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September 17, 2003 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
New York Marc JACOBS is one of the few American designers important enough to keep the fashion flock sweating. After an excruciating bout of humidity hit the city, show-goers were forced to trade their autumn tweeds for tank tops. Squeezed into packed bleachers at the New York Armory on Monday night, they were left to turn their programs into fans and watch makeup slide off of one another's faces as the show began an hour late. But when model Gisele Bundchen stepped onto the runway to the backbeat of Beyonces "Crazy in Love," all was forgotten.
April 11, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
Unless one is Native American, getting a grasp of complex Native American spiritual cosmologies is not easy. And that distinction, which might be called a quality of profound otherness, is in essence what drives a fascinating show recently opened at the Autry National Center of the American West in Griffith Park. It's a story of survival, of a will to endure in the face of crushing opposition. And it is a story told through beads. "Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork" might sound like a simple decorative display of ornamented handiwork.
January 17, 2010 | By Vincent Boucher
First Lady Michelle Obama has become something of a muse to several New York designers, who showed pre-fall 2010 collections in December that reflected signature elements of her style. "She's a fashion icon, an inspiration for designers," Sasha Charnin Morrison, fashion director at Us Weekly, said in an interview. "Instead of looking at historical figures, which doesn't really work anymore, they are looking to someone so modern, who takes risks and wears clothes so well." The magazine recently bowed to Obama's fashion prowess -- and unspoken sex appeal -- by including her slinky but stately strapless Naeem Khan gown in a spread of best red-carpet dresses from 2009, alongside Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox and Blake Lively.
September 8, 2013 | By Susan Denley
The florals we saw on red carpets throughout the summer began giving way to notable pops of black and navy as August ended and September began last weekend. Cate Blanchett was elegantly breezy in a black silk Dior Haute Couture gown with embroidered medallions at the "Blue Jasmine" screening at the Deauville Film Festival. Gia Coppola added a whimsical bow tie to her menswear look at the "Palo Alto" screening at the Venice Film Festival. Black was also a versatile hue at the "Rush" world premiere, as seen in Naomi Campbell's short flirty dress, Elsa Pataky's formal Elie Saab silk georgette jumpsuit and Olivia Wilde's fierce and rather risky Gucci tux-over-bare-skin.
April 9, 1989 | Judith Sims
IN THE '20s and '30s, while American companies manufactured Bauer, Fiesta, Hall and other everyday tableware, the British also were making streamlined beauties: Who would have thought that staid old Wedgwood and Royal Doulton would issue such wonderfully Moderne geometric and floral patterns in such elegant shapes. There is even a teapot in the shape of a yellow race car. Collectors will drool, especially because most of these are not available in this country. ($35)
March 11, 2010
Tens of thousands of orchids will be in bloom at the 65th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show , which draws top local, regional and international growers, orchid societies, amateur botanists and floral arrangers. Browse displays of orchid species from North and South America, the South Pacific and Asia. A vast selection of blooming orchid plants, corsages, art works and orchid supplies will be for sale. Earl Warren Fairgrounds, 3400 Calle Real. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. $12. www.sborchidshow .com .
March 7, 2010 | Melissa Magsaysay
In Southern California, "seasons" are more loosely defined than in other parts of the country, but many of us still crave a change in style, scenery and mind-set once spring rolls around. A new scent can signal the onset of a new season, and beauty counters are more than ready to fulfill any yearnings for change. One of the easiest ways to achieve these changes is through scent, and with a new round of fragrances hitting beauty counters now, dabbing these behind your ear could kick-start your spring and be that subtle shift you're searching for. Finding a spring fragrance doesn't mean having to douse yourself in a garden full of freesia or lily of the valley.
April 3, 2009 | David Pagel
If a power outage has ever left you alone in the dark, with nothing to do but mull over past events and wonder what comes next, you'll feel at home in Christopher Russell's installation in the lobby gallery at the Hammer Museum. There's not a lot to look at -- unless you look closely, move slowly and savor details. Russell has covered the back wall with floral-patterned wallpaper and hung on it a handsomely framed, life-size photograph of a recently killed buck. Hunters usually pose with such trophies, but this one hangs alone, as solitary in death as the hunter who must have pulled the trigger and snapped the picture.
Doug McClure, the affable, good-looking sidekick Trampas who imprinted himself in the nation's memory riding the Western television range with "The Virginian" for eight years, has died. He was 59. McClure, a native of Glendale who last appeared in the 1994 feature film "Maverick" as one of many Western gamblers, died Sunday night at his Sherman Oaks home after a months-long battle with lung cancer. Last Dec.
