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The ’80s Bathing Suit is Back!


It was a cut that shaped a generation. High-waisted, hip-bone-grazing, and cut-to-there, the bikinis and one-pieces of the ’80s were unapologetically skimpy, and spoke to the extreme nature of the era’s fashion. Now, a host of style influencers too young to try the trend the first time around are fueling its inevitable resurgence. Whether it’s the sight of Bella Hadid hanging off the stern of a private yacht in a two-piece whose deep-V bottom frames her feminine curves or because of all the throwback moodboard Instragram accounts posting images of supermodels frolicking about in hip-bone-revealing maillots, the idea of slipping on the leg-lengthening style is becoming more and more enticing—a bombshell alternative to ubiquitous boy shorts.

That’s not to say the high cut doesn’t have its skeptics. It takes a thorough wax to pull off, for starters, and an informal poll of Vogue editors reveals that many feel the cut only works for Amazonian frames. But according to designer Amelia Lindquist of buzzy brand Solarium—a handmade line of “’80s babe-inspired” suits she created last year with her boyfriend Harry Mason Dent IV—that’s not so. “Because this cut is lengthening, it works well on most shapes,” she says. “You can see a lot of different body types embracing this cut, which is exciting!” And while Solarium’s vintage-inspired cheek-revealing suits, tied together with the most negligible of strings, flatter any number of sizes, what are the faint of heart to do? “I don’t see it as risqué,” she adds. “I see it more as a naturally empowering cut that is more aware of the female body.”

Other designers appear to agree. ACK’s recent collaboration with artist-designer Ana Kraš offers stunning, colorful options that juxtapose quirky fabrics like ribbed corduroy with saucy bikini cuts, while Hunza G’s stretchy, crinkly seersucker fabric adds a coquettish wink to the line’s body-hugging suits that reads more ingenue than sexpot. In other words, the look has range—which makes taking the plunge all the more worthwhile this summer.

Here, 32 high-cut, high-waisted styles bound to make a splash all summer long.Read more at:prom dress shops | cocktail dresses uk


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Play explores life's complex encounters


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Sometimes it’s the tension of lives teetering between happiness and heartbreak that makes for profound drama.

Perhaps it’s the jilted single woman and the betrayed husband who comfort each other at a New Year’s Eve party or a bride’s wedding-day meltdown or the unexpected death that unites an unlikely pair that gives us a glimpse of our own bared soul.

“It’s all about a variety of relationships and how we talk to one another,” said playwright and filmmaker Craig Pospisil, who explores the depths, the unspoken and always the humor of life’s intertwining relationships in his play, “Months on End.”

This week, 10 SUNY Adirondack theatre students bring Pospisil’s award-winning play to life in the university’s Queensbury theatre, starting Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

“I just love the sincerity of these characters,” said Director Johnna Maiorella, who teaches in the theatre and humanities departments at the university. “They face life struggles in a humorous way. They go through life and find the comedy in it.”

According to Pospisil, the play has been performed around the world, including in Australia and China. But it began as one story based on Santa Claus and his grandparents.

“ ‘Months’ came around kind of by accident. I wrote a piece, kind of a comedy based on my grandparents,” he said in an interview on Tuesday. “I started thinking, what if Santa was not a jolly old elf. What if Santa was like my Grandpa ... I thought, I’ll call it ‘December.’ ”

But Pospisil realized there would have to be 11 other months, and as the play evolved, the grandparent and Santa scene got pulled, ending up in another play, “Life is Short.”

“Over time, it became clearer and clearer when exploring the relationships with these people that the elderly couple had to go,” he said. “The play was taking on a much more realistic tone.”

As part of a theatre class that began in January, the students have been rehearsing the play for the past six to eight weeks during their three-hour class time.

“Toward the end, we added more hours and weekends,” Maiorella said. “The issues are very timely and the students have a passion about it … They’ve enjoyed it very much.”

Because “Months on End” is a character study that moves through 12 months of the year from one scene to another, the set is spare, Pospisil said. Although, when it was recently performed in southern China, the designers did incredible things with the set: “They devised something wonderful that rolled and broke apart.”

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Maiorella said the SUNY Adirondack performance uses few props and a minimalist set.

“It’s not about the set … the actors create the environment,” she said, pointing to their use of simple blocks for the set that remind her of the Broadway play, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.”

“Again, it goes back to the characters, they are so sincere,” she said. “It has an episodic feel. It is a character study that delves into the characters.”

A collaboration with the music department led to two of the actors playing acoustic guitars and singing songs from the Beatles, like “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “Here Comes the Sun,” during scene transitions.

In 2015, Pospisil turned the first scene of “Months on End” into a short film, “January,” which was screened last October at the Adirondack Film Festival in Glens Falls. Pospisil was in town for the screening.

“I’ve always wanted to adapt ‘Months’ for the screen, and ‘January’ is the perfect scene to start with,” he said. “Not only is it the beginning of the play, but it’s a self-contained story that stands well on its own and creates the world of the play in miniature.”

