Follow the fads or don’t

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Click on top title to open and scroll  I just finished reading an essay in Town and Country.  It was about the pressure an editor felt to cut her hair and fall in line with a current trend. By now, I am sure she feels vindicated in resisting. The fall collections had plenty of flowing locks and looped chignons. The editor described being at a presentation with a famous hair stylist who kept going on about being “so sick of long hair”.  A few seasons ago the “big news” was that straight hair “was so over” and before that an equally famous stylist was “sick of curls”. 

I am not making fun of anyone; artists need change. Without change there is no innovation. But adopting change simply for the sake of keeping up with trends is self-defeating, which brings us to Lauren Bacall.

 Remembering Lauren Bacall 

As I finish this issue, I have just heard the news that the great actress Lauren Bacall has died at the age of 89. She was without doubt one of the world’s most stylish women.

 Lauren Bacall

Bacall was first discovered by the legendary Diana Vreeland while she was an editor at Harper’s Bazaar. Bacall was then 16-year-old model. It was that discovery that led to Bacall going to Hollywood for a screen test.

 

If you look at the cover that Diana Vreeland had shot with Lauren Bacall you will see the tailored clothes and trademark side-parted waves that Bacall is known for today.

 

Lauren BacalI was lauded as one of the world’s most stylish women for decades. Yet, her look barely varied over the years.  As I viewed photos of her through the years, I noticed at times her hair was a bit shorter or darker and her makeup subtly follows the trends of the time, but once Bacall found her style, she stuck to it. And she never looked dated.

 

So darlings, update your look. It is essential to keep current. Small tweaks to your makeup and clothing silhouettes are enough to keep your look fresh. Flip through the photo essays on Lauren Bacall to see how an expert did it. And if a new fad doesn’t suit you, pass on it. That’s what Betty Bacall did.

 

Make time for the things you enjoy and the people you love because, my darlings that is truly where the sweet life lies.

 

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