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Monday, November 30

Apparel News Daily Reader

Eastside L.A. fashion and culture magazine Them Rag debuts (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Saks Black Friday: On a Scale of 1 - 10, We Give It a 6...

Mouse at the Ready: Here Comes the Cyber Monday Deals

This Cyber Monday deal report comes late in the day due to exhaustive clicking and deal scouring. Online sales already got a strong start well...

Rock Fashion Week's Purcell Splits With Rock Media, Gen Art Remains Independent

Rock Media President Nicole Purcell has resigned from the company and plans to continue producing fashion events similar to Rock Fashion Week, which was held in Los Angeles, Miami an...

Friday, November 27

Turkey, Then Fashion Bug

Bensalem, Penn.–based retail chain Fashion Bug is offering consumers the chance to get a jump on Black Friday shopping. Sel...

Happy Thanksgiving. Now, Get Out There and Shop!

Hitting the floor at The Citadel Outlets. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles TimesBlack Friday sales and promotions helped prompt consumers to shake off the tryptophan lethargy and hit the mall. While most stores opened at dawn, stores at the Glendale...

New Web Site, iPhone App and Design Contest for Biatta

Though most women know Biatta from its presence in the lingerie section of department stores, Chief Operating Officer Amy Berliner wants to shake off the perception that the brand’s image ends...

REI#039;s App Forecasts Snow

Seattle-based outdoor retail co-op REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) launched an updated REI Snow Report iPhone application to let...

No Consensus on Casual in El Segundo, Calif.

Beach cities are often trendsetters for fashion. But there’s no consensus for what is stylish in beach town El Segundo, Calif., which is sandwiched between Los Angeles International Airport an...

Vanity Stores’ Cotton Project

New York–based retail chain Vanity Inc. collected more than 100,000 pairs of jeans for Cotton Inc.’s “Cotton....

Consumers Cut Back

Consumers will spend less this holiday season, according to a recent survey released by the Conference Board, the New York–...

Emerging Design Takes a Bow at the Glendale Galleria

The Glendale Galleria retail center is getting into the game of emerging design. On Nov. 13, the shopping center debuted Local Collection, a 2,800-square-foot store devoted to emergi...

Social Networking: New Trade Show Frontier

Trade show producers are looking to expand the traditional business model in a new direction: online. Show producers and e-tailers also are looking at social-networking practices to add a new dimensio...

Chic for Charity

Designer Eduardo Lucero and entertainment reporter Argelia Atilano hosted the

REI’s App Forecasts Snow

Seattle-based outdoor retail co-op REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) launched an updated REI Snow Report iPhone application to let...

TenOverSix Makes Foray Into Online

Patrons of hip, conceptual boutique TenOverSix, based in Los Angeles, can now get their fashion fix any hour of the day or night through its newly launched online store...

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Dinner at Galina's

Dinner is servedWe recently scored an invitation to a private party hosted by Galina Sobolov, founder and designer of the Single label. Fashion Editor N. Jayne Seward, Manufacturing Editor Erin Barajas and I headed into the hills to dine with Galina and a few of her friends. Once there, we took in the...

Tags & Trims Resource Guide

California Label Products 13255 S. BroadwayLos Angeles, CA 90061(310) 523-5800; Fax (310) 523-5858 www.californ...

Vanity Stores#039; Cotton Project

New York–based retail chain Vanity Inc. collected more than 100,000 pairs of jeans for Cotton Inc.’s “Cotton....

Five Four Launches Retail Chain

Stepping into the corporate offices of Los Angeles apparel maker Five Four is much like entering a college dorm. ...

Wednesday, November 25

Six Ways To Slay Black Friday Stress

Stressed-out retail clerks, Freeman Hall feels your pain. The author and former Nordstrom sales associate documented the ridiculous side of sales in his memoir, "Retail Hell: How I Sold My Soul to the Store, Confessions of a Tortured Sales Associate." It was published by...

Proposed Trade Bill Would Expand AGOA

Various developing countries are lining up to lobby for a new trade bill introduced in Congress that would grant duty-free and quota-free access to many apparel products and other goods made in their ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Now Open: Echo Park's Future Looks a Lot Like a Familiar Past (Racked LA)Now Open: Russh Mode Jeans on Robertson (Racked LA)Tim Gunn speaks out against...

