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June 22, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Dressing from head to toe in a favorite fashion label may well include lashes, lips and nails, as more designers expand into the beauty business. And designer makeup in glamorous packaging puts a piece of the luxury lifestyle within reach of women who can't afford to spend thousands of dollars on a high-end designer dress or handbag. Expanding into beauty makes good business sense for designers. The NPD Group, a company that tracks retail sales and market trends, reported in March that the U.S. prestige beauty industry made an 11% gain in 2011 and a 7% gain in 2012, with makeup generating the second highest category increase after skin care last year.
June 17, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
"Arrested Development" cast members David Cross and Portia de Rossi discuss their favorite pieces of clothing from the show -- and hypothesize what a female "never nude" might wear -- in a video posted to YouTube on Monday. The video, which runs slightly more than five minutes, consists of the actors answering Twitter-submitted fan questions about the show, starts with Jessica Walter, who plays boozy matriarch Lucille Bluth, answering questions about her character's signature one-eye wink, her proclivity for potable breakfasts and whether the "Lucille" name or the "loose seal" jokes came first.
June 11, 2013 | By Jenny Deam
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The judge in James E. Holmes' murder trial in the Aurora movie theater massacre ruled Tuesday that the defendant can wear street clothes to court and that prospective jurors will not be sequestered during what is expected to be a lengthy selection process. In allowing Holmes to shed his prison clothes, Judge Carlos Samour Jr. quoted from a Colorado appellant ruling: “The presumption of innocence requires the garb of innocence.” He also cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that determined wearing prison clothes is “inherently prejudicial.” Holmes, 25, is scheduled to stand trial in February 2014 on a total of 166 counts of first degree murder, attempted murder and weapons charges in connection with last summer's Aurora movie theater massacre.
May 25, 2013 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The hunt for proof that Syrian government forces used banned chemical weapons may come down to a rotting corpse exhumed late last month from a makeshift cemetery near Damascus. The grave diggers - a Syrian doctor and several medical students - were seeking tissue from the remains of a man who had died of respiratory failure after a rocket allegedly spewed poison gas on Dariya, a suburb of the Syrian capital, on April 25. Reaching the cadaver several feet down, the team sliced open the cloth shroud, cut into the torso and removed a small piece of lung.
May 25, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
In a dour end to Abercrombie & Fitch Co.'s difficult week, the teen retailer watched its stock slide by the largest margin in months after it reported a double-digit sales decline. The company's same-store sales in the U.S. plunged 17% in the first quarter, while its revenue sank 8.9% to $838.8 million. And although it narrowed its loss to $7.2 million, or 9 cents a share - from $21.3 million, or 25 cents, a year earlier - it still blew past Wall Street's expectation of a 5-cent loss per share.
May 19, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Tracy Anderson Given all the buzz last month around the opening of fitness guru Tracy Anderson's flagship super-studio in Brentwood - a partnership with Gwyneth Paltrow, who is Exhibit A for Anderson's handiwork - it comes as no surprise that the celebrity trainer is extending her lifestyle brand into fashion. Just weeks ago, the Tracy Anderson line debuted with compression-fit capri leggings ($60) in three eye-catching fabrics: red tartan plaid, oversize multi-color polka dot and glittery metallic.
May 16, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
You may already have seen the video. “Abercrombie & Fitch is a terrible company,” intones the creator and star, Los Angeles writer Greg Karber. “Their CEO insists on only hiring  attractive people, which is ironic because he looks like this.”  (The video shows a still photo of Abercrombie CEO Mike Jeffries, whose face seems nearly disfigured by plastic surgery.) In a week already roiling with debate over Jeffries' retailing strategy to clothe only slender, “cool” people, Karber's 2½-minute video has struck a nerve.
May 15, 2013 | By Ruthann Robson
In a May 7 Op-Ed article , Richard Greenwald and Michael Hirsch exhort consumers to support the workers who make our clothes rather than the global apparel industry that exploits them with low wages and unsafe working conditions. Yet exactly how we should do this remains unclear. We need to be more specific about our moral responsibility so that the "labels we wear not be stitched in blood. " Should we be faulted for not buying clothes with the "Made in USA" label, for example?
May 15, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Anger has mounted online against clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch due to comments made by its chief executive and its strategy of not making women's clothing in any size above large. The most recent high-profile criticism is a viral YouTube video posted by recent USC graduate Greg Karper. Along with a friend, the 26-year-old made a two-minute film in which he distributed the company's clothes to homeless people on Los Angeles' skid row in an attempt to affect the brand's teeny-bopper image.
May 14, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Anyone who has ever walked past an Abercrombie & Fitch store at the local mall knows that it's a place for queen bees and cool jocks. Hot, buff store employees greet customers at the front door. They don't say, "Fatties keep out. " They don't have to. Abercrombie does not stock sizes for the average American young woman, who is roughly 5 feet 4 and weighs about 162 pounds. Abercrombie does not want that person in its clothes. And that is not news. But thanks to the power of social media, the company's obnoxious marketing philosophy is making waves again.
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