February 16, 2014 |
Designer debuts and anniversaries, quirky themes and collaborations - this runway season had it all. Here's the rundown on a few of the newsworthy shows at New York Fashion Week. Marc by Marc Jacobs Just like that, Marc by Marc Jacobs is cool again. For their debut season, Brit "It" girl designers Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier showed a brash, Riot Grrrl/punk/ninja-themed collection that put Jacobs' flailing secondary line back on the map. In recent years, Marc by Marc had devolved into a watered-down, fashion-irrelevant department store brand.
February 9, 2014 |
NEW YORK -- Diane von Furstenberg, the grande dame of American style, celebrated the 40th anniversary of the wrap dress Sunday afternoon with a runway show at Spring Studios overlooking the dramatic Manhattan cityscape. For a soundtrack, the band St. Vincent performed live. The starry crowd included Bella Thorne, looking very "American Hustle" in a brown suede wrap dress, AnnaSophia Robb, Olivia Palermo, Coco Rocha and many others. The first look in the show was a wrap dress, in a gorgeous gold "love knot" jacquard.
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February 5, 2014 |
Valerie and Diane Blackler were inseparable, even when death came. Neighbors said the identical twin sisters enjoyed walks around their Long Beach neighborhood. They were antique collectors, and they loved Disneyland. They were both nurses and carpooled to work. But on Saturday, the 58-year-old women were found dead inside their two-story home in Naples, one of the city's most affluent neighborhoods. Long Beach police officers discovered the bodies about 5:50 p.m. in the 100 block of Syracuse Walk as they were checking on the well-being of the women.
January 16, 2014 |
Dian Fossey, a naturalist who chronicled her life among the gorillas of Rwanda in the book "Gorillas in the Mist," was honored Thursday with a Google Doodle. Her work with what she called "the greatest of the great apes" helped to recast the 400-pound gorillas as gentle giants desperately in need of protection from poachers. In the doodle you'll notice a close up of a gorilla's nose. Fossey used gorilla's individual "noseprints" to help identify them. PHOTOS: Fascinating animal discoveries of 2013 Fossey was 6 feet tall, a San Francisco native and a chain smoker.
January 10, 2014 |
Diane von Furstenberg's wrap-dress army is a force to be reckoned with in the 20,000-square-foot gallery of the historic May Co. department store building in Los Angeles, where her “Journey of a Dress” exhibition opens Saturday with 200 vintage and contemporary interpretations of the iconic design. There they are, 200 mannequins strong, standing in formation and ready to conquer the world. And conquer the world is exactly what this dress did. The show, which was put together for the 40th anniversary of Von Furstenberg's brand, celebrates her singular contribution to fashion history: the wrap dress, which is on par with the T-shirt and blue jeans when it comes to its cultural impact.
January 3, 2014 |
Later this month, Angelenos will have an opportunity to hear fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and W magazine editor Stefano Tonchi rap about the wrap dress. That's rap as in "having a conversation" -- as opposed to the spitting of rhymes (though one can always hope for a little off-the-cuff musical improvisation, no?). This particular conversation, organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Costume Council, is scheduled to take place at LACMA's Bing Theater on Jan. 13, and is being presented in conjunction with "Journey of a Dress," an exhibition celebrating the iconic wrap dress' 40th anniversary that will be on view from Jan. 11 through April 1 at the Wilshire May Co. building adjacent to LACMA.