The Martian in Me

Today’s high-tech beauty world was 50 years in the future when model Jean Shrimpton (right) peered from a pink space helmet for the April 1965 cover of Harper’s Bazaar. Now it’s 2015, and as I watched Matt Damon plot a strategy to survive being marooned on the Red Planet in The Martian, I felt a kindred spirit: We’re both charting a course for self-preservation — though my scheme unfolds on Earth and involves neither poo nor potatoes. And unlike the …

Roar Into Fall With a Moto Jacket

Want to add zip to your fall? Get a moto jacket. It’s one of the most versatile pieces you’ll ever own. Most people think “leather” when they hear the term “moto jacket,” but its defining characteristic is actually its silhouette: short, zippered and with attitude to burn. Indeed, some of this season’s most intriguing motos contain not a stitch of leather: suede, knits, coated cotton — the list is fairly inexhaustible. One of my favorite recent finds is a moto …

Who Can Resist a Sexy Black Shoe?

Three of my favorite fashion muses — Cinderella, Dorothy Gale and Carrie Bradshaw — taught me it’s all about the shoes. Here are four reasons why they were so-o-o right: 1. No matter my age or weight, shoe size is never an issue. 2. I may never wear a plunging neckline again, but toe cleavage? Always! 3. New shoes update my old togs without the need for a single additional purchase. 4. Shopping for shoes is a feel-good high — …

Our 7 Biggest Fashion Mistakes

Mistake 1: Believing you are too old or fat to wear trendy clothes. I call them “retro addicts”: women who buy and wear the same stuff over and over again, mistakenly convinced it’s possible to age out of new fashion trends. Try telling that to Iris Apfel! Mistake 2: Still wanting to “paint it black.” Give black a break, already! Navy blue, coffee brown, inky plum, maroon and charcoal gray all perform the same sort of slim-and-trim tricks. You can …

Surrender to Pink

Lighten up. That was the message at this fall’s fashion shows, where tastemakers urged women to abandon the season’s traditionally somber colors and make pink their go-to shade. And why not? Pink is one of the most flattering colors a woman can wear. Whether it’s blush, lipstick or a luxurious cashmere sweater, pink makes women feel pretty and powerful — the best possible combination. We’re seeing all shades of ladylike pink — magenta, rose, fuchsia, bubble gum and more — …

Gray Hair Is Gorgeous!

Once upon a time, I was a blondaholic. These days, however, my role models are all silver-haired beauties: I long to look like Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones or Storm from X-Men, or Julianne Moore as President Alma Coin in The Hunger Games. What’s behind my shifting loyalty? Partly I blame the “moonlit manes” that have been popping up all over Pinterest. True, some of these silver foxes may have achieved their signature look thanks to wigs (or extensions or …