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Red carpet: Retro resort wear, Rat Packers at Palm Springs Film Festival
Red carpet: Retro resort wear, Rat Packers at Palm Springs Film Festival

A sense of place. It’s what separates the expert dressers from the OK dressers. First Lady Michelle Obama (and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis before her) has mastered it as an art form, wearing a dress by Indian American designer Naeem Khan for a Diwali celebration at the White House and an outfit by a Nigerian designer on a trip to South Africa, for example. But too often, this particular sartorial skill is in short supply when it comes to the red carpet.  Not so over the weekend at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, where the best looks evoked the retro resort lifestyle of the place and the low-key nature of the events, which serve as a relaxed warm-up for...

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