February 11, 2008 |
THE red carpet at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards threw into sharp relief just how safe female musicians are required to play it these days. The steady stream of jewel-toned gowns, softly waved tresses and unremarkable diamond baubles was eerily similar to the red carpet scene at the Screen Actors Guild Awards a few weeks ago. Since when did pop and rock stars start dressing like actresses?
May 25, 1986 |
A London auctioneer this Wednesday will sell a curious document that almost makes Imelda Marcos look like the model of shopping restraint. The Marcos treasury of shoes, gowns and bad or fake classical paintings has become famous since the Philippine upheaval. But Imelda Marcos could have taken lessons from Empress Josephine.
September 24, 2006 |
Text by Kristin Young; Photographs by Randee St. Nicholas * Resource Guide: Page 29 Dior Homme by Hedi Slimane white cotton tuxedo shirt, $395, black silk tie, $155, and yellow-and-black sunglasses, $205, all at Dior Homme, Beverly Hills. Black jeans by Nudie Jeans Co., $185, at Traffic Men, Los Angeles. Prada leopard-print belt, $345, Comme des Garcons red belt with chain, $165, and Dries Van Noten gold sequin scarf, $255, all at Barneys New York, Beverly Hills.
September 22, 1996 |
Back in Hollywood's heyday, when glamour was part of the job description, leading ladies dripped with precious gems and 18-karat gold. Unlike some at this year's Oscar ceremony who topped off a Gap T-shirt or Armani gown with borrowed rocks from Van Cleef & Arpels or Harry Winston, these ladies owned. So when the jewelry from the estates of four former Hollywood stars goes on the Christie's auction block Oct. 3, more than diamonds and gold will be up for sale to the highest bidder.
September 27, 2009 |
The waiter at Caliente bar sticks a sparkler into yet another bottle of champagne and hits a siren mounted behind the bar to draw everyone's attention to the sleek Nigerian businessmen who ordered it. Nearby, oil traders, sports stars and politicians' children grind to a hip-hop beat. Most of Nigeria's 150 million citizens may live in desperate poverty, but the West African oil giant also has an elite that revels in "shakara" -- the flaunting of success. "Nigerians who have money like to splash it," explains Naomi Okaja, whose company imports goods into Lagos, the commercial capital.
March 26, 1999 |
Now that she's 40, Barbie has learned a thing or two about marketing. Mattel Inc.'s Barbie has teamed up with eyeglass designer Alain Miki to create sunglasses for adults. The glasses include all the must-have Barbie trademarks--pink frames or lenses and side arms shaped like a shapely Barbie leg or a functional hair comb (works great as a hair-holding headband). The collection of 18 Barbie styles sells for about $165 a pair at stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York.
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March 2, 2007 |
A judge Thursday sentenced Michael Goodwin to two consecutive life sentences without parole for the murders of racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife in what prosecutors said were revenge killings for a business partnership gone awry. Goodwin, who was dressed in a dark gray jacket and had brown-rimmed glasses perched low on his nose, showed no reaction as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Teri Schwartz sentenced him. A jury in the same Pasadena courthouse had convicted him Jan.
June 20, 1986 |
When a woman wears jewelry by Brian Reichenberg, she usually doesn't bandy his name about. "She might tell a couple of friends, but that's about it," boasts the former gem salesman, who specializes in fake diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds. People who want copies of real baubles (their own or someone else's) have been known to arrive at Reichenberg's Beverly Boulevard shop disguised in large hats, sunglasses and using pseudonyms, he says. Other clients summon him on the q.t.
July 2, 1997 |
Dana Shanler hated borrowing her mother's jewelry for special occasions. So she did what was once considered unthinkable: She bought an expensive diamond necklace for herself. "I knew I could afford it, and I decided that I could buy it for myself if I really wanted it," said the 34-year-old attorney. "Now, every time I wear it I get a real charge out of it." Jewelry isn't just the gift of love anymore.