What to Wear, According to the Paris Catwalks

4 Trends Seen At Paris Fashion Week 28 Photos View Slide Show › Image Nowfashion PARIS — As the four-city fashion show cavalcade comes to an end, here’s a look at some of the catwalk styles from Paris that could sharpen your wardrobe this fall. Caped Crusaders More elegant and practical than the poncho and…

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Merci Expands Its Living Space

Image From left, Arthur Gerbi, president of Merci; Valérie Gerbi, its fashion director; and Daniel Rozensztroch, artistic director, at the store’s new apartment-cum-shop in Paris.CreditDmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times PARIS — Is the concept store over as a, well, concept? “What is a concept store? Personally, I don’t know any,” said Arthur Gerbi,…

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Q. & A.: Advice for Renovating Your Home

This column is part of a series for the Design special report of The New York Times. Readers are invited to send questions to designadvice@nytimes.com. I’m buying the unit above my condo and would like to install a spiral staircase to save room. Everyone I know warns me that spiral staircases are huge pains. Do…

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Design Books That Explore History in the Making

New York’s Armory Show, opening on Thursday, starts the spring culture season. But for those who can’t (or won’t) trek to Piers 92 and 94 on the Hudson River, where winds are still wintry, may we suggest picking up one of the season’s coffee-table books about design, art and artfulness through the decades? Image For…

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‘Yelling, Screaming, Almost Fisticuffs’ …Over House Paint?

The abstract artist Sean Scully has striped his canvases in yellows from palest omelet to warning flare. His choices have been uncontroversial — his paintings have sold for more than $1 million each — until last summer, when he went a shade too far on one of his own homes. Mr. Scully, 73, specified Gold…

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Q. & A.: In Hubert Le Gall’s World, Reality and Fantasy Blend

On a recent rainy Friday, Hubert le Gall, a French art furniture designer, was “at home” at the Twenty First Gallery in TriBeCa, on the eve of his first American retrospective. “It’s more like a ‘best of,’” Mr. le Gall said of the show. “It’s like a portrait.” Dressed in a gray sweater and bluejeans,…

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How to Raise a Child Without Imposing Gender

Elliot Claire: What kind of baby name is that? A girl’s name? A boy’s name? Both? Mission accomplished, said Elizabeth and Sean Scotten, of Oakland, Calif., who became parents to Elliot Claire almost a year ago. “We loved the juxtaposition of a name that’s more traditionally masculine and a name that’s more feminine,” Ms. Scotten,…

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Purdue researchers develop innovative, more cost-effective method to make drugs

IMAGE: Zinia Jaman, a Purdue University doctoral student in chemistry, prepares a reactor system as part of the process for making generic lomustine using a continuous manufacturing method. The Food and… view more  WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Food and Drug Administration wants the pharmaceutical industry to get away from making drugs using the traditional batch…

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Pediatric onset multiple sclerosis study examines baffling, often-overlooked disease

IMAGE: Parents of a child with pediatric onset multiple sclerosis may need long-term supports from mental health professionals and advocacy organizations to cope with the emotional and financial impact the disease… view more  Credit: Photo by L. Brian Stauffer CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Seemingly overnight, healthy children develop mysterious, potentially disabling symptoms. When children finally receive a…

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Researchers find high blood pressure link

Athens, Ga. — The age a woman begins menstruation is associated with having high blood pressure later in her life, according to a team of researchers at the University of Georgia. Specifically, researchers found that early onset menstruation significantly increased risk of hypertension in late adulthood, even after controlling for independent social economic factors, lifestyle…

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