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May 15, 2011 | By Erin Weinger, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As the saying goes, there's an app for that — more than 300,000 in Apple's app store, to be exact. And since the iPhone became available for Verizon customers, even more members of the stylish set can get a digital fashion fix via personal mobile devices. But not all shopping and fashion apps are created equal — as evidenced by the bevy of them that are little more than a cellphone version of a designer's look book. "In 2009 and 2010, brands made apps just to make apps," says Macala Wright Lee, a digital media consultant who has worked with the likes of Cynthia Rowley and Teen Vogue.
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September 1, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
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.
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March 25, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Fashion exhibitions at museums, like the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" show that set attendance records at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011, are more popular than ever. Here is a selection of what's on now and what's coming soon, in the U.S. and abroad. Diana Vreeland After Diana Vreeland | Dedicated to the style and passion of the late fashion icon, editor, traveler and Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute curator. Vreeland also worked as a special consultant to the museum from 1972 to the time of her death in 1989, setting the international standard for costume exhibitions.
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August 15, 2010 | By Emili Vesilind, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
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March 27, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Potter and home furnishings designer Jonathan Adler is bringing his signature brand of “happy chic” to the world of fashion, with a new line of men's and women's accessories landing now in his boutiques, including the ones in L.A. and Orange County. Colorful scarves, ties, hats, bags and belts, priced from $38 to $398, incorporate whimsical design motifs such as birds and Greek keys taken from his home accessories line and have the pimped-out preppy vibe of his interiors at the Parker Palm Springs Hotel and elsewhere.
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July 18, 2013 | By Susan Denley
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.)
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April 9, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
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.
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