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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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July 10, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Long before designers at Chloe, Balenciaga and Valentino started loading up their leather accessories with heavy metal, designer Calleen Cordero was L.A.'s queen of studs with boho flair. Cordero launched her handmade leather shoes with elaborate studwork in 2001, and has nurtured it grass-roots-style into a full line of leather accessories. "When I first launched the collection, no one had ever seen anything like a $500 or $600 wedge with turquoise studs, and my shoes were sitting next to Manolo Blahniks," says Cordero, who lives in Laurel Canyon.
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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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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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November 8, 2009 | BOOTH MOORE, FASHION CRITIC
Jimmy Choo took the town by storm last week, hosting not one but two parties. Not Jimmy Choo the man (the shoemaker sold his name in 2001), but Jimmy Choo the British footwear brand and its glamorous president and founder, Tamara Mellon. No stranger to Los Angeles, Mellon lived in Beverly Hills from ages 8 to 14, attending Marymount High School (Camp Beverly Hills was a favorite hangout), before settling in London. She was also one of the first to recognize the power of the red carpet, setting up the brand's first Academy Awards showroom for celebrities and stylists in 1999.
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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.
MAGAZINE
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.
NEWS
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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