“Months on End” premiered in 2002 at Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan, and has since enjoyed a long run in dozens of theaters.

Following a circle of family and friends in different combinations and situations over the course of year, the play opens at a New Year’s Eve party with strangers Elaine and Walter drinking champagne while Elaine details the dismal year she had, including her dog’s death from kidney failure.

There are Phoebe and Ben, who have lingering doubts about their upcoming wedding. There is Elaine, who is jealous of Phoebe and Ben’s relationship, since she has a pattern of getting dumped after no more than five dates. There’s Walter’s brother, Nick, who proposes to Paige on a beach in Mexico, who screams and drops the ring. Or what about Heidi, Phoebe’s sister, who delivers a commencement address that starts as a tribute to the graduates’ parents, but degenerates into a hysterical tirade against them.

As students ready for Thursday’s performance, they undertook a final rehearsal on Tuesday at the university theatre.

“I wish a ‘break a leg’ to the school in its performance,” Pospisil said.Read more at:prom dresses 2017


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Just Married at Brussels Costume and Lace Museum


Get me to the church on time. Or is it city hall? Perhaps a sandy beach?

The institution of marriage has undergone its own evolution but its representation has been documented for posterity in a charming exhibition covering two centuries of bourgeois bridal fashions at the Costume and Lace Museum in Brussels.

Ever stop to think why brides traditionally wear white, why they cover their heads with a veil, what constitutes a dowry, what makes up a trousseau, and what it all signifies?

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It’s not just “snowy” white.

It’s cream, pearl grey, beige, in fact, 50 shades of white, as displayed in various museum glass cases.

The symbolism behind it: white represents purity and innocence.

The fashion of the Directoire and the Empire (1795-1820) advocated a return to antiquity and was largely inspired by Greco-Roman statuary with high-waisted draped dresses in white muslin. At the time, fashion magazines, which became increasingly numerous with a larger readership, featured white wedding dresses. Until then only the aristocratic elite had been able to afford them.

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Since the dogma of the Immaculate Conception was proclaimed in 1856, the color white also embodies virginity. As of this date, the rites of inclusion and passages in the Catholic faith all involved the color white, i.e. baptism, holy communion and marriage.

The veil is another part of the nuptial rite, which, according to exhibition experts, dates back to the Romans. The man apparently placed he veil on his bride’s head, marking her passage from her father’s house to that of her husband.

Before 19th century tradition dictated that wedding dresses had to be white, they came in various colors, including black, which some brides chose so they could repurpose their garments for use on Sundays and at parties in a bid for economy and efficiency.

Interestingly, women on their second marriages or older brides turned to grey, beige, or violet. Today, it’s anything goes.

That was on the surface, but what about underneath?

An elaborate selection of lace and other items made up the undergarments brides wore and continue to wear.

One display groups late 18th century garters of silk taffeta embroidered with silk thread and quilted with wool, others with silk thread and chenille, a gold-plated metal buckle and metal springs enclosed in the elasticated part of the taffeta, 1925 stockings with Valenciennes lace running from the foot up to the knee with white embroidery, and a 1950s ivory-colored, machine-made lace corset to narrow a woman’s waist.

In certain wedding ceremonies, the ritual of the auction of the garters symbolizes the rite of passage. The symbolic dispute between the two families about who will win the auction epitomizes the passage of the woman from one clan to another. The garter, which was part of the bride’s undergarments, also alludes to sexuality and fertility.

Marriage was a financial affair, requiring a contract and exchange of goods that was fashionable until the 1950s.

The contract back then mentioned the amount of the bride’s dowry and the value of the trousseau, depending on the family’s budget.

For the liberal set, the concept may seem outrageous, but traditional and other societies follow the rule to this day.

It was said “her dowry makes her even prettier,” notably for an unattractive woman.

But what did it include that she alone owned and that the husband only managed as a custodian?

The trousseau consisted of household linen, especially sheets and tablecloths, undergarments and dresses for every day and was the only asset the woman could dispose of at will. Women of that period began preparing their trousseaus from adolescence.

On the flip side, there was the “corbeille” (a basket) consisting of furniture, jewelry, furs, fans, opera glasses, handkerchiefs and other goodies the future husband would send his promised wife after signing the wedding contract.

These items were destined to enhance the appearance of the future wife. The wedding corbeille, which already existed in the 18th century, is generally described in etiquette manuals as a large wicker basket lined with white satin. In the 20th century, this custom dwindled.

Back then the “corbeille” amounted to 5% of the bride’s dowry but that tradition has been replaced by gifts from family members and friends.

The wedding list is evidence of the change. It includes silverware, crockery, decorative items, appliances, and other needed items.

Short of that, a bank account is listed into which loved ones transfer funds for the couple to choose how to spend the money.

Needless to say, with women in the workforce, pre-nuptial agreements, cohabitation (sometimes with children), and various definitions of gender, the customs have had to evolve as well.

But the wedding dress is still very much part of the marriage ritual and tradition-minded brides often give it as much attention as the ceremony itself.


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