• Met fashion exhibit explores dialogue between hand, machine

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, argues Andrew Bolton, the star curator of blockbuster fashion exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, we've all been looking at fashion through a flawed prism. We've assumed, he says, that hand-made garments are better, purer, fancier, more luxurious. And that machine-made garments are inherently inferior, even mediocre. We're wrong, Bolton says, and his new Met exhibit opening this week, "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology," seeks to prove that the machine is an "equal protagonist" to the hand in creating the best fashions of our recent past, our present and our future. "To me, it doesn't matter if a good designer makes a garment by hand or by machine," he said in a recent int

  • Highlights from Bridal Fashion Week

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — From fairytale princess gowns to feathery mini-dresses, bold skinny trouser looks and showgirl sequins, Bridal Fashion Week had something for brides of every size, shape and style inclination. White reigned, as did classic silhouettes to please the most traditional bride. For everybody else, there were splashes of color, plenty of fluttery floral applique and sparkle, sparkle, sparkle. Highlights from the Spring 2017 collections: ___ CHRISTIAN SIRIANO FOR KLEINFELD After a smaller, capsule collection for the famed bridal shop, Siriano teamed with Kleinfeld again on a broader range. His show stopper was a pricey pink ombre ball gown with a sweetheart neckline and skinny straps.

  • Head over heels: '70s vibe is alive on fashionable feet

    BY LINDA MILLER  For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    When warm weather arrives, many women can’t wait to free their toes and slip into a kicky pair of shoes that delivers a punch that’s fun, cool or sexy. Oklahoma City-area retailers discuss the trends.

  • 7 things to remember when searching for the perfect wedding dress

    Tamsyn Valentine, FamilyShare | Updated: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    Finding the perfect wedding dress is not all fun and games. Read my list of 7 things I wish I had known when finding my dream dress.

  • Met curator Andrew Bolton, quiet defender of fashion as art

    Updated: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — The opening seconds of the trailer for "The First Monday in May," the new documentary about the dizzyingly star-studded Met Gala, show pop star Rihanna tossing her fashionable head in slo-mo as the red-carpet cameras click furiously. Suitably, she sports a glistening tiara. And then suddenly we're looking at a boyish, bespectacled man far from the limelight, far from Rihanna and Bieber and Beyonce, walking through the dimmed galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is Andrew Bolton, curator of the blockbuster exhibition that the gala is celebrating. And he's all by himself. "It looks a bit like I wasn't invited to the party," Bolton quips now of that melancholy scene, with a laugh.

  • Woman turns 'fluorescent pink' after misusing Lush bath product

    Published: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    A woman has literally been left red-faced after dying herself bright pink when she misused a bath product from Lush cosmetics. Abi Shenton’s skin was left “fluorescent pink” for three days after she mistook a bath bomb from the toiletries company for soap. Ms Shenton tweeted Lush saying: “Are your products supposed to stain the human skin a florescent shade of pink?”

  • Behold the stump speech, the daily grind of candidates

    Updated: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Day after day, the candidates for president wake up, brush their teeth and pump themselves up to say the same thing they did yesterday. And the day before. And the day before that. Most of what they say won't make the evening news, or get tweeted or repeated. But that spiel they repeat, with variations, to audience after audience in state after state, is a campaign essential. Lo, the lowly stump speech. It's the hour-long infrastructure that surrounds the two-minute nugget in which the candidate may say something new and important on any given day. It distills who the candidates are as people, what they want to accomplish as president — and, hopefully, shows a little humor along the way

  • Donatella Versace reacts to death of friend, Prince

    Updated: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    MILAN (AP) — Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace says she's mourning the death of Prince, one of her closest friends, who has died after collapsing in an elevator at his recording studio complex in suburban Minneapolis. Versace said in a statement Friday that all the memories they shared are coming back to her, including a time they rented a club for just the two of them, listened to music and spoke about the younger generation. Versace says she hopes younger musicians will follow the example Prince set, to "respect their own soul and never trade their own individuality." She says that's what made Prince outstanding and relevant forever. An autopsy Friday could tell more about what caused the death of the 57-ye

  • In brief: Bridal show set for Weatherford

    From Staff Reports  | Published: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    In brief: Bridal show set for Weatherford

  • Designers Costa, Zucchelli out at Calvin Klein

    Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Designers Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli are leaving Calvin Klein as part of what the company describes as a global creative strategy to unify all of its brands under one vision. Costa has been at the New York fashion house for more than a decade and became the women's creative director in 2003. Zucchelli became the men's creative director a year later. In a company release Tuesday, Calvin Klein, owned by PVH Corp., said the new strategy "comes as part of a global revolution in the direction of the Calvin Klein brand." That began with the reacquisition of its jeans and underwear business in 2013 with its purchase of Warnaco Group. The parent company aims to develop a $10 billion global retail sales busi

  • Bob Mackie to receive award from Chicago costume council

    Updated: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago History Museum's Costume Council plans to honor fashion designer Bob Mackie. Mackie, who is famous for his sparkling, imaginative costume designs, will receive the council's Designer of Excellence Award on Tuesday. He's often called the "sultan of sequins, the rajah of rhinestones" and has won numerous Emmy Awards for his designs and been nominated for Academy Awards. The 77-year-old designer has dressed many in Hollywood including Cher, Diana Ross, Elton John and Carol Burnett. The Chicago group says its award goes to "visionary designers who have indelibly left their mark on the fashion world." The council owns a costume collection and operates a conservation lab.

