But not always so fancy or free: 
A brief history of sandals.

Emily Black 111 East, Fashion & Style

BEAUTY I have a friend who finds sandals unseemly. Even on the most sweltering Palm Springs day, you will see her in a pair of sparkly Converse or maybe some old-school black-and-white Adidas Superstar sneakers. It’s the sight of human toes that bothers her. Good thing she’s a thoroughly modern, otherwise well-adjusted woman, because if she lived 8,000 years ago,


It’s Showtime!

Don’t be shy. Put a little oomph 
in your fest dress. Trust us. No one else will show restraint.

Isolde Walsh Fashion & Style

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has made fringe, feathers, funk, and flounce part of the sartorial vernacular for retailers from Saks Fifth Avenue to Forever 21, where there exist entire eponymous lines dedicated to the gritty glamour of the weeklong festivities. The typical look plucks trends from many different decades, occasionally ( … often) with mixed results. Some

Style in Age

Of A Certain Age…

Sometimes superb style isn't just for the young, but for the young at heart.

Site Staff Fashion & Style, Watch & Listen – Fashion

Come hither, indeed. Tara Shannon casts a seductive glance in a Natori silk robe, $795, Saks Palm Desert; pendant with blue topaz, $1,550, and gold and chrysoprase ring, $6,200, both from El Paseo Jewelers. VIDEO: Watch behind-the-scenes footage from the fashion shoot. Reclining regally with a pair of golden swans, Tara Shannon wears a flamingo wool-gabardine trench coat, $2,995; azalea

shoe fashion

Feature Presentation

Robert Festino Fashion & Style, Watch & Listen – Fashion

The glitz and glam of shoe fashion makes a curtain call during a Palm Springs Life photo shoot inside the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Style by Neil Cohen VIDEO: Gain some insights onto the Palm Springs Life photo shoot with this short by Emily Chavous. Charlotte Olympia red-and-black polka-dot sandals, $595,; Bottega Veneta handbag in


The White Stuff

We’re dreaming of a white Christmas... minus the wet, freezing stuff.

Kent Black Fashion & Style

ABOVE: Moonstone’s color and reflective properties were believed by both the Romans and the Greeks to be solidified rays of the moon. This ring from The Jewelry Bar on El Paseo is set in sterling silver with 1 carat of dark champagne diamonds, $1,290. RIGHT: A 1991 Bob Mackie white fox wrap (label missing) from The Fine Art of Design,

Gabriel Luna

On the Road Again

Actor Gabriel Luna and fellow Texan and bike buddy Jackson McGovern take to the high desert roads on BMW R nineT Scramblers because boys just want to go fast.

Kent Black Fashion & Style, Watch & Listen – Fashion

Styled by Neil Cohen Grooming by Chelsea Dorris On actor Gabriel Luna’s right shoulder are his father’s initials, date of his birth, and that of his passing … two months before Gabe was born. There is also a quote from Kurt Vonnegut’s novel, Slaughterhouse Five, that sums up the fatalistic philosophy of the book’s alien race: “So it Goes.” “All


Stone Cold Gorgeous

Nine winsome evening gowns accessorize a Brutalist house just beginning to get dressed in the stark desert.

Site Staff Fashion & Style, Watch & Listen – Fashion

Tadashi Shoji white chiffon empire waist with jagged neckline and jeweled collar, $868, CD Greene one-shoulder with Swarovski crystal spikes in nude, price on request at Bergdorf Goodman, VIDEO: View a behind-the-scenes look at the evening gowns fashion shoot by Emily Chavous. Carolina Herrera draped floral jacquard strapless gold/black with train, $4,990 at Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hills,

psl sept 2016 cover

Let the Season Begin!

Palm Springs Life presents the 39th edition of its annual Desert Living issue

Franklin Jones Fashion & Style, Watch & Listen - Lifestyle

I hope this 39th edition of Palm Springs Life’s annual Desert Living issue will amaze and delight like no other. The ingredients are here, starting with the extraordinary story lineup. Every year our editors and contributing writers stock the September book with A+ material. We begin with Senior Editor Ellen Alperstein’s examination of the wildlife resource management work done by


Trouble in Paradise

A long-awaited second honeymoon at the fabled Parker Palm Springs gets off to a rocky start … but making up is so much fun.

Kent Black Fashion & Style, Watch & Listen – Fashion

‘   The Parker Palm Springs started life in 1959 as the first Holiday Inn in California. On Claudia: 
Dress and woven belt by Elisabetta Franchi, (price on request); Bravna 18-karat yellow gold freshwater pearl and diamond ring, $5,190, The Jewelry Bar, El Paseo, Palm Desert; Ryan Ryan sterling silver and 18-karat gold and diamond drop earrings, $1,500, The

bathing suit history

Seven Culture-Shattering Moments in Bathing Suit History

Before the Olympic age, it was more common to sink than swim

Raoul Hausmann Fashion & Style

With swimming dominating the first week of the Rio Olympics 2016, here are seven moments that brought the sport and the bathing suit into play. 1 Recreational public swimming became popular in the early 19th century (although a quick dip 
au naturel undoubtedly preceded the apple bite). Women typically wore long gowns that would billow immodestly in waist-high water, so