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June 19, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
A court in Milan, Italy, has found fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana guilty of tax evasion charges, along with five of their coworkers, Women's Wear Daily reports. The trial began Dec. 3, following investigations that began in 2008. The designers were found guilty of failing to declare $268 million of income to authorities that was generated through their Luxembourg-based holding company, Gado Srl, according to the WWD report (subscription required). In addition to sentences of one year and eight months in jail, which were suspended, the designers were ordered to pay a penalty of about $670,000 to tax authorities.
June 14, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Kirsten Dunst, Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Gia Coppola, Angela Lindvall, Samantha and Victoria Traina and other lovelies came out to fete  Proenza Schouler  and wearing Proenza Schouler, at a dinner party Thursday night in a private home on Mulholland Drive, with the lights of the San Fernando Valley strung out below. The passion fruit margaritas were a-flowin', and why not? Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez have had quite a few weeks, picking up the Women's Wear Designer of the Year Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America earlier this month, and then celebrating their 10th anniversary earlier this week in New York, at a party hosted by Barneys chief executive Mark Lee at his  Chelsea  apartment.
June 7, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Conde Nast men's magazine Details has commissioned 20 members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, including Marc Jacobs, Billy Reid, and Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne  --  the design duo behind Public School, which took home the  CFDA Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Menswear earlier this week -- to create one-off custom weekender bags to benefit the CFDA's charitable efforts. Photo Gallery: Details, CFDA custom weekender bags Each designer was asked to customize a standard-issue olive drab Army-Navy duffel bag bag, and the results will be up for auction (starting bid $75)
April 29, 2013 | By Booth Moore and Adam Tschorn
Opera, fashion and art came together Saturday night when  Genlux magazine fashion editor, filmmaker and photographer Amanda Eliasch threw a Brit Week bash at her West Hollywood hillside home above the Sunset Strip. The colorful poolside party for fellow creatives from across the pond was held in an eclectic setting, with a panoramic view of Los Angeles to the south, a hot pink piano due north and a burgundy crocodile, stirrup-dangling bench near the southeast outdoor bar that could've ambled out of "50 Shades of Grey.
March 15, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
BUENOS AIRES - For the last two days here “it's been all pope, everything pope. In the streets, in the cafes, on the corners, everyone's talking about the pope,” said Fernando Vignoles, a thirtysomething cab driver and longtime resident of Argentina's capital. From the freeway late Thursday night, Vignoles proudly pointed into the darkness to the outline of a handsome old church where the man now known as Pope Francis, the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, had presided over his confirmation ceremony as a young man. “He's a good guy, a really good guy,” he said.
March 8, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Although you might not recognize the name of Z Zegna creative director Paul Surridge, you're probably familiar with some of the luxury brands on his résumé including Burberry, Calvin Klein and Jil Sander. And thanks to a current full-court press by Italian luxury brand Ermenegildo Zegna to build its decade-old Z Zegna, a younger more fashion-forward menswear label, in the United States market --  and the designer's considerable skills -- it's a name you're likely to hear more often.
February 27, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Fashion's Night Out, the star-studded initiative launched at the height of the recession to help generate more sales, is going on hiatus this year. Since starting in 2009, the annual effort brought out the glitterati in heaps as thousands of retailers and designers hosted celebrities and models at parties, showcases and special shopping events. By 2012, the affair had spread to 500 cities across the country - including Los Angeles - and 30 cities worldwide. Last year's festivities attracted singer/designer Victoria Beckham, stylist Rachel Zoe, actress Jennifer Hudson and more.
February 8, 2013 | By Booth Moore
NEW YORK -- Kimberly Ovitz, the daughter of Hollywood power player Michael Ovitz, showed her fall-winter 2013 collection Thursday afternoon at New York Fashion Week. The setting was the now-vacant Cafe Rouge, site of historic performances by such jazz legends as Count Basie and Duke Ellington, which the designer chose because of its history and rustic feel. Ovitz moved her business from Los Angeles to New York about a year and a half ago. The look: Otherworldly warrior princess.
January 20, 2013 | By Nora Zelevansky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
January 13, 2013 | By Booth Moore
Giorgio Armani was one of the first fashion designers to understand the power of dressing celebrities for the red carpet, dressing Jodie Foster for the Oscars way back in 1990 and rescuing her (and later, half of Hollywood) from her own bad taste. The Italian designer has been a presence on the red carpet ever since. But tonight, he has outdone himself. Foster, who will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, is stunning in a navy blue beaded Armani gown with interesting looking tile-like paillettes on the halter straps.
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