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.
September 30, 2012 |
Avant garde Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo showed her spring-summer 2013 Comme des Garcons collection Saturday afternoon underneath one of the docks on the Seine at Paris Fashion Week. PHOTOS: Paris Fashion Week trends The look: Damsels of deconstruction. Long blond Guinevere-style wigs. Helmets made out of recycled metal junk. White muslin cloth dresses and tops that were assemblages of bustles, ruffles, sleeves and pieces of gold leather biker jackets. Some were worn over plasticky white pleated skirts or cuffed shorts.
January 9, 1987 |
"I seem to approach each collection as if I were creating a perfume, blending basic, well-loved style elements with 'top notes' of our own," says designer Adolfo in the show notes for his spring collection, presented at the St. Regis Hotel here this week. "The result is meant to please and intrigue the women who wear our clothes. These women reject an overpowering fad as they do an overpowering scent. They loathe the term 'high style' as much as I do."
March 19, 2006
Your Spring Fashion Issue showcases Bryce Dallas Howard in a $26,665 evening gown and another dress priced at $12,000 ("The Most Fair," Feb. 26). This bothers me as a fashion- and budget-conscious consumer. I doubt that the majority of your readers can afford dresses in this price range, and I venture that most of them would choose not to spend that much on clothing even if they could. Moreover, I am offended as a citizen of the world. I sponsor an African child's educational, living and health needs for $288 per year.
March 2, 2013 |
PARIS - Presenting her Fall 2013 collection during Paris Fashion Week on Friday, Vanessa Bruno, who has a store in Los Angeles on Melrose Avenue, proved why she, like Isabel Marant, is a current leader in exporting accessible, everyday French chic to the rest of the world. The look: Boy meets girl with a nod to mod. Oversized blazers and button-down shirts with contrast plackets over roomy trousers and pleated miniskirts. Graphic black-and-white paneled dresses. Tidy coats with contrasting hems and buttons.
March 13, 2014 |
Forget for a minute that the collection Betsey Johnson sent down the catwalk here Wednesday night was the exact same one she had already shown at New York Fashion Week less than a month ago. Forget too that the show - scheduled for 8 p.m. -- didn't start until almost an hour and 45 minutes late. While we're at it, let's just go ahead and forget that the Style Fashion Week tent essentially sits on what's probably one of the least glamorous stretches of real estate in the city -- a parking garage roof within spitting distance of the freeway.
March 23, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas resident Leigh Aurbach recalls the pain that struck her heart, like a needle prick from a corsage-pinning, at seeing young women miss their high school proms because they were too poor to afford a gown. Prom season is now underway across America, and thanks to a nonprofit here, disadvantaged teens will have ample choice of dresses for a youth's rite of passage. On Saturday in downtown Las Vegas, as part of “Operation Glass Slipper,” hundreds of girls are expected to converge on an industrial space near the old City Hall to peruse 1,500 prom gowns in a range of shapes, colors and sizes.
February 17, 2002
My husband and I couldn't agree more with Tom Moore ("Is Freestyle Cruising a Washout?," Letters, Feb. 10). However, not all cruise companies are doing away with the traditional dining experience. We too will not sail with any company that only features freestyle. Who wants to dine in an elegant restaurant where everyone dresses as if they have been doing yard work all day? SUSAN CASHMAN West Hills
October 2, 2012 |
PARIS -- It was a “Downton Abbey” moment by way of Rome and Paris on Tuesday afternoon when Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli showed their spring-summer 2013 collection during Paris Fashion Week. The designers, who have been at the helm of the fabled Roman fashion house since 2008, turned out a graceful collection of demure frocks that brought to mind the ladies of "Downton. " Inspiration: Nostalgia for female sensuality, not sexuality. PHOTOS: Paris Fashion Week trends The look: Modest.
September 9, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- Alexander Wang, New York Fashion Week's reigning rock star, showed his spring-summer 2013 collection Saturday afternoon. And there was more than one unforgettable runway moment. The inspiration: Urban uniforms turned animalistic. Photos: NYFW Week celebrity sightings The look: Fierce but controlled. Leather is already everywhere for fall, but Wang gave it a new lease on life for spring. It was all about boxy silhouettes with surgical slashes revealing the body and bringing to mind animal markings.