August 18, 1994 |
The leather can be stubborn. A heavy-tooling cowhide, it lies stiff and dull. "It is not a pretty leather," fashion designer Abel Villarreal says. "It is not delicate." But it suits Villarreal's purpose. He kneads with strong fingers and stitches with wide, flat lacing. Sometimes he reaches for a mallet and pliers, sometimes the point of an awl, to create an envisioned line or curve. The leather can feel as hard as granite. This is fashion as sculpture.
September 9, 2005 |
When Beyonce was growing up in Houston, she wanted designer jeans like every other kid in America. But her mother, Tina Knowles, wouldn't have it. She said, "Wear your own name on your butt." "I was mad at her for a long time," Beyonce said in her dressing room at Staples Center last weekend, where she was curling her hair before the Destiny's Child concert. "She got us puff paint, glitter and rhinestones and said, 'Make it special yourself.' But she taught us to have our own identity."
June 22, 2011 |
Fashion designer John Galliano testified in a Paris courtroom Wednesday that an addiction to pills and alcohol kept him from recalling any alleged use of anti-Semitic and racist slurs on two separate occasions at a Paris bar. The outbursts cost Galliano his job at Dior, where he was one of the fashion industry's brightest stars, and left him facing accusations that he used profanity and derogatory comments while violating French law prohibiting...
August 3, 2012 |
ROME - If French fashion designer Pierre Cardin gets his wish, construction could soon begin in Venice on a futuristic glass and metal building that at nearly 800 feet tall would dwarf the iconic bell tower and domes of St. Mark's Square. Cardin, who turned 90 in July, wants to honor his birthplace, San Biagio di Callalta, a small town close to Venice, with what may be his last big project. He has promised to raise the estimated $2.4 billion to build the proposed Palais Lumiere, or Light Palace - a three-sectioned illuminated tower - and is reportedly seeking investors.
May 2, 2000 |
The subdued Filipino monk in the flowing black robe suddenly becomes animated. He's talking about clothes. He has caused a stir in religious circles by designing a striking collection of Roman Catholic vestments, those pieces of liturgical clothing worn by priests. There are 50 vestments, all hand-woven by indigenous people of the Philippines and each with its own origin.
March 15, 1991 |
It's going to be a 1960s summer in Southern California. Indeed, an entire decade of disparate '60s styles has been squeezed into the upcoming fashion season. The looks range from trim A-line dresses like those worn by Jackie Kennedy to flower-festooned Mod Squad fare. Accessories include thigh-high patent leather boots, structured handbags, wide headbands, peace signs and Op Art prints.
April 19, 2013 |
Baz Luhrmann's big-screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel "The Great Gatsby" isn't set to hit theaters until May 10, but long before the first flapper has flapped, it's become one of the most name-checked, on-trend, fashion-influencing films in recent memory. West Egg wannabes can already step into a nearby Brooks Bros. and step out wearing a pink-striped linen ensemble inspired by the one Leonardo DiCaprio's Jay Gatsby wears on the silver screen. They can also break the bank at Tiffany & Co. on the kind of tasseled pendant necklaces and bejeweled diamond-and-pearl headpieces that bedeck Carey Mulligan's Daisy Buchanan.
September 8, 2011 |
Fashion designer John Galliano was convicted on Thursday of hurling anti-Semitic insults in a Paris bar in two separate outbursts that cost him his job at the haute couture house of Christian Dior. The British-born designer was given a suspended fine of $8,400. While he was not required to pay the fine, the conviction leaves him with a criminal record. Galliano escaped a possible prison sentence after the panel of judges were told he had apologized to the victims of his insults, had "recognized he had a problem" with alcohol and prescription medication and had undergone treatment for his addictions.
January 3, 2009 |
Seven months after 16-year-old Russian golden child and fashion designer Kira Plastinina burst onto the U.S. scene with a dozen boutiques bankrolled by her millionaire father, the much-hyped chain has filed for bankruptcy protection and closed most of its American stores. The teen's May debut in the states was meticulously orchestrated, with a publicity spree and a bicoastal pair of glittering launch parties.
August 19, 2012 |
HILLSBORO, Ore. - Movie buffs probably have some idea of what goes into designing a costume for film. But what about when the star is a 9-inch-tall puppet named Norman? As I learned a few months ago during a visit to the Laika Studios set of "ParaNorman,"the 3-D stop-motion animation film that opened Friday, it was all about sweating the small stuff. There were pint-sized patterns, scalpels for cutting fabric and tiny needles roughly the thickness of a human hair for sewing it. These tools of the trade helped create the 120 miniature costumes for the film's silicone puppets.