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Dress: stores offer trendy styles for all this prom season


Prom season is well under way, and while many young girls have already found the prom dress shops of their dreams, shops across the region are still offering styles in their stores to fit this season’s trends.

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“There are so many pretty styles of dresses available at this time of year,” according to Susie Austin, owner of BelleRuche Bridal Boutique in Olean, N.Y. “From jersey and saffron dresses to beading and backless styles, it’s really about what each individual girl wants. In terms of length, most of the dresses girls tend to gravitate towards are the longer styles, though you’ll occasionally have someone who likes a shorter style dress, and lace has really surged in popularity in recent years.”

To find a dress that best fits your personality, you do have to consider your body type, at least to some degree, Austin continued.

“If you have a slender body type, a fit and flare design can give you a curvy shape,” Austin explained. “If you’re petite in stature, vertical prints or pleats can work best to create an illusion of height. If you have a pear-shaped figure, try choosing a dress with a slim fit top and A-line skirt to best accentuate your figure. But most importantly, you have to choose a dress that you feel completely comfortable in.”

BelleRuche also does alterations, Austin added, for those who do end up needing dresses adjusted.

“Most people have their dresses by now in order to save time for alterations, and even though we are pretty booked, we’ll still accept alteration orders to accommodate prom-goers’ needs,” Austin said.

BelleRuche Bridal Boutique carries only in-store outfits, she noted, many from designers like Mary’s Bridal by Abby Page for ladies and Jim’s Formal Wear Tuxedos for men.

“The trends for guys has traditionally remained the same,” Austin continued. “Black and grays are the most popular, and we have both of those. Guys tend to keep it pretty simple.”

The bridal boutique also has jewelry, tiaras, shoes, handbags and other accessories available for purchase to complete the “prom” look — whatever that may be, depending on the person and what they prefer.

“The rule of thumb for prom dresses in modern times is that pretty much any style works,” according to JoAnn Allegretto, owner of Bauer’s Brides and Belles in Wilcox. “I’ve seen all styles shown, whether it’s big skirts with full bottoms, or slim-fitted mermaid dresses. One thing that has picked up, particularly this season, is the illusion neckline with lace. The trend is moving away from the traditionally popular strapless dress and shifting to an emphasis on necks or backs that are sheer or lace, and floor-length.”

Regardless of the style, a prom dress should “be your own,” Allegretto said.

“We have a little bit of everything for every girl’s taste, and all of our dresses are hand-selected and not-duplicated, as we register each dress from our store,” Allegretto said. “Prom is one of those moments that you will always remember, and we value that unique importance.”

Meanwhile, Sew Much More, a resale shop in Coudersport, also offers dresses of various shapes and styles for this year’s prom season.

“In my opinion, the trends depend on the girl,” according to owner Janice Darrah. “I have the ones who come in liking the poofy, ballgown type and others who like the more sleek, elegant and form-fitting dresses. Colors vary also — I’ve seen bright yellow and blaze orange, to pastel colors, to subdued colors like blue, black and gray. Almost every girl comes in with a dress in mind; it’s just a matter of whether she can find that one special dress or not.”

Sew Much More offers everything from dresses, to shoes, jewelry and handbags, Darrah continued.

Some of the items are brand new, she explained, but the majority of the dresses are “gently used,” most cases with one or two wears.

“Because I’m a resale shop, my prices aren’t always what you’ll pay in other stores,” Darrah said. “Here, dresses can range anywhere from $12 to $300. The more girls spend for them to begin with, the more they want to get out of them, so prices reflect the original price, not necessarily the condition of the dress. So many of them are in perfect condition, and are cheap, too. And the less you spend on the dress, the more you’ll have in your budget for accessories!”

Regardless of the dress, the style or the accessories, all agreed that purchasing in-store is always safer than shopping for prom dresses online.

“You really have to be careful when shopping online and expecting to get what you see,” Austin stated. “Oftentimes online sellers use photos of other dresses to sell lower-quality ones, and you never know if they’ll even be the right size when you receive them. Being able to walk into a store and feel the material, see the color and even try a prom dress shops uk on is so important. Plus, isn’t that part of the experience?”


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Disney poised to history at the 2016 Radio Disney


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Virtual reality is not killing the television star, but it sure is bringing them a lot closer to fans. Today, Radio Disney announced it has partnered with virtual reality company IM360 to live-stream the red carpet of the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards in virtual reality before its live broadcast.

