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August 22, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
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January 28, 1992 | By Roy H. Campbell, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Shoppers may not notice a difference now that R.H. Macy & Co. Inc., one of the best-known retailers in the world, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors. But the fashion world is shaking in its fur-lined boots. The Macy bankruptcy may prove to be the most serious blow yet to a clothing industry already reeling from shrinking sales and the demise or reorganization of such well-known names in retailing as Saks, Bloomingdale's and B. Altman's. Up and down the Seventh Avenue-based garment district yesterday, the talk was of the fallout likely to result from the Macy bankruptcy.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
Dom Streater has worked hard since her dynamic Season 12 Project Runway win almost three years ago. She's built an online-only women's wear brand that caters to women older than 40 who dig a funky print jumpsuit, dress, or - this summer's breakout must-have piece - caftan. Still, the 27-year-old Philadelphia designer views her triumphant finish last month on Project Runway All Stars as a perfectly timed and much-needed infusion of new resources and energy. Streater's second go-round with Lifetime's reality fashion TV franchise earned her $100,000, a future studio, and the chance to design shoes for Chinese Laundry.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, FASHION COLUMNIST
New York runway designer Amanda Phelan will present her fall 2016 collection at an exclusive trunk show at Drexel University Saturday. Phelan, who is from Chaddsford, debuted her part-space age, somewhat-cozy and all the way artsy Spring 2016 womenswear collection to the fashion industry last September to rave reviews. The 28-year-old designer is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. After completing her studies, she worked as a knitwear designer for top-tier designers Alexander Wang and Nicole Miller.
NEWS
October 2, 1998 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / TOM GRALISH
Fashion may be all about fun and frivolity, but it's also a highly competitive business. And that's what inspired 200 fashion-design students at Drexel University to squeeze into a single small room on the Philadelphia campus yesterday. They were there to get some career advice from a master of the form, veteran designer Bill Blass. Blass, who is known for his personal involvement in designing and selling his clothes, gave them tips on how to break into the fashion industry.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Staff Fashion Writer
A womenswear line named Sies Marjan that debuted Sunday during the New York Fashion Week's fall 2016 collections had the fashion industry all abuzz. The clothing, a voluminous work of layered separates in tropical-hued pastels, was designed by former Dries Van Noten designer Sander Lak, under the direction of Joey Laurenti. By all accounts, the show was heralded as a success. Vogue editor Anna Wintour attended, as well as a few buyers from Barney's. Some of my favorite architectural pieces: a lemon yellow crush velvet coat and a paper bag brown sweater that reminded me of origami.
NEWS
October 4, 1988 | BY GERRI H. WALKER
Philadelphia is the third largest garment manufacturing center in the United States. The making of apparal s our city's largest industry. It employs 25,000 people in 350 businesses, which generate annual sales of over one billion dollars. In comparison, Philadelphia's second largest industry, printing, employs little more than two-thirds as many people - 17,000. Philadelphia is home to six schools of clothing design and has trade schools to teach garment industry skills. As a consequence, there is a large pool of labor skilled in the garment industry trades in Philadelphia.
NEWS
May 24, 1997
Do glamor ads of rail-thin, glassy-eyed, skanky-looking models in $500 tube tops make anyone want to shoot up heroin? That's what you have to ask now that President Clinton has criticized the use of fashion models who look like they've crawled out a drug den. "The glorification of heroin is not creative, it's destructive," Clinton said in a speech to 35 mayors meeting to discuss fighting drugs, probably more interested in finding money to...
NEWS
March 30, 1988 | By NINA TOTENBERG, Special to the Daily News
For many American women, the big news a couple of weeks ago was made not in the Middle East or the Super Tuesday primaries but in our own home towns, where the fashion industry is taking a major bath on the miniskirt. Many professional women simply refuse to buy the mini, so retail clothing sales are the worst since the 1982 recession. In short, the mini is a fashion disaster, and many designers are hurriedly lengthening hemlines for the fall. Every moment of industry misery is richly deserved by the fashion designers, retail clothiers and newspaper and magazine poltroons who propagate and perpetuate this preposterous creation.
