Frenchwomen Don’t Wear Granny Panties

Bloomers are booming—and I’m flipping out. I’m talking about those “big girl” panties we traded for lower-cut bikini undies way back in junior high school, before The Cult of the Thong began its cheeky brainwashing campaign. Having just returned from Paris, where a lingerie shop seems to nestle next to every patisserie, I can assure you that no grownup Frenchwoman (unless she’s a dancer at the Moulin Rouge) would be caught dead in a thong or a V-string. Instead, Frenchwomen …

50 Shades of Valentine’s Day

Normally, I’m a sucker for the sweetly prepackaged romance of Valentine’s Day. But with Fifty Shades of Grey hitting your multiplex on Feb. 13, our pink-cheeked flying cherubs have dropped their beatific smiles for lecherous leers. Bedroom toys and racy lingerie are doing a brisk business at major department stores and online. Many couples still mark the day traditionally — dinner at a dark bistro, some hanky-panky in the dark at home — but more women age 50-plus are single, …

Best Way to Handle Menopause? Eye Makeup!

Wasn’t there a cool babe in this mirror just a week ago? My hormones are out of whack. I’m tired, stressed out and cranky about aging. But then I put on my eye makeup, and it kicks my bad mood to the curb. In five minutes I feel and look 10 times hipper and sexier — like a blond version, I like to think, of Charlotte Rampling (right), who at 68 is the new face of NARS cosmetics. >> Too Old …

Hollywood Legend Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

Her résumé read “actress,” but Lauren Bacall was first and foremost a Hollywood movie star. Arriving in L.A. with her mother in 1942 and before speaking a line on film, the young New York model perfected the smoky, sexy voice that would become her trademark. On her own, Bacall, who died Aug. 12, figured out how to plant her chin against her long neck, look upward into the camera with those heavy-lidded eyes, and give what became known simply as “The Look.” …

5 Smart (and Womanly) Buys for Fall

Am I the only one who witnessed Sharon Stone coming out this spring? Not sexually, mind you, but chronologically. Stone has been something of a refusenik when it comes to aging, so I smiled to myself when she told Shape magazine, “I’m not trying to make myself look like a girl because I’m not a girl anymore.” And I positively cheered when Stone went on to report that she’s “very happy” about being a grown woman: “I think there’s a …

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 …