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April 16, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Bastille rockin' the stage, Solange at the turntable, a caviar bar on ice and a Jeff Koons on the lawn. Jimmy Choo knows how to party alright. And party the brand did on Tuesday night in L.A. when creative director Sandra Choi hosted a launch for the new, tomboyish rock 'n' roll-themed CHOO.08 collection and newly redesigned Rodeo Drive store. The bash was held at the Beverly Hills Mid-Century home of Eugenio Lopez Alonso, the international art patron who recently sponsored the opening of the new Museo Jumex contemporary art museum in Mexico City.
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April 18, 2014 | By Susan Denley
On Wednesday the Duchess of Cambridge's husband compared her to a banana when she wore a yellow dress. On Thursday, as the couple's tour of New Zealand and Australia continued, the former Kate Middleton wore a blue ikat-batik patterned Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress. And reportedly within minutes, the $325 DVF dress sold out. [People] And on Friday, the duchess wore a white laser-cut frock by Australian designer Zimmerman when the couple visited the Sydney Royal Easter Show agricultural event.
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January 24, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Now that she's beaten Serena Williams in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, 19-year-old American tennis player Sloane Stephens is planning to switch out her tennis shoes for a pair of Jimmy Choos. She says she will spend a portion of the $526,793 she won for reaching the semifinals on a pair of the coveted shoes -- but she's banking most of the rest of it. [Wall Street Journal] Stephens went on to lose to top-seeded and defending champ Victoria Azarenka in the semifinals on Thursday, by the way. [ESPN]
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April 17, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Even princes can be less than tactful. Prince William and the former Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrived in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday, Day 10 of their tour to New Zealand and Australia.  Kate wore a yellow dress with white modular details designed by Roksanda Ilincic to attend a reception. The duchess said her husband opined that the dress made her look like a banana. [Marie Claire] Solange Knowles was the DJ at a party Tuesday night celebrating Jimmy Choo's new-concept boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
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April 16, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
L.A. is a place of new beginnings. So it's appropriate that British luxury brand Jimmy Choo should put its best foot forward here now. A new store design concept on Rodeo Drive, a star-studded Hollywood bash at the home of art collector Eugenio Lopez Alonso featuring a performance by pop band Bastille, and the launch of a youthful new rock 'n' roll-themed shoe collection are all part of a bold, new direction for the label and its creative director...
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February 18, 2008 | Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writer
Tamara Mellon, the savvy entrepreneur who took Jimmy Choo shoes from a dodgy London neighborhood to the world's trendiest retail districts, has battled drug problems, a failed marriage and scandal-hungry reporters. Now she's taking on her mother. Mellon filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court last month that accuses her mother, Ann Yeardye of Beverly Hills, of improperly receiving about $8 million in proceeds from the sale of London-based Jimmy Choo in 2004.
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November 24, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt, This post has been corrected. Please see details below.
Look-at-me designer sunglasses have long been de rigueur in Hollywood, where the sun and the flash of paparazzi cameras shine bright. The latest "it" sunglasses, launching for winter, up the fashion ante even more with super-luxurious details and limited-edition runs. Karl Lagerfeld introduces the Chanel Eyewear Prestige Collection this month, with 18-karat yellow or white gold lenses as its signature. And only 30 people in the world will have the privilege of purchasing a $23,000 version of Cartier's iconic aviator sunglasses crafted of solid 18-karat gold with leather trim.
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November 8, 2009 | BOOTH MOORE, FASHION CRITIC
Jimmy Choo took the town by storm last week, hosting not one but two parties. Not Jimmy Choo the man (the shoemaker sold his name in 2001), but Jimmy Choo the British footwear brand and its glamorous president and founder, Tamara Mellon. No stranger to Los Angeles, Mellon lived in Beverly Hills from ages 8 to 14, attending Marymount High School (Camp Beverly Hills was a favorite hangout), before settling in London. She was also one of the first to recognize the power of the red carpet, setting up the brand's first Academy Awards showroom for celebrities and stylists in 1999.
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January 19, 2002
In his response to the Howard Rosenberg article on "Sex and the City," Lee M. Jockers (Letters, Jan. 12) bashes the four female stars, asserting that "men of quality and substance would have no interest in these foulmouthed, aging bimbos and their $300 shoes." Jockers is simply wrong. I have been assured by my wife, who is an expert on the cost of fashion, that the Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo shoes featured on "Sex and the City" start at $500, and many styles of these shoes cost more than $800.
