Bye bye, 2017

While I'm happy for this year to be over, I did get to work on some really fun, really rewarding stories. Here are some of my favorites. 

Why Daniel Day-Lewis Had to Go to Fashion Bootcamp I investigated how the Oscar-winning actor learned to cut, drape and sew for his role as a 1950s couturier in the new film "Phantom Thread." 

How Claire Foy Perfected the Queen's English for 'The Crown' Interviewed the on-set historian and dialect coach about how the Netflix show gets all the details about Elizabeth II's life right.

A Mystery Woman Is Leaving Little Works of Art Around NYC My husband and I have been fans of the street artist See Me Tell Me, who leaves little "presents" around our neighborhood for people to pick up. I finally found out her identity and her story for the New York Post!

'That's Not French, That's Just Dirty'  I asked French women what they think about the French-girl myth. I got some pretty funny answers!

How New York Fashion Week Became the Spectacle It Is Today New Yorkers have complained about fashion shows since time immemorial — or since 1903, when Sixth Avenue dry-goods emporium Ehrich Brothers hosted the first one in the US. In the intervening years, police have tried to stop them; editors have tried to tame them; the industry, and the designers themselves, continue to try to improve or disrupt them.

Jeremy Scott Is the Man Fashion Loves to Hate He's also probably the most influential designer working today. My profile.

How a Struggling Photographer Became the Duchess of Carnegie Hall Editta Sherman was far more than an eccentric extraordinaire with a bouffant hairdo and twinkling tiaras who danced the "Dying Swan" for Warhol and posed for shutterbug Bill Cunningham. She was also a great photographer.

These Pampered Pets Have Wardrobes Full of Designer Clothes I met pet designer Ada Nieves at the Algonquin Cat Fashion Show, where I found out she had sewn all the ornate cat clothes herself! I interviewed her and met a few of her colorful clients, including a pet chicken named Lady Gaga.

How New Yorkers' Obsession With Cuba Gave Rise to Salsa It's the rare story that combines my music training, my heritage and my city!

Brides Are Making Their Guests Dress Up in Costumes Back in the old days, weddings came in two flavors: black tie or cocktail. Now, brides and grooms are asking guests to wear all-white, put on a fancy costume or evoke some kind of theme such as “rustic casual.”

This Will Soon Be the Most Famous Cat in NYC My first scoop! Got to meet the legendary Algonquin Hotel's new cat, Hamlet. (I also profiled an Upper West Side cat who is the city's most successful foster dad and wrote a eulogy for the Algonquin's former feline ambassador, Matilda III.)

Forget Mani-Pedis — Now Moms and Daughters Bond Over Botox A heartwarming Mother's Day story ;)

The World's First Supermodel Was More Than Just a Clotheshanger Lisa Fonssagrives was not just famed fashion fotog Irving Penn's muse, she was an artist herself. 

Break Out the Shoulder Pads! Dynasty Style Is Happening The return of 1980s glamour.

Quad Cinema Is Back! "The city’s first-ever multiplex, with four screens showing everything from second-run features to arty foreign films to even (rumor has it) porn, opened in 1972, and its gritty charm and resilience made it a neighborhood institution. It was the kind of place where you could rub shoulders with glitterati such as Mick Jagger and David Bowie, and then moments later run into a guy pleasuring himself with a blowup doll in the men’s room." I wrote about the colorful, sometimes X-rated history of the Quad, which reopened this year after closing in 2014.

How Movies Changed the Way We Dress A look into how certain trends go from silver screen to the street.

Princess Di Was the Queen of Revenge Dressing Parsing the princess' post-divorce style

'La La Land' Is Inspiring People to Take Up Tap This was just a fun, feel-good story to report.

Manse built by America’s first self-made millionairess seeks new life "Madam C.J. Walker was America’s first female self-made millionaire, a former washwoman born from slaves who had made her fortune launching a line of hair-care products. Villa Lewaro, was the pinnacle of her achievements: a 34-room Italianate manse in a neighborhood that was also home to Rockefellers and Astors."

She Changed the Way America Saw Black People How Ming Smith became one of the foremost chroniclers of black life in the U.S. and beyond. (Also, she is a truly amazing, inspirational, kind human being.)

ALSO

Some of my favorite art and museum shows (besides Ming Smith, linked above) I covered included: Aliza Nisenbaum's portraits of undocumented immigrantsNative American Fashion NowGeorgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, the secret life of textilesRei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons at the Met, the history of the 7 Train at the Transit MuseumNever Built NYCRebecca Leveille's portraits in Gowanusthe Frieze Art Fairthe Whitney Biennial and an art show just for dogs.

Some of the coolest people I got to interview included actress/artist/farmer Isabella Rossellini, photographer Baron Claiborne (famous for his portrait of Biggie wearing a crown), Elsa Dorfman and Errol Morris, the guy who makes footballer Cam Newton's hats, and this couple who got married on a city bus.

Some of the weirdest things I did for my job included posing with a bunch of chard, getting thrown out at Tiffany's, and learning how to boob-contour.

And finally, my favorite lede: "Amazon may have finally killed the bookstore once and for all — by opening one."