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June 29, 1991 |
Having never slept on satin sheets (and not being entirely sure that I want to), I would have to say that the greatest sheets in the world are the ones on hotel beds. There are at least three reasons for this: * They're clean. * They're starched. * You don't have to make the bed.
July 20, 1990 |
Where do old doo-wop singers go? That's not the set-up line to a joke, but the mission of Steve Propes. And Propes, founder and director of the Southern California Doo-Wop Society, believes there is no single answer. Dewey Terry, who had regional hits with the Pasadena-based Squires in the age of Eisenhower, made Little Richard-style rock in the '50s and worked with the English punk group Tupelo Chain Sex in the '80s.
June 29, 1990 |
For $15,000, you can purchase a new car, fund a year at college, make a down payment on a condominium--or buy a set of sheets. In the golden days of Hollywood, sheets made of black satin were considered the cat's pajamas. Today the ultimate in bed linens may be peach crepe de Chine with apricot embroidery (at a cost of $2,620 for the top sheet alone). Or the $15,000 beribboned and frilled set from the catalogue of D. Porthault & Co.
August 8, 1989 |
Some time ago I quoted here from a piece Nardi Reeder Campion, Class of '38, had written for Wellesley College magazine, listing all the modern "things" her class was "before," such as penicillin, panty hose and the Pill. There was nothing on her list that we didn't know about, but no one that I know of had put them all together before; it was a stunning catalogue of the technological changes our generation had experienced. I was careful to identify Mrs.
June 30, 1989 |
Bob Mackie wedding gowns. What a concept. The master of strategically placed sequins, turning his hand to veils of illusion. It was a must-see event, when Mackie's orange-blossom special roared through the bridal salon at Bullocks Wilshire. The man has a talent for tapping into women's pre-adolescent, closet fantasies. He touches that moment, sometime between the first Barbie doll and the first car date, when visions of strapless, glitter gowns trimmed in marabou sear themselves onto a young girl's subconscious.
June 29, 1989 |
We went the other day to the culmination of our 12-year-old granddaughter Alison's sixth-grade class from Mar Vista School. Norman Rockwell could have filled a sketchbook. It reassured us that behind the dire headlines and the shocking TV news bits, children are still growing up sound, with hope, charm, enthusiasm, traditional values and a belief in the future. Before the ceremony the graduates were milling about in front of the auditorium with their parents, posing for snapshots to commemorate this family milestone.
May 6, 1988 |
Just when you thought you'd seen them all--weekend pants, office pants, patio pants, restaurant pants--you'll find yet another kind of pants to consider for fall. Evening pants. They're the hothouse members of the trouser clan, made of luxurious, fragile fabrics and shaped for varying degrees of formality. Designers on both coasts and in Europe have fashioned such pants from chiffon, silk, velvet and even lace. Less-expensive look-alikes will surface too.
March 4, 1988
Aarn Satin, a billiards authority and the pool room entrepreneur credited with bringing national tournaments to the West Coast, died Thursday, his partner said. Seymour Sterling said Satin, with whom he had owned Hollywood Billiards on Hollywood Boulevard since 1973, died of an apparent heart attack. He was 60. Sterling and Satin took over Hollywood's oldest pool hall after moving here from New York.
September 18, 1987 |
Designer Patti Cappalli built a name for herself with innovative concepts in sportswear and leisure wear. Now she hopes to be remembered as the team player who took women out of dressy dresses. For Cappalli and partner Rick Beach, the goal since June has been "evening wear with a casual sportswear approach." Their unusual collection, which debuts Monday at the California Mart during spring fashion showings, can be "very chic or very jazzy," Cappalli says.