March 20, 2016 |
So, shoulders are a thing. Not because of a quintessential bare-all moment like cleavage had at the 2000 Grammy Awards when Jennifer Lopez wore that Versace gown. And not because any shoulder got itself a Twitter account like Angelina Jolie's leg did in 2012. The thigh-high slit in the actress' black Atelier Versace earned her limb 38,000 Twitter followers that year. This spring's shoulder reveal was slow and somewhat surprising. One minute, we were all wrapping our arms in filmy, floral scarves and plush pashminas - in the summer months, too - with even our T-shirts raglan-sleeved.
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.
September 9, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Hours before Nicole Miller's spring collection hit the Lincoln Center runways Friday evening, Debbie Cenci was shopping it at the designer's Garment District showroom. Nicole Miller sales specialists curated a group of dresses and trousers just for Cenci, including a floral sheath fashioned from spongy neoprene. Thick, white lines break up the saturated florals, creating a shattered-glass pattern. This is Miller's signature spring 2014 print, and at 3 p.m., Cenci had purchased the dress - and a few other 2014 pieces - before the fashion editors, bloggers, retailers, and thousands of Fashion Week attendees have seen it, before the clothes have even been made . Cenci slipped on the model-size sample.
May 1, 2013
Philadelphia University honored Nicole Miller with the Spirit of Design Award at its annual student fashion show Saturday. The shy designer with two local boutiques was lauded for her easy-to-wear silhouettes that range from office-appropriate to super-sexy, as well as for her fabric innovation. Miller is a pioneer in working with stretch metallics and body-camouflaging fabrics. (No wonder her body-skimming ruched pencil skirts and evening gowns actually allow for breathing.) Other innovations were on display as designers sent a cadre of wearable looks down the runway.
September 21, 2012 |
Catherine Fiore's breakaway goal in the first half proved to be enough for Paul VI as it held off host Cherry Hill West, 1-0, Thursday in an Olympic Conference girls' soccer match. Fiore scored in the 20th minute, and Kristen McShane needed just two saves for the shutout. Christiana Ogunsami recorded six saves for West. Cape-Atlantic. Juliann Brand and Laina Matus provided the scoring as visiting Egg Harbor Township blanked Absegami, 2-0. Carly Friedman turned away 11 shots, including a penalty shot, to post the shutout.
November 25, 2011
Special Events Eat, Sip, Shop Celebrate the holidays with an evening of food, shopping, raffles, wine, fashion shows and more. Dress for Success Philadelphia, 1043 Spring Garden St. $10. 12/1. 5 pm. History in a Heartbeat Learn about the families that lived at the President's House site. Second Bank of the United States/Portrait Gallery, 420 Chestnut St. (Between S. 4th and S. 5th). Santa Is Coming to Franklin Mills. 1455 Franklin Mills Circle. Photo package prices.
December 8, 2010 |
This winter's crush on velvet - think sumptuous shrunken blazers, soft leggings, and floor-length gowns - is more than just a cure for the cold. The popularity of the plush pile is a sign that luxury is on the cusp of a comeback. And the ancient fabric's timing couldn't be better. Just like sequins, satin, and fur, nothing says holiday like a velvet dress. This year, however, the smooth-move textile is enjoying a modern twist. "I started seeing people come in October looking for velvet," said Mary K. Dougherty, who this season stocked three styles of velvet Nicole Miller cocktail dresses in her Manayunk and Center City boutiques.
August 26, 2010 |
Flanked by models and dressed in a navy-blue suit and green Nicole Miller tie, Mayor Nutter vogued for the cameras Wednesday afternoon and announced the first city-sponsored foray into fashion: The Philadelphia Collection. The 10-day fashion party, which starts Sept. 23 and runs through Oct. 2, features more than 40 free runway presentations, cocktail parties, and trunk shows in boutiques throughout Center City, Germantown, and South Philadelphia. Having already proven his in-the-know status by hosting Sex and the City screenings, Nutter comfortably talked up style, after arriving fashionably late.
August 25, 2010 |
The fashion shift at J.C. Penney has been slow, but definitely hasn't gone unnoticed. I started picking up on slight changes two years ago. During my jaunts to the mall, I'd wander into Penneys and undoubtedly I'd walk out with something - a floral dress by Bisou Bisou or a Worthington pencil skirt. I'd randomly mix these pieces into my wardrobe and sure enough someone would comment, "Nice dress. " "Cute top. " Giggling to myself, I'd casually respond, "Girl, I got this from Penneys.
May 19, 2010 |
As we creep out of this recession, turn your attention to a new kind of designer. This shrewd businesswoman isn't waiting for Barneys New York to validate her work. Instead, she's opening her own private-label boutique. Not content to farm out work overseas, she manufactures her clothes close to home. And rather than spending money on traditional advertising, she is employing social media and shopping websites. Philadelphia - home to two Fashion Weeks - has its own crop of emerging designers, and they are ungoverned by yesteryear's maxims.