February 17, 2013 |
If there was one conclusion to take away from the menswear collections shown here during the fashion week that ended Thursday, it's that guys have a lot to get excited about when it comes to taking their fall-winter wardrobes up a couple of notches. Below are five of the things that will have men looking forward to fall. MORE FASHION WEEK COVERAGE The rise of cashmere It feels like just yesterday (it was November, actually) when L.A.-based designer Greg Chaitseemingly came out of nowhereto win the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award for his Elder Statesman line of super-luxe cashmere knits.
February 8, 2013 |
Los Angeles-based label BCBG kicked off New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on Friday morning, with Max and Lubov Azria showing their fall-winter 2013 collection. The look: Urban bedouin if there is such a thing, with layered loose silk pants, tunics and dresses in laser-cut mosaic-like patterns, worn with fun multicolored, patterned fur coats and baseball jackets. Thigh-high leather legging-boots and slouchy cashmere beanies added a streetwise edge. Palette included blue, burgundy, black and white.
December 23, 2012 |
When Greg Chait won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in New York City last month, the man behind the Elder Statesman line of ultra-luxury cashmere knits - think $5,525 blankets, $1,890 belted cardigan sweaters and $380 ski caps - was practically unknown outside the fashion industry. And he was only slightly better known within it. "That's because I don't talk unless I have something to say," Chait says, sitting behind the wooden table that doubles as a desk in his tiny West Hollywood office/atelier - the exact location of which he'd rather not divulge.
November 18, 2012 |
When it comes to knits, cashmere is king, the ultra luxe fabric a symbol of opulence and unrivaled comfort. This season, simple V-neck sweaters and checkered scarves are taking a back seat to a new wave of cashmere offerings. The traditional fabric is getting a makeover in bright colors, funky patterns and covetable shapes to wear all winter long. The Marc by Marc Jacobs Sonia striped sweater from Net-a-porter.com ($295) comes with a detachable black tulle collar for an updated twist on the classic striped sweater.
December 4, 2011 |
"It's been a disaster, a disaster," bellows Ubaldo Grazia. The owner of his family's 500-year-old ceramics business isn't talking about the financial meltdown in his country or the Eurozone debt crisis, but the weak U.S. economy that he said had cost him one customer after another. Saks, Tiffany, Nieman Marcus, Williams-Sonoma — his list goes on. Grazia's company, now in its 25th generation, is one of dozens of ceramics makers struggling in this picturesque medieval town known for its handcrafted pottery.
November 27, 2011 |
H&M and other big-box retailers are obvious go-tos for fast fashion. But they aren't the only stores in town for shoppers seeking that little black dress in lace or a cashmere sweater that won't break the bank. Many of L.A.'s independent boutiques offer a curated selection of dresses, sweaters, pants and accessories in a more intimate environment with attentive service. Below we look at five of those boutiques, with current styles and prices that frequently average less than $100.