By Steve Johnson and Tribune reporter | November 22, 2010
Three items Oprah Winfrey did not give away — but perhaps should have — on her annual "Favorite Things" audience-bounty episodes Friday and Monday: Chloraseptic spray, to soothe throats raw from screaming. A pashmina handkerchief to wipe the eyes moistened from the crying that accompanied the screaming. A recording of The Beatles' first U.S. concert appearance, for purposes of noise-level comparison. For her final season of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," Winfrey doubled up on the doling...
October 8, 2009
Her fashion philosophy: "I definitely think you should stay true to yourself because fashion is all about self-expression. If you're going to follow trends, make it your own." Where she shops: American Eagle, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, thrift stores, department store clearance racks. Trend she is happy to see go away: "Ugg boots -- not my favorite trend. It seems so unconventional, and some people are just going along with it because everyone else is." Fall must-have item: "Probably a...
By Wendy Navratil | October 27, 2002
If you could swear you saw Tipper Gore or Elizabeth Hurley breezing down the street last week, your eyes weren't necessarily playing tricks on you. It was a big week for big names in style-related events. First off, "Vogue Takes Chicago" brought in Gore and designer Nicole Miller last Tuesday for a luncheon and fashion show to kick off a series of events that showcased brands that win the magazine's approval. Here's a brief list: Frette, the bed linens shop on Oak Street; Nars cosmetics (the event...
May 15, 2009
Celebrities have undressed for photo shoots and movie roles. And many boast those aren't the only times they get naked. RedEye ranks the stars who show the most skin to the ones who swear to cover up.. Exhibitionist: "Oh yeah, bro, I love playing drums naked. Who doesn't like comfort and music?" -- Matthew McConaughey in Feb. 2008 issue of Playboy Stripped: "A big whole year, we just celebrated our first anniversary and on Sundays we just do everything in the house and we're just cozy and laid-back, we...
By Brittany Edwards, The Dallas Morning News | August 10, 2005
For many women, shoe shopping is a hobby. But for Irving, Texas, resident Adriann Jones, finding fashionable footwear to fit her size-11 feet is a chore. So, although she has an electrical engineering degree, worked for NASA as an astronaut instructor and has done marketing for several telecom companies, the 37-year-old has taken her smarts into the fashion industry to fill a void that she's battled all her life: shoes for women with feet that aren't average size. "When I was a...
By Sandra M. Jones, TRIBUNE REPORTER | October 17, 2008
Crocs Inc. opened its first Midwest flagship this week at the Palmer House hotel on State Street in the Loop as part of a yearlong effort to convince shoppers that it is more than a one-hit wonder. The maker of the crayon-colored, perforated, rubbery clogs began opening its own stores last year just as sales began to slow. The Palmer House flagship, Crocs' eighth free-standing store in the U.S., showcases an array of Crocs merchandise that isn't commonly associated with the faddish brand.
By Chicago Tribune | May 11, 2004
Evanston, New Trier teens spar over which has more cliques Yes, you can find some mean girls on the North Shore. And yes, there are cliques. Plenty of them. But are North Shore high schools ruled by ruthless queen bees who crush the spirits of their classmates under the toes of $150 shearling Ugg boots, as portrayed in the teen movie "Mean Girls?" Kids at Evanston Township High School, where the movie was set, say no and point their fingers north. "I think it's more New Trier-ish," said Kiona...
By Michael Phillips, Tribune theater critic | February 5, 2005
For a working definition of professional pride, check out Cathy Rigby, the hardest-working sprite in show business, in "Peter Pan," now at the Cadillac Palace through Feb. 13. It is being billed as Rigby's farewell appearance in the 1954 musical version of the J.M. Barrie arrested-development classic. Rigby played Chicago a little over two years ago in far less happy circumstances, portraying the Cat in the Hat in "Seussical the Musical." That show refused to fly despite Rigby's best...
By FROM NEWS SERVICES | December 22, 2007
With less than four days left until Christmas, the nation's retailers are in a lather to attract last-minute shoppers to salvage what has been a mediocre December. Department-store operator Macy's has slashed prices on everything from clothing to jewelry, while Toys "R" Us is offering price cuts of up to 75 percent this weekend. At stake are retailers' profits for the year and perhaps even the strength of the economy. While consumers jammed stores at the start of the season for big discounts and...