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]
January 27, 2013 |
When actresses step onto the Screen Actors Guild red carpet this Sunday, the world will be poring over every flounce, every sequin, every slit, strap, pump and peplum. "Who are you wearing?" has become the ubiquitous question on interviewers' lips. The answers may be surprising. Every year brings a crop of relatively unknown designers yearning for the big breakthrough a red carpet triumph can bring with it. They've seen it happen before. When Halle Berry accepted her groundbreaking lead actress Oscar in 2002 in a maroon gown with a daring sheer leaf-strewn beaded top, it was also a career-making victory for her till-then unknown designer, Elie Saab.
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.
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.
June 21, 2013 |
Like the independent Wanted Design show that ran concurrently with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York last month, the inaugural Parachute Market is set to launch this weekend blocks from the Dwell on Design expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Presented by the vintage furniture and design shop Storefront, the marketplace is intended to be a quarterly outlet for furniture, accessories, fine art and decorative arts...
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.