November 13, 2011 |
On a recent fall evening, three young women walk down Beverly Boulevard together toward Jerry's Deli. They're dressed in vertiginous high heels, cut-off frayed denim shorts, sheer peasant blouses and, for the tallest in the group, a floppy brown suede hat. Their outfits might lead an observer to conclude they are on their way to a Malibu beach party. But after they pass the deli's brightly lighted windows, they stop in front of the Beverly nightclub, and within seconds they bypass the crowd huddled around the doorman and claim their places inside.
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.
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.
October 7, 2007 |
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.
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.
October 14, 2007 |
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.
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.