Etiquette Boss: Style and glamour

‘Tis the season of Academy Award fever. Inquiring minds want to know who will win what, but more so, who will wear what …. It’s all about talent recognition combined with the finest in the realm of style and glamour.

Not to be left behind, fashion-forward Bay Ridgeites will be celebrating the Academy Awards on our very own Red Carpet, February 28, at the Bay Ridge Manor. (All proceeds to benefit the St. Nicholas Home Renovation Fund). As a nod to the Oscars, we will eavesdrop on some celebrity interviews from Nina Garcia’s Little Black Book of Style.

Zac Posen was asked: “Can you give us some expert tips on dressing for a party?” His response: “Dress the part you want to play.” Before buying that dress or selecting one from your closet, decide on the statement you want to make. Do you want to stand out or blend in with the crowd? If you are after the “wow” factor, select a color such as red for your apparel. To blend in, select the earth tones.

Michael Kors was asked: “What one item should all women own?” His answer: “Brown crocodile stiletto pumps.” (Note to self … save for a pair.) He also opined that on a plane a woman should wear “a black cashmere turtleneck, white jeans and huge sunglasses.”’

Rachel Zoe was asked, “What is the one piece of advice you give all of your clients?” She responded, “There is never any excuse not to be glamorous.” She was asked, “What are the most important elements for being red carpet ready?” Her answer: “Proper undergarments and great posture ….Poor posture ruins any look.” I heartily agree.

Beauty tips: Mild dish detergent

In John Heinerman’s “Anti-Aging Remedies,” he states that he met a woman in Manila who was 59 years old, but did not look a day over 25. He asked her secret and she disclosed that she brushed her body daily with a dry loofah, going slowly over her forehead, face, throat, neck, shoulder, arms and hands. It took about half an hour.

She then said that soap was much too harsh for her skin. Instead, she diluted mild dishwashing detergent and used that as her soap. She said that she only used cold running water to rinse, and instead of gently patting her dry skin, she rubbed it vigorously with a towel to stimulate circulation further. She ate very little meat and lots of fresh fruit and rice.

Phillipa Morrish is the president of Etiquette Training International.

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