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.
September 3, 2000 |
Randolph Duke is sitting in a stretch limousine outside his West 39th Street showroom, surrounded by a group of women he's just met. He pauses before the questions come, smiling slyly to see who will be the first to break the ice. The wait lasts only a second. What's it like dressing the stars? Why are celebrities so thin? Tell us about dressing people for the Oscars. The women have come from Philadelphia to work out details with the designer they have chosen to honor at their "Give the Shirt Off Your Back!"
March 26, 2000 |
Randolph Duke calls it a very surreal, even Roman experience. There's the red carpet, all the gold. Actresses heading off into battle like modern gladiators, with pricey gowns, spiked heels, blinding jewels, hair and makeup fit to intimidate any opponent. Vera Wang thinks of it more in Greek terms. She likes to call it the Olympics of fashion. With millions of viewers to take in the high-stakes runway show they call the Academy Awards, it's no wonder the fashion designers called upon to outfit these screen gems gratis are happy to go to Herculean lengths to accommodate their goddesses.