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]
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.
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.
January 2, 2013 |
The Art Directors Guild has announced nominations in nine categories for the 17th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards. Theatrical film nominations are divided between period, fantasy and contemporary categories. Nominees in the period film category are production designers Sarah Greenwood for "Anna Karenina"; Sharon Seymour for "Argo"; J. Michael Riva for "Django Unchained"; Eve Stewart for "Les Miserables"; and Rick Carter for "Lincoln. " Vying in the fantasy film category are production designers Uli Hanisch and Hugh Bateup for "Cloud Atlas"; David Gropman for "Life of Pi"; Arthur Max for "Prometheus"; Nathan Crowley and Kevin Kavanaugh for "The Dark Knight Rises"; and Dan Hannah for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
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