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Editor's Note March 2013

by Cristina Cuomo | Manhattan magazine | February 28, 2013

When I asked my 9-year-old daughter, Bella, what she thought I should write about in this letter, based on the month and the fashion theme of the issue, she broke it down for me this way:

“New Yorkers, take me as an example, have trouble deciding what to wear as the season changes from winter to the beginning of spring. It’s warmer, but not so warm that you can wear a tank top and shorts, and chilly, but not so much that you have to wear a heavy coat or thick gloves for playing in the snow, or a hat or wind block (yes, my mom puts wind block on my face). It’s just right—Goldilocks-right. It’s the start of the new season, with so many things to do. You can go back into the park and play again. It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and the first green grass appears and the sky is still bright at 5pm. The energy of the city picks up—people are more active, not as lazy as in the winter. We get to walk everywhere again. People are more eager to travel now, and aren’t worried about snowstorms. Oh, and my birthday is in March, so it’s a very good month. Plus, I have less homework because it’s spring break!

But back to fashion, the theme of this issue. My mom says black and white is the trend this season, but I think ‘in color’—I’m not a dog—so I prefer brights.”

Believe it or not, those are her actual words—which lead me, as an editor, to believe that in a few years she’ll be giving me a real run for my money!

But yes, back to fashion. From fluoro stunners to sleek black and white ensembles—including the one worn by our cover star, Diane Kruger—this issue’s splashy spring stories prove that our fashion director, James Aguiar, has again hit a home run. Opening our style section is Tory Burch, my favorite fashion success story, whose lifelong obsession with cocktail rings has been incorporated in her eponymous line, followed by designer-muse Valesca Guerrand-Hermès, who shares a few of her must-haves this season.

And, while I love all the stories in this issue, I can’t help singling out the piece by my father-in-law, Mario Cuomo, on the passing of New York City Mayor Ed Koch, who beat him in a contentious mayoral race in 1977, but was then defeated by him in the 1982 gubernatorial primary. So the sense of history there is palpable, and his words are poignant and heartfelt. Also, check out the delectable review by my husband, Chris, of Erminia, an Italian institution.

Finally, it strikes me that Bella’s words, above, seem to echo something Coco Chanel once said: “Fashion is not simply a matter of clothes. Fashion is in the air, born upon the wind. It is in the sky and on the road.” I’m happy that this issue reflects that so well.

Read on.

Submissions to Fictionist can be made to me at ccuomo@modernluxury.com.