Tuesday, November 24

New Free-Trade Zone Proposed for Las Vegas

The Las Vegas area is already home to a number of free-trade zones, but the Nevada state government wants to add one more....

Green Glamour: Eco Friendly and Made in L.A.

When Anna MacMassey was creating Green Glamour, a new line of loungewear and sleepwear, she knew the basic ingredient had to be first-class organic-cotton fabric. ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Shop In Shops—Tt Collection Pops Up on West 3rd (Blackburn and Sweetzer)Makin' It Official At No. A in Little Tokyo (Racked...

From a Seedy Street, an Avant Fashion Scene Grows

Them Atelier A graffiti-scarred bridge underpass in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood looks foreboding, like a crime scene waiting to happen. But for designers Brian Kim and David Hershberger, this no-go zone is perfect to build an avant-garde fashion scene.This year, Kim opened fashion studio Them...

Retail Helps Splendid Grow

Expansion can be tricky these days, with the recession forcing many companies to take a cautious stance. But some brands are finding ways to grow even as they feel the economic pinch. Moise Emquies, founder...

Monday, November 23

Apparel News Daily Reader

Quiksilver Tony Hawk Show in Paris (Hypebeast)Hurley and Nike Ride the Wave into the Future (Racked LA)Ann Taylor gets a makeover (Los Angeles...

Billabong to Acquire E-tailer Swell

Billabong International Ltd. has announced a conditional agreement to acquire San Clemente, Calif.–based online boardsports catalog and online retailer...

Toms Shoes & Ewan McGregor Party for the Good Cause

Toms Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie, left, and Cheryl Tiegs at Go Campaign's Go Go GalaBlake Mycoskie proves that doing good works can be a fun gig. In mid-November, Mycoskie was the chief VIP at a Neiman Marcus party in Dallas, which celebrated the Neiman...

Divine Design Gives Back

The annual Divine Design gala will take place Dec. 3 at the Beverly Hilton and will honor Steve Kolb, executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, as Man of...

Friday, November 20

Up-and-Comers

The fashion trade show landscape continues to expand as new, upstart shows have sprouted within the past five years to offer focused shopping experiences for niche brands and the buyers who seek them...

Angela Dean Debuts RTW in Hollywood

Los Angeles designer Angela Dean debuted her Angela Dean RTW collection Hollywood Renaissance at Los Angeles’ Kress nightclub on Nov. 13. Powerful tastemaker and talk-show ...

A Shopping Night Out With Trink Turk and Gen Art

Trina Turk's Pop Art Collection, photo courtesy of

Alternative Apparel Debuts L.A. Design Studio

Alternative Apparel moved its design studios into 833 S. Spring St, pictured above, on Nov. 19Growing fashion basics company Alternative Apparel moved into its new Los Angeles design lab/branding office/showrooms space on Nov. 19. The 15,000-square-foot...

A Sequence of Sequins at Greta

On display at Greta was a lineup of New York-based Sachin + Babi's sequins-covered tops, jackets, pants and dresses.Though Sachin + Babi for Ankasa hail from the Empire State, the brand’s ornate collar necklaces and sequins-saturated collection fit right in with...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Sneak Peek! Boutique by Forever 21 (FabSugar)Oprah Winfrey to retire Chicago-based syndicated show in 2011 (Chicago Tribune)Potrero Hill's Newest...

West Coast Cos. in Sights for Tech Companies in 2010

NEW YORK—Technology providers have their eyes on West Coast business as an area for growth in 2010 as the economy is expected to rebound and many apparel makers look for ways to boost productivity and ...

Ross Comps Up 8 Percent

Off-price retailer Ross Stores Inc. is thriving in a still-tough economy. On Nov. 19, the Pleasanton, Calif.–based retailer reported record earnings for the third quarter of its 2009 fiscal ye...

Roxy Follows New Swell

In October, Roxy announced a three-year partnership with New York–based fashion designer (and avid surfer) Cynthia Rowley. Rowley, whose high-end designs sell in upscale retailers and her own stores, designed a 40-p...

On Board at Gap

Bill Fisher, the son of Gap Inc. founders Don and Doris Fisher, has joined the board of directors of the San Francisco apparel company, whose labels are Old Navy, Banana Republic and Gap. He fills the...

Freight Rates

Despite one of the worst years for container traffic, shipping lines are threatening to raise freight rates next year on the trans-Pacific route. Ronald Widdows, chief executive and group president of the NOL...