The 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards is set to air on the Disney Channel at 7 p.m. EST on Sunday. The show will be filmed Saturday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Fans who can not wait until Sunday to see what Sabrina Carpenter will wear on the red carpet will be able to live-stream it in 360-degree VR on the Radio DisneyYouTube channel and website. The VR content will be viewable on tablets, computers, and mobile devices.

While you watch the brightest teen stars strut around the red carpet, you’ll also be watching history. The live-stream of the red carpet in VR prior to the TV broadcast is a first for award shows. IM360 also handled the VR streaming of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, the first awards show red carpet to be simultaneously broadcast in VR and TV.

This is not IM360’s first collaboration with Disney, as the VR company worked with Disney-affiliate ABC’s Good Morning America for its GMA on Safari: Tanzania. That was the first network television program to be simultaneously broadcast in VR. The home of Mickey Mouse also recently signed a deal with Nokia to use its OZO virtual reality camera and software for future Disney films, so award show red carpets may be the proverbial toe in the VR waters before the deep dive.

Radio Disney personalities Brooke Taylor and Alex Aiono will host the VR red carpet. The VR stream of the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards’ red carpet will air from 4 to 6 p.m. EST.

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Georgetown organization provides FREE prom dresses


For some high-schoolers, prom is one of those nights you want to be picture perfect. However, that fairy tale evening can cost you. According to Visa, it can run up to more than one-thousand dollars.

To ease the burden, one local organization is providing prom dresses for FREE. Bernice Edwards, the executive director of First State says, “Once they put the dress on, put the makeup on, dress up pretty, who knows? Nobody knows whether it's a borrowed prom dress shops or it's a bought dress.”

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Now in their thirteenth year, they have nearly three- hundred dresses sizes zero to thirty six, in all sorts of styles available to borrow for free. We're told all anyone has to do is call and make an appointment for a fitting.

Roseymary Joseph Kappel says,”They come in here and they see the selection and they start trying things on. It's almost like they're a little kid. Let's play dress up. When they find one that fits and makes them feel wonderful, they leave here with the biggest smiles on their face."

Dresses are due back within a week to ten days following the event. Ladies are asked to bring them in cleaned or pay ten dollars to get that done. Call Kaneisha Trott at 302-542-9698 for more on how to make an appointment for a prom dress shops uk fitting.


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Morty's kosher-style deli in Poughkeepsie to open in June


From mouthwatering pastrami to homemade knishes, Poughkeepsie's foodies have reason to rejoice.

Morty's Deli

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Another culinary niche in the city will soon be filled by Morty's, a kosher-style delicatessen coming toMain Street.

Megan Kulpa Fells, co-owner alongside her husband, Charles Fells, confirmed they are aiming for a June opening. They are still applying for an operator's permit and liquor license.

Despite being a kosher-style deli, the food at Morty's will not all be kosher. While pork and shellfish will not be served at Morty's, a few select options will include dairy and a rabbi will not be on staff, Charles Fells said.

"It's not kosher because we would need a separate facility, so we're trying to offer a kosher-style, New York deli experience," Charles Fells said.

The deli will be located at 296 Main Street, which was previously occupied by Jimmy Z's Deli.

Charles Fells is no stranger to the Poughkeepsie restaurant scene, as co-owner of three other restaurants and a catering company on Main Street. The Artist's Palate, Canvas, CHU Noodle Bar and Brasserie 292 make up their restaurant group, Main Street Hospitality.

RELATED: Purchasing Brasserie 292, Fells aims to 'add back to' Poughkeepsie

Fells said he was confident in opening another business on Main Street, citing a resurgence in downtown Poughkeepsie.

"I think people are finally seeing what we see in the area," Fells said.

Open for lunch and dinner, Morty's will offer homemade pastrami, corned beef and knishes, as well as beer and wine.

Lynda Sorenson, 57, of Clinton Corners, expressed excitement for the new dining option in the area.

"We have an awesome Italian deli, now a Jewish one," Sorenson said. I can't wait to give it a try. How absolutely wonderful."

The future location of Morty's, a Jewish delicatessen,

Buy PhotoThe future location of Morty's, a Jewish delicatessen, on Main Street in the City of Poughkeepsie. (Photo: Alex H. Wagner/Poughkeepsie Journal)

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison said Megan Kupla Fells and Charles Fells are anchors for the community and their businesses have benefited the city,

"It's going to be great for downtown," Rolison said. "It's just the kind of deli I would be going to for lunch."

