October 21, 2012 |
She's splish-splashed naked onstage in a giant martini glass, married (and divorced) Marilyn Manson and acted on the TV series "CSI. " And now, burlesque queen and fashion muse Dita Von Teese is designing her own capsule clothing line. The collection, available in sizes 4 to 16 and priced at $575 to $995, is being launched at Los Angeles vintage boutique Decades and online at www.shopdecadesinc.com, which is appropriate since the pieces are inspired by Von Teese's own vintage treasures.
October 14, 2012 |
Johnny Cupcakes' Cupcakes From the Crypt national tour is scheduled to make a stop at the fast-growing brand's Los Angeles store at 7 p.m. Wednesday, offering fans limited-edition merchandise sold from coffins and the opportunity to meet founder Johnny "Cupcakes" Earle. Earle - a college dropout from Hull, Mass. - started the cupcake-themed clothing and accessories line as a joke in 2001, initially selling T-shirts and pins from the trunk of his 1989 Camry. Since then he's won accolades - Business Week named him to its list of best entrepreneurs 25 and under in 2008, and the Boston Globe named him the most innovative retail leader in Massachusetts in 2011.
October 9, 2012 |
FRESNO - The smile formed seemingly every time Dwight Howard spoke. As Laker fans at Save Mart Center loudly shouted, "We want Kobe," in hopes Bryant would appear in the second half of an otherwise meaningless 110-83 preseason loss Sunday to the Golden State Warriors, Howard joined in on the cheer. Howard even started his own chant, proclaiming, "We want Somogyi," in reference to 7-foot-3 center Greg Somogyi, who made the training camp roster. Howard sat on the bench wearing a bow tie and tortoiseshell glasses, engaged in small talk with Devin Ebanks and Darius Morris.
October 6, 2012 |
In a swift overhaul, top officials of troubled teen clothier Wet Seal Inc. - including the chairman - were ousted and replaced by board members handpicked by an activist shareholder that directed the coup. The Foothill Ranch retailer, which operates about 550 mall-based stores under the Wet Seal and Arden B. brands, has been under attack for months by its third largest shareholder, New York City private equity firm Clinton Group. "The company now has a newly formed board where the majority have specialty retail experience," Greg Taxin, managing director of Clinton Group, said in an interview.
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October 4, 2012 |
How do you let Justin Bieber know you're there when you're in a crowd of thousands at the Staples Center? You ditch school early and persuade your mom or dad to leave work to drive you. You wear purple because purple is Justin's favorite color. You write SWAGGY in gold sparkle on your T-shirt because Swaggy is Justin's special, made-up word. On your left sneaker, in Puffy Paint, you draw a fat red heart. On your right sneaker, you put the silver initials JB. You stand in front of the arena's still-locked doors hours before you'll be let in. And you join other true Beliebers singing his songs - "You are my love, you are my heart, and we will never, ever, ever, be apart" - only you really mean it, and you know he'll know it as soon as he steps outside long enough to lock eyes with you. PHOTOS: Justin Bieber comes to the Staples Center You are 5 maybe, or 6 or 10 or even 17 - and you carry the sign you spent all weekend making that says that you are his "one less lonely girl.
September 23, 2012 |
The Emmys used to be seen as an early dress rehearsal for the seriously overloaded awards-season style gantlet that starts in January. But no longer. Two of fashion's biggest red carpet stars - Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore ("Hemingway & Gellhorn" and "Game Change," respectively) are among the nominees, along with Claire Danes, Glenn Close and Jessica Lange ("Homeland," "Damages" and "American Horror Story"). Other glamour girls expected at the event include "Mad Men's" Jessica Paré, recently celebrated in Vogue for her red carpet style; "New Girl" Zooey Deschanel, who attracted attention last year in offbeat Prada and twirly Monique Lhuillier gowns, and "Downton Abbey's" Michelle Dockery, leading this year's British invasion of Emmy nominees.
September 23, 2012 |
When the dust settled after last spring's red carpet season, two of Los Angeles' most familiar hometown designers were christened, somewhat surprisingly, award show "phenoms. " In actuality, David Meister and Tadashi Shoji have been prominent fixtures on the celebrity-dressing landscape for years, and the fashion universe will undoubtedly be anticipating their handiwork at the Emmys. Meister's name seemed to crop up on every red carpet, starting with last year's Emmys, where he dressed host Jane Lynch in a series of custom-designed looks.
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September 20, 2012 |
The Zen master would not stop talking. Several times he began to draw his teachings to a close, explaining to his students that he was tired and in poor health. Then he would burst down another path. He discussed the difficulties of raising children. He lingered on the subject of death. Eventually, he raised a small fist in the air. "Everybody is together at one point," he said. "We cry together, we love together. There is no moment in which we are not together. " He is 105 years old and not even 5 feet tall, with paper-white skin and a blocky, bald head.
September 9, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - For 6-feet-tall, 390-pound comedian Louie Anderson, finding stylish clothes that fit is no laughing matter - which is why he's collaborating on a new line of shirts for the big-and-tall man that he hopes to roll out to retail outlets early next year. "The journey for me started as a fat kid going to Robert Hall [Clothes] on 8th Street" in downtown St. Paul, Minn., Anderson said, referring to the warehouse-type chain that flourished in the mid-20th century. "Our family was so poor we'd get these vouchers for school clothes from the welfare department.
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August 27, 2012 |
Wearing T-shirts bearing the slogan "Stitch or Die," a group of homeless veterans turned on sewing machines on a recent weekday and set to work, deep within a Carson manufacturing plant. They were members of Green Vets Los Angeles, a nonprofit program designed to help them earn a living and overcome the physical injuries and lingering anxieties of battlefield service by putting together a hot new product in local markets: reusable cloth shopping bags made out of scrap material. The program is the brainchild of Jim Cragg, president and chief executive of Special Operations Technologies Inc., a defense contractor that specializes in military survival gear.