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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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July 13, 2013 | By Sarah St. Lifer
Sure, summer uniforms (a.k.a. anything that's lightweight and airy) are what you want to wear this time of year, but that's no reason to retire your staples from last season. Rather than invest in a completely new a warm-weather wardrobe, why not update your past purchases with a few key pieces? Consider this your closet's annual face-lift, with ideas courtesy of some talented professional fashion stylists. Black booties "The key to making [black booties] appropriate for the season is by pairing them with something light and pretty," says stylist Cher Coulter.
NEWS
April 22, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Diane von Furstenberg is bringing her signature prints and vibrant colors to Gap Kids and Baby Gap. The designer collaborated with the children's clothing line on a spring collection inspired by an African safari. The collection hits Gap Kids and Baby Gap stores April 25 and is Von Furstenberg's second collaboration with the brand. "This time it is all about adventure, with the same attention to color and print," Von Furstenberg said in a release. "I think the result is playful and perfect for the little explorers of the world.
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April 5, 2009 | Steffie Nelson
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.
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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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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 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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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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February 10, 2008 | Erin Weinger, Times Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 1993 | RUTH REICHL
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?"
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