Your problem is probably some screwy CSS in the skin.
If the skin you want to use doesn't show something, step one is to inspect it with Firebug or the Webkit inspector. You will probably find the item that way and it will be styled in a way that makes it invisible.
If you still want to use the defective skin (and that seems to be a thing), use the debugger to add CSS that makes it look nice. Then use the debugger to figure out a CSS selector for it...
And then (I'm getting tired just describing the process) go to
Admin->Appearance->Custom HTML and CSS
And create an appropriate CSS definition.
If it doesn't work. Repeat and revise until it does.
I revised the style I am using substantially using this technique (here).