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Flights of Fashion: How Amelia Earhart Became America's First Celebrity Designer (PHOTOS)

(33) Comments | Posted October 23, 2009 | 8:08 AM

Editor's note: In honor of today's release of Fox Searchlight's "Amelia," we're re-publishing this post. It originally ran on July 20th.

Unlike aviators lost in the sky, fashions always come back. Among the styles recently returned from the dead are micro minis, skinny belts, jumpsuits, platform shoes...

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Federer Is Betterer

(19) Comments | Posted September 20, 2009 | 9:13 AM

Anna Wintour could teach Dan Brown a thing or three about secrets.

Anna's inscrutability is as famous as her owly sunglasses and tawny bob. Yet after watching the Last Empress closely at Fashion Week, I think I've cracked her code.

She has the best poker face on the planet. She...

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Laura Smalls: Michelle Obama's Next Favorite Designer? (PHOTOS)

(14) Comments | Posted September 16, 2009 | 9:55 PM

Last Sunday at the Manhattan restaurant Benoit, models twirled through the dining room in a blur of satin and chiffon like visions from a pre-crash world of opulent elegance. The women sipping champagne at the red banquettes -- many in the edgy, thigh-high frocks and towering platform shoes inflicted on...

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Eleanor Of Seventh Avenue: Where Fashion Week Came From

(9) Comments | Posted September 9, 2009 | 8:52 AM

Invitations to designer shows during New York Fashion Week are harder to come by than smiles on the catwalk. There was once a time, though -- long before models perfected their "I'm too cool for the world" pouts -- when you couldn't pay people to show up for this biannual...

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The Real Girls of Vogueland

(19) Comments | Posted September 3, 2009 | 7:22 AM

In the opening montage of the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada, an army of skinny beauties dresses for work, donning some serious looking clothes and footwear. As film critic David Denby wrote in The New Yorker, "It's like the lock and load scenes of soldiers strapping on their weapons...

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French Women Don't Wear Shorts

(204) Comments | Posted August 27, 2009 | 11:09 AM

For many Parisians who saw pictures of Michelle Obama stepping off Air Force One last week in a pair of green cotton shorts, the first thought that came to mind was: Carla Bruni would never wear that.

Even on a burning August day, the French First Lady wouldn't be caught...

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Muslim Chic

(676) Comments | Posted June 26, 2009 | 10:17 AM

At my health club on the campus of a Chicago university, I recently watched a young Muslim woman covered in head-to-toe religious garb -- head scarf, long-sleeve tunic and long pants -- as she played basketball with her boyfriend, a tall, black-haired youth dressed in jeans and a striped button-down...

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Big Shoes To Fill

(6) Comments | Posted June 10, 2009 | 9:48 AM

The money-fueled era of McMansions and S.U.V.'s may be as dead as the dinosaurs, but America's lust for the outsize lives on in Big Gulp drinks and triple cheeseburgers, in the Starbucks Venti -- and now -- in jumbo high heels.

Skyscraper stilettos, platforms as thick as bricks, straps...

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The Poison Ivy Chronicles

(4) Comments | Posted May 30, 2009 | 11:49 AM

In July 1956, during one of the hottest days of the Cold War, I came face to face with my own personal Armageddon.

I was six years old and had just succumbed to a horrific case of poison ivy, the first of many oozing, itching bouts that turned me...

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First Hair

(570) Comments | Posted May 2, 2009 | 11:09 AM


In her first hundred days as First Lady, Michelle Obama has worn her hair mostly in a sleek page-boy, but also occasionally gently waved and upswept. Johnny Wright, the 31-year-old stylist from Frederic Fekkai's West Hollywood salon, who was anointed Michelle's exclusive hairdresser three months ago, has...

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Why Designers Are Dissing Michelle

(557) Comments | Posted April 7, 2009 | 9:38 AM

When Oscar de la Renta lambasted Michelle Obama last week in Women's Wear Daily for wearing a cardigan to meet Queen Elizabeth II - sniping, "You don't go to Buckingham Palace in a sweater" -- he betrayed a disdain for the First Lady's sense of style that is at...

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Michelle Obama's New Kind of Glamour

(53) Comments | Posted April 4, 2009 | 6:27 PM

When Jackie Kennedy, accompanied by President Kennedy, arrived in Paris in May, 1961 on an official presidential trip, she was greeted by cheering crowds chanting "Vive Jackie!" The French admired her youth, beauty, grace and charm. But what made them fall in love with her was that she seemed...

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What Will Michelle Obama Wear For Tea With the Queen? (VIDEO)

(82) Comments | Posted March 30, 2009 | 1:30 PM

Update: Gioia Diliberto appeared on MSNBC on Tuesday to what Michelle Obama would wear

WATCH:

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Natasha Richardson's Death Highlights Risks to Women Skiers

(11) Comments | Posted March 22, 2009 | 3:30 PM

Natasha Richardson's death last week at the Mont Tremblant resort in Quebec has not only reignited the debate about the efficacy of helmets in preventing ski fatalities, but also highlighted a little known fact about this dangerous sport: though men are more likely to die in ski accidents, women,...

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Forever Halston

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2009 | 11:05 AM


In today's booming market for vintage clothes, some of the most sought after items are by Halston, the fashion genius who personified 1970s disco chic. It was a time when Manhattan was edgy and cool, and designers were the pilot fish of sex and glamour and...

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Secretary of Fashion

(25) Comments | Posted March 1, 2009 | 2:43 PM

Since Ikram Goldman, owner of the eponymous Chicago boutique, became the unofficial Secretary of Fashion to whom Michelle Obama turns for all her key sartorial decisions, East Coast arbiters of chic have been as twisted up as a braided leather belt. How can a mere retailer, not to mention one...

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Is the Red Carpet French?

(3) Comments | Posted February 23, 2009 | 5:23 PM

Oscar is American, but the red carpet is French - with some Italian blood. When it came to choosing gowns for the Academy Awards this year, Kate, Penelope, Sarah, and Angelina went for Old World Couture. Of the 27 most photographed female stars at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood...

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As The Fur Flies

(16) Comments | Posted February 20, 2009 | 11:36 AM

In 1988, at the dawn of the age of anti-fur chic, I bought my first shearling coat. It was a black, collarless swing style made from featherweight Spanish pelts, and I got it wholesale for under $1,000. My husband called it a drug dealer coat because at that time in...

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Fashion Victim

(4) Comments | Posted February 11, 2009 | 10:56 AM

In American literature's most famous act of fashion resourcefulness, Scarlett O'Hara, the impoverished, but proud heroine of Gone With the Wind, makes herself a knockout dress from a pair of old green velvet curtains. So attired, she travels to Atlanta to wheedle $300 out of her lover Rhett Butler to...

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