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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.
January 27, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
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 between $500 million and $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.
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.
In February, when the Spanish-born Miguel Adrover sent down the runway an iconic Burberry trench coat that had been ripped apart and sewn back together as a dress, it was one of those big fashion moments. Suddenly, after only his second show, the designer was the next big thing, and journalists and editors who hadn't set a stilettoed foot into the community theater on the Lower East Side where the now-famous dress made its debut were bragging about having been there when Adrover was "discovered."
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.
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