September 1, 2013 |
This is the year of punk. Vogue magazine decreed it to be so, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute chimed in with its "Punk: Chaos to Couture" exhibition this spring. When Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Richie and others turned out in leather and spikes for the gala opening in May, the irony was overwhelming. All those shiny celebrities were there in the name of an anti-fashion, anti-establishment movement of working-class heroes. But that was the point of the exhibition, to demonstrate how high fashion feeds off the street and how designers appropriate the visual codes of punk, using slashes and safety pins to sell cool.
August 15, 2010 |
It all started with " America's Next Top Model. " The Tyra Banks-hosted TV model competition, now in its 15th cycle since debuting in 2003, proved that the business of fashion — played out by packs of volatile young hopefuls — could be fodder for blockbuster TV ratings. "Project Runway," "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," "Shear Genius" and a slew of other shows steeped in the worlds of fashion, modeling, styling and hairdressing followed. Fast-forward seven years, and it's nearly impossible to find a major cable network that doesn't feature at least one show centered on fashion or beauty.
July 18, 2013 |
NBA phenom LeBron James wore a red tux with black lapels. U.S. soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo donned a short black and white dress. Hurdler Lolo Jones glowed in a yellow, halter-neck cocktail dress. Olympic gold-medal swimmer Michael Phelps was in a suit meant for red carpets, not pools, while Paralympian swimmer Victoria Arlen was elegant in a formal pink gown. The red carpet at Wednesday night's ESPY (or, formally, Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards offered a fun chance to look at athletes we usually see in shorts and tanks, swimsuits or leotards in more glamorous attire, right alongside other celebs (like actors Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, dancer Cheryl Burke, music stars Nelly and Selena Gomez.)
April 9, 2014 |
Is Coachella the biggest gift to the fashion industry since Kate Middleton? It certainly seems like it from the marketing blitz that has blown up around the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival , which begins this weekend in Indio. We all know that brands have been flocking to the festival for years, hoping to make an impression on tastemakers who attend by hosting star-studded parties at nearby venues. This year, Old Navy , Lacoste , H&M , Teva , Adidas Originals , Guess and Opening Ceremony are just a few of the names on the Coachella branding bandwagon.
August 9, 2013 |
Saturday has been designated as Teen Vogue's Back to School Saturday at 100 shopping centers across the country. Participating malls will have fashion events including runway shows, fashion pop-up displays, shopping parties and special promotions. Among the participating local malls are the Grove in Los Angeles, Irvine Spectrum in Irvine, Nordstrom and Top Shop at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa and Macy's at the Shops at Montebello and in Sherman Oaks. For a complete list, check the Teen Vogue Back to School events website . Events Burning Torch boutique plans to host a book signing and charity shopping event from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
June 11, 2013 |
After RSVPing for an upcoming Band of Outsiders-hosted dinner in honor of fashion journalist, canning wunderkind and Grand Central Market consultant Kevin West, The Times' fashion critic and I decamped to the 97-year-old downtown landmark -- where we promptly ran into West himself. The author of "Saving the Season: A Cook's Guide to Home Canning, Pickling and Preserving" (set to be published by Knopf on June 25) was tucking into a Cobb salad at the lunch counter of Valerie, a stall recently opened by the Valerie Confections folks and one of the market's newest tenants (opening for business just 11 days ago)