June 1, 2008 |
It had been a record week, and the vibe at Urban Outfitters headquarters was high. Adrenaline was palpable in executive offices, in design huddles, and on down to the models in skimpy threads pouting for a Free People Web shoot. It was mid-March, and the retailer of insurgent chic had reported killer profits while other retailers watched shoppers weary of high gas prices go into hiding. You could almost hear towels snap a few days earlier as Wall Street analysts congratulated executives for putting up such good numbers.
September 10, 1988 |
Eighteen local fashion awards were presented yesterday as a prelude to the fourth annual Philadelphia Dresses the World exposition, to be held Sept. 23 through 25 at the Civic Center. In addition to giving awards recognizing creativity, excellence and accomplishment, organizers singled out two promising fashion newcomers: Brynn Thompson was named Most Promising Clothing Designer, and Patti Dougherty was named Most Promising Jewelry Designer. For Thompson, a 27-year-old Harrisburg woman who works full time as a state tax examiner, the award may mean a chance to quit her job and devote her time to the hand-woven clothing - sweaters, skirts, dresses, shawls, scarves and hats - which she has been designing under the label "Brynwoven Originals.
December 20, 1997 |
At the Fourth Annual Kwanzaa Family Night at Samuel B. Huey Elementary School on Thursday, the sights and sounds helped all who attended focus on the seven principles of traditional African society. They are unity; self-determination; collective work and responsibility; cooperative economics; purpose; creativity; and faith.
November 26, 1999 |
The television industry needs to be brought into the era of modern management. It is too concerned with short-term profits. It needs to do what most other businesses have learned: concentrate more on long-term profits. This is achieved through offering customers quality products. Offer quality and you can better attract steady customers and increase your market share. Instead, networks are in a constant panic mode of copying what others do, rushing shows to production, shuffling schedules due to short-term ratings, and ruining what could otherwise be a stable business.
September 10, 1986 |
When Mayor Goode announced the winners of the 1986 "Philadelphia Get to Know Us!" Designer Awards yesterday, Sayida Ha'Fiz, of Sayida Ha'Fiz Design Studio, was among the 15 people recognized as the city's most innovative fashion forces. And, as if garnering the Award of Creativity in daywear weren't enough for the soft-spoken 37-year-old designer, Ha'Fiz was also named Most Promising Designer by a nine-member panel of industry judges, members of the Fashion Group of Philadelphia, who spent two days evaluating the entrants' designs.
September 27, 1992 |
Anthropologist Angeles Arrien has a simple prescription for fulfilling one's life dream, a quote from the 12th-century poet Rumi: "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. " Arrien, who is also an author and educator, explained to more than 100 people at a sold-out Tyler Arboretum session last Sunday how symbols, myths and creative visualization could be used to identify who we are and what our life dream is. "We all have an...
July 26, 1998 |
With beads of sweat collecting on her upper lip, Carolina Espinal dipped the brush in a puddle of orange paint, stroking the vibrant color between the lines of a castle that she had drawn on construction paper. Sitting beside Carolina was her new friend Rory Managhan, who brushed blue and green paint onto a blank sheet of white paper and fidgeted in the metal folding chair on a sticky, humid morning. The two girls, both 10, come from different backgrounds and had been strangers to each other before they met at the summer arts and creativity camp at the Perkins Center for the Arts.
March 11, 2010 |
Three young women who have grown up amid violence in the Middle East came thousands of miles to deliver a message that didn't seem foreign to 40 high school girls from Philadelphia. "Hatred is curable if you confront it," said Mai Fried, 21, who is Jewish and lives in Israel. Fried and her companions - both Palestinian - have witnessed a vicious fight for land, but through a group called Creativity for Peace have found friendship with other young women they once viewed as the enemy.
December 15, 2000 |
Christopher Lowell is not his usual exuberant self. He is cordial and chatty, but not exactly bubbling over. The Emmy-winning host of The Christopher Lowell Show, Discovery Channel's highly rated how-to-unlock-your-creativity-and-decorate-your-home program, sits tastefully dressed in black. He sips the frothy cappuccino before him and lights a cigarette. He is tired. Taking a quick drag, he says matter-of-factly, "I've signed 40,000 books in the last three weeks, and the book has gone into its third printing in four weeks.
January 14, 2005 |
When Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss caught the touchdown pass that sealed the victory against the Packers in Sunday's NFL playoff game, he pretended to "moon" the Green Bay crowd. But we in Philadelphia were not mortified or offended, as many fans and sports commentators seemed to be. Moss' reception helped the Vikings earn a trip to Philadelphia on Sunday for a divisional playoff game. A loss would mean yet another disappointment for a city that hasn't seen a professional sports championship (besides the winner of Wing Bowl)