September 29, 1994 |
Mannequin-maker Adel Rootstein's genius was in creating forms that would look natural wearing the styles of the day. An exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising traces the chameleon-like way in which Rootstein's mannequins responded to the times. * The '70s: Mannequins from this era are the most realistic and were the first to incorporate signs of changing social status and mores. The first braless models appeared during this time.
November 2, 1990 |
Los Angeles, the cultural melting pot, is a steady source of fresh fashion talent from around the world. Recently, four young designers have captured attention. Best known is Kim Dam, 35, who was born in Vietnam. She believes that life there in the war-torn '70s taught her how to surmount chaos and career obstacles. She and her family escaped as boat people and arrived in Los Angeles in 1975.
March 3, 2004 |
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.
May 4, 2011 |
Marie Osmond got married Wednesday to someone she's known a long time: She remarried first husband Stephen Craig, whom she divorced in 1985 after three years of marriage. Osmond, 51, and Craig, 54 were married in a private ceremony at the Las Vegas Mormon temple, with a reception following at their nearby home. "I am so happy and look forward to sharing my life with Stephen, who is an amazing man as well as a great father to my children," Osmond told People magazine . The pending remarriage had been rumored for months, an Access Hollywood source said, with People noting that the choice of wedding date has significance for the bride: It's the birthday of both Marie's late mom, Olive, and her late son, Michael.
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
February 24, 2014 |
Hit a cop car, don't go to jail - such is life for Amanda Bynes, who on Monday entered a no-contest plea to reckless driving in a case that had started with the former actress being accused of driving under the influence in April 2012. In exchange for her plea to "wet reckless," L.A. Now reported, Bynes will serve three years of probation and attend three months of alcohol-education classes. "Wet reckless" is reportedly the lowest charge prosecutors can seek in a DUI case. Her attorney entered the plea on her behalf.