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October 12, 2008 | Adam Tschorn, Times Staff Writer
THE BIRTHPLACE of haute denim and home to red carpet events that beam celebrities in designer gowns into millions of homes from Burbank to Belfast, Los Angeles is unique in its ability to serve up clothes that are not just coveted from afar but are worn by real people. Add to that the 24/7 celebrity exposure of every bag and shoe that steps out to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and the City of Angels is arguably the most influential style city in the world.
October 12, 2008
ANY FASHION WEEK worth its salt needs a battery of bold-faced names on the runway and in the seats. Below are some of the supermodels, editors, bloggers, boutique buyers and big-money deal makers we'd like to see with an RSVP. Wattage If there's one thing L.A. has, it's star power. Even the celebrities who don't live here are often around.
October 12, 2008 | Emili Vesilind, Times Staff Writer
WHEN designer Erik Hart launched Morphine Generation, his darkly romantic streetwear line, in 2003, imitators came flocking -- ripping off the collection's skull-and-flora silk-screens ad nauseam. "There were people who built their lines around my first collection," said the Los Angeles native, "but I've accepted it and moved on."
October 12, 2008 | Kavita Daswani, Special to The Times
LOS ANGELES is the international capital of the red carpet event and has plenty of designers peddling sumptuous evening wear. But as far as footwear goes, the city probably has been best known for skate shoes, sneakers and flip-flops. Until now, anyway.
September 7, 2008 | Erin Weinger, Times Staff Writer
Now that architectural fashion is making a comeback for fall, Resurrection -- the bicoastal vintage boutique owned by designer Katy Rodriguez and partner Mark Haddawy -- is teaming up with luxury auctioneer Christie's to clear out pieces by Courreges, Cardin, Versace and more. Can't make it to London for the Oct. 30 sale? Fret not. Through Oct. 17, Resurrection's L.A. outpost will feature a massive selection of conceptual, 1990s looks from Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake and Undercover.
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.
December 16, 2007 | Michelle Dalton Tyree, Special to The Times
Once the sole domain of underpaid, overdressed minions of fashion, the sample sale has gone so mainstream, it's practically its own segment of retailing. And now, two new websites -- the New York-based Gilt Groupe ( and the Los Angeles-based HauteLook ( -- are bringing the sample sale to the Internet. Both sites offer designer-specific sales, one to three times per week. Sales last 48 hours, and members at both sites must register to "attend."
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