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November 14, 2013 | By Janet Kinosian
Veteran costume designer Ruth Carter had her hands full with her latest feature film, "Lee Daniels' The Butler. " In it, she tackled eight tumultuous decades of U.S. political and social history - and changing fashions - filled with dozens of national figures (including LBJ, JFK and Jackie O) and had to factor in an equally daunting number of celebrities in the cast: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Oprah Winfrey and, of course, Forest Whitaker in the lead role, among them. Carter says her focus had to be stout, and she ignored the shine of the 24-karat celebrities who surrounded her, on film and in her fitting rooms.
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November 14, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
During awards show season, or any season really, the pressure to stand out on the red carpet is intense. To wit, there's been quite a run of barely-there dresses lately, starting with the ridiculously revealing  Azzaro creation Jaimie Alexander wore to the "Thor: The Dark World" premiere on Nov. 4 in Los Angeles, and finishing with looks at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show after-party on Thursday night in New York. At the Nov. 11 "Mandela" premiere in L.A., Naomie Harris, who is emerging as a breakout fashion star, wore a gorgeous pale blue, whisper-thin silk tulle plissé dress by Vionnet with a plunging neckline and bare hips that managed to look sweet and tasteful and command attention.  Cut to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show after party.
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November 13, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
College student Leslie Barrett was diagnosed with Bell's palsy in August , but she didn't let the disease that's temporarily paralyzing her face ruin her Halloween. In fact, she used the holiday as a chance to help herself cope. A year after McKayla Maroney stood on the podium at the London Olympics with her now-famous "not impressed" look, Barrett decided to dress as the U.S. gymnast for Halloween. Maroney's facial expression, which she displayed after falling during the vault competition and winning the silver instead of the gold, garnered instant fame after a Tumblr was created in its honor . Even President Obama got in on the joke . After Halloween, Barrett posted a photo of herself alongside Maroney to Maroney's Facebook page , saying someone had pointed out that her face looked like Maroney's unimpressed expression.
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November 10, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
French fashion house Chloé brought its singular brand of laid-back chic to Los Angeles recently, hosting a fashion show and dinner at the Midcentury Modern Brody House. Tastemakers including Zoe Saldana, January Jones, Jessica Paré, Nicole Richie and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley were treated to a presentation of the spring/summer 2014 collection first shown during Paris Fashion Week. Chloé was founded by Gaby Aghion in 1952 as a more relaxed alternative to the formal, haute couture clothing of the day. Under the direction of Karl Lagerfeld, it became an iconic 1970s brand known for feminine blouses and fluid boho dresses.
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November 10, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
After 16 years at the helm of Coach, Reed Krakoff left the American heritage brand this fall to chart a solo course with his own label, which is starting to really gain momentum. In the three years since launching his namesake brand, Krakoff has dressed Lena Dunham, Julianne Moore and First Lady Michelle Obama, who wore his cobalt blue dress on the March 2013 cover of Vogue. He has a robust accessories business (the Boxer and Atlantique bags have been big hits), which accounts for about 70% of sales, and his ready-to-wear clothing is gaining momentum among women looking for something intellectual, modern and American.
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November 6, 2013 | By Susan Denley, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
Jaimie Alexander, who plays warrior Sif in Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World," knew how to get attention at the movie's premiere in Hollywood on Monday. All it took was this Azzaro Couture gown. What there was -- or wasn't -- of it. [Telegraph] Julia Peyton-Jones, director of the Serpentine Gallery,  presented the Harper's Bazaar UK Tastemaker of the Year Award to fashion designer L'Wren Scott at a ceremony in London on Tuesday. Victoria Beckham and actress Gillian Anderson were also among award winners.
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November 4, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Quite a few stars wore Gucci to the LACMA Art + Film gala in Los Angeles on Saturday. Among them were Amy Adams, Zoe Saldana, James Franco, Evan Rachel Wood, Kate Hudson, Kate Beckinsale, Salma Hayek Pinault and Olivia Wilde, Gucci announced. Megan Hilty wore a gown by Badgley Mischka when she wed Brian Gallagher in Las Vegas on Saturday. [People] Men's Wearhouse turned down the latest acquisition bid from Jos. A. Bank. [WWD] Rita Ora wore a Marchesa creation covered in feathery plumes to the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards in London on Sunday.
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October 30, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
French fashion house Chloé  brought its singular brand of laid-back chic to Los Angeles on Tuesday night, hosting a fashion show and dinner at the mid-century modern Brody House for guests such as Zoe Saldana, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Nicole Richie, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and others. The evening featured a presentation of the spring/summer 2014 collection that was recently shown during Paris Fashion Week, followed by a performance by the L.A.-based indie-rock girl band HAIM . Chloé was founded by Gaby Aghion in 1952 as a more laid-back alternative to the formal, haute couture clothing of the day. Under the direction of Karl Lagerfeld, it became an iconic 1970s brand known for feminine blouses and fluid boho dresses.
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October 28, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
New York fashion designer Yoana Baraschi celebrated the 10th anniversary of her business last week at the Anthropologie store in Beverly Hills. The fete showcased the designer's exclusive 11-piece anniversary line, including the New Light dress ($298), a partnership with Conscious Commerce , the philanthropic company created by actress Olivia Wilde and her business partner Barbara Burchfield. Baraschi, Wilde and Burchfield connected through Half the Sky , a global movement to fight oppression of women inspired by the best-selling book “Half the Sky”  by journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
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October 25, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Disney princess-inspired gowns by Versace, Valentino, Missoni and Oscar de la Renta are now up for bid online in a Christie's benefit auction. Online bidding for the 10 "princess dresses," which started Oct. 18, is in advance of a live auction scheduled for Nov. 13, which will raise money for the London-based Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity .  The dresses, which were originally part of a holiday 2012 Harrods window display,...
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