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October 31, 2010
How fun to read about little Hollywood scandals in the first person ["The 'Sabrina' Mystery," Oct. 24]. I hope you'll have further excerpts from Mr. Dorleac's forthcoming book, or maybe a column about costume design. Deborah Neikirk Hollywood Hills Limited sizes, limited customers Your article ["Kept Out of the Club," Oct. 24] made me angry. Since when is a 10 considered obese? The average woman wears a 10/12. The fashion industry needs to get it. If a store only has smaller sizes they are losing a lot of business.
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August 22, 2010 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Fortysomething cover girls, curvy models and must-have items from Chico's and White House/Black Market? We've known for a while now that fashion no longer belongs solely to the young, rich and reed-thin. It's on TV and film, and in your local Target store, where Isabel Toledo, who designed First Lady Michelle Obama's lemon-grass yellow Inauguration Day suit, has a new collection. It has even seeped into the world of baby diapers, now that Cynthia Rowley has lent her design talents to Pampers, of all things.
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September 13, 2009 | BOOTH MOORE, FASHION CRITIC
The $300-billion fashion business is in the midst of an epic shake-up that is changing the way clothes are designed, marketed and purchased. The Internet -- the same force that has splintered the media and music industries -- is challenging the taste-making role of the fashion elite, a shift that is being accelerated by the rise of cheap chic and a recession that has blunted more-is-more spending. In turn, many retail businesses, confronted by changing spending patterns, are becoming less brand-centric and more consumer-centric.
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April 3, 2009 | KENNETH TURAN, FILM CRITIC
"Valentino: The Last Emperor," the title of a new documentary about the icon of haute couture, may sound like canny hyperbole, but once you've seen this smart and incisive film, it will seem like a simple statement of fact. For one thing, Valentino Garavani, a fashion designer so celebrated only his first name is necessary, certainly lives like an emperor. When he travels, it's by private jet with his six pugs always in attendance, or on his 152-foot yacht with a full-time staff of 11.
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December 22, 2008 | Karen E. Klein
Dear Karen: My mom and I are setting up a small business providing patterns, samples and manufacturing services for the garment industry. What is the best way for us to find customers on a low budget? Answer: You should join Fashion Business Inc. (Fashionbizinc.org), a nonprofit organization that provides resources for Los Angeles apparel firms.
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October 19, 2008
AS THE lights dim on the final Los Angeles Fashion Week co-produced by Smashbox Studios and IMG, let's briefly revisit what may be the lasting legacy, as culled from the reviews, critiques, observations and rants the Image staff has been posting to our All the Rage blog (catch up on the full posts there): The week at Smashbox began with red-carpet glam from Kevan Hall.
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August 9, 2008 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
Tech geeks and fashion usually clash. Think pocket protectors, hiked-up pants and T-shirts festooned with inside jokes for software coders. But when Silicon Valley entrepreneur Rob Meadows thought about fashion, he imagined a purple-green halter dress and shiny suits of gold lace. So after he sold his mobile software company, Lumitrend Inc.
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November 11, 2007 | Emili Vesilind, Times Staff Writer
The vendors on Santee Alley are going underground with the good stuff -- the $300 knockoff designer handbags so close to the real thing, they could fool an Hermes salesgirl. Most of the bags displayed out in the open on downtown L.A.'s most infamous retail street (the No. 1 hub for counterfeit fashion goods in the U.S., according to the LAPD), are half-hearted, vinyl versions of "It" bags, crafted on the cheap in Chinese factories.
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October 19, 2007 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
Mercedes-BENZ Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios has for years been fraught with hand-wringing and head-scratching about the viability of runway shows in L.A. But this season, all the doubt and worry was cast aside. People are embracing this local event for what it is, and having a blast.
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September 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A report by the British Fashion Council, organizers of London Fashion Week, has stopped short of recommending a ban on ultra-thin models. But the report, published Friday, says fashion models should be 16 or older and should be screened for eating disorders. Ultra-thin models were banned from fashion week runways in Madrid, Spain and Milan, Italy, last year. Organizers in Paris, London and elsewhere have come under pressure to do the same.
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