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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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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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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Fleurier, a Swiss Watch Company Town

Ever wonder why some watch companies have the word “Fleurier” attached to their names? Just as the Vallée de Joux has been known as the birthplace of Swiss watchmaking, for centuries Fleurier, the village of flowers, has been the center for the decorative crafts of engraving, enameling and gem-setting that turn watches into works of …

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50 Years Ago, Truman Capote Hosted the Best Party Ever

What if you gave a party and everybody came? That is precisely what occurred on the drizzly night of Nov. 28, 1966, when 540 of Truman Capote’s nearest and dearest turned out for what the writer insisted on calling his “little masked ball for Kay Graham and all of my friends.” The evening survives on …

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On the Runway: Fashion Begins to Speak Out Against President-Elect Donald Trump

Vanessa Friedman ON THE RUNWAY American fashion is emerging from its shellshocked postelection state, and is beginning to wrestle with how it is going to handle the advent of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States. And just like everything else affected by the recent vote, a great divide has opened …

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At De Grisogono, It’s All Gems and Glamour

Fawaz Gruosi, founder and owner of the luxury jewelry and watch maker De Grisogono, flashed a ready smile as the last security door opened on Level 1 of the company headquarters outside Geneva, a bunker-style atelier where watchmakers, designers, gem setters and marketers work in a cluster of white-walled labs and offices. “Manufacture, creativity, glamour …

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Table for Three: Tom Ford, Ben Mankiewicz and a Fashion-Film Vortex

Table for Three By PHILIP GALANES WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Tom Ford was on the job as Ben Mankiewicz took a last look at himself before the photographer got to work. “Hair looks good; stubble looks good,” Mr. Ford said. “But you need to button your jacket on camera. Every time I watch you on …

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