February 3, 2023

Graydon Carter revives his famed power lists in Air Mail

Graydon Carter revives his famed power lists in Air Mail

Graydon Carter is bringing back the power list.

When the pantheon-grade editor was running Vanity Fair, the appearance of his “Best Dressed,” “Young Hollywood,” and the “New Establishment” lists were met with much fanfare (and jealousy) and occasioned a swell party where those who didn’t quite make it drowned their sorrows and the ones who did rubbed their faces in it.

Now he’s inaugurated a “Downtown” list at his new home, Air Mail, for a special issue of the same name.

The issue is being sponsored rather chicly by Celine, which also co-hosted a bash at the Odeon with the outlet (a pretty glam one with bowls of cigarettes and martinis on tap, as it happens).

Graydon Carter
The publication of Graydon Carter’s “Best Dressed,” “Hollywood” and “New Establishment” lists were met with much fanfare.
Patrick McMullan via Getty Image

The list includes interior designer to the stars (well, to Mary-Kate Olsen at the the very least) Michael Bargo, New Yorker writer Doreen St Felix, Mike Crumplar of the Dimes Square substack (who, claims the Air Mail flack puzzlingly, “has never been photographed”), Zoe Beyer of A24, Anna Weyant, the artist who is both dating and being represented by Larry Gagosian, director Sean Price Williams, Haley Wollens, the stylist who, said flack muses, “single-handedly resurrected Mugler,” Nicholas Braun, otherwise known as “Cousin Greg” from “Succession” and 42 other people who are far too cool to have been heard of.

Doreen St. Felix
The New Yorker’s Doreen St. Felix made the cut.
Getty Images for The New Yorker

In his editor’s letters, Carter says they “prove that, if you have the patience to sift through the posers and the stale expectations of the past, the essence of [downtown] is unerasable.”

Haley Wollens
Stylist Haley Wollens was deemed to be part of the scene proving that downtown “is unerasable.”
Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan



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