Archive for September, 2015

“Who reads clips anymore?”

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Yesterday, when the news that Ralph Lauren was stepping down as CEO of Polo/Ralph Lauren first broke, I put up a Facebook post linked to the New York Times report, noting with astonishment that the newspaper of record said Lauren had never had a business partner aside from Roger Farah, who came along late in the Polo game and recently retired. Lauren not only had a partner, the late Peter Strom, who was instrumental in creating the Polosphere, his role was noted in the New York Times in a 1987 article on fashion partnerships by this reporter, “In Search of … Continue reading

Everybody’s a critic: 57th Street edition

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In this week’s The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik reflects on life in big cities with big buildings in a critique of several books on the subject. In the course of his meditation on urbanity, Gopnik echoes this blogger’s habitual use of somewhat crude sexual metaphors to describe certain buildings on Manhattan’s Fifty-seventh Street. In 2011, in Crain’s New York, I called Extell’s One57 skyscraper “Mr. [Christian de] Portzamparc‘s midblock erection,” referring to its architect. Playing with the metaphor in 2012 in The Daily Beast, I described One57 developer Gary Barnett‘s Hurricane Sandy-savaged construction crane (pictured) as a “flaccid, dangling boom … Continue reading

Salezapoppin’ at 15CPW

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Apartment 8A at Fifteen Central Park West is in contract for $35 million, reports Donna Olshan of Olshan Realty, which issues a weekly report on contracts signed for New York apartments selling for $4 million or more. As usual, count on Gripepad to name names. The seller, lurking behind an LLC called Swiftsure Property, and soon to slightly more than double his $17 million investment on the four bedroom, 4,565 square foot spread, is Gerald E. Ross, a litigator and name partner in Fryer & Ross, a firm that specializes in “sophisticated litigation and arbitration in the areas of insurance … Continue reading

Indonesia on the Hudson: Fifteen owner asks $31 million

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Last night, Mansion Global, the Wall Street Journal’s real estate spinoff, revealed the latest listing at Fifteen Central Park West, subject of House of Outrageous Fortune–apartment 28D, a three bedroom corner spread with three exposures, listed for $31 million. As is so often the case with condos on the billionaire’s belt, the owner is hidden behind a corporate name, Christopher Properties, a California-based real estate investment company. The broker describes that owner as “an international entrepreneur who previously used the residence as a pied-à-terre.” In fact, the occupant of the apartment is an Indonesian named Andre Kohar, a director of … Continue reading

Snapper Patter

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In today’s New York Post and on PageSix.com, Richard Johnson gets the scoop that I’ve turned the camera around to look at the lives of fashion photographers like Richard Avedon, Steven Meisel and Bruce Weber in my new book, Girls on Film: The Glory Days of Fashion Photography (out next year). It’s a whole new set of sometimes sordid, sometimes soaring stories, as well as a companion of sorts to Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women. The e-book of that New York Times bestseller is selling for $1.99 for one more week in a special New York Fashion Week … Continue reading

Cut Rate Model for #NYFW

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In celebration of New York Fashion Week @nyfw, the e-book of MODEL: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women, is on sale for $1.99 !! #markdownmadness #nyfw

Acid Reflux in Ta-Ta-Ville

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Yesterday, Town and Country, the Hearst Corporation’s society mag, or rather, its blog (how, chic, how now, dahhling) excavated Takeover in Ta-Ta-Ville, my 1988 article on the decline of Southampton for New York magazine, to point out that Sunday’s Styles of the Times cover story on the effects of new money on the place now universally known as The Hamptons is (shock! horror!) just a re-telling of a story we’ve heard before. Thereby telling it yet again. Can you pass the Tums, toots?