While it does not fall into the same chain-dining category, Morty's marks yet another new eatery that has announced plans to enter the area, including Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Golden Corral, Texas Roadhouse, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Tilted Kilt. The rash of chain eateries entering the region began with Hardee's opening its location along Route 9 in Poughkeepsie in February.

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Shirt dresses are the coolest trend this summer


The shirt prom dress shops is making a big trend this summer with Bollywood celebs adorning the look. A shirtdress is a style of dress that has been inspired by a man’s shirt. It is also known as the boyfriend shirt. It’s supposed to be loose and breezy and not fitted or clingy.

“The shirt dress is a super versatile garment. For a casual outing you can wear it with a pair of thong sandals or espadrilles, put on a hat and channel your inner Coachella girl. To glam it up for the night, cinch with a belt, put on a pair of pumps and statement accessories and you’re ready to go,” said designer Simran Arya.

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Shirt dresses are also a current runway trend. Designers have added their own touch of style to the shirt dress by adding details like giving it a new spin with cut out shoulders and cold shoulders.

“Shirt dresses were never out of trend . They sound like casual wear but it can worn formally as well with the selection of right accessories. Earthy and neutral prints look elegant in shirt dress. If you are short, don’t go for a long shirt dress while taller girls can carry all styles,” said fashion designer Pawan Sachdeva.

Shirt dress can be paired with skinnies , jeans, long skirt, knee length skirt , or tights the fit of shirt dress should not be snug. You can style your shirt dress according to your mood, just choose the dress according to your body type. “When you are choosing your shirt dress remember you should stick to a solid colour, preferably dark and combine it with high heels with a touch of metal in form of an evening watch or a studded bracelet. Also to make it functional you could further carry a big contrasting colourful bag to enhance the casual look,” said designer Josh Goraya.

While some of us may be able to pull off a shirt dress to a formal occasion others might always consider it a casual garment. So for those who want to style it for a casual occasion here is a quick tip for you from fashion designer Anupama Dayal said, “Shirt dresses can be paired with gladiators or flats. You can wear batches and lanyards and accessorise your hair with a head scarf like a bandana.”

Shirt dress is one of the all time favourite for all the almost suits every body type, making it a true closet keeper. An edgy shirt dress with sharp cuts teamed up with heeled boots will give you a structured feminine can also wrap a belt around your dress for weekend outing.and when it’s about your romantic date, embrace a flowy white shirt dress and complete the look with loose waves and thin strap sandals.sports shoes and a shirt dress is a perfect combo for a total tomboy moment.

Designer Parul J Maurya talks about styling the silhouette for summer, “ For summers pastel hues and whites will give you a cool girly girl look. In a vacation mode also,shirt dress in bright colour with frills and details on the collar will give you beachy can also unbutton the dress and team it up with a crop top and jeggings for a street style inspired look. We have made our signature style hand-painted prom dress shops uk shirt with little embellishments which can covert you into an instant babe.”


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Emma Watson shows lithe legs in stylish white shift dress


She is known for her simple but classy style.

And Emma Watson was looking effortlessly stylish once again as she strolled through New York City on Saturday afternoon.

The 26-year-old actress put on a chic sartorial display in a white high-collar shift prom dress shops as she enjoyed a few hours of retail therapy.

White on trend: Emma Watson was looking effortlessly stylish once again as she strolled through New York City on Saturday afternoon

White on trend: Emma Watson was looking effortlessly stylish once again as she strolled through New York City on Saturday afternoon

The Harry Potter star completed her look with black loafers and a large black handbag, while she sported black sunglasses.

The brunette beauty wore her bob in natural waves and appeared to be wearing minimal make-up for the outing.

While she is celebrated for her natural beauty and delicate features, Emma recently admitted she used to hate her 'strong eyebrows' while growing up.

White hot: The 26-year-old actress put on a chic sartorial display in a white high-collar shift dress as she enjoyed a few hours of retail therapy

Emma Watson is known for her acting, her grace and her charming style. Here, we see her sporting two of the three in a white cotton shift dress and black accessories. Though this look is minimal, her penny loafers are anything but. We're loving these charming penny loafers by MEANDHER featuring sleek patent leather and a classic silhouette.

