April 5, 2009 |
No doubt you've noticed the high-fashion takes on Dr. Martens by designers Yohji Yamamoto and Raf Simons, or the classic eight-hole boots that Cory Kennedy, Tennessee Thomas and other L.A. It girls are sporting in lieu of heels these days. Apparently, the grunge revival is right on schedule. But what most fashion followers don't realize about these working-class staples turned rebel regalia turned teen trend is that without a local company called NaNa, which was the brand's chief U.S.
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.
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)
July 19, 2013 |
"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 |
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.