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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.
January 28, 2013 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Ambitious plans have been unveiled for a 3.3-million-square-foot development that would bring a college, hotel, offices and apartments to the fashion district of downtown Los Angeles. The owners of about three blocks' worth of faded commercial properties hope to build a project valued at $500 million to $1 billion called the City Market of Los Angeles. It would rise in an area that once housed wholesale produce businesses and is now home mostly to garment industry shops and warehouses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 15, 2007 | Valli Herman, Times Staff Writer
THEY say there isn't a rivalry. There are more than a dozen schools in L.A. County that teach fashion design, but Otis and FIDM, as the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising is known, are the biggest and the best. Both have main campuses downtown. Both get scouted by major design houses. Both have alumni whose work could be in your closet. Both offer courses you'd never see at another college. Neither has a football team.
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