March 1, 2016 |
Imagine it is leap year, February 1972. My best friend, Tina, and I had just turned 20. To celebrate and make the most of Feb. 29, our bonus leap day, we planned an extra-long weekend in the Big Apple. It meant taking two precious vacation days from our first "real" jobs at the telephone company - this is back in the day, when working at "the telephone company" could only mean Ma Bell. All these years later, the four-day weekend we invested those vacation days for still makes my top-10 list of all-time favorite adventures.
October 29, 2014
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - I'm on the campaign trail last week with Syd, who's backing (surprise!) the Democratic candidate for Florida governor, Charlie Crist. He was governor once before, as a Republican, but we are not supposed to talk about that. Delray Beach is in Palm Beach County, home of the chads, the place where the coconuts hang in voting booths in addition to the graceful, sloping trees. After breakfast (where he sticks me with the check), Dad gets me to drive him to three local campaign offices - one for the Democratic Party, one for Crist and one for bodacious blonde state Sen. Maria Sachs, the incumbent - where he is welcomed.
November 9, 2005 |
Tiny T-shirts in mint greens, baby blues, and cotton-candy pinks, plus little embellished chiffon dresses, make Heatherette a fashion phenomenon. Simply put, this women's clothing line appeals to boys who wear makeup, and the girls who love them. Pouty-lipped celebs Foxy Brown, Lil' Kim and Paris Hilton are fans, often photographed in Heatherette's Flashdance-style tops with the words "Try Me, You'll Like Me" or "Look at Me" emblazoned across their chests. The men behind Heatherette, designers Richie Rich and Traver Rains, showcased their stuff at an in-store shindig Friday night at Matthew Izzo in Center City.
November 20, 2001 |
Me and Mrs. Jones may feature Grammy-winning Lou Rawls and his velvety baritone in a central role, but the true star of this new show is the music. Packed with 44 of the infectious, hook-filled 1970s R&B hits produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff at their Philadelphia International Records, this is one supremely soulful musical. While the easiest route would have been to turn this list of songs into a simple revue, Kathleen McGhee-Anderson and Charles Randolph-Wright, who also directs, aimed higher, cleverly fashioning Gamble and Huff's chart-toppers into a wonderfully entertaining saga of loves lost and found.
June 26, 2001 |
AS MUCH AS Philadelphia sports fans and players trash Veterans Stadium today, they loved it back in April 1971. Here are some of the comments that were printed after the dedication and first game at the new park: "It's just great. It's easy to get here, easy to park, easy to see, and pretty to look at. " - Sam from Philadelphia "In the old stadium, there were poles to look around, and it was less comfortable. There's no trouble here. " - John from Willingboro, N.J. "If you can't play here, you can't play.
July 20, 2000 |
In the '80s, when working women were relatively new to the halls of power, they wore mannish suits and huge shoulder pads to stake their claim. In the pre-millennium '90s, minimalist black and gray fashions in sleek, stretchy, techno fabrics dominated. Now women are confident enough in their place (in the work force and beyond) to take a fashion risk. Thus feminine styles made a comeback this spring - a trend that will continue well into the fall. It's a return to the style of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (her pink Chanel suit is timeless)
May 15, 2000 |
The news that Philadelphia's Board of Education has unanimously approved mandatory student attire (can you say "uniforms," boys and girls?) awakened a long-dormant sensation I never thought to experience again. Call it an itch. As a kid, I knew what purgatory was. It was the maddening, itchy hours spent encased in a sweltering Catholic school jumper seemingly crafted from yak hair. It was the daily affixing of the mandatory plaid "pillbox" to my skull with bobby pins the size of knitting needles, and the snapping in place of the jaunty green bolo-style tie with the neck-constricting properties of a python.
October 25, 1998 |
Count another U.S. designer down, but not out. Todd Oldham, the great ringmaster of fashion, is scaling down his money-losing designer collection after eight years. Oldham stunned an already shell-shocked industry last week with the announcement that he would close his wholesale business, no longer selling his over-the-top designs to retailers. Instead, he will offer his expensive threads only through his two boutiques, in Miami and New York. Oldham's announcement last week continues a spate of designer failures as the industry comes to grips with business realities and economies of scale.
January 7, 1998 |
This year there will be no New Look. Not that fashion has ceased to exist or that people no longer care about it, but rather, the empire of fashion has fragmented into hundreds of competing looks. Today probably the dominant characteristic of fashion is the proliferation of "style tribes. " The term was invented by my friend Ted Polhemus, an anthropologist who has spent years studying the effect of youth culture on street style. Ever since the 1960s, when the mods and the hippies developed their own styles, young people have used fashion to identify themselves.
December 23, 1997 |
In a world of weird TV shows, Viva Variety is one of the weirdest. It's an American-made spoof of every wacky, cheesy European variety show ever to darken the airwaves in the wee morning hours. There are contortionists, glass-eaters, celebrity guests, all manner of musical entertainment and, new this season, the Friedkin Brothers, who, the show's PR kit advises, "use something other than their hands to play percussion. " And then there are our hosts - Mr. and the former Mrs. Laupin (say it in Eurotrash - Lahh-pahn)