| Sep 24, 2009
During World War II, trend-setting French designer Coco Chanel, who extolled the virtues of simplicity -- albeit very expensive simplicity -- had a love affair with a German officer. She was once arrested on war crime charges but was set free through...
| Apr 1, 2009
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Changing into an elegant black-and-white Isabel Toledo dress from springy J.Crew pieces Wednesday in London, first lady Michelle Obama showcased her versatility and officially became one of the fab four of the political fashion world in the modern era--...
| Apr 5, 2009
With all the fuss over what Michelle Obama wore in Europe over the past several days, it was this weekend's fashion faceoff with French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in France that everyone awaited.
The winner? Obama, by a thread.
Here, a review of the...
| Nov 23, 2010
Vogue once compared a Chanel black dress to a Ford, which was both a compliment and a prediction back in 1926, when Coco Chanel designed the short black frock as one of her many acts of fashion rebellion. (Black?! For something other than mourning?!)...
| Aug 5, 2010
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Green is golden and by any standard the fashion show presented Saturday by the Festival of Arts was a 24-karat winner.
Talented festival exhibitors created nine eco-friendly designs from at least 80% recycled or natural materials, the second year, to...
| Feb 15, 2010
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Just as the title indicates, director-screenwriter Anne Fontaine's biographical drama profiles the legendary Coco Chanel before she became a fashion icon. Audrey Tautou ("Amelie") has the role, depicting the young Coco as an orphan who lucked into her...
| Mar 9, 2011
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Thousands of years ago, a powerful queen reigned over an ancient civilization. Her name was Hatshepsut, and her legacy and history continue to make ancient Egypt one of the most mysterious yet fascinating places on earth.
On Monday, Hatshepsut came to...
| Apr 16, 2011
Their story is like a "once upon a time," but envision Cinderella in a lace gown that's been painted on by Caravaggio and then run through a paper shredder. There are actually two Cinderellas, Kate (with bangs) and Laura Mulleavy, sisters who don't yet...
| May 8, 2011
When Karl Lagerfeld arrived at Chanel in 1983, the label had degenerated into a glorified fragrance business. But during his tenure, he's turned Chanel into a global force and ushered in a new era in fashion. This "Lazarus movement" has inspired dozens of...
| May 8, 2011
Any doubt that there would be life for the Alexander McQueen brand after the death of its founder should have vanished over the last two weeks. The hoopla surrounding the opening of the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" exhibition at the Metropolitan...
| Jan 11, 2009
Giants lost. But "Mad Men" won. I'll get over it - the Giants, that is. Don't mind me...if I sulk. But here's the thing. Last night, the Golden Globes. An important awards show? (Perhaps on some galaxy.) But what......