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February 27, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Regional air quality officials told the Irwindale City Council on Wednesday that the solution to complaints of spicy odors emanating from a Sriracha factory  could be "very straightforward. " The comments came as the City Council considered declaring the hot sauce maker,  Huy Fung Foods, a public nuisance, which would give city officials the necessary leverage to demand changes at the factory amid ongoing complaints from residents of spicy smells. City Council members ended up voting to postpone a decision to declare the  Sriracha  hot sauce factory a public nuisance, saying they wanted to  give the company time to work with the South Coast Air Quality Management District to identify a solution.
February 24, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Mindy Kaling was stunning in a custom-made azure gown at Saturday's Costume Designers Guild Awards. Her sheath of choice was a one-shouldered, lace and blue-hued confection from costume designer Salvador Perez Jr., who also happens to be the president of the Costume Designers Guild. Earlier this month, "The Mindy Project" star and creator shared the nascence of the gown with a sneak peek at its muslin incarnation. "My costume designer Sal Perez is the president of the Costume Designers Guild and he is designing a gown for me for their awards," the 34-year-old captioned a snapshot . "First he fits me with a version of the gown in white muslin, which Sivorn is measuring.
February 24, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
The Costume Designers Guild members honored their own at a gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton's International Ballroom on Saturday night, handing out awards for outstanding costume design in seven categories as well as a handful of honorary recognitions. Among the high-profile attendees (many of them tapped to awards) included Mindy Kaling, Tony Hale, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Debra Winger, Kerry Washington, the evening's host Joshua Malina (“The West Wing,” “Scandal”)
February 23, 2014 | By Susan King
"12 Years a Slave," "Blue Jasmine" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" won at the 16th Costume Designer Guild Awards on Saturday evening in Beverly Hills. Patricia Norris won in the period film category for "12 Years a Slave. " Earlier in the evening, Steve McQueen's indictment of slavery in the U.S. earned the top film prize at the NAACP Image Awards. Suzy Benzinger took home the prize for contemporary film for "Blue Jasmine," and Trish Summerville earned the trophy for excellence in fantasy film for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
February 20, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
HENDERSON, Nev. - Sometimes it's not what's on the walls but what's in them that makes a home stand out. That was the case this month at the unveiling of the 2014 New American Home outside Las Vegas, an annual demonstration of the latest in residential design and construction. The showcase house is somewhat subdued-looking outside with a color scheme drawing from the desert landscape. But the residence shines in ways that aren't visible, such as the spray-foam insulation hidden in the walls that helps make it the most energy-efficient demonstration home constructed in the 31 years the National Assn.
February 19, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Sharon Johnston, who runs the Los Angeles firm Johnston Marklee & Associates with her husband Mark Lee, told me a couple of years ago that there was one key difference between their work and the mannered, loosely flamboyant designs of Thom Mayne, Frank Gehry, Eric Owen Moss and other famous L.A. architects a generation or two older. In developing a design, she said, she was most pleased when she hit upon an architectural gesture that could accomplish two or three goals at the same time -- that could fold several priorities into a single move.
February 18, 2014 | By Laura E. Davis
If you're watching any of the figure skating or ice dancing events at the Sochi Olympics this year, you may not remember what a figure skater's jumps and spins look like after her routine. But, thanks to sequins, sparkle and some creativity, you can probably recall some of the costumes you saw on the ice. Most skaters don't exactly play it boring or conservative. Classy sometimes, yes, but other costumes probably make you wonder whether the athletes borrowed their outfits from a bad - yet flashy - high school play.
February 16, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
NEW YORK - The fashion pack weathered two major snowstorms, journeyed to Brooklyn via water taxi, got stuck in elevators, and slipped and fell on a chocolate-drenched runway. Wait, isn't New York Fashion Week supposed to be glamorous? Meteorological mishaps and logistical gripes aside, it was, and the shows that ended last week boasted a Dolby Theatre's worth of celebrities to prove it - including Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon and Diane Kruger at Boss Womenswear, and Jared Leto at Jeremy Scott.
February 15, 2014 | By Marissa Gluck
When Samad Firdosy bought the two-bedroom, one-bath home in La Crescenta in 2005, it was a fairly conventional single-story ranch house - with one difference. The house was nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and bordered in back by a 6-acre watershed owned by the Los Angeles County Flood Control District. But it failed to take advantage of its rustic landscape and mountain views. Firdosy says he purchased the house intending to add more space but just couldn't visualize how. So the Jet Propulsion Lab materials engineer called a friend - Ali Jeevanjee of LOC Architects in downtown L.A. - to design an addition for him. Jeevanjee had grown up with him and done a renovation for Firdosy's parents.
February 14, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Following a five-year run in New York, the Architecture & Design Film Festival is branching out to Los Angeles, where it will host a five-day salute to art, architecture, design, fashion and urban planning next month. The Architecture & Design Film Festival , running March 12-16, will feature 30 recent feature-length and short films from around the world, including profiles of British fashion and textile designer Paul Smith, self-taught Japanese architect Tadao Ando and Italian graphic designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli.
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