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Photo: Patrick Demarchelier for Harper’s Bazaar

Before street style became the circus it is today, and even before Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist, or Tommy Ton, there was Bill Cunningham. Up until his passing this Saturday, Cunningham was a legendary street style photographer for the New York Times, a designated living landmark, an accomplished milliner, and street style photographer scouring the streets on his bike, looking for the exotic looks of fashion. Every fashionista’s dream was to be photographed by him. For me, Bill was an inspiration because of his enthusiasm for personal style and discovery.  He was one of the first to recognize the value of observing what people wore every day and understood the importance that style has on culture and self-communication. The following is a favorite quotes of mine from Bill and reminds me why personal style and getting dressed every morning is so important, ““Fashion is as vital and as interesting today as ever. I know what people with a more formal attitude mean when they say they’re horrified by what they see on the street. But fashion is doing its job. It’s mirroring exactly our times.” I’ll forever be primping and getting dressed with this in mind. To get you started and inspired today, click through to the notes to see some of the best and brightest of Bill Cunningham’s street style photos of all time. –– Michelle Rotbart Click for StyleNotes →

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Photo: decker+kutic

I’m continually excited by the changes I see in the fashion and beauty industry. No longer is there one cookie-cutter mold for beauty, especially when it comes to great hair. Natural curls and texture have always been a great symbol of empowerment, and the mainstream has finally recognized it.  The days of straightening and taming your hair is over. Just think of beauties like Diane von Furstenberg, Grace Coddington, or Beyoncé. These ladies make a statement, and it’s all because they didn’t try to fix their curls and instead let them loose and free. Ready to let your curls go big and free? Click through to style notes to get the know-how. –– Michelle Rotbart Click for StyleNotes →