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.
September 28, 1992 |
Modern dance has always had the clear light with which to illuminate hardship, injustice and psychological wounds. The movements derive from myth, psychology and observed gesture, so the dance is old as Creon but street- smart, too. The dances shown Saturday in the Independent Choreographers' Exchange concert at Conwell Dance Lab ranged from the polemical to the satiric, from a tract on abortion to a plea for opened eyes. Abstraction played a part, too, mainly in Joseph Cicala's The White Parallel, in which the choreographer danced a priestlike figure whose measured rituals danced to chant, broken by the jangle of music and a flurry of worldly movement.
December 13, 2001 |
There's nothing else like it on the social calendar. If the Academy Ball is the event of the year in Philadelphia, then this weekend's two-night gala preview for the opening of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is a bit like back-to-back balls. And guests at the sold-out, $5,000-a-person celebration tomorrow and Saturday are pulling out all the fashion stops to do justice to the Philadelphia Orchestra's glittering new home. "It's not going to get any grander than this," said Louise Reed, who chairs the board of the Pennsylvania Ballet.
March 12, 1995 |
Striptease at that monument to Victorian respectability, the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion? Well, after a fashion. Costume designer and Victorian aficionado Barbara Meyer Darlin certainly takes off a lot of clothes during her one-woman show Unlacing the Victorian Woman - but then she has a lot on to start with. During the Victorian period in the latter part of the last century, a proper young lady started with her undergarments, her underdrawers and chemise, followed by a metal or whalebone corset, corset cover, two petticoats and stockings.
March 25, 2003 |
Glitterless pantsuits, flat shoes, and plain-Jane business attire did not descend on Sunday night's Oscarfest, despite the country's somber mood. Instead, our darlings of the big screen came well-dressed and ready to celebrate in slim-fitting black gowns and off-the-shoulder dresses in warm pastels. The colorful looks could mean one of two things: 1. That even though the war with Iraq began just days before, nothing - not even the lack of the traditional red-carpet arrivals - could stop movie stars from wowing their fans with fabulous taste.
June 3, 1997 |
Of the 27 young women vying to become the next Miss New Jersey last weekend, only one had bloodstains on the collar of her evening gown. Kathy Nejat had the brownish-red stains on the inside of her high collar because her mother had stayed up until 5 a.m. the night before painfully hand-sewing faux diamond beading onto the white velvet gown. "My mom put her heart and soul into that dress," Nejat - who has lived in Voorhees for 17 years - said yesterday. "She designed it herself, had a friend make it, and spent hours sewing on that beading.
March 27, 1990 |
There's nothing like too much good taste to muck up a deliciously tacky event like the Oscars. Where were all the cleavage spillage, the too-tight tummies, the unidentifiable fruits and flowers stuck into a moussed volcano of hair? Where was all the tacky Mackie that we all so Cher-ish? Where were the spandex, the Lycra, the rhinestones that have made Hollywood the natural wonder it is today? Where, oh where, was Rob Lowe? No, all these overpaid starlets had to come to their senses, think like Italian belladonnas and Manhattan beauties, and don always lovely, always tasteful, always understated Giorgio Armani.
February 11, 1990 |
Fashion is functional. Fashion is frivolous. Fashion can be delightfully fanciful and decidedly forceful. But can it be art? Consider the French gown now on display at the Art Museum. Dating from the 1760s and the French court of Louis XV (the one who took Madame Pompadour as his mistress), the gown was most likely worn by a young girl for, say, a card party at Versailles. The floral fabric, thought to be a China trade silk, has an almost opalescent sheen. Tiered lace, delicate as my lady's constitution, cascades from the three-quarter-length sleeves.