February 19, 2015 |
NEW YORK - If spring 2015's runway looks - shown last September - were all about pared down, futuristic silhouettes, expect this fall's fashions to take you on a journey to outer space. At this year's Fall Fashion Week, ending Thursday in New York, three-quarter length skirts and cocoon coats have been both cozy and commanding. Expect to see midriff top and matching skirt (or pant) ensembles - also among the week's top looks - trending from spring into fall. It seems the higher-waisted - and the skinnier - the pants, the better, but mini bell bottoms will likely replace those tapered at the ankles.
February 25, 2012 |
I'm checking the mail every day, waiting for a gorgeous ivory envelope of considerable heft to fall out of the mailbox. And there, in perfect script, will be my invitation to the Academy Awards. I deserve it. As someone who papered her childhood room with pictures of movie stars, and who more recently has plunked down unconscionable admission prices to see movies of questionable merit, I think it's payback time. So I stand ready to take my seat at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday.
November 2, 2011 |
She hosted the opening festivities for L.A.'s Fashion's Night Out in September and sat in the front row at the Louis Vuitton runway show in Paris last month. Come February, she'll be in our living rooms every week, as a mentor on NBC's new Fashion Star designer competition series. Is tabloid sensation-turned-designer Nicole Richie poised to become the next big celebrity fashion brand? Following in the footsteps of Jessica Simpson and Rachel Zoe, Richie, 30 - whose adoptive father is Lionel Richie - launched her House of Harlow 1960 jewelry line in late 2007, adding shoes in 2009 and bags in June 2011.
September 25, 2011 |
NAILSEA, England - Thanks to the movies, Americans who have never set foot in this country have a fair idea of what British schoolchildren look like. From Harry Potter and his pals at Hogwarts to the glowing-eyed demon spawn of the '60s horror classic Village of the Damned , the image is one of boys and girls neatly turned out in their matching school sweaters, trousers, skirts, and ties. But for some of today's nonmagical, non-mutant students, a key piece of that picture is missing.
March 23, 2011 |
Above-the-knee hemlines are so, well - over. This spring, fashion is teeming with skirts and dresses mid-calf and longer. Floor-grazing bohemian styles are elegant, either belted or flowing. Prissy A-lines are best with sheer, contrasting tanks and fitted punch-colored cardigans. Wear a silken, pleated skirt - even one with an asymmetrical hemline - and you will own the lengthy look. "It's refreshing to see hemlines come down," said Meredith Melling Burke, senior market editor at Vogue magazine.
September 14, 2010 |
NEW YORK - Minimalism is about to replace yesteryear's exaggerated shapes in what may be the most trendsetting season since the recession began. It's as if the 100-plus designers showcasing their collections this week at Lincoln Center are reestablishing themselves as leaders. The result? A spring 2011 with major direction. The runways at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week have been chock-full of soft silhouettes: capped-sleeve dresses cinched at the waist and trousers with higher waists and a standard leg (not too skinny, not too wide)
April 16, 2002 |
If there's anything in fashion she hates, designer Carolina Herrera says, it's excess. In clothing, in jewelry, in makeup. In anything, really. In her latest collection, for fall 2002, she uses a touch of luxe here, a dash of glam there, but never goes over the line. She was inspired by the provocative photographs of Helmut Newton, hence the seamed stockings and very fitted leather coatdresses. Herrera has reinvented the tuxedo, and declares the suit is back. "I love suits," she said in presenting the collection here Thursday, in a benefit for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia at the Park Hyatt that was sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue.
November 2, 2000 |
The election season brings out the tracking polls and the pundits, the gadflies and the gurus. How does one predict who will be the new president in the most hotly contested race in decades? "Most models look at GDP [gross domestic product] growth and favor the party in power," says Robert Boatright, a political science professor at Swarthmore College. For the moment, let's forget about GDP and models and polls that have margins of error of plus or minus X percentage points if the moon is in the 7th house and Jupiter aligns with Mars.
September 3, 1998 |
It didn't seem all that ominous at the time. But now it appears somebody should have said something last spring when such high-powered fashion designers as Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Linda Allard and Carolina Herrera were all saying that the "in" skirt for fall would end either at mid-calf or the ankles. Somebody should have said something like: "OH NOOOOOOOO. " Or: "Quick! Get the scissors!" Don't these designers know about the Hemline Theory of the Stock Market? It holds that stock prices go up and down with the rise and fall of the hemline in women's skirts.
November 4, 1996 |
Oh, that Calvin Klein. He knows how to play to his strengths. On Friday, the last day of the weeklong American spring designer collections, Klein continued his minimalist ways. His stunning, original collection, mostly in black, tomato red, ultra-violet and white, was far more imaginative than the classics he once did to the point of boredom. His sheer black dresses featured hemlines longer in the back or at the side. He showed them over slip dresses in metallic shades of wine and purple.