Smart Beauty, Smart Style

Smart Beauty, Smart Style
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 27, 2008

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Michelle Williams, senior manager, advertising and marketing, Saks Fifth Avenue. How to work the look: Masculine fabrics and silhouettes make a powerful statement when paired with feminine touches, such as jeweled brooches, corseted tops or strappy stilettos.

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Rosemarie Ingleton, dermatologist. How to work the look: Metallics are no longer reserved strictly for formal evenings or the disco floor. They have a neutral quality that works with everything from denim to tweed.

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Shirley Madhere, plastic surgeon. How to work the look: Stunning, sophisticated, sexy�the floral options this season go way beyond frumpy or demure.

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Susan Akkad, vice-president, global skin-care marketing, Clinique. How to work the look: Eastern influences reinvent basic silhouettes this season, from obi sashes and silk kimonos to sheer chiffons and bold prints.

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Dana Baxter, cofounder and copresident, Dime Media, Inc. How to work the look: Sometimes it’s a good thing to focus on the past. Classic fitted jackets and bias-cut skirts are reminiscent of thirties and forties elegance and style.

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Latisha Daring, owner, Pieces Boutiques, Brooklyn and Harlem. How to work the look: Show off your free spirit with bold, colorful accessories or patterns that celebrate the uniqueness in you.

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Mamie McDonald, owner, Mamie’s Day Spa, New York. How to work the look: Grecian silhouettes (draping and ruching) give you both coverage and sex appeal with a hint of skin.

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Jacqueline Lamont, milliner. How to work the look: From supple, lightweight suedes to rugged reptile skins, the options are bold and brazen, quiet and soft.

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