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July 18, 1990 | GAILE ROBINSON
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.
October 10, 2007 | Gioia Diliberto, Gioia Diliberto is the author of the new novel "The Collection."
'Being copied is the ransom of success," Coco Chanel once said. The fashion designer laughed when people dug through the trash outside her Paris atelier looking for fabric scraps from a forthcoming collection. She smiled approvingly when she passed women on the street wearing collarless jackets inspired by her iconic tweed suit. But she never tolerated outright theft of her designs.
September 24, 2011 | By David Hay, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"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.
November 16, 2012 | By Janet Kinosian
As the daughter of one of the five Fendi sisters of the famed Italian brand, Ilaria Venturini Fendi found herself designing in the family firm but not feeling fulfilled. After leaving haute fashion for a life on an organic, sustainable farm near Rome, she felt the pull back to fashion design after a couple of years - but with an unconventional twist. She still has the farm, and in fashion she now specializes in upcycling - the repurposing of old or discarded objects into new, higher-valued items.
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.
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.
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 | By Susan Denley
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.
August 4, 2008 | Carla Hall
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.
February 24, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
There's an interesting back story to the mustard-colored gown that “Skyfall” actress Naomie Harris is wearing at the 85th Academy Awards this afternoon - it's the winning design in Suzy Amis Cameron's Red Carpet Green Dress challenge and was designed by Ghana-born Michael Badger, a fashion design student at Savannah College of Art and Design, who was mentored throughout the design process by Vivienne Westwood. We're told that the gown, made from certified organic silk crepe de chine and using recycled zippers, was hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework with vintage glass beads and chocolate candy wrappers.
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