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May 8, 2013 | By Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times
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.
July 10, 2011 | Melissa Magsaysay
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.
January 9, 1987 | TIMOTHY HAWKINS
"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."
May 13, 2012 | By Heather John, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When I discovered I was pregnant with our second child, I pulled out the storage bin containing the maternity clothes from my first pregnancy and was instantly depressed. After nine months of wearing a Diane von Furstenberg maternity wrap dress and Lilly Pulitzer maternity shift in heavy rotation — and I mean heavy in every sense — I couldn't face another pregnancy in these same few outfits. But at $300 for designer maternity dresses I would wear another half a year at most, I wasn't prepared to splurge on an entirely new pregnancy wardrobe.
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 | By Booth Moore
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.
October 8, 1987 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, Times Fashion Editor
"Beyond beautiful" and "breathtaking" were words uttered by retailers who mobbed Giorgio Armani after his spring fashion show here Tuesday night. It had been a rather lackluster week until then, with some American store executives grumbling that the styles presented here this season are not worth the high prices consumers would have to pay for them at retail level back home.
March 13, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
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.
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
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