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Review: Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

"I want to breathe ," says Coco Chanel as she cuts off her corset.
Passion among the titans
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  June 25, 2010

Looking through Portland’s creative kaleidoscope

The annual League of Young Voters ReEmergence event will, organizers hope, be revitalized in 2010 by a relevant, popular focus — Southern Maine’s creative economy — and a wide spread of involved parties who range from visual artists to local arts associa
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 23, 2010

Wintour tackles weighty subject at Harvard

Brazilian fashion model Ana Carolina Reston was not the first model to die from an eating disorder, and sadly, she won't be the last.
Ice Age over at Vogue?
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  March 26, 2010

West coasting

As I watched this season's 16 Project Runway hopefuls squinting into the setting sun during their champagne reception atop the Title Guarantee Building in Los Angeles, it was hard not to view the scene as a sad little metaphor for the state of the sho
Is Project Runway walking in circles?
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 28, 2009

Review: Valentino: The Last Emperor

In 2008, Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani stepped down from a spectacular 45-year career that had culminated in a wildly opulent retrospective exhibit in Rome.
The king of fashion
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 17, 2009

Bad girls

One of the accepted truths of the fashion world is that it’s utterly bizarre.  
Fashion deathmatches on Stylista and The Rachel Zoe Project
By SHARON STEEL  |  October 16, 2008


Photos: Boston Fashion Week 2008

Photos from the La Perla's fashion show, and Launch Party and Fashion Show, at Boston's Fashion Week 2008.
Lingerie on the runway and more
By JOHN NIKOLAI  |  September 18, 2008

Ready to wear

It’s difficult to keep up when Jamie Lidell is talking.
Enough respect — Jamie Lidell wants you to like him
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  June 02, 2008

War of independents

The IFFB is determined to wrest cinematic freedom from the imperial power of the Hollywood studios.
The Independent Film Festival of Boston fights for freedom of the screens
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 22, 2008

Seeking beauty

“Have nothing in your houses,” Morris said, “that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
Then meets now at RISD’s “Evolution/Revolution”
By GREG COOK  |  February 27, 2008

Lipstick bungle

It’s impossible to discuss Lipstick   Jungle  without making comparisons to Sex and the City.
The Candace Bushnell-based series is no better than a cheap knock-off
By ELLEE DEAN  |  February 11, 2008


Brain gloss

The merger of thought and glossy spreads of girls in streaming, DIY couture.
Two new Boston mags aimed at women beg the question, why not the perfect women's magazine?
By ELLEE DEAN  |  January 15, 2008

Lagerfeld Confidential

Karl Lagerfeld is a cherished enigma of the fashion world.
“Ephemeral, dangerous, and unfair”
By SHARON STEEL  |  December 26, 2007

T-shirt trendsetters’ holiday sale

Maine’s very own little taste of couture, Rogues Gallery, will have another of its wildly popular sample sales on Saturday at SPACE Gallery.
By TONY GIAMPETRUZZI  |  December 12, 2007

Fashion weak

My roommate Mike enjoys watching reality television that depicts people with actual skills.
Project Runway ’s slump
By SHARON STEEL  |  December 11, 2007

Green is the new black

Approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used and discarded worldwide each year.
How to be socially responsible in a $240 pair of pants
By SHARON STEEL  |  November 08, 2007


Show fetish

Ever since Salvatore Ferragamo designed the first stiletto heel in 1955, podiatrists have faced a steady stream of female patients seeking physical relief from their devotion to fashion over function.
The MFA’s new ‘Walk This Way’ exhibit traces the history of footwear fashion, from sandals to stilettos
By SHARON STEEL  |  September 26, 2007

Anna Wintour's hair tells all

By the time you read this, the frenzied seven days that are New York Fashion Week will be drawing to a close.
Why an editor’s locks are more revealing than her covers
By SHARON STEEL  |  September 06, 2007

'Please kill me'

This article originally appeared in the August 16, 1977 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The open-casket look vs. plastic punk
By D.C. DENISON  |  August 20, 2007

Reality ingenue

What is it about MTV’s top-rated reality show The Hills , premiering its third season August 13th?
Lauren Conrad on MTV's The Hills
By ELLEE DEAN  |  August 13, 2007

A critical day for future fashion

Providence recently played host to some of New York’s hottest fashion designers at the RISD Auditorium.
Couture du jour
By STACY HUGGINS  |  May 18, 2007

The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 20-11

These guys couldn't turn on a radio
By  |  April 12, 2007

Worst in breed: Newsmakers

Who are the unsexiest newsmaking men of 2007?
The 100 Unsexiest men 2007
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 12, 2007

Sipping style

This is the stuff of millionaires and toothpicks, celebutantes and Vogue .
Pay tribute to the Fashion Weeks of the world with these chic cocktails
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 03, 2007

The Devil Wears Prada

If Lauren Weisberger’s bestseller was a Starbucks espresso — overall bland, but hot and quick — then David Frankel’s adaptation is the decaf version. Watch the trailer for The Devil Wears Prada (QuickTime)
Meryl Streep dominates
By MATTIAS FREY  |  February 20, 2007

Museum of Fine Arts's cocktails and couture

Boston Phoenix video wrap-up
By BOSTON.TV  |  February 01, 2007


Fashionistas, rejoice!

I feared for my life when I walked into the Downtown Crossing H&M one morning last November. Slideshow: "Fashion Show: Paris Collections 2006” at Museum Of Fine Arts  
Haute couture storms the MFA
By SHARON STEEL  |  November 09, 2006

Port Clyde is en Vogue

This month’s Vogue magazine includes pictures of Kirsten Dunst lounging around in ball gowns the size of small condos, an article on how to figure out what kind of silhouette you are, and, toward the back, a 14-page fashion spread shot on location in the
By SARA DONNELLY  |  September 20, 2006


Watch any red-carpet event and you're likely to feel less than picture perfect.
Stylist Erica Corsano dishes on the world of fashion
By HENLEY VAZQUEZ  |  March 28, 2006

Seasonal adjustment

After weeks of tormenting audiences with gems like Failure To Launch and The Shaggy Dog , Hollywood seems ready to shake off the Oscar doldrums and unveil its spring collection.
Hollywood springs back
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 07, 2006