May 21, 2015 |
In a cool marriage of art, fashion, and retail, Moore College of Art and Design held its annual student fashion show Saturday night at the Barnes Foundation with Century 21 as its lead sponsor. Collections from Moore's 52 student designers featured many fun yet wearable looks that included a hot-pink trapeze coat by senior Chelsea McLay, and wide-legged slacks with windowpane details along the hem, courtesy of senior Jessica McKay. A drop-waist dress with fringed skirt from junior Claudia Geissler's resort-wear grouping made for an interesting - if not swishy - piece.
May 21, 2015
The Barnes Foundation on the Parkway was the setting, and a painting from its collection - Modigliani's "Redheaded Girl in Evening Dress" - was among the inspirations for the Moore College of Art & Design's Fashion Show 2015 last weekend. Twenty-one seniors, 23 juniors and eight sophomores showed their creations.
May 14, 2015 |
When that lion of documentary filmmaking Albert Maysles died in March at age 88, he left behind his wife of nearly four decades and their three children, one of whom, Rebekah Maysles, had been his protégé and producer. But in his final years, another woman had swept into the center of his life, as well - a Liberacean swirl of sequins, spangles, beads, and boas topped by cropped white hair and Mr. Magoo glasses, an irrepressible sprite always larger than anyone else in the room. Maysles couldn't keep his lens off Iris Apfel.
May 11, 2015 |
Handbags are taking a quieter approach this spring: Bye-bye superfluous zippers, rocker grommets, and those tiny tote handles, too. The trendlet Crossbody bags in nudes, ivories, and chocolate shades, as well as pastel pinks, greens, and blues are the season's coolest carryall options. They are easy to find, too, as such familiar fashion brands as Tory Burch, Madewell and J. Crew all offer versions of the bag - especially the bucket bag. Where's it come from? Bucket bags first appeared on the fashion scene in the 1920s as the classy lady's summertime purse option.
April 28, 2015 |
WHEN IT CAME to feminine beauty, Lori Rodville was the one to see. Lori was a successful model for many years, but she also was an expert milliner, turning out classic head adornments, as well as a teacher of models, an expert on makeup and a bridal coordinator who made sure weddings went off with style and verve. She organized fashion shows to let her models strut their stuff in public, and was a commentator on television fashion shows. She brought to all her activities a flair for the dramatic and a zest for life lived to its fullest.
April 17, 2015 |
JOSEPH CORADINO wants to bring new life to the now ghostly, half-empty Gallery at Market East. He envisions a gleaming, light-filled mall with new storefronts facing Market Street and sidewalk cafes cropping up to line the gritty stretch between City Hall and Independence Square. No longer will the main entrance feel like descending brick steps into a pit. A new, glass-enclosed entrance will be at sidewalk level. "When you stroll from 801 Market down to the convention center, you will encounter an alive, vibrant, accessible and welcoming streetscape," said Coradino, the South Philly-born CEO of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, which operates the Gallery.
April 16, 2015 |
In her book The Battle of Versailles , Robin Givhan whisks readers back to an electric night in 1973 when five emerging American fashion designers bested their French counterparts . The 306-page tome, published by Flatiron Books, recounts how the industry's then-underdogs - Oscar de la Renta, Anne Klein, Bill Blass, Stephen Burrows, and Roy Halston Frowick (simply known as Halston) - surprisingly triumphed in a fashion show competition and fund-raiser that would benefit the crumbling Versailles palace.
April 13, 2015 |
She was "Our Gal in Paris. " That's how Rubye Graham was billed on the front page of The Inquirer for her reviews of top fashion designers during the 1960s and early '70s. Rubye Graham Hennessy, as she was later known, was tasked with making the newspaper's fashion coverage more exciting. She arrived in 1959, and by 1966 - well, this is how Philadelphia Magazine described her entrance to a Paris restaurant packed with the elite of haute couture: " Everyone will be at Maxim's.
April 1, 2015 |
On the morning of her annual physical, Judy Dohany sat on the edge of the examining table at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital with the happy anticipation of a good student waiting for a favorite professor's feedback. "I couldn't wait to see Dr. Ziring," Dohany said. "I like to keep tabs on my blood pressure. I'm 50 now. Things start to happen. I've lost friends to heart attacks. My best friend has diabetes. It scares me. " For nearly 20 years, her internist, Barry Ziring, has been giving her annual physical exams, a ritual that for just as long has been deemed unhelpful and even harmful.
March 23, 2015 |
The best of this spring's fashions feature clean lines and simple shapes. Silhouettes mold to contours, but still move softly with the body. More sensuality lies in the details. Slits splice the sides of below-the-knee pencil skirts. Deep V's are carved into pantsuit bodices. Fringe on midriff-baring blouses tickles the abs that peek through the tassels. Even maxi dresses, a vestiary favorite of the boho chic, are cut to skim curves, rather than dwarf them. "Strong and powerful are the themes of spring 2015," said Sharla Floyd, buyer and curator for Center City women's boutique Atelier Rittenhouse.