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June 17, 2010 | S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
Area restaurants take advantage of the climate to make eating alfresco an event. Funny, when I think about favorite restaurant meals, a good many of them have involved dining outdoors — dinner at Marie-Claude Gracias' restaurant in southwestern France followed by coffee in the dark beside the river, a long, intricate lunch outside at the French Laundry in Napa Valley, savoring seafood pasta at a trattoria on a hillside overlooking the bay...
April 21, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Eco-conscious and sustainably produced clothing has long been associated with murky-colored, burlap-reminiscent items focused more on sending an Earth-friendly message than on looking runway-ready. So as Earth Day approaches on Tuesday, it's good to know there are now some chic, sustainable options. From sourcing fabrics to creating hangtags, each of the brands highlighted here considers impact on the Earth in production choices and uses recycled materials as often as possible - in some cases, building an entire line on repurposed materials.
July 17, 1988
"Soviet Chic," by George Stein (June 5), revealed a broad-based, if somewhat superficial, attraction by Americans to almost everything Soviet. We must take issue with the remarks concerning the trade relationships between Los Angeles and the Soviet Union. Armand Hammer notwithstanding, our firm has had as its sole customer for the last 30 years the Soviet Union. KAAREN E. BOOTHROYD DEBORAH M. BOWES ROMAINE FIELDING ENTERPRISES INC. Westlake Village
April 21, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
During her royal tour of New Zealand this month, Catherine, duchess of Cambridge, stepped out in a sharply tailored, custom Alexander McQueen coat and a perfect ponytail. Smoothly volumized, with a wide lock of hair wrapped around the band, Middleton's pony looked relaxed yet royally polished. Kate's 'do garnered raves on fashion and style blogs, showing she's not alone in appreciating the dependable hairstyle that works day and night, rain or shine. More than a fast solution on bad hair days, it's an instant styling trick - the ponytail's effortless, devil-may-care attitude balances the formality of structured suiting, dazzling jewelry and elegant dresses.
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.
January 2, 2010 | By David A. Keeps
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 | By Steffie Nelson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
July 13, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
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 | DOTTIE ENRICO, Newsday
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."
April 5, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
French contemporary labels are expanding their retail presence globally at a fast clip. Besides Sandro, several others are moving into Los Angeles, where their takes on effortlessly undone chic resonate particularly well. They all have similar offerings (biker jackets and skinny jeans are mainstays for each label, for example, and I challenge you to distinguish them from one another). But there are subtle differences between the brands in terms of look and feel. Maje The look: Casual but polished women's wear, resort-ready glam with a heady dose of embroidery and lace.
March 25, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
When I was a kid I didn't want to wear glasses because I was afraid people would make fun of me and call me “four eyes.” Now I'm an adult, and for $1,500 (or so), soon I will be able to buy a pair of Google Glass - and then I can have people make fun of me, or, worse, beat me up. It's called, uh, progress. Of course, Google Glass aren't glasses, although yes, they look like glasses. No, Google Glass are wearable computers. (Fortunately, they're light; imagine having to tote an original IBM PC around on one's head!
March 9, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay
We've seen supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio posing in bejeweled bikinis and gigantic feather wings. Now she's crossing over to the other side of the camera, creating a line of beachy, bohemian clothing called ále by Alessandra. The longtime Victoria's Secret Angel draws on her Brazilian heritage and Southern California lifestyle for the collection, which is scheduled to debut at Planet Blue stores and on March 15. "It reflects my everyday life," Ambrosio says of the collection, whose pieces sell for $60 to $260.
February 28, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Every journey tells a story, whether it's a weekend road trip up Pacific Coast Highway or a yearlong, round-the-world jaunt. And Tumi hopes that with its new Santa Monica collection of bags and accessories, your luggage will tell a tale too. That was what George Esquivel, the Buena Park-based shoemaker who was appointed Tumi's creative director in January 2013, had in mind when he decided to use soft, buttery leather for the assortment of duffels,...
February 17, 2014 | By August Brown
Classic disco fans, break out your wide lapels and polyester, because a '70s dance revival is coming to the Hollywood Bowl in May. Nile Rodgers' Chic and Giorgio Moroder are teaming up for a bill showcasing the ongoing love affair between contemporary producers and the vibes of vintage dance music . Younger electronic acts including Oliver, Tensnake and Hard's Gary Richards (in his Destructo alias) will open the night.  The show, produced by Andrew Hewitt, Bill Silva and Hard Events, will hit the Hollywood Bowl on May 10. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.  “This is a unique show we are bringing to the Hollywood Bowl," Hewitt said.
February 8, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Buffalo checks, Cowichan sweaters and personalized embroidered bowling shirts ... you might call it blue-collar chic. There was a familiar, American ruggedness to the fall 2014 Rag and Bone designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville showed Friday night at New York Fashion Week. And what coziness, from the shearling-lined mules to the sweaters made in collaboration Coogi, the colorful Australian knitwear manufacturer made famous by America's '80s-era First Dad Bill Cosby. The look: Working class heroes.
January 19, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
The fishtail hems, the fairy-tale details, the strapless silhouettes... For so long, red carpets were a sea of sameness. You knew what you were going to see before you even tuned in. Not so this awards show season. The best dressed on the SAG Awards red carpet exemplified a new kind of fearless, modern chic that's taking over Hollywood. SAG Awards 2014: Best dressed | Worst dressed Topping the list were "Game of Thrones" actress Emilia Clarke in a dramatic liquid metallic Calvin Klein dress with a single cap sleeve that made her look like a beautiful bronze statue, and "Blue Jasmine's" Cate Blanchett in a blush pink Givenchy gown with a scarf-like front.
January 18, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay
"New Girl" actress Hannah Simone's 1960s hair and makeup at the Screen Actors Guild Awards go perfectly with her floaty, white Marchesa gown. And her makeup look is a lesson in cheap-chic red carpet cosmetics. Makeup artist Marina Gravani used Pixi by Petra products from Target, each of which sells for less than $28. Gravani started with the line's Flawless Beauty Primer, applying it just to the cheekbones and bridge of the nose for what she calls a “lit-from-within glow.” She dusted a light layer of Flawless Vitamin Veil over Simone's entire face and focused on brightening the actress' eyes with Eye Bright Kit concealer applied to the inner corner of the eye area.
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