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September 7, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
NEW YORK -- The collection: Monika Chiang. Launched in 2011, the brand has stores in L.A. and New York. Chiang is the girlfriend of entrepreneur Chris Burch, who helped launch her brand as well as ex-wife Tory Burch's. Where Tory's look is decidedly uptown, Monika's is downtown -- and after-dark. The inspiration: Street style in South Africa, where Chiang traveled over the New Year's holiday. The look: "Luxe athleticism," as described by Chiang. Black leather skirts with car-wash pleats, embroidered leather bra tops, block-print skinny jeans, biker jackets in leather or stripe canvas, parachute silk pants and anoraks, strappy sandals with skyscraper-high block heels, baseball caps.
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March 1, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS --  Isabel Marant's fall fashion memo to cool girls everywhere? Skinny jeans are out and baggy pants are in. The designer showed her fall collection Friday afternoon at Paris Fashion Week, and the look was all about baggy pants--in cargo, quilted leather, even tartan wool styles--worn with oversized, abstract, sparkly camo T-shirts, moss-green sweaters, fuzzy shearling vests and military jackets. There was a smattering of skirts too--wrap mini styles with fold-over waistbands, revealing bare legs and the newest Marant must-have booties with wrap-around straps or fur trim.
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May 13, 2012 | By Heather John, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When I discovered I was pregnant with our second child, I pulled out the storage bin containing the maternity clothes from my first pregnancy and was instantly depressed. After nine months of wearing a Diane von Furstenberg maternity wrap dress and Lilly Pulitzer maternity shift in heavy rotation — and I mean heavy in every sense — I couldn't face another pregnancy in these same few outfits. But at $300 for designer maternity dresses I would wear another half a year at most, I wasn't prepared to splurge on an entirely new pregnancy wardrobe.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2013 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
It seemed like a typical dinner party for the well-heeled set: eight women, some dressed in stilettos and skinny jeans, gabbing over glasses of wine and endive spears with goat cheese at a lavish Hollywood Hills home. But amid the Kate Middleton pregnancy chatter and a debate on the best mascara brands, the conversation turned to mobile app strategies and the latest tech companies to score millions of dollars in venture capital funding. Not too long ago, such meet-ups among tech-savvy women - or men, for that matter - were a rarity in Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
There are many reasons to watch NBC's marvelously funny "Parks and Recreation," but at this point I only need one: Ron Swanson. Swanson is played by Nick Offerman, an actor blessed with a deeply melodious voice and wickedly expressive eyebrows who has mastered, if not invented, the art of over-the-top understatement. But Swanson is a sum of several parts - an exquisite creation of Offerman's talent, but also of writing and directing, of hair, makeup and wardrobe. And I love him with all my heart.
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October 14, 2007 | Melissa Magsaysay, Times Staff Writer
DURING the last few seasons, we've seen the return of 1960s patent-leather go-go boots, 1930s-era brogues, the classic 1950s ballet flat and the 1970s platform. But spats? That's right, they're not just for Mr. Peanut anymore. Spat-like flourishes are showing up clinging to high heels, looking like a gladiator's leather armor, and on fall's must-have booties, which are being embellished with ankle buttons and straps. The Hives were onto the trend early.
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July 19, 2009 | Melissa Magsaysay
The current trend in denim may be all about the distressed look, but Madewell is keeping its focus on basics with the launch of '37s -- a line of simple, straightforward, super-skinny jeans. Named for the year the Madewell label was started, '37s come in just one skinny fit, with five different washes that range from an edgy gray-and-black tie dye to a more conservative deep indigo. The eye-catching price: $59.
BUSINESS
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.
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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.
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March 18, 2007 | Steffie Nelson, Special to The Times
"LOOK at this suit!" said stylist Jessica Paster, holding up a double-breasted, summer-weight wool cream blazer and straight-legged trousers, a sample from the forthcoming M by Madonna collection for H&M. "Put it with a pair of Louboutins and a pair of yellow diamond earrings and who's gonna know if it's Dolce & Gabbana or not? No one." It's an open secret of the celebrity styling biz: Even those who can afford D&G wear H&M. Since the Swedish cheap chic behemoth arrived in Southern California last fall, stylists such as Paster have tapped H&M to dress celebrity clients.
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