The tom-boyish look balances perfectly with a short skirt on a summer day, but also pairs well with cut off shorts or crisp trousers. These shoes are unfortuantely unavailable for sale online, but luckily, there is a lookalike from the brand for a fraction of their original price!

Why not check it out for yourself (right) to start your look, or look below for similar options? We're loving the affordable choices at ASOS, while the other options are stealing our hearts!

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Zana Pali celebrates birthday in favourite lace


Glamorous My Kitchen Rules contestant Zana Pali was spotted last week wearing a stunning maroon frock.

And on Wednesday, the lawyer celebrated her 25th birthday in style, wearing the same Self Portrait prom dress shops in black.

The 'legal eagle' marked the special occasion with husband Gianni Romano at the upmarket Bacchus restaurant in Brisbane.

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Glamorous My Kitchen Rules contestant Zana Pali was spotted last week wearing a stunning maroon frock. And on Wednesday, the lawyer celebrated her 25th birthday in style, wearing the same Self Portrait dress but in black

So nice she's worn it twice! My Kitchen Rules contestant Zana Pali was spotted last week wearing a stunning maroon frock (R) and on Wednesday, she wore the same Self Portrait dress in black (L)

She teamed the black dress with a Viktoria Novak gold floral headpiece and black and white Valentino shoes.

The dress featured a high-neck, laser cut detailing, long sleeves and stops above the knee.

For the occasion, Zana - who is based in Melbourne with her man - tied her hair into a loose plait and wore make-up including a smokey eye.

She also wore the frock in maroon last week.

Coordinated: She teamed the black dress with a Viktoria Novak gold floral headpiece and black and white Valentino shoes (pictured with husband Gianni Romano)

Coordinated: She teamed the black dress with a Viktoria Novak gold floral headpiece and black and white Valentino shoes (pictured with husband Gianni Romano)

Cheers! The MKR lawyer looked relaxed and carefree in her birthday

Cheers! The MKR lawyer looked relaxed and carefree in her birthday

The frilly thigh high dress retails anywhere between $470 and $670.

Zana took to Instagram on the night to share a snap of herself eating cake at her birthday dinner, and said her black dress was from No Strings Boutique, which offers the dress up for sale or hire.

To hire the frock, it would cost $129.00.

Meanwhile, when she wore the maroon dress, she said tagged a hire outlet called My Stylish Wardrobe when she posted a picture to Instagram.

She's a fan: The reality TV star is seen here in another Self Portrait dress

She's a fan: The reality TV star is seen here in another Self Portrait dress

The brunette also said how much she loves the dress and the style, writing: 'I'm a little obsessed with this amazing designer @mrselfportrait. Definitely one of my go to brands!'

The frock has also been seen on a number of celebrities in recent weeks, including Kym Johnson, Jodi Anasta, Rachael Finch and Nikki Phillips.

Zana and Gianni are currently appearing on My Kitchen Rules and are set to kick off the semi finals on Thursday night, when they go head-to-head with Tasia and Gracia.

Familiar: The frock has also been seen on a number of celebrities including Rachael Finch 

Familiar: The frock has also been seen on a number of celebrities including Rachael Finch

Working it: Kym Johnson has also worn the dress, but in black

Working it: Kym Johnson has also worn the dress, but in black

Ready for a showdown! Zana and Gianni are currently appearing on My Kitchen Rules and are set to kick off the semi finals on Thursday night, when they go head-to-head with Tasia and Gracia

Ready for a showdown! Zana and Gianni are currently appearing on My Kitchen Rules and are set to kick off the semi finals on Thursday night, when they go head-to-head with Tasia and Gracia

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Philadelphia Fashion Incubator’s new Designers-in-Residence


Tucked away on the third floor of Macy’s is a room where one wouldn’t think twice when passing by. But this room is where busi­nesses, ideas and the next gen­er­a­tion of fash­ion en­tre­pren­eurs have quietly been grow­ing for the last five years. It’s the Phil­adelphia Fash­ion In­cub­at­or at Macy’s Cen­ter City (PFIM­CC), an 800+ square-foot space with state-of-the-art ma­chinery, a con­fer­ence area and work space. More im­port­antly, it’s a place where the latest de­sign­ers are be­ing mol­ded in­to the next fash­ion and busi­ness lead­ers. This year’s De­sign­ers-In-Res­id­ence (DIR) are Kristen and Tom Le­onard, own­ers of Char­ley Girl Designs, Mil­an Har­ris, own­er of Mil­ano Di Rouge, Nigel Richards, own­er of 611 Life­style, and Tara Hig­gins, own­er of At­ar­ashi.

