October 14, 1990
Hey, Barbara Foley, how about joining the '90s? I found it dismaying that you considered only women who work outside the home to be "successful Southern California women." What about those women that have foregone the social acceptability of outside employment to stay at home raising our next generation? Why is it so hard for our society to recognize this group of working women, and why do we continue to be stereotyped? You may not believe this, but there are some housewives out here that are educated, intelligent and, yes, chic.
HOME & GARDEN
January 2, 2010 |
Inside the dimly lighted splendor of the 3-month-old West Hollywood nightclub Voyeur, the chairs look like traditional Victorian antiques. Venture closer, however, and they offer a titillating surprise. One wing chair seems to be encased in a lace-paneled corset; others are detailed with the metal hardware and bondage straps of leather fetishists. There is even one with a harness that designer Ted Nemeth calls the Restraint chair. Restrained, this is not. The furnishings at Voyeur are elegant yet decidedly edgy, and along with the décor in Los Angeles clubs such as Bordello and the Edison, they signal what may be a different direction for interior design in the new year.
May 16, 2010 |
Just a stone's throw from Pink's hot dogs and set off by a bright orange awning, Zainab is an oasis of eclectic glamour on a gritty stretch of Melrose Avenue. In the six months since boutique owner Zainab Sumu moved her operation from a private, appointment-only salon in Hollywood to a 1,300-square-foot ground floor retail space, Zainab has steadily generated buzz as one of L.A.'s most creatively curated shops. Her best customers remain the stylists and personal shoppers who know Zainab as a key source of Azzedine Alaia fashion, Mariages Frères teas and local design talents such as Gregory Parkinson.
HOME & GARDEN
July 13, 2010 |
Designer Rachel Ashwell, the creator of the Shabby Chic brand, has sold her Malibu cottage for $3.55 million. The one-story home, behind the gates of Malibu Colony, has limestone flooring, a master suite with an office area and separate one-bedroom, one-bathroom guest quarters. In total there are four bedrooms, four bathrooms and 1,783 square feet of living space. A brick patio and spa are surrounded by gardens. Ashwell focuses on comfortable, practical designs and time-worn objects.
August 20, 2000
I chuckled as I read the silly and unsophisticated comments made by Playboy's Cindy Rakowitz and Richard Rosenzweig in Reed Johnson's well-written "L.A.'s Long, Strange Tryst With the Democrats" (Aug. 9). Playboy's Democratic Party [standing] seems to be just like its company stock--in the doghouse. Rosenzweig and Playboy were "surprised" by the upper-class snub, but I am not, because Playboy needs to clean up its act and corporate image. Gutter chic is not in vogue as usual, even during the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.
June 15, 1989 |
Women's Wear Daily's "Red Guard" sportswear supplement is leaving the fashion industry's trade bible a little red-faced, given China's current political climate. The publication carried a cover photograph last week highlighting Mao Tse-tung-style jackets. The spread inside touted "proletarian chic" as the look for fall. In copy promoting the look, WWD said, "Smartly cut Mao jackets, already a proven hit in China, are being taken up by American designers. Overalls, jumpsuits and jumpers are also key to the new utilitarian chic . . . The proletarian palette is subdued but not drab."