May 24, 2002 |
Just when you thought L.A. style was disappearing into a sea of uniform low-rise jeans and snug-fit sweatsuits, pendants come to the rescue. This summer, women are adding a bit of bohemian chic to their casual ensembles with sculptural ornaments worn 'round the neck. Some of the most striking pieces are inspired by nature--crosses and medallions crafted from seashells and bone chips, intricately hand-painted and decorated with pave crystals.
April 9, 2002 |
In a run-down apartment complex, the head of a tiny nonprofit organization sews messenger bags, slick evening purses and trendy satchels bound for the United States. The products are more than fashion statements. They are a statement about how Mexico should handle its garbage. BIO, a 12-year-old environment advocacy group here, makes the slick and sturdy black bags from inner tubes taken out of damaged truck tires in Mexico City.
November 12, 2001 |
There was a time when the cooler weather was nature's indicator that it was time for women to say goodbye to shoulder-flaunting tank tops and sexy, sleeveless blouses until next spring. Well, not anymore. This fall, a hot new accessory is hitting stores that will allow women to defy those dastardly wintry chills: arm warmers. Whether they're woolen, crocheted or spandex versions, these tubular creations have been spotted on such celebrities as Pink, Jessica Alba and Britney Spears.
October 7, 2001 |
"She may not do some of the old songs anymore, but she still gives her past a nod via the clothing." Accessories designer Michael Schmidt is talking about Madonna, whose Drowned World Tour concluded with its L.A. dates in September. Indeed, '80s-style excess seemed the ambience of choice for the pop diva, whose five costume changes ranged from edgy punk chick to black-wigged geisha to Spanish retro to country cowgirl to ghetto-fabulous pimp mama.
August 20, 2001 |
Hello Kitty spotted Julius the Monkey first. She liked his style, the way he frolicked on the chests of the young and hip. He was a little young (a mere 5 or 6 ... ), she thought. But she liked the way he made people smile. She got some friends to set her up. There have been some rough patches, as there are at the start of any new relationship, and there have been compromises, about the proper role of cat, and monkey. But with a team of professionals standing by, things have worked out.
June 12, 2001 |
They have long, elegant straps or funky square metal handles. They come in canvas, cotton or luxuriously heavy paper, in seemingly every hue and pattern. Some are even made of purple bubble-wrap. Perhaps nowhere on Earth does the lowly shopping bag rise above its utilitarian functionality more than in Tokyo, where it is not only a moving advertisement but an essential fashion accessory and status symbol.
December 22, 2000 |
Singer and guitarist Lisa Mathews has run the gamut in her personal style, from the extreme ("very high heels and tight dresses") to absolute comfort ("bare feet and flouncy dresses"). The former member of the now-defunct group Love Riot ("Heaven Can Wait") is in the studio working on a compact disc of lullabies (she had a baby girl named Jesse in June) and took a few minutes to tell us about her fashion sense: Question: How would you describe your style?
December 22, 2000 |
Having scored a home run with her baseball-shaped backpacks for the Dodgers, young entrepreneur J.J. Matis, 30, is ready for a new sport, team, and, of course, bag. She has signed with the Lakers to be featured at Staples Center's team shop. Her basketball-shaped backpacks with the Laker logo will debut next month. Matis used some old-fashioned self-promotion to get the attention of Staples Center merchandising manager Alan Fey, wearing her basketball bag to Lakers games all last season.
October 18, 2000 |
Into making a fashion statement? It can be a snap with the hottest new accessory: rubber-band bracelets, which have been showing up on the wrists of Hollywood celebs, Olympic athletes and trendsetters. The printed, candy-colored wristlets bring outfits attitude with such phrases as "Princess," "I got voted off the island," "Don't harsh my mellow" and "What would Scooby Do?"
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.