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?
March 18, 2012 |
It would be easy to see the U.S. premiere of Ballet Preljocaj's avant-garde production of "Snow White" ("Blanche Neige"), with music by Mahler, costumes by fashion legend Jean Paul Gaultier and a Thierry Leproust-designed set, as an attempt to capitalize on the current fascination with the darker take on traditional fairy tales that have been cropping up on TV sets and hitting theaters. The American premiere is this weekend at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, but the scheduling is a coincidence, says the artistic director and choreographer of the edgy French ballet company, Angelin Preljocaj.
HOME & GARDEN
March 8, 2012 |
Hundreds of shoppers queued up at H&M's Beverly Center store Thursday to snag a piece from Italian fashion label Marni, part of the latest designer collaboration from the cheap-chic retailer. By 7:30 a.m., more than 200 shoppers stood outside the store, many downing coffee and wearing thick coats and colorful wristbands. For safety, H&M issued the wristbands so only groups of 30 at a time would be allowed into the store. "It's a whole social experience, and you definitely make friends waiting," said Candace Allen, 31, an insurance agent from Marina del Rey. She said she had pooled her blankets with another woman so both could catch some sleep on the sidewalk outside the shopping center.
February 19, 2012 |
With mid-priced collections as upscale-looking and lavishly detailed as those on the New York runways for fall, who needs to pay top dollar for fashion? So much of the excitement during the New York Fashion Week shows that wrapped up on Thursday was about the so-called advanced contemporary category of labels that cost less than high-end designer collections without sacrificing style. Among those creating a buzz: Rag & Bone, Tory Burch, Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Helmut Lang, Theyskens Theory and even the J. Crew Collection.