May 29, 2011 |
In 2008, at the peak of the financial crisis and with the disappointing sales figures of his last collection hanging over him, Los Angeles-based fashion designer Gregory Parkinson went for broke, using rare fabrics from his archive to create his most spectacular collection to date. Presented in actress Shiva Rose's garden one spring afternoon, the sexy, off-the-shoulder blouses, long floral skirts, pretty sleeveless dresses and chic metallic tunics drew comparisons to Yves Saint Laurent's Ballet Russes collection and the luxe hippie style of Zandra Rhodes.
May 26, 2011 |
As CD sales have declined, bands have turned to something that was once relegated to the back of the auditorium next to the beer and hot dogs: merchandise. It's not just T-shirts. These days, band "merch" includes a host of sometimes bizarre items including dolls, toothbrushes, pinball machines and sunglasses. With major artists such as Madonna and Dr. Dre leading the way — Madonna with her H&M limited-edition clothing line and Dr. Dre with his Beats headphones — dozens of lesser-known bands have found lucre in selling things other than music.
March 27, 2011 |
"You need to create blur to create desire," Jean-Charles de Castelbajac says in English, at a swanky restaurant in the center of Paris. The manager teases him about a TV appearance as he walks in and shakes hands with a famous French actor. Later, leaning in off his seat, the 61-year-old fashion designer and artist of noble birth excitedly talks about projects and the changing fashion business. "You like to see a man you understand in one minute? If you want to be seduced you don't like some blur?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2011
Charles Nolan Fashion designer modernized American classics Charles Nolan, 53, a fashion designer who was known for modernizing American classics and acting on his interest in politics, died Sunday of cancer at his New York City home. The cancer he had battled several years ago came back last fall, said Maggie Savage, a buyer for the Charles Nolan store in Manhattan. After joining Anne Klein in 2001, Nolan helped revive it as a hipper, more fashion-forward brand but resigned as head of design to volunteer in the campaign of Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont who was vying for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2011 |
Theoni V. Aldredge, a preeminent costume designer in theater and film who created wardrobes for more than 300 productions over nearly 50 years, died Friday at a Connecticut hospice, said her husband, actor Tom Aldredge. She was 78. Know for her versatility as a costumer, Aldredge received an Oscar for her work on the 1974 film "The Great Gatsby. " She also won three Tony Awards for designs for the Broadway plays "Annie," "Barnum" and "La Cage aux Folles" in the 1970s and 1980s.
January 16, 2011 |
Having dinner with Michael Kors is like having dinner with Auntie Mame. When you sit down with him, you know nobody is going to be at a loss for words or laughs. Over hamburgers and vodkas a few nights before his spring runway show last September, he was full of quotable quotes. On his spring collection: "It's all about the anti-stiletto and the anti-tight dress. I can't stand to see one more warrior" woman. His favorite getaway: "We've gone to Big Sur three times in the last year and a half.
HOME & GARDEN
October 5, 2010 |
Retired fashion designer Geary Roark has listed his Studio City home at $1,099,000. The Robert Byrd-designed storybook ranch, built in 1953, has hand-hewn beam ceilings, built-in cabinets and a two-sided brick wall with a fireplace in the living room and a built-in barbecue with a rotisserie in the dining room. There are three bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms in 1,894 square feet. Roark grew up in Tennessee, and his father was a building contractor. "I was really attracted to the craftsmanship in the house," he said, describing it as having "lots of wood and lots of character."
September 19, 2010 |
Zero History A Novel William Gibson Putnam: 406 pp., $26.95 William Gibson's post- 9/11 novels offer a fascinating case study in what happens when real life catches up with science fiction. Gibson has always been (to use one of his own phrases) a "coolhunter," searching for meaning on the cultural fringe. Back in 1982, he coined the word "cyberspace," and his "Bridge Trilogy" of the 1990s posited a dystopia in which California split into two states after a devastating earthquake.
August 15, 2010 |
Ann Taylor is in the midst of an extreme makeover. The women's apparel chain is trying to shake its "Corporate Cathy" image with the help of a design overhaul, updated stores and a new celebrity spokeswoman — Naomi Watts — all in a bid to appeal to younger, more stylish shoppers. The transformation started last fall with an Ann Taylor runway show during New York Fashion Week, followed this spring by a glitzy Hollywood meet-and-greet at the Soho House in West Hollywood.
April 11, 2010 |
Khaki is back. But more than that, the humble military-inspired staple of the '80s preppy wardrobe — and hallmark of the '90s casual Friday era that followed — is marching upmarket. This spring, dusty brown cotton twill has moved far beyond the beige pant, riding the Army/safari trend deep into designer ready-to-wear territory. On the women's spring-summer 2010 runways of New York and Europe were crisp safari dresses and lace-up ponchos at Celine, sleeveless military-officer-style shirt dresses at Chloe and a cornucopia of khaki colors at Alexander Wang, crafted into corsets, pieced alongside leather and heather gray knits in slouchy mixed-fabrication trousers and even shaped into a sexy, belly-button-baring dress.