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.
December 4, 2014 |
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.
October 29, 2013 |
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)
July 3, 2013 |
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.
December 6, 2012 |
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.
October 5, 2011 |
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.
June 30, 2011 |
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.
December 8, 2010 |
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.
May 30, 2010 |
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)
October 25, 2009 |
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.