  • Sean Penn's 'The Last Face' competing at Cannes festival

    Updated: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    PARIS (AP) — Sean Penn's "The Last Face" about aid workers in Africa will compete at the Cannes Film Festival this year — along with movies about interracial marriage in 1950s America, illness and poverty in working class Britain and cannibal fashion models in Los Angeles. The festival's high glamour yet socially conscious lineup, announced Thursday by organizers, features 49 films harking from 28 countries, including Iran, Brazil, Egypt, Israel and South Korea. Twenty of the entries will be running for the Palme d'Or, the top prize at the French Riviera festival, which is being held under heightened security after deadly Islamic extremist attacks on France and Belgium. "Even though the festival takes place in France, it

  • Following vaccine controversy, Tribeca rolls out red carpet

    Updated: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — The 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival kicked off fashionably with the premiere of Andrew Rossi's "The First Monday in May," a behind-the-scenes documentary about the mounting of an ambitious fashion exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the museum's annual star-studded Met Gala. The film is an intimate and lively look at the highest aspirations of fashion, revealing everything from Anna Wintour fretting over seat assignments (Where to put Anne Hathaway?) to Rihanna's eye-popping budget for performing at the ball. The opening night, held Wednesday at the festival's customary Westside outpost at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, drew an especially well-heeled crowd eager for a documentary ant

  • Spring forward for makeup trends

    BY LINDA MILLER | Published: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    Bright lips seem to be the talk of the makeup season

  • London's V&A museum reveals a brief history of underwear

    Updated: Wed, Apr 13, 2016

    LONDON (AP) — Think of it as Victoria's (and Albert's) secret. London's Victoria and Albert Museum has peeled back fashion's layers to expose everything from long johns to lingerie in "Undressed," an exhibition tracing the hidden history of underwear. It's a story about covering up, and also about showing off. For centuries, people have worn undergarments for practical reasons of protection, hygiene and comfort — but there has always been an element of sexuality and drama as well. "Something we wanted to correct in the exhibition is the assumption that all historical underwear is plain," researcher Susanna Cordner said Wednesday.

  • U2's Bono urges lawmakers to view aid as national security

    Updated: Tue, Apr 12, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U2 frontman Bono brought his star power to Capitol Hill Tuesday as he called on members of Congress to take swift action to deal with the global refugee crisis and violent extremism. In testimony before a Senate subcommittee, Bono drew a bleak picture as he described the flood of people fleeing their homes in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The human torrent threatens the very idea of European unity, he said, as he urged lawmakers to think of foreign aid as national security instead of charity. "When aid is structured properly, with a focus on fighting poverty and improving governance, it could just be the best bulwark we have against the extremism of our age," Bono said.

  • Helen Ford Wallace: Parties, Etc.:April 10

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 10, 2016

    Anniversary Event, Watch Party, Spring Dinner,Book Signing Reception, Trophy Winners

  • John Oliver sends more 'riff-raff' to Yankee Stadium

    Updated: Thu, Apr 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — John Oliver has put more "riff-raff" in the premium seats at Yankee Stadium. Two young women dressed in unicorn costumes and two others in shark costumes sat in the second row behind home plate Wednesday night, the latest fans to win high-priced tickets for 25 cents apiece from HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" after promising to dress like "riff-raff" at the ballpark. Oliver is looking to shake things up during New York's season-opening series this week against Houston. Claiming the Yankees are elitist, the comedian is selling premium seats for a quarter to fans who pledge to dress as though they don't belong there. Two male fans wore yellow and green Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles outfits in t

  • Gap apologizes for racially insensitive ad

    Published: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    Clothing retailer Gap apologized on Tuesday after receiving criticism that an ad for the company’s children’s clothing line was racially insensitive, USA TODAY reports. The ad featured four members of the Le Petit Cirque group, an "all-kid humanitarian cirque company," comprised of performers ages 5 to 14. In the ad, an older white girl rests her elbow on top of a young black girl’s head, while two other white girls hold poses.

  • Lupita Nyong'o still basking in glow of 2014 Oscar win

    Updated: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lupita Nyong'o's career has moved well along since her Academy Award two years ago, yet she's still basking in the glow of her Oscar win. "I never expected to win in the first place, so I didn't have any expectations as to what life would look like after that, but I'm happy. I'm a really happy person. I love my life," said Nyong'o at the world premiere of "The Jungle Book" this week in Los Angeles. Nyong'o, who won best supporting actress in 2014 for "12 Years a Slave," currently stars in Broadway's "Eclipsed" and is back on set for "Star Wars: Episode VIII." "I sleep whenever I can. I get massages and acupuncture and I eat well," said Nyong'o of surviving her busy schedule.