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September 7, 2008 | Max Padilla, Special to The Times
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 | By Melissa Magsaysay
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 | By Emili Vesilind, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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 | By Paul West, Los Angeles Times
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.
April 6, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Abby Sunderland is sitting barefoot aboard her brother's boat in Marina del Rey on a recent morning, her blond hair fluttering in the light breeze. The only physical evidence of the five months she traveled by herself at sea before her sailboat rolled over, ripping off her mast and soaking everything on board, is a simple rope bracelet. The knotted white band on her left wrist was a gift from one of the French fishermen who found her last summer, officially ending her attempt to become the world's youngest sailor to circumnavigate the globe nonstop.
July 31, 2010 | By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times
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.
August 26, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Fighting mediocre sales and a sluggish economy, retailers are finding there's a booming market for plus-size clothing. While the category has been getting notice for years, clothing companies desperate for sales see zooming growth in dressing America's expanding waistline. Many are opening specialty stores, expanding plus-size departments and targeting ads directly to the curvy woman. Cheap chic clothier H&M began rolling out plus-size sections in stores this February. The Limited will open stores by next year for a new larger-sized line, and Lucky Brand just launched a line of roomy denim and tops.
December 10, 2006 | Chris Lee
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.
August 18, 2012 | By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
AMARILLO, Texas - It's well after midnight in a parched corner of Texas known as the buckle of the Bible Belt, down the road from the Jesus Christ is Lord Travel Center, which is just what it sounds like: an evangelical truck stop. In the back of an empty strip mall, an up-and-coming hip-hop artist with the self-assurance and billowing locks of Samson is shooting a video. His hair is up in a tidy bun and he's enduring a second hour of makeup transforming him into the likeness of a gender-bending woman, all of which makes more sense once you know that Adair Lion began his career by destroying it. Hip-hop has been described as the heartbeat of urban America, but for years, it had an open secret - that heart was brimming with hate.
September 16, 2007 | Melissa Magsaysay, Times Staff Writer
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.
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