July 31, 2010 |
The gig: As founder and chief executive of Forever 21 Inc., Do Won "Don" Chang oversees one of the world's fastest-growing fashion retailers, with 457 stores in 15 countries. From his office near downtown Los Angeles, he oversees an army of more than 20,000 employees ringing up sales of the season's trendiest designs from Chiba (Japan) to Chico (Calif.). Chock full o'clothes: Growing up in South Korea, Chang worked in coffee shops. So when he emigrated to California in 1981 at age 18, he figured hot joe would be his ticket to the American dream.
September 7, 2008 |
IT'S NOT teen and tween boys who are dressing like their favorite Jonas, it's teen and tween girls, right down to the last pair of red jeans and that ethnic scarf. The brothers' trademark looks, culled from trendy shops such as Opening Ceremony and Barneys New York Co-op, have trickled down to mass retailers. It's easy for a girl to dress in menswear, one of the biggest trends for fall, says Michelle Tomaszewski, the stylist behind the Jonas Brothers' look. When she first styled the three siblings two years ago, they had recently signed with Disney's Hollywood Records and were in need of an image-defining look.
January 17, 2010 |
For those who love the sleek look of a skinny jean but can't stand the leg-sucking compression, impossibly small openings at the ankles or rigid denim digging into skin, the skinny jean/legging hybrid known as jeggings could be a worthy alternative -- or just one more reason to feel like their thighs will never be toned enough. The denim legging is the next frontier in the skinny shape that won't seem to go away in the denim industry. "The skinny silhouette is so prevalent in fashion right now," J Brand creative director Susie Crippen says.
February 13, 2011 |
It seems only fitting that model Georgia May Jagger, daughter of rock royal Mick Jagger and model-fashion muse Jerry Hall, has created a line of jeans so lean and mean they're practically sneering. Her new capsule collection for Hudson Jeans, Hudson by Georgia May Jagger, was inspired by Hall's collection of midrise Wrangler jeans from the '70s, along with the hard-partying boys of '80s heavy-metal band Guns N' Roses. (Denim style names include " Slash," "Axl" and "Guns. ") The super-skinny jeans, which include a pull-on jeggings-style look, are accented with rocker details such as lace-ups and chunky zippers that accent hems and run up the length of the leg. But as sexy as the collection is, "I wanted to design a line that is flattering to the female form," says Jagger, noting the body-friendly mid-rise that runs through the line.
March 5, 2011 |
Defying his reputation as a 1950s square, the new, more casual Mitt Romney is popping up around the country as he readies a second run for president. He's going tieless on network TV, strolling NASCAR pits in Daytona and sporting skinny Gap jeans bought for him by his wife. His latest campaign book, just out in paperback, opens with a regular-guy scene: wealthy Mitt in a Wal-Mart checkout line, buying gifts for his grandsons and comparing the surroundings to Target, another discount store he says he's familiar with.
February 6, 2011 |
The gig: Chief executive of teen retailer Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. since 2009. The Anaheim seller of surf and skate apparel, which has reported sales declines and losses for the last nine quarters, is struggling to recover from the recession and has lost business to trendier competitors such as Forever 21, H&M and Aeropostale. PacSun has about 850 stores, most of them in malls. First impressions: After being offered the PacSun job, "I went out and looked at some of the stores," Schoenfeld said.
December 10, 2006 |
BACK in the proverbial day -- 1990 or so -- skateboarding and hip-hop became linked in the public imagination because of the cultures' shared affinities: baggy clothing, backward baseball caps and in-your-face attitude. Nowadays, though, skateboarders are returning to their punk rock roots. Skinny is the new phat. Skateboard trendsetters from Venice Beach to Brooklyn have adopted the low-slung skinny jeans favored by rock stars, junkies and supermodels.
March 29, 2014 |
So much ado about leggings. Blogger Charlotte Allen recently took to task the overly sensitive parents of middle schoolers who were outraged that the administration of Haven Middle School in Evanston, Ill., seemed to be banning short-shorts, leggings, yoga pants and skinny jeans on girls because they were too distracting to middle school boys. The parents contended that such an edict essentially said it was the girls' responsibility not to entice hormone-addled middle school boys.
September 16, 2007 |
The hoodie -- that beloved, if ratty, staple of the gym locker -- has become fashion's latest blank canvas. It started a few years back, when the Juicy Couture girls tweaked it to become a stylish wardrobe essential. Then streetwear designers such as Bathing Ape and Hysteric Glamour covered it in graffiti as a means of underground expression. L.A.
August 26, 2012 |
Sophia Amoruso doesn't care if you're offended by the name of her company. "If it's a big shock when you hear it," she says, "you're probably not our customer anyway. " She's earned the right to be dismissive. Amoruso, 28, is the founder and chief executive of Nasty Gal, a fast-rising e-commerce site that has managed to keep a low profile despite a cult following of young women who can't get enough of the company's edgy and provocative clothing. Sales rocketed 10,160% from 2008 to 2011, making Nasty Gal the fastest-growing company in Los Angeles and the fastest-growing retail company period, at least according to the Inc. 5000 list released this month.