“The hunger for status, like all appetites, can have its uses: spurring us to do justice to our talents, encouraging excellence…But, like all appetites, its excesses can also kill.” —Alain de Botton, Status Anxiety
Tom Ford silk tuxedo jacket. Van Cleef & Arpels 18k white, red, and yellow gold, sapphire, ruby, garnet, and diamond necklace.
“Just as our parents quieted us when we were noisy by putting us in front of the television set, maybe we’re now learning to quiet our own adult noise with Prozac.” —Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation
Calvin Klein Collection silk dress. Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co. 18k yellow gold and diamond necklace. Beauty note: Keep skin as smooth as a background scrim with Freeze 24-7 Arctic Lift Firming Neck Cream.
“He worked on Wall Street, 50 floors up…overlooking the world! He was at the wheel of a $48,000 roadster with one of the most beautiful women in New York…a frisky young animal!” —Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities
Ralph Lauren Collection silk lamé gown. Cartier 18k yellow gold, emerald, onyx, and diamond necklace.
“Chains: The tied-up, tinkling look—fashionable now, and they look well on naked skin. Some women like both the coldness and the symbolism, and some men spend hours unlocking them.” —Alex Comfort, The Joy of Sex
Yves Saint Laurent from Rellik, London, vintage silk taffeta blouse. Bulgari 18k yellow gold, emerald, ruby, and diamond necklace. Beauty note: A delicate décolletage stays smooth with Dr. Hauschka Neck and Décolleté Cream. Jewelry and accessories director: Claudia Mata.