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July 1, 2013 |
At 8 a.m. Monday, the security line at the Beverly Hills Courthouse was already out the glass doors and onto the sidewalk. Upstairs, about 50 people waited in line for marriage licenses behind a closed door. Some couples wore matching suits or dresses. Many were smiling. When one lesbian couple walked in wearing matching shimmery gold wedding dresses, the narrow hall erupted in a brief bout of whoops and cheers. A court official had to hush the celebrants. "That's going to disturb the court when it gets started, just so you know," he warned gently.
September 1, 2013 |
Los Angeles designer Monique Lhuillier is determined to dress women head-to-toe and 'round the clock. Since starting her namesake label in 1996, after she couldn't find a dress with enough fashion flair for her own wedding, Lhuillier has established herself as the go-to designer for Hollywood brides, including Reese Witherspoon, Carrie Underwood, Jewel, Ashlee Simpson and Avril Lavigne. Building on that foundation, in recent years she's developed a successful ready-to-wear collection shown seasonally in New York, and sold at major department stores and her own boutiques.
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.
September 30, 2013 |
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.
May 6, 2001
I enjoy the Her World column every week, and I am writing about something I have noticed on so-called "travel clothes" for women: The dresses (and maybe skirts too) don't have any pockets. Who designs these things? Obviously someone who has never been on a plane or stayed in a hotel. Where can I stash my room key if I just want to walk to the hotel lobby for a moment? Men's travel wear usually has numerous pockets, including zippered security ones. I won't buy travel dresses until they put pockets in them.
May 12, 1985 |
At age 9 months, Colette Walker dresses only in natural fibers and primarily in layers of loose knits--just like her mother, Judy. Sierra Helvey, 5, leans toward the romantic and feminine when it comes to clothes. She will only wear dresses. Adores ruffles. And to her mother's amazement, she refuses to wear pants--or shorts. Amy Lyne, 10, has her own distinct look too, as she has had, according to her mother, since she was 6.
September 26, 2012 |
PARIS -- Nicola Formichetti, Lady Gaga's stylist extraordinaire and creative director of the house of Thierry Mugler (now known simply as Mugler) showed his spring-summer 2013 collection at Paris architecture museum Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine on Wednesday night. Though Gaga was not in the house (she is on tour, and was performing in Zurich), she did send along a gift - a new, unreleased single for the soundtrack. Titled “Cake,” the track is Gaga's first rap song. A video of the collection featuring the new Gaga song will be released Thursday.
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.