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May 2, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
When the last Jungle Cruise boat docks for the night and lights fade to black on Sleeping Beauty's Castle, the real work begins. At lush Pixie Hollow, gardeners don miner's headlamps as they begin uprooting stubborn weeds. On Main Street, custodians scrape chewing gum off the sidewalk. And over at Mickey's Toontown, painters sand and recoat chipped handrails. Few see it happen, except perhaps for the dozens of feral cats that emerge from their hiding places to prowl the park after hours, stalking rodents.
April 26, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The Los Angeles Zoo's new Rainforest of the Americas exhibit doesn't open until Tuesday, but it is already filled with commotion. Dwarf caimans and a giant bird-eating spider were exploring the creature comforts of their enclosures this week. Construction workers were inspecting thermostats and water pumps. The $19-million exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is the last in a series of major projects built under Phase 1 of the 47-year-old facility's master plan.
March 21, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
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]
April 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR was off last week for Easter break and that got former Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski thinking about the series' schedule. So in hopes of sparking a fresh conversation about the schedule, the Team Penske driver designed his own "dream" calendar that he outlined on his blog ( Keselowski said he was "not trying to disrespect any of the parties" currently involved in compiling the schedule. "This is just my attempt to tackle the schedule in a way that sounds fun to me, and gets everyone talking about how we might improve things," he wrote on the blog.
July 11, 2010 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
The Pasadena Museum of California Art is presenting its California Design Biennial, "Action/Reaction," starting July 18. And this year, the fashion section is shaping up to be a strong one. The curator is Rose Apodaca, a former West Coast bureau chief for Women's Wear Daily and contributing editor for the Los Angeles Times' Image section. She is now co-owner of the design store A+R in Venice and author of a forthcoming biography on the king of Rodeo Drive retail, Fred Hayman. For this project, she chose to highlight 11 California design talents influenced by varying forces including DIY culture and rock 'n' roll.
March 27, 2014 | Adam Tschorn
GQ magazine recently announced its 2014 best new menswear designers in America, a list  on which Los Angeles is more than well represented. The quartet that makes up the class of 2014 includes two L.A.-based labels -- John Elliot's skate-culture-influenced John Elliot + Co. and John Moore's retro-surf brand M.Nii . And Rob Garcia's En Noir , a dark take on streetwear, has a presence on both coasts, with a showroom in New York and...
October 17, 2012 | By Shan Li
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 | By Adam Tschorn
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.
June 19, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
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 | By Lisa Boone
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...
April 23, 2014 | By Carren Jao
After having grown up on the Monterey Peninsula, L.A. architect Polly Osborne couldn't help but take nature into consideration in her work. "It was all around me," Osborne says. So too were pioneers whose ideas would ripple down the history of green architecture. Will Shaw, one of the founders, with Ansel Adams, of Foundation for Environmental Design, was her stepfather. Lawrence Halprin, a revered elder of landscape architecture, and George Brook-Kothlow, architect of handmade houses, were friends of the family.
April 23, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
One of the most desirable pieces of real estate in the country - the site of a former department store in Beverly Hills - is on the market again. Unlike other commercial properties across Southern California that have seen major long-stalled developments finally get underway in the last few years, this one has been a struggle. Once home to an upscale Robinsons-May store, the property has seen multiple owners who have so far been unable to bring a condominium complex designed by a famous architect to life.
April 21, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
During her royal tour of New Zealand this month, Catherine, duchess of Cambridge, stepped out in a sharply tailored, custom Alexander McQueen coat and a perfect ponytail. Smoothly volumized, with a wide lock of hair wrapped around the band, Middleton's pony looked relaxed yet royally polished. Kate's 'do garnered raves on fashion and style blogs, showing she's not alone in appreciating the dependable hairstyle that works day and night, rain or shine. More than a fast solution on bad hair days, it's an instant styling trick - the ponytail's effortless, devil-may-care attitude balances the formality of structured suiting, dazzling jewelry and elegant dresses.
April 20, 2014 | By Hugo Marti­n
If you thought airlines could find no new ways to squeeze more passengers into each plane, you are underestimating the resolve of the airline industry. At this month's Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, many of the 500 exhibitors were promoting new ideas to cut down on weight - to save fuel - and innovative layouts to fit more seats per cabin. Among the concepts offered at the expo was a set of seats that put passengers face to face; seats that are installed in a staggered, diagonal layout, and lavatories designed to wedge in a few extra passengers in the back of the cabin.
April 19, 2014 | By Jason Song
Jonathan Lee stood by the large prints of Ein Liz, a female action figure he'd spent the better part of a year creating. The Art Center College of Design senior hoped his pieces would catch the eye of one of the hundreds of possible employers who would inspect students' work during the annual graduation show last week. The 25-year-old admitted to feeling nervous but tried to temper his expectations as representatives from Disney and Google approached his display. He plans to send resumes later.
April 18, 2014 | By Marissa Gluck
It's been more than 40 years since architects started embracing green design principles. Spurred by the environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s, architects began to think about building homes that were more environmentally friendly. Today, green has become standard even as the term itself reaches saturation. Green features such as solar panels, low-flow shower heads and tankless water heaters, once considered cutting-edge, are now commonplace in Southern California. Nearly a quarter of all newly built homes in the U.S. last year were green, according to industry research firm McGraw Hill Construction.
January 27, 2013 | By Vincent Boucher
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.
August 12, 2012 | Nora Zelevansky
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.
April 15, 2014 | Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
For Kerry Brougher, newly named director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' planned film museum, the bubble may be nothing compared with the spaceship. Brougher comes to the academy from the Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C., where one of his first tests as interim director was dealing with fallout from a failed proposal to install a $15-million inflatable bubble in the museum's circular courtyard. In Los Angeles, Brougher will inherit a new architectural challenge: what do with a major building project that isn't in danger of being scrapped, as the bubble was, but has significant, even fundamental design flaws.
April 12, 2014 | Anne Colby
Rustic Canyon's sylvan beauty and funky charm cast its spell on Jill Soffer a dozen years ago. She liked the neighborhood's relaxed environment and abundance of sycamore trees and purchased a home there in 2002. "There's all this green around. It's not too manicured," Soffer said appreciatively. "People are easygoing, everything is a little overgrown, and the creek in the middle of everything is a little shaggy. You can hear the frogs at night. " She planned to renovate her 1920s three-bedroom house, but hadn't yet when she met and then in 2008 married Greg Adler, who had two young sons.
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