March 21, 2010 |
From corsets to sky-high stilettos, women have been suffering in the name of fashion for years. Thanks to the Beverly Hills-based footwear line Dana Davis, named for its founder and chief executive, high-heeled- shoe lovers can breathe a sigh of relief. In its third season and selling well locally at Nordstrom South Coast Plaza and at danadavis.com, the label features chic styles with invisible comfort technology such as customized arch supports and strategic cushioning. Imagine heels that may actually be good for you. With designs including embellished flat sandals, driving moccasins and the 41/2-inch platform heels she introduced for spring-summer 2010, Dana Davis just might be the brand to make a comfort shoe go mainstream in the fashion world.
April 3, 2004
Tom FORD is finished with Gucci and not quite sure what he will do next ("A Designer Ready for a Change," by Booth Moore, March 27). Martha Stewart has stepped down as an officer of her corporation and will likely do time in jail. It's obvious: Tom Ford for Martha Stewart Living. The man who gave us bamboo stiletto heels and fur-trimmed bell bottoms is the perfect person to take Martha Stewart Omnimedia to the next level. Martha's designs were always a bit on the tame side. I just have a feeling about this.
August 28, 1994 |
Grunge. Deconstructivism. The monastic look. The waif look. For the past four years, designers have been ripping apart fashion from sleeves to hem, experimenting with new looks and ideas. And now they've put it all back together. This season, fashion is outrageous, sexy and glamorous, full of slick fabrics, tight miniskirts and dangerous stiletto heels. Spring's baby doll has become fall's vixen, intent on showing off legs, hips and breasts.
June 1, 2008 |
"Stop looking down at your feet and stare straight ahead," says Queen Jazzmun, as I skitter across the hardwood floor in 6-inch Barbara Bui platforms like a newborn giraffe. "The heels are the mistress, and you are the slave. Submit." But who's going to submit my health insurance forms when I am laid up at Cedars, I wonder, during a Sunday afternoon primer on how to walk in high heels. The private instruction came about because Jazzmun -- a transvestite performer and actor/actress -- had recently taught 18 women how to glide atop designer stilts at a course offered by shoe boutique Il Primo Passo in Santa Monica.
March 30, 2002 |
It took some blind faith and crossed fingers to bring the 2002 NCAA women's Final Four to the Alamodome, a structure meant to draw a football team to town. Lots of empty seats wouldn't convince the skeptics that the women's game, played by people who don't dunk and don't much want to, was worth much time or attention. For the skeptics, for the e-mailers who say it's wasted energy to watch or think or read about women's basketball, who say eighth-grade boys play a more interesting game, who babble that no one would choose to be in San Antone when they could be in Atlanta, here are your answers.
September 28, 2008 |
MANOLO BLAHNIK became a household name when "Sex and the City" made his sexy stilettos practically a member of the cast. But before Carrie Bradshaw started giving him shout-outs, the shoe guru was already a star to the well-heeled women who wear and collect his designs -- a list that includes Madonna, Bianca Jagger and Diane von Furstenberg. Blahnik's shoes are a perennial on Hollywood red carpets -- as common as Spanx and cleavage tape.