April 6, 2013 |
Reality TV is all about trouble, so perhaps it comes as no big whoop to hear that on Saturday, a brawl erupted at the clothing boutique Porsche 2, in Ridgewood, N.J. Whose boutique? Kim DePaola of Real Housewives of New Jersey . Seems a man allegedly made fun of the autistic son of RHONJ castie Jacqueline Laurita and her hub Christopher . Joe Gorga and Albie Manzo , also of RHONJ , allegedly waded in. Three sinks were broken, one thrown through the air, there was "blood on the walls," and now Johnny Karagiorgis of Paramus has filed a citizen's complaint.
January 15, 2013 |
LEOPARD-PRINT pants and shiny bangles work well for Alicia DiMichele-Garofalo, but the South Jersey fashionista says that she won't be an accessory to the drama, catfights and probing cameras that a reality show about mob wives would bring. DiMichele-Garofalo, 39, might fit a producer's definition of "mob wife," but the Marlton resident said that she's not pursuing a spot on a Philadelphia spinoff of the popular VH1 series "Mob Wives. " She said that the show reached out to her several times.
June 15, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO — So why Merion, after so long? Mike Davis is the USGA's executive director. He's also the guy in charge of setting up the courses for the U.S. Open. And there was a time when even he wasn't sure that those 120-some historic acres on Philadelphia's Main Line were up to the present-day challenge of hosting what has become the game's biggest and most difficult major. For any variety of reasons, many of which had little to do with the golf itself. Still, he was well-acquainted with Merion's aura.
June 7, 2012 |
More than a dozen kids on a recent Thursday afternoon handed T-shirts, tanks, and pajama bottoms to airbrush artist Paul Madonna. His job: to tag their gear with graffiti. "Look at that," said Ellie Stamps, 9, as she watched Madonna spray-paint E-L-L-I-E in bold, rainbow-hued bubble letters on a tank top at Lafayette Hill's Down to Earth Kids. "When he uses the white, it looks like the letters are reflecting light. It's so cool. Nobody will have one just like this.
May 10, 2012 |
Jen Green looks out at the 80-some millennials chatting it up with local designers at the art gallery studio: christensen in Rittenhouse Square. Clad in this spring's must-have brights, the guests look swank. The rhubarb cocktails are flowing. And Green couldn't be more pleased. The April soiree, featuring Germantown-based women's-wear label NIC*FISH and calligrapher/jewelry designer Danny Fox, marks the one-year anniversary of HyLo Boutiques — short for hyper-local — Green's consulting company and design collective that uses a unique-to-our-time business model to promote fashions conceived of and manufactured in Philadelphia.
April 25, 2012 |
Wedged between a Saladworks restaurant and a UPS store on Spruce Street, a storefront displays tony dresses in jewel tones, with a neon "Dry Cleaning Shirts" sign glowing nearby. The proximity has left some passersby scratching their heads. Is it a boutique or a dry cleaner? It's both. Run by Yoon Sook Kim and her daughter HanNa Jung, Bonded BoutiqueCleaner in University City is a seven-month-old hybrid shop that was born of both opportunity and necessity. Until October, this spot was just Bonded Cleaners, Kim's utilitarian dry cleaning business — more function than fashion — with several working sewing machines in an unadorned and largely empty interior.
April 4, 2012 |
Next door to the Old City fire station and Ben Franklin Park is a darling boutique with a timely fashion mission and a perfectly patriotic name. US*U.S. is a 600-square-foot designer co-op led by custom clothier Lele Tran that houses a practical mix of easy-to-wear clothing, including a boho-inspired children's line, bold-hued bikinis and a collection of Gothic couture wear featuring corsets and fitted skirts. But in addition to delivering this spring's latest colorful styles, US*U.S.
February 26, 2012 |
As the Hollywood glitterati gather Sunday night in Tinseltown to honor the movie industry's best, L. Di Caprio will be among those walking the red carpet. In Malvern. No, not the hunky actor - he doesn't spell his name with a space before the "C. " Starring at Malvern's Oscar Night festivities will be one Lisa Di Caprio and her business partner, Darci Henry. Owners of Kiss and Makeup cosmetics boutique on King Street, the pair have organized a black-tie Academy Awards bash with help from nearby Restaurant Alba.
November 16, 2011 |
Bookcases of shoe boxes filled with barely worn pairs of embroidered Manolo Blahniks, platform Christian Louboutins, and chunky Prada boots line Janet Weitz's garage. In her Plymouth Meeting basement are 20-plus rolling racks filled with Chanel suits, puffy Moncler coats, and almost-brand-spanking-new striped Etro shirts. And let's not forget the packing table. On this particular afternoon, Weitz is planning to ship a vintage black Hermés alligator bag, a pair of Balenciaga pumps, and an Oscar de la Renta-inspired autumnal plaid taffeta dress to shoppers of her eBay-based boutique, Rodeo Drive Deals (stores.ebay.com/Rodeo-Drive-Deals)
November 4, 2011 |
The timing may have been a coincidence, but the announcement during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month that a Jenkintown lingerie shop would stop selling specially made bras and prostheses to survivors of the second-most-common cancer among women in the United States seemed an unfortunate juxtaposition. Tulips Lingerie & Intimate Apparel will no longer carry the products. The shop fell victim to what owner Fran Dratch calls a complex and expensive accreditation process that she says amounts to a smackdown of such small boutiques.