From left: Tara Higgins, Elissa Bloom, Nigel Richards and Tom & Kristen Leonard (Photo by Donte Kirby)

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For the next 12 months these DIRs will ex­pand their un­der­stand­ing of the fash­ion world. Elissa Bloom, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of PFIM­CC, com­pares the ex­per­i­ence to an MBA pro­gram for de­sign­ers where they’re try­ing to gain five years of know­ledge in the span of one year. The DIRs began in March with 14 work­shops in one week giv­ing the artists an over­view on all the vari­ous as­pects on the busi­ness of fash­ion. Bloom likes to think of it as a busi­ness boot camp.

“Our main pur­pose here is really to help de­sign­ers get to that next level of sus­tain­ab­il­ity and scal­ing their com­pany,” Bloom says. “We want to make sure that de­sign­ers see this not just as a cre­at­ive op­por­tun­ity, but it’s a busi­ness pre­pos­i­tion for them.”

Bloom has been present even be­fore the pro­gram launched in March 2012 and is truly a one-wo­man show who makes it all hap­pen. Not only did she cre­ate the cur­riculum for the pro­gram, but she also mar­kets the or­gan­iz­a­tion, con­nects de­sign­ers with in­dustry lead­ers, or­gan­izes events, de­vel­ops stra­tegic part­ner­ships and that’s just the tip of the ice­berg. Trunk shows, pop-up shops, monthly re­tail cri­tiques and the cul­min­a­tion of The Phil­adelphia Col­lec­tion, a weeklong fash­ion cel­eb­ra­tion in the city, are just some of the mul­tiple fash­ion events DIRs will take place in over the next year to ex­pand their brands.

Home to the fash­ion schools of Drexel, Moore, Phil­adelphia Uni­versity and the Art In­sti­tute of Phil­adelphia, PFIM­CC came about from a need that was seen in the city of Phil­adelphia.

“We wanted to find a way to sup­port some of the gradu­ates from these schools be­cause there were really no re­sources or in­cent­ives for gradu­ates,” Bloom says. “They were mostly mov­ing to LA and New York get­ting in­dustry jobs, but not ne­ces­sar­ily com­ing back to Phil­adelphia to start busi­nesses so we saw this big void.”

The cur­riculum PFIM­CC of­fers is a com­bin­a­tion of core work­shops and sem­inars fo­cused on busi­ness de­vel­op­ment as well as how to build brands and break in­to the fash­ion mar­ket­place. It’s a bin­ary learn­ing ex­per­i­ence where Bloom wants the de­sign­ers to un­der­stand that fash­ion is not only cre­at­ing, but also sus­tain­ing a busi­ness.

Each month Bloom fo­cuses on one ma­jor busi­ness top­ic and brings in an ex­pert to teach a three-hour work­shop on the sub­ject. The vari­ous work­shops throughout the year de­tail trend fore­cast­ing, re­tail pri­cing, cost/value ana­lys­is, dis­tri­bu­tion chan­nels, profit mar­gins, sourcing, pro­duc­tion and all the dif­fer­ent in­tric­ate gears that make a busi­ness grow. The best part of the cur­riculum is it’s ad­apt­able to the DIRs’ goals and really looks at what they’re try­ing to ac­com­plish since the de­sign­ers’ busi­nesses are all at dif­fer­ent stages. In do­ing this, the cur­riculum is al­ways evolving and nev­er stale.

The de­sign­ers must go through a lengthy ap­plic­a­tion pro­cess, which in­cludes sub­mit­ting im­ages of their work, an es­say about their busi­ness, who they want to be and who their com­pet­i­tion is and an in­ter­view pro­cess. They must also be from Phil­adelphia and com­mit­ted to stay­ing in the re­gion after com­ple­tion of the res­id­ency. This year’s DIRs are com­prised of a di­verse group from all dif­fer­ent back­grounds and ages. Al­though only one month in­to their res­id­ency, they already see the price­less op­por­tun­ity the in­cub­at­or is.

