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.
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.
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.
January 19, 2005 |
WHILE MUCH fuss is developing around the huge expense of Bush Inauguration II so close to the most recent tsunami, the Melania Knauss Inauguration (aka Trump Wedding III) is getting a relatively free ride. We know you have a lot of dough, Donald, even though your Atlantic City properties seem about as profitable as a boardwalk frozen-custard stand in January, but is this really the right time to flaunt that wealth? Instead of dressing Melania up in a Dior strapless gown - which took 550 hours of labor just to do the embroidery - wouldn't it be better to let Melania wear some old frock from what we're sure is a well-stocked closet (really, the missus-to-be would look good in a potato sack)
March 30, 1989 |
With apologies to Lt. Renault in "Casablanca," the members of the Motion Picture Academy rounded up the usual suspects. Dustin Hoffman, "Rain Man," Barry Levinson. The only mystery that remained last night at the Academy Award ceremonies was whether Dustin Hoffman would make his acceptance speech in character. So there were few surprises, so it took close to a half-hour before the first award was presented, so the big fashion statements this year were strapless gowns, lacy black gloves and lots of mousse.
November 19, 2000 |
Call it evening gown as art: Grass fronds of brilliant green curve up the sheer mesh back of a slinky black knit, with frogs, heads up for good luck, perched below colorful dragonflies that shimmer as though in flight as a model walks the runway. Not what you'd immediately associate, perhaps, with St. John, the classic knitwear label. But the evening gown was a highlight of the Cruise 2001 collection the California-based fashion house showed off at Center City's Four Seasons Hotel during a luncheon to benefit the Philadelphia Orchestra.
January 17, 2012
Thanks to fresh colors, amazing details, and updated plays on classic silhouettes, the Golden Globes were a talker. From Angelina Jolie's Atelier Versace gown to Mary J. Blige's Michael Kors, our social-media feed is still a-twitter about a handful of gowns seen on the red carpet. Academy Ball, anyone? Sarah Michelle Gellar's blue tie-dyed Monique Lhuillier featured major skirt drama and a little edge, but still managed to give us princess. We love, love, love Lea Michele's body-skimming Marchesa.
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.