January 10, 2012 |
You too can look like Rick Santorum, the Sleeveless Wonder who almost won (or won) last week's Iowa caucuses. Santorum's presidential website is offering an official Santorum vest Just Like the Candidate Wears for a $100 contribution (A hundred bucks? We smell a markup). The vest is "perfect for demonstrating solidarity with true conservatives," the website says. Or, you know, spring. Santorum's beloved sweater vests became a symbol of his fast rise in Iowa, where he finished just eight votes behind Mitt Romney, a count that still has yet to be certified amid claims that Santorum may have indeed won the contest.
December 4, 2011 |
"It's been a disaster, a disaster," bellows Ubaldo Grazia. The owner of his family's 500-year-old ceramics business isn't talking about the financial meltdown in his country or the Eurozone debt crisis, but the weak U.S. economy that he said had cost him one customer after another. Saks, Tiffany, Nieman Marcus, Williams-Sonoma — his list goes on. Grazia's company, now in its 25th generation, is one of dozens of ceramics makers struggling in this picturesque medieval town known for its handcrafted pottery.
November 17, 2011 |
The films of John Hughes can teach us a thing or two about how to survive the holidays: Unwelcome kin are best left to their RV, burglars can be thwarted with homemade booby traps, and you should always travel with John Candy. "For the Record: John Hughes (Holiday Road)," a musical production playing at Show at Barre Nov. 17-Dec. 30, is a mash-up of the soundtracks and quotable moments from Hughes' holiday classics — including "Home Alone," "Christmas Vacation" and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" — with a dose of his '80s teen flicks.
October 30, 2011 |
L.A. fashion week took center stage this month, with several familiar and some not-so-familiar labels showing collections to buyers and the media. But off the runway, there's a fairly new crop of promising contemporary brands that didn't participate in fashion week events but are worth knowing about because of the way they capture the L.A. lifestyle through their easy, wearable and versatile pieces for women. Offering wares as varied as menswear-inspired sweaters and ultra-feminine silk dresses, these designers have keen fashion and business sense, creating practical pieces at a mostly palatable price point.
August 28, 2011 |
Much of what's out there for fall looks like it could have been ripped from the pages of Cowboys and Indians magazine: arrow print maxi-skirts, blanket-stripe ponchos, suede jackets with swinging fringe, cowboy booties and T-shirts with more Navajo patterns than Ralph Lauren's RRL ranch. Shopbop.com calls the trend "neo-native," Les Nouvelles refers to it as "nouveau Navajo," and at H&M it's "bohemian style. " It brings me back to the 1990s and my first apartment in West Hollywood, with its Kokopelli lamp and IKEA Ektorp sofa in Santa Fe stripe.
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May 11, 2011 |
Dolores Fuller, the onetime actress-girlfriend of cross-dressing schlock movie director Ed Wood who co-starred with Wood in his low-budget 1950s cult classic "Glen or Glenda," has died. She was 88. Fuller, whose show business career included writing the lyrics to a dozen Elvis Presley movie songs, died Monday at her home in Las Vegas after a long illness, said her stepdaughter, Susan Chamberlin. As the former girlfriend and two-time leading lady for the legendary filmmaker who came to be known as the world's worst movie director, Fuller became something of a cult figure herself in her later years.
January 23, 2011 |
So far this year, much of the nation has been hunkered down dealing with ice, snow, sleet, closed airports and all the other facets of a particularly cold winter. And despite our local heat wave this last week, forget what envious people elsewhere may believe about Southern California being the land of "endless summer. " Angelenos know that it's always best to heed Grandma's advice and bring a sweater ? especially given the record lows we too experienced in early January. For cozy and fashionable alternatives, meet three local knitwear designers who have ditched the twin sets in favor of styles that are uniquely chic.
September 5, 2010 |
Fashion is having a bit of an identity crisis this fall. The military-tough, almost street-warrior vibe is still going strong with cargo pants, utility jackets and tailored coats, while fur (both real and faux) is aggressively adorning almost everything from boots to anorak collars. But on the flip side of this heavy, edgy approach to fall dressing is the season's pulled-together 1950s aesthetic, inspired by the ladylike look of that decade. Call it a yearning for simpler times, when women wore skirts that hit below the knee and the only boxy thing was a pillbox hat. Fall collections from Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs look to this woman, with longer skirts that fit at the waist and fall full to the shin.
August 5, 2010
Antiperspirants are just the beginning for that way-too-sweaty feeling. There are also clinical-strength antiperspirants, oral medications, Botox injections and a treatment involving trays of water and electrical current. This probably goes without saying, but we've found it's best to take nothing for granted. So: Do not try the latter treatment at home. Ditto a nerve-snipping procedure. All of these anti-sweating solutions (and we should note these are for hard-core sweaters, not run-of-the-mill-sweating-because-it's-hot sweaters)
March 21, 2010 |
Call it the Forever 21 effect, or fast fashion. Americans are buying, and discarding, clothes more quickly than ever. The average American throws 54 pounds of clothes and shoes into the trash each year. That adds up to about 9 million tons of wearables that are sent into the waste stream, according to the Environmental Protection Agency — a 27% increase in a mere eight years. Although resale shops are a good option for clothes that still have some fashion value, and charities will take items that are well past their prime, there are still an awful lot of ink-stained dress shirts and moth-eaten sweaters that find their way to the dump.