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.
November 11, 2007 |
The vendors on Santee Alley are going underground with the good stuff -- the $300 knockoff designer handbags so close to the real thing, they could fool an Hermes salesgirl. Most of the bags displayed out in the open on downtown L.A.'s most infamous retail street (the No. 1 hub for counterfeit fashion goods in the U.S., according to the LAPD), are half-hearted, vinyl versions of "It" bags, crafted on the cheap in Chinese factories.
July 28, 2000 |
Two years ago this month, Melody Kulp plucked a million-dollar idea from the garden and put it in the tresses of two young girls. Kulp was playfully putting flowers in the hair of her boyfriend's 7- and 9-year-old cousins. They, in turn, tried wearing Kulp's decorated barrettes. Like a revised Goldilocks tale, the thin-haired girl called the barrettes too heavy; the thick-haired one said it was too flimsy. Kulp went to the craft store to make a hair decoration that was just right.
January 9, 1987 |
This city's reputation for sportswear and starlet wear is in good, young hands with the new crop of design talents now entering the fashion scene. They have gathered here from San Francisco, Washington, New York and Paris--even Bakersfield--consciously choosing Los Angeles over more Establishment fashion cities.
February 15, 1987 |
Telephones are chiming and conversations are buzzing over Otis/Parsons Critics Awards Fashion Show on May 2 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton. The big news is that the Otis/Parsons board of governors headed by Elaine Goldsmith has a yes from James Galanos to receive its Design Achievement Award. Since the haute couturier is premier on the fashion scene, everyone is elated.
December 9, 1989 |
Caroline Vega and her roommate alternate using the kitchen, but neither of them is fighting for rights to the stove. She's a student of fashion design, he's a writer, and they both want dibs on the kitchen's picnic table. "I work on a wooden picnic bench that's set up in the kitchen. It's a big old mess," she says. "Yesterday John was typing, so today I'm sewing."
August 7, 1987 |
Steven Fabrikant has the indelicate habit of equating women with buildings. Fashion design, the 34-year-old says, "is not much different from doing a high-rise. They're both dealing with the same sort of proportions." The slim New Yorker in a skinny tie stood on Wilshire Boulevard pointing to various office towers. Then he turned to a model wearing one of his knits: "Now doesn't that look like a building?" Not the usual designer chat. But Fabrikant isn't about to shed his roots.