| Apr 5, 2009
Sixty-nine of the shades OPI currently makes are reds. I'm Not Really a Waitress, a flirty pinkish-red, is its best-selling polish.
OPI (pronounced oh-pee-eye) has created 730 shades of nail polish to date. Hundreds are...
| Apr 15, 2007
New York — IF Tom Ford's much-anticipated sequel had been the movie he said it would be instead of a menswear collection, it might well have been titled "Ford Almighty."
Three years after his high-profile departure as creative director of Gucci and...
| Mar 18, 2007
JUST when you're finally able to score a bottle of Chanel's Black Satin, white is the new black. The spring runways (think Behnaz Sarafpour and Phillip Lim) were alight with creamy opaque white nails.
Why white? Why now? It's retro-modern, elegant,...
| May 6, 2007
THE day began like any other in 1961, and for Fred Hayman, right, resident manager of the Beverly Hilton, that meant buttoning into a three-piece suit and pushing a pressed hankie into his pocket. But today if he dressed more carefully, it was because...
| Nov 20, 2007
Good doctors used to be identified by fairly standard measures: where they trained, whether they were board-certified and if they were in good standing with the state medical board.
But the explosion of reality TV shows in the last four years has upset...
| Jan 15, 2008
Altagracia Valdez is dreaming of a perfect pink Cadillac. All she has to do to win it, according to her boss at Mary Kay Inc., is expand her list of conocidos.
Those familiar connections, she says, can adorn Valdez's 60-year-old hands with diamond rings,...
| Dec 13, 2008
Tired of reading grim news about the economy? Then skip the articles and go straight to the ads. It's December, after all; the season of lights, gift giving and glossy magazines and newspaper supplements that smell like Glade PlugIns and weigh enough to...
| Aug 26, 2009
Is it possible to fall in love with a fruit? Six or seven years ago a young Web producer named Chip Brantley was browsing the Culver City farmers market when he encountered a yellow-skinned, outrageously sweet fruit that changed his life. It was a Pluot,...
| Jan 11, 2009
"The weave is gone. Forget about it," says Rebecca Opong, as she leans on the counter of African Image Beauty Supply & Salon on Western Avenue. She sighs. "The economy is bad. Now, they all want half-wigs."
On this recent Saturday afternoon, the chairs...
| Feb 8, 2009
Today, Steam Salon throws its first-ever Love Souk, a bazaar devoted to prepping and preening for V-Day. Steam's team of stylists will be doling out easy hair and makeup tips, along with $15 10-minute massages, $10 mini-manicures and love readings. You...
| Jan 4, 2009
Scent is a powerful thing, the perfumed envelope of memory. When I smell Gucci Rush, I'm back in a New York club I frequented in 2002, where the hostess bathed in the spicy scent. Cool Water by Davidoff is every guy who never asked me to dance in...