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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 | MARY ROURKE
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.
December 9, 1989 | MICHELE SEIPP, Seipp is a Beverly Hills free-lance writer
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 | DIANE REISCHEL, Times Staff Writer
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.
September 24, 2012 | By Susan Denley
Music star and fashion design aspirant Kanye West reportedly will not show a collection during Paris Fashion Week because his last two offerings were not well-received by critics. [WWD] When Allison Williams of HBO's "Girls" strolled the Emmy's red carpet in an emerald Oscar de la Renta on Sunday, it was the culmination of a year of preparation, with stylist Christina Ehrlich, for her big-time fashion debut. [WWD] Sophia Vergara wore a slinky Zuhair Murad dress on the Emmys' red carpet, but she suffered a wardrobe malfunction when the zipper burst, leaving more of her backside exposed than expected.
The chicken potpie established an aura of comfort and camaraderie at the Divine Design '96 gala Sunday night. The dinner was the same menu served that day by Project Angel Food to more than 800 homebound men, women and children living with AIDS.
March 25, 1988 | MARY ROURKE, Times Staff Writer
It was supposed to be the season Moscow stormed Manhattan: Viyacheslav (Slava) Zaitsev, the favorite Soviet designer of Raisa Gorbachev, wife of Soviet leader Mikail Gorbachev, took his massive couture collection to New York last fall and dropped it on the U.S. fashion industry. But it turned out to be a bummer. Not one item in Zaitsev's show was purchased by one American store buyer. Make a Comeback Since then, the designer has been gearing up to make a comeback.
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 12, 2013 | By Debra Prinzing
At swimwear designer Rod Beattie's house in Pasadena, pass through a courtyard dominated by a majestic tree believed to be more than 200 years old, and soon you'll find yourself inside a glass-walled living room, surrounded by 30 live oaks and stunning views that take in the Rose Bowl and the Arroyo Seco. LARGE-FORMAT PHOTO GALLERY: Rod Beattie's indoor-outdoor Pasadena retreat Nature plays a role in making each part of this home feel special. Virtually every room in the 2,000-square-foot residence has a door to the outside, where Beattie has created not one garden but rather a series of intimate vignettes - distinct deck and patio areas punctuated with artfully arranged container plants and furniture.
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