Betsy Bloomingdale, Socialite and Friend of Influencers, Dies at 93

Betsy Bloomingdale, the socialite and renowned fashion leader who was the widow of Alfred S. Bloomingdale, the department store heir, and a celebrated hostess to royalty, world dignitaries and show business luminaries, died on Tuesday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 93. Family members confirmed her death with several news organizations, including Women’s …

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You Can Take Jon Favreau Out of Washington …

LOS ANGELES — Stretched out on his living-room couch here, Jon Favreau watched Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday night with little more than a passing interest, since he was already thinking of bed and an early flight the next morning. At that point, as a former speechwriter for the Obama …

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Vows: Two Men Gone Country and Their Dreamgirls

Vows By LINDA MARX Cooper Boone is a study in contrasts. He has square-danced for nuns and saw fit to croon the theme song for Powdermilk Biscuits from “A Prairie Home Companion” at his father’s funeral in Minnesota. Dr. Boone, now 52, also holds two master’s degrees and a doctorate in clinical psychology. He’s had …

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You Can Dance. You Can Jive, Geraldine Visco.

“I’m an extrovert,” said Geraldine Visco, wearing a bell-bottom body suit, gold chains, a pink cowboy hat, neon blue lipstick and little stars painted on her face. One isn’t likely to argue with her. By day, Ms. Visco directs academic administration and finance for the classics department at Columbia University, where she cuts a flamboyant …

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Critical Shopper: ‘Oh, Thanks, These Are Just My Gym Clothes.’

Critical Shopper By KATHERINE BERNARD Athleisure is a usefully proportioned portmanteau: It uses all of the word “leisure” but less than half of the word “athletic.” At Bandier, an expansive new athleisure store in the Flatiron district, there’s an in-house fitness studio right upstairs that offers a weekly schedule of opportunities to exercise. The setup …

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Governors Island, a Grand Space to Play

One recent Saturday on Governors Island, with a glorious gray dome of clouds covering New York Harbor, a Mister Softee truck idled on the car deck of the Lt. Samuel S. Coursen as passengers boarded the 6 p.m. ferry to Manhattan. Mister Softee had just sold one last rocket pop when a young woman wobbled …

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At Home With: Childhood Tales From the Chelsea Hotel

Like many an only child, Nicolaia Rips grew up largely in the company of adults. While other Manhattan youngsters were being herded into Mommy and Me classes and the soccer leagues at Pier 40, Ms. Rips, who grew up in the Chelsea Hotel, was spending her afternoons with the unruly oddballs on West 23rd Street. …

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Fashion Review: Gotta Catch ’Em All! New York’s Fashion Frenzy

Throughout New York, fans are racing to catch them all. It was inevitable they’d sneak into fashion week, too. By the third day of New York Fashion Week: Men’s, which ended on Thursday, I had spotted one: a man in line for champagne at a poolside presentation by Orlebar Brown, the swimsuit label, staring into …

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Critic's Notebook: John Varvatos and Todd Snyder Animate Men’s Fashion in New York

It was a Kellan Lutz season. The “Twilight” hunk popped up seemingly everywhere during New York Fashion Week: Men’s — a style Zelig. There he was at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, seated at a cafe table in a Chelsea restaurant that served as the setting for a Joseph Abboud show. Lightly bearded, strawberry-blond hair artfully …

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