May 9, 2016 |
I keep a spool of green thread in the top drawer of my desk. It reminds me of the day, more than a decade ago, that I stood on the 10th floor of the abandoned Divine Lorraine - God's own kingdom - and stared out at Broad Street. I had grabbed the spool on a whim from a sewing tin left behind in one of the rooms. It's a remnant of a Philadelphia I wish I knew and the Philadelphia I first came to love. When I scored a tour of the Divine Lorraine's top-floor chapel, it was still largely unchanged from more than a half century earlier, when the building first became the home to Father Divine's Universal Peace Mission.
March 12, 2016 |
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.
April 25, 2013 |
Toggery is a collection of cotton T's and tanks perfect for layering under this spring's trendy shrunken blazers. The comfy 23-piece line features wraparound cardigans in neutral shades and racerback maxi dresses in punchy pastels, too. But the locally made label founded by Kate D'Arcy, 32, is more than a grouping of easy-to-wear women's basics. It is proof that designers can have successful fashion careers designing and manufacturing clothing in Philadelphia - after a very long hiatus when a lack of skilled local workers made it nearly impossible.
August 3, 2012 |
"I'd never say never about another baby," says Victoria Beckham , 38, who has four kids with soccer god hub David Beckham - sons Brooklyn , 13, Romeo , 9, Cruz , 7, and daughter Harper , 1. "It's a juggling act - a career, family, a husband who's busy. But I'd never say never!" Career indeed: Posh Spice is the first-ever guest editor at Glamour mag, having put together, with her own hands, the September fashion issue. "I even made my own list of Glamour fashion Don'ts to keep out of the issue," she says, "boat shoes . . . Bermuda shorts, nose rings.
July 12, 2012 |
Michael Vick may be the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback, but his new line of sportswear has a decidedly basketball look. The sporty menswear collection called V7, which Vick will introduce Wednesday morning at the Cottman Avenue Modell's, features two styles of shorts: loose, knee-length and the tight, compression kind. There are compression tops, too, and six graphic T's that blast inspirational, Nike-style quotes: "It's not how you start, but how you finish. " (A motto for his career?
April 18, 2012 |
ALISA MELEKHINA didn't write her first children's book until she was 6, took two full years to graduate Drexel University, and only now, at age 20, is at Penn Law. What a slacker! The Rhawnhurst-raised Melekhina is off to St. Louis on May 8 to compete in the U.S. Women's Chess Championship. Melekhina, who has also been studying ballet since she was 6, says her father, Aleksandr, who taught her chess but soon after stopped playing against her because she kept beating him. The Ukraine-born Melekhina came with her family to the U.S. when she was 2 months old. They lived in Brooklyn until she was 5 and then moved to the Northeast.
September 7, 2011 |
They might be able to entertain a crowd, but can they design? That's the big question as new celebrity fashion collections fill stores this fall. The splashiest launch - Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's lines for Kohl's - hits sales floors across America on Wednesday. Sofia Vergara's clothing and home goods will be in Kmart locations later this month, and the Kardashian sisters - Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney - recently unveiled their "Kollection" at Sears. These lines join a full field of offerings by celebrity designers, from Victoria Beckham and Beyoncé to Jessica Simpson and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
July 30, 2010 |
WEIGHT to Drew Carey : Come on down! The formerly flabby funnyman-turned-"Price Is Right" host has dropped a reported 70 pounds, according to UsMagazine. com. He says he couldn't feel better. "I just got sick of being fat," he told Us at the 2010 CBS Summer Press Tour Party in Beverly Hills. Carey dropped the weight without Jillian Michaels screaming at him, but by doing a cardio workout. "There's nobody really standing over me," he told Us. "I do work with somebody who gives me advice on what to do, how many minutes to run, what my heart rate should be and all that kind of stuff.
June 15, 2010 |
Venus Williams is more than just a tennis player. The world's No. 2-ranked women's singles player (her sister Serena is No. 1) owns a fashion line called Eleven. She's the chief executive officer of her interior design firm, V Starr Interiors. Williams also is part of the ownership group of the Miami Dolphins. And on June 29, while she competes in Wimbledon, her book, Come to Win , will be released. "I enjoy being busy," said Williams, who will compete at Villanova on July 8 in a World TeamTennis match when her Washington Kastles face the Freedoms.
March 13, 2008 |
With curls flying and high heels clicking, a smiling Iris Simms sweeps into a TV studio at QVC headquarters in West Chester. All heads turn. There's something about this woman, so at ease in her dark flowing clothes, that makes those around her want to feel that way. Now they can. Simms, 47, of Haverford, has created her own women's fashion line called Never Enough by Iris Simms. The line debuted on QVC the evening of Valentine's Day. The launch was so successful that seven of the 12 pieces in the collection sold out before the hour-long TV program ended.