September 10, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- The L.A.-based designer, who has made wedding gowns for a who's who of Hollywood, including Reese Witherspoon and Carrie Underwood, showed her spring-summer 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week on Sunday. Monique Lhuillier also gave guests a sneak preview of her first shoe collection, which launches for spring and includes elegant black cage booties. The inspiration: Life of the sea -- birds, rainbow-colored fish, sunlight on water and the luminescence of glowing waves.
November 27, 2011 |
Dressing for the holidays is part of the season's fun. But forget the images you see in fashion magazines and on feel-good television commercials. In Southern California, the weather seldom requires swaddling in a plaid cashmere scarf, chunky fleece-lined boots, nubby cable sweater and peacoat. And we try to be savvy enough to just say no to a tacky Christmas sweater (unless we mean to wear it in an ultra-cool, ironic way). So how in this land of seasonless dressing does one add holiday cheer when the weather outside is far from frightful?
August 28, 2010 |
In "The Writing Life," Annie Dillard advises would-be writers to find their bone, the thing that drives them to write, and to work as closely to that bone as possible. Dillard also instructs writers — with another corporeal metaphor — to work as closely along the nerve as possible. Vietnamese American writer Monique Truong's bone is the outsider's plight, and her pen is a scalpel, laying perfect words down along that nerve until even the happiest reader understands what it means to forever stand apart from your family and the larger society you inhabit.
April 20, 2010
Bond in tight spot Not surprisingly, the producers of the James Bond franchise have put the brakes on developing and producing the next installment of the 007 spy series because of the ongoing drama plaguing the franchise's home studio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. "Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the future of MGM and the failure to close a sale of the studio, we have suspended development of ‘Bond 23' indefinitely," producers...
April 1, 2010
Fresh off wins at the Golden Globe, SAG and Academy awards, talk show host and comedian extraordinaire Mo'Nique is bringing her spring show to Los Angeles. This bold, brassy stand-up show is perhaps the exact opposite of her role in "Precious." She will be joined by cast members from her BET show, including Rodney Perry and Tone-X. Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court. 8 p.m. Fri. $39.50 - $69.50. (213) 763-6030. www.nokiatheaterlalive.com.
March 8, 2010
For Mo'Nique, "Precious" was the perfect storm -- right role, right director, right year. With deep roots in comedy, she shocked with a scalding vision of Mary, the Harlem welfare mother so horrifyingly twisted, so fueled by rage that it's a wonder anything she touched survived. Mo'Nique chewed the character up and spit her out, raw and ugly, never seeking redemption. It was a performance so emotionally wrenching that it left most who watched it weak and shaken. The Oscar she earned Sunday night was just the latest recognition of the risk she took disappearing so convincingly inside Mary's dark soul, becoming someone else, something else.