February 3, 2008 |
Romance packages at spectacular seaside resorts? Those are so 2007. This Valentine's Day, truly groovy couples will nibble chocolate-dipped strawberries, sip Champagne and gaze into each other's eyes not in a deluxe suite on the Gold Coast but in a shoe store. And not just any shoe store: Footcandy in Brentwood is the only place in town to find the big three --Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin--under one roof. What could be more romantic than that? For $350, the 11/2-year-old boutique is offering a "Romance Your 'Sole' Mate" package that gives lucky couples the run of the shop for an hour, a 15% discount on all the shoes they snatch up ($770 jeweled D'Orsay pumps by Choo--grab 'em!
September 29, 2000 |
Life really can't get much better than this for a shoemaker: a company that has grown from scratch to $50 million in four years, a luxury brand favored by movie stars, and a waiting list as long as a pair of pony-skin boots to buy $450 to $3,000 shoes at boutiques from London to Los Angeles. The name is Jimmy Choo, but in fact, the ready-to-wear shoes are designed by Choo's niece, Sandra Choi, with the help of company president Tamara Yeardye--two shoemakers with the world at their feet.
January 24, 2013 |
Cosmetic brand Make Up For Ever is hitting the road in a giant mobile Make Up School to give women a makeup bag remix. The brand's team of professional artists will take a peek inside your makeup bag and tell you how to better use your own products, and which ones are ready to be tossed, regardless of the brand. Consumers can book 30-minute appointments online for one-on-one makeup bag evaluations inside the Make Up School. All you have to do is "like" the brand's Facebook page.
July 5, 2013 |
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.
June 9, 2012 |
Women salivate over Manolo Blahnik heels. Men covet Nike Air Yeezy 2 sneakers. The limited-edition shoe, designed by rapper Kanye West, has already attracted long lines and frenzied online bidding for thousands of dollars. That's kind of impressive, considering the shoe goes on sale Saturday at a retail price of $245. Only about 3,000 to 5,000 pairs will be released, and sneaker collectors — known as "sneakerheads" — are anxiously awaiting the chance to add the shoes to their closets or resell them for a plump profit.
March 3, 2013 |
They are a distant relative of the sandals originally worn by the ancient Greeks and Romans. At the spring-summer 2013 fashion collections, designers such as Tom Ford, Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra featured innovative knee-high-and-above versions on the runways, taking shoe envy to new heights. They are arrestingly sexy. And for many, they summon up a blow-the-wheels-off-your-chariot feeling of female empowerment. Some ladies might even take on a gladiator mentality if it came down to a fellow shopper reaching for the single pair left in her size.
January 23, 2011 |
If the production values of the recent Milan menswear shows are any indication ? an indoor rainstorm at Burberry, John Varvatos' railroad track runway and Ermenegildo Zegna's green-screen "Live-D" presentation ? luxury brands are done hedging their bets and tightening their belts. They are back to selling the sizzle they hope will sell their steak to men who've been on a bread and water diet for the last several seasons. Below are a few of the highlights from the opening act of the 2011 fashion show circuit.
HOME & GARDEN
March 8, 2012 |
Cold, wind and hours of boredom didn't deter shoppers on the hunt for affordable designer duds, as throngs lined up to buy into another brief fling between high-end fashion and low-end retail. On Thursday, a match-up between Italian fashion label Marni and cheap-chic retailer H&M drew hundreds of bargain seekers to select H&M stores. At the Beverly Center, about 250 shoppers had gathered outside the store by 7:30 a.m., many sipping coffee and wearing thick coats, knit caps and colorful wristbands stamped with the time slot they had been allotted to shop the collection.
September 3, 2008 |
IT'S STRANGE to hear Summer Bishil speak in a 13-year-old's voice -- high-pitched, tentative, as if determined to render herself a cipher. Bishil is actually 20, and was 18 when she starred as the lead Jasira in "Towelhead," the provocative new film from "Six Feet Under" creator Alan Ball. But she used the eerily accurate adolescent voice for this tale of a 13-year-old Lebanese American girl's coming of age in a Houston subdivision during the first Iraq war. "Towelhead," which opens next week, explores Jasira's burgeoning sexuality and the fear it instills in her Lebanese single father who wishes she'd remain 9, and the desire it stirs in Jasira's next-door neighbor, a 35-year-old Army reservist played by Aaron Eckhart.