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July 26, 1998 | Robert Hofler, Robert Hofler is an editor for Variety in Los Angeles
Maybe it's in the genes. Minnie Driver's sister, Kate, is just as outspoken--in her own behind-the-scenes kind of way--as her famous actress sibling. "Minnie's opened herself up to situations where she should never have gotten herself," Kate says straight out. Is she talking about her sister's tabloid blowout with former boyfriend Matt Damon or perhaps Driver's disclosure to the press that the "Hard Rain" crew had turned the set's water tank into a mega-urinal? Whatever.
April 26, 2014 | Noelle Carter
Rabbits "are helping win the war," proclaimed a Los Angeles Times article from 1943. Touted as a patriotic food during World War II, rabbits were raised by thousands of Americans in their backyards. Along with victory gardens, rabbits helped put food on the table when much of the nation's supply was shipped to soldiers overseas and ration stamps provided less at home. But even though rabbit consumption spiked during the war, it all but disappeared afterward. Think rabbit today and your thoughts probably veer to cartoon characters, cereal mascots, Easter and adorable pets.
In the rarefied, regimented world of ballroom dancing, an incident in 1982 proved nothing short of a fashion coup: During an international competition, half a dozen of the world's reigning ballroom dancers--queens of the floor--threw down their tutus. For decades they'd been consigned to wear short skirts with layer upon layer of netting that made them look as if they had stick legs and huge hips. They'd had enough.
April 23, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Jodie Foster married girlfriend  Alexandra Hedison over the weekend, her rep has confirmed. Word that the Oscar winner, 51, had quietly wed the 44-year-old photographer first came via E! News, with the Associated Press then confirming the news with Foster's rep.  The low-key nature of this "big event" is par for the course for the "Elysium" and "The Silence of the Lambs" actress, who famously, finally, sort-of came out publicly in 2013 in a rather rambling speech delivered when she accepted the Cecille B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes.
April 28, 1989 | KAREN NEWELL YOUNG, Karen Newell Young is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
It happens every spring. The weather warms up. The clothing racks begin to bloom with swimsuits and thoughts turn to that depressing chore: choosing what to wear in the water. Mature women often find slim pickings. The tops are low-cut, the bottoms are high-cut and a hankie would hide more than some of the suits. Little strings tied together are designed more for perfect bodies in repose than older women who want to go swimming. Faced with such skimpy choices, some women just stayed out of the water.
July 13, 1990 | PADDY CALISTRO, Calistro writes a beauty column for The Times Sunday magazine.
This summer's newest hairstyles come straight from the history books--1960s history, that is. Back-combed "bubbles," wash-and-wear geometrics, and hippie-like, long, straight styles are being reshaped. At Cristophe and Vidal Sassoon, two top Beverly Hills salons, recent shows featured versions of looks first seen on the pages of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar more than 20 years ago.
May 17, 1991 | DAVID WALLACE
Tonight, the late Millicent Rogers will have a moment, as they say in fashion circles. The famed style-setter, socialite and media star of the '30s and '40s, best known for the Taos, N.M., museum named after her, will be the center of attention in Santa Monica. Antique dealer Federico Jimenez is hosting a preview of silver jewelry reproduced from Rogers' designs and newly available at his Montana Avenue shop.
Kitty Black Perkins has her own ideas about dress-for-success: Make it pink and bouffant, and the more glitter the better. For 14 years, she has been fashion designer to the ultimate material girl, Barbie. And one thing she's learned about the little girls who own all those little dolls is that they think Barbie is pretty in pink. Black Perkins, who is principal designer for Mattel Toys' fashion dolls, works out of a studio in a top-secret design center in El Segundo.
September 23, 1988 | MARY ROURKE, Times Staff Writer
Princess Diana's matched-up dressing is almost too princessy, and the hats of Sarah, Duchess of York, are atrocious, if you ask Patricia Underwood. But she doesn't critique the royal fashion just to be mean. Underwood is considered royalty herself, in a manner of speaking. She's the queen of hats. The slightly eccentric, near-famous British designer has done as much as any woman in America to bring custom-quality head wear to the States.
November 28, 2010 | By Emili Vesilind, Special to the Los Angeles Times
IPads, Nooks and Kindles may be topping wish lists this holiday season, but when it comes to reading about fashion, nothing beats the glossy, full-color grandeur of a coffee-table book. This season's crop of oversized style tomes is especially alluring. Among them are memoir-esque reads, playfully pedantic books on how to hone personal style and a pair of opulent tomes focusing on men's fashion, encompassing styles from cowboy chic to Savile Row sleek. Of course, you won't be packing these biceps-building books for your next red eye. But then not all reading has to be on the run. Curling up in front of the fire with a big juicy traditional book is a great way to take a break from the holiday season hubbub.
