‘Friends’ Is My Fashion Fetish

Friends is one of those time capsule shows. Its characters, their vernacular, their issues, and especially their clothing feel frozen in time—a nostalgic snapshot of the 1990s. To be honest, I was never really here nor there on the show. It’s been around for as long as I’ve existed and while I’ve never railed against…

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The Untold Story of Supreme Style

Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary, is not the only contestant on the new season of “Dancing With the Stars” with a special kind of celebrity wattage. Mary Wilson, a founding member of the Supremes, is also a competitor — at age 75. Viewers should get ready for liberal lashings of old-school dazzle…

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Critics Love Prada. Shoppers Haven’t. What Now?

ImageMiuccia Prada at the Prada men’s fall 2019 show in Milan.CreditTristan Fewings/Getty Images Like moths to a flame, 800 of the most powerful people in fashion are expected swarm to a former gin distillery on the southern fringes of Milan on Wednesday afternoon. They will bat their wings at the doors of the Fondazione Prada,…

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In Italy, Five-Star Shopping

ImageThe hotel Le Sirenuse on the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Its fashion label, Le Sirenuse Positano, was introduced in 2013.CreditSusan Wright for The New York Times MILAN — For decades the stylish hordes were known to arrive for fashion week, drop their bags at the Principe di Savoia, Four Seasons and Grand hotels, and —…

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Jewish Summer Camp With Campfires, Crafts and No Lights Out

As if on cue, the first camper I meet is a guy named Josh: a nice, 27-year-old Jewish boy with kind eyes, a subtle smile and the same name as my husband, another nice Jewish boy, back home. “Do you know where Malbec is?” asks this Josh, Josh Blake, rolling his eyes, and then his…

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What’s Your Great Beauty Idea?

When Deanna Pai lost her eyebrows to chemotherapy in 2015, she had almost every serum, gel and pencil at her disposal — she was a beauty editor at Cosmopolitan magazine — but no good solution. Her favorite brow gel “looked awful, like watercolor on skin,” she said, and she didn’t have the energy to try…

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Does Influencer Grammar Matter?

Cindy Cendana, an Indonesian beauty influencer, just wanted to know if any of her followers had been to the Japanese city of Himeji. So she posted the question — “Hand’s up, who’s been to #Himeji, Japan?” — on Instagram, along with a photo of herself in a blue dress. Ms. Cendana could have anticipated a…

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Taking Up Running After 50? It’s Never Too Late to Shine

Men and women who start running competitively when they are in their 50s can be as swift, lean and well-muscled within a decade as competitive older runners who have trained lifelong, according to a buoying new study of the physiques and performances of a large group of older athletes. The findings suggest that middle age…

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What to Do When Your Tween Is Trash-Talking You

“I don’t want to hurt your feelings, Mom, but I don’t want you picking out my clothes anymore,” my very independent 10-year-old daughter announced recently. “We have different taste, and yours isn’t good for me.” Her in-your-face delivery has the tone of an athlete taunting someone on a rival sports team. When did I become…

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What Can Brain Scans Tell Us About Sex?

Men have a far greater appetite for sex and are more attracted to pornography than women are. This is the timeworn stereotype that science has long reinforced. Alfred Kinsey, America’s first prominent sexologist, published in the late 1940s and early 1950s his survey results confirming that men are aroused more easily and often by sexual…

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