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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘1920s’
Posted: March 25th, 2014

GeigerThe brand outfits the famous: Caroline Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth, the queen of Sweden, Elizabeth Von Trapp, Gorbachev, and teams from the 1956 Olympics. If you’ve never heard of Geiger coats, get ready for a terrific introduction during a trunk sale Thursday, March 27, from noon to 5 p.m. at AJ’s in the Colony Plaza, 2636 West Eighth St.

The Austrian brand is impressive, and I got a phone interview with one of the iconic family members – Hansjörg Geiger a third generation owner.

The brand started with his grandmother, Barbara Geiger, in 1906 with a collection of leggings and cardigans and moved on to sweaters and more with her son, Peter, who took the reins in the 1920s. The brand evolved into a global fashion statement with skirts, suits, coats and more. In 1978, Hansjörg Geiger, became president and brought the brand to Middlebury, Vt.

So how does a brand carry on for more than a century? “When you create two lines every year, you have a lot of innovations,” Hansjörg Geiger said. He said they always adds bright colors like kelly green. “There’s always a different shade of green,” he said. “Green and black are very important. With black –nobody can miss — it flatters your body, makes you slim, and it is timeless.”

Born in 1943, Hansjörg Geiger said the fourth generation of Geigers also work at the company with his children, Barbara Geiger-Singer, Elisabeth Geiger and Peter Geiger are involved in the company.

Hansjörg Geiger calls Austria home, but he visits the U.S. four time a year for shows.  What does he say about the fashion industry? “Success is to be always present in the market and to forecast what it will be – nobody knows.  It changes – it’s like wakes in the ocean. It rolls down, and then there’s another wake. What wake will be higher or lower?”

Check out the wake of fashion at AJ’s on Thursday.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: May 16th, 2013


Last year, my team and I tracked and interviewed countless murder suspects, got the dirt on wealthy families that shaped Erie history and had a rip-roaring good time at the Watson-Curtze Mansion.

I felt like I was at Downton Abbey. And you can too!

It’s a real life game of Clue where actors portray the suspects — and they are stationed in various rooms of the four-story mansion and neighboring Planetarium. Everyone has a story, but you can’t always believe it — because one of them is a murderer!

Is it the doctor? The gardener? The lawyer? The spurned ex-wife? The mistress? The nanny? The long lost son or the guy who pretended to be the long lost son? Clues, clues — you must find all the clues! 

Join us — dress in your best 1920s fashions, enjoy the cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. And find the murderer!

Saturday, June 15 at  6 p.m. The after party begins at 8 p.m.

Teams of six can register for $250 before May 24. After, teams are $300. The Erie County Historical Society will match individuals and couples with a group if you do not have a team.

If you can’t make the game … join the Roaring 20s themed after party at the mansion. Tickets sold separately at only $20.

Hurry — this event sells out every year! Call 814-454-1813 x24

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom of three.


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Posted: April 19th, 2013

Screen-shot-2013-04-05-at-8_58_17-AMI can’t help but wonder if the resurgence of The Great Gatsby-ish glam isn’t helped a little bit by Downton Abbey‘s fashions. Squidoo agrees with me — the 1920s were soo elegant. Click on the photo, and it takes you to Fashionista.com and links to the film trailer. The new movie is just weeks away from hitting theaters.

The Great Gatsby,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel published in 1925, returns to the screen for the sixth time. Scroll to the bottom for Wikipedia’s entire list of who’s who in the films.

Gatsby brings us lace, drop waists, satin and flowing, fluid style. Femininity reigns. It’s big fashion news in London – click here for more on that. One quirky thing is this movie was delayed in release … a few times, but fashion houses were ready. So some of us already have our Daisy Buchanan duds and frocks. I know I have at least four lacy numbers that look remarkably like what I wore in the 1970s when Gatsby was released. The colors, the fabrics — welcome back, Daisy.

Brooks Brothers is into the fashion – click here for the men’s side.

I remember the 1974 movie and the style. Daisy Buchanan was played by Mia Farrow — she’s now 68. Click here for an update on her. Robert Redford was Jay Gatsby. Farrow  married Frank Sinatra and then settled in with Woody Allen. She was a fixture on “Peyton Place” and played the mom in “Rosemary’s Baby.”And who doesn’t know Robert Redford?

Direct from Wikipedia– here are the six movies all sort of based on the novel:

  1. The Great Gatsby, 1926  – a silent movie of a stage adaptation, starring Warner Baxter, Lois Wilson, and William Powell. It is rumored ot be the best adaptation of the novel, but we’ll never know. A trailer of the film at National Archives is all anyone can find.
  2. The Great Gatsby, 1949  – starred Alan Ladd, Betty Field and Shelley Winters.
  3. The Great Gatsby, 1974 – the most famous screen version and memorable to folks like me.  Sam Waterston was narrator Nick Carraway, with Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan and Robert Redford as Gatsby. Get this – script by Francis Ford Coppola.
  4. The Great Gatsby, 2000  – a made-for-TV movie starring Toby Stephens, Paul Rudd and Mira Sorvino.
  5. G, 2002 – sort of based on Gastby and starring Richard T. Jones, Blair Underwood, and Chenoa Maxwell.
  6. The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire. Coming our way  May 10.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom of three.


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Posted: March 23rd, 2013

WC3-300x291Always wanted to tour the homes on Millionaire’s Row? Now’s your chance.  Take a peek at residences and churches on the tour this week in House to Home. Then buy your $10 ticket for the April 25 tour. It sells out every year. The Watson-Curtze mansion, at left, is on the tour. Read the full story here.

Check out all of House to Home right here:

At the art of it all – customize your living space with custom art from a local artist. Take a look at what Sabrina Fischer of Sassy Peacock Galleria did for clients. The custom painting on the wall below is exactly what the client wanted — and completed by a local artist. You can do it too. At the art of it all
Award-winning seeds promise living color
Erie’s Sue Scholz tells us about the AAS winner seed packages we can start indoors, and she gives us a glimpse of the colorful beauty that awaits.
Hello Kitty wall graphics – the 40-year-old cat with no mouth is as popular as ever! 

Midcentury home is fine fit for young couple – 20 somethings love ranches, and they have vision.
Sink includes smart divide – the perfect kitchen sink is out there. Why didn’t someone think of this sooner?
1960s foam home is far-out, sculpted dome – part cave, part art — it’s worth a look.
Adventures with backyard chickens – OK — it’s not for everyone, but backyard farms are gaining fans. Cluck cluck!
Pottery dates to 1920s – sometimes Grandma’s vase is worth a bundle, and sometimes it came from Woolworth’s, but it’s still beautiful.

Happy Saturday!

Pam Parker has been writing about real estate, homes, home improvement and decor for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one. 

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