June 6, 1986 |
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."
August 28, 1992 |
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.
June 19, 1987 |
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.
February 5, 1991 |
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.
December 4, 1987 |
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.
September 25, 1987 |
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.