April 17, 2014 |
All during this awfully cold winter, I took comfort in infinity scarves. And although the winds are warming, I want to hold on to my stylish security blanket. Judging from the explosion of lightweight wraps on this spring's fashion scene - bandeau and shawl, solid and print, tasseled and zippered - I'm not alone. "You just wrap yourself in them over and over and over again," said Ken Downing, Neiman Marcus' famed fashion director, as he exited a Drexel University lunch in his honor Friday afternoon.
August 22, 2013 |
HENRY MAE Robinson Mitchell's name should have been in Webster's dictionary next to the word "survivor. " She was snatched from the brink of death so many times that she actually gave that word a new definition. Even in her final days at a Glenside nursing home, Henry - yes, that was her real name - was determined to overcome a stroke and live to see her 87th birthday on Aug. 6. She made it, surrounded by friends and well-wishers. Her secret was faith and guts. Henry Mitchell, whose fashion sense led her to employment in Philadelphia's fashion industry, often being a pathfinder for other African-Americans, died Aug. 13. She was a longtime resident of West Oak Lane.
February 18, 2013 |
NEW YORK - It's been a bit hard to tell the difference between men's and women's runway presentations at the fall 2013 fashion shows. Nautica's Black Sail collection had its male models in banana-yellow skinny pants rolled at the ankles. Coats with oversize fur collars featured a slight A-line flare. Designer Patrik Ervell's presentation last Sunday included an iridescent, emerald-green cape with a wraparound, cowl-neck collar. Even Michael Kors - whose manly clothes are typically classic American with a dose of Old World sophistication - dressed a model Wednesday in a fuzzy, short-sleeve sweater and skinny slacks, while another wore a bright-orange, belted trench.
September 5, 2012 |
CHICAGO - Sophia Saverese attended her first day of kindergarten last week wearing a delicate floral print dress, ballet flats, and a bow in her hair, no thanks to the displays at the mall promoting glittery miniskirts, wedge sandals, and one-shouldered tank tops in kiddie sizes. "She did see the other stuff, and she picked it out and said she liked it," said Nicole Saverese, the Glen Ellyn, Ill., mother of three who, with her mother-in-law's help, steered Sophia away from the adult styles during a recent shopping trip.
October 6, 2010 |
NEW YORK - Specialty-store owners have a lot to think about when they shop to stock. How many size 2's, 8's, or 16's should they buy? How do they blend funky colors with fledgling designers, while maintaining the store's personality? And when do they buy what may, or may not, be the next fashion craze? (Think skinny cargos or Silly Bandz. Who'd a thunk it?) Buyers for eco-friendly boutiques have to do all that. But they're also looking for pieces with a low carbon footprint, a win-some-lose-some challenge that demands consideration of a constantly evolving manufacturing landscape.
February 13, 2010 |
A few weeks ago I was at Saks Fifth Avenue in Bala Cynwyd gathering clothes for a spring photo shoot when I spotted a pink clutch with a skull clasp. The eyes were gleaming amethysts. I had to have the bag, by British designer Alexander McQueen. Marc Beeler, couture salesman at Saks, echoed my thoughts before I could even form the words. It would be perfect for the shoot. "Yes, dear. Take it!" Beeler said, as he unlocked the case and gently slid the clutch into a protective black bag. "It's hot. " What McQueen created during his fashion career wasn't just hot; it was scalding.
September 10, 2009 |
The economic downturn proved that the fashion-obsessed won't necessarily buy hot clothes just because they're in the stores. So tonight, to help us feel better about making often-thought-of-as-frivolous purchases, Vogue editor Anna Wintour will host Fashion's Night Out, a worldwide party - participants will be shopping in the United States, France, Italy, Taiwan, and Russia - to get recession-weary shoppers back in the stores. In the Philadelphia region, the King of Prussia mall - the only mall in the world to do so - will host the evening, starting at 6 p.m. If the world's fashion czarina says it's OK to shop, then it must be the right thing to do. "It's a global initiative to promote retail, restore consumer confidence, and celebrate fashion," said Patrick O'Connell, spokesman for Vogue magazine.
April 20, 2008 |
Her silk taffeta, ultra-mini bubble dress was showcased on billboards from Los Angeles to New York in the fall, worn by Gossip Girls star Taylor Momsen, Jenny Humphrey on the CW drama. American Idol singer and mega country star Carrie Underwood was spotted in the cutesy frock, as was Academy Award winner Hilary Swank. But despite the celebrity hoopla, free publicity, and dozens of inquiries, Manayunk designer Paula Hian sold just five of the $1,500 dresses. "When they heard how much it cost, they were like, 'Thank you,' and click," Hian said.
June 28, 2007 |
In the late 1970s, before fashion was synonymous with celebrity, designer Liz Claiborne became a household name as among the first to introduce stylish separates to working women. Her work with tailored knits gave women climbing the corporate ladder the confidence to walk into the office on feminine terms. The softness of her fabrics was all woman, while the neutral colors conveyed a business-appropriate look for the serious-minded. Claiborne, along with Oscar de la Renta and Calvin Klein, expanded a fashion empire into a lifestyle brand.
April 30, 2007 |
AMY WESTCOTT had a vivid imagination at a young age. While other girls were using tissue and tape to make dresses for their dolls, Westcott wanted something silky, slinky even. So when Westcott and her older sister Lora stumbled upon her mom's fabric stash within the maze of boxes, stored toys and old furniture in their parents' attic, they were thrilled. This gold mine yielded forest-green satins, pink organza and textured upholstery fabrics. There they sat, legs crossed, using jagged scissors to cut out the hottest designer doll clothes on the block.