March 23, 2007 |
Tightly cinching the belt on a brushed wool coat with enormous bell sleeves, designer Zac Posen stood back to let the photographers do their thing. Demi Moore was cold, and so Posen, the evening's host, obliged by grabbing a coat seen minutes before on a white plastic runway, poolside at Bungalow One of the Chateau Marmont. "This is it! This is the hit!" Moore crooned.
March 16, 2006 |
The skinny: For the record, L.A. Fashion Week is officially called Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios, hence the website is www.mbfashionweek.com.
April 23, 1999 |
Imagine a college final that is not a three-hour exam in molecular biology or Shakespeare, but instead requires designing a ravishing hand-beaded gown. This is reality for the 140 fashion students at Otis College of Art and Design, the only four-year college in the Southern California area to offer a bachelor's degree in fashion design. It may sound like the life, but don't think for a minute these textile tests take any less study than their pen-and-paper counterparts.
January 24, 1990 |
It was a study in color and the two coasts when the international Men's Fashion Assn. presented its spring, 1990 shows at the Biltmore Hotel. Leading designers from California and New York put forward some of the best efforts of the MFA shows, with those from the East tending toward subdued silhouettes and shades--taupe was among the favorites--while those from the West opted for wider shapes and warmer, spice colors.
August 3, 1995 |
It doesn't take much searching to find trendy women's clothing at discount prices in Southern California. But unearthing cut-priced, cutting-edge menswear takes a bit of ingenuity. Discount stores such as Monopoly and Half Off in Los Angeles, Max Mart in West Hollywood, Armani Wells in Studio City and Piller's in Eagle Rock sell everything from designer clothing and sportswear to hip street fashion for 50% to 75% below retail. Some also carry great vintage clothing.
April 15, 2007 |
THEY say there isn't a rivalry. There are more than a dozen schools in L.A. County that teach fashion design, but Otis and FIDM, as the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising is known, are the biggest and the best. Both have main campuses downtown. Both get scouted by major design houses. Both have alumni whose work could be in your closet. Both offer courses you'd never see at another college. Neither has a football team.
April 7, 2000 |
Growing up in a family with nine kids didn't leave much money for luxuries, so East Los Angeles-born designer Estevan Ramos played with pencils and paper that his mom, Aurora, got for free from a print-shop owner down the street. These days, pencil and paper are among the tools of Ramos' trade as a sportswear designer who has taken a business he started with $8,000 in 1995--designing, cutting and sewing garments out of his garage--to sales this year that will top $1.6 million.