Hot Topic Reports 5.8 Percent Decline in 3rd Quarter

Pop-culture mall retailer Hot Topic Inc. reported a same-store-sales decrease of 5.8 percent for its third fiscal quarter of 2009. The City of Industry, Calif.–based retailer announced the sal...

Shop & Dine

The latest edition of our biannual tribute to inspired stores and elegant eateries...

Sail Away

Exports at the Port of Los Angeles saw their strongest month this year when container shipments headed overseas in October increased nearly 12 percent over the same period last year. However, inbound ...

West Coast Among the All-Stars

At the recent Apparel Tech Conference, Anaheim, Calif.–based Lunada Bay Swimwear was named among this year’s All-Star winners in recognition of its creative thinking and commi...

Code C: Italians Boost California Couture

The husband-and-wife retail team of Andrea and Marzia Rossetto made a career of selling Italian fashion in California. Yet for a new venture, they shifted gears....

Slimming Down at Liz

As part of a plan to return to profitability, Liz Claiborne Inc. is closing a jewelry distribution center in Rhode Island and usin...

Pioneering Fashion in Culver City, Calif.

Seven years ago, Barbara Phillips pioneered the fashion retail business on thriving Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, Calif....

Big Changes

The future looks bright for February’s Las Vegas trade shows....

The Vault Women Debuts in Calabasas, Calif.

Contemporary fashion boutique The Vault Women opens at the exclusive The Commons at Calabasas retail center, located 28 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, on Nov. 24. ...

Thursday, November 19

New PacSun CEO Outlines Plans for Company Comeback

No one said turning around a retailer as big as Pacific Sunwear was going to be easy....

Bravo Set to Launch New Fashion Competition

Images via BravoTV.com“Launch My Line,” Bravo's newest fashion reality-show competition is set to debut on Dec. 2, and there are plenty of familiar L.A. faces gracing its cast. The show takes...

Apparel News Daily Reader

DesignerCon returns this weekend (Los Angeles Times' Brand X)O Christmas Me! Holiday Clothes' Allure (Wall Street Journal)Shops—All Saints,...

Wet Seal Prez. Maria Comfort Resigns

Maria Comfort resigned her position as president and chief merchandise officer of the Wet Seal division of The Wet Seal Inc. Comfort left the juniors retailer to pursue other career interest...

Wednesday, November 18

Holiday Shoppers Do Their Homework Before Buying

With the holiday shopping season about to go into high gear, consumers are doing a lot of research before they open up their wallets for gifts....

MOCA Goes GAGA

Lady Gaga performing at MOCA's 30th anniversary galaThe Museumof Contemporary Art celebrated its 30th anniversary on Nov. 21 with a gala titled “NEW.” If you’re a fan of MOCA, you know that the downtown L.A. institution has been struggling financially lately and was said to be close to shutting its doors. Thankfully, the...

Volcom Wants You to Give Jeans a Chance

This video made for the “Give Jeans a Chance campaign” has Volcom-brand tom-foolery written all over it. A cartoon pair of jeans sings lyrical poetry such as, “You gotta give me away to the homeless. I can’t fit up past your booty and you know...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Hermès x Leica M7 Official Unveiling (Hypebeast)Beyoncé’s ’Video Phone’ Looks: A Breakdown (New York Magazine The Cut) Fashion’s IMDB...

Tuesday, November 17

PacSun Hopes Planned Initiatives Can Boost Sales

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. reported on Nov. 16 a same-store-sales decline of 18 percent for the retail chain’s third fiscal quarter, which ended on Oct. 31. The retail chain’s new presi...

Apparel News Daily Reader

A fashionable turnout to MOCA's...

Where the Wild Things Roam

Don’t be alarmed if you’re driving down Main Street in the heart of the Los Angeles Fashion District and see a bold, zebra-striped building near 8th Street.Sam Cui, the owner of the two-story...

Monday, November 16

More Hello Kitty Than You Can Shake a Hello Kitty Stick At

Models from the Hello Kitty fashion show play in the Hello Kitty houseIf Hello Kitty didn’t hypnotize you with her cuteness like a Jedi mind trick, she would be quite the narcissistic little brat. Her face is on everything. “Papa Sanrio, can I have a...

Apparel News Daily Reader

The Ultimate Hermès Sale. Auction prices for the luxury maker's signature Kelly and Birkin bags soar despite the downturn (Wall Street...

