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September 9, 2012 | By Vincent Boucher, Los Angeles Times
If you think camouflage is just the stuff of old beat-up military uniforms and cheap thermals lying around dusty army-navy shops, you're missing out on the biggest hiding-in-plain-sight trend in cutting-edge menswear this fall. Camo, as fashion folk say, has been re-colored, overdyed, abstracted, digitalized, blown up, downscaled, juxtaposed and, yes, fetishized on designer runways and in luxury-accessory showrooms the last few seasons and shows no sign of letting up. It's getting a boost from young celebrities - crooner Justin Bieber wore a Dolce & Gabbana camo tee on the Teen Choice Awards red carpet in July, while co-host Kevin McHale of "Glee" was clad in camo skinny jeans from Naked & Famous Denim.
September 2, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Pow! Hot-hued, high-impact accessories can put the finishing touch on the season's sporty looks. Take a vibrant piece, like Marni's cherry-red perforated leather bag, or 3.1 Phillip Lim's vivid yellow gold leather boots, and pair with a dress, a button-down shirt, jeans or leggings in a contrasting but equally vibrant color. Or let multihued accessories like Pierre Hardy's tricolored suede and leather wedges, Balenciaga's ostrich and calfskin ankle boots, Prada's rubber-bottom Mary Jane pumps or CĂ©line's tricolor envelope bag do the color-blocking for you.
July 22, 2012 | By Alisha Gomez
Thirty-four-year-old Van de la Plante looks every bit the gentleman. Sporting a beige linen resort suit, a green Cuban guayabera cigar shirt and Cole Haan huarache sandals, De la Plante fits in well as owner of Gentlemen's Breakfast, a new boutique in Laguna Beach that sells antique eyeglasses, sunglasses and accessories. The small shop, splattered in bitter chocolate and beige tones, is decorated with manly finds and furnishings. Antique crystal decanters sit on an old desk, filled with Scotch and ready for the pour.
July 21, 2012 | By Laura Hautala, Los Angeles Times
It's official: The boat industry is no longer sinking. For the first time since 2006, sales of new boats and boating accessories were up last year, according to a report by the National Marine Manufacturing Assn. Industrywide sales were up 6%. That was mostly due to the upswing in purchases of equipment and other accessories - new boat sales were up just 1.8%. But after several disastrous years, the industry was more than willing to embrace any positive news. "With the recession, it was just like sales fell of a cliff and just kept going," said Mike Davin of Boating Industry magazine.
June 22, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Sometimes Apple becomes so wrapped up in its secrecy that it declines to release accessories that its products obviously could use. But that's what third parties are for, and right now a bunch of start-up third parties are on Kickstarter trying to get seed money for some pretty cool Apple-related projects. They range from iPhone cases and gadgets to a stand built to improve Apple's iPad Smart Cover and Smart Case. That project is the Smarter Stand , and it's a pair of clips that help you get more stand positions for your iPad out of your Smart Cover by holding together two of the cover's folds at the same time.
May 6, 2012 | By Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times
The concrete Indian on the forklift struck a precarious pose as he moved through a crowd of rummagers scouting the remains of Bud Hurlbut's workshop in Buena Park . From behind the wheel, Lonnie Lloyd waved everyone aside as he guided the 6-foot, 6-inch statue into a U-Haul van. Its new owners shimmied it against a wall. Toys, props, tools and memorabilia at Hurlbut Amusement Co. moved fast during the recent three-day sale, and Lloyd tried not to be sentimental.
April 29, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
Judging from the plethora of eye-catching eyewear that's been getting face time over the last few years - be it on the European ready-to-wear runways or in the adjoining office cubicle - it's clear that glasses have gone from nerd necessity to chic accessory. It's a shift reflected in the current look-at-me trends - retro, vintage-inspired frames, chunky tortoise shells and geometric shapes that attract rather than deflect attention - and reinforced by the laundry list of fashion-focused brands with a presence in the eyewear arena.
February 19, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
Celebrity sightings and New York Fashion Week go together like a navy blue blazer and gold buttons, and the fall-winter 2012 shows, which officially wrapped up here on Thursday, were no exception. It's to a designer's advantage to invite high-profile potential customers - and sometimes even pay them for coming - since they attract publicity and help build buzz for the brand. So stargazers had plenty to watch, starting as soon as New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz - three days off a Super Bowl win against the New England Patriots - cut the ribbon at Lincoln Center to kick off a series of Mercedes-Benz fashion week events.
February 9, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
At the headquarters of Jakks Pacific Inc. on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Chief Executive Stephen Berman is busy playing with his toys. "Look, this is an amazing, 'toyriffic' product. Just a really magical toy," Berman said, twirling around a small plastic cylinder that is part of a new line of toys for boys. "It's truly magical. " Jakks isn't as known to consumers as nearby rival Mattel Inc., which is nearly 10 times its size in sales, but it has built itself into one of the largest second-tier U.S. toy companies mainly by bulking up on products it makes under name brands such as Disney, Nickelodeon, Cabbage Patch Kids, Hannah Montana and Pokemon.
January 15, 2012 | Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The most surprising thing about West Hollywood's Gray Gallery isn't that in the 13 months since opening its doors the combination interior-design studio and jewelry boutique has emerged as a key resource for stylists looking to borrow unique jewelry to accessorize their celebrity clients. The surprise is how much of that red-carpet clientele is male. Pieces from Gray's collection of vintage cuff links, watches and rings have appeared on A-list actors including Johnny Depp, Jeremy Renner, David Boreanz and Ryan Gosling.
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