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November 13, 2011 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
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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September 30, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
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.
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September 30, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
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.
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February 28, 2014 | Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
It wasn't Windansea Beach itself but a detour taken while trying to find a parking spot there that led to the mother lode of inspiration for Jonathan Cohen's spring collection. The 28-year-old designer, who grew up near the fabled beach in La Jolla and is now based in New York, had recently reread "The Pump House Gang," Tom Wolfe's 1968 story about rowdy teens who hung out at the pump house at Windansea, defending their sandy turf from the over-25 set. When he was home last March, Cohen was determined to see the place with fresh eyes.
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September 30, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
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.
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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.
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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.
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September 12, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
NEW YORK --It was all about graphic glam on the runway when Michael Kors showed his spring-summer 2013 collection under the tents at Lincoln Center on Thursday. The inspiration: Modern architecture. Clean lines. Photos: NYFW Week celebrity sightings The look: Geometric glamour. Sixties mod. Retro air hostesses. Bold shades of sunshine yellow, palm green, poppy red and sky blue, with black, white and navy. Graphic checks and stripes. Shift dresses in leather or crepe came with interesting zipper, placket and pocket details.
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April 17, 2011 | Steffie Nelson
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.
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