March 21, 2010 |
In a new twist on sustainable fashion, designers aren't just embracing new fabrics made from organic cotton, hemp or bamboo, they're pawing through piles of clothing waste, crafting high-fashion, hand-made items from old cashmere sweaters, T- shirts and other castoffs. In the U.S., there's a lot to choose from. Almost 9 million tons of clothes and shoes end up in the municipal waste stream each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. "Most sustainable fashion is focused on substituting materials, whether it's going from conventional cotton to organic, or from [synthetic]
June 19, 2013 |
The five Los Angeles-area "pre-emerging designers" competing in Saturday's first-ever Open Runway event at Hollywood's Couture Los Angeles nightclub have been announced. According to the Los Angeles Fashion Council's Kelsi Smith, the inaugural crop of catwalk contenders will include labels Sabel , Veltimera , Undercover Lover , Samantha Eng and the Paulettes. Each label will showcase up to 12 looks from current and previous collections, with one look from each participant going to the organization's Facebook page where it can be voted on by the public.
October 17, 2012 |
Luxury chain Neiman Marcus and discounter Target Corp. unveiled their holiday collection crafted by posh American designers ahead of what is shaping up to be a hyper-competitive season among retailers. The collection of 50 limited-edition gift items, priced from $7.99 to $499.99, will be available on Dec. 1 online and at Target and Neiman Marcus shops. The collection covers clothing, luggage, sporting equipment, cookwear and even pets, with Oscar de la Renta's $29.99 food bowl for furry friends.
September 26, 2012 |
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is rolling out a new art-meets-fashion project that has some of Los Angeles' top fashion talent designing limited-edition garments inspired by artwork in the museum's permanent collection. Dubbed Wear LACMA, the fruits of the collaboration with local designers will be sold through LACMA's museum store, with all proceeds benefiting the museum. The first designers in what LACMA expects to be an ongoing program are Libertine's Johnson Hartig and Gregory Parkinson, whose creations will be available starting next month.
March 3, 2011
The complex craftsmanship of on-the-rise American designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy is on full display in "Rodarte: States of Matter," their first West Coast solo exhibition, an interactive fusion of fashion and sculpture that will also feature the ballet costumes they designed for "Black Swan. " MOCA Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. Fri.-June 5. Free. (213) 621-1741. http://www.moca.org
August 12, 2012 |
By all accounts, fashion world darlings Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the designers behind avant-garde clothing line Rodarte, function more as a quirky and lovable two-headed monster than as separate entities. The Pasadena-based sisters finish each other's sentences, share credit and an email address, trade meaningful looks for affirmation and nod in recognition of esoteric childhood references, practically exchanging telepathic messages. But the Mulleavys are hardly alone in wedding steadfast sisterhood and successful creative partnership.