June 30, 2016 |
Pat Cleveland is absolutely lovely. But of course she is. Cleveland was one of the world's first supermodels, one of the first African American cover girls in the 1970s, and a favorite of the era's top designers: Bill Blass, Stephen Burrows, and Halston. So yes, at 66, it's not surprising that Cleveland still has a light voice, an easy smile. She appears not to have a care in the world. How does she stay so whimsical and full of joy? She keeps a "no-mad" existence. "You don't get mad. You keep it moving," Cleveland told me from her Willingboro home, her accent unmistakably New York, despite the years she spent living in London, Paris, and Milan.
March 20, 2016 |
This spring's pink palette is flush with emotion. The trendlet Some are tinged with browns and peaches for a nude pink that's oh-so-calming. Some are more rouge and glow with a hint of excitement. And others are scarlet pinks that appear thoroughly blushed. Where does it come from? Blush undergarments were standard for most of the 19th century because they matched (white) people's skin tones, thereby blending in should they peek out from under clothing. Then, in the late 1800s, French couturier Charles Frederick Worth fashioned elaborate, bustling gowns in barely there pink.
March 9, 2015 |
It's dainty when parked along the perimeter of a poncho and rough-and-rugged indie when it's fashioned into a leather skirt. The trendlet What else, but fringe? Designers are effusively shearing suede into thin strips and stringing teeny, tiny beads (or sometimes bold baubles) onto angel hair pasta-size twine to make the fringe snazz up our spring silhouettes. The ticklish-to-the-touch tassels are at their most modern as pendants on cleavage-grazing necklaces. Where's it come from?
March 14, 2013 |
The souls of old clothes speak to Johnny Columbo. Delicate 1920s day dresses fashioned from silk velvets and Battenburg lace whisper, "Restore me. " Smart 1960s sheaths say, "Display me," and so an ocean-blue, jewel-collared Halston frock hangs on an open door. "They just draw me in," said Columbo, who owns The Philadelphia Vintage and Consignment Shoppe on 12th Street near Sansom. "I go back in time with all of my garments. " In an era where stylists and their clients are hot to comb through vintage shops for Old World, one-of-a-kind fashion, Columbo has established himself as one of the industry's go-to guys.
March 3, 2011 |
NEW YORK (AP) - Want to have a Cinderella moment without breaking the bank? If you've always wanted to wear a designer gown and jewelry and make people gawk, a growing number of businesses will indulge even your wildest Cinderella fantasy. You'll just be renting, but no one should be seen in the same outfit twice anyway. And you'll be wearing the designers' high-end lines so enjoy the savings. Maybe take it up a notch with a gaggle of paparazzi-for-hire. "Where luxury had been exclusive, the Internet has made it a commodity," says Dudley Blossom, chairman of the marketing department at LIM College, a fashion school in Manhattan.
May 27, 2010 |
When Sex and the City debuted on HBO in 1998, I was in my early 20s. I didn't relate. But then 30 happened, I got a better job, and I upgraded my technology. A lot of my close girlfriends - including my younger sister - were married, and I found myself still dating. (Big sigh here.) I was a columnist. I had great clothes, but with every new relationship I heard the painful you-should-be-coupled-up-by-now refrain in my head. Suddenly Charlotte, Samantha, Carrie, and especially Miranda, were my girls.
February 14, 2002 |
The world is awash in red hearts and red roses for Valentine's Day. Which makes today the perfect time to launch "Red," an exhibit at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. (It is especially appropriate, too, because this year Valentine's Day falls during Fashion Week, when America's designers unveil their fall collections in the nation's fashion capital.) With its overtones of romance and glamour, danger and seduction, the color red has long been close to the hearts of fashion designers as well as lovers.
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.
November 5, 2000 |
Betsey Johnson is more like a rock legend than a fashion designer. Emerging from a taxi clad in a T-shirt, crushed velvet skirt, maxi-length sweater and sky-high animal-print boots, with tricolor braided hair maintained by a stylist flown in periodically from London, she looks more like someone ready to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame than a Seventh Avenue mainstay. Armed with cameras, sketches and notepads ready for an autograph, a flock of neon-haired groupies greeted the designer as she arrived in Philadelphia recently as if she were, say, Madonna.