June 26, 2014 |
This season's nuptial fashions fall on opposite sides of the aisle: ethereally sweet and rustic chic, or softly structured and urbane. Yet despite the different silhouettes - Vera Wang boho, for instance, is all about empire waists and slip-dress sheaths, while a city ceremony might star a cleaner Reem Acra frock with trumpet skirts and peplums - modern gowns are united in the details. Sequins, pearls, and beading are handsewn on the simplest of gowns in dazzling geometric patterns.
March 28, 2013 |
Lace has woven its way into many a spring fashion look, and the result is a dainty mix of decades: Alençon sleeves are reminiscent of the romantic flapper look, and lacy floor-length maxis in blush tones are '70s bohemian chic. Minis in sherbet Chantilly are so totally 1980s punk. Pair a sheer lace shell with a slim-fitting pantsuit and your '60s mod silhouette is now - poof - futuristic. Add in the fashion industry's continued love affair with mixed media, and is it any wonder lace is popping up in so many unexpected ways?
March 14, 2013 |
The souls of old clothes speak to Johnny Columbo. Delicate 1920s day dresses fashioned from silk velvets and Battenburg lace whisper, "Restore me. " Smart 1960s sheaths say, "Display me," and so an ocean-blue, jewel-collared Halston frock hangs on an open door. "They just draw me in," said Columbo, who owns The Philadelphia Vintage and Consignment Shoppe on 12th Street near Sansom. "I go back in time with all of my garments. " In an era where stylists and their clients are hot to comb through vintage shops for Old World, one-of-a-kind fashion, Columbo has established himself as one of the industry's go-to guys.
January 31, 2013 |
The weekend brimmed with plunging V-neck Versaces, lacy nude Monique Lhuilliers, and tomato-red Valentinos. Whether the city's best-dressed were waltzing their way through the Academy of Music Saturday night, or celebrities were walking the red carpet at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild awards, it was all so haute. At the Anniversary Concert & Ball, black was the evening's chicest shade, followed by navy blue and various shades of sparkling nudes. Many of the fashion-savvy got the Pantone Color Institute memo that emerald green is 2013's must-have hue. And long sleeves - some of which stopped mid-hand - made the night's evening wear demurely sexy.
July 29, 2011
SHE HAD a God-given talent. That's trite, and it's overused, but it fits. Amy Winehouse had a glorious voice. Now it will be heard only in replay, captured in musical amber. Because, as everyone now knows, drug addict Winehouse is dead. We'll never be sure if it was intentional since she didn't leave a note. But with her history, you can probably chalk it up to recklessness, at the very least. Winehouse must have known that continuing to dine on heroin, pills and whatever other controlled substances she could get her hands on would end up badly.
June 22, 2011 |
Whether it's pheasant, rooster, peacock, or faux, feathers are tickling our fashion fancy this season. They are a staple on dangling earrings and the latest trend in hair extensions. (Thank you, Steven Tyler.) Fascinators - those special-occasion headpieces gaining popularity after the royal wedding - aren't complete without them. And the really brave among us are purchasing skirts overflowing with layers of tulle and yes, multicolored feathers. The high-fashion world calls them "drama skirts.
March 7, 2011 |
Plop went the movie box office again this weekend, with the animated Rango hauling in a decent $38 million, and the floor falling open behind. Following the movie, featuring the voice of Johnny Depp as a Wild West sheriff who's also a chameleon, was the Matt Damon-Emily Blunt thriller The Adjustment Bureau at $20 million, while the fantasy Beastly with Alex Pettyfer and Vanessa Hudgens opened at No. 3 with $10.1 million. On the same weekend last year, the 3-D Alice in Wonderland, starring a real live Depp, copped $116.
December 15, 2010 |
So what if Kijafa Frink is engaged to Eagles star quarterback Michael Vick? In her heart she's just a North Philly girl who knows that when it comes to accessories - and Christmas presents - a woman may want high fashion, but she needs a bargain. Hence the reason Frink first invested in a line of chunky silver and gold costume jewelry called Pink Elephant. These bodacious rings, glittering hoop earrings, and layered necklaces scream star power. Label worshipers certainly will recognize that Pink Elephant is influenced by runway pieces: Think the Balenciaga charm necklace, Marni's massive turquoise rings, or Lanvin's metal belts.
February 18, 2010 |
This has to be one of the darkest Fashion Weeks ever. Not only are the majority of clothes set in grim shades of black, gray and navy, but it looks as if the designers' moods are rather dreary. And can you blame them? Fashion houses are closing. Retail outlets are shuttering. Clothes aren't selling, and they still must produce. And then last Thursday at the start of the biannual festivities, their colleague, British designer Alexander McQueen, was found dead in his apartment, having committed suicide.
February 13, 2010 |
A few weeks ago I was at Saks Fifth Avenue in Bala Cynwyd gathering clothes for a spring photo shoot when I spotted a pink clutch with a skull clasp. The eyes were gleaming amethysts. I had to have the bag, by British designer Alexander McQueen. Marc Beeler, couture salesman at Saks, echoed my thoughts before I could even form the words. It would be perfect for the shoot. "Yes, dear. Take it!" Beeler said, as he unlocked the case and gently slid the clutch into a protective black bag. "It's hot. " What McQueen created during his fashion career wasn't just hot; it was scalding.