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Thongs--once the badge of exotic dancers and girls from Ipanema--have become so mainstream that 19 million North American women are wearing them and Kmart bins are overflowing with the skimpy undies. Now lingerie marketers are trying to bolster the trend by pushing women to show off the underwear as outerwear.
June 10, 1994 | JENNIFER OLDHAM
A former youth soccer coach pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony burglary charges stemming from the discovery of a plastic bag in his attic that contained underwear belonging to several girls who played on his team. Luis Castellanos, 19, of Montbello, faces seven counts of felony residential burglary and 12 counts of receiving stolen property for allegedly breaking into 20 homes in the La Crescenta-Tujunga area and stealing panties and money.
April 26, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Oh, Gwyneth Paltrow, even being humiliated looks good on you! Paltrow got down with some girl talk on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Friday when the host brought up the dramatic, see-through dress the "Iron Man 3" star rocked at the Hollywood premiere Wednesday night. You know the one . It was sheer down the sides from waist to toes? Ellen tried to be genteel about it, but Gwyneth was more direct. PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities "I think there's questions here," said the host, "and the question to me is ... " "Why is her [booty]
January 4, 1985 | BETTY GOODWIN, Times Staff Writer
Two well-known designers of menswear express varying opinions on what's right today in the following interviews reported by Fashion85 staff writers Betty Goodwin and Mary Rourke. During his honeymoon last fall on the Caribbean island of St. Martin, Lee Wright sunbathed in men's cotton underwear. Not just any underwear, you understand, but fuchsia bikini underwear, which Wright designed himself, using his own body, as he puts it, as "a barometer of comfort."
November 2, 2012 | By Shan Li
Dark-and-edgy teen retailer Hot Topic Inc. is putting its own spin on underwear. The City of Industry company is testing a new lingerie brand called Blackheart and launching five stores in the Southland and Texas this month dedicated to their undergarments. Billed for "girls who rock and roll," Blackheart is going for a slightly older crowd than Hot Topic's typical teen shopper, the 18-to-30-year-olds who care about sexy undies but reject more preppy outlets like Abercrombie & Fitch and J Crew.
November 17, 2002 | ANDREW VONTZ
Can a dead gerbil be resurrected? Can subliminal suggestion make people spontaneously expose their underpants? These are just a few of the investigations being undertaken by the sketch comedy troupe The Ministry of Unknown Science. Founders Jason Berlin, Rico Gagliano, Eric Trueheart and Timothy P. Walker cooked up MOUS at Burning Man 2000 when they decided to apply their backgrounds in comedy writing, design and performance art to the rigorous pursuit of hilarity.
June 18, 1988
As a Chinese-American, I must disagree with Sheila Benson's review of "Dark Night," one of the best and most important Chinese movies to play in American theaters (" 'Dark Night' Tends to Be a Sleepy One," June 11). The movie accurately reveals the reality of changing relationships among the new wealthy class in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Though many people may not like to face these truths, the film courageously and artistically presents them as they really are. It's rare that Americans ever have the opportunity to experience a film that depicts the struggle between traditional Chinese morals and the more liberated attitudes of modern times--the new Chinese experience.
Long johns just ain't what they used to be. And that's good news for the consumer. Today there is a wide variety of high-tech replacements for the old scratchy, bulky, shrunken underwear. Choices range from silk to polypropylene, from such trademarked synthetic fabrics as Lifa, Thermax and Capilene to cotton, wool and synthetic blends.
April 9, 1990
A man who allegedly went on a pre-dawn panty raid in Koreatown was jailed Sunday morning, after neighborhood residents chased him down and held him for police. Bruno Tijunait, 46, was booked on suspicion of theft, a misdemeanor, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Paul Von Lutzow said. Tijunait was being held in lieu of $250 bail. Evidence was easy to come by, the sergeant said.
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