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This fall, structured jackets are kicking Michelle Obama's cardigans to the curb. After several seasons of sweet and ladylike, fashion has found its edge. The jacket -- be it long, loose and boyfriend-style by Stella McCartney, shrunken into a schoolboy silhouette at J.Crew, sequin-dusted at Zara, cropped and rendered in crisp white from 3.1 Phillip Lim or studded and shoulder-padded at Balmain -- is the key to fall's strong mood. And for good reason. No other piece of clothing, except perhaps a pair of heels, is as transformative.
February 24, 2008 | Emili Vesilind, Times Staff Writer
THe reigning hub of slouchy east side cool isn't a weekly dance party or even a divey new bar, but a Sunset Junction coffee shop. Intelligentsia, the Euro-style cafe that opened last August in Silver Lake, hawks the smoothest lattes around but is also a fantastic people-watching perch. Hip young moms in vintage Levi's share the exposed, shaded patio (there's nowhere to hide here) with disheveled writer types and fashion-savvy boys and girls.
August 29, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Mitt Romney would like you to know that his Southern California mansion will only double in size after planned renovations, rather than quadruple, as has previously been reported. File this one under the old axiom that if you're explaining, you're losing. As Romney makes a second run for the White House, his campaign has tried to put forward a more relaxed, Everyman portrayal of the former Massachusetts governor, all the way down to his no-tie and skinny jeans wardrobe. Stories like the one last week about him upgrading his $12-million mansion in La Jolla only serve therefore as unwelcome distractions, particularly when they won't go away.
October 1, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
The exclusive-to-Kmart Adam Levine apparel and accessories collection that hit the retailer's website in mid-September is in 500 brick-and-mortar stores as of Tuesday. Based on a quick flip through the website , the collection is about what might be expected from a label bearing the name of the Maroon 5 frontman and "The Voice" coach -- crewneck T-shirts, gingham, plaid and chambray button-front shirts, henleys, cardigan sweaters, skinny jeans and a smattering of accessories that includes scarves and wide, faux-leather belts (one of which sports hammered studs)
July 19, 2013 | By Susan Denley
"Teen Beach Movie" -- the television film Disney hopes will be the next "High School Musical" -- is set to premiere Friday night, and if nothing else it's going to give us a blast from the fashion past. The movie is about a pair of modern day teens played by Maia Mitchell and Ross Lynch who are transported into a 1960s-style beach movie called "Wet Side Story," where they befriend characters played by Garrett Clayton (who is already being compared to "HSM's" Zac Efron) and Grace Phipps.
October 23, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Adam Levine, frontman for Maroon Five and popular coach on "The Voice," is slated to make an appearance in Los Angeles on Thursday on behalf of his new Kmart clothing collection. The collection includes crewneck T-shirts; gingham, plaid and chambray button-front shirts; henleys; cardigan sweaters; skinny jeans; jackets; scarves; belts and beanies, as our Adam Tschorn has reported . The pieces are priced from $9.99 to $69.99. Levine's appearance is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Kmart at 6310 W. 3rd St. The first 100 Kmart "Shop Your Way" members in line will have the opportunity to have a photo taken with the entertainer.
October 4, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Now that Paris Fashion Week is over, it's time for Los Angeles Fashion Market. Showrooms in downtown L.A. open for business Oct. 13, with buyers from around the globe coming to place orders.  One of my stops will be to see Los Angeles designer  Raquel Allegra , who got a major boost this week when Cate Blanchett wore one of her dresses to a "Blue Jasmine" event in New York. The lace dress is part of Allegra's pre-spring 2014 collection. Allegra has been a fan of Blanchett, one of the great style icons of our day, for some time.
May 22, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Here's another reason to be annoyed at hipsters: They're driving up the price of beer. A recent study has found that the price of low- and mid-range beers has been climbing at U.S. bars and restaurants. And the guy who oversaw the study for Massachusetts-based research firm Restaurant Sciences said he thinks the popularity of Pabst Blue Ribbon could be the cause. “While all the attention has been on craft beers, the price of mainstay brands in the mid-price tier have risen more dramatically,” Research Sciences President Chuck Ellis said.
October 7, 2007 | Melissa Magsaysay, Times Staff Writer
THE trend started a few seasons back with the clodhoppers at Balenciaga -- menacing, thick-heeled booties paired with sweet, flippy short skirts. A look that was practically impossible for mortals to wear. Of course, that didn't stop the return of the ankle boot. They rode the 1980s resurgence to fame. And for fall, they are being done over in patent leather and spectator styles, reaching anywhere between the anklebone to just below the shin.
May 30, 2010 | By Emili Vesilind, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Ask any woman older than 50 what she wore during pregnancy and she will inevitably bring up the bows — the oversized, cartoonish ribbons that adorned much of the maternity wear of the last century. "You see pictures of women pregnant in the '60s, '70s and '80s, and they were basically dressed like children," said Shannon DiPadova, owner of online maternity boutique Due Maternity ( ). "Let's just say, there were a lot of Peter Pan collars." Or, as designer Liz Lange, who helped de-bow maternity wear with her long-standing Target collection, puts it, "Fashion and pregnancy simply weren't a compatible pair."
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