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February 12, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
"You Bug Me. " That's was the phrase emblazoned across the front of a sweater in Vera Wang's moody fall 2014 collection. It was definitely one of my favorite statement sweaters in a season of many. Wang's collection is always darkly romantic, but this season it also had some humor, which was refreshing to see from the designer. She hit on a lot of the season's trends, with enveloping wool cloaks and coats, and chunky knits worn over cropped full-legged pants or floaty chiffon blouses, dresses and drawstring pants.
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February 12, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Narciso Rodriguez's collection doesn't so much go through a revolution each season, but more an evolution. Whereas so many designers are working with bold flashes of color and modern sportswear shapes for fall 2014, Rodriguez has always done that. And to see how he does it is a reminder of what a truly gifted designer he is. Contrasting color lapels and geometric panels on relaxed coats, jackets, sleeveless tops and pants fit together like paper cut outs in a collage, creating art on the runway.
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August 25, 2006 | From the Associated Press
In the latest step by department stores to team up with high-end fashion designers, mid-brow retailer Kohl's Corp. on Thursday announced a union with Vera Wang, known for her $10,000 wedding gowns, to create a new fashion and lifestyle brand. The exclusive brand called Very Vera by Vera Wang will be available in all 749 Kohl's stores and on Kohls.com starting in the fall of 2007. Under the long-term licensing agreement, Menomonee Falls, Wis.
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February 12, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
"You Bug Me. " That's was the phrase emblazoned across the front of a sweater in Vera Wang's moody fall 2014 collection. It was definitely one of my favorite statement sweaters in a season of many. Wang's collection is always darkly romantic, but this season it also had some humor, which was refreshing to see from the designer. She hit on a lot of the season's trends, with enveloping wool cloaks and coats, and chunky knits worn over cropped full-legged pants or floaty chiffon blouses, dresses and drawstring pants.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2005 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
Vera Wang was honored with American fashion's highest award on Monday night, receiving the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Womenswear Designer of the Year award. The awards, held at the New York Public Library, also singled out John Varvatos as Menswear Designer of the Year. Wang, a former Vogue editor, revolutionized the bridal wear market in the 1990s, offering simple, modern alternatives to the prevailing frou-frou styles.
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February 18, 1994 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The bride-to-be, a not particularly blushing late twentysomething, went to bridal designer Vera Wang with a traditional request in a wedding dress: a train. "I said, 'How long is the aisle you're getting married on?' " Wang recounted. "She said, 'Well, it's not.' I said, 'Then you're going to look like a parked car. Where are you going in it?' " Wang acts more like a friend you'd curl up and gossip with than an imperious wedding planner.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2012 | Times wire services
Private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice is buying David's Bridal Inc. in a deal that values the private company at about $1.05 billion. Los Angeles private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners, which bought the retailer in 2006, will remain a minority partner in the company. David's Bridal produces and sells bridal and special-occasion apparel and accessories through a network of more than 300 stores in North America. Paul Pressler, a Clayton, Dubilier & Rice operating partner and a former Gap Inc. chief executive, will become the company's chairman.
NEWS
April 7, 2000 | BARBARA THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every year, women's-wear manufacturer A.B.S. picks the best Oscar dresses and comes out with its own versions. And before you snort "knockoff," A.B.S. founder and designer Allen B. Schwartz justifies the practice by reminding us that his generally young customers can't afford designer gowns anyway. The A.B.S. gowns are a reflection of who looked best on Oscar night.
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February 12, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Narciso Rodriguez's collection doesn't so much go through a revolution each season, but more an evolution. Whereas so many designers are working with bold flashes of color and modern sportswear shapes for fall 2014, Rodriguez has always done that. And to see how he does it is a reminder of what a truly gifted designer he is. Contrasting color lapels and geometric panels on relaxed coats, jackets, sleeveless tops and pants fit together like paper cut outs in a collage, creating art on the runway.
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August 5, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Zooey Deschanel, on the cover of September's Marie Claire, talks about surviving middle school and awkward adolescence and about how hurtful online comments can get, even for an adult. It has caused her to help start a website, HelloGiggles.com , that's aimed at teaching young women and girls to overcome negativity and be creative. [Marie Claire] And negative commenters were out in force when British GQ published five different covers showing members of hot band One Direction.
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August 5, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Zooey Deschanel, on the cover of September's Marie Claire, talks about surviving middle school and awkward adolescence and about how hurtful online comments can get, even for an adult. It has caused her to help start a website, HelloGiggles.com , that's aimed at teaching young women and girls to overcome negativity and be creative. [Marie Claire] And negative commenters were out in force when British GQ published five different covers showing members of hot band One Direction.
