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Saturday, September 26, 2015

I enjoyed reading Vanity Fair’s oral history of the late director Mike Nichols so much that I couldn’t stop with that article. I had to read about 10 others. Nichols had such a fascinating life. Born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky, he fled Nazi Germany as a child, traveling alone with his younger brother. He arrived in […]

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark died in Manhattan on Monday at age 75. She had myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease that affects bone marrow and blood. Mark did everything from documentary photography to fashion photography and ad campaigns, but her best-known project was about homeless teens in Seattle.  It began as a 1983 LIFE magazine photo essay, […]

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

I am sad to see that John Lennon’s first wife, Cynthia, died today of cancer at age 75. In the 1980s, I read her book, A Twist of Lennon, again and again. I was always most interested in the Beatles’ early Liverpool and Hamburg days, and Cynthia had that covered. I wish I could find […]

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Actor Leonard Nimoy — best known for playing ultra-logical Vulcan Mr. Spock in the Star Trek television show and movies — died today of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at age 83. Nimoy was much more than Spock, of course. He was a Renaissance man who wrote books; directed television shows and movies; spoofed himself on […]

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Since Henry the dog left us on Thursday morning, I have shared a lot of his photos on FitzRoy‘s Instagram account (FitzRoy has always been the spokescat for the dogs of the house). Here is a guide, as well as a few additional photos. December 2014 photos and videos. A photo I took with Henry […]

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Henry the Pekingese was adopted from the ASPCA in June 2006. He left this world this morning, released from his many ailments by his people. You’re only a dog, old fellow; a dog, and you’ve had your day; But never a friend of all my friends has been truer than you alway. — Julian S. […]

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

OscarPRGirl, the Twitter account for Oscar de la Renta, has been one of the most engaging fashion-house social-media accounts. In fact, when I turned over my business Instagram account to my right-hand woman Eryn a year ago (nearly to the day!) I said, “Basically, she’s going to be my Instagram version of OscarPRGirl.” I had […]

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Monday, October 20, 2014

ABC News confirmed through a family member that fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died, aged 82. The news comes a week after de la Renta announced the hiring of his first creative director, British designer Peter Copping. As fashion journalist Robin Givhan wrote: “… at Oscar de la Renta, an era seems to […]

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Friday, September 19, 2014

If you’re a Fashion Police fanatic/Joan Rivers fan, turn on E!, because the network is running an all-day marathon of the show in memory of Joan right now. Joan’s daughter Melissa will appear on special tribute episode at 8 PM ET. When I started this blog in 2007, its motto was “Wear What You Want” […]

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

I’m shocked and saddened to read that Simone Battle, an X Factor finalist who went on to become part of the group G.R.L., has died aged only 25. The cause of death hasn’t been officially confirmed but TMZ is claiming it was a suicide by hanging — the same as Alexander McQueen, L’Wren Scott and […]

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