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Day: February 6, 2024

At every talk I give on downsizing, the subject of handing furniture off to grown kids comes up. And every time I deliver the bad news: The kids don’t want your stuff. Invariably, parents moan and adult children cheer. 

“Don’t believe me?” I ask. “Just walk through any secondhand furniture store or visit Facebook Marketplace. They’re flooded with brown furniture no one wants.”

Today, however, I am sharing a happy exception: The Tale of the Mahogany Dresser.

Back in the 1950s, when my parents were newly married, they bought a mahogany bedroom set: a four-poster double bed, two nightstands and a double dresser. Fifteen or so years later, when I was about five, they got a new bedroom set, and I got the old one. (Big day!)

Several years later, without consulting me, they decided that mahogany was out and that a fruitwood finish would look better. Piece by piece, the furniture disappeared into the garage along with my father, who spent many nights and weekends sanding off the old, dark finish. One by one, the pieces reappeared in my room as lighter versions of their former selves.  

Many years later, when I finished school and moved to my first apartment, my parents gave me the bedroom set; it was all the furniture I owned. Eventually, I married and had children. When the oldest was out of a crib, the bedroom set became hers. When she got her first place, the bedroom set went along. 

This once mahogany dresser belonged to the author's parents. Some years ago, the author's daughter painted it white, and just recently transformed it again by painting it Deep Jungle Green. It's now in a nursery waiting to welcome a fourth generation. Painting old furniture can help good pieces stay in families for generations. (Courtesy Adam Nielson)
Some years ago, the author’s daughter painted this dresser white and just recently transformed it again by painting it Deep Jungle Green. (Courtesy Adam Nielson)

Not long after, she and her then-boyfriend decided to give the set a lighter look and painted all the pieces white. That might have been a good idea if

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Known for cultural flashpoints including Lady Gaga’s iconic ‘meat dress,’ Nicola Formichetti joins SYKY, a luxury fashion platform that enables designers and collectors to curate, buy, and sell their luxury digital collectibles, as the platform’s first Artistic Director. 

Courtesy of SYKY

Known for his extensive resume—including serving as creative director at international luxury houses like Mugler and Diesel—Formichetti has worked with major brands such as Uniqlo, MAC, and Alexander McQueen. Formichetti, in his role as the fashion director for Lady Gaga, has been a catalyst for setting cultural moments. Beyond this, he has held creative direction and editor roles in magazines such as V Magazine, VMAN, GEN V, Dazed + Confused, and Vogue Hommes Japan.

“In my 25-year fashion career, I’ve been captivated by the potential of the digital space and am now eager to embrace it fully, creating possibilities that resonate with today’s world,” said Formichetti, in a statement following his appointment. “Joining SYKY allows me to be at the forefront of this digital revolution, collaborating with a team that shares my passion for creating meaningful impact.”

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In this new role, Formichetti will shape SYKY’s physical events, identify and nurture new opportunities between established luxury brands, and aim to bridge the gap between the traditional fashion industry and the future.

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KYLIE Jenner has shown off her slimmer-than-ever figure in a red minidress for her latest outing in France with her daughter.

The Kardashians star recently attended the Les Sculptures Jacquemus’ fashion show at Fondation Maeght.

Kylie Jenner (pictured) brought her five-year-old daughter Stormi along as they recently attended Jacquemus' fashion show in France

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Kylie Jenner (pictured) brought her five-year-old daughter Stormi along as they recently attended Jacquemus’ fashion show in FranceCredit: Getty
Kylie wore a red cut-out minidress that highlighted her slim frame while Stormi matched in a fully red ensemble and accessories

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Kylie wore a red cut-out minidress that highlighted her slim frame while Stormi matched in a fully red ensemble and accessoriesCredit: Getty

Kylie, 26, brought along her daughter Stormi, five, as the two enjoyed the show in complementing outfits.

Kylie also shares son Aire, one, with her ex Travis Scott, 32.

The mother-daughter duo stood out in matching red ensembles as they sat beside each other, with Kylie rocking a tiny, skintight minidress.

The short-sleeved dress featured a high-neck and midsection cut-out, also cinching at the waist and highlighting the star’s slim curves.

The dress also featured extra sheer, red fabric that was draped across the Hulu star’s chest.

Kylie paired the look with matching red heels and a pair of sunglasses.

As for Stormi, the five-year-old looked adorable in red leather pants, a matching top, and a sweater tied around her shoulders.

She also accessorized with a pair of red sneakers and a red purse that she kept next to her.

Keeping with her old Hollywood aesthetic, Kylie had her hair styled in big, loose waves for the show, while her daughter had a few of her curls pinned back.

One clip showed the two cuddled up next to each other, with Kylie even wiping something off Stormi’s face at one point – seemingly before the show began.

THE ULTIMATE DUO

Kylie and her mini-me also attended the Valentino Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2024 Show just days before, where they stunned in

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Cape Town is gearing up to host the prestigious Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2024 from 16 to 18 February, showcasing an exciting fusion of local and international art.

Organised by Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa (FMEA), this event unites over 100 leading galleries and 500 artists across four continents.

Prepare for a wealth of engaging exhibitions spanning the city as this year’s edition features over 20 new galleries from around the world.

A merchandise pop-up shop will grant visitors a chance to explore exclusive fashion and homeware collections, including a special collaboration by Yawa Africa and rising fashion star Lukhanyo Mdingi.

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In 2024, Cape Town itself will become a canvas for creative expression with the Unbound City initiative. This innovative project extends the art fair’s reach, hosting a series of VIP and public events across iconic landmarks like Zeitz MOCAA, the Norval Foundation, the Bo Kaap Museum and more.

Galleries and international exhibitors will also organise pop-up exhibitions, fostering a dynamic artistic dialogue throughout the city.

Seeking to democratise art collecting, the fair’s ‘Editions’ section will spotlight prints, multiples and editions by renowned and emerging artists, offering an entry point for budding collectors. Additionally, ALT showcases non-traditional art spaces, providing a fresh perspective on artistic expression at affordable prices.

The ‘Tomorrows/Today’ section, curated by Dr. Mariella Franzoni, acts as a launchpad for emerging artists, forecasting future trends and ideas.


Also read: ‘Ready to Launch’ showcases a year of artistic collaboration at The Ramp


This year’s theme, ‘Inhabiting the Wild,’ explores the concept of wildness through artistic imagination, inviting visitors to engage with uncharted creative realms.

The MAIN section will dazzle art enthusiasts with

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