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March 31, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Mother-daughter designing duo Marie and Kelly Gray are back in business together with a new label called Grayse, eight years after stepping down from their day-to-day duties at St. John when a private equity firm bought the company and cleaned house in a rebranding effort that famously also involved hiring Angelina Jolie as spokesmodel and alienating hordes of loyal customers. Although St. John is best known for creating the conservative, Crayola-colored knit suit uniform worn by a generation of women in the go-go 1980s and '90s, Grayse taps into the more recent trend of casual luxury and seasonless, day-to-night dressing.
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.
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.
February 7, 2013 | By Susan Denley
At Sunday's Super Bowl, Beyonce wore costumes that incorporated leather and exotic iguana and snakeskin. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wishes she hadn't. And that she hadn't worn a fur coat to President Obama's inauguration in January, either. "We would take a bet that if Beyoncé watched our video exposés, she'd probably not want to be seen again in anything made of snakes, lizards, rabbits or other animals who died painfully," The organization reportedly said in a statement.
November 28, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
AMC, the nation's second-largest cinema chain, is opening its first Southern California dine-in movie theater, taking the concept of dinner and a movie to a new level. Set to open Monday, the remodeled AMC Dine-In Theatres Marina 6 is the 11th dine-in theater that the Kansas City, Mo., chain has opened around the country since its first location debuted in 2008 in an affluent Atlanta district. The refurbished location, on the second floor of a shopping center at Maxella and Glencoe avenues in Marina del Rey, features six auditoriums for adults only.
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.
November 6, 2012 | By David A. Keeps
Jason Koharik is a junk-pile alchemist. In his hands, paint stirrers and broken tape measures become art supplies, salvaged metal tubing and brackets are transformed into Modernist lamps, and discarded patio furniture dazzles the eye with refined additions of gold leaf, brass plating, hand-shaped hardwoods and leather upholstery. “Why buy new chairs when there's a million of them out there that could be great?” Koharik asks.   The Echo Park furniture maker, lighting designer, painter and sculptor proves his point by showing 15 years' worth of work in "CollectedBy," a showcase on display through Nov. 14 in a rented warehouse space at 1745 Glendale Blvd.
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