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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.
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.
September 15, 2009 | BOOTH MOORE, FASHION CRITIC
Many of the spring clothes designers are showing this week have a tactile appeal. Maybe it's a signal that we're searching for more depth in fashion, something to touch and feel, not just to look at and discard after one season. Of course, it also helps to justify a high price tag -- because you can actually see the work. The new summer suit as a trend came into focus at Carolina Herrera on Monday, where a sinewy rope-weave raffia vest was paired with linen shorts. Herrera's collection had an organic sensibility and was free of any strict theme.
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 All of which is to suggest that the world is really taking notice of Cerre's signature brand of edgy classicism.
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.
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.
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.
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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