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February 1, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Jason Wu X Lancome:  Fresh off his repeat performance as inaugural ball gown designer in chief, Jason Wu has struck a deal with the Lancome cosmetics brand to collaborate on a line of makeup. Friday morning's announcement by Lancome Paris provided little information about the limited-edition Jason Wu for Lancome collection -- except that it is slated to hit stores in September 2013. Survivor bra:  Breast cancer survivor Debbie Barrett and her daughter, Allana Maiden, have created an online petition asking lingerie label Victoria's Secret to create a line of mastectomy bras to help breast cancer survivors feel beautiful again.
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February 12, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Gwyneth Paltrow, Diane Kruger, Reese Witherspoon, Gerard Butler AND Benedict Cumberbatch. ... It was a full-on celebrity pileup at the presentation of Hugo Boss' Boss women's collection under the new direction of artistic director Jason Wu. The brand must have spent a fortune to get them all there. But it was a momentous occasion for the German luxury brand founded in 1923 that has been known throughout its history for men's more than women's wear. The inspiration : The designer was inspired by the German brand's modernist headquarters, which are apparently surrounded by lush gardens.
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September 6, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Pop songstress Alicia Keys, "Mad Men" actress Jessica Paré and tennis star Maria Sharapova came out for Jason Wu's spring 2014 show Friday afternoon, the first big show of New York Fashion Week. On the runway, Wu brought out the big guns, too, with models Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Liu Wen and Karen Elson leading the charge. The scene: Guests were treated to black lace makeup cases and eyeshadow palettes from Wu's new makeup collection for Lancome. Wu is best known for creating First Lady Michelle Obama's romantic inaugural night ball gowns.
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February 7, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
NEW YORK - Jason Wu, the designer made famous by First Lady Michelle Obama, showed his fall 2014 collection Friday afternoon at New York Fashion Week. The look: Day meets night, hard meets soft, masculine meets feminine. Moody palette of smoke gray, grape, eggplant and evergreen, and a mix of textures. Key pieces : Pea coats, some with silver hardware or fur trim; wide-leg pants; delicately embroidered mohair turtleneck sweaters; long and luxe astrakhan fur embroidered bias-cut skirt; draped satin crepe blouses and bias skirts with shiny tie bar details; sexy velvet and silk bias-cut gowns with twist backs or spaghetti straps.
NEWS
January 23, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Designer Jason Wu was almost as surprised as everyone else that First Lady Michelle Obama  once again chose one of his gowns for an inaugural ball. She wore a white one-shoulder gown he designed to her husband's first inauguration in 2009, and a ruby red Wu gown to the second inaugural ball on Monday. Wu says the White House didn't tell him until the last minute that his was the winning gown. "I'm floating," he was quoted as saying. [New York Times] On Monday Mrs. Obama wore an ivory Naeem Khan knee-length ivory dress and matching appliqued coat to a church service for the National Day of Prayer.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2012 | By Shan Li
--Target Corp.'s eagerly anticipated collaboration with Jason Wu is rolling out this Sunday in stores and online. Best known for dressing First Lady Michelle Obama for the inaugural ball, Wu is but the latest designer to pair up with the cheap-chic chain to give the masses a taste of upscale design at budget prices. Last year, Target's collaboration with Italian design house Missoni inspired large crowds and enough online shoppers to crash the retailer's website. The 53-piece Jason Wu for Target collection features apparel, shoes and accessories that reflect the young designer's penchant for polished, ladylike looks.
NEWS
January 22, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Michelle Obama chose Jason Wu for an inaugural gown for a second time. At husband Barack Obama's first inauguration in 2009, she wore a white, one-shoulder column gown to the round of evening balls. For his second inauguration Monday the first lady chose a ruby red chiffon and velvet halter gown. Times' Fashion Critic Booth Moore found it to be a more self-assured and powerful choice. [Los Angeles Times] Earlier in the day, Beyonce and Jay Z were among the style notables at the inauguration.
NEWS
January 21, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Same designer, second dance. It was either the mark of a true fashion independent or the missed opportunity of a lifetime. Michelle Obama chose the same designer, Jason Wu, to create her second inaugural gown as created the first. The second gown is a ruby red chiffon and velvet halter style. It has a similar romantic quality to the first. But it signals more maturity, assuredness and yes, power, than the feathery, all-white confection she wore in 2009. The Obamas have come a long way, and so has Wu, who has gone from an upstart designer to the toast of Seventh Avenue, with a lower-priced line named Miss Wu that recently came out, and an accessories line.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
NEW YORK - Jason Wu, the designer made famous by First Lady Michelle Obama, showed his fall 2014 collection Friday afternoon at New York Fashion Week. The look: Day meets night, hard meets soft, masculine meets feminine. Moody palette of smoke gray, grape, eggplant and evergreen, and a mix of textures. Key pieces : Pea coats, some with silver hardware or fur trim; wide-leg pants; delicately embroidered mohair turtleneck sweaters; long and luxe astrakhan fur embroidered bias-cut skirt; draped satin crepe blouses and bias skirts with shiny tie bar details; sexy velvet and silk bias-cut gowns with twist backs or spaghetti straps.
