September 23, 2012 |
When the dust settled after last spring's red carpet season, two of Los Angeles' most familiar hometown designers were christened, somewhat surprisingly, award show "phenoms. " In actuality, David Meister and Tadashi Shoji have been prominent fixtures on the celebrity-dressing landscape for years, and the fashion universe will undoubtedly be anticipating their handiwork at the Emmys. Meister's name seemed to crop up on every red carpet, starting with last year's Emmys, where he dressed host Jane Lynch in a series of custom-designed looks.
August 3, 2012 |
ROME - If French fashion designer Pierre Cardin gets his wish, construction could soon begin in Venice on a futuristic glass and metal building that at nearly 800 feet tall would dwarf the iconic bell tower and domes of St. Mark's Square. Cardin, who turned 90 in July, wants to honor his birthplace, San Biagio di Callalta, a small town close to Venice, with what may be his last big project. He has promised to raise the estimated $2.4 billion to build the proposed Palais Lumiere, or Light Palace - a three-sectioned illuminated tower - and is reportedly seeking investors.
July 22, 2012 |
With their matching paisley mini dresses, matching teal streaks in their hair and matching snakeskin booties, fashion designers Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor are a head-turning vision as they breeze into Soho House, two peas in a haute-hippie pod. Their silhouette is all fierce bohemia -- Marrakech romance teamed with Studio 54 party vibes, with remnants of 1960s and '70s fashionistas Talitha Getty, Jerry Hall and Marianne Faithfull stitched...
July 5, 2012 |
Fashion designer Alicia Estrada has gone from selling homemade dresses at rockabilly concerts and car shows to running a booming clothing line. After running Stop Staring for 14 years, she wants to expand at a time when the economy is making it hard for entrepreneurs to succeed and banks aren't lending like they used to. She's now getting help from an unlikely source: Wall Street. UBS, Switzerland's biggest bank, put her in a program that matches small-business owners with financial advisors and business experts.
June 5, 2012 |
The CFDA awards smiled on American designing sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen on Monday night in New York. The Olsen twins were named 2012 womenswear designers of the year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America for their label the Row, notching a serious validation for two Hollywood expats striving for legitimacy in the fiercely competitive fashion world. Rocking a new brunet 'do, Mary-Kate cut a gothic figure with sunny sister Ashley at New York's Lincoln Center, alongside attendees including Jessica Chastain, Anna Wintour, Zosia Mamet, Diane Von Furstenberg and host Seth Meyers.
April 24, 2012 |
This post has been updated. See below for details . Art continues to be very fashionable. In the wake of recent exhibitions that included last year's Rodarte show at LACMA and the late Alexander McQueen at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, another fashion designer has received honors from the fine art world. New York City's Museo del Barrio declared designer Narciso Rodriguez one of the "25 most influential Hispanics in America" in an announcment that it will be honoring the Cuban American next month during its annual gala.
April 24, 2012 |
Gideon Sundback -- the man who did not invent the zipper but did perfect it -- is the recipient today of a giant, interactive Google Doodle zipper. It's a doodle to add zip to your day, honoring the birthday of the man who helped introduce the fastening device into everyday clothing. Look around -- there's a good chance you'll see Sundback's handiwork in nearly every item of clothing you own, save shirts and blouses. Even sneakers sport zippers these days.
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April 22, 2012 |
He's been blind since age 15. But nobody can say that Mason Ewing lacks vision. Overcoming a nightmarish childhood, Ewing, 30, has been a successful fashion designer in Paris. For the last six months, however, his mind has been set on Hollywood, where he hopes to create a teen comedy and a dramatic series for television. Born in Cameroon to an American father and a Cameroonian mother and raised in France, his own life has been filled with drama. His mother, a seamstress and dressmaker, was murdered when Ewing was 4, he said.
March 25, 2012 |
Fashion exhibitions at museums, like the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" show that set attendance records at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011, are more popular than ever. Here is a selection of what's on now and what's coming soon, in the U.S. and abroad. Diana Vreeland After Diana Vreeland | Dedicated to the style and passion of the late fashion icon, editor, traveler and Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute curator. Vreeland also worked as a special consultant to the museum from 1972 to the time of her death in 1989, setting the international standard for costume exhibitions.
March 25, 2012 |
Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are jacked up as they talk about the handmade fabrics in their fall-winter 2012 runway collection, with its urban-warrior-trekking-the-Himalayas vibe. And why not? It's pretty unusual stuff. Embroidery that is a takeoff on ancient Buddhist symbols is "sick. " Colorful leather biker jackets woven using a technique inspired by baskets they discovered on vacation in Bhutan are "killer. " And the tiny plastic beads, which they had to develop their own molds to make, strung together to create a chain-mail effect on tunics?