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June 4, 1998 | KATHRYN BOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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April 6, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt
They share vintage fashion finds, finish one another's sentences and collectively compose pop-rock songs. Kesha and Katy Perry are fans, and their dream is to perform with Prince. But for now they'll have to settle for appearing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday and April 18, part of a U.S. tour that begins next week. "They" are Haim, the San Fernando Valley-raised sister trio (Este, Danielle and Alana), known for their catchy 2013 debut album, "Days Are Gone" - and their style.
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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.
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April 5, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay
The combination of sandals and socks has long been seen as a major footwear faux pas. And, as recently as last year when British department store Debenhams polled 1,500 customers on what they felt was the most egregious of all fashion offenses, sandals with socks ranked No. 1 - beating out platform shoes for men and scrunchies. But proving that fashion is often wildly unpredictable, wearing sandals with socks is no longer a fashion misstep. This season, it's suddenly a trend embraced by celebrities and fashion industry insiders who are pairing their Birkenstocks, clogs and even open-toed high-heel sandals with ankle-length socks.
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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.
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January 10, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Diane von Furstenberg's wrap-dress army is a force to be reckoned with in the 20,000-square-foot gallery of the historic May Co. department store building in Los Angeles, where her “Journey of a Dress” exhibition opens Saturday with 200 vintage and contemporary interpretations of the iconic design. There they are, 200 mannequins strong, standing in formation and ready to conquer the world. And conquer the world is exactly what this dress did. The show, which was put together for the 40th anniversary of Von Furstenberg's brand, celebrates her singular contribution to fashion history: the wrap dress, which is on par with the T-shirt and blue jeans when it comes to its cultural impact.
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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.
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February 6, 1991 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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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.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2014 | By Nancy Rivera Brooks
Retail buyers from around the world have descended on Las Vegas for the twice-yearly Magic Market Week, the fashion industry's largest trade show. An estimated 80,000 people are in town for the collection of Magic events and associated smaller shows, at which thousands of brands will strut their clothing, footwear, jewelry and other accessories at multiple glittering venues. The show's scope is reflected in its slogan: See what the world will be wearing. The trade show began in much more modest style in 1933 by the quaintly named Men's Apparel Guild in California.
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March 28, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
SAN FRANCISCO - Keith Jackson came seemingly from nowhere to win a seat on the San Francisco Board of Education, a young newcomer running as a champion of parents and the "problem children" he knew growing up in the city's historically black Western Addition. He disappeared from public prominence years ago after a troubled tenure on the board and for well over a decade earned a comfortable if unassuming living as a niche player in local politics, representing candidates and corporate interests before San Francisco's hard-pressed African American community.
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March 23, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Designers came from as far away as Istanbul and as nearby as Santa Monica to show their collections during the handful of disparate events that make up Los Angeles Fashion Week. But the one thing they had in common was an admiration for L.A. as a global style mecca, from the skateboard culture that inspired L.A. designer Mike Vensel's grungy nod to his '80s and '90s youth to the Hollywood red carpet that is the holy grail for Turkish designer Özgür Masur, who is already well known for dressing film and TV stars in his intricately beaded gowns in Turkey and now hopes to make it here.
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March 22, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay
Do you ever find yourself running out of the house with wet hair? That's apparently become a good thing, right in line with a beauty trend seen recently on pop stars and in edgy fashion editorials. A new hairstyle dubbed the "wob" (for wet bob) has reached "It" hair status after Beyoncé sported a wet-looking bob-length 'do at the Grammy Awards in February. Miley Cyrus also had damp-looking tresses on the March cover of W magazine, as did Sofia Coppola on the February cover of Italian Vogue.
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March 19, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn and Booth Moore
Concept Los Angeles' one-day slate of runway shows and informal presentations at Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake served up designers from across town, across California and across the globe. But the one thing they had in common was an admiration for L.A. as a global style mecca, from the skateboard culture that inspired local designer (and Concept organizer) Mike Vensel's grungy nod to his '80s and '90s youth to the Hollywood red carpet that is the holy grail for Turkish designer Özgür Masur, who is already well known for dressing film and TV stars in his intricately beaded gowns in his home country of Turkey and now hopes to make it here.
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March 19, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Fashion designer L'Wren Scott, who was found lifeless in her New York City apartment on Monday, may have planned to announce she was shuttering her fashion line on Wednesday. Former New York Times Fashion Critic Cathy Horyn, writing a remembrance of Scott, said she had learned that Scott was planning to close the business, and that friends who saw the designer on Sunday were concerned about her but didn't think she'd do something "desperate. " PHOTOS: L'Wren Scott's notable red carpet looks Scott's assistant reportedly found the designer kneeling and hanged from a scarf wrapped around a doorknob.
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March 18, 2014 | By Booth Moore
L'Wren Scott, a towering 6-foot, 4-inch fashion figure who started modeling in her teens, created her own high-end clothing line and dressed fashion fans including Nicole Kidman and First Lady Michelle Obama, was found dead Monday. Sources differ on her age but police said she was 49. Her body was found in her New York City apartment by an assistant. Though there were widespread reports that she was found hanged, police said no criminal activity was suspected and the coroner's office is investigating.
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December 25, 2005 | Booth Moore
MATTHEW WILLIAMSON Designer, Pucci If the world of fashion design seems like a revolving door, well, it is. After three years at the helm of Emilio Pucci, Christian Lacroix left his post in September, just days after the spring runway show in Milan. Lacroix spent several seasons trying to reinvent the Florentine fashion house known for its geometric prints and St. Moritz jet-set lifestyle, after it had languished through the 1980s and '90s.
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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.
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March 17, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The late fashion designer and model L'Wren Scott, who was found dead in an apparent suicide Monday, was best known for her work on the runway, and for her long romantic relationship with rock star Mick Jagger. Over the course of her career, though, Scott also served as a stylist to the stars and designed costumes for a handful of Hollywood movies. Scott was in her late 40s at the time of her death. Here's a look at her five most memorable films. "Diabolique" (1996): Scott served as the costume designer on this Jeremiah S. Chechik-directed thriller starring Sharon Stone as the mistress of a cruel headmaster (Chazz Palminteri)
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March 17, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
There's been an outpouring of reaction to the death of L'Wren Scott, the towering, 6-foot-4 fashion figure who started as a model, styled many of Hollywood's leading ladies for the red carpet and went on to create her own high-end clothing line that's been worn by actress Nicole Kidman and First Lady Michelle Obama, among other well-known fashion fans. Scott's assistant found her body in her apartment in New York's Chelsea neighborhood. Though there are widespread reports she was found hanged, police would say only that no criminal activity was suspected and the coroner is investigating.  Scott was romantically linked to Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and helped style the band's stage looks.
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