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Guided by Her Perfumed Scent, a Blind Photographer Shoots Ad Campaign with Bollywood Movie Star Katrina Kaif

Imagine the elevator pitch for this marketing campaign: “O.K., it’s a bar of soap, but it’s more than that, it’s perfume. A lusciously beautiful model uses the soap. You can’t smell her in the ads – not yet – so we get one of these blind photographers we’ve been hearing about to do the shoot. He gets the shots by following her luscious scent. Beauty is more than what meets the eye. A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a good back story is worth a million. Whadaya think?” Continue reading

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Political Theater on Fashionista Street: No One Posed Such Questions To Abigail Adams & Pat Nixon

No one ever said of Mrs. Nixon what wags are asking about Mrs. Sarkozy after a revealing display of fashionista power (left) at the Elysee Palace. The occasion was a state dinner for Russian president Dmitry Medvedev. The vehicle was a form-fitting Roland Mouret dress that begged the question, “Should Carla Bruni have worn a bra?” Continue reading

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A Courtesan’s Advice For Carla Bruni: “Don’t Eat That Bling!”

Comparing the extravagance of Carla Bruni and Marie-Antoinette reminded me of another sordid tale of conspicuous consumption from The Daily Mail, which got its facts from that august nexus of science and celebrity gossip, the British Medical Journal. A study published last December in the BMJ found toxic concentrations of gold and mercury in the remains of Diane de Poitiers, mistress of the 16th-century French king, Henry II . Diane likely succumbed to the French nobility’s predilection for drinking elixir of gold (think of it as a bling smoothie) in hopes of preserving eternal youth. Continue reading

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Fashionista Street: Soft Lines & Preposterous Shoes

According to Bill Cunnningham’s latest On the Street photo essay, “A signature look has emerged during the last days of New York Fashion Week: draped dresses worn with shoes that make a statement.”

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The World Needs A Naked Flaneur’s Stroll

Naked cyclists make their way past Toronto’s Eaton Centre, June 13, 2009, for the World Naked Bike Ride. Participants in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax rode naked to celebrate cycling and the human body and to demonstrate the … Continue reading

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Fashionista Street: Another Facet of Paris

This week’s On the Street photo essay nakes the transit from Mickey and Minnie Mouse’s haute couture  to Renaissance “headache” bands. According to Bill Cunningham, “Outside the look that marks an era, there are always other currents. And in Paris … Continue reading

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Fashionista Street: Paris Has Legs

Paris has legs in Bill Cunningham’s latest On the Street photo essay, shot en plein air during Paris Fashion Week.

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Aretha Re-Makes “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”

NPR Music: “Aretha Franklin performed “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” at President Obama’s January inauguration. But she was not happy with the final results. So, “The Queen of Soul” went to the music studio to record another version, of which … Continue reading

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Fauvists on Fashionista Street

Bill Cunningham imagines the Fauves and German Expressionists as he looks for audacious colors in this weeks On the Street photo essay. His advice for a gloomy economy? “Be daring. Just put on some outrageous shoes, or two different color … Continue reading

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Fashionista Street: So What’s the New Gray?

Bill Cunningham saw shades of gray everywhere On the Street at New York Fashion Week, and it didn’t bum him out. Even Paris Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld (below right) skipped regulation black. When gray is matched with nuanced accents such … Continue reading

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