April 14, 2003 |
Now that the fall runway shows are over, the fashion world is on style safari. This time of year, L.A. is a destination for designers hunting ideas for their new collections. Local vintage stores are a creative wellspring, but so, too, is Venice Beach. Which is why Giambattista Valli, who designs the ready-to-wear collection for Paris fashion house Emanuel Ungaro, made a beeline for the boardwalk as soon as he arrived last weekend.
May 29, 1992 |
It'll be a big day for California Thursday when Madonna, "Beverly Hills, 90210," L.A. menswear designer Henry Duarte and display designer Simon Doonan--who began at the Maxfield boutique on Melrose and went on to Barneys New York--are honored at the annual Woolmark Awards for the men's fashion industry. To round out the West Coast sweep, Sandra Bernhard will host the event at a branch of the New York Public Library.
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.
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.
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.