October 9, 2000 |
This season, leather leads the line of hot trends on the runways, but no designer is offering what we really need: a manual on how to care for and protect the stuff. For that, you must turn to Wilsons Leather, which offers the inside tips on handling hide on its Web site (www.wilsonsleather.com). Here are a few: * Immediately after buying a leather item, treat it with a water and stain repellent to prevent damage.
July 10, 2011 |
French luxury brand Longchamp will premiere its first West Coast boutique on Monday at Costa Mesa's South Coast Plaza, bringing its Le Pliage leather-trimmed nylon tote -- among other "it" handbags -- to Orange County shoppers. The 1,722-square-foot shop is an elegant study in wood, lacquer, glass and leather, and features a feminine enclave for the brand's growing ready-to-wear collection that "doesn't exist in any other U.S. store," said Stephanie Disegni, chief executive for Longchamp North America.
September 2, 2012 |
Pow! Hot-hued, high-impact accessories can put the finishing touch on the season's sporty looks. Take a vibrant piece, like Marni's cherry-red perforated leather bag, or 3.1 Phillip Lim's vivid yellow gold leather boots, and pair with a dress, a button-down shirt, jeans or leggings in a contrasting but equally vibrant color. Or let multihued accessories like Pierre Hardy's tricolored suede and leather wedges, Balenciaga's ostrich and calfskin ankle boots, Prada's rubber-bottom Mary Jane pumps or Céline's tricolor envelope bag do the color-blocking for you.
February 7, 2013 |
One of the first out of the gate at the Lincoln Center tents, menswear designer Todd Snyder presented his Fall 2013 "Rebel Gentlemen" collection at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week on Thursday. Inspiration: The foundation of Snyder's collection was a favorite black, 1950s leather motorcycle jacket he'd found a decade ago in a Leeds (England) vintage shop. The look: Retro-sporty gentleman outlaw -- the kind who might rob a bank and escape across the desert on a motorcycle and look rakish doing it. In addition to a lovingly distressed asymmetrical zip leather jacket there were equally luxe-looking outerwear pieces with a functional feel including riffs on the peacoat (one in black pony hair, another in horsehide with a generous shearling collar)
November 8, 2009 |
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.
March 21, 2010 |
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]
October 2, 2013 |
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.
February 28, 2014 |
Every journey tells a story, whether it's a weekend road trip up Pacific Coast Highway or a yearlong, round-the-world jaunt. And Tumi hopes that with its new Santa Monica collection of bags and accessories, your luggage will tell a tale too. That was what George Esquivel, the Buena Park-based shoemaker who was appointed Tumi's creative director in January 2013, had in mind when he decided to use soft, buttery leather for the assortment of duffels,...
October 1, 2012 |
Mink-lined Birkenstock-style sandals? Check. Fuzzy, wuzzy mink pumps? Check. The Celine runway show was all about such cheeky luxe lounge statements. When it comes to fashion now, Celine designer Phoebe Philo has that je ne sais quoi . You only have to look at the fashion pack to know. Celine's minimal color-block totes and smooth calfskin clutches are the It bags du jour -- small pieces of the polished, pared-down aesthetic that Philo has helped popularize, and which has now trickled all the way down to Zara.