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June 26, 1992 | WILLIAM KISSEL
For many American jean makers, the hardest part about designing them is deciding where to put the label. But for the French team of Marithe and Francois Girbaud, the process is more like reinventing the wheel. "We start with a rendering, an architectural model to illustrate the natural form of the body," says Francois Girbaud, who was in the United States recently to illustrate the subtle differences between French and American fashion.
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June 26, 1992 | WILLIAM KISSEL
For many American jean makers, the hardest part about designing them is deciding where to put the label. But for the French team of Marithe and Francois Girbaud, the process is more like reinventing the wheel. "We start with a rendering, an architectural model to illustrate the natural form of the body," says Francois Girbaud, who was in the United States recently to illustrate the subtle differences between French and American fashion.
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February 22, 1991 | PAT McCOLL
The French winter 1991-92 designer menswear collections were the first fashion casualties of the Gulf War. With only a handful of American buyers and press in the audience, plus many Japanese absent from the shows held the first week of February, most houses--including Claude Montana, Marithe and Francois Girbaud, Issey Miyake, Matsuda and Daniel Hechter--canceled runway shows to present in a smaller way. What began as a disadvantage became an advantage: Clothes were much easier to see.
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February 26, 1992 | WILLIAM KISSEL
By any stretch of the imagination, the form-fitting look is the newest thing in menswear this season. Designers are cutting clothes in leaner silhouettes and using stretchy fabrics. Watch for double-knit jeans, calf-clinging jodhpurs, hip-hugging cardigans and more. Perry Ellis' daywear features snug-fitting knit pants worn under loose sweaters. Sabato Russo mixes flexible microfiber--a slightly stretchy, silk-like polyester--into his lean trousers and chest-hugging sport coats.
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September 27, 1999 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cindy Crawford, Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Carrie Fisher must have found it hard to compete with the adorable kids who stole the spotlight--and the audience's heart--at the Macy's and American Express Passport fashion show Saturday in Santa Monica. Jamming down the runway to DJ Jay-R's beats, the young boys and girls in puffer coats and skater pants by Tommy Jeans made the fourth annual star-studded HIV/AIDS fund-raiser feel like a rockin' schoolyard party.
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May 6, 1988 | PAT McCOLL
American menswear retailers, who often ask "who would wear that? " during French menswear shows, were saying the clothes looked "almost normal" during the recent fall/winter 1988-89 showings. If monkey-fur trim on a black leather motorcycle jacket or sequined stirrup pants or ski knickers worn with a smoking jacket or a classic suit in cardinal-red gabardine with a cranberry-color shirt can be defined as "normal," then the French attitude of "Why not?" has become contagious.
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September 18, 1987 | PAT McCOLL
In the spring/summer 1988 menswear collections just shown here, there was a lot of masculine leg on view. From the more conservative houses, such as Christian Dior and Nino Cerruti, to the avant-garde, such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Marithe and Francois Girbaud, it was only a matter of minutes before the shorts came marching down the runway. Often, they were the bottom half of a serious suit message and a theme of day through evening wear.
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October 4, 2002 | VALLI HERMAN-COHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
All those futuristic visions of the 21st century invariably included a wardrobe of simple, unisex, high-tech uniforms. Fortunately, that look has never materialized, but something more attractive has. A fusion of fashion and active wear, Fashion Active Lab, or FAL for short, blends luxury fibers such as cashmere with a minimalist sports vibe to make distinctive men's and women's clothes.
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February 24, 1989 | PAT McCOLL
Some designers took a giant leap into the past when they showed their fall and winter menswear to press and buyers here earlier this month. Frock coats reminiscent of those worn by Edwardian dandies looked even dandier when shown with knee breeches and ruffled jabot shirts. Brocade vests and crushed-velvet trousers added to the time-warp effect.
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June 15, 1990 | WILLIAM KISSEL, Kissel is a free-lance writer who regularly covers the men's wear market
"Twin Peaks," the eccentric television series set in the Pacific Northwest, seems to have enticed a number of American men's wear designers into its small but loyal audience. At the annual Men's Fashion Assn. gathering in Rye, N.Y., which ended over the weekend, macho undercurrents gave force to rugged, manly styles reminiscent of an Oregon lumberjack.
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