March 22, 2006 |
THE spotlight of L.A.'s red carpet is giving way to a new ego-stroking, status-bestowing institution: the fashion show front row. Being seated closest to the runway is more than a thank you to supporters; it's also a reflection of the designer's pull and the collection's cool factor. "The audience can be as interesting as the show," said Margaret Schell, a partner with SPR, a fashion public relations firm in Hollywood that has staged Los Angeles shows for five years.
February 26, 2006
FUR wearers are indeed dressed to kill -- their fur purchases fund the torture and death of millions of animals including foxes, mink, chinchillas, rabbits, and even dogs and cats ["They're Dressed to Kill the Chill" by Robin Abcarian, Jan. 29]. These animals suffer and die to satisfy human greed and vanity, and to supply rabbit fur jock straps, apparently. Is this really what our "civilization" has come to? Compassionate people do not wear fur. It doesn't matter how it feels or looks or how it makes the wearer feel.
February 10, 2006 |
Anyone who lost faith that American designers can change the direction of fashion had a come-to-Jesus moment on Tuesday. The buzz word coming off last season may have been "minimalism," but its master, Narciso Rodriguez, presented a knockout fall collection that turned minimalism on its head with unlikely fabric combinations and mod color-blocking, glass beads and plastic paillettes.
February 1, 2006 |
Less than two years after Tom Ford left Gucci, the luxury brand once again has a single design vision. On Tuesday, men's wear designer John Ray resigned, leaving Frida Giannini in charge of women's wear, men's wear and accessories. No reason was given. The move underscores Gucci's confidence in Giannini, despite the lukewarm reviews for her first women's wear collection, which was presented in Milan in October.
October 22, 2005 |
Outside the tent at Los Angeles Fashion Week, a guy in white angel wings waves C-, D- and E-list celebrities from the valet line to a postage-stamp-size photo backdrop. Mike Tyson arrives with a pair of blond playmates, flashing a gold-toothed grin. Internet pinup queen Cindy Margolis puffs out her chest for the cameras. Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett almost sneaks by, dressed down in geeky glasses and jeans. Inside, sponsor tables offer some of Los Angeles' major food groups.
September 17, 2005 |
THE gridlock in Manhattan this week has been a reminder of life beyond the runways, as world leaders meet at the United Nations to discuss matters far more important than the future of bubble skirts. Streets have been blocked off for security reasons and it has been nearly impossible to find a cab, which is why this reporter found herself in a bicycle-pulled rickshaw riding through the skyscraper canyons of Times Square. It was a fine way to travel to see up-and-coming L.A.
July 3, 2005 |
TROMPE l'oeil bikinis and kitschy Carmen Miranda turbans. Preening haute couture salons and street kids in T-shirts and plastic sandals. Rio de Janeiro's breezy hedonism and Sao Paulo's monochromatic mayhem. Brazilian fashion is many things all at once. But on a soggy May evening in this restless megacity, Brazilian fashion is a man named Namie Wihby, who's sashaying around in a pair of black high heels at the Wannabe modeling school.
March 22, 2005 |
MERCEDES-BENZ Fashion Week ended here Sunday with another thud. Louis Verdad, one of the city's most promising talents, whose theatrical, 1940s-inspired suits have been worn by Madonna, Cate Blanchett and Britney Spears, attracted Vogue's Anna Wintour to her second L.A. show. And for the second time, the production and the clothes didn't measure up. Verdad is a great tailor, and with the focus on suits this season, the time has never been better for his designs.
March 18, 2005 |
In the city that invented rear-end cleavage, there was nary a crack in the runways as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week opened Wednesday at Smashbox Studios. So far, most of the collections have been polished, professional and covered up, with an emphasis on workmanship that hasn't always been present here in the capital of jeans and sweats.