February 28, 2013
EVEN ON THE NIGHTS when ABC's "Scandal" might be one long eye roll, Kerry Washington's wardrobe commands attention. Because attention's been paid. Washington - who stars as Olivia Pope, Washington, D.C.'s best-dressed crisis manager - told reporters visiting the "Scandal" set last month that she and the show's "phenomenally talented" costume designer, Lyn Paolo, "have been co-conspirators from the very beginning. " At their first meeting, "we got together with tearsheets and pictures we had ripped off the Internet [for ideas]
March 22, 2012 |
There are two tales to be told in fashion's look book this spring. One is a color-driven story featuring classic skirt suits in daring neons, maxi dresses in popping primaries, and a bold array of rainbow denim. The other starts with the label; we're talking Made-in-America chic. "We have so many people come into our store and ask, 'Is this made in the U.S.A.? Is this made locally?' " said Ali McCloud, owner of the Northern Liberties-based, eco-friendly boutique Arcadia.
February 8, 2012 |
New York Fashion Week starts Thursday, and it appears the runways will be popping with a fashion flair that's unmistakably all-American. Levi's is planning its first appearance on the runways next week. And J. Crew - a favorite of first lady Michelle Obama - will return to the Lincoln Center tents Tuesday for its second year in a row. American sportswear stars Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, Max Azria, Lacoste, Tibi, and Anna Sui appear as if they will even be more heavily attended - invitation lists have closed already.
February 17, 2009 |
Some of fashion's heavy hitters - Kimora Lee Simmons, Betsey Johnson, and Marc Jacobs - have scaled back their presentations this week out of respect for the faltering economy. Still, the more than 100 American designers presenting their fall collections in and around the Bryant Park tents are practicing the law of attraction, believing that if they put their all into their work and stay optimistic, the consumer will again buy designer clothing. They just have to. "I haven't changed anything," said Ralph Rucci, the Philadelphia-bred designer who will close New York Fashion Week Friday afternoon.
November 5, 1998 |
Seven weeks ago, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and a few other revolutionaries broke with tradition and offered spring collections ahead of their European counterparts. The shows were hardly exciting, especially when compared with the recent collections from Milan, London and Paris. This time, there is no middle ground in New York. Collections have been either very, very good or just plain awful. Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Linda Allard for Ellen Tracy, Ralph Lauren, John Bartlett, Patrick Robinson, and the design team of Mark Badgley and James Mischka are the clear winners since previews began in earnest Monday; they end tomorrow.
September 17, 1998 |
Supermodels sashaying in September in New York? Designers waging a war of words and fabric? What's going on? In the cloistered ranks of the fashion glitterati, where the movement of a hemline is treated like a declaration of war, the multibillion-dollar industry is gripped by an expensive, egocentric game of who's on first. A dissident band of American designers, led by Calvin Klein and Donna Karan, are storming the gates of fashion, breaking out their latest collections this week, ahead of their European counterparts and even many of their domestic peers.
April 2, 1998 |
Titanic, Oscar champ and ruler of box office and billboard charts, is now steaming into fashion. Those lush, sweeping clothes worn by what were surely the most glamorous passengers to ever go down with a ship are all over the runways as the U.S. designer fall previews pick up steam. Designers from Hollywood's Richard Tyler to all-American Ralph Lauren are proposing that women go deluxe, wrap themselves in rich fabrics and swathe their bodies in luxurious coats, dresses and skirts.
February 5, 1998 |
Pop music and fashion often are on the same wavelength. That was more evident than ever this week in the latest collections by U.S. menswear designers, who seem to be taking a cue from superstar rapper/producer Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs. Combs topped the music charts with his debut album, No Way Out, by adding rap vocals and new beats to classic dance hits from the likes of Diana Ross, Teena Marie and Kool and the Gang. American designers from new star Maurice Malone to old faithful David Chu of Nautica are also madly remaking classic hits to woo customers who have turned away from fancy duds for reasons that include casual workdays and ever-rising designer prices.
November 5, 1997 |
Call it reaching for 2000. American designers are presenting an array of the odd sort of experimental clothes that turned edgy European designers such as Helmut Lang into acclaimed industry figures, but left them little known to the general public. Nicole Miller, Patrick Robinson, Yeohlee, Mark Eisen and John Bartlett were on this tip in the opening days of the spring '98 previews here. Unfortunately for most of them, particularly Miller, the reach to redefine a new age of fashion was an old-fashioned flop.
February 11, 1997 |
The U.S. menswear designers are back to reality. After recent seasons of extravagant shows replete with edgy, forward and hard-to-sell clothes - ragged sweaters, skin-tight vinyl pants, clashing plaid suits and the like - American designers have scaled back the shows and the designs. Stylish basics - leather peacoats, thin V-neck sweaters, tailored gray suits, deluxe overcoats, faux-leather shirts - dominated the fall '97 collections, which ended Friday. "What they are doing," said Kimberly Cihlar, owner of New York-based KCI Communications, a fashion consulting firm, "is what stores and men want: clothes that are wearable.