nancy carbone

Portraits: Carmelo Donato, Photo Reportage: Sioux Nesi

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Her New Look
The Clothes: "I'm more rough-and-tumble," says Nancy, who sticks to jeans or yoga pants and long shirts. "I didn't wear dresses for decades, and I thought high heels were stupid." It's safe to say this red-hot La Femme gown was a departure from her usual look: The off-the-shoulder neckline emphasized her décolletage, while the mermaid style flattered her curvy shape. Gold jewelry and statement rings upped the glam quotient.

The Hair and Makeup: Nancy's dark brown strands lacked vibrancy, said Ken, who painted golden highlights around her face to instantly brighten her complexion. Then he clipped in extensions to add about five inches of length. Nancy had never worn red lipstick, but Sandy showed her how an orange-red flattered her tawny skin tone.

Nancy's Reaction

"Being fussed over is a little awkward, but sure, I can endure it! It will bring attention to my cause. I feel beautiful—and for me to say that is big. I told my husband he has to take me out to dinner tonight, and not for burgers!"

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Gown, La Femme, $378. Necklace, Louise et Cie. Bracelets (from top), Jill Golden, OCIE New York, and Meredith Marks. Rings (from left), Stephanie Kantis and Vince Camuto.