Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Flippin' For The Flip
Last month, while awaiting my delayed flight from West Palm Beach, Florida, back home into snowy NYC, I spotted this woman a few seats away from me. She was wearing an animal-print cardigan, slim black cigarette pants and little black cropped boots; she looked sleek and mysterious, like she'd stepped out of an episode of "Mission Impossible."

I was overcome by a desire to color my hair platinum, let some roots show, set my hair in foam rollers with apple green, chemically-scented Dippity-Do, and go about my day with a style that would hold in 95 mph winds. Instead, I'll just share some examples of that classic 60's hairstyle, The Flip.

Colleen Corby was a teen who graced the pages of magazines like Seventeen, Ingenue and Mademoiselle from the mid-60's through the 70's. In 2000, she appeared on Oprah, where the host told Corby that she'd been her favorite model when she was a young girl.

A pensive Lesley Gore, famous for singing "It's My Party (and I'll Cry If I Want To)." There was actually a follow-up to that song, "It's Judy's Turn To Cry (Now That Johnny's Come Back, To Me.)" With titles that gave away the entire point of the song, why did they even bother with lyrics?

Despite the recent attempt by a few designers to convince women to stuff themselves into jumpsuits, no one is ever going to be able to top the Flip-wearing Diana Rigg, here portraying Emma Peel from "The Avengers." Sans Spanx.

Marlo Thomas as Anne-Marie of "That Girl." She lived alone in Manhattan and had a boyfriend. That's all you needed to know.

A very young and lovely Mary Tyler Moore at the start of her stint as Laura Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Perfectly fitting Capri pants, a completely flat stomach and a comedy-writer husband who loved her and thought she was funny. Something that still sounds good today.

Perhaps the most influential Flip-wearer of all; rumor had it Ken thought it was too trendy and wanted Barbie to change it to a Pageboy.

West Palm Wednesday is a weekly feature very remotely influenced by Florida style. Or something I thought about when I was in Florida.

Sunday, February 13, 2011


I've always assumed that most other young Jewish girls growing up in Queens in the 60's and 70's had the same professional goal as I did: to be a back-up singer for the Supremes. While other teenagers stood at the mirror, singing into their hairbrush, I stood before mine, practicing the all-important move of stretching my arm straight out in front of me, then twisting my hand at the wrist so that it eventually wound up held in the "stop" position. So imagine how thrilled I was when I visited the Music Experience Project in Seattle (www.empsfm.org) last summer, and found an exhibit of costumes the Supremes wore when performing.

In honor of the Grammy Awards, enjoy.