The September/October issue of Luxury Listings is here, and we are thrilled to have on our cover the dapper “Project Runway” star, Tim Gunn. In our profile, the fashion star talks about the success of the show, gets in a few digs at athleisure wear and celebrity designers, and weighs in on young people today (and their motivation, or lack thereof).
But what’s most interesting about Gunn is his upbringing as a closeted gay man raised by a father who worked closely alongside FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover — and whom Gunn believes was himself closeted. Gunn’s trips to FBI headquarters when he was a kid and what the culture was like there make for fascinating reading, and it’s all the more impressive to see where Gunn, the former head of the department of Fashion Design at Parsons, has ended up today.
There are many kinds of authors, and our second profile subject, Jay McInerney, is clearly not the kind who finds himself writing in a cabin in the Carpathians with no running water or electricity, hiding out from some repressive political regime while he completes his magnum opus. He also isn’t the kind of outside-artist-hoping-to-make-it who lives in a basement rental in Queens, sitting down to write after getting home from his day job as a laborer, typing out his novel late into the night.
No, as our profile details, McInerney is the kind of writer who is married to a member of the Hearst clan, who pens a column about wine for a glossy shelter magazine, who is fawned over by maître d’s when he shows up to top restaurants in New York without a reservation, and who checks into a hotel when the air-conditioning in his penthouse in Greenwich Village is on the fritz.
With Fashion Week in town, we’re in a fashion state of mind, too. We have stories on the best accessories for navigating Fashion Week; a conversation with Ron Wendt, the party planner extraordinaire fashion houses turn to for their fêtes; and a valuable roundup of the top tailors in town—few of these under-the-radar men and women of the cloth promote themselves, let alone have an email address.
Meanwhile, as the season changes, our thoughts turn to fall. We’re staying a little closer to home and enjoying one of New York’s natural wonders—Central Park that is. We’ve got a story on the folks who’ll pack a luxurious picnic with everything you need (think blankets and pillows!). And we go on a ramble with park-loving actress Lois Robbins, who shows us her favorite spots.
With the kids back to school this month, we’ve also got the posh gear your college student needs to make his or her dorm room the coolest. And in this issue, LLNYC goes to L.A. for the first time, discussing what makes the market out there different and rounding up the most expensive properties in La La Land. Sometimes, looking at Los Angeles homes makes you second-guess living in New York—maybe just a little.