Early Tuesday morning, I walked down the quiet streets of Soho with my coffee to a classic loft on Greene Street. It was the first step in my latest fitness goal - the pursuit of a long, lean and regal dancer's body. Inside the sunlit studio of Ballet Beautiful, one instructor lies on the floor with two Mac computers giving a virtual lesson to jet-set clients, in the next nook a private session is taking place and past the kitchen filled with fruits, nuts and spa water is Mary Helen Bowers, the lithe beauty behind the method that so famously transformed Natalie Portman into prima ballerina shape for Black Swan. But can she work miracles on real women? Yes, she says to me, having recently recovered from knee surgery and looking to get back on track, "This method can really change your body. I have so many success stories from women of all shapes, sizes and goals." After a half hour of butt-toning, arm-burning, core-sculpting moves - demonstrated with Bowers' perfect grace, learnedRead More »from How to Get a Ballerina Body
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Every generation has its fashion stars-the women who exude chic from tip to toe. Here, a look at today's most sartorially significant ladies, from Dasha Zhukova and Alexa Chung to Kate Moss and Beyoncé.
By Christine Whitney
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wearing Roland Mouret
Joan Smalls in Altuzarra
Sarah Jessica Parker wearing L'wren Scott
Gwyneth Paltrow wearing Tom Ford
Say so long to that tangle of wavy locks. Silky straight hair is the cutting edge of fashion. Photographs by Victor Demarchelier. Fashion Editor: Joanna Hillman.
By Bee-Shyuan Chang
HBZHead In The Clouds
The new trend in hair is a long, pin-straight mane. Fall's runways teemed with armies of models parading waist-skimming, perfectly pressed locks. The minimalism that has dominated fashion for the past few years has finally made its way to hair, and now is the time to restore some polish to your look, starting from the top down.
"Sleek, long hair is making a comeback because women are not feeling romantic at the moment," says hairstylist Ted Gibson, whose clients include Angelina Jolie. "Designers aren't making frilly clothes, and the hair follows the fashion. There's something about long, straight hair that feels very modern and present."
There's a discipline to glossy, straight hair, a sense of order, but even if your locks refuse to be tamed, beauty experts theseRead More »from Surefire Tips to Getting Perfect Straight Hair
With fall's crop of outsize extras, you'll have your hands full. Plus, see this month's objects of desire.
By: Harper's Bazaar Staff
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The Bag: Celine Leather Handbags, 212-535-3703.
The Look: Celine top, $1,245, Celine pants, $1,095,Giorgio Armani shoes, $595,Cartier watch, $2,500, 800-CARTIER.
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The Bag: Celine Zip Clutch in Calfskin White, 212-535-3703. Celine Folded Clutch in Calfskin Black, 212-535-3703The Look: Top, pants, clutches and shoes, Celine, 212-535-3703.
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The Bag: Reed Krakoff Alligator Bags, 877-733-3525.
The Look: Dress, $1,990, bags and shoes, $750,Reed Krakoff, 877-733-3525.Longines watch, $1,000,longines.com.
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The Doctor (Bag) Is In
The Bag: Alexander Wang White Leather Tote, 212-977-9683. Proenza Schouler Black Leather Handbag, 212-753-7300.
The Look:Read More »from The Bag of the Year
Not to boast, but we've basically mastered the realm of online shopping - except in one particular, very important aspect - antique and vintage housewares. Navigating the muddy waters of very important piece versus quirky accoutrement versus pure junk (if you'll excuse the expression) available on the web can be treacherous. We got a lifeline from some experts in the field: Jonathan Adler, home magnate and eBay aficionado, Michael Bruno, founder of haute antique site 1stdibs and Andrea Stanford, One King's Lane's VP of Merchandise, Designer and Vintage Sales. Read on for shopping tips that just might change your life, or at the very least, your home. Plus, shop more chic finds.
By: Kerry Pieri
Andrea Stanford, One King's LaneRead More »from Vintage Shopping Guide
Have fun educating yourself. Go to your favorite vintage or antiques shops, visit antiques shows, go to auctions - and ask questions. I love learning from people who know so much and are truly passionate about the pieces they have. And once you start
As we eagerly welcome the glorious days of summer with sun-tanned arms and Popsicle-stained smiles, we can also breathe a sigh of relief as we shed the structured apparel that outfitted our winter days, opting instead for an easy, breezy wardrobe of floaty dresses and eclectic accessories. This season, embrace your inner flower-child and indulge your youthful spirit without ever leaving New York City's limits as BAZAAR uncovers the best artisan designers, all in the bohemian-chic borough of Brooklyn.
By: Sarah Lindig
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As the temperatures rise so does our inclination to pull our hair up and off our necks, and what's more chic than a timeless ponytail? For decades women have relied on this timeless updo, and here BAZAAR remembers 10 "tails" that have stood the test of time. Click through for the inspiring styles, plus don't miss these 20 chic & easy summer hairstyles.
By: Harper's Bazaar Staff
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HBZMemories of idyllic afternoons and wild flowers crowns need not be a thing of the past, especially when a floral topper is the look of the moment. First appearing on the Dolce & Gabbana Fall runway in February, recently a trio of celebrities have stepped out with botanical headpieces. We're taken with Keira Knightley's romantic red Chanel piece, while Kirsten Dunst borrowed from the Dolce & Gabbana runway at Cannes. And always one to impress, Emma Stone's delicate band fits perfectly with her soft, rose gold eye shadow and wispy locks. If hordes of music festival attendees and Margherita Missoni's bridesmaids' daisy garlands are any indication, we're looking forward to a very floral summer.Read More »from Trend Alert: Flower Crowns
By: Tara Poesy
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Brooke Siler is a Pilates guru and owner of re:AB Pilates studio in NYC. Among other areas of expertise, she knows how to get glutes in Gisele-like shape. For those bum procrastinators, BAZAAR recruited Siler to break down a plan to get your derriere in shape just in time for 4th of July bikinis. Read on for eight days of butt-changing moves.
By Kerry Pieri
Hold Me Up, Push Me Out: Palms flat against wall, arm distance, shoulder height. Lift right knee to hip height hold for 3, point knee as far to right as possible without turning hips, hold for 3, return knee to front hold for 3, press heel back (right knee passes left knee) without tipping pelvis forward hold for 3, return knee to front hold for 3. Repeat 8x times then switch legs.
Pelvic Lift: Lay on back with knees bent and feet flat on floor. Heels under knees, arms long by sides. Curl pelvis toward nose and roll up pressing pubic bone to the ceiling. Do not arch the low back. Hold for aRead More »from 8 Days to a Beach-Ready Body
Is there anything more annoying than a mascara meltdown on a steamy day or after a dip in the pool? This is the moment when you realize water-resistant mascara is not optional but essential. To find out which formulas won't break down despite the elements, we asked the pros to pick their top wands. Click ahead to see the best waterproof mascaras, plus check out other fabulous lash lengtheners.HBZ
By: Kari Molvar
Maybelline Lash Discovery Mini-Brush Waterproof Mascara
"I am crazy about the tiny brush. Not only can you coat every single hair, but it doesn't get clumpy during application so you have long, full lashes that won't run or smear." -Fiona Stiles, makeup artist
Maybelline Lash Discovery Mini-Brush Waterproof Mascara, $8, ulta.com.
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Kanebo Sensai Mascara
"One of the most frustrating things about waterproof mascaras is how difficult they can be to remove. This ingenious formula resists tears yet washes off easily