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September 23, 1999 | DIANE SEO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To draw attention to his funky handbags and scented soaps, Greg Herman turned to Girlshop, an Internet retailer specializing in hip, up-and-coming designers. The Studio City designer said his exposure on Girlshop's popular Web site not only boosted sales but also introduced his colorful accessories to shoppers and retailers, who otherwise might not have discovered his fruit- and floral-print purses or his chocolate truffle soap.
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January 3, 1990 | DAVID D'ARCY, Free - lancer David D'Arcy regularly covers the arts for National Public Radio
Czechoslovakia's prominent playwright and Communist Party nemesis Vaclav Havel is settling into his new role as president of the country in which the once all-powerful Communists will become only one party among many. But by some Czech's standards at least, the short, 53-year-old leader's wardrobe is remarkably unpresidential.
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September 5, 1990 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They say necessity is the mother of invention. But with Bay Area children's wear it seems to be more a case of mothers inventing necessities. The last decade or so has given rise to a gaggle of kidswear companies started out of frustration by Bay Area moms who wanted more for their children than basic, boxy, polyester styles in pink for girls, blue for boys. Along with MTV, these designing women have helped change the dress style of the nation's children forever.
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October 4, 1991 | DENISE HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Back in the Stone Age, folks wore fur for a strictly functional reason--to keep warm. Several thousand years later, fur had evolved into a fashion statement that, along with diamonds and Rolls-Royces, conveyed classic style as well as wealth. But icons are meant to be broken. And fur is no exception. Recent years have seen the rise of the animal rights lobby, whose anti-cruelty campaigns tapped neatly into a burgeoning environmental movement.
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March 8, 1998 | RUSS STANTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calvin Klein's empire nearly collapsed under a mountain of debt in 1992 before record producer David Geffen came to the rescue. Tommy Hilfiger went bankrupt before teaming up with Hong Kong apparel mogul Silas Chou to build the giant fashion house that bears his name today. But even in the topsy-turvy world of fashion, few falls have been as dramatic as that of Mossimo Giannulli. Two years ago, the Irvine menswear designer was the toast of Wall Street.
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December 30, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Body by Beckham Women weren't the only ones baring skin in ads this year. Fast fashion giant H&M debuted its first Super Bowl ad for the David Beckham Bodywear collection, starring the soccer star in his skivvies. During the London Summer Olympics, images from the campaign were projected onto the White Cliffs of Dover. (February, August) The '20s roar The fall 2012 runway collections were steeped in 1920s influences, from Ralph Lauren's "Great Gatsby"-inspired gowns to Tory Burch's sportswear inspired by 1920s Deauville, to Frida Giannini's Art Deco black-and-gold fringed flapper dresses at Gucci.
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January 8, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
In a bustling part of downtown L.A., a high-rise is teeming with stylish young women in short skirts and full makeup wheeling small suitcases in and out of elevators on their way to class. They're students at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, where, down the hall from a flat-screen TV broadcasting a runway show, past a plexiglass case of high-fashion Barbies, two of their peers are consulting with Mary Stephens, the school's self-described "big boss. ""This is a very new-looking shape here," says Stephens, FIDM's director of fashion design.
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December 23, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
When Greg Chait won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in New York City last month, the man behind the Elder Statesman line of ultra-luxury cashmere knits - think $5,525 blankets, $1,890 belted cardigan sweaters and $380 ski caps - was practically unknown outside the fashion industry. And he was only slightly better known within it. "That's because I don't talk unless I have something to say," Chait says, sitting behind the wooden table that doubles as a desk in his tiny West Hollywood office/atelier - the exact location of which he'd rather not divulge.
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October 14, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - As it gets ready to enter its 10th year, the Band of Outsiders brand has just about become the ultimate fashion insider. In June, founder and creative director Scott Sternberg presented his menswear collection in Paris for the first time - in a live-streamed, 60-hour event billed as "the longest show ever. " The brand's first retail store is being built in Tokyo. And the first lady of the United States, arguably the most high-profile fashion fan in the country, has been spotted in the Boy by Band of Outsiders women's line not once but twice this year.
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November 10, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
After 16 years at the helm of Coach, Reed Krakoff left the American heritage brand this fall to chart a solo course with his own label, which is starting to really gain momentum. In the three years since launching his namesake brand, Krakoff has dressed Lena Dunham, Julianne Moore and First Lady Michelle Obama, who wore his cobalt blue dress on the March 2013 cover of Vogue. He has a robust accessories business (the Boxer and Atlantique bags have been big hits), which accounts for about 70% of sales, and his ready-to-wear clothing is gaining momentum among women looking for something intellectual, modern and American.
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