October 31, 1989 |
Bill Blass showed a decidedly feminine spring/summer collection yesterday at the beginning of a week of designer shows here. Many of the styles were off-the-shoulder or strapless, with a lot of lace for evening wear.
April 11, 1999 |
Been to a wedding lately? Chances are you saw something you may not have been expecting. More of the bride. As wedding gowns have gone the way of evening-wear fashions during the last few months, strapless gowns have become one of the biggest bridal trends around. Not to mention spaghetti straps, lower necklines, and backs that plunge, sometimes to the waist. In other words, says Joan DiRamio, longtime bridal consultant and manager of the Priscilla of Boston bridal shop that opened last fall in Wynnewood, brides are showing a lot more skin.
December 3, 2009
This holiday season, fashion will be extra-glamorous thanks to bows. Designers are placing the knotted details - velvet and lace, big and small - on all that's body-skimming and strapless, creating cocktail looks ready for sultry celebration. "This season frilly gets a chic twist," said Pamela Dollak, owner of the Tony on Third boutique in Old City. The secret of the bow's winning style is in its placement. Those that sit at attention on a slinky, one-shouldered gown are bold.
December 3, 2006 |
In Suite 31A of the Waldorf-Astoria, Gillian Sleight is deciding what brides will wear next spring. Could it be the Ines Di Santo "Mar" dress - strapless silk peau de soie with beaded appliques at the bust? "Gillian, I think this is a must," says Veronica Di Santo, the designer's daughter. Could it be "Beth," another Di Santo strapless - silk gazar with feathers and pickups? "That's pretty, but I don't think it's us," says Sleight, 59, manager at the upscale Marlton boutique Bridal Garden.
July 19, 2012
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My brother is five years younger than I am, and he is getting married. His fiancée asked me to be one of five bridesmaids. We are not particularly close, but I think she extended the bridesmaid invite as a social grace that I certainly appreciate. I have 4-year-old and 9-month-old children and am having trouble losing weight. All of the bridesmaids are young, mid-20s, and have cute bodies. I am hesitant to accept the bridesmaid invitation because I do not want to stick out as the Fat Old Bridesmaid.
January 30, 2007 |
It's a rare sight in Philadelphia: so many gowns fashioned by so many of the world's top designers - Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier, Roberto Cavalli, Reem Acra - all appearing under one roof. But on Saturday, 2,400 of the city's absolutely, positively, fabulously dressed elite filled the Academy of Music and Park Hyatt at the Bellevue. The array of mostly strapless, fishtailed confections glittered under the Broad Street lights. Because this year marked the Academy's 150th anniversary, women went all out with their fashion choices, many ordering couture gowns more than a year in advance.
February 26, 2007 |
Actresses skipped necklaces and posed on the Kodak Theatre's red carpet on their way into the 79th annual Oscar ceremony last night in blush-colored and jewel-toned Grecian-styled and strapless gowns. This is not surprising, as these looks dominated this year's red-carpet season. But last night's bare necks drew even more attention to designer detail, which was a combination of sexy, off-the-shoulder tops, basket-weave bodices, and full skirts fashioned from layers of ruffles and tulle.
August 31, 2011 |
This back-to-school season, the fashion-savviest young people shop in their own closets first. Only then do they hunt in specialty boutiques, department stores, and thrift shops for can't-live-without pieces. High on the list this fall: anything color-blocked, dark skinny jeans, fitted blazers, filmy floral shirts, trench coats, and strapless maxi dresses. Yes, we did say strapless for fall - seasonless fashions are mainstream. "I'm more concerned about the look than I am the label," said Emily Jung, a 17-year-old Upper Dublin High School senior who fancies herself a burgeoning vintage maven.
March 16, 1992 |
"That's cute," says one 16-year-old voice. "But not prom," rules another. And so another rayon and tulle creation, junior size 7, bites the dust. The time is 25 days and counting until Central High's junior prom; the place, a dressing room in the King of Prussia mall. The two teen-age voices belong to Ivelys Figueroa, Central's junior class president, and her best friend, Mai Kidston. The girls' mission: to render their teen-age dates dumbstruck when the boys come calling on April 3 in a rented limousine.
March 25, 2002 |
Alas, there was nothing to compare to Bjork's swan-dive dress of 2001, something so marvelously bizarre as to be more memorable than anything in the height of taste. These are the moments that Oscar watchers wait for: Angelina Jolie's vampira ensemble, Barbra Streisand's diaphanous pantsuit, Kim Basinger's one-armed gown. And, alas, even the telecast was one of the best in history. Best actress Halle Berry entered the Kodak Theatre a winner in the evening's best gown. Eschewing her habitual Valentino, Berry and her stylist, Phillip Bloch (honey, every diva has a stylist)