November 16, 2012 |
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.
July 15, 1988 |
At 5, Robin Piccone was already taking chances. On the sly, she lopped off the bottom of her parents' living room curtains to make a jumpsuit. While her mother was understanding about the curtains and her first pass at design, Piccone couldn't get into the suit, she recalled, "because I had sewn up the armholes." The 27-year-old designer tells the story while sitting in a ramshackle building with peeling paint inside, the name of a linoleum company outside.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
August 24, 1995 |
Wet carpet is piled in a heap behind her as fashion designer Dana Bernard haggles on the phone with a manufacturer over a tiny swatch of fabric. "It's not right," she says, talking over a noisy fan. "I need the color a little more grainy." A plumbing problem the night before flooded the office, which is now empty except for a couple of desks and racks of clothes, but fashion waits for no plumber. Such is the seductive world of a designer.
November 30, 2001 |
He hasn't officially moved to Los Angeles yet, but fashion designer Jeremy Scott is already making inroads into the creative community here. Next week, the Paris-based designer will begin working with the senior fashion design class at Otis College of Art & Design. The Missouri-born designer and his idol, Bob Mackie, will team up to mentor the 2002 senior fashion design class.
July 6, 1990 |
Exuberance was the order of the day at the graduate fashion shows for Los Angeles Trade-Technical College and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. The shows encompassed everything from vampish voguing to the spirit of glasnost . Restaurateur and school alumni Mario Tamayo hosted the show at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College.