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If you're old enough to have midriff bulge, the fashion stories emanating from television can be a major turnoff. There's no denying the spandex-and-denim set dominates the tube's style waves, from "Melrose Place" to MTV. But a few stylish, mature role models--for whom black leather motorcycle jackets are not the be-all and end-all--do exist.
March 18, 2014 | By Booth Moore
L'Wren Scott, a towering 6-foot, 4-inch fashion figure who started modeling in her teens, created her own high-end clothing line and dressed fashion fans including Nicole Kidman and First Lady Michelle Obama, was found dead Monday. Sources differ on her age but police said she was 49. Her body was found in her New York City apartment by an assistant. Though there were widespread reports that she was found hanged, police said no criminal activity was suspected and the coroner's office is investigating.
August 17, 1990 | KATHRYN BOLD, Kathryn Bold is a regular contributor to Orange County View
Judy Barry cringes whenever she sees two women at an elegant black-tie affair wearing identical gowns. "I'm embarrassed for them," Barry says. "I've seen women seated at the same table in matching dresses." Barry is so determined to avoid a similar fate, she designs her own glamorous gowns, traveling to Hong Kong to oversee production of her sequined sheaths. Her friends, seeing Barry show up at galas in one slinky, sparkling dress after another, commissioned her to make gowns for themselves.
March 17, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
L'Wren Scott, a towering 6-foot-4 fashion figure who started modeling in her teens, styled many of Hollywood's leading ladies for the red carpet and went on to create her own high-end clothing line that's been worn by everyone from Nicole Kidman to First Lady Michelle Obama, was found dead in her New York apartment Monday, her publicist said. She was in her late 40s. New York police officials told the Los Angeles Times that an investigation into Scott's death was ongoing. Scott was romantically linked to Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger and helped style the band's stage looks.
Tucked away in the basement-level shopping arcade of the Beverly Hills Hotel is Amir, a tiny men's store whose motto is "understated elegance." Maybe, but don't confuse understated with underpriced. At this store, owned by a single-named, 35-year-old, Iranian-born former fashion model, private-label tuxedos start at $2,600, leather jackets at $4,500. And a vicuna sports jacket sells for $40,000--a price tag sure to make some customers reconsider before reaching for their Platinum Card.
Kitty Black Perkins has her own ideas about dress-for-success: Make it pink and bouffant, and the more glitter the better. For 14 years, she has been fashion designer to the ultimate material girl, Barbie. And one thing she's learned about the little girls who own all those little dolls is that they think Barbie is pretty in pink. Black Perkins, who is principal designer for Mattel Toys' fashion dolls, works out of a studio in a top-secret design center in El Segundo.
September 23, 1988 | MARY ROURKE, Times Staff Writer
Princess Diana's matched-up dressing is almost too princessy, and the hats of Sarah, Duchess of York, are atrocious, if you ask Patricia Underwood. But she doesn't critique the royal fashion just to be mean. Underwood is considered royalty herself, in a manner of speaking. She's the queen of hats. The slightly eccentric, near-famous British designer has done as much as any woman in America to bring custom-quality head wear to the States.
June 26, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
With the Supreme Court deciding two marriage equality cases Wednesday, and Twitter reaction coming fast and furious, I was interested to see how the fashion industry would respond. The industry has been incredibly supportive of gay rights over the years. Isaac Mizrahi and Michael Kors recently married their same-sex partners, while Tom Ford , Christian Siriano and other designers have spoken out on the issue in interviews. Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour released a video stating her opinion that the right to marry is as fundamental as the right to vote.
October 15, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Bicycles are going couture. Ralph Lauren, Missoni and Kate Spade, better known for fashionable clothing, are now taking up a new product line, designer bicycles - and they are selling fast. Three-speed bicycles with the trademark zig-zag and striped patterns of Italian fashion house Missoni nearly sold out the day of their introduction at Target this month, and only a few are still available in scattered stores. Photos: Bicycle shop Adeline Adeline The two-wheelers, which cost $399, got a jump-start from a covetous celebrity tweet by actress Jessica Alba.
May 15, 2004 | From Associated Press
Beyonce's lavish wardrobe is about to get even bigger: The singer-actress now has her own fashion label. Beyonce and her mother, Tina Knowles, who already styles many of her daughter's on- and off-stage outfits, announced a joint venture to create a contemporary women's brand with Arthur and Jason Rabin, founders of manufacturer Wear Me Apparel/Kids Headquarters. The name of the new brand has not been released.
