March 2011

INSIDE THE MARCH ISSUE… Chris BenzPRINCE OF PREP With clean lines, bold colors and a preppy flair, Chris Benz attracts the fashion powers that be to his shows—Anna Wintour, Hamish Bowles, Joanna Coles—while stylish ladies about town can’t get enough of his clothes. Following in the footsteps of Geoffrey Beene, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren, the next great American designer has arrived. Written by Peter Davis Photographs by Gray Scott Styled by Cricket Burns THE ANNUAL BEST-DRESSED LIST Cover girl Mickey Sumner joins her fellow fashion luminaries on our seriously selective list of New York’s most stylish women. Whether a red carpet favorite or reluctant “it-girl,” these stunning head-turners all dress like it’s their job (and for some, it is). THE WOMAN WARRIOR Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi has gotten the attention of Dina Powell, Gloria Steinem, Jennifer Buffett and other prominent New York women—not to mention the Clinton Global Initiative. In this candid interview, she opens up about her childhood in Saddam Hussein’s Presidential Palace and her life’s mission to empower women survivors of war and civil strife. Interview by Holly Peterson Janie BryantCHRONICLES The smart set holds a series of soirées that successfully distracts from the slush. By Debbie Bancroft PYTs Celebrating Palm Beach’s centennial with an over-the-top birthday party hosted by Lavande. By Luigi Tadini OLD NEW YORK The evolution of Bergdorf Goodman, from humble tailor’s shop to international shopping destination. CRICKET’S CRUSH Bold bangles from Hermés. By Cricket Burns WORLD ACCORDING TO… “Mad Men” costume designer Jamie Bryant shares her favorite memories and go-to hot-spots in the city she—and the AMC hit—calls home.