November 10, 2013 |
After 16 years at the helm of Coach, Reed Krakoff left the American heritage brand this fall to chart a solo course with his own label, which is starting to really gain momentum. In the three years since launching his namesake brand, Krakoff has dressed Lena Dunham, Julianne Moore and First Lady Michelle Obama, who wore his cobalt blue dress on the March 2013 cover of Vogue. He has a robust accessories business (the Boxer and Atlantique bags have been big hits), which accounts for about 70% of sales, and his ready-to-wear clothing is gaining momentum among women looking for something intellectual, modern and American.
July 10, 2013 |
Long before designers at Chloe, Balenciaga and Valentino started loading up their leather accessories with heavy metal, designer Calleen Cordero was L.A.'s queen of studs with boho flair. Cordero launched her handmade leather shoes with elaborate studwork in 2001, and has nurtured it grass-roots-style into a full line of leather accessories. "When I first launched the collection, no one had ever seen anything like a $500 or $600 wedge with turquoise studs, and my shoes were sitting next to Manolo Blahniks," says Cordero, who lives in Laurel Canyon.
July 1, 2013 |
A man arrested in Florida has agreed to return to Massachusetts to face a charge in the murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez . Ernest Wallace , 41, faces a charge of accessory after the fact in the slaying of semipro football player Odin Lloyd . Wallace turned himself in at a Miramar, Fla., police station last week. An assistant to Broward County Judge John Hurley said Wallace waived extradition Monday and agreed to go back to Massachusetts.
June 21, 2013 |
Like the independent Wanted Design show that ran concurrently with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York last month, the inaugural Parachute Market is set to launch this weekend blocks from the Dwell on Design expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Presented by the vintage furniture and design shop Storefront, the marketplace is intended to be a quarterly outlet for furniture, accessories, fine art and decorative arts...
June 19, 2013 |
On Tuesday, I wrote a post about the new "Paul Frank Presents" collection of accessories designed in collaboration with Native American artists. After so many egregious misappropriations of Native American culture by fashion brands (“Navajo” T-shirts at Urban Outfitters and feather headdresses on the runway at Victoria's Secret), I wrote that it was heartening to learn that Los Angeles-based Paul Frank , the brand that turned a sock monkey into a fashion statement, announced it is collaborating with four tribes in regions across the country in what seemed to be an authentic way, giving artists the opportunity to design accessories for a special collection launching in August on PaulFrank.com.
June 19, 2013 |
The annual Dwell on Design show returns to Los Angeles this weekend with some familiar features: prefab houses, Airstream trailers, the latest in green cars. But we're pleased to report the contemporary design expo has some new faces too -- furniture and accessories we spotted last month while covering New York Design Week . If you missed them the first time around, you can see the colorful stainless steel indoor-outdoor furnishings by the Salvadoran manufacturer MarkaModerna, inventive accessories by up-and-coming Norway design students, experimental furnishings in surprising materials by the Guatemala-based Fabrica, stunning blankets by Mandal Veveri and, at the end of the day, rest in a prototype of the comfortable reclining leather VAD AS chair. This year's Dwell on Design Artist in Residence is Tanya Aguiñiga , who will be assembling and making furniture and accessories on site for people living in transitional housing.
June 18, 2013 |
After so many egregious misappropriations of Native American culture by fashion brands (“Navajo” T-shirts at Urban Outfitters and feather headdresses on the runway at Victoria's Secret), it was interesting to see this come across my email. The whimsical Los Angeles-based Paul Frank , the brand that turned a sock monkey into a fashion statement, is collaborating with four different tribes in regions across the country in what seems to be an authentic way, giving artists the opportunity to design accessories for a special “Paul Frank Presents” collection launching in August on PaulFrank.com.
May 29, 2013 |
Could fashion photographers be the next big design collaborators to make a dent in the shopping scene? Peruvian lensman Mario Testino is launching the MATE collection exclusively at Net-a-porter.com on June 5, sampling his colorful images of traditional Peruvian textiles on cool kaftans, totes, clutches and scarves that fit perfectly with summer's beachy, boho vibe. The pieces feature abstract and enlarged sections of Testino's exhibition, “Alta Moda,” which opened April 18 at Avenido Pedro de Osma in Lima, Peru.
May 26, 2013 |
From digitally printed textiles to stylish tech gadgets and even wearable computing, the ever-growing partnership of fashion and technology is catapulting the design world into a whole new dimension. Evidence was everywhere at the New York fall-winter 2013 fashion presentations in February - from models tweeting as they walked the runway at the end of the Kenneth Cole show to Vivienne Tam's "propaganda print" dresses bearing a pattern that incorporated QR barcodes, readable by scanners to link back to Tam's Facebook page.
March 27, 2013 |
Potter and home furnishings designer Jonathan Adler is bringing his signature brand of “happy chic” to the world of fashion, with a new line of men's and women's accessories landing now in his boutiques, including the ones in L.A. and Orange County. Colorful scarves, ties, hats, bags and belts, priced from $38 to $398, incorporate whimsical design motifs such as birds and Greek keys taken from his home accessories line and have the pimped-out preppy vibe of his interiors at the Parker Palm Springs Hotel and elsewhere.