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August 27 2014

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if the scarf fits

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Whether you’re a lady-who-lunches type or a hip young thing, the It accessory in Copenhagen right now is this festive handmade scarf from designer Rikke Mai. The Thai-sourced fabrics (they’re traditional tribal attire), paired with bright yarn tassels are a fine example of the new bohemian look that is at the heart of many Danish labels. After seeing the scarf paired simply with a blouse-and-trousers combination, then five minutes later with a tank top, Hammer pants, and beaded vest, I knew I had to get one for myself. For more information, go to www.rikkemai.com.

Photo: Nicola Kast

hot child in the city

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We scoured the streets of Midtown Manhattan (OK, mainly just the sidewalk outside the American Girl store) to find out what the summer’s cutest cutie-pies are wearing. Same as the big girls, it turns out: sundresses and flip-flops. Of course, there were a few looks—a peace-sign choker, sneakers sprouting pig ears—that definitely fall into the don’t-try-this-if-you’re-a-minute-past-puberty category. Which is not to say we weren’t tempted to ask a few of the youngsters we snapped if their dress came in “grown-up” sizes—but our last shred of fashion dignity prevailed.

Photo: Nicola Kast

free speech: hadley freeman looks into the great sjp gender divide

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Last week’s gossip that Matthew Broderick has been–sob!–unfaithful to the peerless Sarah Jessica Parker will strike a stab of horror in the hearts of all girls who either empathize perhaps a little too much with the travails of Carrie Bradshaw and/or used to fantasize that one day they would grow up to be Ferris Bueller’s girlfriend, Sloane Peterson (i.e., pretty much every single woman in the Western world between the ages of 25 and 45.) Guys, on the other hand, are gloating. I know because I spoke to plenty of them about it this weekend—the mere fact that I have no idea about the veracity of this story naturally hasn’t stopped me from discussing it with every man, woman, and (OK, not) child that I’ve run into lately. And while I try to avoid gender generalizations, I’ve been left wondering—just what do men have against Sarah Jessica Parker?

Every woman with whom I discussed this scurrilous rumor made the appropriate “Oh, my God, that’s awful, what a rat” noises. Every man, however, sniggered something along the lines of “I don’t blame him, his wife is totally fuggers.” It’s another symptom of the male antipathy to SJP that has been building up, with increasing viciousness, for some time (remember when Maxim magazine cruelly dubbed her the unsexiest woman in the world?). But this attitude actually says more about men than it does about the object of their disaffection.

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eyelash extensions: in a word, amazing

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Next time you set aside a day to catch up on personal grooming, add a lash-extension appointment to the waxing/brow shaping/mani/pedi routine. Having trickled down to mainstream favor from the streets of Koreatown, eyelash extensions are fast becoming as commonplace to salon service menus as blow-outs and polish changes. “My clients increase about 10 to 15 percent during summer,” says Shu Uemura lash guru Soul Lee, adding that the painstaking process of gluing between 50 and 60 individual lashes into natural lash lines is hugely popular with brides, frequent beachgoers, and mascara junkies who can’t be bothered to mix makeup and muggy weather. Lee, who’s holding court at Barneys while the new Shu Uemura boutique is being built, says she does about three to four full extension sets a day, each of which takes approximately two hours to apply. A set costs about $400 (extensions last three weeks with optional maintenance ringing in at $150 per touch-up). According to Lee, the high price tag is a non-issue. “Once you get it done, it’s like a drug. It’s such a pick-me-up.”

Photo: Courtesy of Shu Uemura

the braid is french, the style is now

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With the devastating one-two punch of being the hairstyle of choice for female athletes and Mormon cult members, the French braid has gotten a bad rap in the past decade or so. But a few recent runway nods (like Trace Reese, above) and several celebrity endorsements (thank you, Nicole, Mary-Kate, and Ashlee) have redeemed the less-complicated-than-you-think technique, making it one of the most popular looks of the summer. “It’s a very easy way to have hair look styled without looking overly ‘done,’” New York-based stylist Ted Gibson says. “Plus, it’s a very comfortable way to get hair off the neck when it’s hot outside.” Humidity-fighting power aside, Gibson also credits plain old innovation for the style’s resurgence, pointing out some avant-garde interpretations that almost make up for years of abuse on the basketball court. “I like to update the look by doing asymmetrical French braids, or French braids that are on the side, rather than in the center—or by really messing up the braid so that it looks sexy.” Rebel.

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