LIVING
October 8, 1996 | By Roy H. Campbell, INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
They flaunt the ominous signs of drug addiction: vacant stares, dirty disheveled hair, unkempt clothes and a frame so gaunt, bone juts through flesh. These young people may look like strung-out junkies, but they're actually highly paid models adopting the wasted look and drooping posture of addicts. They stare out defiantly from glossy magazine spreads and Calvin Klein fragrance ads. They stagger down the catwalk for Gianni Versace, Gucci and Donna Karan. The look has been dubbed "heroin chic," and to designers, photographers, makeup artists and their assorted accomplices in commerce, it's just another cutting-edge fashion statement, the latest.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
Dom Streater has worked hard since her dynamic Season 12 Project Runway win almost three years ago. She's built an online-only women's wear brand that caters to women older than 40 who dig a funky print jumpsuit, dress, or - this summer's breakout must-have piece - caftan. Still, the 27-year-old Philadelphia designer views her triumphant finish last month on Project Runway All Stars as a perfectly timed and much-needed infusion of new resources and energy. Streater's second go-round with Lifetime's reality fashion TV franchise earned her $100,000, a future studio, and the chance to design shoes for Chinese Laundry.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, FASHION COLUMNIST
Amanda Phelan is among the new breed of emerging designers who are quietly disruptive. For example, the 28-year-old Chadds Ford native sent a hypnotic women's wear collection - including a stunning mini-skirt, bandeau bra, and coat suit made from dichroic flowers - down her New York Fashion Week runway while an expressive, modern-dance routine was underway. "I want to create experiences for people that leave them tingling," Phelan told me recently at a Drexel University trunk show she hosted.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, FASHION COLUMNIST
New York runway designer Amanda Phelan will present her fall 2016 collection at an exclusive trunk show at Drexel University Saturday. Phelan, who is from Chaddsford, debuted her part-space age, somewhat-cozy and all the way artsy Spring 2016 womenswear collection to the fashion industry last September to rave reviews. The 28-year-old designer is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. After completing her studies, she worked as a knitwear designer for top-tier designers Alexander Wang and Nicole Miller.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Staff Fashion Writer
A womenswear line named Sies Marjan that debuted Sunday during the New York Fashion Week's fall 2016 collections had the fashion industry all abuzz. The clothing, a voluminous work of layered separates in tropical-hued pastels, was designed by former Dries Van Noten designer Sander Lak, under the direction of Joey Laurenti. By all accounts, the show was heralded as a success. Vogue editor Anna Wintour attended, as well as a few buyers from Barney's. Some of my favorite architectural pieces: a lemon yellow crush velvet coat and a paper bag brown sweater that reminded me of origami.
NEWS
September 9, 2015 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Born without a right forearm, Rebekah Marine was always embarrassed by her disability. As a youngster, she tried to hide it and nearly gave up her dreams of modeling. Those dreams will come true in a big way Saturday when Marine struts down the runway at Fashion Week in New York, knocking down barriers about beauty. Marine, 28, of West Deptford, who has a bionic prosthetic hand, hopes to inspire others with disabilities, especially youngsters. "We should all be celebrating uniqueness," she said in an interview last week.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Sacha Jenkins' documentary Fresh Dressed , which opened Friday in theaters, isn't a whitewashed rehash of hip-hop's gritty, golden era that proclaimed all things oversize and baggy as its sartorial gospel. It goes so much deeper than that. Jenkins, who was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Queens, N.Y., spent more than two years chatting it up with artists like Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, and Swizz Beatz. He interviewed Riccardo Tisci, the creative director of Givenchy, and Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, the forces behind Public School, about the music's influence on style.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
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.
NEWS
August 22, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
NEWS
February 18, 2013 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2012 | By Vikki Ortiz Healy, Chicago Tribune
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.
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