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.
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.
December 11, 1996 |
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.
September 24, 2012 |
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.
March 25, 1988 |
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.
October 10, 2007 |
'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.
June 2, 1989 |
Two fashion design programs, at Woodbury University and Santa Monica College, finished the school year with graduating-student shows last week. And the audiences were impressed. "You know," said one viewer at the Woodbury event, "I saw a lot of clothes I could go out and buy, if they were sold in a store." That sentiment was prevalent throughout the crowd, and it may be the ultimate compliment to any student designer. Reasonable Interpretations Part of the reason may have been that many of the garments were reasonable interpretations of looks by cutting-edge designers from the United States and abroad.
May 26, 1994 |
After months of sketching, pattern-making, fitting and sewing, students at L.A.'s design schools got a chance to strut their stuff recently at semester-end fashion shows. Now, it's time to test their skills in the real world. These three young designers--from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Otis College of Art and Design, and L.A. Trade Tech--seem to have promising futures. FIDM: Janet Baluyot's first creation was a Diane von Furstenberg-style wrap dress for her Barbie doll.
February 8, 1991 |
The man who walked into the art gallery at Woodbury University last year did not think of himself as a patron of the arts. His home did not have art of great value on the walls and he didn't frequent the local art scene. But Rosalie Utterbach, one of the organizers of that exhibition and a professor of fashion design at the university, spotted him as soon as he walked into the room. She took him aside for a chat.