The Placenta, an Afterthought No Longer

The placenta may be dismissed as “afterbirth,” deemed an afterthought in discussions about pregnancy and even relegated, literally, to the trash bin. But at long last it is beginning to get its due. In the past three weeks, scientists have published three significant studies of this ephemeral organ. One gave a detailed analysis of all…

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Versace Mines Its ’90s Hits for 2018 Pre-Fall Show in NYC

The ’90s are back which means Versace is too. Versace is smart to bring back the motifs it made famous 30 or so years ago—the fluorescent fluffy knits, the shiny pleather, the logo-mania, the skin-tight and skin-bearing silhouettes, the kilts and the safety pins. The supermodels and Insta-influencers who were literal babies in the ’90s…

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City Kitchen: A Beloved Sicilian Street Food Comes Inside

Sicily, the ancient Mediterranean island kingdom that’s now part of Italy, is a fascinating place to visit. Hints of Sicily’s past are everywhere, in the architecture, in the church interiors and in the archaeological remains. But even an earnest history-seeking traveler gets hungry. My suggestion is to head to the streets. Palermo, the capital, is…

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Quiet Casualty of Sri Lanka’s Political Crisis: A Sugar Tax

But Mr. Rajapaksa’s latest populist gesture — ordering a 40 percent reduction in a tax on sugary drinks — has incensed experts who say the policy was mitigating sugar’s adverse effects on public health. The original tax, introduced in November 2017, was 50 Sri Lankan cents for every gram of sugar in sweetened beverages. (One…

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How to Wear the Same Party Dress Twice

Getty ImagesFabian Palencia / EyeEm A pro shopping tip: Once you find the perfect party dress, invest and never look back. A great style can take you from cocktail to black-tie soirée and intimate dinner date to wee-hours-of-the-morning dance party. Even if a silhouette or cut doesn’t appear super versatile at first glance, you can…

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How Beyonce’s Global Citizen Outfits Celebrated the Diversity of Africa

In 2004, Beyonce met Nelson Mandela when she was billed as a performer at his inaugural 46664 Aids Benefit Concert in Cape Town, South Africa. This past Sunday, the singer returned to Cape Town for the Global Citizens Festival and not only honored the late South African president and activist, but carefully celebrated the continent’s…

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Ray Kelvin, Ted Baker C.E.O., Is Accused of Harassment

Image Ray Kelvin, the founder and chief executive of the British fashion chain Ted Baker, is known for trying to keep a low public profile. CreditAstrid Stawiarz/Getty Images LONDON — Current and former employees of the British fashion chain Ted Baker are accusing the company’s founder and chief executive of inappropriate behavior, citing a “forced…

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On the Runway: The Versace Safety-Pin Dress Is Back

What is it with designers bringing back their greatest hits? First, Donatella Versace offered an ode to her brother Gianni’s archives, as well as to his most celebrated supermodel moment, in 2017, on the 20th anniversary of his murder; then Fendi brought back the baguette bag; then Marc Jacobs announced his “grunge redux” collection, which…

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Shopping Guide: Shopping for Wreaths

When it comes to decorating for the holidays, few things are easier, yet more transformative, than hanging a wreath. “I think nothing is friendlier than putting a wreath on your door,” said Carolyne Roehm, the lifestyle author and tastemaker. “Maybe I’m just very hokey, but it’s so welcoming, and gives me a sense of warmth.”…

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