October 5, 2008 |
DESPITE past rumblings that emerging-talent showcase Gen Art, one of the more consistent components of Los Angeles' ever-morphing fashion week landscape, might partner with one of the dueling L.A. Fashion Week groups, it's going solo again this year. The two-night event features a fresh crop of new talent, two high-profile hosts and a dedicated eco-friendly night spotlighting green-leaning designers. Gen Art, which is open to the public (tickets are available at GenArt.
December 23, 2007 |
A plate of steak frites arrives via a 40-foot catwalk that glows an eerie blue. Fashion show footage loops endlessly on an enormous screen, while couples huddle in white vinyl banquettes. The clang of pans from an open kitchen mixes with the indistinguishable thump of trance music. It may sound like Kate Moss' reoccurring case of night terrors, but it's actually the first Friday night at a new fashion-themed restaurant in downtown L.A. After a few hiccups, Mode finally opened its doors at 916 S.
May 21, 1998 |
Latino designer Eduardo Lucero may be known for the candy-colored ruffle skirts and flamenco-inspired lace dresses he contributed to last spring's Cubanismo craze in fashion (and everything else for that matter). But the fall collection he previewed last week proves he is more than a one-trick pony. The sneak peek at Lucero's new line was part of a benefit for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation held at the newly opened Conga Room.
April 12, 2002
The "foot tube" may appear to be one of those completely useless inventions like crystal deodorant and the Inside-the-Shell electric egg scrambler. But the simple band of stretch fabric designed to be worn around the arch of the foot, and its cousin the "toe topper" are helping the hosiery business, especially during the summer months. "Women have stopped wearing socks in the summer," said Mimi Merkin, the designer for Hue Legwear.
April 6, 2000 |
Now that Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss and alleged Toluca Lake madam Jody "Babydol" Gibson are both plying wares on the Web, I thought the sites http://www.heidiwear.net and http://www.babydol.com screamed out for a comparison. I know that's very Entertainment Weekly, but bear with me. Both sites feature mugs: Heidi: A collection of five handmade coffee cups made while she was in prison. ("The day-to-day lifestyle was so stressful and hectic, this gave her peace of mind," according to the site.
October 7, 1997 |
After Sunday's California Collections Preview presented by the California Mart, it is clear no woman should leave home next spring without these basics: * One slip dress decorated with sequins or embroidery. * A go-everywhere ankle-length tank dress with a high neck--and, for the very fit, a slit all the way to the hip. * A touch of fake Mehndi, or body art, stenciled on a corner of a garment, or, for the more adventurous, a complete "tattooed" body quilt.
October 16, 2007 |
If you doubted that fashion has a bigger presence in L.A. than it has had in years, consider the last few days. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa turned up for a series of runway shows at the spectacular new downtown venue, the former St. Vibiana's Cathedral -- and had to take a seat in the second row. Gen Art, the showcase for young talent, marked its 10th anniversary in L.A. with a massive production at the Petersen Automotive Museum. At a fashion week kickoff dinner at Mr.
April 23, 1999 |
Imagine a college final that is not a three-hour exam in molecular biology or Shakespeare, but instead requires designing a ravishing hand-beaded gown. This is reality for the 140 fashion students at Otis College of Art and Design, the only four-year college in the Southern California area to offer a bachelor's degree in fashion design. It may sound like the life, but don't think for a minute these textile tests take any less study than their pen-and-paper counterparts.
November 1, 2003 |
Fashion week, which started Sunday, seemed to lose some of its momentum at the Standard hotel downtown by midweek, with lots of empty seats at the shows, models who looked like they were sleepwalking and celebrity eye-candy at a minimum. Then along came Louis Verdad whose hotly anticipated show picked up the tempo Thursday and even attracted a few A-listers, including Rita Wilson.