March 17, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The late fashion designer and model L'Wren Scott, who was found dead in an apparent suicide Monday, was best known for her work on the runway, and for her long romantic relationship with rock star Mick Jagger. Over the course of her career, though, Scott also served as a stylist to the stars and designed costumes for a handful of Hollywood movies. Scott was in her late 40s at the time of her death. Here's a look at her five most memorable films. "Diabolique" (1996): Scott served as the costume designer on this Jeremiah S. Chechik-directed thriller starring Sharon Stone as the mistress of a cruel headmaster (Chazz Palminteri)
March 9, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
With the olive now firmly in the martini that is Paris Fashion Week, it's L.A.'s turn to showcase style for the upcoming fall season. Notable additions to the calendar for this season's Los Angeles Fashion Week include a 10-designer showcase organized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the U.S. debut of Istanbul-based designer Özgür Masur. Most events are for the trade only, designed to allow designers to show their wares to store buyers and the media. First out of the gate is Style Fashion Week, which returns for its sophomore slate of shows at a new home (the event deck at L.A. Live)
March 9, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Flanked by giant Carrera marble planters shaped like skulls, designer Paula Thomas stands in the courtyard of the first stand-alone boutique for her upscale global fashion brand, Thomas Wylde. "I love the dark and macabre, but I try to turn that into an aesthetic that is beautiful, alluring and abstract," says the British-born, Los Angeles-based Thomas, whose label merges a streetwise, rock 'n' roll vibe with feminine sophistication. Located next to company headquarters in Culver City, the store opened on Feb. 20, simultaneously celebrating Thomas' 48th birthday and the debut of a made-in-L.A.
February 21, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Jeremy Scott showed his first collection for Moschino at Milan Fashion Week on Thursday, and he incorporated elements from SpongeBob SquarePants, Budweiser, Hershey's, McDonald's and other icons of pop culture (or consumerism). [The Cut] Lena Dunham says she felt completely respected by the way Vogue handled her shoot for the February cover -- but she lost some respect for Jezebel for the way it reacted by trying to prove she'd been Photoshopped and not backing down when it turned out she wasn't.
February 18, 2014 | By Laura E. Davis
If you're watching any of the figure skating or ice dancing events at the Sochi Olympics this year, you may not remember what a figure skater's jumps and spins look like after her routine. But, thanks to sequins, sparkle and some creativity, you can probably recall some of the costumes you saw on the ice. Most skaters don't exactly play it boring or conservative. Classy sometimes, yes, but other costumes probably make you wonder whether the athletes borrowed their outfits from a bad - yet flashy - high school play.
February 5, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt
On the rise since its launch in 2007, London-based fashion label Peter Pilotto, co-designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, is Target's latest design partner. The highly anticipated 70-piece collection ($14.99-$79.99) debuts this Sunday, Feb. 9, at most Target stores and ; also, for the very first time, select pieces will be sold by an outside retailer, , making the limited-edition collection accessible to an international audience. Fingers crossed that the computer crashes caused by previous Target designer launches don't morph into a global tech meltdown for frenzied fashion fans.
November 8, 1988 | United Press International
First Lady Nancy Reagan will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, a top industry organization, its president, designer Oscar de la Renta, announced Monday. The announcement said Mrs. Reagan was chosen because "she has supported our industry with grace and dignity and has represented our country both here and abroad with great style." The awards will be presented Jan. 9 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art here.
May 5, 2004 | From Reuters
French actress Sophie Marceau has worn their dresses in a Bond movie, Judi Dench to the Oscars, and Nicole Kidman wanted to wear their creations for the premiere of "Moulin Rouge." After making ripples in Hollywood, India's fledgling fashion designers now hope to make a splash in the world's top retail stores. Until now, India's fashion designers have mostly sold to the country's rich and famous -- Bollywood film stars, socialites and industrialists, with the occasional celebrity client abroad.
December 19, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
If you're doing any last-minute holiday shopping on Melrose this weekend, be sure to stop into Decades and check out the extraordinary wearable paper-art creations of Swedish designer Bea Szenfeld . With intricately folded and cut shapes, they are a treat for the eyes, especially the starry-looking "Snow Twins" cocoon coat for two, and the fantastic, fur-free "Lion Stola. "  Cameron Silver, fashion tastemaker, author and co-owner of the Decades vintage boutique, discovered Szenfeld's work earlier this year while he was on his book tour in Stockholm.
November 25, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Sunday belonged to Taylor Swift, but Lady Gaga also turned a few heads at the American Music Awards. Swift, who won four awards including artist of the year, wore a short gold dress by Julien Macdonald along with Jimmy Choo's Madison shoes. Gaga made her entrance riding a human-powered "horse" and wearing a lilac gown from Versace's spring-summer 2014 collection. Later, she performed in an Atelier Versace Swarovski crystal jacket and pleated skirt, which she removed to reveal an Atelier Versace bodysuit also embroidered with Swarovski crystals with chain mail detail.
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