October 18, 2009 |
There will always be beauty, style and grace on the pages of fashion magazines and books, but the death of Irving Penn this month marks the end of an era of seminal photography. Penn, along with Richard Avedon, who died in 2004, practically invented modern fashion photography -- a place where art meets commerce -- in the mid-20th century. The influence of both artists -- along with a small group of mavericks who came after them -- figures prominently in fashion editorial and advertising campaigns to this day. Their striking images shaped how the world saw fashion and have long been ingrained in our psyches.
December 30, 2012
IT'S ALMOST 2013 - which means it's time to take a look back at the sartorial standouts (Gwyneth Paltrow on the Oscars red carpet) and fashion faux pas (Paul Ryan on the campaign trail) of the previous 12 months. Though the world didn't end, as a flurry of Internet chatter had predicted, some in the fashion industry might have thought it had when Neiman Marcus teamed with Target on a holiday collection or when Nicolas Ghesquière announced he was leaving Balenciaga, the French fashion house he helped rebuild.
April 22, 2003 |
Few industries owe a greater debt to Robert Atkins than Seventh Avenue. Atkins -- creator of the hugely popular high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet -- died Thursday in New York. Designers and editors alike undoubtedly will eulogize him over chicken Caesar salads and bunless turkey burgers. As difficult as it may be to believe, the fashion industry recently has been more obsessed with weight loss than usual. Several high-profile designers and editors have shed a significant amount of weight.
May 25, 2005 |
New York-based designer Tory Burch has brought her Palm Springs-meets-Morocco brand of tunic-wearing chic to Robertson Boulevard with a new Tory by TRB store. Construction workers were still fiddling with the air conditioning in the boutique inspired by designer Arthur Elrod and artist David Hicks an hour before the opening party began last week. But Burch, 38, an Upper East Side socialite and former fashion editor, stayed cool among the driftwood lamps and leopard stools.
December 2, 1988 |
Omar the modeling agent doesn't like to call his models models: "I want to have an agency of real people, not models. They are real, everyday people with great style." Omar the modeling agent refuses to scout for models: "It has to just happen. I should just walk in the street and bump into a guy and he'll say something to me and I'll say something to him and my heart opens up to this human being and I'll see that he has great style and I'll say, 'Wow, let me give you a shot.'
September 17, 2013 |
Southern California-based brands account for half the lineup in an upcoming "Americans in Paris" initiative organized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue magazine and sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger. Past West Coast CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists tapped to participate include Jennifer Meyer , George Esquivel (Esquivel Shoes), J.C. Obando, Andrea Lieberman (A.L.C) and Elder Statesman's Greg Chait , who won the most recent CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award last November.
December 23, 2006 |
A month after the death of an anorexic model in Brazil, Italy's government and fashion industry on Friday adopted a voluntary code aimed at promoting a more "generous" look for women. Under the pact, Italy's highly competitive fashion industry agreed not to hire models younger than 16. The industry also promised to add larger sizes to its collections and require models to submit medical proof they do not suffer from eating disorders.
May 1, 2005 |
If anybody is clued in to the weirdness of women's apparel sizing, it's Monica Kitt, a Los Angeles stylist whose job it is to outfit people who appear on a television makeover show. "Every day I deal with buying clothes for all kinds of women," Kitt said. "If somebody tells me they're a 10, I buy an 8 -- and a 10 and a 12." Women through the ages have griped about not being able to find clothes that fit properly.