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.
August 22, 2010 |
The gig: Founder and chief executive of Hudson Jeans, one of the nation's hottest premium denim brands. Hudson is best known for its Union Jack logo, hefty sticker price and advertising campaign that features Mick Jagger's daughter. With jeans sold at select boutiques and high-end stores in countries around the world, the company reportedly had annual sales last year of more than $50 million. The image: Kim's goal is to make Hudson Jeans a sought-after item, and he's won over a number of celebrities, including actress Angelina Jolie, soccer star David Beckham and actor Jude Law. He employs an in-house marketing team and uses a public relations company to create buzz on the Web. Hudson's Facebook page includes images of actress Renee Zellweger "rockin' a pair" of Hudson skinny jeans.
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.
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.
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.