1. Photo<strong>Brioni</strong> jacket, $5,500, and shirt, $950, <a href="http://brioni.com/">brioni.com</a>, <strong>GCDS</strong> pants, price on request, <a href="http://gcds.it/">gcds.it</a>, <strong>Wing + Weft</strong> gloves, $200, <a href="http://wegloveyou.com/">wegloveyou.com</a>, <strong>Sunni Sunni</strong> shoes, $485, <a href="http://sunnisunni.com/">sunnisunni.com</a>, <strong>Omega</strong> watch, $15,000, <a href="http://omegawatches.com/">omegawatches.com</a>, and <strong>Panconesi</strong> earring, $296, and body chain, $540, <a href="http://farfetch.com/">farfetch.com</a>.
    CreditPhotograph by Thomas Giddings. Styled by Ian Bradley

    A New Age of Tailoring

    This winter, crisp coats and suits provide warmth and allow for novel ways to dress up with personality.

    By Thomas Giddings and

    1. PhotoMrs. Sidney Smith, P. A. Clark, Mrs. James T. Burden, Stanford White, James Henry Smith, Norman Whitehouse, Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish and Sidney Smith (seated) at the 1905 James Hazen Hyde costume ball.
      CreditByron Company/The Museum of the City of New York/Art Resource, NY

      T Book Club

      Undine Spragg’s Life in Objects

      Beauty, charm and luck all factor into the social ascent of Edith Wharton’s ambitious protagonist — but money, crucially, matters the most.


    2. PhotoAn undated photograph of Edith Wharton.
      CreditCourtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

      T Book Club

      How Can We Read Edith Wharton Today?

      Published in 1913, “The Custom of the Country” follows the social rise of Undine Spragg, a fictional character who, in many ways, feels very modern.


    3. PhotoPierre Mukeba, “Impartiality” (2018). National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
      Credit© Pierre Mukeba, courtesy of GAGPROJECTS

      The Artists

      Portraits of Strength

      In this work, rendered with ink and fabric, Pierre Mukeba depicts women at various stages of life.

  1. PhotoRockwell Kent’s “The Trapper” (1921) in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
    CreditRights courtesy of Plattsburgh State Art Museum, State University of New York, USA, Rockwell Kent Collection, Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton. All rights reserved. Photo: © Whitney Museum of Art/Licensed by Scala, via Art Resource, NY

    What It Means to Look at Paintings of Snow

    Today, works depicting the blankets of white that were once synonymous with the season evoke longing for a winter that never comes.


  2. Artist’s Questionnaire

    PhotoTishan Hsu lives above his Williamsburg, Brooklyn, studio, where an immense skylight keeps a Norfolk Island Pine alive. The miniature green chair was once the artist’s son’s but, these days, Hsu uses it to work on pieces on the floor, like the glassy tank just behind him — a cast-off component of a sculpture that grew in another direction.
    CreditFlora Hanitijo

    An Artist for the Dystopian Age

    For decades, Tishan Hsu has explored the ever more salient relationship between technology and the human body.


  1. On beauty

    PhotoClockwise from top left: <strong>Earth Tu Face</strong> Skin Stick, $34, <a href="https://earthtuface.com/products/skin-stick-7oz-20g">earthtuface.com</a>. <strong>Vertly</strong> Relief Lotion, $48, <a href="https://www.vertlybalm.com/product/infused-relief-lotion/">vertlybalm.com</a>. <strong>Biophilia Botanicals</strong> Rose Juniper Palo Santo Aroma Spray, $25, <a href="https://www.biophiliabotanicals.com/collections/toners/products/palo-santo-juniper-rose-aroma-spray?variant=28514427203">biophiliabotanicals.com</a>. <strong>Botnia</strong> Wisdom Oil, $72, <a href="https://www.botniaskincare.com/home/shop/wholesale/wisdom-oil/">botniaskincare.com</a>. <strong>Vertly</strong> Essential Nutrients Face Serum, $55, <a href="https://www.vertlybalm.com/product/infused-face-serum/">vertlybalm.com</a>. <strong>Biophilia Botanicals</strong> Monk’s Balm Liquid Bandaid, $35, <a href="https://www.biophiliabotanicals.com/collections/balms/products/monks-balm-liquid-bandaid">biophiliabotanicals.com</a>.
    CreditMari Maeda and Yuji Oboshi. Photo: Keystone Press/Alamy Stock Photo

    From Northern California, Farm-Fresh Skin Care

    A new group of small-batch beauty companies is continuing the region’s storied tradition of organic growing and local sourcing.


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  1. PhotoThe small storage room in LaBelle’s house was designed and decorated by Eric Seats and is filled with memorabilia and costumes from the singer’s decades- long career. <strong>Dries Van Noten</strong> coat, $2,640, jacket, $1,395, and pants, $825, <a href="https://www.saksfifthavenue.com/">saks.com</a>, <strong>David Webb</strong> ring, $32,500, and LaBelle’s own earrings and shoes. Set design by Jill Nicholls.
    CreditPhotograph by Hank Willis Thomas and Deb Willis. Styled by Alex Harrington

    Patti LaBelle, the Doyenne of Philadelphia Soul

    At 76, she is the embodiment of success, the personification of warmth and an artist who changed the landscape of American music.

    By Mark Anthony Neal, Hank Willis Thomas, Deb Willis and

  2. PhotoDolly Parton, photographed at NOZ Studios in Nashville on Oct. 21, 2020. Parton wears a <strong>Chopard</strong> necklace, price on request, <a href="https://www.chopard.com/us/">chopard.com/us</a>, and her own clothing and bracelets.
    CreditCraig McDean. Photo in background: Chris Walter/Getty Images

    The Grit and Glory of Dolly Parton

    More than 50 years into her legendary career, she’s still capturing America’s particular mythology — its dreams and its disappointments — like no other.

    By Emily Lordi and

  3. PhotoBarbra Streisand, photographed at her home in Malibu, Calif., on Oct. 8, 2020. Streisand wears her own clothing and accessories.
    CreditPhotograph by Collier Schorr. Styled by Mel Ottenberg

    Barbra Streisand Is, as Ever, Firmly in Control

    Since her breakout in the 1960s, she’s been able to convince the world around her to listen — not by chasing trends but by remaining always and fully herself.

    By James B. Stewart, Collier Schorr and

  4. PhotoA trio of taxidermied blowfish (fugu in Japanese), 22 species of which are eaten in Japan.
    CreditPhotograph by Anthony Cotsifas. Styled by Haidee Findlay-Levin

    The Appealing and Potentially Lethal Delicacy That Is Fugu

    Eating has been a perilous act for most of human history, but Western diners have lately become that much more obsessed with the idea that our meals might destroy us.