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December 8, 2010 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
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.
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December 6, 2012 | By Joseph V. Amodio, Newsday
Leo Tolstoy was a fashionista. They don't teach you that in Comparative Lit class. But just leaf through his 1870s masterpiece, Anna Karenina , and you'll come across enough detail on rosettes and lace sleeves that you'd think he was a judge on Project Runway. And then there's velvet. Don't get him started on velvet. Flip to Chapter 22 for a memorable ballroom scene in which he dresses Anna in "a black, low-cut, velvet gown, showing her full throat and shoulders, that looked as though carved in old ivory, and her rounded arms, with tiny, slender wrists.
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August 31, 1997 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
If four guys are going to get along in a rock band, they have to learn to take it from each other as well as dish it out, especially if two of them are prep school grads and the other two own Harleys. The members of Velvet figure they have the chemistry part licked. So when they're not trying to keep lead vocalist Bill Montgomery in line - "Bill's got diarrhea of the mouth," says drummer Dave DiMaggio - they work on the music. Maybe the music part is coming together, too. Last month, Velvet was one of four bands to win Billboard Live's Demo Derby, a worldwide competition conducted over the Internet, and last week the band traveled to Los Angeles to compete in a playoff concert at the Billboard Live club on Sunset Strip.
LIVING
December 17, 1996 | By Roy H. Campbell, INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
Velvet, that lush dressy fabric, is a perennial holiday favorite. However, this year, the expensive traditional fabric, which isn't so traditional or expensive anymore, is by far the most popular choice for women for Christmas and New Year's festivities. Susan Schwartz, owner of the Sophy Curson women's store in Center City, says velvet dresses are outselling everything else this season. "I sold several velvet dresses in a couple of days. It's unbelievable," said Schwartz.
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August 28, 2005 | By Dwayne Campbell INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After a spring/summer season of white Ts and tanks, the ubiquitous khaki cargo, and hip-hop-styled denim capris, the fathers of fashion are ushering in a more refined fall. This season, when cold comes calling, we'll have luxe to protect us. "The general statement about this fall is it's going to be a season of luxury," says Colby McWilliams, vice president and men's fashion director for Dallas-based Neiman Marcus, which has a store in King of Prussia. "You're going to see luxury in the fabrication - tactile fabrics that are very wearable.
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October 2, 1988 | Los Angeles Daily News
Today's Barbie has really got it all: a career (you've seen those working- women's suits), love-man Ken, a Dream House - and now, a natural ranch-mink coat made especially for her. Her new full-length mink has a velvet back collar and sells for $59. Since she now has a mink coat in her collection, what can the Barbie possibly need next?
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October 30, 2000 | By Oshrat Carmiel, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Braving crisp nighttime winds, about two dozen men in sequined dresses, witches' cloaks and evening gowns trudged up a hilly block of Mechanic Street Saturday night, hoping to become the winner of the town's first high-heeled "drag" race. Not all of the entrants wore heels - some of them came as spectators and were coaxed to join in at the last minute - and most did not wait for an official starting call to begin their frenzied 30-second dash up the tiny hill. The winner, despite falling down and losing his shoes in the first moments of the seconds-long race, was New York paralegal Graham Casanova Alig, 28, a self-described marathon runner who donned a crushed-velvet dress, nude pantyhose, and a pair of men's size 9 1/2-wide velvet pumps for the occasion.
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April 15, 1989 | By Jill Gerston, Inquirer Staff Writer
Geoffrey Beene and Donna Karan usually can be counted on to conclude the Seventh Avenue shows on a high note, and yesterday they did just that. Their back-to-back collections were tours de force of modern, streamlined design executed in soft, sumptuous fabrics. On Thursday night, Isaac Mizrahi, Seventh Avenue's hot young talent, also won praise for an offbeat, sophisticated collection that featured such novel ideas as a sexy, strapless, tartan-kilt gown. The three diverse shows infused some fizz and zip into a week of quiet, low-key collections in which designers emphasized classics rather than striking out in new directions.
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October 15, 1994 | By Thomas J. Brady, with reports from Inquirer wire services
HIS HOME WAS HIS CASTLE - NOT TO MENTION HIS FORTRESS Thinking of redecorating? How about a 1960s mob motif? For anyone into mahogany, velvet and big furniture, the home furnishings of the late reputed mobster Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo may be just the thing. And for anyone who doesn't have much to say to guests, Accardo's round banquet table - it seats 70 - could become quite a conversation piece. Then there's the 11-foot velvet sofa, velvet lounge and chairs, an inlaid mahogany conference table and a large mahogany desk.
LIVING
December 21, 1986 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Staff Writer
There may be equality of the sexes at other times, in other places, but come the holidays at the Academy of Music, the boys are being shamed by little killers in lace and velvet, hair ribbons and bows, Mary Janes and fancy tights. The Nutcracker is in town through Jan. 3, which means this is definitely the time for girls' day out. At the opening matinee performance Wednesday, classes from six schools came to fill the hall. Some students were downright blase about culture; every form of running shoe was represented, and the boys from Garret Valley wore their crimson band jackets.