NEWS
April 17, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Even princes can be less than tactful. Prince William and the former Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrived in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday, Day 10 of their tour to New Zealand and Australia.  Kate wore a yellow dress with white modular details designed by Roksanda Ilincic to attend a reception. The duchess said her husband opined that the dress made her look like a banana. [Marie Claire] Solange Knowles was the DJ at a party Tuesday night celebrating Jimmy Choo's new-concept boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
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April 16, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Bastille rockin' the stage, Solange at the turntable, a caviar bar on ice and a Jeff Koons on the lawn. Jimmy Choo knows how to party alright. And party the brand did on Tuesday night in L.A. when creative director Sandra Choi hosted a launch for the new, tomboyish rock 'n' roll-themed CHOO.08 collection and newly redesigned Rodeo Drive store. The bash was held at the Beverly Hills Mid-Century home of Eugenio Lopez Alonso, the international art patron who recently sponsored the opening of the new Museo Jumex contemporary art museum in Mexico City.
NEWS
April 16, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
L.A. is a place of new beginnings. So it's appropriate that British luxury brand Jimmy Choo should put its best foot forward here now. A new store design concept on Rodeo Drive, a star-studded Hollywood bash at the home of art collector Eugenio Lopez Alonso featuring a performance by pop band Bastille, and the launch of a youthful new rock 'n' roll-themed shoe collection are all part of a bold, new direction for the label and its creative director...
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March 4, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Carrie Bradshaw, “Sex and the City's” shoe-loving character played by Sarah Jessica Parker, is often credited for familiarizing the masses with luxury footwear labels Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin. Now the 48-year-old Parker, whose head-to-heels style off-screen rivals that of her most famous character, has launched a signature shoe line in partnership with Manolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus. Parker's namesake SJP Collection debuted Friday and consists of 25 made-in-Italy shoe styles ($195-$485)
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | By Susan Denley
"Pretty Little Liars" star Troian Bellisario and costume designer Mandi Line turned up to celebrate the launch of the "Pretty Little Liars" collection by Aeropostale at the retailer's store in Times Square on Wednesday. Line persuaded Warner Bros. that there was consumer demand for a clothing collection tie-in with the show. The collection is in stores and on aeropostale.com now. [Fashionista] Actress Cameron Diaz has a new book out on health and beauty ("The Body Book"), but she wasn't always an expert.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2013 | By Elizabeth Paton
Tamara Mellon's life combines the hallmarks of Greek tragedy, Dynasty-style soap opera and the modern fairy tale of a career woman who longed to have it all. Few stones are left unturned in the autobiography of the creative visionary behind Jimmy Choo, a multimillion-dollar accessories powerhouse, which Mellon forged by encapsulating the sex, glamour and full-throttle potency of stiletto heels in accessible product lines for the 21st century luxury...
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November 24, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt, This post has been corrected. Please see details below.
Look-at-me designer sunglasses have long been de rigueur in Hollywood, where the sun and the flash of paparazzi cameras shine bright. The latest "it" sunglasses, launching for winter, up the fashion ante even more with super-luxurious details and limited-edition runs. Karl Lagerfeld introduces the Chanel Eyewear Prestige Collection this month, with 18-karat yellow or white gold lenses as its signature. And only 30 people in the world will have the privilege of purchasing a $23,000 version of Cartier's iconic aviator sunglasses crafted of solid 18-karat gold with leather trim.
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February 21, 2010 | Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
Fashion is stepping back a decade this spring, away from fall's 1980s-style acid-washed denim and power shoulders to a season full of 1970s influences, including sun-bleached colors, fringed accessories and the "it" shoe made popular on the Chanel runway: clogs. We're not talking orange rubber Crocs a la Mario Batali. These clogs are sexy and embellished, some with heels as high as those on your favorite stilettos. At Chanel's spring 2010 show last fall, models flaunted their spindly legs in short tweed skirts and 4-inch platform clogs.
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May 18, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Thanks to the fashion world's enthusiastic embrace of surf/skate culture over the decades, the Vans-style slip-on sneaker - a simple, unadorned, lace-free upper attached to a rubber sole - has become an instantly recognizable Southern California silhouette and an uncluttered canvas for self-expression, not only for Vans, but also for countless other brands. In recent seasons, luxe versions of the humble skate shoe have been rolling out to retail and serving as less-formal, summertime iterations of the ever-popular smoking shoe.
NEWS
July 30, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn and Booth Moore
'Fashion Star' fizzles:  NBC has canceled the reality fashion competition show "Fashion Star," according to the Hollywood Reporter. The series, which featured Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and menswear designer John Varvatos mentoring up-and-coming designers, had a two-season run.  [Hollywood Reporter] Saks sold: Saks Inc., parent company of the Saks Fifth Avenue luxury department store chain, was snapped up by Canadian retail giant Hudson's Bay for $2.9 billion (including debt)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2013 | By Leah Ollman
Reaction to Andrea Hasler's show at Gusford is inescapably reflexive at first--and not just one reflex is triggered, but two, the polar opposites of attraction and repulsion. The Swiss-born, London-based artist plays the extremes to creepy, compelling effect. Her show, "Burdens of Excess," leaves a multitude of searing impressions. Hasler re-fashions high-end designer accessories (mostly handbags and shoes) into grotesque specimens, bulging globs of pink wax studded with brand-name zipper pulls, insignias, straps and handles.
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