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)
February 1, 2012
Gowns in sparkling nudes and vibrant shades were the major red-carpet trends Saturday evening at the 155th Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball. Off-the-shoulder gowns seemed just as popular as strapless ones. And A-line silhouettes were preferred to ball gowns. In fact, Philadelphia's doyennes stepped up the glamour quotient to such heights that some of the dresses were dead ringers for gowns worn by celebrities on red carpets past. For example, first lady Lisa Nutter was particularly radiant sailing up the Academy of Music steps in a deep purple Nicole Miller gown.
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.
December 14, 1986 |
Socially and fashionably speaking, the best place to be Monday night was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as New York's glittering armies of the night swept up the steps in a blaze of jewels, gowns, furs and black tie. The glamorous crush - including Nancy and Henry Kissinger, Paloma Picasso and Barbara Walters - turned out for the gala opening of "Dance," the 15th annual exhibition of the museum's Costume Institute. The event, known to le tout New York as the party of the year, celebrated fashion history and art while allowing guests to indulge in gown-watching, social climbing and preening before a jostling throng of photographers.
January 17, 2007 |
The start of the red-carpet season showed that current styles in evening wear such as jewel-toned Grecian and frothy white gowns flatter curvy women. During Monday night's Golden Globes, full-figured winners Jennifer Hudson, who donned a soft, navy-blue short-sleeved dress by Vera Wang, and America Ferrera, in a deep purple, cap-sleeved Brian Reyes gown, looked fabulous in the goddess-style tucks and upper-torso gathers. Other Grecian-style hits included Salma Hayek's flowing white Dior by John Galliano (she just oozed nectar and ambrosia)
September 27, 1996 |
Cathy Boldzau will miss gazing at the gowns in Tina's storefront, the bead work in their bodices spangling like so many tiny, polished jewels. "She's been part of the neighborhood many years, so I'm very sad," said Boldzau, a Lower Merion resident visiting Tina's Bridal Boutique yesterday on the first day of its closing sale. The shop, with about 10 employees, is going out of business in nine weeks after its inventory and fixtures are sold, said manager Florrie Minuti. It has been in business in this Manoa Road neighborhood for 29 years.
June 8, 2015 |
With separates' fancy arrival on the bridal fashion scene this year comes an even more exciting down-the-aisle development. The trendlet Pants - in skinny, cigarette silhouettes; wide-legged shapes; and chic jumpsuits - are becoming increasingly acceptable as part of the bride's ceremonial weekend wardrobe: for rehearsal dinners, receptions, and post-ceremony brunches. The bravest of brides are taking vows in britches. Where's it come from? America's obsession with fairy-tale weddings has never included pants as part of the sartorial equation (even in the 1970s, when pantsuits were at their style peak)