April 23, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Actress, producer and makeup maven Drew Barrymore and her husband Will Kopelman had their second daughter Tuesday and announced that they've named her Frankie Barrymore Kopelman. [Cut] Lupita Nyong'o of "12 Years a Slave," who made such a big splash on awards season red carpets, is People's Most Beautiful Person of 2014. [People] Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir were a big hit as figure skating commentators during the Sochi Winter Olympics, and now NBC is sending them to the Kentucky Derby on May 3 to comment on fashion.
April 23, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
A Celine tote for $220? A Carolina Herrera shirt dress for $255? And shopping for a good cause too? No, you're not dreaming. The items are available to buy at and as part of a new capsule collection launched to support the private-sector-led charity initiative Born Free Africa , with the goal of ending mother-to-child HIV transmission by Dec. 31, 2015. Kenya-born, Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Wangechi Mutu collaborated with 22 fashion designers on the Born Free collection, including J. Crew's Jenna Lyons, Miuccia Prada, Tory Burch and Isabel Marant.
April 22, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Is this the end of designer dinners at the Hotel Bel-Air and charity fashion shows at the Beverly Hills Hotel?  If high-profile members of the fashion community have their way, maybe. Several vocal personalities, including Decades boutique co-owner Cameron Silver and designers Brian Atwood and Peter Som have taken to social media to call for a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel and a host of other high-end Dorchester Collection properties around the globe with ties to the sultanate of Brunei.
April 20, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
She's the star of television's "New Girl" series, She & Him singer, creative director and a red-carpet standout. Now, Zooey Deschanel is adding fashion designer to her considerable list of talents, with a new collection of dresses for Tommy Hilfiger that hit Hilfiger and Macy's stores last week. Deschanel's distinctive quirky-preppy-feminine style - on-screen, on red carpets and in real life - is what attracted Hilfiger to her. "It's unusual and spirited. She doesn't take herself too seriously, which is nice," he says.
April 19, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Is Coachella the biggest gift to the fashion industry since Kate Middleton? It certainly seems like it from the marketing blitz that has blown up around the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which wraps up a two-weekend run Sunday in Indio. We all know that brands have been flocking to the festival for years, hoping to make an impression on tastemakers who attend by hosting star-studded parties at nearby venues. This year, Old Navy, Lacoste, H&M, Teva, Adidas Originals, Guess and Opening Ceremony are just a few of the names that hopped on the Coachella branding bandwagon.
April 19, 2014 | By Janet Kinosian, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Along with ivory and conflict diamonds, the jewelry aficionado now has another exploited treasure from which to refrain: sea coral, which is finding itself under attack worldwide. In 2007, SeaWeb, an ocean conservation nonprofit based in Maryland, teamed up with the Tiffany & Co. Foundation for Too Precious to Wear, a campaign that advocates against using coral in jewelry, fashion and home decor. (Tiffany stopped selling coral jewelry in 2002.) "We want people to celebrate the beauty of the ocean, rather than pull life from [it]
April 29, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
Judging from the plethora of eye-catching eyewear that's been getting face time over the last few years - be it on the European ready-to-wear runways or in the adjoining office cubicle - it's clear that glasses have gone from nerd necessity to chic accessory. It's a shift reflected in the current look-at-me trends - retro, vintage-inspired frames, chunky tortoise shells and geometric shapes that attract rather than deflect attention - and reinforced by the laundry list of fashion-focused brands with a presence in the eyewear arena.
October 21, 2013 | By Janet Kinosian, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It might seem foolish suggesting feathers are a new fashion trend this fall - after all feathers have been beloved by the fashion world for centuries. But it's what modern fashion designers are doing with their feathers that makes the motif fresh and modern. Plumage filled the fall-winter 2013 runways. At Prozena Schouler, Alexander McQueen and Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren and Emilio Pucci, feathers covered hats, shoes, bags, clothes, jewelry and hair accessories. Feathers came in all colors and types and were paired with unusual materials.
April 18, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A 42-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to firing a Glock more than 50 times  at the Fashion Island shopping center in Newport Beach and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Mark Gurrola, of Garden Grove, pleaded guilty to 54 felony counts of shooting at an occupied building and two additional felony counts of aggravated assault, with sentencing enhancements for using a firearm, the Orange County District Attorney's office said. Prosecutors wanted a longer prison sentence, officials said.
April 14, 2014 | By Stacey Leasca
The first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has come and gone, but the tweets and Instagram photos will last forever (or at least until Weekend 2 kicks off Friday). The special guest performances continued Sunday, with Drake taking the stage during Jhene Aiko's set and none other than Justin Bieber joining Chance the Rapper during his performance. Check out a few more highlights from Day 3 at Coachella below. PHOTOS: Coachella Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Faces of Coachella ALSO: Coachella moves to the beat of the digital youth Coachella 2014: Lorde makes festival debut, brings in the wind Coachella 2014: Who really headlined, Arcade Fire or dance music?
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