with Roman and Williams. Continue reading

What Would Jesus Wear?, T Men’s Fashion Spring 2009

At Bernhard Willhelm’s spring show, there was the usual assortment of men’s-wear oddities — things like feather headpieces and Shakespearean culottes. So it’s understandable that the designer’s new, relatively understated line of footwear sneaked by undetected. His leather sandals and moccasins, inspired by peasant shoes and released under the fledgling Together brand, are a collaboration with the Spanish footwear company Camper. Continue reading

Alice in Babyland, Interior Design July 2010

A windowless gray concrete basement usually connotes one thing: dungeon. So the fact that Nendo took on the task of converting such a space into a private playroom for children-especially those belonging to the well-heeled residents of Tokyo’s Omotesando Hills-speaks volumes both about principal Oki Sato’s imagination and about the realities of living in the Japanese capital. It’s a place where apartments are cramped, and kid-friendly establishments are scarce. Continue reading

The Wright Restaurant, The Moment December 2009

It would have been easy to design the Guggenheim Museum’s new Wright Restaurant, which opens to the public Friday, exactly as Frank Lloyd Wright himself would have wanted it: among the 400 drawings he made for the 1959 building, a few were devoted to a ground-floor dining space, though not one particularly suited to a contemporary audience. “The layout was very simple, almost monastic, with clusters of tables aligned with the portholes,” said the architect Andre Kikoski, who designed the restaurant. But, as he explained, “it wasn’t conducive to social interaction, and it certainly wasn’t about the integration of art.” Continue reading

Space Invaders, Manhattan December 2009

It’s probably just a coincidence, but some of the most seminal moments in the history of Creative Time—the New York City non-profit foundation for commissioning public art—have happened on the beach. Continue reading

Frisco Feast, T Travel Winter 2009

In the 1990s, boutiques and bars popped up between the Latino watering holes in San Francisco’s Mission District. Now the neighborhood is experiencing another surge, as a handful of Italian restaurants are bringing culinary sophistication to an area known more for burritos as big as your head… Continue reading