April 7, 2011 |
No one had ever been crowned "Miss Bentley" until Fran Schoem - in a new hairdo and a handmade gown - took home the title, the tiara, and the sash Wednesday. The lighthearted pageant at Bentley Senior Living in Pennsauken also featured a red carpet, a talent show, and a parade of five "finalists" ranging in age from 44 to 92. It was sort of a mashup of a costume party and a contest in which everyone was a winner. "I thought this would be fun," said Schoem, 75, who helped a friend design and sew the gauzy peach gown 25 years ago. "And I knew what I would wear.
September 12, 1995 |
It could have been the '60s Sunday night as beehive hair, cat's-eye makeup, sequins and bright colors made a fashionable comeback for the 47th annual Emmy Awards. Stars glammed up in low-cut gowns, coiffed in styles that required hairpins and heavy-duty lacquer, and dripping in borrowed diamonds. Leading the retro fashion parade were Lisa Kudrow of "Friends" in a gold halter gown by Debra McGuire with matching sunglasses, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus of "Seinfeld," who got a big crowd reaction in a slinky velvet Armani gown with a V-neckline that plunged to the navel.
March 25, 2002 |
Alas, there was nothing to compare to Bjork's swan-dive dress of 2001, something so marvelously bizarre as to be more memorable than anything in the height of taste. These are the moments that Oscar watchers wait for: Angelina Jolie's vampira ensemble, Barbra Streisand's diaphanous pantsuit, Kim Basinger's one-armed gown. And, alas, even the telecast was one of the best in history. Best actress Halle Berry entered the Kodak Theatre a winner in the evening's best gown. Eschewing her habitual Valentino, Berry and her stylist, Phillip Bloch (honey, every diva has a stylist)
July 30, 1999 |
Three weeks after wearing a lilac gown at her brother's wedding in Greece, a maid of honor was in court yesterday on charges of assaulting the bridal-shop owner who sold her the dress. Police said that on June 1, Anastesiz Aslanidow, 42, smacked Lillian Jackson twice with her purse after learning that her gown alterations were not completed. She then grabbed the dress and left Lillian's Bridal Salon on West Chester Pike. Aslanidow also threatened a witness who was writing down her license-plate number, police said.
March 24, 1998 |
Picasso had one. Larry Flynt had one. And last night, at the 70th annual Academy Awards celebration, Oscar entered its blue period - Titanic blue. Best actress Helen Hunt, with glamorous upswept hair, appeared utterly Grace Kelly in a tight strapless blue satin and little jewelry. Best director nominee James Cameron's wife, way-buff actress Linda Hamilton (whom he directed in what is affectionately known as the Termie series), chose a sequined ice-blue, spaghetti-strap Pamela Dennis dress with her hair upswept with diamond barrettes.
April 30, 1996 |
Finally, "Pomp and Circumstance. " The music is your cue to march down the Aisle of Freedom. You do a quick check of the mortar board, straighten the graduation gown, start grinning. Then, just as you take the first step, your heel catches the hem of the gown and you fall into the girl in front of you, which causes her to lose her balance and crash into the guy she's standing behind, which causes him to trip onto the stage and fall flat on his face in front of the principal, which causes everybody - including your boyfriend's mother - to turn around and stare at you. Aaarrgggh!
January 29, 2008 |
The events were a day and a continent apart, but the jewel-toned ruched ballgowns and slinky metallic dresses donned by Philadelphians at the annual Academy Ball Saturday night were right on trend with what Hollywood stars wore at the following evening's Screen Actors Guild Awards. The resemblances were everywhere. Actress Eva Longoria's white, wide-strapped and glittery Naeem Khan gown was very similar in style to 24-year-old Karen Bruccoleri's Night Moves dress. A very pregnant Cate Blanchett turned heads in a heavily embellished gown by Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga, while Philadelphia's Daria Pew chose a capped-shoulder red gown by Oscar de la Renta with similar embroidery.
June 30, 1999 |
Police here know when the bridal season is in full bloom. That's when they get called to Lillian's Bridal Salon on West Chester Pike. Earlier this year, it was Megan Boyd, who had ordered a gown for her wedding. With her nuptials six weeks away, she said, she discovered that the dress was five inches too short. Pointing to a "no refunds" sign, owner Lillian Jackson refused to fix or exchange the gown. With her parents in tow, Boyd sobbed that her dress was ruined. Jackson responded that she probably had met another man and was calling off the wedding.
June 12, 2013
Creativity blossomed larger than a white water lily at this spring's end-of-year student fashion shows, where young designers sent versions of thrift-store chic and 1960s mod looks down their runways. Moore College of Art & Design senior Amanda Davis showed two collections, among the evening's highlights. Davis' urban-prep women's wear featured lettered sweaters and knee-length pleated skirts; it was voted most saleable. Her out-of-this-world evening wear, inspired by outer space, featured a bell-sleeved electric sheer gown that could outdo J.Lo.
March 28, 1995 |
Must have been the first night with the new bosoms. You could just imagine the getting-ready-for-Oscar-night conversation in the homes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Sally Field, Andie MacDowell, Ellen Barkin and Jamie Lee Curtis: "Hey honey, could you just stick the end of this roll of electrical tape to my chest and spin me around a few times?" These women just didn't know how to fit their chests into their dresses: Parker's black strapless binding squished her chest dangerously close to her chin, Field went light on the wrap - she used just one strip of tape to top off her white sheath - but McDowell was breathless (literally)