November 2, 1994 |
Remember gabardine pantsuits from the 1970s? Or those shiny polyester disco dresses from the Saturday Night Fever era? How about tight satin duds made for those who liked to boogie? Do you still have some of those old threads in storage? Well, get ready to dust them off and shake out the mothballs. It's retro time again in the fashion world. Believe it or not, many U.S. designers are reworking styles from the disco days. If you'll recall, it was just last year that designers revisited flower power and other themes from the hippie/free-love segment of the late '60s.
April 16, 2002 |
If there's anything in fashion she hates, designer Carolina Herrera says, it's excess. In clothing, in jewelry, in makeup. In anything, really. In her latest collection, for fall 2002, she uses a touch of luxe here, a dash of glam there, but never goes over the line. She was inspired by the provocative photographs of Helmut Newton, hence the seamed stockings and very fitted leather coatdresses. Herrera has reinvented the tuxedo, and declares the suit is back. "I love suits," she said in presenting the collection here Thursday, in a benefit for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia at the Park Hyatt that was sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue.
June 16, 1994 |
Carolina Herrera's eyes misted, then glistened with tears when she began to speak of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. "She was so together. Everything she did she did with so much class and I don't think we'll see another woman like her," said the designer, who began creating clothes for Onassis in 1982. From that time until Onassis's death last month, Herrera never spoke publicly of her beloved friend and loyal client. "I respected her privacy. The friendship was very important to me, more important than going around and saying that I dressed her. " Only now, with Onassis buried beside her assassinated first husband, President John F. Kennedy, in Arlington National Cemetery did Herrera speak of her. The remembrance came at the tail end of a 30-minute conversation with the Venezuela-born designer.
November 1, 1989 |
All that glitters is the goal for many of the spring/summer collections shown here this week. Marc Jacobs, for Monday's Perry Ellis show, even knitted shiny threads into some sleeveless sweater dresses. Carolina Herrera showed a simpler, more streamlined look.
January 11, 2004 |
Debutantes and celebrities went to Suky Rosan to be outfitted for their weddings, and for good reason: "I believe you make big days out of the big days," the owner of one of the Main Line's most exclusive bridal salons once said. "That's what separates us from the animals. " Ms. Rosan, 85, died Thursday at her Haverford home. For more than 30 years, the former model and fashion commentator matched brides such as Allen Iverson's wife, Tawanna, and WCAU-TV (Channel 10) news anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah with the perfect gown.
December 20, 1993 |
Made-to-order wedding dresses, like babies, are usually conceived months before they arrive. But the first time Carolina Herrera heard she would create Marla Maples' wedding dress was Dec. 11. Herrera, the women's clothing designer whose client list flows with some of the world's bluest blood - from Princess Margaret to Jacqueline Onassis - knew she would have to work swiftly. "I often start on a wedding dress six months early," she said during an interview at her office this week.
March 25, 2003 |
Glitterless pantsuits, flat shoes, and plain-Jane business attire did not descend on Sunday night's Oscarfest, despite the country's somber mood. Instead, our darlings of the big screen came well-dressed and ready to celebrate in slim-fitting black gowns and off-the-shoulder dresses in warm pastels. The colorful looks could mean one of two things: 1. That even though the war with Iraq began just days before, nothing - not even the lack of the traditional red-carpet arrivals - could stop movie stars from wowing their fans with fabulous taste.
September 12, 2007 |
While the Marc Jacobs show was definitely the most surprising, Spring 2008 Fashion Week is wrapping up with gusto. Things may have started off slowly, but the later designers have added a flamboyant note by putting unexpected touches on conservative familiar looks. Dresses - especially long ones - will be around for a few more seasons, with the addition of floppy hats and long gloves. Colors range from muted to electric, with a particular emphasis on navy blue. In a word, Carolina Herrera's show was spectacular.
May 5, 1986 |
Cher, swathed in Indian printed silk, silver fringe dangling from her ears and a tiny flower tattoo on her bare ankle, started the applause at the Bob Mackie show when a sexy, navel-baring, beaded gown slithered down the runway. "Yeah, that's me," said the actress, who, along with Diana Ross, Carol Burnett and just about all of Hollywood, is a member of the Los Angeles designer's fan club. On the other hand, the New York social set - C.Z. Guest, Nan Kempner, Estee Lauder - is crazy about Carolina Herrera, the South American socialite-turned- designer who provides them with luncheon suits and elegant evening wear.
November 10, 2004 |
A few minutes before Carolina Herrera was to showcase her Resort 2005 line, she pointed out a couple of her favorite pieces: "See that pink and white print? We developed that one. And those stripes. See how they are going? Like I told you, they don't have to be straight up and down. And those polka dots! I just love polka dots. " With that, Herrera was whisked away to pose for another photograph. The demure designer was in Newtown Square Monday for a poolside luncheon hosted by the Wellness Community in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue.