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Fashion History Exhibit at MoMA

Benicia’s fashion maven Christina Strawbridge shares her impressions of the exhibit, Items: Is Fashion Modern? finishing it’s run at MoMA in New York. With it’s vast array of items juxtaposed in unusual groupings it offered a stimulating picture of fashion through the ages.

Elizabeth Arden & Helena Rubenstein Rise to Power

After seeing the Broadway musical “War Paint,” where two strong women created global empires in the 20th century, Christina Strawbridge recalls her mom’s and sister’s foray into the beauty industry.

Musings on the Summer of Love & its Idealistic Goals

After visiting the de Young Museum’s exhibit, The Summer of Love Experience on the50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, Christina Strawbridge has a new appreciation of a movement that changed the world.

Annual Fashion Weekend Returns in September

Once again, Project Runway designers and professional models will descend on Benicia to participate in the wildly popular Benicia Fashion Runway Weekend, drawing crowds from across the Bay Area.

The Individualist Woman’s Style Aesthetic

Spring fashion’s trend reports show that women’s style can be interpreted based on individual experiences, lifestyle and personality and categorized into specific looks.

Musings on Baby Boomer Culture

Christina Strawbridge’s perceptions on being part of the Me generation, grappling with retirement and keeping a positive attitude.

A helping hand leads to a famous encounter on a Venice-bound train

The Strawbridges, on a train from Paris’ Gare de Lyon, have a chance encounter with Deborah Lipstadt, whose book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier and subsequent movie, was just released in the U.S. in September 2016.

Trends: A Star Wars-themed Benefit Fashion Show

Star Wars is this year’s theme at the annual Fashion Runway benefit show at the Benicia Clock Tower. The Community Action Council’s Senior Meals on Wheels program is the recipient of the proceeds from the lively annual event, with city dignitaries walking the catwalk.

Trends: Reinventing The Old Fashioned Barber Shop

The old-fashioned barbershops of yesterday, with hot towel treatment and men’s traditional shave, beard trims and more, served up with a bit of town gossip, are making a comeback across America and internationally.

Of Dynasties And Monarchies

Benicia’s Christina Strawbridge, world traveler in search of the latest fashion and other trends, brings her into the orbit of Queen Elizabeth and Joan Collins.