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August 2, 2001 | MIMI AVINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is an article of faith that for most collectors, more is never enough. Over the last 25 years, Rita Watnick has amassed one of the largest collections of museum-quality clothing in this country. When she acquires something, the fact that she alone owns it brings her temporary contentment, but the anticipation of what she'll buy next soon looms. Her obsession with clothes is so huge that it couldn't remain a hobby; she has turned it into a lucrative business as well.
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August 2, 2001 | MIMI AVINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is an article of faith that for most collectors, more is never enough. Over the last 25 years, Rita Watnick has amassed one of the largest collections of museum-quality clothing in this country. When she acquires something, the fact that she alone owns it brings her temporary contentment, but the anticipation of what she'll buy next soon looms. Her obsession with clothes is so huge that it couldn't remain a hobby; she has turned it into a lucrative business as well.
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MAGAZINE
January 30, 1994
When Demi Moore appeared at the 1992 Academy Awards ceremony in a breathtaking lavender-gray silk georgette gown, speculation about the gown's designer included Calvin Klein and Giorgio Armani. But Moore, a devoted collector of vintage clothes, was wearing a crystal-pleated dress made in the late '40s and purchased at Lily et Cie, a fine vintage clothing rental and resale shop on West 3rd Street.
NEWS
July 9, 1999 | BARBARA THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roy Halston Frowick was America's first celebrity designer. He was as much an icon of the '70s and '80s himself as were his cashmere twin sets, jersey gowns and love of Ultrasuede. But he was not a businessman. By the time Halston died of complications of AIDS in 1990, his name had been sold so many times that he ultimately had no control over the use of it. "Halston is the, not one of the, preeminent American designer," says Constance White, fashion director of the new Talk magazine.
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March 6, 2004 | Mimi Avins, Times Staff Writer
Stephen Sprouse, fashion designer, artist and photographer who brought a counterculture style to a wider American audience, died Thursday at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City of heart failure. He was 50 and had been diagnosed with lung cancer a year ago, according to his mother, Joanne Sprouse. He was a critical darling when he burst onto the scene with his spare, colorful designs in the early 1980s. But Sprouse's business acumen never matched his creativity.
NEWS
October 30, 1997 | MIMI AVINS, TIMES FASHION EDITOR
The avalanche of hype that preceded the VH1 fashion and music awards, telecast Tuesday night, was so enormous that it almost guaranteed that the actual event would be disappointing. The video music channel that softly rocks for a 25-to-44-year-old demographic group had every right to push their own show, but they did it so relentlessly, in their regular programming and in spots aired so often you'd think the tapes would have worn out, that their efforts reached a point of diminishing returns.
NEWS
January 11, 2002 | BOOTH MOORE, lv-louboutin11 -- French shoe designer Christian Louboutin in L.A. w/art. BOOTH MOORE
With the rush to forecast fashion trends during these last few months, some have gone so far as to declare the demise of the stiletto and the rise of the sensible shoe. But Christian Louboutin isn't having any of that. It's aesthetics after all, not utility, that drive his shoe designs. "The last thing I would like is for people to point to my shoes and say, 'Oh, they look so comfortable!'
NEWS
January 21, 2002 | VALLI HERMAN-COHEN, TIMES SENIOR FASHION WRITER
The day after the news broke that legendary French designer Yves Saint Laurent was retiring from the fashion business, Rita Watnick had to unplug the phone minutes after opening her Beverly Hills vintage salon, Lilly et Cie. Dozens of customers were clamoring for a piece of vintage Saint Laurent haute couture or his less expensive ready-to-wear, Rive Gauche. "There were people literally grabbing clothes from each other," she said.
NEWS
September 24, 1999 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Carrie Fisher is stepping in at the last minute for Elizabeth Taylor to host Saturday's Macy's and American Express Passport '99 fashion show in Santa Monica. Taylor, the event's founding chairwoman, is unable to do the honors because she is still recovering from a back injury. The 67-year-old actress fell and fractured several vertebrae. Fisher will be joined onstage at the HIV/AIDS benefit by co-chairs Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Cindy Crawford.
MAGAZINE
December 1, 2002 | JEREMY ROSENBERG
Jeremy Scott's "lifestyle pod" sits parked in the alley adjacent to the 29-year-old fashion designer's east Melrose studio. Near the pod--that's Scott-speak for his black 2002 Jeep Liberty, the first automobile he's ever owned--a man in a cowboy hat sells spiced corn from a cart. A woman loudly scolds a misbehaving dog. Across the road, portable toilets stand sentry in front of dirt mounds and metal fencing. For this, Scott left Paris, where he was even recognized by cabdrivers? "L.A.
MAGAZINE
February 29, 2004 | Hillary Johnson, Hillary Johnson is a regular contributor to the magazine.
Once in a while, the wrong movie dictates style trends. At the 1997 Academy Awards, "Titanic" prompted an outbreak of fussy Victoriana, and last year--despite the promise of glitzy looks inspired by "Chicago"--the working rich showed up at the Oscars looking like Frida Kahlo without the vibrant earthiness. Note to lemmings everywhere: If you're not vibrant and earthy to begin with, wearing your hair in a bun will make you look like Whistler's mother, not Salma Hayek.
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