Rose Cordero: Giorgio Armani dress, $16,795. Go to giorgioarmani.com. Christian Louboutin shoes. Eddie Borgo earrings, ring and bracelets.
China Machado: Versace dress, $3,950. Call (888) 721-7219.
”Who remembers a model 55 years later?” asks China (pronounced CHEE-na) Machado, now 80, remarking on her peculiar fortune to have been the first non-Caucasian model featured in a national fashion magazine (Harper’s Bazaar, in 1959). A Richard Avedon muse, Machado was plucked from Paris by Eileen Ford, but her exoticism — Portuguese, Chinese, East
Indian via Goa — failed to scandalize the French the way it later did the American South. ”Let’s face it, the French are blasé about everything,” Machado says. ”They had Josephine Baker 40 years before I came along.” read more here.