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February 13, 2015
  KHARA Cartagena, 45, of Northern Liberties, is the owner of The Velvet Lily, an erotic boutique on Chestnut near 12th Street. The store, which opened in 2008 as an in-home party business in NoLibs, grew into a retail store and moved to Center City in 2013. It offers a wide range of body-safe adult toys, lingerie and monthly workshops. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: I was a stockbroker and stressed out and so I left the business in 2004. I did some real-estate development but wanted to do something more active.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2014 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
It was fire-engine red - can't-be-missed red - and the fabric was nubby. It was what the beautiful Jackie Kennedy wore in the photo I memorized. I had to have that coat, and so did everyone else. So there we were, legions of suburban women decked out in Jackie knock-offs. Some were even brave enough to add a pillbox hat, a la Jackie. I was not. But how I loved that coat! I wore it everywhere I could through two winters. Still, that first grown-up coat of mine was definitely a far cry from the real thing, as evidenced by the way the lining ripped, the buttons fell off, and that nubby fabric that looked so fabulous grew fuzzy and frayed.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2013 | By CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
ONE WORD to describe Lou Reed? "Uncompromising" will work. Reed, who died yesterday of liver disease at 71, had his moments in the pop-culture sun. "Walk On the Wild Side," his noirish travelogue through a landscape populated by junkies, hookers and transvestites, inexplicably made it to No. 16 on the Billboard magazine chart (imagine a pop hit today with the refrain, "And the colored girls go . . . "). It resurfaced in 1984 as the soundtrack to a Honda scooter TV spot that screamed "irony" (such a subversive song selling such a mainstream product epitomized Reagan-era cool)
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July 3, 2013 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
How I loved my lavender maternity dress. I bought it when I was 22 years old, newly pregnant, and breathless to let the world know. The fabric was nubby, and the cut was what the fashion mavens called "trapeze. " I couldn't wait to wear it. Why did I keep that lavender maternity dress long after there would be no more babies in my life? Because of an emotional pull that's easier felt than explained. Because certain clothes in a woman's life reach way beyond reason, all the way to love.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2012 | By Joseph V. Amodio, Newsday
Leo Tolstoy was a fashionista. They don't teach you that in Comparative Lit class. But just leaf through his 1870s masterpiece, Anna Karenina , and you'll come across enough detail on rosettes and lace sleeves that you'd think he was a judge on Project Runway. And then there's velvet. Don't get him started on velvet. Flip to Chapter 22 for a memorable ballroom scene in which he dresses Anna in "a black, low-cut, velvet gown, showing her full throat and shoulders, that looked as though carved in old ivory, and her rounded arms, with tiny, slender wrists.
NEWS
October 5, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert Paul Moran, 87, of West Chester, retired vice president and director of fashion merchandising for the former Strawbridge & Clothier department store chain, died of heart failure Sunday, Oct. 2, at Park Lane at Bellingham, a nursing home in West Chester. Mr. Moran became manager of the fur department at Strawbridge & Clothier in 1957. After a series of promotions, he was named head of fashion merchandising. He had a terrific eye for what would sell, said a son, Robert Jr. Mr. Moran purchased items for Strawbridge's on buying trips to Italy and France, coordinated popular fashion shows at the Center City store, and was friendly with all the designers and models, his son said.
FOOD
June 30, 2011 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The cupcake craze of the last few years has brought bakers' creativity to the fore, allowing them to show off exotic and elaborate recipes on a tiny scale. But the trend also seems to have revived a taste for an old American classic: Red Velvet, a mild chocolate cake dyed red, usually with food coloring, and layered with sweet cream-cheese frosting. And, as bakeries throughout the region can attest, people go wild for it. "People are always asking for them," said Elizabeth Halen, owner of the Flying Monkey Bakery at Reading Terminal.
NEWS
December 8, 2010 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
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.
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May 30, 2010 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Dennis Hopper, 74, the rogue actor and director who kick-started a new era of indie moviemaking with his trippy '60s road picture, Easy Rider, who turned a nitrous-sucking villain in Blue Velvet into an icon of roaring weirdness, and who worked in the great American movie genres with any number of great American moviemakers, died Saturday in Venice, Calif. He had been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer last fall. Mr. Hopper, who was also a painter, a sculptor (as a child, he took art classes from Thomas Hart Benton)
NEWS
October 25, 2009 | By Tony Wesolowsky
Down the street from our apartment in Prague is where the Czechoslovak "Velvet Revolution" got its spark 20 years ago. Students had gathered Nov. 17 at Charles University to mark the killing of one of their own by the Nazis decades ago. Events were not taking place in a vacuum, however. Tectonic shifts were under way across Eastern Europe. East Germans were fleeing in the thousands to the West. The Solidarity trade union under Lech Walesa was taking power in Poland. Hungary was dismantling its one-party system.
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