September 26, 2013 |
New York-based designer Alexander Wang showed his hotly anticipated second collection for the French fashion house of Balenciaga on Thursday morning at the Paris Observatory. The scene: Guests climbed the stairs to the top floor, where a picture window looked out over the treetops. In the audience at the early morning show was pop star M.I.A., hiding under her customary hoodie, and sporting some seriously cool gold, baroque-style nail art. The inspiration: Bringing sportswear ease to Balenciaga's signature sculptural shapes.
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May 8, 2013 |
On occasion, my wife and I have taken out-of-town visitors on Sunday outings to the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles to expose the uninitiated to the joy of a live gospel choir. I sometimes wonder how I stand with that power greater than myself while intruding on a house of worship solely to observe a spectacle. But we're always received so warmly that I quickly lose myself in the music and forget where I am. In that state, I've paid little notice to hats and shoes and dresses.
September 28, 2012 |
PARIS -- A foxy, Far East fight club. That's what came to mind when Alber Elbaz presented the Lanvin spring-summer 2013 runway show at Paris Fashion Week on Thursday night. The look: Asian-inspired. Disco decadent. Tuxedos and tuxedo dresses with single sleeves. Skirts and pants with sash belts worn over sexy bathing suits. Slouchy pants and jacket covered in sequins the size of razor blades. Jewel tone satin cocktail dresses with sharp cuts, origami-like folds and hems, and silk knot or flat bow details at the sides.
April 17, 2011 |
Anyone who has set foot in Shareen Vintage, a vast downtown warehouse space lined with endless racks of sparkly cocktail frocks, gauzy hippie robes and an eclectic mix of other garments, will hardly be surprised to learn that the shop's owner, Shareen Mitchell, is starring in a new reality show, "Dresscue Me," premiering Tuesday on Discovery's Planet Green channel. Tall and blond with sculpted cheekbones and an imperious bearing that reflects her Seven Sisters education and thespian training, Mitchell also has a seventh sense for fashion.
September 1, 2013 |
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.
August 14, 2013 |
Lilly Pulitzer, the Palm Beach queen of pink and green who died in April at 81, is the subject of a fashion exhibition open through Sept. 29 at the Palos Verdes Art Center . "Loving Lilly: Lilly Pulitzer From the Keni Valenti Collection" is a tribute to the socialite and fashion icon, whose whimsical printed shift dresses are American classics. The retrospective includes 150 items culled from the collection of Miami-based vintage clothing collector Keni Valenti , who collects Lilly alongside Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Halston and the other greats.
September 29, 2012 |
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.
May 6, 2001
I enjoy the Her World column every week, and I am writing about something I have noticed on so-called "travel clothes" for women: The dresses (and maybe skirts too) don't have any pockets. Who designs these things? Obviously someone who has never been on a plane or stayed in a hotel. Where can I stash my room key if I just want to walk to the hotel lobby for a moment? Men's travel wear usually has numerous pockets, including zippered security ones. I won't buy travel dresses until they put pockets in them.
September 11, 2011 |
It's hard to miss those paparazzi shots of celebrity toddlers being toted around by their famous parents, kids who are dressed, well, to look just like mom or dad. Gwen Stefani's boys sport mohawks, black rocker T-shirts and baggy cargo pants like their dad Gavin Rossdale; Jessica Alba's daughter Honor Warren mimics her mother's frilly, feminine style; and little Suri Cruise seems to love perusing the shoe section at Barneys New York just as much as...