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September 7, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
NEW YORK -- The collection: Monika Chiang. Launched in 2011, the brand has stores in L.A. and New York. Chiang is the girlfriend of entrepreneur Chris Burch, who helped launch her brand as well as ex-wife Tory Burch's. Where Tory's look is decidedly uptown, Monika's is downtown -- and after-dark. The inspiration: Street style in South Africa, where Chiang traveled over the New Year's holiday. The look: "Luxe athleticism," as described by Chiang. Black leather skirts with car-wash pleats, embroidered leather bra tops, block-print skinny jeans, biker jackets in leather or stripe canvas, parachute silk pants and anoraks, strappy sandals with skyscraper-high block heels, baseball caps.
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November 21, 2012 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For fragrance lovers, it's the season of opulent choices. L'Objet's champagne-scented candle is decked out in a malachite vessel with 24-karat gold and amethyst quartz cabochon detailing that can double as a treasure box later. Diptyque's limited-edition candles spread holiday cheer with the rich aromas of frankincense, frosty fir tree and warm oud wood mixed with amber. Los Angeles' Royal Apothic offers another festive possibility: "Distillation of a Victorian Fir," with notes of cranberry, holly, apricot and cinnamon.
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February 10, 2013 | By Booth Moore
NEW YORK -- Fur mittens. That's apparently what we're going to be wearing for fall judging from the two high profile designers, Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra, who showed the amusing accessories in their shows on Saturday at New York Fashion Week. If not mittens, maybe just fur, if you are OK with it … and leather. Both are shaping up to be major touchstones for the fall 2013 season. At Altuzarra, we saw the wildest riffs on fur yet - fur cocktail dresses. The inspiration: The street, including the hard surfaces, horizontal and vertical lines, the glint of the pavement and the shards of color from passing cars, according to the show notes.
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May 3, 2009 | Beverly Beyette; Judi Dash; Brady MacDonald; Jay Jones
A $100-million expansion of Pala Casino Spa & Resort in north San Diego County, to include two new restaurants and -- for really serious gamblers -- a poker room with table-side meal service, is expected to be finished May 22. The 507-room property, owned by the Pala Band of Mission Indians, opened in 2001 at a cost of $115 million. With this expansion, the property has once again been feng shui-aligned to bring good vibes to those trying their luck at the casino's 2,000 slots and video gambling machines and 87 gaming tables.
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March 21, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
Clayton and Flavie Webster, husband-and-wife designers of the Los Angeles-based Cerre fashion line, are on a roll. In October, they were honored by the L.A. fashion community with the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award. In February, they traveled to New York to meet press contacts and show the line to buyers for the first time. And on Wednesday, they had their first review posted on Style.com. All of which is to suggest that the world is really taking notice of Cerre's signature brand of edgy classicism.
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April 18, 2010 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Whether she's tweeting disapproval of her father's new fiancee or being caught by paparazzi with white powder in her shoes, Lindsay Lohan just can't stay out of the headlines. But through it all, you have to admire her for continuing to pursue fashion, especially after taking such a beating from the press (me included) during her brief stint as artistic advisor to French luxury brand Ungaro. That takes courage and dedication. For fall, she's expanding her leggings-only fashion line, 6126 by Lindsay Lohan, into a full collection of looks to take a woman from day to night.
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September 2, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
The red carpet occupies its own place in the pantheon of fashion, somewhere between the runway and the street. Thanks to their access and visibility, Hollywood stars have had a jump on the fall collections and trends, which they have been wearing to events and premieres all summer long. Here are a few of our favorite examples of menswear-inspired, luxe leather and navy-is-the-new-black looks, plus red accents and cap-toe shoes. Malin Akerman in a Vena Cava jumpsuit and Louis Vuitton cap-toe pumps at the Ciroc Cabana Club May 26 in West Hollywood.
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February 13, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Expectations were high for Reed Krakoff's fall 2014 collection, the first he's shown since he stepped down from his longtime post as creative director of Coach to focus on his namesake label. And he delivered his most solid outing yet since his brand's 2010 launch, less severely utilitarian and more easygoing and sexy. The key piece of the collection (and one of the important of the season here) was the midi skirt. Krakoff's was a wrap style that came in luxe patchwork python with metallic accents, or black grain leather, and exposed a bit of leg when the models walked.
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