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April 25, 2010 | By Max Padilla, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Altadena Works might sound like a San Gabriel Valley community job center, but it's actually a new line of totes and backpacks made in California. Based in L.A., Altadena Works is a collaboration between Ricky Swallow, an artist, and Ryan Conder, owner of the men's boutique South Willard. Swallow, a sculptor and painter, collects vintage outdoor gear, much of it American-made, from brands such as San Diego's Gregory Mountain Products and Colorado's now-defunct Alpine Designs. He discovered that Conder shared an appreciation for the gear's design and construction, which are highly coveted in Japan but not as much here.
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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 14, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
NEW YORK -- Los Angeles-based celebrity stylist, reality TV star and designer Rachel Zoe took a break from awards show dressing (Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway is a client), to present her fall  2013 collection Wednesday afternoon at Lincoln Center, to a crowd that included Miley Cyrus and Coco Rocha. The inspiration: 1970s equestrian style, romantic men's wear, baroque details and a nod to the London rock 'n' roll underground, according to the show notes. The look: Refined but cozy, from the collarless camel coat, leather shell and jodphur pants that opened the show, to the cream, oversized, cable knit sweater worn over caramel leather pants that came out later.
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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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May 21, 1989 | DAVID LASKER
ONE DAY IN 1925 Marcel Breuer, the precocious, 24-year-old head of the furniture workshop at the Bauhaus design school in Dessau, Germany, was riding his Adler bicycle. An idea came to him, Eureka-like: If tubular steel was strong and light enough to support him while pedaling, it should also do for making furniture. So he immediately telegraphed the Adler factory to propose a joint venture. Predictably rebuffed, he hired a plumber adept at welding pipe ends together and made a prototype of what is now the oldest tubular chair in production.
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April 10, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Nike's footwear collaboration with Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci, which had its bricks and mortar premiere in New York City late last month, is set to hit the Web on Friday. According to Nike's website, four silhouettes of the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 collection will be available online beginning April 11. Although the announcement does not include a specific list of e-tailers (besides its own nike.com e-commerce portal), luxury men's website Mr. Porter has been touting the arrival of the collection since midweek.
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March 21, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
In a new twist on sustainable fashion, designers aren't just embracing new fabrics made from organic cotton, hemp or bamboo, they're pawing through piles of clothing waste, crafting high-fashion, hand-made items from old cashmere sweaters, T- shirts and other castoffs. In the U.S., there's a lot to choose from. Almost 9 million tons of clothes and shoes end up in the municipal waste stream each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. "Most sustainable fashion is focused on substituting materials, whether it's going from conventional cotton to organic, or from [synthetic]
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October 2, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS -- Miuccia Prada had a starry front row at her Miu Miu show Wednesday, with Michelle Dockery, Lena Dunham, Dianna Agron, Rashida Jones and other lovelies sitting pretty. The look: Little girl living in a fairy tale of her own imagination. Key pieces: Wooly coats and skirts with gingerbread trim. Cable-knit tights tucked into patent leather high heel Mary Janes. Storybook-like fox-, cat-, parrot- or fish-print little girl dresses. Sheer organza ruffled twin sets.
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September 6, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
NEW YORK -- The collection: BCBG Max Azria. The inspiration: Femme fatales and Helmut Newton's black and white photography. The look: Boudoir bondage. A mix of chambray work wear pieces (jumpers, jump suits and jackets) and fluid, silk crepe blouses, skirts and dresses with digitized print, tulle and lace panels -- all accessorized with black leather harnesses. Colors included black, white and petal pink. The scene: A glittering front row of celebs with Estelle, Selena Ebanks and Olympic sprinter Sanya Richards Ross, who was wearing beige crepe trousers, a color-blocked blouse and super-high sandals with what appeared to be white cotton pads on the insides of the straps to keep from blistering her famous feet.
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