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March 3, 2004 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles real estate developer and investor Wayne Ratkovich has returned to the downtown area with the $30-million purchase of an office building at 800 Wilshire Blvd. In the late 1970s Ratkovich bought and restored two historic properties--the Fine Arts and the Oviatt buildings -- in the central business district. He sold them by the early 1980s and moved on to renovate historic properties in the Wilshire Center including the Wiltern Theater and Chapman Market.
December 16, 2004
Question: Are there generally accepted fashion rules -- such as no white shoes before Memorial Day -- that don't apply in L.A.? Moore: These days, most style watchers would tell you there are no fashion rules -- anywhere. Denim is inappropriate for the office? Nonsense. Today, jeans can cost as much as a car payment, and look crisp and professional too. No open-toed shoes in the winter? Tell that to the chauffeured set. Dress your age?
July 5, 1991 | WILLIAM KISSEL
Sometimes there's a fine line between costumes for the stage and fashions for the street. To be original and daring without being theatrical is a designer's seasonal dilemma. But that rule often eludes fashion design students, who are free of the burden of having to sell their clothes. This was clear last week at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising's (FIDM) annual presentation at the Embassy Theater.
June 28, 1991 | MAUREEN SAJBEL
As time draws near for the July presentations of the haute couture fashion shows in Paris, the question of who can attend comes to mind. It's a snap to get in if you're an accredited journalist, a celebrity or a steady customer who's not squeamish about spending as much as $25,000 for a dress. But if you're not among those few, how do you get into these exclusive shows? Buy a seat through a raffle.
December 8, 1991
Advice for socializing in the sobering '90s comes from no less a veteran than Holly Woodlawn, the former Andy Warhol superstar, who now lives quietly in Los Angeles and has taken to moderation. Woodlawn (nee Harold Ajzenberg), who has just penned her autobiography, "A Low Life in High Heels" (St. Martin's Press), was out every night in the '70s, partying until 5 or 6 a.m. with the celebrity crowd. "I was at Studio 54 opening night and stayed five years," she quips. But it took a toll.
February 14, 1999 | SUSAN CARPENTER
It may look as if she skinned stuffed animals to make them, but handbag designer Karan Feder assures that's not the case. Feder, who lives in L.A., has been turning out whimsical bags since May, using imitation yak, poodle, monkey, gorilla and afghan furs trimmed with wood grain, hula print, glitter, rainbow or ribbed vinyl handles--without ever setting foot in a toy store. If you're confused about whether these bags are for kids or adults, you aren't alone.
November 4, 2002 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
7th on Sixth, the production company that organizes New York's biannual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, announced plans to launch a similar event here, during a cocktail reception Friday attended by some of L.A.'s best-known designers, including Richard Tyler, Rick Owens, Randolph Duke and Jeremy Scott. Representatives from 7th say their aim is to use the event, set to take place April 1 to 4, to bring some order to L.A.'
November 30, 1996 | JOHN CANALIS
Female inmates at the James A. Musick Branch Jail are sewing their way out of trouble. Nonviolent offenders doing time for drug, prostitution, drunk-driving and other offenses spend weekdays at the facility near Irvine working toward industrial sewing certificates that will qualify them for apparel-making jobs on their release. "I have a high success rate in the sense that sewing is very therapeutic," said Karen Encinas, 41, the jail employee who teaches the program.
October 18, 2006 | Valli Herman, Times Staff Writer
Among the subjective measures of the success of Los Angeles Fashion Week is this: a crackdown. Planners for the runway shows at Smashbox Studios in Culver City and related events are reporting RSVPs hundreds in excess of capacity, of begging requests for dozens of tickets and strict invitation-only warnings to would-be crashers. So say you're a dedicated follower of fashion and you must have a seat of your own to the action?
February 14, 1994
Name: Carol Yates Company: Frederick's of Hollywood Thumbs up: "I like getting out to all the stores in my district and seeing what is happening in each of them. Most of the customers are there to select something for a special occasion, and that makes for a fun day. Frederick's is a fun, happy environment, and we sell a fun product. I also like directing our employees and working to develop their professional skills." Thumbs down: "I spend a lot of time on the road between stores.
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