October 27, 1994 |
Today's fashion headlines boldly proclaim that a new generation of designing women is closing the gender gap. On both sides of the Atlantic and the Pacific, man as fashion dictator still retains some validity, but female designers have reached new prominence. Much of the impetus for today's fashion creativity is the work of Vivienne Westwood, Rei Kawakubo, Donna Karan and others.
July 18, 1990 |
THE MOVIE: "Betsy's Wedding." THE SCENE: Molly Ringwald (Betsy) plays a betrothed fashion design student. Her father (Alan Alda), mother (Madeline Kahn), sister (Ally Sheedy) and fiance (Dylan Walsh) are stultifying characters who distract from the two best parts of the film--the sartorially splendid, cartoon-gangster Tony Dee, played by Anthony La Paglia and Betsy's wardrobe.
June 15, 2008 |
If THERE was any more evidence needed of the mainstreaming of fashion, it's this: Kids used to go to Build-a-Bear Workshop or Color Me Mine to get their creative juices flowing. Now, they can design a piece of clothing, decorate it with graphics, rhinestones and charms and take it home, all in less than an hour. Opening today in Beverly Hills, Fashionology is an interactive fashion design experience aimed at girls 8 to 14.
HOME & GARDEN
September 24, 2011 |
"California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way," which opens Oct. 1 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, aims to dispel the myth that significant contributions by Californians during this period came mainly in art, architecture and high-design ceramics. Wendy Kaplan, head of the decorative arts and design department at the museum, calls them "the usual suspects. " By extending the scope of her new exhibition to furniture, graphic design, fashion, surfboards, even the Studebaker Avanti designed by Raymond Loewy, Kaplan is arguing that what flourished in the state, particularly after World War II, was in fact a much broader movement, one whose influence extended far beyond California's borders.
March 26, 1999 |
Now that she's 40, Barbie has learned a thing or two about marketing. Mattel Inc.'s Barbie has teamed up with eyeglass designer Alain Miki to create sunglasses for adults. The glasses include all the must-have Barbie trademarks--pink frames or lenses and side arms shaped like a shapely Barbie leg or a functional hair comb (works great as a hair-holding headband). The collection of 18 Barbie styles sells for about $165 a pair at stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York.
November 2, 1990 |
Los Angeles, the cultural melting pot, is a steady source of fresh fashion talent from around the world. Recently, four young designers have captured attention. Best known is Kim Dam, 35, who was born in Vietnam. She believes that life there in the war-torn '70s taught her how to surmount chaos and career obstacles. She and her family escaped as boat people and arrived in Los Angeles in 1975.
May 24, 1998 |
Signs you've hit the big time at warp speed: Debut in a blockbuster. Have your first short story printed in the New Yorker. Sign a record deal after having only sung in the shower. Or--as several young designers did this week--launch your first line at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. For the past six seasons, a select group of students from Otis College of Art and Design's School of Fashion Design have been featured for two weeks of fame in two of the toniest windows in town.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1994 |
Marsha Hunt has this love affair with the camera: It worships her, captures her, challenges her. And she has given it lots of opportunities. She can't help it. Point the camera's eye at the 77-year-old former model and actress and she immediately goes into pose--tipping her head, unleashing a smile that over the years has promoted movies and sold everything from cars and mink stoles to summer cruises.
October 12, 2012 |
No matter what one thought of Thursday's vice presidential debate, it's clear that Paul Ryan can bring it when it comes to staying physically fit. And Time magazine plans to feature a 2011 picture of Ryan in its Oct. 22 issue, lifting weights and wearing a determined look on his face (along with a too-cute backward baseball cap). [Time] France awarded iconic designer Valentino Garavani the Commandeur de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres medal in a ceremony on Wednesday. He has been honored previously with France's Légion d'Honneur and Grand Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2008 |
In the hot sun, Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood spreads out wide and flat, the granite fronts of office buildings glistening in the light. Austere sentinels of palm trees tower over the street. The community was named in hopes of catching a whiff of the glamour conjured by Hollywood to the south. And, as with a life devoted to chasing stardom, the rhythms of this swatch of the San Fernando Valley are both prosaic and poetic.