March 19, 1990 |
The Japanese presence at the fall ready-to-wear collections has never been more apparent. But the clothes making the strongest impression are by French designers who relate fashion to current events in Eastern Europe. Japanese-born Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garcons was among the first big names to show. The disheveled look ruled her runway on Thursday.
November 24, 1989 |
Sandwiched between bright bikinis and bouncy biker shorts on the fashion runway was a model wearing a pink swimsuit, crudely painted with the words "Keep Our Water Clean." Her beach coat, made from plastic six-pack circles, was trimmed with medical syringes. Robin Piccone, designer of the eyesore outfit, delivered the surprise "personal message" to more than 600 people on the night she was named California Designer of the Year.
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.
August 1, 1990 |
Spanish menswear for spring and summer 1991 is the most promising new entry on the international scene. The clothes are not unlike the famous architecture for which this city is noted--extraordinary in the extreme.
September 23, 1999 |
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.
January 3, 1990 |
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.
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.
November 30, 1995 |
A few years ago, fashion designer Michelle Donati was making cow outfits and other Halloween get-ups for a costume company. Talk about a career change. Today the 28-year-old designer is creating yarn-dyed knit shirts, walking shorts, retro Hawaiian shirts and other young men's clothing for Club Sportswear. Irvine-based Club Sportswear has hired Donati to help take the clothing company from the beach to the streets.
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.