In sheep’s clothing

Workout clothing might warrant a new animal mascot: the super-furry, curvy-horned merino sheep. A new Bethesda shop encourages exercisers to go wild for wool.

Blockbuster ensembles

The decades-spanning, cinematic "Hollywood Costume" — a blockbuster from London’s Victoria & Albert Museum — uses glamorous outfits to delve into how clothes make the (fictional) man or woman.

Face Time: Bryan Mason and Jeanine Hays

On their blog, AphroChic (, Philadelphia husband-and-wife design team Bryan Mason and Jeanine Hays chronicle how they blend culturally relevant elements (African textiles, tribal statues) with modern decor.

Face Time: Megan Mullally

Many fans know actress/comedian Megan Mullally as the wisecracking (and Emmy Award-winning) sidekick from “Will & Grace.” But Mullally also has singing chops, which she shows off as half of the duo Nancy & Beth.

A cinematic chiller

'Special Topics in Calamity Physics' author Marisha Pessl weaves a dark story about movies, death and family in her new book, ‘Night Film.’

Dressing a Stormy Era

Since 2007, the retro alchemy of AMC’s “Mad Men” has been zapping viewers back to the 1960s. (Its believed-to-be final season begins in early 2014.) The show’s canny blend of character studies and drama relies heavily on the work of costume designer Janie Bryant, who has garnered both critical acclaim (multiple Emmy nominations) and widespread […]

Face Time: Byron Lars

In an era of place-mat-size miniskirts and skinny jeans that only suit waifs, designer Byron Lars focuses on dresses and jackets with curvy, feminine appeal. No wonder first lady Michelle Obama often rocks his Beauty Mark by Byron Lars day-to-cocktail frocks and sportswear. The industry vet also creates capsule collections for Anthropologie. Locally, Beauty Mark […]