Kristen and Tom Le­onard of Char­ley Girl Designs cre­ate hand­made skirts from re­claimed and re­pur­posed ma­ter­i­al, mak­ing each piece 100 per­cent unique. Both artists by school­ing, they’ve been try­ing to learn the busi­ness part of their com­pany for the last three years.

“The designs is the really nat­ur­al part for us, but what to do with them is the really un­nat­ur­al part,” Tom says. “How do you dis­trib­ute them? How do you make a liv­ing do­ing that? Where do you sell a couple thou­sand skirts a year? We’re kind of at a point where we need help get­ting to the next plat­eau.”

Kristen says this is ex­actly what their com­pany needs at ex­actly the right time. Not only have they been able to do this full time for the last three years, but the Le­onard’s are el­ev­at­ing their com­pany to the next level. Last year they sold 1,500 units and the in­cub­at­or is go­ing to help them reach their goal of 5,000 units this year.

“It’s an op­por­tun­ity to mod­el for our daugh­ters that you can spend your time do­ing something that’s go­ing to im­pact people in a pos­it­ive way,” Tom says. “We keep all this ma­ter­i­al out of land­fills and in­stead it comes to us and we turn it in­to these beau­ti­ful skirts.”

Nigel Richards was cre­at­ing clothes back in col­lege when he and his bud­dies didn’t like the book­store’s designs at the Uni­versity of Rochester. Richards and his friends took it upon them­selves and screen prin­ted cloth­ing that stu­dents ac­tu­ally wanted.

Own­er of 611 Life­style, a menswear col­lec­tion in­spired by mu­sic and Phil­adelphia’s icon­ic re­cord store and la­bel, 611 Re­cords, Richards is in over 20 re­tail loc­a­tions. He’s been ab­sorb­ing everything the in­cub­at­or has to of­fer. He of­ten walks out with four pages of notes when a speak­er comes in to talk. For Richards, he wel­comes cri­tiques of his cloth­ing even if they’re a “butt-kick­ing” as he puts it and loves the in­ter­ac­tion they’re able to get with Pro­ject Run­way judges or Whar­ton School of Busi­ness ment­ors.

“We’re get­ting in­side tours of com­pan­ies that charge $25,000 a month for their ad­vice and we’re rolling in and hav­ing a two-hour brain­storm­ing ses­sion with them,” Richards says.

The young­est of the group is Tara Hig­gins a Moore Col­lege of Art and Design gradu­ate and win­ner of the pres­ti­gi­ous Edu­cat­ors for So­cially Re­spons­ible Ap­par­el Prac­tices (ES­RAP) Award for Sus­tain­able Design in 2015. Hig­gins is look­ing to launch her brand At­ar­ashi in the spring or sum­mer of 2017. At­ar­ashi, which means new, fresh and cre­at­ive in Ja­pan­ese, is loosely in­spired by Ja­pan­ese cul­ture and will fo­cus on sea­son­less and con­vert­ible pieces. She ad­mits she was a little in­tim­id­ated at first be­cause of all of the ex­per­i­ence around her, but quickly got over it and real­ized she could use it as an im­mense as­set to help grow her own brand.

“They made all the mis­takes for me,” Hig­gins jok­ingly says. “Be­ing around all the oth­er de­sign­ers in res­id­ency, they’ve been in busi­ness so I get to bounce my ideas off of them and they have in­valu­able ad­vice for me. Some­times it’s good to see it from an out­side per­spect­ive and some­body who un­der­stands the busi­ness.”

The last de­sign­er this year is Mil­an Har­ris, own­er of Mil­ano Di Rouge. An ap­par­el brand that’s lux­uri­ous but af­ford­able for the street wear en­thu­si­ast. The brand’s mes­sage is “Mak­ing Dreams Real­ity.” Har­ris whole­heartedly be­lieves it’s nev­er too late to fol­low your dreams.

After they com­plete the pro­gram the de­sign­ers are en­cour­aged to stay in con­tact and Bloom meets up with alumni reg­u­larly to dis­cuss the con­tinu­ous chal­lenges of run­ning a busi­ness. Bloom wants PFIM­CC to be in­clus­ive and for de­sign­ers to share as much in­form­a­tion between one an­oth­er as pos­sible. A group of alumni ac­tu­ally cre­ated the Phil­adelphia Fash­ion Al­li­ance which helps main­tain the sup­port net­work they had dur­ing their res­id­ency as well as cre­at­ing monthly op­por­tun­it­ies for pop-up stores and trunk shows.

