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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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