Laurel Marcus

OG journo major who thought Strunk & White's "The Elements of Style" was a fashion guide. Desktop comedienne -- the world of fashion gives me no shortage of material.

The Oscars 2021: The “Last Word” by Laurel Marcus

#Oscarssoweird! Like an entitled trust fund brat, Oscar delayed his grand entrance to make it live. This selfless act of late middle-to-endish (hopefully) pandemic protocol avoided the Zoom doom of (lesser) predecessors.…

When Airports Were Runways for the Stylish

Airport style – it didn’t use to be an oxymoron like “jumbo shrimp.” After being grounded (like most people living through the pandemic) for an entire year, I recently hopped a flight…

FGI’s Panel On Upcycling Reinvigorates

Was Scarlett O’Hara one of the first upcyclers? “I just saw this in the window and couldn’t resist,” Carol Burnett famously deadpanned in a skit as she pranced around in those iconic…

Panel Discussion: Fashion & the First Lady

“Fashion is nonpolitical and nonpartisan,” Oscar de la Renta (who dressed nearly every first lady of the last half-century) famously said. On Friday afternoon I was invited to watch a Zoom presentation…

Fashion Gift Guide For The Holidays

No galas! No luncheons! No endless outfit changes! No rushing around like a headless chicken trying to juggle everything into a two week period of non-stop festivities! Nothing that actually signals the…

Liz Lee: Modeling a Life Well Lived

“It was always Mister Beene, Monsieur Saint Laurent,” so explains Liz Lee in her upcoming book. She was for over twenty years house model and muse to the late Geoffrey Beene. “Only…

Is it A No-No To Wear Kimono?

Who am I? I rose to popularity in the 17th century as the principal item of dress for Japanese men, women, and children, (my name translates as “thing to wear”). I retained…