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May 21, 1998 | MIMI AVINS, TIMES FASHION EDITOR
In Vivienne Tam's world, beatific Buddhas, mythic dragons, fierce tigers, chubby Chinese babies, sacred lotus flowers and Chairman Mao's stern moon face decorate a vividly colored landscape. Such Asian motifs are in her blood, and printing them on clingy stretch nylon netting has made Tam one of the decade's most original and popular American fashion designers. Other successful designers have shown the influence of their backgrounds in their work.
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May 21, 1998 | MIMI AVINS, TIMES FASHION EDITOR
In Vivienne Tam's world, beatific Buddhas, mythic dragons, fierce tigers, chubby Chinese babies, sacred lotus flowers and Chairman Mao's stern moon face decorate a vividly colored landscape. Such Asian motifs are in her blood, and printing them on clingy stretch nylon netting has made Tam one of the decade's most original and popular American fashion designers. Other successful designers have shown the influence of their backgrounds in their work.
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January 22, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Hong Kong Disneyland unveiled new Chinese New Year outfits for Mickey and Minnie Mouse created by designer Vivienne Tam on Monday as part of the park's efforts to boost its appeal to Chinese tourists after a dismal second year. Disney's two iconic characters strutted their stuff down a red carpet -- Mickey in a bright red Mao suit and Minnie in a cherry blossom red dress with a bouquet-like bottom. Tam, a Hong Kong native, said the outfits would be available at her stores in March or April.
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October 10, 2010 | By Karen Wada, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Sometimes, a litchi box is more than a litchi box. In a designer's hands, it can become a work of art, a cultural artifact or a piece of propaganda. "Graphic design can be put to a number of services and uses," says Bridget Bray, assistant curator at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, where a new exhibition explores "the ways such artistry and relativity were in full effect in 20th century China. " "China Modern: Designing Popular Culture 1910-1970" features more than 160 posters, porcelain figures and everyday objects produced, says Bray, as the country moved from imperial dynastic rule to Western-influenced capitalism to Communism under Mao Tse-tung.
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March 16, 2001 | GERI COOK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Stores open, stores close. But resale always seems to hang in there. Back in 1983, I found Clothes Heaven in Old Town Pasadena, where good clothes go when they are passed on. It is still in the same location and still owned by Larayne Brannon. On a recent visit, we found the store bulging with merchandise and energy. Label lovers get their fill here with Escada, Armani, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Yves St. Laurent, Valentino, Calvin Klein and St. John heading the list of top sellers. One black St.
NEWS
September 15, 1998 | ANNE BRATSKEIR, SPECIAL TO NEWSDAY
If the early bird really does catch the worm, then a flock of New York designers who abandoned their scheduled Oct. 30-Nov. 6 spring presentations to show this week has the best chance of hooking the budgets of retailers, the praise of the press and ultimately the pocketbooks of consumers. Helmut Lang, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Nicole Miller and Vivienne Tam are leading this preemptive strike on the European shows, which start later this month.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2006 | Elizabeth Snead
THERE was some serious "hug it out" going on Oct. 28 at the 17th annual juvenile diabetes fundraiser at the Beverly Hilton, the Carousel of Hope gala. Everyone was showing the love. 1. Host Jay Leno was joined onstage by Brooke Shields to get bidding started on the live auction. But few at the fundraiser appreciated Leno's opening monologue of fat jokes. Ouch. Jay, can you spell "inappropriate"? 2.
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March 14, 1996 | CINDY LaFAVRE YORKS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The adage "everything old is new again" clearly applies to the cyclical fashion beast. The mothers of teenagers now eyeing spring '95's low-slung jeans still picture themselves wearing three-snap brushed denim numbers at the same tender age. When the same girl shops for a prom dress, her grandmother might recall the pink strapless satin gown with gold sequins that Sandra Dee might have worn.
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January 25, 1996 | CINDY LaFAVRE YORKS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The adage "everything old is new again" clearly applies to the cyclical fashion beast. The mothers of teenagers now eyeing spring '95's low-slung jeans still picture themselves wearing three-snap brushed denim numbers at the same tender age. When the same girl shops for a prom dress, her grandmother might recall the pink strapless satin gown with gold sequins that Sandra Dee might have worn.
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May 11, 1995 | GAILE ROBINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Look out. Fabrics that make you want to scream "eek!" are headed your way. All those bees, bugs, butterflies and beetles that flitted through the Hermes, Gucci, Gianni Versace and Vivienne Tam collections this season are poised for a mass invasion this time next year. It's the fashion world's version of the trickle-down theory: The rich get first dibs on whatever's hot; the rest of us have to wait a season or two.
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February 11, 2000 | BOOTH MOORE
You'd think celebs would avoid a room full of gossip columnists like the plague, but the party that the New York Post's Page Six threw for itself Wednesday drew some big names. The ubiquitous Puffy stopped by to exchange pleasantries with editor Richard Johnson. (The music and clothing mogul, recently indicted on weapons possession charges in connection with a New York nightclub shooting in December, is probably desperate for all the good press he can get.
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