Eileen Ford: She Created Supermodels

The beautiful women who display designers’ new fashions on the runway and grace magazine covers are more than just celebrities – they’re brand names in their own right.  We even have a word for them: supermodels. To a great extent, we can thank Eileen Ford for making all those models so super. Ford, who died on July 9 at age 92 in Morristown, N.J.,  in 1947 cofounded – with her late husband Jerry – Ford Models, the agency that became …

Fashion Watch: Now, It’s All About the Dress

On Monday in New York City, First Lady Michelle Obama cut the ribbon to open the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Both Obama and Wintour wore dresses. This may not seem like a big deal, but it is: Dresses have almost completely replaced suits as the go-to fashion solution for most work/life situations, even for heads of state and CEOs. (Here’s hoping Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton catch on soon!) Dresses are showing up in …

Get the Look: Tribal Jewelry

It’s officially summer and I’m ready for an exotic vacation! I’ve spent more than enough days indoors catching up on TV shows, fixing home appliances and fantasizing about time away from work. Recently I learned my friend Liz was planning a three-week sightseeing jaunt to Africa. Knowing this would be a wildly educational and enriching trip, I just couldn’t fathom sweating out my first visit there during the hottest time of the year. So instead I decided to channel the culture …

Dazzle on Date Night: Flirty Styles for Any Age

Coco Chanel famously said, “I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.” For sure, if you’re going on a first date - especially one where kind friends made the introduction, or you’ve only met virtually thanks to the Internet - you will no doubt …

Fashion Exhibits to See This Summer

Want to get a fashion fix without spending a ton of money?  Take a minute, play tourist and check out these cultural institutions for a little apparel and accessory therapy.  Museums across the country are open, some with adjusted summer hours and senior discounts, waiting for you – yes, you the fashionable one – to visit. ATLANTA Gogo: Nature Transformed (through Aug. 25, 2013) High Museum of Art, www.high.org – Inspired by natural and found objects (bone, shells, seaweed), Janet …

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

In a few days Father’s Day (June 16) will be here. You still may be sure what to get dear ol’ dad or you’re pondering what you’ve already selected. Because no one has ever really admitted that shopping for Pops was easy, I’ve decided to help you skip aimlessly wandering in the mall by directing you to a few fashionable and novelty gift items that I’m sure he’d love. THE DAPPER DAD 1 | Swedish Dream Sea Salt ($6; West …