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June 1, 2011 |
Jonas Bevacqua, who co-founded the Orange County-based hip-hop and skateboarding clothing line known as LRG that became an influential fashion leader, has died. He was 33. Bevacqua died Monday inside his Laguna Beach home, the Orange County coroner's office said Tuesday. The cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy was expected to be completed Wednesday. Bevacqua, who co-founded the Irvine company with business partner Robert Wright in 1999, achieved success with products that appealed to artists, athletes and musicians such as Kobe Bryant and Kanye West.
May 8, 2011 |
When Karl Lagerfeld arrived at Chanel in 1983, the label had degenerated into a glorified fragrance business. But during his tenure, he's turned Chanel into a global force and ushered in a new era in fashion. This "Lazarus movement" has inspired dozens of others to try reviving old-fashioned labels with new designers. Here are a few of them, along with what the labels were known for when they were founded, and what they are known for today. Alexander McQueen Founded in 1992.
July 4, 2010 |
Zanerobe, the University of Sport, brings beachy Australian style to these shores this year with a sportswear collection for men, women and children based on weekend basics such as T-shirts, tanks and boardshorts. In 2002, Jonathan "Jono" Yeo, 35, and Leith Testoni, 33, founded Sydney-based Zanerobe after wagering over beers that they could make a shirt better than a "hideous" striped button-down that some guy paraded in front of them at a neighborhood pub. Yeo and Testoni named their fledgling collection Zanerobe, a combination of the name Zane – a nickname Testoni wished he had – and "robe" from " garde-robe ," which is French for wardrobe.
April 11, 2010 |
Khaki is back. But more than that, the humble military-inspired staple of the '80s preppy wardrobe — and hallmark of the '90s casual Friday era that followed — is marching upmarket. This spring, dusty brown cotton twill has moved far beyond the beige pant, riding the Army/safari trend deep into designer ready-to-wear territory. On the women's spring-summer 2010 runways of New York and Europe were crisp safari dresses and lace-up ponchos at Celine, sleeveless military-officer-style shirt dresses at Chloe and a cornucopia of khaki colors at Alexander Wang, crafted into corsets, pieced alongside leather and heather gray knits in slouchy mixed-fabrication trousers and even shaped into a sexy, belly-button-baring dress.
March 21, 2010 |
L.L. Bean is 98 years old and hasn't looked this young in decades. Anticipating its 100th anniversary, the direct-mail retailer based in Freeport, Maine, is giving itself a head start with a new generation of consumers. This week, it launches L.L. Bean Signature, featuring updated versions of American sportswear classics — outerwear, knits, moccasins and its famed tote bag — sold through a new e-commerce site. L.L. Bean Signature is the brainchild of Creative Director Alex Carleton, known for founding Rogues Gallery, a collection of fashionable yet wearable men's basics.
February 19, 2010 |
Phillip Lim hit it out of the park at New York Fashion Week by returning to what he became famous for in the first place -- elevating classic sportswear pieces to must-haves with the slightest design tweaks. In a season when nearly every designer has shown a cape, Lim -- who showed his fall collection Wednesday -- had something extra. The first came in a buff-colored check pattern, paired with a hot pink silk blouse with ties at the cuffs and black suede jeans. Lim acknowledged the sweater-dressing trend too, offering an airy gray mohair with a chiffon hem and a gray merino wool poncho with side lacing.