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May 21, 2010 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
After a long, cold winter filled with comfort food, wine and cheese, it's not hard to understand why our pooches are poking out. And that means a torturous time of bathing suit shopping and a spring subsisting on little more than salad - sans dressing. The fact is, you can keep eating, because help is on the way. For summer, a handful of companies have lightened the load by introducing swimwear with built-in shapewear. Labels sensitive to the plights of our expanding (and wiggly)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Bikinis on the sand? Of course. Monokinis at the swim-up bar? No problem. One-piece by the pool? Absolutely. Any swimwear silhouette goes this summer - as long as you feel fabulous in it. It's the print that makes it of-the-moment. Think bold, black-and-white patterns, multicolored stripes, and beaded details. And then there are the accessories. "People are making entire looks out of their swimwear," said Taylor Schlette, the Baltimore-based marketing coordinator for the South Moon Under retail chain.
NEWS
June 23, 1988 | By KATHLEEN SHEA, Daily News Staff Writer
It was late afternoon in Lane Bryant on one of the first days of real summer, when you come off the street into the air conditioning feeling like you've just been slimed and it's starting to gel in the chill. The following thesis was being tested - that there's not a single woman in the metropolitan area who enjoys standing semi-naked in tourniquet-like garments under fluorescent lights in the company of total strangers to the strains of piped-in migraine music. It was a journey into the heart of darkness, this quest for raw data on the rigors of shopping for a bathing suit, and Lane Bryant on Chestnut Street was a major stop.
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
January 15, 1988 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / MICHAEL S. WIRTZ
LIKE A CRUEL JOKE, mannequins in swimwear lounge under the lights in a Bonwit Teller display window at 17th and Chestnut Streets as Diane Lipscomb bustles past. After a daytime low of 10 degrees at 7:49 a.m., the temperature hovered in the teens yesterday before dropping to 9 at 11:20 p.m. Today is expected to bring a high in the mid-20s.
NEWS
February 6, 1995 | By Dominic Sama, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Shapes & Lace, a store in the rear of the Springfield Square shopping center that serves women who have had mastectomies, has won a Ben Franklin Emerging Business Award for the "Most Creative Marketing Strategy. " The business opened in December, selling prostheses and special bras, swimwear and lingerie for women who have had their breasts removed. The award was the first of its kind and came with a $1,000 prize from the Ben Franklin Technology Center. "The innovative products and the environment in which they sell them - in a private boutique instead of a medical supply store - convinced the judges," said Earl Sissell, Ben Franklin's manager of entrepreneurial services.
NEWS
May 26, 2010 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
You may feel timid when it comes to swimsuits. Who doesn't? But this year, fashionistas must combat the shyness and be bold - nothing, this year, is plain. Colors are striking: bloody vermilions and airy ceruleans, mustard yellows and kelly greens. Shiny solids are dominating the sands, and they're oh-so-slinky. Don't forget the girlish, graphic prints. In addition to the classic yellow polka-dot bikini - how does that look manage to never go out of style? - try two-piece suits featuring ruffled gingham prints, sequins and faux jungle skins.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2010 | Story and styling by Elizabeth Wellington INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
You may feel timid when it comes to swimsuits. Who doesn't? But this year, fashionistas must combat the shyness and be bold - nothing, this year, is plain. Colors are striking: bloody vermilions and airy ceruleans, mustard yellows and kelly greens. Shiny solids are dominating the sands, and they're oh-so-slinky. Don't forget the girlish, graphic prints. In addition to the classic yellow polka-dot bikini - how does that look manage to never go out of style? - try two-piece suits featuring ruffled gingham prints, sequins and faux jungle skins.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 1987 | By Jack Lloyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
With spring officially here, it's not too soon to be thinking about beach parties. This, at least, is the way two local clubs - the Chestnut Cabaret and Pulsations - see it. The Cabaret at 38th and Chestnut Streets will host a "Beach Party/ Barbecue" today starting at 5 p.m. Balloons, beachballs, a raft - even a lifeguard with sunguard on his nose - will create a beachy atmosphere, and patrons, are encouraged to arrive, naturally, in swimwear....
