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  • French Chic at a Certain Age: The power of black a la Juliette Binoche… not so basic!

    Malgorzarta Szumowska and Juliette Binoche at the "Elles" Paris Premiere

    Basic black becomes beautiful black when it’s worn in the right French Chic way… It’s funny how there are photos of us that almost instantly look dated and others that have timeless perfection. What we are wearing plays a huge part in what sustains looking chic and vital rather than overdone and garish. Take for instance, the style power and endurance of perennially black clad Juliette Binoche and Malgorzarta Szumowska pictured here. >> Day One of the three-part FoS series Ageless & Age-Appropriate French…

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  • Listen Up! Ear Wangs by Fanny Wang Headphones for sound with grown-up style appeal

    Ear Wangs

    Sometimes you want a pair of on-ear headphones that don’t look like you’re ready to join the wannabe DJ set. Nothing wrong with the super-sized headphone look but at a certain age you look kinda ridiculous working out with a set of motherships attached to your head, not to mention some blinged out logo. If you’re looking for something with a stylish yet sophisticated flair, Ear Wangs by Fanny Wang Headphones Co. in the “freshly squeezed” Duo Color 1000 Series may…

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  • Senior Style: 65 Things to Do When You Retire, My Essay On How To Master Your Look (book excerpt)

    iStock seniors

    When editor Mark Evan Chimsky asked me to write a ‘Master Your Look’ essay for the anthology 65 Things to Do When You Retire, 65 Notable Achievers on How to Make the Most of the Rest of Your Life (Sellers Publishing), I couldn’t refuse. Besides having the opportunity to share my senior style tips for a time in your life when coveting the latest it thing is not as relevant as revitalizing your most age-appropriate personal best, my essay would be in the book along…

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  • Share Your Personal Style: Reader Lindsay Webdell is classically and affordably fun!

    Lindsay Webdell

    We are going to start a chronicle to look at the personal style of some of our FocusOnStyle readers. Hey, that could be YOU next time! Jump to the end to see how to share your personal style with us. Lindsay Webdell is one of our Twitter friends and jumped to the chance to share her look with all of us. Lindsay is pretty nifty too… she has a fun and colorful spin on French Chic style in her choice of classic pieces that flatter…

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  • She’s Back! Claudia Schiffer is the face of Guess to celebrate the brand’s 30th Anniversary Ad Campaign

    Claudia Schiffer in her iconic bustier shot from the Guess 1989 campaign

    Can you believe that it was 1989  when Claudia Schiffer starred in her first  black & white Brigitte Bardot-esque, and now iconic, GUESS ad campaign, pictured above? Time flies when you STILL look fantastic! That would be both for the supermodel and the brand. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of GUESS, Claudia is back starring in its campaign shot again by Ellen Von Unwerth and guided by the creative direction of Paul Marciano, CEO and Creative Director at GUESS? Inc. ….

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  • Celebrity Personal Style Watch- Charlotte Ronson Gets Eyelet Right, Here’s how you can too

    Charlotte Ronson Spring Dressing

    How to Wear Eyelet And Look Like A Grown-Up Like Fashion Designer Charlotte Ronson With signs of an early spring blissfully taking hold over much of the states, designer Charlotte Ronson’s recent appearance at an NYC Ferragamo event in an on-trend white eyelet dress had us looking forward to the sartorial season ahead while taking note of her well styled look. While eyelet often tends to bring little children’s dresses and oversized beach caftans to mind, Ronson’s take on the fabrication raises its level…

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  • New Discovery- I Blame Coco at the Launch of Ferragamo’s Signorina

    I Blame Coco Signorina

    New York’s party princesses were out in full force at Salvatore Ferragamo’s lavish fete at Julian Schnabel’s grand Palazzo Chupi earlier this week to celebrate the venerable Italian leather goods house’s latest fragrance, Signorina. The event was coordinated to evoke the fragrances stylish muse and campaign star Bianca Balti’s glamorous lifestyle with sartorial stars Alexandra and Theodora Richards, Rachel Chandler and Stella Schnabel also dressed in the labels graphic scarf printed dresses from Spring 2012. Attendees included fashion & art world stars…

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  • Trend Tuesday – Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron in Top Spring Business ChicTrends

    Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron Spring Style

    Why do we tip off what works about these two political ladies? Because both Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron have mastered sophisticated business chic, and here’s how you can add polish to your workwear wardrobe  too! Call it a double-impact dose of top Spring cool when Michelle Obama & Samantha Cameron are paired together… MORE: Michelle Obama Style and Samantha Cameron The duo looked easy- business chic last week meeting in D.C in a natty white skirt suit with a sculptural…

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  • Adidas by Stella McCartney Spring 2012- Work Out Clothing at Its Coolest!

    Stella McCartney Spring 2012

    Workout clothing and activewear could easily be considered the hardest sartorial voids to be filled in one’s wardrobe but thanks to Adidas and Stella McCartney’s fruitful and highly successful five-year long plus collaboration, looking great while breaking a sweat has never looked so easy. SHOP: Adidas by Stella McCartney Spring 2012 online And besides boasting technologically advanced fabrications and carefully considered design details to help you brave the elements, McCartney continues to defy the norms of practically minded sportswear with options…

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  • Timeless Thursday’s -Charlotte Gainsbourg Proves Some Things Never Go Out Of Style

    Charlotte Gainsbourg in Balenciaga

    Yes, an 11 year-old pair of jeans can be forever-cool! Model, muse and musician Charlotte Gainsbourg’s instinctive, casual yet chic boho Parisian sense of style usually catches our eye with her often unexpected choices and while at a fete for Marc Jacobs by Louis Vuitton she surprised even more so while wearing a pair of Balenciaga jeans from 2001. Discover tips for your own take on: French Chic Amidst a glamorous crowd Gainsbourg was a standout with her relaxed, always…

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  • Exploring Style: Alison Levine’s Expert Packing Tips For Business Chic

    Alison Levine completed the Adventure Grand Slam, May 2010 (Climbed the highest peak on each continent and skied to both Poles) and can work a Dolce & Gabbana workwear suit too!

    How does she do it? From climbing the Seven Summits to expertly packing a Carven dress for a business trip, Alison Levine is no ordinary traveler. As a matter of fact, she is pretty darn extraordinary. An adventurer, explorer and mountaineer who has climbed the Seven Summits being the highest peak on every continent, Alison was the Team Captain of the First American Women’s Everest Expedition, skied to both the North and South Poles, and is an Adjunct Professor at the United States Military Academy at West…

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  • Celebrity Watch- Michelle Williams Makes a Maxi Dress Work

    Michelle Williams in Alexander McQueen

    While maxi dresses come and go in & out of fashion as quickly as skirt hems rise & fall, there’s something to be said about the subtle grace and elegance actress Michelle Williams radiated in Tokyo in an ivory Grecian maxi dress from Alexander McQueen. >> RELATED: How to wear a maxi skirt By forgoing jewelry and accessories to highlight the purity of her dress’ design, Williams looks all the more cool, collected and sophisticated. Which is something you should keep…

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