Friday, November 13

L.A. Market Dates Move Once Again

As reported in California Apparel News on Oct. 23, the 2010 Los Angeles Fashion Market dates are a moving target. And they have moved yet again....

El Salvador's Apparel Factories Spared in Hurricane Ida Damage

The apparel industry in El Salvador escaped major damage from heavy rains that followed in the wake of Hurricane Ida, which swept across the Central American region earlier....

Art + Shop + Tasty Treats

The Cooper's lovely Mona Sangkala (right) and Jill Galloway (left) a partner in The Store.The weekly Art Walk in Downtown L.A. has turned into quite the scene, with a motley crew of street performers (of both the musical and painterly...

New on Robertson Blvd: Undrest Pop-Up Shop

Half the blonde brigade from “The Hills” was there: Whitney Port, Lo Bosworth and Stephanie Pratt. Model-turned-actress Caroline D’Amore (who was a bestie of Paris Hilton before you had to compete for the spot on...

Designer Linda Segal

After a two-year battle with breast cancer, designer Linda Segal passed away in Houston on Nov. 6. She was 56....

New Man at Sears

John Goodman, most recently the chief executive of apparel retailer Charlotte Russe in San Diego, has been named executive vice president of apparel and home at Sears Holdings, for both in-store and o...

Earnings Up

Despite a decline in revenues, American Apparel in Los Angeles recorded a 78 percent increase in net income for the third quarter ending Sept. 30. The vertically integrated manufacturer of T-shirts and other ...

Creative Economy Set for Growth in Los Angeles

Now its third year, Otis College of Art and Design’s report on the L.A. creative economy finds that the industry, excluding manufacturing segments, is projected to grow by an estimate...

E-tailers Focus on Product, Service for Holiday Season

In a holiday retail season that is expected to remain murky, e-tail sales may prove to be the beacon for the economic recovery....

Avedon Debuts Beverly Hills Boutique

Avedon's Reza Shekarchian, left, and Yasmine Farmanara in a 2007 photoThere must be no better time to open a store, according to Yasmine Farmanara and her business partner Reza Shekarchian. On Nov. 12, they opened their Avedon boutique at 417 N. Canon Drive in...

Creating Art for Visual Display

For CM Squared Designs, creating a well-dressed window display is a fusion of art and commerce....

Brazilian Sanctions

Brazil has drawn up a list of 222 U.S. products that would be subject to tariff increases after a World Trade Organization ruling this year condemned U.S. subsidies to the cotton industry. The list ha...

Going Japanese

After opening its first store in the Harajuku district of Tokyo in April, Forever 21 is expanding its Japanese footprint to open two to three more stores in the next nine to 12 months. Joining in on the fast-fashion ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Ridicule Keeps Fans of Harem Pants From Getting Too Big for Their Britches (Wall Street Journal)SightUnseen: Lifestyles of the Young and Designy...

Premium Denim Inspired by Horror Movies

Inspiration for fashion can come from anywhere. As if to prove the point, Laura Sfez and her brother Emmanuel Sfez turned to Japanese horror movies and classic American slasher films for insp...

English Laundry Debuts Beverly Hills Boutique and a New John Lennon Line

On Nov. 3, Christopher Wicks was in Shanghai opening a store for English Laundry, his Los Angeles–based fashion label....

Clothespin Boutique Opens in West Hollywood

A new town meant a new venture for Gale Parker....

Thursday, November 12

Sugar Lilie Dessous Prives Opens

photo by Kari DietrichSome of the best boutiques in the city—whose owners curate their brand choices with the balanced precision of a Japanese Ikebana floral arrangement-—are concentrated on West Third Street between Fairfax Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood, Calif. That’s why it was always a conundrum to me...

A Night Out at Alberta Ferretti

A model wears a lovely Spring '20 Ferretti frock.A chic crowd of stylists, press and guests turned out at Alberta Ferretti’s West Hollywood boutique for an intimate cocktail party and shopping event. Hosted by Liane Weintraub and...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Feeling for … ’80s Shades (NYTimes The Moment)Clothespin: Demi Couture (LAMagazine Chic Leak)Why Marc Jacobs did a Louis Vuitton dog carrier (TimesOnlineUK)Picking...

Wednesday, November 11

Apparel News Daily Reader

William Rast opens its first stores in Century City, San Jose and...

