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April 19, 1987 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 14, 1991 | By Roy H. Campbell, Inquirer Fashion Writer
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.
NEWS
June 9, 1991 | By Roy H. Campbell, Inquirer Fashion Writer
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.
NEWS
December 1, 1988 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / VICKI VALERIO
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.
FOOD
December 10, 1986 | By POLLY FISHER, Special to the Daily News
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 1993 | By Anita Myette, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2010 | By BECKY BATCHA, batchab@phillynews.com 215-854-5757
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 1986 | By RENEE V. LUCAS, Daily News Fashion Writer
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.
NEWS
December 29, 1986 | By RON GOLDWYN, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 18, 1990 | By Roy H. Campbell, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 3, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writers difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
IT TOOK HER 69 years, but Donna Poissant finally made it to a Mummers Parade. "I have been hearing about this parade since I was born," said Poissant, whose grandfather trekked annually from Yonkers, N.Y., to see it. Watching at Broad and Chestnut streets Tuesday morning as the comics strutted past, the Williamsburg, Va., woman couldn't stop her feet from dancing - or her mind from imagining herself in sequins and feathers in the 2014 Mummers...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2010 | By BECKY BATCHA, batchab@phillynews.com 215-854-5757
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)
NEWS
June 3, 2010 | y STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
RACHEL VASS, 21, was hit with a wave of nausea and what she thought was the start of a heart attack when the Flyers'overtime "goal" was overturned by the referees. Her despair turned to joy moments later when the Flyers scored again - this time, there was no question - and pulled out a thrilling 4-3 victory over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals last night. "Now that felt good!" screamed Vass, of Haverford, as thousands of other Flyers fans erupted in cheers at the raucous Wachovia Center.
NEWS
December 13, 2005 | By Desmond Ryan INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
There has long been a lucrative niche in fiction devoted to endless variations on the theme that stardom, with all its wealth, fame and adulation, is just about the worst thing that can happen to anyone. Those who issue these dire warnings to the working stiffs of America can often be found tooling down Rodeo Drive in a Rolls paid for from the profits of their latest tale of wealth-begotten woe. Dreamgirls may belong in this much-ploughed genre, but it is a musical that also hinges on substantial issues of race and pop culture.
NEWS
December 30, 2003 | By Michael Currie Schaffer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the Mummers Parade returns to South Philadelphia for the first time in five years on Thursday, the marchers will bring along some folks who have waited even longer for another parade up Broad Street: veterans of the Philadelphia Flyers' 1970s championship hockey teams. Five alumni from the Flyers' Stanley Cup era - Dave "The Hammer" Schultz, Bernie Parent, Joe Watson, Larry "Izzy" Goodenough, and Bob "The Hound" Kelly - will ride in open cars interspersed between string bands during the New Year's Day parade.
NEWS
April 4, 2003 | By Nadine Parlapiano FOR THE INQUIRER
Mark Szpyrka says he got the advice of a lifetime more than 10 years ago, at the corner of Second and Snyder in South Philadelphia: "Be big, three-dimensional, and lots of glitter. " That's what catches the eye of Mummers Parade judges each year, but Szpyrka says he's applied the wisdom to his everyday life. In person, Szpyrka seems soft-spoken, almost shy. But the glitter side, the three-dimensional Mark, is reflected in his handmade dolls, resplendent in sequined Mummers hooped skirts, hats and bibs.
NEWS
February 6, 2003 | By Douglas J. Keating INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
Possums, Dame Edna has finally arrived in Philadelphia, and you'll be happy to learn that she is hilarious doing her thing on the stage of the Forrest Theatre. For you nonpossums out there, a little explanation is necessary. "Possums" is Dame Edna's endearing term of address. Strictly speaking, a possum is any member of her audience, but since it is hard to believe that anyone who encounters this very funny, very engaging lady won't become a fan, it also defines a Dame Edna admirer.
NEWS
December 27, 2002 | By Miriam Hill INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mummers are about floating feathers, splendid sequins, and men dressing up as women. But dig into the culture of Mummery and you'll find that Philadelphia's most famous New Year's tradition is also about family. The children of Mummers dance to "Golden Slippers" as soon as they can walk. Their families flip through photo albums filled with pictures of parents, cousins, aunts and uncles dressed as animals, robots and aliens. Brothers brag about stealing sheet music instead of baseball cards from one another.
NEWS
January 2, 2001 | By David O'Reilly, Julie Stoiber and Larry King, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Up and down the east-west Mummers Parade route yesterday, the debate raged on as the bestubbled wenches wobbled past with their parasols. Broad Street or Market? Market Street or Broad? On a double-golden day for the Golden-Slippered lot - the 100th anniversary of city-sanctioned strutting - only one clear consensus could possibly emerge: Re-route and repackage it all you wish, but Philadelphia's daylong marathon of foolishness knows no bounds. One need look no further than the guys in witches' costumes near City Hall, hoisting their hoop-skirted dresses as they stepped into the portable johns.
NEWS
October 28, 1999 | by Jim Nolan, Daily News Staff Writer
When is $1.2 million for a dress not a lot of money? When you can sell it for $3 million. At least that's what two collectibles entrepreneurs said was their reason for topping all bidders for THE DRESS - the silky, flesh-colored beaded gown Marilyn Monroe wore when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy in 1962. "We stole it," said Robert Schagrin, partners with Peter Siegel in Gotta Have It collectibles in Manhattan. "It's a personal effect of a 20th Century icon," said Siegel, who likened its value to that of a work of art, like a Rodin sculpture.
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