Isabel Toledo Dies at 59; Designed Michelle Obama’s Inaugural Outfit

Isabel Toledo, the Cuban-American designer who was revered by other designers for her ability to combine precise geometric construction with extreme grace — but who was known to most of the public as the creator of the dress Michelle Obama wore in the 2009 inaugural parade — died on Monday at a hospital in Manhattan.…

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The $6 Million Drug Claim

PERRYSBURG, Ohio — Dawn Patterson keeps a multimillion-dollar drug in the fridge, next to a bottle of root beer and a jar of salsa. The drug, Strensiq, treats a rare bone disease that afflicted her with excruciating pain and left her struggling to work or care for her family. A year after she began taking…

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In Praise of Chicken and Rice

Welcome to the week. Your next newsletter will come from the golden pen of Melissa Clark on Wednesday; Sam will be back after Labor Day. While I still have the floor, I’m going to talk about one of the world’s great recipe genres: chicken and rice cooked together. I love it in all the forms…

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Engagement Rings With a Deeper Significance

Shayla Mansfield gets a lot of compliments on her diamond engagement ring. She always has the same response when she does. “Thank you, it’s actually my mother’s ashes,” said Ms. Mansfield, 29, who lives in Viera, Fla., and works for Vivint, a home security system provider. The bride-to-be’s mother, Shirley Mansfield, died Dec. 29, 2017,…

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The Best Looks and Street Style from Afropunk 2019

«We See You.» That’s the theme of the 2019 Afropunk music festival which started in Brooklyn in 2005 and has since expanded globally to Atlanta, Johannesburg, London, and Paris. «There is power in acknowledgment, a recognition and acceptance that begins with seeing,» Afropunk’s organizers explained in this year’s official press release. «Not at a glance,…

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Show Us Your New York City Shirts, Hats, Sweats and More

You can learn a lot about New York from its clothes. The shirts made by the pizzerias and the moving companies and the utilities. The ones celebrating museums and galleries. The iconography of the city’s utility services, schools and government agencies. Clothes like these — from long-running institutions, and long-gone ones as well — weren’t…

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Falling Into Each Other’s Arms, a Step at a Time

Melissa Fernandez and Lyvan Verdecia met through social media in the spring of 2015. She was living in Harlem and had been performing for three years with Ballet Hispánico, a contemporary dance company in Manhattan. He was in Miami working as a day laborer, hopping on trucks bound for South Florida fields in need of…

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Kelly Widelska, Courtney Stamm

Kelly Anne Widelska and Courtney Marie Stamm were married Aug. 23 in New York. Sarah J. Ritchie, an interfaith minister, officiated at the Dene Summerhouse in Central Park. Ms. Widelska (left), 44, is the global head of knowledge at the International Finance Corporation, which is in Washington and is the private-sector branch of the World…

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Rebecca Carlson, Nikhil Bhat

Rebecca Elizabeth Carlson and Nikhil Jayant Bhat were married Aug. 24 at Stone Mill at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Meera Bhat, the groom’s sister who became a Universal Life minister for the event, officiated. Ms. Carlson, 29, is the associate director of strategy for the College Board, the education nonprofit organization…

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