January 4, 2012 |
For Lynanne Whiteman, the hardest exercise at her new gym may have been walking through the doors. Whiteman, 49, says she has struggled with her weight since she was 8 years old. When family members bought her a gym membership about six years ago, she gamely ventured where she had never gone before. "I was kind of intimidated with all of the machines and the weights and the guys that were there," says Whiteman, who lives near Pittsburgh. "I'm this fat person walking into a roomful of guys who are half my age, looking buff and [who]
September 14, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which started last week and runs through Thursday, features hundreds of designers showing their spring-summer 2012 collections at Lincoln Center and other venues throughout New York City - and, of course, plenty of celebrities. Brands are looking for new and different ways to get the attention of fashion's elite while also speaking directly to consumers who have been drawn into the once-insular Fashion Week. In recent years, consumers have gotten plugged in through live-streaming runway-show videos, up-to-the-minute tweets, and the Vogue-sponsored Fashion's Night Out, a global smorgasbord of celebrity- and designer-hosted shopping events.
July 15, 2011 |
Friday-Sunday Storm the Bastille Eastern State Penitentiary will host its annual Fairmount Bastille Day Festival this weekend, celebrating the 1789 event that marked the start of the French Revolution. On Friday and Sunday, participating Fairmount restaurants will have special offers for French food and drink. The penitentiary, at 2027 Fairmount Ave., will host a street festival from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday with music, a costume contest, a pet parade, and a fashion show. A reenactment of the storming of the Bastille will be at 5:30 p.m. Guests are invited to dress as French peasants and aristocrats.
June 5, 2011 |
TOKYO - The Japanese government wants the country's suit-loving salarymen to be bold this summer. Ditch the stuffy jacket and tie. And for the good of a country facing a power crunch, go light and casual. Japan's "Super Cool Biz" campaign kicked off Wednesday with a government-sponsored fashion show featuring outfits appropriate for the office yet cool enough to endure the sweltering heat. This summer may be especially brutal. The loss of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, which was crippled by the March 11 tsunami, means electricity could be in short supply around the nation's capital, Tokyo, during especially hot days.
June 5, 2011 |
"We have one more stop before heading back to Izmir," said Ahmet, our tour guide. I was surprised, because I was ready to go back to the hotel. We had been touring the Turkish countryside for 10 hours, and my sweaty clothes and the dirt between my toes were making me very cranky. A shower was calling me and I needed a tall glass of cold water. No historical site or shop could be worth visiting at this time of day. I glanced at Amy, my college-age daughter sitting next to me in our chauffeur-driven car. I rolled my eyes, but I didn't say anything because I didn't want to insult the driver and our guide with my refusal.
April 19, 2011 |
The wheel was already in place. Ernie Kovacs invented the engine and the transmission and the windshield wipers and that little Hawaiian hula dancer that sticks to the dashboard and jumps around whenever the car turns or hits a bump. Commercial TV had been kicking around for about five years when Kovacs came along and laid the foundation for just about every comedy-show host and TV sketch style that would follow. Without Kovacs, it's difficult to imagine Monty Python or Saturday Night Live, Johnny Carson or David Letterman.
March 31, 2011 |
Haute cuisine monthly magazine Saveur (the name is fancy-schmancy French for flavor ) will honor the city of Philadelphia in its April edition, which is devoted to the sandwich. Declaring Philly as the best "Sandwich City" in the universe, the mag proclaims, "There's no better place for lunch on a roll than Philly. " (They're just figuring that one out now?) Saveur will include write-ups of 11 hoagie houses and a plethora of sandwich recipes. Taste their fine writing at www.saveur.com . Phillies phashion show What should Phillies ballgirls wear out there, on the field, when they're executing their duties?
February 9, 2011 |
There was a time when most African American women didn't know who Yves St. Laurent was, let alone believe they could ever own a crisp YSL pantsuit. But that was before Eunice W. Johnson. Johnson, who died a little more than a year ago, spent more than 50 years introducing all things fashionable, fabulous, and fly to brown-skinned belles, first with her husband, John, by founding Ebony and Jet magazines, and then through her runway show, the Ebony Fashion Fair. Billed as the world's largest traveling fashion show - in its heyday the extravaganza stopped in 170 cities - the show featured more than 200 over-the-top, colorful and avant-garde looks worn by black models at a time when African Americans were still banned from basic privileges like trying on department-store clothes.
December 24, 2010
Rodger William Wagner, 74, of Mount Airy, a retired court officer and fashion-show impresario, died of apparent heart failure Sunday, Dec. 19, at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Mr. Wagner grew up in North Philadelphia. A talented basketball player, he won the 1954 North Philadelphia Federation Foul Shooting Tournament and played basketball for Simon Gratz High School. From 1956 to 1960, he served in the Air Force in Texas and Wyoming. After his discharge, he worked for Philco-Ford in South Philadelphia, where he met his future wife, Betty J. Brockington.