November 13, 2011 |
In just 10 years, Alber Elbaz has succeeded in waking the sleeping beauty that was the French fashion house of Lanvin, giving it a modern identity and a must-have status. His particular brand of imperfect glamour - fraying lace edges, exposed zippers, grosgrain ribbon and pearl trims, sculpted bows and rosettes - has elevated the humble T-shirt to near-couture standards, turned sneakers into $540 "It" shoes and reinvigorated the categories of cocktail dresses and costume jewelry.
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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.
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 10, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- It was one of the most eagerly anticipated shows of the first few days of New York Fashion Week. Joseph Altuzarra, winner of the 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award and a rising star on the New York fashion scene since launching his collection in 2008, has a fan base that includes Michelle Williams and Salma Hayek. He showed his spring 2013 collection at a downtown photography studio on Saturday night. And not even thunderstorms or the threat of tornadoes could keep the fashion crowd away.
March 9, 2014 |
We've seen supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio posing in bejeweled bikinis and gigantic feather wings. Now she's crossing over to the other side of the camera, creating a line of beachy, bohemian clothing called ále by Alessandra. The longtime Victoria's Secret Angel draws on her Brazilian heritage and Southern California lifestyle for the collection, which is scheduled to debut at Planet Blue stores and www.shopplanetblue.com on March 15. "It reflects my everyday life," Ambrosio says of the collection, whose pieces sell for $60 to $260.
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 19, 2013 |
What was on the runway in the two-plus weeks of spring 2014 fashion shows in Los Angeles was as varied as the venues themselves, which ranged from the entertainment complex L.A. Live downtown to the Grove, some seven miles to the west. One of the standout events was the Los Angeles Fashion Council's two days of runway shows held for the first time at the Grove. Staged in the center of the outdoor mall's park area, where the Christmas tree sits each holiday season, the event showcased eight designers.
January 30, 2011
Costume designer Theoni V. Aldredge, whose career spanned 50 years, never failed to generate a buzz with her dazzling ensembles on stage and screen. On Broadway, think billowy feathered costumes in "La Cage aux Folles" and the transformation of everyday clothes into sparkling dancing outfits for the finale of "A Chorus Line. " Or in Hollywood, Mia Farrow's dreamy flapper dresses and Robert Redford's smart white suits in "The Great Gatsby," which garnered Aldredge an Academy Award in 1975.
September 30, 2012 |
PARIS -- Isabel Marant, master of Paris-meets-L.A. boho chic, showed her spring-summer 2013 collection at Paris Fashion Week on Friday. PHOTOS: Paris Fashion Week trends The look: Hawaiian with a dash of rodeo queen (or Las Vegas-era Elvis, perhaps). Tiered lace mini dresses and peasant blouses. Flippy mini-skirts and studded vests in washed red-and-blue bandanna paisleys. Jeans, short shorts, sarong skirts and one-piece bathing suits in floral lei or hibiscus prints.
May 6, 2007 |
WHEN the first Dr. Martens came off the production line in 1960, they were the anonymous all-purpose work boots worn by British postmen, policemen and factory workers. By the late 1960s, skinheads from London's East End had adopted them as their own, and soon the shoes were punk, Goth, grunge, metal, Mod and military-chic. Now they're runway fashion too.