July 19, 2013 |
* PROJECT RUNWAY. 9 p.m. today, Lifetime. * CEDAR COVE. 8 p.m. Saturday, Hallmark Channel. THE TRASH-TALKING, as usual, begins early. "I like to describe myself as a force to be reckoned with," says one "Project Runway" contestant, as the Lifetime design competition returns for its 12th season tonight. "I am definitely going to rub people the wrong way," says another. "Sorry, bitches. " TV "reality" contests are as stylized as Kabuki theater, and aggressive posturing is part of the formula, since letting one's work speak for itself takes too long.
September 16, 2008 |
These are anxious times for our country, to say the least, but fashion shows no signs of trending to the subdued as contemporary style remains flirty and unpredictable and designers continue to refuse to tell us what we should wear. Last week, during Spring 2009 Fashion Week in New York, they presented a plethora of suggestions, from ultra-streamlined and tailored to shapelessly Bohemian. One reason for the variety, said eBay fashion expert Constance White, is that designers are trying to find favor with department stores, specialty boutiques and women unhappy with their fashion choices as of late.
June 22, 2008 |
The White House/Black Market Empire shift that Michelle Obama wore on The View featured tank sleeves and a scoop neck that showed off toned triceps. The black flower pinned to her left shoulder, along with full eyelashes and a wispy-banged pageboy, gave her a polished and strong, yet completely feminine look. When asked Wednesday morning about the crisp, eye-catching dress, she said, "It's fun to look pretty. " Thank God, Michelle Obama can say that. Women in politics are loath to admit they like fashion; it's as if the very mention of Manolos chips away at their credibility faster than city sidewalk grates clip heels.
January 9, 2008 |
For several years now, the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards have served as the link between the fashion and beauty industry and the rest of us. Remember Angelina Jolie's sleek white Dolce & Gabbana pantsuit? Jennifer Lopez's barely there green Versace gown? America Ferrera's cute and classy Brian Reyes debut? Now that Sunday's ceremony is a news conference and the fate of the 2008 Academy Awards, slated for Feb. 24, is in limbo, that connection has been temporarily severed.
April 18, 2007 |
Tom Marotta may have been the only man to be friends with Frankie Avalon, Bill Blass and Marc Jacobs and to boast a resume that included positions as Fabian's road manager and Saks Fifth Avenue's vice president of couture. For four decades, he was the most influential man in Philadelphia high fashion, beloved by the region's most elegant ladies. And how he loved the ladies. Tom - to know him was to call him Tom - died of cancer Friday and was laid to rest yesterday, presumably in an Armani suit and print silk scarf.
April 17, 2007 |
Thomas A. Marotta Jr., 73, of Havertown, vice president of couture at Saks Fifth Avenue, died Friday of cancer at his home. Mr. Marotta, a South Philadelphia native, was a major presence at European and New York fashion shows. He was quoted in the fashion press about the latest trends and was influential in launching the careers of designers Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and, more recently, Zac Posen. Before joining Saks in 1994, Mr. Marotta was a buyer and vice president at Nan Duskin, then an exclusive store on Rittenhouse Square.
February 13, 2007 |
According to America's top designers, metallics are key to making next fall's drab shades sparkle. It could be a shiny golden jacket from Ralph Lauren, a glittery pencil skirt from Vera Wang or a silver ruffled cocktail dress a la Zac Posen. At Fashion Week, which wrapped up last Friday, nearly every designer had mixed something metallic into his or her runway wardrobe. "I saw pewters, silvers, and whites," said June Rau, fashion director at Nordstrom. "It's part of the decoration for the day. Fashion is still about mixing textures; we are still playing to that bigger trend.
September 15, 2006 |
Some industry purists are loath to admit it, but the filming this morning of Project Runway's season finale under the Bryant Park tents is the hottest ticket in town. It's such a big deal that Bravo network reps waited until Wednesday to send out invitations. And just having the precious cobalt-blue card trimmed with yellow stitching doesn't guarantee you'll get in. The clipboard-wielding women in black who greet audience members with stern faces and "the lists" will have the final say on who, as Runway host Heidi Klum might put it, will be "in" and who will be "out.
August 29, 2006 |
Usually, the Emmy Awards show isn't the kind of must-see event that sparks either eveningwear trends for the prom-and-bridesmaid set or watercooler recaps ad nauseam. So, not unexpectedly, the fashions spotted at Sunday night's celebration of prime-time TV were pretty tame. The gowns followed the style established this year at the Oscars: tailored and structured, in bold monochromatic shades. Yet a plethora of purple and black and lace overlays made one wonder: Was Prince the muse?
September 20, 2005 |
The dress is making a comeback. It's stepping into the fashion spotlight again, after years in the shadow of the miniskirt, boxy jackets, low-rider jeans, and slouchy trousers. As Fashion Week in New York wrapped up, it was clear that for spring 2006 dresses will be more than just what women wear to weddings. They'll be going to the office, to the movies - maybe even to the mall. "The one thing you wanted after looking at the collections was a new dress," said June Rau, director of fashion at Nordstrom, who saw the runway shows presented by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren, among others.