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July 1, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
The fashion crowd celebrated the “Little Black Dress” on Monday at an exhibition curated by Andre Leon Talley, which opens Wednesday at the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art & Culture . The former contributing editor for U.S. Vogue, Talley originally created the show for the Savannah College of Art and Design. Seated at the entrance in a voluminous electric blue caftan, signing books and greeting well-wishers, Talley said the college named a gallery for him and so he figured he had to put something special inside.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Shenae Grimes, of the recently canceled "90210," has married musician Josh Beech. The TV actress, 23, tied the knot Friday morning just outside London and made the announcement on Twitter. "I now pronounce us Mr. and Mrs. Beech! Ahhh! Xx @iamjoshbeech," posting a picture of herself smooching her new husband.  Beech, 26, simply dubbed it a "huge day" on Twitter. The low-key wedding took place at a countryside Tudor manor, Us Weekly reports . And the bride wore a black Vera Wang halter ball gown and carried a bouquet of red flowers, according to E!
NEWS
September 18, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
A French court has ruled that the magazine Closer, which first published topless photos of Kate Middleton, will have to hand over all digital copies of the photos. If the magazine doesn't turn over the topless pictures they will be forced to pay a fine. [ABC news] Despite the royal family's legal win Tuesday to stop further publication of the photos, on Monday the Italian publication Chi published a 26-page spread of a topless duchess of Cambridge. The duchess was photographed sunbathing in France.  [Washington Post]
BUSINESS
August 28, 2012 | Times wire services
Private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice is buying David's Bridal Inc. in a deal that values the private company at about $1.05 billion. Los Angeles private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners, which bought the retailer in 2006, will remain a minority partner in the company. David's Bridal produces and sells bridal and special-occasion apparel and accessories through a network of more than 300 stores in North America. Paul Pressler, a Clayton, Dubilier & Rice operating partner and a former Gap Inc. chief executive, will become the company's chairman.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2012 | By Nardine Saad
Those black wedding gowns from Vera Wang's Fall 2012 bridal show could have been an omen: The renowned designer has split from husband Arthur Becker after 23 years of marriage. Wang and Becker announced Wednesday that they were splitting, in a statement to WWD. "Vera Wang and Arthur Becker have mutually and amicably agreed to separate. They remain devoted parents to their two daughters," Wang's company president, Mario Grauso, said in the statement .  PHOTOS: Celebrity splits of 2012 The couple married at the Pierre Hotel in New York in 1989, when Wang was the design director at Ralph Lauren.
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September 9, 2007 | Melissa Magsaysay, Times Staff Writer
SHE'S already got mattresses, wedding dresses, hotel rooms, perfume and stationery under her bejeweled grosgrain belt. Now, Vera Wang is romancing the masses with a soup-to-nuts cheap-chic line for Kohl's called Simply Vera by Vera Wang. The line, which debuts in stores and at Kohls.com today, runs from apparel and accessories to bedding and bath. And it uses the same design ingredients as Wang's existing empire of high-end goods.
NEWS
February 3, 1999 | BARBARA THOMAS
You want a Vera Wang "waist," but you can't afford one of her gowns, and, besides, you have more pressing problems: Dad wants to bring your soon-to-be stepmom, Tiffany--as long as she's on spring break anyway. Mummy and Lars are decidedly miffed. Your in-laws are feuding over the guest list. And you've spent the last six months finding comfort in ice cream and potato chips--and we don't mean the baked kind. How can you possibly look like a fairy princess if you have a huge waist? Fear not.
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March 14, 2010 | By Max Padilla, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If Alice decided to decorate Wonderland using feng shui, would it resemble Vera Wang's Los Angeles flagship? Wang's new 3,500-square-foot boutique, which opened March 4, is separated by a "looking glass" fireplace into two rooms: A dark purple foyer showcases Wang's feminine ready-to-wear designs, and a sunny and modern bridal salon takes up the rear. Wang, who collaborated on the design with RNA Associates, ensured all feng shui elements were present — water flows down a window fountain, fire glows inside a glass tube, stone fixtures represent earth, and air flows from the entrance toward an outdoor fireplace.
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February 21, 2010 | BOOTH MOORE, FASHION CRITIC
The clothes that designers showed for fall during New York Fashion Week, which ended Thursday, invoked the classics, but with interesting, modern ideas mixed in. Among the trends we think we'll see women wearing come September are these five. Menswear mash-up Alexander Wang is the young New York designer everyone is watching right now, and his collection of sexy, deconstructed pinstripe suits set the tone for a season of creative menswear dressing for women. Among Wang's most memorable offerings: pinstripe pants with the waistband lopped off to expose a bare navel, and a morning jacket with the front removed and a bandeau left in its place.
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