Oh, What a BABE!

Barbara 'Babe' Cushing Mortimer Paley , Vogue, 1946

Barbara ‘Babe’ Cushing Mortimer Paley , Vogue, 1946

Whatever she wore, she wore in a way you would never forget.” ~ Oscar de la Renta

I vaguely remember hearing her name, but I had no idea that there was such a Babe in American fashion history. Barbara “Babe” Paley (1915-1978) was a fashion influencer and true style icon; I began reading about her and her two sisters Minnie and Betsey Cushing in the book, “The Sisters,” by David Grafton. And then the flood gates of my mind opened and I couldn’t know enough about this statuesque socialite and much-loved personality. Born to wealth and prominence as the daughter of a Boston neurosurgeon, Babe and her two older sisters (under the guidance of their socially ambitious mother) made marrying- well their careers and gained further popularity in high society circles. It was here that Babe Paley with her striking good looks, bone structure, and model figure, entered the stratosphere of high style and became universally admired for her fashion sense. Continue reading

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Hong Kong welcomes a New Year and a new generation of proud fashion designers

Myriam in Hong Kong

Myriam in Hong Kong

"My favorite store was Shanghai Tang"

“My favorite store was Shanghai Tang”

My friend Myriam has just returned from Hong Kong full of fashion inspiration – and joy of joys, we get to come along for the ride. Here is Myriam …

As a first-time visitor to Hong Kong, I was amazed at the many similarities between this Chinese metropolis and New York City: The imposing landscape of tall buildings, its cosmopolitan population, its powerful financial center and, most important, its absolutely amazing sense of style. In Hong Kong, East meets West and nothing says it better than its fashion. Chinese women walk the streets of this former British colony showcasing their impeccable taste, from business casual, to urban chic and evening elegant. And like New York, Hong Kong never sleeps; its streets are always vibrant with wine bars, shops, and open air markets. When I arrived, the city was preparing to celebrate the Chinese lunar New Year and welcome the Year of the Horse. Continue reading

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“Comfortable with my curls”

Monica with her three girls

Monica with her three girls

Monica has blue eyes and full curly hair which she has had all her life. Not so unusual to me, but for Monica who has grown up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, it is. Unusual and a big deal. Because most women in Puerto Rico choose to straighten their hair and spend much of their day (a good portion of their beauty regime) making sure they remove their natural curl. But Monica is different and not afraid to be original. She is also the mother of three young girls, ages 10, 9, and 6, and Monica is teaching them to embrace their luxurious curly hair and their differences too. She is fashion-forward and courageous.

Here is Monica

There are many factors why the women of Puerto Rico follow certain beauty rituals. One is that it’s warm here all year-round. Body hair has to be impeccable: that means shaved legs and underarms and bikini waxes. Everyone wears sandals all-year so getting pedicures is a regular ritual as well. I don’t bother with manicures but I keep my nails short and clean – and I almost always have a pedicure …

Another factor is that in Puerto Rico fashion is a status symbol. It tells others that you can afford certain things. People follow fashion but they are not individuals.They are followers. Continue reading

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