NEWS
May 31, 1992 | By Roy H. Campbell, INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
You can make a splash this season in bright-patterned swimsuits, many with retro details. "The intent in summer for swimwear is the body beautiful with the focus on colors and prints," said Rita Eisenberg, fashion and special events director for John Wanamaker. Indeed, men's and women's swimsuits are bursting with bold patterns. For women, there are swirling Pucci-inspired designs, bold ginghams and zany abstract florals, as well as graffiti scribbles, polka dots and tropical prints, African prints, and such novelty numbers as swimsuits with gambling or Hollywood-theme motifs.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Bikinis on the sand? Of course. Monokinis at the swim-up bar? No problem. One-piece by the pool? Absolutely. Any swimwear silhouette goes this summer - as long as you feel fabulous in it. It's the print that makes it of-the-moment. Think bold, black-and-white patterns, multicolored stripes, and beaded details. And then there are the accessories. "People are making entire looks out of their swimwear," said Taylor Schlette, the Baltimore-based marketing coordinator for the South Moon Under retail chain.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2011 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Back in the day, you only needed a bikini to be beach-ready. Simple, right? Today we are under so much pressure to be buff, bronze, busty, and bootylicious, the idea of lying by the pool has become laden with strife. "I certainly go out of my way to avoid any place where I need to wear a bathing suit," said Nicole Wolverton, 39, a freelance fitness writer and rower from Aldan, who admits to being toned yet terrified of donning skimpy swimwear. "If there is a pool party, I'll go, but I refuse to put on a bathing suit.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2010 | Story and styling by Elizabeth Wellington INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
You may feel timid when it comes to swimsuits. Who doesn't? But this year, fashionistas must combat the shyness and be bold - nothing, this year, is plain. Colors are striking: bloody vermilions and airy ceruleans, mustard yellows and kelly greens. Shiny solids are dominating the sands, and they're oh-so-slinky. Don't forget the girlish, graphic prints. In addition to the classic yellow polka-dot bikini - how does that look manage to never go out of style? - try two-piece suits featuring ruffled gingham prints, sequins and faux jungle skins.
NEWS
May 26, 2010 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
You may feel timid when it comes to swimsuits. Who doesn't? But this year, fashionistas must combat the shyness and be bold - nothing, this year, is plain. Colors are striking: bloody vermilions and airy ceruleans, mustard yellows and kelly greens. Shiny solids are dominating the sands, and they're oh-so-slinky. Don't forget the girlish, graphic prints. In addition to the classic yellow polka-dot bikini - how does that look manage to never go out of style? - try two-piece suits featuring ruffled gingham prints, sequins and faux jungle skins.
NEWS
May 21, 2010 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
After a long, cold winter filled with comfort food, wine and cheese, it's not hard to understand why our pooches are poking out. And that means a torturous time of bathing suit shopping and a spring subsisting on little more than salad - sans dressing. The fact is, you can keep eating, because help is on the way. For summer, a handful of companies have lightened the load by introducing swimwear with built-in shapewear. Labels sensitive to the plights of our expanding (and wiggly)
NEWS
May 12, 2010
The event was billed as an "Evening of Innovation," and the young designers who showcased their creations Saturday at the annual Philadelphia University Senior Fashion Show didn't hold back. Before a nearly full house at the Academy of Music, elegant, whimsical, sexy, sporty, edgy, eco-friendly, and romantic alternately ruled the runway, with inspirations ranging from factory girl to plastic surgery, from Brothers Grimm to futuristic flowers. Truly, you just never know what inspires.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2009 | Story and styling by Elizabeth Wellington INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
Blue is calming. The cerulean shade is that of vast oceans, endless summer days, and clear skies. It's no wonder that members of the azul family - navys, turquoises, even steely grays - are the coolest additions to this summer's fashion-forward swimwear palette. With all of the hot, molten drama going on in the world, (try not to think of the money you've lost in the stock market), blues are the perfect get-away shade. "It's suggestive. It's evocative. It makes us think of romantic places," said Leatrice Eiseman, director of the Seattle-based Pantone Color Institute.
NEWS
June 12, 2008 | By Elizabeth Wellington INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
Call it Los Angeles glamour meets New York City slickness and Philly swagger. Two of the newest players trying to build on urban fashion momentum here are 27-year-old designers Saleem Khalil Roberts and Tiffany Williams, who recently introduced two lines - the B?llargo Piarg? collection of men's graphic T's, and Cherry Pie, a chic grouping of sequin-studded bathing suits. "We are really working on getting our line out there," Williams said. "This is our coming out, of sorts.
NEWS
May 18, 2007 | By Kathy Stevenson
The most dreaded time of year is almost upon us. No, I'm not talking about the holidays that stretch in an eternal loop from Halloween through New Year's Day, although I'm sure we'll all be getting gift catalogs soon. I'm referring to something even more harrowing. I'm talking about bathing suit season. Now, don't get me wrong - I love summer. There's nothing I enjoy more than plopping myself on the beach for the day with a good novel and a thermos of iced tea. The problem is that in order to really enjoy the beach (or the pool)
LIVING
August 7, 2000 | By Kelly Woo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There will be sharks in the water Wednesday at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials when some of the country's top swimmers hunt for a spot on the team covered from neck to wrist to ankle in new, stealthy, streamlined swimsuits. The full-body suits, made by Speedo, adidas and others, are the new rage in the sport of swimming. Thin and tight with odd-looking seams, they look like something Catwoman would wear. Speedo says its Fastskin suit is "the fastest swimsuit ever made. " But some swimmers, including Australian gold medalist Kieren Perkins, have spoken out against the suits, saying they take away from the purity of the sport.
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