November 6, 2011 |
Throughout his career, costume designer Mark Bridges has styled looks from diverse decades. For the 1970s-era "Boogie Nights," he outfitted Mark Wahlberg in denim bell bottoms. In "Blow," he found Johnny Depp '60s-inspired pocketed suits and turtlenecks to wear. And in last year's "Greenberg," he put Ben Stiller in a puffy vest and cable-knit sweater typical of a modern-day, middle-age slacker. But approaching the late 1920s was especially daunting for Bridges. For one, he knew it would prove difficult to track down actual materials from the period.
November 21, 2010 |
When Google took the wraps off its foray into online fashion retail a few days ago, anyone who hadn't sat through one of the nearly hour-long Web demonstrations couldn't have been faulted for thinking Boutiques.com was just another in an increasingly crowded field of "curated retail" sites. (At launch, the site focused on women's clothing and accessories only ? with the goal of eventually expanding into menswear.) It is ? and it isn't. Aiming to serve up clothing and accessories based on personal preferences (the way Pandora suggests new music based on the music you like)
April 5, 2009 |
No doubt you've noticed the high-fashion takes on Dr. Martens by designers Yohji Yamamoto and Raf Simons, or the classic eight-hole boots that Cory Kennedy, Tennessee Thomas and other L.A. It girls are sporting in lieu of heels these days. Apparently, the grunge revival is right on schedule. But what most fashion followers don't realize about these working-class staples turned rebel regalia turned teen trend is that without a local company called NaNa, which was the brand's chief U.S.
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August 7, 1997 |
June Van Dyke, producer of fashion shows and a wardrobe coordinator who was a longtime assistant to costume designer Edith Head, has died. She was 69. Van Dyke died Friday in her Los Angeles home of respiratory complications. For many years, Van Dyke managed the Cinema Glamour Shop, which sells movie and television stars' donated clothing and costumes to benefit the Motion Picture and Television Fund. She also was a tireless worker with the Screen Smart Set Auxiliary of the fund.
July 28, 1991
Thank you, Harry Shearer. At last, the Empress has clothes! MATTHEW TRULIO Castaic
June 27, 2002 |
The Downtown L.A. Standard rooftop bar--Open only a month, already a tough door with a guest list. The clothes: Optional (there's a pool). Otherwise, a mix of business suits and designer clothes. 550 S. Flower St., downtown L.A., (213) 892-8080. Nacional--Newly opened Cuban-themed club. On Friday nights, you gotta know someone inside. The clothes: Dress continental sophistication. Helmut Lang sleek. A "no silicone" look. 1645 N. Wilcox Ave., Hollywood, (323) 962-7712. Deep--Still a tight door.
June 18, 2011 |
The Ballistic JetCart ($170) from Swany America can hold not only your clothes and gear but also you. The wheeled, carry-on bag has a fold-down seat built into its back (weight limit 300 pounds). The wide, sturdy telescoping handle provides support for your back. Measuring 22 by 12 by 8 inches, the zippered bag is loaded with internal pockets for stashing documents, electronics and a change of clothes. It weighs 61/2 pounds and comes in red or black ballistic nylon. Info: Swany America , (800)
July 13, 2008
The small chores that make up the fabric of life in other countries enrich a traveler's experience, as Doug Allen of Rancho Palos Verdes found out on his May trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia. In town because of a cruise, the 77-year-old and his wife, Gail, were walking along the ancient wall of the city when they came across this scene of a woman hanging her laundry. What attracted him to the shot? "The color of the laundry and the woman and the process of hanging clothes," he said. "My wife liked seeing those clothes hanging on the clothesline.
February 2, 1989 |
Las Amigas de San Jose, a support group for St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, drew a crowd of 200 to the Anaheim Hilton on Saturday to see a dozen California Angels and their wives model casual and evening wear. Cocktails, dinner, fashion show, dancing--same package as last year, at the same price ($125 per couple). Last year, the Amigas nabbed TV sportscaster Fred Roggin for the emcee job, and he unleashed an irreverent commentary that played like a comedy routine.
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August 28, 1994
Let me see if I have this right. La Habra plans to ban clotheslines because the City Council considers clean, sweet-smelling clothes to be a "blight." Yet La Habra is doing nothing to address the blight of traffic and air pollution. Maybe people are supposed to wear dirty clothes so that everything matches--the clothes, the cars, the air. Perhaps there is even a City Council term for this, such as coordinated-aesthetics-of-the-external-environment. I must admit it makes a California kind of sense.