Rachel Felder | July 31

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Jul 31 | 6P | State Street

Rachel Felder is a journalist who specializes in writing about trends, fashion, and beauty. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, Travel & Leisure, and Departures. Meet her at 6PM on Wednesday, July 31st, at Barbara’s on State Street.

Her book, Red Lipstick: An Ode to a Beauty Icon, is a unique, full-color compendium that celebrates and explores the enduring power and allure of the world’s most iconic lip shade, jam-packed with entertaining stories, anecdotes, little-known facts, quotes, and more than 100 gorgeous images culled from fine art, photography, and beauty and fashion editorial and advertising.

“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” — Elizabeth Taylor

Lipstick is the one makeup item most women can’t live without—and the most iconic shade is red. Exuding power, sensuality, allure, and mystery, red lips have been a constant of fashion for more than 5,000 years, beginning with Mesopotamian women around 3500 B.C. Throughout the ages, red lipstick has been a signature look worn by royalty, celebrities, and real women across cultures and geography. In fact, nearly all women own a tube of red lipstick, whether it’s the favorite shade they’ve been wearing devotedly for years, or as beauty boost they use for special occasions.

Rachel has also contributed to publications such as Women’s Wear Daily, and the web sites of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Her writing has also appeared in People, Rolling Stone, Town & Country, New York, Gotham, and many other magazines and newspapers. The author of Insider London (Harper Design, 2017), Insider Brooklyn (Harper Design, 2016), Manic Pop Thrill (Ecco) and co-author (with Reed Krakoff) of Fighter (Viking Studio), she has appeared at conferences like TEDx Oxford and SxSW. She lives in New York City.

Twitter: @rachelfelder Instagram: @rachelfelder

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