Apparel Industry Grows in Vietnam

The apparel and textile industry in Vietnam has overtaken crude oil as that country’s No. 1 export....

The Retail Experience Goes Mobile at Americana and The Grove

Shop here before getting hereJust in time for the holiday rush, retail and real estate developer Caruso Affiliated launches a customer-service driven web application that makes the shopping season seem a lot...

Tuesday, November 10

Mattel Donates $1.85 Million to Otis

Bryan Stockton, president of Mattel International and a trustee at Otis College of Art and Design, presented the Los Angeles college with a $1.85 million gift from the toymaker. Stockton mad...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Underneath It All: A Girls Guide to Buying, Wearing and Loving Lingerie (Faire Frou Frou Fashionista) Be the Belle of the Ball on a Budget with Rent the...

Monday, November 9

Apparel News Daily Reader

Now Open: Shoes+Shoes+Shoes+Bags at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood (Racked LA)Society for Rational Dress online charity sample sale for Children’s...

Twilight Descends on Hot Topic at Hollywood & Highland

"Twilight Fans" swarm the Hot Topic store at Hollywood HighlandHere’s what I knew. Eight hundred die-hard fans of the "Twilight" book series would be making a pilgrimage to Hot Topic at Hollywood Highland in Los Angeles for an in-store autograph signing by the supporting cast of the...

Friday, November 6

Dualstar, Madden Ink Olsen Deal

Dualstar Entertainment Group, based in Culver City and New York, struck a licensing deal with New York–based Steve Madden for a line of footwear and accessories under the Olsenboye brand. Olsenboye is ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Boy Meets Girl

Designer Stacy Igel looked to 1980s glam-band rockers for inspiration for the...

Picking Up Business in Material World's Wake

It’s no secret that in the past two years, trade shows have had a hard time attracting exhibitors and attendees because of the steep economic downturn....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Tristan + Trista

Tristan + Trista Spring 2010 appears to be a season that will include a little bit of everything

Trunk Show Series 'The Gifting' Takes a Bow at Ron Robinson

Barbara Schiller debuted eco-skin care line Body ConscienceDebuts and fashion trunk shows kicked off the holiday retail season early at the Ron Robinson boutique at Fred Segal Melrose. On Nov. 5, the exclusive boutique started its month-long series of trunk shows and...

Hits, Misses and Plans for the Future at L.A. Fashion Week

After nearly a month of runway shows, events and trade shows, Los Angeles’ fashion community is assessing the sprawling—and occasionally chaotic—mix of events, and show producers are already gearing up f...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Collaboration Alert! Koi Suwannagate for...

City of Hope Honors Simso Tex's Eli Simsollo and Joe Simsolo

Eli Simsollo and Joe Simsolo, the father-and-son team at Los Angeles–based sublimation printer Simso Tex, will receive the “Spirit of Life” award from the City ...

Speedo Writes Off Millions on Racing Suit

A ruling this summer that banned Speedo’s high-tech LZR Racer suit from swimming competitions has forced the company to write off $3.6 million in inventory....

Three Fashion-Biz Veterans Give Advice at USC Lecture Series

There are still fortunes to be made in fashion, but breaking into the field can be tricky. On Nov. 2, American Rag CIE founder Mark Werts and a trio of colleagues gave tips and advic...

Von Dutch, Now French

Groupe Royer, the Brittany, France–based shoe wholesaler, landed the worldwide rights to Los Angeles–based lifestyle brand Von Dutch in a deal that covers all product categories. Royer has held the glob...

Quiksilver Cuts 200 Jobs

Quiksilver, the Huntington Beach, Calif.–based surf giant, cut 200 positions from its Quiksilver Americas division. The move, which will affect all of the brands under the Americas ...

T-Notes Resource Guide

Alstyle Apparel offers a wide variety of high-quality tees, fleece, organic, yoga pants, and performance athletic apparel. For 2010, Alstyle has expanded its ringspun ...

More Stores for William Rast

Los Angeles–based denim lifestyle label William Rast is opening two new full-price stores at the Westfield Century City sho...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Biatta

Biatta Intimates closed the two-day Rock Fashion Week event on Oct. 30 with a parade of lacey, pretty things. The Los Angeles–based label highlighted its year-round “Be Sexy...

