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The cuteness surge

Why, in desperate times, we turn to lolcats, twee songs, and mute kittens
Cuteness, of course, is the collective cultural cure-all to our problems.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  February 01, 2008


The things we did for love

Cry and the world laughs with you
Your high-school experiences probably fall between middling and unspeakably horrifying on the unofficial scale of shame.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  January 30, 2008


Abs of steel

American Gladiators does the gym proud
A wonderfully campy, oddly comforting motivator that suggests anyone with the guts and desire can become a modernized version of a Roman warrior.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  January 28, 2008


Artificial flavor of the month

The Spice Girls test their shelf life
There is a part of me that sympathizes with Victoria Beckham.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  January 22, 2008


Lagerfeld Confidential

“Ephemeral, dangerous, and unfair”
Karl Lagerfeld is a cherished enigma of the fashion world.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  December 26, 2007


It parade

In 2008, novels turn to fairies, fashion goes faux green, and Star Trek  gets all 90210
There is a moment, at the end of a beauty pageant, when the previous year’s winner is forced to place the sparkling crown on a new champion’s head.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  December 26, 2007


Challenging Voldemedia

Potter activists
Is Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin working under the Imperius Curse?
By: SHARON STEEL  |  December 20, 2007


The art of cause

A T-shirt designer on a mission
Michael Crigler is something of a mini-celebrity in artsy Boston circles.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  December 12, 2007


The princess bride

Disney weds girlish fantasy with adult desire for, er, girlish fantasy
When it comes to weddings, at this point in my life, I have no idea what I should want.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  December 12, 2007


Fashion weak

Project Runway ’s slump
My roommate Mike enjoys watching reality television that depicts people with actual skills.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  December 11, 2007


Used but not abused

Are you afflicted with mall madness? Escape the suburban mobs at these 11 incredible vintage stores
The Maginot Line of vintage clothing is most assuredly underwear.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  November 20, 2007


Smartest girl

Diane Vadino’s secret nerd heart
Many people will pre-judge Betsy Nilssen — the heroine of Diane Vadino’s debut, Smart Girls Like Me — as another Bridget Jones or Andy Sachs, and that’s a shame.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  November 13, 2007



Tila Tequila’s ass-ets
Tila Tequila terrifies me.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  November 13, 2007


Green is the new black

How to be socially responsible in a $240 pair of pants
Approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used and discarded worldwide each year.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  November 08, 2007


Can Britney rise again?

It’s tough to be a celebrity on the skids, but even a ‘ticking time-bomb’ can stage a convincing comeback
The first movie star was a woman named Florence Lawrence.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  October 18, 2007


Mean girls

Digging the Gossip
Josh Schwartz loves filming scenes where his simpático underdog punches a nasty and absurdly rich Yeah Dude in the face.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  October 01, 2007


Show fetish

The MFA’s new ‘Walk This Way’ exhibit traces the history of footwear fashion, from sandals to stilettos
Ever since Salvatore Ferragamo designed the first stiletto heel in 1955, podiatrists have faced a steady stream of female patients seeking physical relief from their devotion to fashion over function.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  September 26, 2007


Nothing's sacred

Biting art at AIB
“I’ve been called anti-woman, a racist, anti-Semitic, anti-American, you name it!”
By: SHARON STEEL  |  September 05, 2007


Anna Wintour's hair tells all

Why an editor’s locks are more revealing than her covers
By the time you read this, the frenzied seven days that are New York Fashion Week will be drawing to a close.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  September 06, 2007


Aesthetic genius

Why can’t more writers be smart enough to be beautiful, handsome, or at least cute
When I saw Marisha Pessl in the New York Times Style Section, meticulously posed on an antique chair wearing a pair of high heels and a coy smile, I cringed.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  August 30, 2007


Blown dry

The Hills  have hair
When Lauren Conrad is blow-drying her hair before her camera crews arrive, does she ever consider giving up and allowing her tresses to frizz into a rat’s nest?
By: SHARON STEEL  |  August 21, 2007

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