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.
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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.
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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."
May 28, 1993 |
After months of hesitation, are you about to abandon your classic pumps for that sexy, high-heel clog? That sandal with a platform as thick as a loaf of French bread? That cork-stacked wedge? Those elevated espadrilles? Those sneakers on heels? Or even those campy work boots? Are you nagged by second thoughts? Wondering if your feet will look too big? Too bold? Too sexist? Too young? Worried you might be purchasing a lethal weapon? Fear not.
May 14, 1993
There is such a thing as personality at a price, and hats from the five-and-ten, weekend festivals and trendy junior boutiques can be feisty, flamboyant, funny or frumpy enough to turn heads. Here are a few from around town, priced under $30.
February 28, 1993 |
Once upon a time, corrective lenses made their own kind of peculiar fashion statement: nerd, owl, egghead, four-eyes. "Now we're in a time where two forces come together: fashion and function," says Carl Zyskowski of Civic Center Opticians in Connecticut. Corrective was the operative word before high-style designers lent their names to frame shapes and technology married old-style etched metal with lightweight tortoise-pattern plastic in almost any shade imaginable.
February 26, 1993 |
Not many articles of clothing have been used as a way to warm the body and as a bank to hide money, but that's what socks have been. The word's history began with the Greek sukchis, meaning "sole of the foot." The Romans, however, are credited with weaving the first socks as a way to keep the feet of elite soldiers warm on cold-weather campaigns. These goat hair stockings were eventually woven with longer and longer legs until they covered and warmed the thighs.
February 23, 1993 |
Sometimes businesses begin almost by accident. So it was with Killer Buttonz, a small company making button covers that snap over existing standard-size buttons. Killer Buttonz's owners, Donna and David Newman, got the idea at an art gallery gift shop, where they saw metal snaps in a variety of designs that fit tightly over buttons and can change the look of a blouse or shirt.