August 29, 2011 |
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.
March 22, 2011 |
Beleaguered teen retailer Hot Topic Inc. announced the resignation of Chief Executive Betsy McLaughlin amid continuing weak sales and earnings. Board member Lisa Harper, a former CEO of children's retailer Gymboree Corp., is to take the helm of the City of Industry-based company, which operates 653 Hot Topic stores and 151 Torrid stores. McLaughlin, who became CEO in 2003, will stay three months to assist the transition, the company said Monday in a statement. Hot Topic has posted year-over-year revenue declines for seven straight quarters.
March 18, 2007 |
"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.
February 10, 2008 |
It's an odd pairing for sure. Anti-establishment designer Tara Subkoff, whose label Imitation of Christ famously held its first New York show in a funeral parlor, is teaming up with the bubbly mall retail chain Bebe on a limited edition collection. Compared to her work for Imitation of Christ (another runway show featured nude models pushing vacuum cleaners), this is decidedly mainstream, and a departure from her vintage aesthetic.
June 6, 1993 |
At 7:30 Babylon has the forlorn look of an empty restaurant. Since we are the only customers, we ask to be seated in a booth. "Oh no," says the supercilious maitre d', "those are reserved for the investors." The waiter pops up once a minute to see if we are ready to order. When we choose paella he says disapprovingly, "That takes 20 minutes, do you really want it?"
September 6, 2009 |
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 |
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.
October 4, 2013 |
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 |
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 1, 2013 |
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)