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Dancing Queens

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I can think of only one who will disagree with me (yes, that's you MR) when I declare Black Swan best film of 2010. Hey, fit men in tights, good girls gone bad in tutus? what's not to love about this campy Gothic thriller? It gave American Vogue good reason to shoot a gorgeous fashion story with the divine Natalie Portman.


Natalie Portman in Rochas by Peter Lindbergh


Natalie Portman in Rochas by Peter Lindbergh


Tutus for Black Swan designed by Rodarté

It does seem to be part of a bigger trend that includes both participating in and watching dance of all forms as well as a integrating professional dancer's clothing into ready-to-wear. Maybe it's the combination of strength and fitness combined with fragile femininity that seems so alluring but ballerinas-as-models and dance themes have been cropping up all over the place recently. Earlier this year, US Elle featured a beautiful editorial story with Natasa Vojnovic and members of the American Ballet Theater shot by Carter S…

A Senior Moment

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Apparently, two-thirds of the people to ever reach the age of 65 are alive today and it has at long last dawned on the consumer industries that this demographic might just well be as interested in fashion and beauty as anyone else. duh.



Lauren Hutton is most likely the best known working model in the 60+ age range. Here are some others.Carmen dell'Orefice has been modeling since 1946 when she was 15 years old!


Carmen dell'Orefice by Tim Petersen


Carmen dell'Orefice for Rolex

Daphne Self started her career 60 years ago and is still working at the age of 80, modeling for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana.


Daphne Self for Wunderkind

Nancy Ozelli is a divine, silver-haired 50 + model/actress


Nancy Ozelli

Last season I gave a shout out to UK High Street department store chain Debenhams for including a wheelchair-bound model in their advertising campaign. I applaud them again for using a trio of women over 40 in their Fall/Winter 2010 advertisements.




Caroline Josling, 52, Valerie Pai…

The Streisand Effect

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It's not that Barbra Streisand had actually gone away anywhere but she had been kind of quiet in recent years. All that changed recently. First, in the September 2010 issue of Harper's Bazaar an editorial story entitled, "A Star is Re-Born" featured Jennifer Aniston in an homage to the mega-star shot by Mark Seliger.





This photo reminds me of a very similar pose struck by Isabella Rossellini, made up to look like Barbra by the late, great Kevyn Aucoin.



My Dec/Jan copy of House Beautiful arrives with a feature on Streisand's first-ever book, My Passion for Design in which she "shares the intimate story behind her obsession with home"
plus the cover of the August 1974 edition of the magazine which included a feature about her Hollywood home.


As if this wasn't enough to convince me that Streisand's star was back in the firmament, along comes another magazine, another story on Streisand's home. This time, December's Harper's Bazaar, photograp…

Uniformly Different

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Walking around my West Village neighborhood recently on an autumnal Sunday afternoon I played a little game of "who is not wearing jeans?" and out of the approx. twenty people observed, was somewhat dismayed to realize that I could count only two and that one of those was in sweat pants. We all look so samey now, we might as well be wearing Mao suits. Not that I am against the idea of having a fashion uniform, certain individuals have made a name for themselves with a signature style that screams their name, and I applaud them for it. Here are a few of my favorites.

Dame Edith Sitwell1887-1964
Signature Style: Ornate "dressing gown", turban, rings
Edith Louisa Sitwell was born in 1887 to an aristocratic family and began writing poetry when she was about twenty. She complemented her marvelously Plantagenet looks with a combination of Pre-Raphaelite, Oriental, and Surrealist styles to create a specific look that included turbans, dressing-gowns and lashin…