The Monocle Might Be Back (and We’re Confused)

According to the New York Times, the single-lensed eyepiece has returned as a trendy accessory for 21st-century gentlemen and hipsters alike.

Monocles Are Back in 2014

It’s been spotted in editorial spreads, ad campaigns, and on the streets from Berlin to Brooklyn. What’s the reignited fascination with a fashion piece that was favored by 19th-century military men – and, well, a peanut – all about? I’m left scratching my head. Gentlemen, if you don’t want to look like you’re dressed for an extra role in a period-piece film, put the monocle down.

Read the full article on the New York Times.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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March 7, 2014

You Haven’t Heard the Last from Times Critic Cathy Horyn

It’s official. The chief fashion critic of the New York Times for the past 15 years, Cathy Horyn, has handed in her letter of resignation. Cue collective weeping from style followers everywhere.

Fashionista reports, “While The Times‘ Styles section has not named an official replacement for Horyn, it has made two hires in recent weeks: first reporter John Koblin, who took the place of Times fashion critic Eric Wilson after he departed for InStyle, and just last week, former Style.com deputy editor Matthew Schneier, who may in fact be Horyn’s replacement.”

Cathy Horyn

Image via Fashionista 

Fashion Week is just days away, giving the soon-to-be-confirmed replacement the chance to capture Cathy’s readership without missing a beat. Will they be received without critique? We doubt it. But dry your tears and ready your Kindles – Cathy has plans to write a book about the history of fashion journalism.

Sounds like a coffee-table staple.

Ready the full article at Fashionista.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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January 31, 2014

TV Lovers, Rejoice! Even President Obama Likes Breaking Bad

So you’re out chatting about the series premiere of Downton Abbey (that whole Matthew business had to be a sick joke, right?) when someone says those four words that immediately kill the mood: “I don’t watch TV.” It’s a sentence usually followed by “I’d rather read” or “I’m too busy.” Well, you know who can watch TV and read up on current affairs? The leader of the free world, that’s who.

Obama Watching TV

That’s right, TV addicts. You have President Obama on your side. Whether he’s working his way through AMC’s Breaking Bad (which he’s way behind on) or partaking in a Homeland marathon, the POTUS still manages to fit in a few cable dramas here and there. Feeling better about your lengthy DVR list? Yeah, me too. Now if only I’d learned he also loves chocolate and red wine – then I’d really feel better. Well, sort of.

Read more about President Obama’s favorite shows on the New York Times.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor 

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December 30, 2013