February 14, 2009
July 22, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Removing just one species of bee from fields can make the remaining species less faithful to flowers, significantly lowering the pollination chances of plants, a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests. The research, conducted in subalpine meadows in the Rocky Mountains, appears to upend conventional wisdom that one pollinator is as good as another and fields won't suffer from the loss of a species. Ecologists were examining the notion of floral fidelity - the propensity of bumble bee species to be true to one source of nectar, in this case, the larkspur.
April 17, 2013 | By David Hay
It is a highly choreographed, unabashed spectacle, a contribution to the world of contemporary performance art from a most unexpected place: ikebana , the Japanese tradition of flower arranging. Backed with Broadway lighting and a large supporting cast, ikebana master Akane Teshigahara is promising to turn a once-intimate art into an onstage extravaganza titled “Iemoto Ikebana Live” on April 27, transforming the stage of the Aratani/Japan America Theatre in Los Angeles into the world's largest and most spectacular vase.
April 9, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Season three of "Shameless" may have come to an end Sunday, but fans won't miss star Emmy Rossum for long -- not even by a little. She can be seen next in the film "You're Not You" opposite Hilary Swank, and she can be heard on her newly released album "Sentimental Journey. " Rossum is an actress, singer and retro-glam fashionista. She's consistently chic, isn't afraid to mix her prints and acts as her own stylist. She tends to choose silhouettes that bring to mind the golden screen queens of the 1920s and 1950s.
March 7, 2013 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Think coffee's just the drug of choice for humans looking to stay alert? Scientists have some eye-opening news for you: Bees get a buzz when they drink nectar laced with a little caffeine, and it supercharges their long-term memory. In laboratory experiments, honeybees were roughly three times as likely to remember a floral scent a day later if the nectar had a minuscule amount of the stimulant than if it was caffeine free. They were also twice as likely to remember a caffeine-laced scent a full three days later.
March 3, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
The season's crop of floral prints is blooming as fresh and varied as a field of spring wildflowers. At Marni, Consuelo Castiglioni's collision of checks and chrysanthemum prints on roomy skirts and tops is reminiscent of Scandinavian modern design, while the bold cherry blossoms and daisies on Miuccia Prada's boxy dresses and pants make for a Far East-inspired, 1960s Pop art look. In California, growing conditions are always right for beachy floral sportswear and gear, such as Aviator Nation's hibiscus-print "Surf Safari" sweat shirts, the new Stubbs & Wootton leafy-print, rope-sole espadrille slippers for Brooks Brothers' Black Fleece offshoot, and the perfect boardwalk ride, Didi Dunphy's skateboard with vinyl zinnia graphics.
February 5, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Floral prints are making a big comeback this spring after having been in full bloom on the fall runways back in 2011 at Miu Miu, Givenchy and more. Featuring tropical Hawaiian breeds, orchids or classic daisies, some prints look as if they were plucked straight from the garden. Floral prints and flower embellishments also made their way onto the red carpet. At the recent SAG Awards, Julianne Moore wore a white Chanel haute couture gown with black flowers, Nicole Kidman choose a Vivienne Westwood gown with black-and-navy blue floral embroidery and Ellie Kemper donned a sea-foam green Reem Acra dress also with floral embroidery.
May 2, 1999
If Kenneth Turan is smelling air "perfumed from the flourishing hibiscus and bougainvillea" in Acapulco, I wonder what varieties they're growing down there ("The French Persistence," April 25). We've plenty of both up here in L.A., and neither has a scent. MICHELE HART Hollywood
December 23, 1990 | Linda Estrin
For dedicated gardeners, planting a flower border that produces continuous color is a complex project. And emulating the elegant informality of Monet's gardens at Giverny would seem leagues more arduous. Now, White Swan Ltd., an Oregon seed company, has developed Flowers of Monet, a virtually brown-thumb-proof seed collection inspired by the father of Impressionism.
August 15, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Jordana Brewster is one of those actresses who seems to be photographed everywhere. Whether it's a premiere, luncheon or album release party, Brewster makes an appearance looking stylish and camera-ready. When she's not busy on the party circuit, she's lighting up the small screen as Elena Ramos in the TNT remake of the series "Dallas. " Brewster was recently spotted at the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. She kept her cool despite the heat in a lightweight floral print Max Mara dress.
February 23, 2012 | By Jane Engle, Special to the Los AngelesTimes
Talk about flower power. From February through April, San Francisco and environs, the historic home of hippiedom, busts out in blooms. Here are dates and details for several Bay Area floral displays and festivals: Through Sunday: Tulipmania This annual festival adorns Pier 39 on San Francisco Bay with thousands of tulips and other flowers. Free guided tours step off at 10 a.m. daily from the entrance plaza, followed by free coffee, cookies and other refreshments at Fog Harbor Fish House.
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