May 7, 2015 |
In a tiered strapless gown by John Galliano for Maison Margiela, Amal Clooney was the most elegantly dressed celebrity Monday evening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala. On the other hand, Vogue editor Anna Wintour - the grand dame of the annual, star-studded fund-raiser - caused the most pain. (Had there ever been any doubt, we are now crystal clear that there is such a thing as too much floral.) But know this: Wintour may have had a surprisingly unfortunate sartorial misstep, but she continues to be the event's winner.
April 3, 2014 |
The metallic Geoffrey Beene mini in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's exhibit "Silver and Gold Fashions Since 1960" is the sartorial standout of this glitzy gallery show. The dress is just beautiful: Beene scattered shiny hot-pink, orange, and green blossoms throughout its bodice, and he planted a garden of the neon blooms along the collar and hemline. "The year was 1967, and Beene had declared the ball gown passé," said Kristina Haugland, who plucked all of the show's shiny showstoppers from the museum's 30,000-piece costume collection.
January 29, 2014 |
From Grammy winner Jill Scott's elegant black taffeta two-piece to Philadelphia Orchestra president Allison Vulgamore's satin gown in the deepest of teals, doyennes blanketed Saturday's 157th Anniversary Concert and Ball in shades of velvety midnight. But in every nighttime sky, there are stars that burst with color. It was a pretty high-fashion sight at the Academy of Music: Within the chic crowd of black and navy mermaid silhouettes and one-shouldered ensembles in eggplants and emeralds, there were pops of corals, swaths of reds, and a few flashes of pinky-purple, also known as Pantone's color of the year, radiant orchid.
June 29, 2011
ERIE - The bride wore a gown. The groom did, too. Given the setting, it was only appropriate. Cassy Messenger and Derek McBride had planned a beach wedding, but they ended up exchanging vows in a hospital chapel Saturday after McBride tumbled down a set of stairs on their wedding day, the Erie Times-News reported. McBride broke three ribs and suffered a punctured, collapsed lung in the fall. He was admitted to St. Vincent Health Center but didn't want to postpone the big day. Relatives and St. Vincent nurses decorated the chapel with medical-glove balloons and bows made of gauze.
April 30, 2011
Hats were just as important at Friday's royal wedding as the gown of Duchess Catherine of Cambridge. London's genius milliner Philip Treacy was responsible for the origami-like drama atop the heads of Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice. Treacy also designed Victoria Beckham's posh hat. But my fave belonged to Queen Elizabeth. Her buttercup ensemble was cheery, thanks to Angela Kelly, but the hat was adorable. It was all about pomp, circumstance, and standing out. - Elizabeth Wellington
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!