November 9, 1995 |
They could stand up to a tank. From brightly colored patent leather mini hatboxes for "Clueless" juniors up through octagons in suede for the Bistro Garden crowd, this season's purses are all about structure. Hermes, with its classic Kelly model, and Ferragamo, with its ladylike luncheon bags, set the standard for other manufacturers that picked up the trend as part of the Mod fashion revival.
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July 13, 1995
Remember Tony Alamo, the enigmatic leader of a Santa Clarita church who was later imprisoned for tax evasion? Well, now's your chance to own Alamo memorabilia. Through Saturday, the IRS is auctioning off 12,000 items in Nashville from Alamo's defunct clothing chain. The fashion is definitely retro: the merchandise includes $5,000 sequined jackets, children's exotic skin boots and painted denim pants. Nevertheless, Alamo-wear is hot.
June 8, 1995 |
You may have bought or rented your first tuxedo in the '70s. It was pale blue with black piping, sort of a formal polyester leisure suit. You wore a double-ruffled blue shirt and a pre-tied bow tie so large that you seemed to be competing with Bozo the clown for a neckwear award. Your hair was wider than your shoulders. You looked like Gene Autry on acid. Or, more recently, you turned up at your senior prom in a $19.95 well-worn cutaway from a used-clothing emporium on Melrose.
March 30, 1995 |
It's show-and-tell at every meeting of the new Bead Society of Orange County, where members, freighted with the fruits of their obsession, ogle one another's baubles. "It's copal," said society president Jackie Kilcoyne, fingering the amber-like, mushroom-size orbs she'd strung together before a recent meeting. "It's very wonderful," said an admiring Marian Sanders, silver frogs dangling from her ears.
January 5, 1995 |
To some men, a tie is no mere scrap of silk but something to collect by the hundreds. They can never have enough. They sport a new one every day, and they think nothing of spending $100 or more for that one great tie. Russ Williams is one of those men. The 30-year-old stockbroker from Corona del Mar buys 30 to 40 ties every year. On this particular day, he's wearing a navy silk tie with eye-popping bright yellow dots.
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December 31, 1994 |
There are no fashion cops on Capitol Hill ready to haul away women who happen to be wearing patterned stockings, suede pumps, flashy hats and too much jewelry. But the wife of one San Fernando Valley congressman warns other incoming congressional spouses to beware of overdoingtheir garb, at least in public. In a lighthearted presentation at a recent orientation for congressional spouses, Patricia McKeon, wife of Santa Clarita Republican Rep.
August 18, 1994 |
Just as Disney will pull "The Lion King" from theaters at the height of its popularity, Greg Arnette has yanked his company's best-selling sunglasses from store shelves. The move was prompted by fears that the 1950s-style wrap-around, chrome-plated plastic shades--called Ravens--were becoming overexposed. The Beastie Boys wore them on the covers of Details and Vibe, Lenny Kravitz wore them on "MTV Unplugged," and Madonna wore them to a Laker game.
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August 6, 1994 |
An Irvine business has agreed to stop selling belt buckle knives and "cane swords" and to pay $7,500 in costs and civil penalties in the wake of a consumer protection lawsuit filed against it by the Orange County district attorney's office, prosecutors said Friday. Without admitting liability, the company, Ken Nolan Inc. and its president, William C. Warren, agreed to resolve the lawsuit that was filed Thursday, according to a statement released by the district attorney's office.
November 19, 1993 |
It only goes to show that if you wait long enough, whatever you're wearing will come into fashion--sort of like the broken clock that's right twice a day. Case in point: Socks with sandals, once the hallmark of the fashion hopeless, is having a sartorial moment. Designers love the look for spring. Dolce & Gabbana showed wood and leather platforms with white anklets.
July 16, 1993 |
Contemporary U.S. society has a large fundamental problem. As in fundament. As in the thing you are sitting on. What I term "bun-consciousness" is rampant. People seem to be assessing one another largely on the quality of their posteriors. Allow me to illustrate: A few weeks ago, "Entertainment Tonight" devoted a segment to the "hottest buns in Hollywood." There were rapid-fire close-ups of haunches of the stars--and a profile of a woman who actually earns her living as a "bun model."