April 19, 1987 |
The night was intended to honor music, to celebrate home-grown joy brought to the ears, but for many attending the inaugural Hall of Fame awards dinner of the Philadelphia Music Foundation, it was a gluttonous feast for the eyes as well. To put it another way, Thursday did not prove a grand time for understatement. The Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel hosted the kind of dazzling costume parade that Joe Smith, California-based master of ceremonies, said "happens every 20 minutes in Los Angeles" but occurs rarely in this city of tweed jackets and crew-neck sweaters.
July 14, 1991 |
You expect to see scads of sequins at a Hollywood premiere, a Las Vegas- type revue, a Bob Mackie fashion show or a formal affair. But in the audience at a rap and R&B concert? You'd better believe it. Style-setting fans were all aglitter at the Spectrum last Sunday for a concert featuring Ralph Tresvant, Keith Sweat, Pebbles and Digital Underground. (LL Cool J canceled.) As their favorite acts took to the stage, the sparkling attendees, wearing enough sequins to keep the Mummers costumed for years, shimmered in their sequined shirts and pants, shimmied in sequined jackets and dresses, and shook in sequined skirts and hot pants.
June 9, 1991 |
Some people think that all swimwear is for swimming. Poor deluded souls. They don't know that when one purchases a pricey, exotic swimsuit, the last thing one wants to do is get wet. Fanciful creations such as Byblos' rayon Aztec-motif trunks or Oscar de la Renta's one-piece suit with pearl-encrusted bodice are constructed for those who want to look fabulous at poolside, and are willing to pay fabulous prices. After all, what's $100 or more for a swimming ensemble that sets you apart.
December 1, 1988 |
PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW stand outside a home in the 3000 block of North Sixth Street, as cousins (from left) Tiffany, Ariel and Milagros Sanchez stick close by. For 15 years, the children's grandmother, Carmen Sanchez, has been making the dolls for Sweet 16 parties, weddings and Christmas. She designs flashy party dresses with sequins, and elaborate petticoats and billowy hats for the dolls, then sells the creations to neighbors.
December 10, 1986 |
Dear Polly: My daughter likes white bread and I like dark bread. Seeing that only the two of us eat together, two loaves seems like a lot of bread for two people. So, I split each loaf in half and put half a loaf of dark bread in with half a loaf of white, storing the other halves together in the freezer. I open both ends of the bread wrapper in which the two halves are kept, and reseal them with a twist tie at each end. This way, we can open one end for white bread and the other end for dark.
December 24, 1993 |
Feathers, sequins and other glittery objects will fly at that annual rite that is uniquely Philadelphia. We're talking, of course, about the Mummers New Year's Day Parade, set to step off at Broad and McKean Streets at 7:45 a.m., the good Lord willing and the creeks don't rise. The Comics division will lead off, followed by the Fancies, the String Bands and, last, the Brigades. All will be marching for glory - and money (with which to bankroll next year's feathers and sequins)
March 25, 1986 |
We hoped it would get better. It did not. Last night's Academy Awards show was another case of the good, the bad and the boring. Surely, all those Academy guys whose job it is to worry about what the nominees and presenters would wear slept smugly and soundly after last night's show. There was no Prince, accepting his Oscar wearing a hooded cape with purple sequins. Just a lackluster and ingratiating Lionel Richie who, despite using the adjective ad infinitum, wouldn't know an "outrageous" outfit if it drove a dump-truck up his nose.
December 29, 1986 |
A Fancy Division clubhouse is a wonderland of color and clutter as the Mummers Parade approaches. Long work tables overflow with bolts of cloth, spangles, sequins, glitter, feathers and fluff, baubles, ribbon, satin and lame. Half-sewn costume foundations dangle from hooks and racks. Half-built mache heads of creatures zoological and mythological line the room. There are float-frames of wood, pipe and plastic. Metal skeletons for unbuilt backpieces lean against the wall.
November 18, 1990 |
Elegant evening wear is like a work of art. From bolts of fabric, designers create beauty in the same way that a painter touches brush to canvas or a sculptor molds clay or chisels stone. All are driven by the same passion, the same creative urges. "In life, to do something very well, you have to have passion," Oscar de la Renta said in a recent interview. Like many designers, de la Renta studied art before embarking on a fashion career. This season, the Rembrandts and the Rodins of the fashion world, such as Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Gianni Versace and Yves Saint Laurent, present conversation-stopping, sensual evening wear that whispers for attention.
December 28, 2010 |
WHAT KIND of guy swaddles his infant son in sequins and carries his sparkly, innocent little bundle up Broad Street amid the PG debauchery of the Wench Brigades? In the case of Chalie McKenna, it's a guy who loves the Mummers Parade with his entire being - a guy who, when he dies, wants to be buried in his Riverfront Wench Brigade gear - and who loves his son maybe a thousand times more than he loves even his beloved parade. McKenna's son, also Chalie without the "r" (it's a South Philly thing)