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February 24, 2014 | By David A. Keeps
Celebrated for his more-is-more interior designs, Hollywood legend Tony Duquette (1914-99) was, fittingly, more of a Renaissance man. He not only decorated the homes of Mary Pickford, Elizabeth Arden, J. Paul Getty and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, but he also designed costumes and sets for the stage and MGM musicals, crafted jewelry and sculpture for the jet-set elite and was the first American artist to have a solo exhibition at the Louvre in...
February 18, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Jennifer Lawrence is like the foul-mouthed, self-deprecating class clown who has unwittingly found herself voted prom queen. No, the "American Hustle" Oscar nominee hasn't exactly had the easiest time in the fashion spotlight. When she gets it right, she gets it really right. But when she gets it wrong, well, hold on to the glassware. At last year's Screen Actors Guild Awards, an apparent wardrobe malfunction exposed her upper thighs as she climbed onstage. Then, there was the Oscar stairs stumble seen round the world.
February 3, 2014 | By Booth Moore, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Venice, Calif.-based fine jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth has launched her first fragrance, with Barneys New York. The fragrance is a summery blend of floral notes and ocean spray, the perfect reflection of her 10-year-old brand, which is recognizable for carefully balanced constructions of bold, rough-cut, semiprecious stones in brilliant surf-and-sea colors. "I'm kind of excited about it," Neuwirth said. "I have never worn fragrance before, maybe a scented lotion but that's it. Growing up by the beach, I wanted it to smell like Coppertone suntan lotion but more sophisticated.
January 26, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
First, the cancer threatened Susan Braig's life, then it wrecked her finances. Now healthy at 64, Braig is worried about her future. Her primary income is the roughly $2,300 a month she gets from Social Security. Then there's her home-based business, which brings in an average of $750 a month from jewelry making and grant writing. Her savings total less than $29,000. "I'm one of those baby boomers who is now getting ready to face the next phase," Braig said. "I look at it and I just want to curl up in a fetal position.
January 12, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Philadelphia police are investigating a home burglary in which Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson was robbed of a reported $325,000 in cash and jewelry as well as a handgun. The former Long Beach Poly High and California standout was not at home in Philadelphia when the robbery took place last week sometime between Monday and Friday. Jackson's mother reported the burglary Saturday morning after she arrived at the home Friday night and eventually discovered her son's bedroom had been ransacked.
December 31, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
Police responding to a pre-dawn alarm Tuesday at the Nordstroms at the Westfield Santa Anita Mall in Arcadia found a smashed window and broken jewelry cases. Jewelry and designer women's handbags were missing, and the store's surveillance video showed three men wearing dark clothes filling bags with items from the shattered cases. The three fled through an emergency exit, setting off the alarm shortly after 4 a.m., Arcadia police said. Store officials estimated that $100,000 to $200,000 worth of jewelry had been stolen along with purses worth between $20,000 and $30,000.
December 30, 2013 | By Tim Traeger
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. The Los Angeles Police Department has issued an appeal in its efforts to locate jewelry made by Assemblyman Mike Gatto's father, Joseph Gatto, who was shot to death in his Los Feliz home. Investigators believe last month's slaying of the 78-year-old may have resulted from a home invasion robbery. They issued an alert earlier this month, seeking any of his jewelry that may have been purchased or sold by pawn shops, the Glendale News-Press reported.
December 23, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A former executive with Tiffany & Co. has been sentenced to one year in federal prison for stealing jewelry worth $2.1 million from her employer and selling it. Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, who worked 25 years at Tiffany and became its vice president of product development and design, pleaded guilty in July to interstate transport of stolen property. She admitted stealing about 165 pieces of jewelry, including diamond bracelets, diamond earrings, platinum diamond rings and platinum and diamond pendants.
December 22, 2013 | By Janet Kinosian
It's obvious when meeting designer Sage Machado for the first time that she is a force of nature. The multihyphenate clothing designer-perfumer-artist-entrepreneur closed her Los Angeles boutique of 20 years (whose customers included Julia Roberts, Madonna, Kate Hudson, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Alba) in April to focus on jewelry design, lifestyle consulting and "gem therapy. " Machado says she's been consulting with and making custom "healing jewelry" for clients for several years.
December 11, 2013 | By Kate Mather
INDIO - Doris Payne, the 83-year-old career jewelry thief whose worldwide exploits have grabbed international headlines, was ordered to stand trial Wednesday in her most recent case in Riverside County. Payne has been charged with second-degree burglary and grand theft after allegedly stealing a diamond-encrusted ring from a Palm Desert jewelry store Oct. 21. She has pleaded not guilty. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Richard A. Erwood ordered Payne back in court Dec. 26, and denied her attorneys' request to release her from custody.
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