March 12, 1995 |
With 10 employees and $300,000 worth of computerized pattern sizing and layout machines, Guadalajara-born Soledad Plata has struggled to succeed in the fiercely independent and entrepreneurial Los Angeles fashion industry. Plata started 17 years ago cutting paper patterns by hand, then went on to run computers for fashion giant Carole Little, put herself through technical school and found her own company with her husband and run it out of the family's garage in Duarte.
November 29, 2003 |
The return of fur to the world's fashion catwalks has spelled death to thousands of endangered animals with a boom in demand for their skins, a top wildlife protection officer said Friday. John Sellar, senior enforcement officer for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, said there had been a surge in seizures of tiger and leopard skins as the fashion industry embraced fur once again.
October 10, 2012 |
Ever wondered what it takes to make it in the fashion industry? On Oct. 19-21, 525 young women will gather at the Hudson Theater in New York City to hear from top designers, editors and entrepreneurs. These fashionistas, who aspire to work in the fashion industry themselves one day, will take part in the annual three-day Teen Vogue Fashion University for some "Fashion 101" classes. If you can't make it to NYC for the event, don't sweat it. Teen Vogue is offering a webinar of the sold-out event online.
May 12, 1995 |
An eclectic mix of celebrities, models and "just fabulous people" turned out for the biggest fashion event in town, the ninth annual California Fashion Industry Friends of AIDS Project Los Angeles. Robbie Robertson, Fran Drescher and Leonardo DiCaprio were among the glitterati honoring Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre on Wednesday night at the Century Plaza. Oh, and Rod Stewart, Mr. Blackwell, Dennis Hopper, Julie (Catwoman) Newmar. . . .
February 10, 2012 |
A self-indulgent pilgrimage to the shrine of '70s fabulousness, "Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston" assembles a fine assortment of archival material but falls far short of its stated goal. Halston, who died in 1990, is a compelling subject - a Midwesterner who became synonymous with Manhattan night life while changing the fashion industry - and his story helps to define an era. That story is trivialized in this glitter-deep overview of familiar Studio 54 terrain. The film combines two documentary subgenres: the fashion doc and the inquisitive-filmmaker-inserted-in-every-scene doc. The spotlight-hogging director is star-struck first-timer Whitney Sudler-Smith.
February 15, 1988 |
The fashion industry could be the place where AIDS has hit the hardest. And, certainly, looking at the California Fashion Industry salute to Geoffrey Beene Friday night at the Century Plaza, no industry in this town could have produced a stronger response. It was the event's second year--and organizers Michael Anketell, designer Carole Little, the May Co.'
May 8, 1994 |
Michael Lew is an up-and-coming fashion designer who has won accolades for his contemporary men's and women's clothing lines, which are sold at specialty stores nationwide. But he likes to emphasize that he is a California designer, born and raised in Southern California, trained in Los Angeles and committed to staying here. "People need to know California has a (fashion) identity," said Lew, 27, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, based Downtown.
November 3, 1994 |
When Sylvia Lozano began charging a few dollars for haircuts out of her living room nine years ago, she had high hopes and little money. A longtime resident of Mexico, Lozano came to California thinking of the state as a place where a woman could succeed in the male-dominated world of business. "In Mexico at that time, men didn't respect a woman with ambitions," said Lozano, 46, the mother of five, who was born in the United States but raised in Guadalajara.
May 14, 1999 |
Cher has been transformed from the antithesis of fashion to its epitome. Rather than being portrayed in the history books as one of the world's foremost fashion victims, time has turned her into a fashion visionary. Influential designers have evoked her name as a source of inspiration and guidance in striking just the right note of contemporary wretched excess.
January 20, 1989 |
Two main events in the same week, on opposite coasts, proved that party plumage in Los Angeles and New York looks much the same these days. Just about every big name in Manhattan's fashion industry attended the gala of the Council of Fashion Designers of America at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The dominant style was glittery but understated, with many guests--including TV's Barbara Walters and designer Donna Karan--opting for ornately embroidered jackets over long, simple dresses.