In New York in 1966, the most envied women of the city were undoubtedly Truman Capote's "swans"--an elite group of high society ladies that the author liked to keep around (and who attended his famed Black and White ball that same year). Perhaps the most famous of them all was Babe Paley, a Vogue staffer and nightlife fixture. Ms. Paley spent her days in her fashionable St. Regis apartment, her evenings at the more glamorous parties and her weekends in one of her country homes. She is still revered as one of the most fashionable New Yorkers to this day and there are still little reminders out there. Ever see a scarf tied to a handbag? Babe invented that.
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About The Writer John Jannuzzi began styling figures from history and literature on his blog Textbook in September 2009. He studied at Muhlenberg College and Parsons, The New School for Design and currently works at Lucky magazine in New York. He tweets like a crazy person.