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On the Runway: Samantha Cameron, From 10 Downing Street to Selfridges

Vanessa Friedman ON THE RUNWAY Not quite three months after standing supportively, and silently, behind her husband, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, as he resigned his position after losing the Brexit vote, Samantha Cameron is about to do what, to my knowledge, no spouse of a global leader has ever done before. Start a …

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On the Runway: The World’s Biggest Handbag Hall

On the Runway By ELIZABETH PATON LONDON — The death of the It bag may have been greatly exaggerated. After years of department store footwear expansion, with Harrods in London opening a 42,000-square-foot shoe floor, Macy’s in New York raising that to 63,000, and the Level Shoe District in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to 96,000, …

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Talks Beauty, Femininity and Feminism

Perhaps the most unexpected fashion icon of the year has just added another glossy credit to her name. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Nigerian-born novelist and feminist known for novels like “Americanah” and “Purple Hibiscus”; recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant, the O. Henry Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award (among others); and author …

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Going Beyond Time

Every year has its new watches and novelties that wow with good looks and mechanical wizardry. But among those timepieces are a few that give a little more, their brands pledging to donate a portion of sales to good causes, such as helping impoverished communities or protecting the environment. As presents, these watches truly are, …

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Scene Stealers: From Moguls to Mortals

Scene Stealers By BROOKS BARNES LOS ANGELES — Some out-of-work Hollywood moguls handle the transition from general to civilian with grace. But they can also be one of moviedom’s saddest sights. Some are very obviously at loose ends, no matter what kind of face they put on. Others seem terrified about a table downgrade at …

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What Is the Color of Beauty?

ACCRA, Ghana — Semiratu Zakaru was standing in the hot sun on a crowded noontime street explaining why Ghana’s new ban against certain skin-bleaching creams was unlikely to work, when her friend, Desmond Kwamina Odonkor, walked up and interrupted our conversation, oozing confidence and game. “You have to stop bleaching,” he said, sotto voce. Then …

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Oldest Living Yoga Celebrity Tells All

On a recent Monday, Täo Porchon-Lynch was teaching her 90-minute yoga class in Hartsdale, N.Y., combining elements of Iyengar, meditation and vinyasa for a dozen or so regular students. Ms. Porchon-Lynch’s soft voice was soothing as she called out poses — tree, dancer — and corrected alignment. She demonstrated some floor stretches, though she herself …

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Field Notes: For Interracial Couples, Growing Acceptance, With Some Exceptions

Field Notes By BROOKE LEA FOSTER When I was a new mother living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in 2010, I often forgot that my infant son, Harper, didn’t look like me. As I pushed him around the neighborhood, I thought of him as the perfect brown baby, soft-skinned and tulip-lipped, with a …

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Modern Love: Catfishing Strangers to Find Myself

Modern Love By KALLE OSKARI MATTILA More than a decade ago, when I was growing up in Finland, my model of an attractive woman was Pamela Anderson from “Baywatch.” She was my father’s favorite. Whenever the boys at school asked me who I Googled when my parents weren’t home, I said, “Pamela,” and the name …

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