May 2, 2010 |
"Men in dresses." That's who columnist Maureen Dowd blames for decay in "our religious kingdom." Which men in dresses is she referring too? The ballerinas-in-drag of Les Ballets Trockadero? The Marilyn Monroe lookalikes marching in gay pride parades? Nope. She's talking about Catholic priests. Lately Dowd, along with half the other columnists in America, has been speculating about what Pope Benedict XVI knew or didn't know concerning clerical abuse of minors back when he was Josef Ratzinger, acting as archbishop of Munich or as head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
September 30, 2013 |
PARIS -- Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Ciara and Lily Collins were among the starry crowd at the Givenchy show Sunday night at Paris Fashion Week, where designer Riccardo Tisci installed a five-car pileup for a runway centerpiece, complete with a wrecked Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz, and set the show to a live tribal drum beat, courtesy of a group of musicians in the rafters. The makeup was also dramatic, namely glittery masks that weren't masks at all, but hundreds of individual Swarovski crystals applied to models' faces.
October 28, 2012 |
Sometimes it's a subtle nudge to consider another designer. At other times, the voice is more matter of fact, explaining why a certain style doesn't pair with a venue. This Marchesa? The beading may be too much. Do you want to try Jenny Packham? Reem Acra? A beaded belt might not work with this gown. That other gown was pretty, but it was too old. This is better. Are you going to wear a veil? Maybe a hair clip instead? The advice comes to those brides-to-be who shop (and stop to listen)
January 5, 1995 |
Nina Perenna is a made-up name, the middle name of designer Sherry Salimpour paired with an ancient river in Greece. The 31-year-old designer liked the soft sound and the mystery of the name. Businesswomen and executive wives who buy the line, however, probably don't care what the label reads--they're drawn to the garment's classic design. "I don't believe a woman wants to pay $300 for a see-through skirt," Salimpour says. Her focus on reality over fashion fantasy extends to sizing as well.
April 17, 2011 |
Anyone who has set foot in Shareen Vintage, a vast downtown warehouse space lined with endless racks of sparkly cocktail frocks, gauzy hippie robes and an eclectic mix of other garments, will hardly be surprised to learn that the shop's owner, Shareen Mitchell, is starring in a new reality show, "Dresscue Me," premiering Tuesday on Discovery's Planet Green channel. Tall and blond with sculpted cheekbones and an imperious bearing that reflects her Seven Sisters education and thespian training, Mitchell also has a seventh sense for fashion.
September 12, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- The Tommy Hilfiger spring-summer 2013 women's runway collection, which was shown Sept. 9 during New York Fashion Week, was staged on a section of the High Line , an elevated freight rail line turned public park. The inspiration: A nautical journey, the sailing life, and the kind of clothes Jackie O or Lauren Hutton might wear while stepping from deck to dock at some far-flung port of call. Photos: NYFW Week celebrity sightings The look: Like the men's collection , the women's spring-summer offerings were heavy on the stripes but the earlier emphasis on clubby collegiate sports was replaced here with nautical motifs.
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May 8, 2013 |
On occasion, my wife and I have taken out-of-town visitors on Sunday outings to the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles to expose the uninitiated to the joy of a live gospel choir. I sometimes wonder how I stand with that power greater than myself while intruding on a house of worship solely to observe a spectacle. But we're always received so warmly that I quickly lose myself in the music and forget where I am. In that state, I've paid little notice to hats and shoes and dresses.
March 24, 2013 |
MIAMI - A cool ocean breeze cut the day's humidity. Dresses up to there in hot pink sequins and acid yellows colored the sidewalks. It was around midnight on a Thursday in Miami's South Beach neighborhood, and the evening was just getting started. I was in town for a couple days in February and was determined to have a "real" Miami night life experience - whatever that meant. The clubs here are more intimate than those in L.A. or Las Vegas, with some bars nothing more than a DJ, lights and liquor in a small box-like room.