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September 25, 1992 | ROSE APODACA
Longtime followers of Diane Freis had a rare chance to meet the Hong Kong-based designer last Friday at Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island Newport Beach. Freis fans lunched with her during an hourlong fashion show debuting her fall 1992 collection. Freis, known for her one-piece travel polyester dress, is breaking ground with a colorful collection featuring velvet brocades, poly chiffon and knitwear embellished with beaded accents.
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September 25, 1992 | ROSE APODACA
Longtime followers of Diane Freis had a rare chance to meet the Hong Kong-based designer last Friday at Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island Newport Beach. Freis fans lunched with her during an hourlong fashion show debuting her fall 1992 collection. Freis, known for her one-piece travel polyester dress, is breaking ground with a colorful collection featuring velvet brocades, poly chiffon and knitwear embellished with beaded accents.
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February 5, 1991 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Wallace, The Times Bangkok bureau chief, is currently on assignment in the Persian Gulf
It's a rags-to-riches story. To be more exact, a rags-to-riches-in-rags story. Despite Hong Kong's well-deserved reputation for business ruthlessness--as a place where cheap labor and quick imitation usually triumph over innovation and outsiders have a hard time learning the ropes--Diane Freis of Los Angeles has carved a special and lucrative niche as one of the world's top fashion designers. "I've always been inspired by living here," Freis said in a recent interview.
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August 28, 1992 | ROSE APODACA
Waist Away Cowgirls and those who want the look get it by cinching an oversized sweater or jacket with a Western-styled belt. And well-heeled cowgirls are doing it with sterling silver belt buckles crafted by New Mexico-artist Douglas Magnus ($479-$1,000 at Out of Santa Fe in Newport Beach). Magnus' Milestone buckles are cast in luffa stone molds that produce just one buckle each. This makes the buckles unique, so each is numbered.
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March 8, 1985 | BETTY GOODWIN
There's no mistaking the clothes, but the labels are sure to be confused. Susan Freis, who was president and founder of Diane Freis USA, the distribution arm of her younger sister's clothing company, is now a designer in her own right. No Sibling Rivalry No, it has nothing to do with sibling rivalry. Growing up in West Los Angeles, all four Freis sisters always got along well.
NEWS
June 6, 1986 | ROSE-MARIE TURK
Some people in the tearoom are up to the usual. They're having tea. But not Diane Freis. She's on her toes, demonstrating the detail and drama of her print dress. Spreading her circular skirt outward, peacock style, Freis shows how it's cut and joined, pleated and appliqued. The spectacle is enough to make a man at a nearby table put down his cup and nudge his companion: "Oh, my goodness. Look at that. That's beautiful."
NEWS
August 28, 1992 | ROSE APODACA
Waist Away Cowgirls and those who want the look get it by cinching an oversized sweater or jacket with a Western-styled belt. And well-heeled cowgirls are doing it with sterling silver belt buckles crafted by New Mexico-artist Douglas Magnus ($479-$1,000 at Out of Santa Fe in Newport Beach). Magnus' Milestone buckles are cast in luffa stone molds that produce just one buckle each. This makes the buckles unique, so each is numbered.
NEWS
June 19, 1987 | MARY ROURKE
It's not easy being Diane Freis. An artist turned fashion tycoon, raised in the laid-back Los Angeles of the '60s but now living above a Hong Kong shopping mall, she would be the first to tell you she's got her hands full. While visiting Saks in Beverly Hills during a recent visit to California, Freis talked about her rise to the top. Her young assistant, who calls her "Miss Freis," stayed by her side.
NEWS
September 25, 1987 | ROSE-MARIE TURK
A blitz of spring '88 fashion shows this week made it clear that virtually all roads lead to the gym. While some California designers leave a bit of room in easy-fitting trousers, circle skirts and trapeze-shape dresses, they also show snug, elasticized waistbands, bra tops, capri pants, flirty little skirts and an '80s suit: either walking or biker-style shorts with a boxy, bolero or fit-and-flared jacket. The emphasis is on playfulness, siren appeal and executive dressing with a twist.
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December 4, 1987 | BETTY JEAN BARNHILL
California Designers: Art and Style by Douglas Bullis (Gibbs M. Smith, Inc.: $24.95). How can a book that claims to be "the first book to have been devoted to the fashion designers of California" totally ignore such stars as Leon Max, Carole Little, Diane Freis, Michael Tomson, Nolan Miller and Nancy Heller? "California Designers" offers no explanation, though it does feature many lesser-known creators, the majority of whom reside in Northern California.
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February 5, 1991 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Wallace, The Times Bangkok bureau chief, is currently on assignment in the Persian Gulf
It's a rags-to-riches story. To be more exact, a rags-to-riches-in-rags story. Despite Hong Kong's well-deserved reputation for business ruthlessness--as a place where cheap labor and quick imitation usually triumph over innovation and outsiders have a hard time learning the ropes--Diane Freis of Los Angeles has carved a special and lucrative niche as one of the world's top fashion designers. "I've always been inspired by living here," Freis said in a recent interview.
NEWS
June 19, 1987 | MARY ROURKE
It's not easy being Diane Freis. An artist turned fashion tycoon, raised in the laid-back Los Angeles of the '60s but now living above a Hong Kong shopping mall, she would be the first to tell you she's got her hands full. While visiting Saks in Beverly Hills during a recent visit to California, Freis talked about her rise to the top. Her young assistant, who calls her "Miss Freis," stayed by her side.
NEWS
June 6, 1986 | ROSE-MARIE TURK
Some people in the tearoom are up to the usual. They're having tea. But not Diane Freis. She's on her toes, demonstrating the detail and drama of her print dress. Spreading her circular skirt outward, peacock style, Freis shows how it's cut and joined, pleated and appliqued. The spectacle is enough to make a man at a nearby table put down his cup and nudge his companion: "Oh, my goodness. Look at that. That's beautiful."
NEWS
March 8, 1985 | BETTY GOODWIN
There's no mistaking the clothes, but the labels are sure to be confused. Susan Freis, who was president and founder of Diane Freis USA, the distribution arm of her younger sister's clothing company, is now a designer in her own right. No Sibling Rivalry No, it has nothing to do with sibling rivalry. Growing up in West Los Angeles, all four Freis sisters always got along well.
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February 24, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
Tommy Hilfiger has opened a 6,600-square-foot flagship store at the southwest corner of North Robertson and Beverly boulevards in West Hollywood, marking Hilfiger's return to freestanding retail in the L.A. area after a 12-year hiatus. The remodeled boutique, located in a corner storefront space once occupied by an Armani Exchange, aims for an aesthetic Hilfiger calls "East Coast traditional meets West Coast ease," with a navy blue tiled facade and brass door and window accents that make the store exterior feel like the architectural equivalent of a preppy blue blazer.
NEWS
June 24, 1990 | SHELDON ITO
For 10 years before Mark Wright came on the scene, there were no Cub Scouts in Beverly Hills. The program was the victim of declining elementary school enrollment and a lack of volunteer parents. So when Wright's son, Darrin, wanted to join the Scouts a few years ago, he had nowhere to go. "Well, some of the other parents and I got together and decided we wanted our kids to be in Cub Scouts," said Wright, 42, who was a Cub Scout as a boy in Merced.
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