January 5, 1995 |
Nina Perenna is a made-up name, the middle name of designer Sherry Salimpour paired with an ancient river in Greece. The 31-year-old designer liked the soft sound and the mystery of the name. Businesswomen and executive wives who buy the line, however, probably don't care what the label reads--they're drawn to the garment's classic design. "I don't believe a woman wants to pay $300 for a see-through skirt," Salimpour says. Her focus on reality over fashion fantasy extends to sizing as well.
March 11, 2012 |
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.
April 5, 2013 |
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.
July 10, 2013 |
Anthropologie, the retailer known for its twee and often vintage-inspired fashions and home goods, opened its first BHLDN "shop within a shop" store in Beverly Hills on Wednesday. The sister label, pronounced “beholden,” launched as an online bridal collection in 2011 and has since expanded to two standalone brick-and-mortar stores in Chicago and Houston. But the Beverly Drive location, taking up 1,000 square feet on the mezzanine level of the existing 10,000-square-feet Anthropologie store, represents the first time both brands have coexisted in the same space.
September 30, 2013 |
PARIS -- Stella McCartney showed her spring 2014 collection Monday morning at the gilded Opera Garnier. The inspiration: Understated seduction. Fluid silhouettes playing on transparency and opacity, according to show notes. The look: Sweet in the City, with an earthy palette of navy, brick, chalk and blue. Key pieces: Cap-sleeve dresses with sheer skirts and subtle slashes providing natural air conditioning. Liquid silk pants suits. Organza dresses with a crocodile pattern effect.
October 28, 2012 |
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)
July 10, 2011 |
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.
October 30, 2011 |
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.
March 21, 1999
Cher, who dresses almost exclusively--and albeit scantily at times--in Bob Mackie creations for the Oscars, keeps her reputation for raising eyebrows intact year after year.
October 11, 2013 |
Day one of the Los Angeles Fashion Council's slate of runway shows at the Grove shopping center closed out with L.A.-based Odylyne, by designer Stephanie Lampkin. Inspiration: "The Odylyne spring 2014 collection is heavily inspired by the symmetry and mysticism found in the Indian and Moroccan cultures," Lampkin said in her show notes. The look: That meant adding a whole lot of wild paisley and little bit of metallic foiled lace to the Greco-Roman-goddess-gone-Bohemian silhouette Lampkin does so well. Key pieces: Fluttering maxi dresses and thigh-skimming minis in the aforementioned paisley print, floor-length bare-shouldered gowns and floral gowns and cloth-belted dresses sheer enough to suntan through -- would that the sun actually emerge on the rare overcast L.A. day. The verdict: Odylyne , consistently one of the strongest labels to show during the last few seasons of Los Angeles Fashion Week, was our hands-down favorite of the day -- and the perfect way to end the inaugural day of Los Angeles Fashion Council shows at the Grove. ALSO: LAFW SS14: ISM Mode LAFW SS14: Linden review LAFW SS14: Stella Proseyn email@example.com