March 24, 2013 |
MIAMI - A cool ocean breeze cut the day's humidity. Dresses up to there in hot pink sequins and acid yellows colored the sidewalks. It was around midnight on a Thursday in Miami's South Beach neighborhood, and the evening was just getting started. I was in town for a couple days in February and was determined to have a "real" Miami night life experience - whatever that meant. The clubs here are more intimate than those in L.A. or Las Vegas, with some bars nothing more than a DJ, lights and liquor in a small box-like room.
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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.
March 21, 2013 |
Already modeled by dozens of celebs on the red carpet in the last few months, Raf Simons' much-ballyhooed Dior spring ready-to-wear collection has finally landed in stores, including Maxfield, where it has taken over the side gallery space for the next two weeks. A party was held Wednesday night to celebrate. And though the designer of the hour (year?) wasn't there, lots of L.A.'s social butterflies were, including hosts Quinn Ezralow, Julia Sorkin and Kelly Styne, as well as Liberty Ross, Crystal Lourd and Leandra Medine, all dressed in Dior, of course.
September 28, 2013 |
PARIS -- It was a delicate dance between masculinity and femininity in the Maison Martin Margiela spring 2014 collection shown Friday afternoon at Paris Fashion Week. The look: Tailored suit pieces and elegant silk slips with decorative flourishes to add on, such as removable, structured velvet sleeves and chiffon trains attached with elastic bands, or crystal-embroidered, corseted dresses that looked as if they had been sliced apart, turned around and worn as elegant coats. The suiting was gorgeous too, including a blazer that tied in back, left suggestively open to reveal a hint of skin.
September 12, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- The Tommy Hilfiger spring-summer 2013 women's runway collection, which was shown Sept. 9 during New York Fashion Week, was staged on a section of the High Line , an elevated freight rail line turned public park. The inspiration: A nautical journey, the sailing life, and the kind of clothes Jackie O or Lauren Hutton might wear while stepping from deck to dock at some far-flung port of call. Photos: NYFW Week celebrity sightings The look: Like the men's collection , the women's spring-summer offerings were heavy on the stripes but the earlier emphasis on clubby collegiate sports was replaced here with nautical motifs.
September 12, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Jessica Alba looked like a modern-day Audrey Hepburn on Thursday morning at New York Fashion Week, wearing a ballet pink full skirt and black sweater, with cat eyeliner and her hair in a chignon. It was a fabulously flirty 1950s look, but the Ralph Lauren collection she was front row to see was decidedly 1960s. The look; "Mod Squad" by way of Savile Row. Graphic black-and-white mini dresses in leather or cotton knit, some with menswear flourishes, such as a necktie or a white pique bib, all worn with black knee socks and square-heeled patent leather pumps.
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.
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.