September 28, 1989 |
"On Saturday nights at the L.A. Equestrian Center, I bet at least 20% of the audience is dressed for polo and they don't even know how to ride a horse," muses Ron Volpe, owner of Burbank Pet & Equestrian Supply in Glendale. When the Western look came into style in the '70s, some non-riding clotheshorses were inspired to check out the tack shops for more authentic apparel.
September 6, 1991 |
For almost 12 hours the crowd of 500 stood in a line last week to make the cut. No, they weren't waiting for concert tickets, a club opening or an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. They were hot to tick-tock. The folks who gathered at the Irvine Ranch Farmers Market in the Beverly Center--and at other locations across the United States--were scrambling to get their wrists wrapped with $100 limited-edition plastic watches called Swatchetables.
October 6, 2000 |
You won't find him anywhere near the fashion runways of Milan, but the stately African known as Barbacar is a force to be reckoned with in Italy's world of alta moda. Crisscrossing Rome's Piazza Navona with the grace of a model, he tirelessly promotes the illusion of luxury for the masses. A dozen leather handbags with fake Gucci labels dangle from his broad shoulders. Barbacar wants $90 for a sleek black look-alike of the $310 bag at Gucci's exclusive outlet on Via Condotti.
March 19, 2000 |
The women wanted the quality stuff. Their contact had told them where and how to get it. So a few days before Christmas, an 18-year-old, her mother and their two girlfriends drove nearly an hour from suburban Orange County into the heart of downtown L.A. At the prescribed address on Santee Alley, they located the dealer, a middle-aged man with a foreign accent and guarded manner. They showed him they were serious customers by the accessories they wore and their stated intent to buy in volume.
January 31, 1992 |
Buy a T-shirt or a bracelet these days, and you might be helping to save the rain forest, find a cure for AIDS or protect an endangered species. Call it politically correct style. A growing number of clothing and accessory designers are using their talents to help causes ranging from the environment to animal rights.
November 1, 1991 |
Not all fashion purchases are dictated by budget and style. The special clothing needs of people with disabilities and the elderly require far more thought. There are 43 million disabled Americans, according to the Washington, D.C.-based National Council on Disability. And 17 million women suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation in Atlanta.
October 15, 1993 |
It sits in an illuminated museum case, but it looks very familiar: an opulent crown-shaped brooch smothered in glass stones. Didn't someone in the family have one just like it? Probably. The maker of this pin--and perhaps 49,999 more--is Trifari. The date is 1944. The cost was $15. Today, the company says, it would fetch $250 to $500 in the collector's market.
November 8, 2008 |
Her fingers ran over the smooth red buttons with flecks of gold and the wavy sea-green buttons and the black buttons with ridges that made them look like miniature fans. Yoshini Kondo admired them all -- buttons sewn in lots of 12 on yellowing cards, buttons in every color and size, buttons in Bakelite, casein, ceramic, shell, wood, even silk thread. But did she need old buttons in her life?
July 23, 1999 |
For 12 years Patty Glover of Glendale has been an avid contact lens wearer, never thinking about switching to eyeglasses. Then six months ago, she went crazy for Kata--specifically for frame No. 47. For nearly an hour, she admired the artfully designed handcrafted frame with spiral temples resembling coned seashells and itty-bitty ripples, like waves of water--a fusion of shape and form, the definition of Kata, a Japanese word.