September 5, 1990 |
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.
October 4, 1991 |
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.
March 8, 1998 |
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.
January 20, 2013 |
Hayley Starr is a modern-day flower child. The artist and designer (whose given last name is Keenan but who describes "Hayley Starr" as her "highest self and inner superhero") may not wear fringe and flash peace signs. But a desire to promote creativity and self-confidence prompted her last fall to open the Quest by Hayley Starr, her one-stop boutique, art gallery, New Age refuge, classroom, studio and event space in Venice. The shop, which is clean and feminine but decidedly offbeat, is like a three-dimensional Pinterest page, communicating Starr's whimsical outlook via an eclectic collage of her favorite things.
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.
May 16, 1990 |
When she was a teen-ager she performed the striptease at county fairs in France. In time, she settled down and got a law degree. He was a performance artist who had a street evangelist act, "The Great and Glorious Reverend Rick." To pair them up would be either the act of a twisted Hollywood scriptwriter or a delicious twist of fate. In their case the fates took the upper hand. The French country girl, Michele Lamy, has become one of the best known clothing designers in Los Angeles.
March 31, 2004
Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Ralph Rucci are the Womens- wear Designer of the Year nominees, the Council of Fashion Designers of America announced Tuesday. Kors, Sean Combs and Ralph Lauren are nominated for the group's Menswear Designer of the Year award. "Fashion icon" Sarah Jessica Parker, Donna Karan and Tom Ford will receive special honors. Winners will be announced June 7 in New York.
December 4, 1993
Hurrah for the fashion designers who have garbed our men's basketball teams in those embarrassing baggy shorts, defined by Webster's as: Culottes (koo-lots), n.pl. (Fr.) knee-length trousers made full in the legs to resemble a skirt, worn by women and girls for sports, etc. What's next for our macho hoopsters--bras and earrings? WILLIAM S. KOESTER Upland