May 2, 1990 |
If you think fashion is just supposed to be fun, fall '90 could be the party you've been waiting for. Clothes haven't been such a hoot since Jackie O lived in the White House and the peppermint twist was the only dance in town. Some of the grandest names in the business are flirting with this giddy flame. In Paris, Christian Lacroix has regaled the '90s rich hippie with cashmere ponchos, poor boy sweaters and op-art tent dresses that collide with op-art tights.
January 17, 2003 |
Fellas, get ready to step back -- and step out -- in time. It's that '70s show (flared pants, tight shirts) for several menswear designers who presented their fall-winter 2003-04 collections during Milan's five days of preview shows that ended Thursday. But the retro look didn't stop there; nods went to the '60s British mod swinging styles as well as '80s sportswear references -- and combat looks were in the air with baggy parachute pants and deconstructed military bomber jackets.
June 29, 2001 |
With a flash of brocade and a swish of sheer silk, the spring 2002 fashion season kicked off this week with men's collections from made-in-Italy labels. Jeans are in no danger of losing their cache, thanks to Gucci's Tom Ford. The designer's faded and frayed blue jeans, bright tropical-print shirts and pale, sheer cotton V-neck sweaters had an artsy, Venice (Beach that is) ease to them.
February 21, 2014 |
Pharrell Williams says it cost him about $200, and for much of the last month it has become the center of attention. It's been compared to the Arby's logo. It has room for secret compartments, perhaps even a leprechaun. It took on a social media life of its own. It somehow appears capable of staying on Williams' head when he performs. We're talking, of course, about Williams' hat. The tan monster of a headgear accessory can now be yours, but you're going to need more than a little disposable income.
February 24, 2013 |
There's an interesting back story to the mustard-colored gown that “Skyfall” actress Naomie Harris is wearing at the 85th Academy Awards this afternoon - it's the winning design in Suzy Amis Cameron's Red Carpet Green Dress challenge and was designed by Ghana-born Michael Badger, a fashion design student at Savannah College of Art and Design, who was mentored throughout the design process by Vivienne Westwood. We're told that the gown, made from certified organic silk crepe de chine and using recycled zippers, was hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework with vintage glass beads and chocolate candy wrappers.
February 5, 2014 |
The hat Pharrell Williams wore to the Grammy Awards is the gift that keeps on giving, earning the rapper, music producer and fashion plate bragging rights as "Hat Person of the Year," the Headwear Assn. announced Wednesday. The handmade brown felt Vivienne Westwood hat with a wide brim and high, battered crown was already the standout accessory of the night , spawning a parody account (@PharrellHat) and a slew of social media comparisons to Smokey Bear and Curious George's "Man in the Yellow Hat. " And now, according to the Headwear Assn.
March 3, 2014 |
Pharrell Williams' hat contains inexhaustible depths of pop-culture amusement. The producer-singer's original idiosyncratic headwear -- a brown Vivienne Westwood number made famous at this year's Grammys -- was recently bought by the fast-food chain Arby's , whose logo bears a striking resemblance to it. But it resurfaced at this year's Academy Awards, where Williams performed his Oscar-nominated song "Happy," from "Despicable Me...
February 10, 2013 |
'Rose' perfume can smell green, spicy, powdery, sparkly, fruity or more. The ubiquity of roses in early to mid-February can be overwhelming (their prices, shocking), but their association with love and romance - and perfume - is hardly a modern convention. Roses are referenced in Greek and Roman mythology, and humans have distilled fragrant oils from rose petals for millennia. Rosewater colognes were popular with both sexes in the 19th century. But it's only recently that scientists discovered that essential rose oil contains more than 400 individual components.
March 12, 1991 |
Stretch it--up, down or sideways--but stretch it. This was the theme of the British designers' fall 1991 collections shown here over the weekend. Runways were filled with clinging bodysuits, leggings, second-skin shorts, dresses, jackets and trousers in nylon, Lycra, spandex and various springy fabric blends.
December 20, 1998 |
One balmy day in London last spring, I wandered out of Hyde Park down Exhibition Road and ended up at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where I joined the crowd flowing through a temporary exhibit called "The Cutting Edge." It documented 50 years of British fashion from 1947 to 1997, with dresses, gowns, suits and accessories created by the best English designers--from Norman Hartnell's 1938 state gown for Queen Elizabeth II to a shockingly short black crepe number made by Mary Quant in the '60s.