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August 22, 2012 | By Nika Soon-Shiong, Los Angeles Times
Singer Christina Milian and actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler were on hand last week for the West Coast opening of C. Wonder at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. The new store from entrepreneur Christopher Burch (designer Tory Burch's ex-husband) offers customers affordable lifestyle products including women's apparel and accessories, home decor and personal electronics. The average price of C. Wonder products is under $40. The store is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Los Angeles fashion designer Monah Li, best known for her feminine, deconstructed clothes made from old slips and cashmere cardigans, has shuttered her business, a spokesperson confirmed Thursday. But it's not because she's giving up fashion. Li, who opened her company in 1996, has been hired as a designer for the San Francisco-based contemporary women's apparel chain Bebe. Li, who grew up in Austria, made her first dress at age 7.
April 2, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Four Orange County community colleges that offer fashion design and merchandising programs are joining forces to showcase their students' work in the first OC Colleges Fashion Week. The week is scheduled to kick off Saturday with a reception at 7 p.m. at the Santa Ana College Arts Gallery, in the Santora Building at 207 N. Broadway, Suite Q, Santa Ana. The reception will be followed at 8 p.m. by a fashion show featuring designs from students in the programs at Santa Ana, Fullerton, Saddleback and Orange Coast colleges.
October 4, 2008 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Eletra Casadei, the California fashion designer whose prom dresses put away the Sweet Sixteen look and moved into strapless, backless, slit-to-here styles, has died. She was 55. She died Sept. 27 at her home in Pacific Palisades. The cause was brain cancer, her sister Andrea Casadei Best said.
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.
February 15, 1987 | MARY LOU LOPER, Times Staff Writer
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 | 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."
November 26, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
The first thing you'll probably notice about Aitor Throup's 23-piece debut collection of apparel and accessories are the skulls -- one out-sized, hollow-eyed and upside down, rendered as a black backpack big enough for a laptop computer, the second a satchel of gray melton wool the size of a cantaloupe that unzips across the mouth. Then your eye will probably wander to the trousers that don't end at the ankle, continuing on instead into Kevlar-soled foot covers that make the pants look like a Goth-Ninja version of footy pajamas.
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.
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