“For me, see­ing that we ac­tu­ally have 15 out of the 20 com­pan­ies that are still in busi­ness and are still design­ing col­lec­tions, are still selling and get­ting out there and grow­ing their busi­nesses, that, to me, is suc­cess,” Bloom says.

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QUIZ: Do You Know How to Dress for an Internship?


A big difference between a good theatrical farce and a so-so one is whether the story needs a lot of time setting up the pieces for the craziness to commence. The really good ones produce plot twists early, and add to them as the story goes along.

Photos by BETH BORDELON -- Eileen Peterson and Enrico Cannalla star as Suzanne and Robert in Theatre Baton Rouge's 'Don't Dress for Dinner.'

“Don’t prom dress shops for Dinner,” which opened over the weekend at Theatre Baton Rouge, is one of the good ones.

Bernard (played by Phil Blanchard) thinks he’s got a foolproof plan for a weekend tryst with a fashion model, Suzanne (Eileen Peterson), at their home in France. His wife, Gabriella (Aron Coates), is planning to visit her mother. He’s booked a Cordon Bleu-trained chef, Suzette (Shannon Harger), to make the rendezvous more pleasant, and has even invited a friend, Robert (Enrioco Cannella), to drop in as an alibi for the chef. What could go wrong?

Better question: What couldn’t?

Before she leaves, Gabriella answers the phone to discover that Robert is coming. Their conversation makes clear they are having an affair of their own, so she decides to stay. When the chef and mistress show up, they have to take on different identities to explain their presence, especially when Suzette’s husband, George (Knick Moore), drops by to take his wife home. As they say in the world of relationships, it’s complicated.

The story, of course, is only half the battle. It has to be delivered. Fortunately, the cast, directed by Kevin Harger, is up to the challenge.

Blanchard conveys the confidence and cluelessness that makes Bernard think this crazy scheme can actually work, while never picking up on the obvious signs of Robert’s designs on Gabriella. Coates brings a lot of energy to her role, and Cannella stays in an appropriately frantic mode throughout.

Shannon Harger conveys good humor (and avarice) as her cover story keeps changing, and Peterson delivers on great exasperation.

One quibble: Most of the cast’s accents are annoying. Coates uses the sort of overdone Italian accent usually found in bad spaghetti sauce commercials. (Bad commercials, not necessarily bad spaghetti sauce.) I didn’t find it as distracting last year when she played Bernard’s fiancee in “Boeing-Boeing,” a Marc Camoletti play that is a prequel to this one, but it rendered some of her lines unintelligible this time. Shannon Harger’s accent ventures back and forth across the English Channel — sometimes British, sometimes French. Peterson’s British accent is the most believable on this stage. There were times I would have preferred the actors had used their natural speaking voices.

As best we could tell, that’s what the opening-night audience did when it laughed. And it did that a lot.

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The Game-Changing Eyelash Trick from Sophia Loren


Since she first shook up the silver screen in the '50s, Sophia Loren has had one of the most iconic gazes in the world. And while her striking almond-shaped, honey-hued eyes are a gift bestowed upon her by Mother Nature, her makeup tricks are up for grabs thanks to a recent tutorial from Lisa Eldridge starring biggest-beauty-vlogger-in-the-world Huda Kattan.

Of all the game-changing tips we found in the 18-minute long video (seriously, it's worth a watch), our biggest takeaway was Loren's unique approach for applying fake lashes.

"Rather than glue them right down to the outer corner, she lifted them from the middle and out, so they were a little bit above the lashes and slightly elongated," explains Eldridge. "It was her trick for a big-eye look."

It feels a little counterintuitive, but basically you want to resist the urge for the falsies to end at the outer corner of your eye, where your real lashes do—instead you want to make like Loren and pull them a little bit past that point, so they're extended onto your cat-eye flick.

BRILLIANT. I mean, seriously, where has this trick been all of our lives?

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What's more is that the technique looks especially amazing paired with one of the oldest tricks in the Hollywood beauty book: A double cat eye accented with white eyeliner. Beloved by Loren, Marilyn Monroe, and Kim Kardashian alike, it's all about making the eyes appear larger by extending the upper and lower lashlines. You can see Ethridge give Kattan the look in the video below or by following our step-by-step tutorial here.

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