HOME & GARDEN
April 15, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
When I read the H&M Loves Music pool party invite, I didn't take the "pool party" part literally. H&M, an official Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival sponsor for the fourth consecutive year, threw its first party Saturday. I imagined people dressed in long, sheer maxi dresses and high heels sipping cocktails next to a pool sitting in lounge chairs under umbrellas. When I arrived at the Merv Griffin estate in La Quinta where the party was held, I was in for a surprise. After a short walk up some stairs to the back of the estate, I was greeted by the sound of splashing.
NEWS
January 8, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
It was an invasion of the body con dresses at the People's Choice Awards on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. But it was no horror; it was smokin' hot. Jessica Alba wore a strapless white bustier dress by Jason Wu with sexy lacing up the sides that was about as far from First Lady Michelle Obama's fairytale white Jason Wu first inaugural gown as you can get. Alba accessorized the look with white Casadei pumps. (That's right, they aren't just for summertime anymore.) PHOTOS: The red carpet at the People's Choice Awards "Girls" star Allison Williams chose an electric blue-and-white dress by hot and getting-hotter London designer David Koma , who was recently tapped to design the Thierry Mugler label.
NEWS
September 16, 2013
Though Costco tends to be a destination for 30-packs of toilet paper, the beauty department at the members-only warehouse shop has become increasingly alluring. Under the company's Beauty's Most Wanted program, launched in May, some of the most prestigious names in the industry -- legendary hair stylist Orlando Pita, celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff and “green” manicurist to the stars Jenna Hipp -- have quietly launched beauty collections.  Local celebrity dermatologist Jessica Wu, who counts Katherine Heigl and Maria Bello among her clients, is the latest to join Costco's A-list beauty lineup.
NEWS
September 6, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Pop songstress Alicia Keys, "Mad Men" actress Jessica Paré and tennis star Maria Sharapova came out for Jason Wu's spring 2014 show Friday afternoon, the first big show of New York Fashion Week. On the runway, Wu brought out the big guns, too, with models Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Liu Wen and Karen Elson leading the charge. The scene: Guests were treated to black lace makeup cases and eyeshadow palettes from Wu's new makeup collection for Lancome. Wu is best known for creating First Lady Michelle Obama's romantic inaugural night ball gowns.
IMAGE
June 22, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Dressing from head to toe in a favorite fashion label may well include lashes, lips and nails, as more designers expand into the beauty business. And designer makeup in glamorous packaging puts a piece of the luxury lifestyle within reach of women who can't afford to spend thousands of dollars on a high-end designer dress or handbag. Expanding into beauty makes good business sense for designers. The NPD Group, a company that tracks retail sales and market trends, reported in March that the U.S. prestige beauty industry made an 11% gain in 2011 and a 7% gain in 2012, with makeup generating the second highest category increase after skin care last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
If fashion is a religion, one of its sacred shrines is an emporium that takes up a whole city block on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, a store so venerated by devotees that a celebrated New Yorker cartoon had one matron confess to another, "I want my ashes scattered over Bergdorf's. " Still overseen by the descendants of the same family that began it in 1901, Bergdorf Goodman, to give the place its official name, is the kind of store both its shoppers and the designers whose clothes sell there view as next door to addictive.
NEWS
April 16, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
On more than one occasion, it was hard to decipher whether the Lacoste Live Coachella Music and Arts Festival party last weekend was in the middle of the desert or the Hamptons. During the two-day fete, people in bathing suits frolicked in the sun on a large lawn leading up to the private residence where the party was held. Red cardboard cutouts of the signature Lacoste crocodile peppered the walkways. Joe and Nick Jonas, Alessandra Ambrosia, Katy Perry and Chris Pine were just a few of the celebrities who made the short walk from the nearby Empire Polo Field to support the Lacoste brand and party in the sun. Alexa Chung, DJ Mom Jeans (Danny Masterson)
HOME & GARDEN
April 15, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
When I read the H&M Loves Music pool party invite, I didn't take the "pool party" part literally. H&M, an official Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival sponsor for the fourth consecutive year, threw its first party Saturday. I imagined people dressed in long, sheer maxi dresses and high heels sipping cocktails next to a pool sitting in lounge chairs under umbrellas. When I arrived at the Merv Griffin estate in La Quinta where the party was held, I was in for a surprise. After a short walk up some stairs to the back of the estate, I was greeted by the sound of splashing.
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