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February 9, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Cody Keenan haunts the basement of the West Wing at all hours, laboring over the State of the Union address while cloaked in a black pullover that a friend jokes is his "good luck fleece. " So Keenan hopes. The pressure is on the ruddy, 32-year-old wordsmith - the nationally televised address Tuesday will be his first major effort since President Obama named him chief White House speechwriter. In the small club of past presidential speechwriters, the State of the Union is known as a notoriously miserable task.
December 25, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
The tipsy crowd leaned in to take a gander at contestant No. 1: Natalie Novoa was sporting a flashing Christmas sweater bedazzled with pompoms, sequins and a stuffed gingerbread man. With Christmas fast approaching, she twirled on a chair showing off her forest green pullover as it twinkled red, blue and green - lighting up the dark Silver Lake bar. She was vying with four other holiday-hued patrons this week for the coveted title of "ugliest holiday...
September 12, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn
NEW YORK -- Michael Bastian sent a sharp-looking men's spring-summer 2013 menswear collection down the runway at Milk Studios here on Sept. 9 during New York Fashion Week. The inspiration: Michael Bastian's luxe but relaxed wares have always given men a sartorial edge, and this collection more than usual, thanks to a razor-blade motif that could be spotted in intarsia sweaters shirts and Stubbs & Wootton slippers, but overall, while most of the American menswear collections have boarded the preppy train, for spring Bastian (himself no slouch in the preppy-inspired apparel department)
March 13, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
At the starting line, some runners will shed their warm-up gear and Christian Alvarado will hear the jackets, sweaters and sweatpants hit the ground. The air will be warmed by the combined body heat of so many people clustered together. In a moment, the first wave of the 20,000 or so runners will start in the 27th annual L.A. Marathon. But just before this happens Sunday, Alvarado will shed his sweater, revealing a light blue T-shirt with two lines centered chest-high on the front, "CHRISTIAN," and below that, "I'M BLIND.
February 19, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
The fall-winter 2012 menswear collections that showed during the recently wrapped New York Fashion Week brought the usual riffs on masculine archetypes. Rag & Bone and Tommy Hilfiger served up military men. Michael Kors went for plaid-clad lumberjack luxe, and Scott Sternberg took his duster- and work-suit-wearing cowboys into the desert Southwest. But after several years of moving toward a more laid-back look, American menswear appears to be headed in the opposite direction, with an emphasis on a more polished, dressed-up panache that stops just this side of dandification.
January 10, 2012 | By James Oliphant
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 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
"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 | By Jamie Wetherbe, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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 | Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
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. 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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