September 23, 2007 |
The lost-and-found caper of the crystal sheath -- a dress valued at $150,000 and promised to the Smithsonian Institution -- could've spelled disaster for any upstart diva. But when the Bob Mackie gown was stolen off a hotel luggage trolley a day before opening night at the Hollywood Bowl, its owner, Carol Channing, conveyed how a true star acts -- with oodles of grace and cool. No wonder the kids are embracing her, again.
March 16, 2008 |
PARKED at an outdoor table at the Sunset Marquis, Lindsay Lohan was dressed to stop traffic. The occasion was a luncheon celebrating her March Paper magazine cover, one of three post-rehab covers she has this month. To honor L.A. designer Jeremy Scott, who photographed her for the spread, the broasted bronze brunet wore his thigh-grazing, road sign-print jumper dress, along with the pair of oversized sunglasses that seem to be welded to her head.
February 4, 2000 |
Sure, Fashion Week is the place to see what's new from heavyweights like Ralph, Calvin and Oscar, but what about the undiscovered talent? It used to be, editors and buyers had to travel to far-flung warehouses and galleries to see style-makers bubbling up from the underground.
November 18, 2007 |
Pop-UP stores are suddenly, well, popping up everywhere. From downtown L.A. to suburban O.C., designers, artists and retailers are setting up shop for a few days, a few weeks or even just a few hours. They're offering limited-edition and one-of-a-kind items and counting on the fashion-hungry to do the rest -- that is, show up in droves. Last month, the controversial Louis Vuitton boutique popped up in the Murakami exhibition at the Temporary Contemporary.
December 2, 2005 |
Rev up your shopping engines. Divine Design, the holiday bazaar where you can empty your wallets for a good cause -- Project Angel Food, which provides daily meals to people in Los Angeles County living with HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses -- is back. The annual event is open at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, with discounts of 50% or more off housewares and clothing items ranging from a $45,000 diamond and sapphire Maurice Lacroix watch to $2.
November 16, 2008 |
With the economy and the climate demanding that we all start to think about fashion more pragmatically, it's an interesting time to remember Geoffrey Beene, the fine American designer who elevated the everyday, translating common fabrics such as flannel and denim into evening wear, even making a sequined sports jersey gown. A consummate rule-breaker, he bucked tradition by showing his body-conscious clothes on dancers instead of models, then later on dress forms instead of on the runway.