From the daily archives: "Tuesday, January 12, 2016"



We love the brute toughness of a classic pixie, but going short doesn’t mean looking like a man. This highly textured example is full of femininity: eyebrow grazing fringe, soft edges, and piece-y face framing bits that give the style beautifying appeal. The golden blonde on top gives way to a silvery, ashy, almost blue beige blonde that is as sultry as it is trendy.  Click through for simple steps to creating this look.

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(left and bottom right: Adam Finch,; top right: Anton Kirsanov,

The time may soon come when we talk about fashion without gender labels, when trends will no longer be divided between men and women. Color-trend forecaster Pantone has already done away with a gendered system, providing a seasonal palette that works for both sexes. Hair and beauty looks still show a definite divide, but the lines are softening. We’re seeing more women in buzz cuts and more men with dyed strands. For the coming year blonde hues, detailed fringes, and diffused textures are taking mens looks into softer territory. Click the notes to learn more. –– Laura Martin  Click for StyleNotes →


Photo: Vogue

Earlier this week, the world said goodbye to its prettiest star. David Bowie, iconic musician, offbeat artist, fashion and beauty muse passed, leaving the world of rock n’ roll in a tragic state. Bowie and his alter-ego Ziggy Stardust had a trailblazing effect on culture, reaching far beyond music and inspiring generations of teens. The mullet, glam costumes, lots of makeup, and groundbreaking music gave kids everywhere the courage to think and dress differently. His shape-shifting style provided the springboard for many catwalk and editorial shoot and will be an oft recycled theme in the future. To continue the celebration of his incredible life, I pulled together some of my favorite looks inspired by Mr. Stardust himself. They are in the notes. Shine on, David.  –– Michelle Rotbart Click for StyleNotes →

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Women of all ages feel pressured to conform to beauty ideals, but these standards get even more unrealistic as women grow older. The correlation of youth and beauty persists even though many modern women look attractive, healthy, and stylish well into middle age and beyond. We recognize that men often look stronger and more mature as they age, but the positive effects of age on women are rarely discussed. Even supposedly positive articles about the attractiveness of older women, like this, condescend instead of compliment. Why do we view men’s aging as “distinguished” while older women are seen as “tired”? Age and beauty are not opposites! Click the notes to learn more. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →