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October 30, 2011 | Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
L.A. fashion week took center stage this month, with several familiar and some not-so-familiar labels showing collections to buyers and the media. But off the runway, there's a fairly new crop of promising contemporary brands that didn't participate in fashion week events but are worth knowing about because of the way they capture the L.A. lifestyle through their easy, wearable and versatile pieces for women. Offering wares as varied as menswear-inspired sweaters and ultra-feminine silk dresses, these designers have keen fashion and business sense, creating practical pieces at a mostly palatable price point.
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March 11, 2012 | By Booth Moore and Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
Many big-name L.A.-based designers - Rodarte, Gregory Parkinson, Rachel Zoe, Barbara Tfank, Skaist-Taylor and Juan Carlos Obando among them - have already shown their fall 2012 collections at New York Fashion Week. Now in the middle of Los Angeles Fashion Week, it seems like a good time to meet other designers and labels that are shaping the L.A. fashion scene and giving it global reach. Of Two Minds The look: L.A.'s answer to Isabel Marant. The goods: Designer Sunjoo Moon marries Parisian chic and West Coast cool for a world-traveler vibe seen in fur vests, maxi-length dresses done in relaxed 1970s silhouettes, cozy knits and trousers festooned with subtle tribal patterns.
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April 5, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Chief executive and creative director of the company that bears her name, Eva Franco designs chic and whimsical dresses that have been featured on television shows including "New Girl" and "The Carrie Diaries. " Coming to America: The designer was born in Romania to Hungarian parents. The family fled during a political uprising in the late 1980s and lived in Greece before arriving in Connecticut when Franco was 10. "I very quickly learned that Americans judge you by the way you dress.
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October 28, 2012 | By Whitney Friedlander
Sometimes it's a subtle nudge to consider another designer. At other times, the voice is more matter of fact, explaining why a certain style doesn't pair with a venue. This Marchesa? The beading may be too much. Do you want to try Jenny Packham? Reem Acra? A beaded belt might not work with this gown. That other gown was pretty, but it was too old. This is better. Are you going to wear a veil? Maybe a hair clip instead? The advice comes to those brides-to-be who shop (and stop to listen)
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May 23, 2013 | By Susan Denley
How many little girls have dressed up like Belle from "Beauty and the Beast" and pretended to waltz around a ballroom? Or like Sleeping Beauty dancing with the prince? Now bigger girls can do the same. Disney Consumer Products has teamed with Ashdon Inc. , which specializes in special occasion dresses, on a collection of ballgowns inspired by Disney princesses. The Disney Royal Ball Quinceañera Collection is targeted specifically for Latinas' coming-of-age parties, but they would be appropriate for a Sweet Sixteen, as well.
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July 10, 2011 | Melissa Magsaysay
Although the hunt for vintage clothing may be enticing to some people, others would rather bypass digging for buried treasure that, even when found, may consist of garments that are tattered or in a size best suited for the bird-boned women of the 1940s. But the retro aesthetic is still a desirable one, particularly for the thriving rockabilly subculture of Southern California that favors 1940s- and 1950s-inspired dresses. Not to be excluded are the plus-sized women who love the look of vintage garments but are hard-pressed to find pieces that fit, especially since the average American woman is an inch taller and 24 pounds heavier than her counterpart in 1960, according to figures compiled by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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September 13, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
NEW YORK -- There was a three-celebrity pileup at Francisco Costa's Calvin Klein show Thursday, the final day of New York Fashion Week, when Emma Stone, Diane Kruger and Amy Adams turned up in the front row for the first time this season. (Now that's what I call a fashion exclusive). The inspiration: Urban femininity. Photos: New York Fashion Week celebrity sightings The look: Sculptural dresses, jackets and skirts in pale silks with subtle volumes and dark, shaded edges, as if sketched by a charcoal pencil or folded out of paper.
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September 1, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Los Angeles designer Monique Lhuillier is determined to dress women head-to-toe and 'round the clock. Since starting her namesake label in 1996, after she couldn't find a dress with enough fashion flair for her own wedding, Lhuillier has established herself as the go-to designer for Hollywood brides, including Reese Witherspoon, Carrie Underwood, Jewel, Ashlee Simpson and Avril Lavigne. Building on that foundation, in recent years she's developed a successful ready-to-wear collection shown seasonally in New York, and sold at major department stores and her own boutiques.
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September 29, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
PARIS -- Eva Mendes, Jennifer Garner, Carey Mulligan and many more are fans of wearing his structured, body conscious dresses on the red carpet. Because when it comes to fierce femininity, Roland Mouret has got it down. The designer showed his stellar spring-summer collection on Friday at Paris Fashion Week. The look: Sexy, assertive. Sharp cuts and folds. Shards of color. Close-to-the-body draping. Shift dresses, pencil skirts and tops with a fragmented architecture. Judo-inspired vests and blazers.
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August 8, 2010 | By Max Padilla, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Charlotte Russe has moved into the new Santa Monica Place and had her own makeover. The San Diego-based chain store, a mall fixture that offers inexpensive trendy fashions to teenage girls and young women, is rolling out its new retail concept at Santa Monica Place this weekend. The Santa Monica store is the prototype for revamped Charlotte Russe stores opening in Cambridge, Mass., and Chicago in November. Jenny Ming, Charlotte Russe's president and chief executive, says the 35-year-old retailer appeared "stuck in the 1990s" and lost confidence as an early seller of inexpensive fast-fashion.
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