All-Black Entrance

Azature and Sophie Monk in Sydney, Australia Los Angeles–based jewelry designer Azature recently headed off on a six-city world with stops in Saudi Arabia, London and Moscow planned. The trip includes several private events, a desert photo shoot and a party at Harvey Nichols...

October Sales Strongest in 1 Year, ICSC Says

October saw the strongest retail sales performance in one year, but not everybody was cheering....

L.A. Market Dates Move Again

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Stores Closing: On Sunset and Belle Gray's Calabasas, Calif., Location

The economy is still tough for many boutique owners, and two boutiques with connections to Hollywood celebrities have called it quits recently....

'Business as Usual' for CIT While Court Considers Reorganization Plan

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York will hold a hearing on Dec. 8 to consider confirmation of CIT Group’s prepackaged reorganization plan. ...

Toys quot;Rquot; Us + Hot Topic + Twilight

On Nov. 20, Summit Entertainment will release “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” and retailers are rolling out “Tw...

TALA Scholarship Luncheon to Honor Students

The Textile Association of Los Angeles will be holding its 53rd annual scholarship luncheon on Nov. 18 at the California Market Center....

Thursday, November 5

Apparel News Daily Reader

Jet-Set Juicy Couture (FabSugar) Have your say: How much is too much for kid’s clothes? (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Krisa designer launches Lanston, a new T-shirt...

Wednesday, November 4

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: EM & Co. Presents Up Next: Emerging L.A. Designers

Eveline Morel has been a champion of young talent by stocking her boutique, EM & Co., with jewelry, accessories and clothing by local designers starting from th...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Odilon

The models standing on top of square platforms wearing

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Fashion Business Inc.

Fashion Business Inc., the Los Angeles business incubator located in the California Market Center, kicked off Los Angeles Fashion Market by profiling five...

Apparel News Daily Reader

LA Fashion Week—7 For All Mankind Spring 2010...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Passion Revealed

The talents of three designers originally from the Philippines were on display at the former St. Vibiana’s Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 16 in an...

Being Clean Is Getting Easier at the Ports

Picking up and dropping off cargo containers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will soon get easier....

Affliction's Got a Brand-New Bag

Even tough guys need a place to stash their stuff. Affliction, the Los Angeles–based brand that made its name dressing mixed-martial-arts fighters and the women who love them, has announced a licens...

Wellen Pop-Up Shop

A preview of what will be sold at the Wellen pop-up store.Nevermind that Los Feliz is nearly 20 miles (that clocks in at an hour plus some in L.A. traffic) from where waves meet the sand. Surf lifestyle line Wellen is bringing its surfboards...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall 2009: Kevan Hall

Designer Kevan Hall channeled classic Hollywood glamour for his Spring 2010 collection and the venue: the backlot of Universal Studios....

Tuesday, November 3

Diavolina Dishes Style Advice Online

Not sure what to wear to an upcoming holiday party? Or in search of the hottest new accessory? Problem solved.Diavolina, the Los Angeles-based fashion mecca, has ramped up its customer service offerings by launching a personal shopping...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Geek Chic | Retail Therapy With Style Savvy (New York Times' The Moment)

Plaid Fad for Holiday

Los Angeles-based label Dilascia's Bakery. Photo by Felix SalzmanThe word out on the retail street is that flannel and plaid shirts did well in late October and are likely to be a hit item for the holiday season.At least that's the wisdom...

Monday, November 2

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Project Ethos

Project Ethos—the ticketed event that showcases emerging talent in fashion, art and music—staged its latest edition at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, Calif., on Oct. 24. ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Dilascia's Bakery and AMPD

The club crowd mixed with the fashion types in the courtyard of Hollywood nightclub Le Deux for the

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Ximena Valero

Ximena Valero, the Los Angeles–based designer known for her versatile and convertible jersey pieces,

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Elizabeth Mason, The Paperbag Princess Vintage Couture

Curated by Elizabeth Mason of The Paperbag Princess, a designer vintage store in Los Angeles, the “Vintage Couture Cele...

L.A. Fashion Weekend Spring 2010

Rock and military inspirations seemed to command the attention of the four designers taking a bow at the L.A. Fashion Weekend at Sunset Gower Studios. It was produced Oct. 1...

The On Sunset High Fashion Boutique to Close

Lauralee Bell, left, announced Nov. 2 On Sunset boutique will close. She is pictured in a 2004 photo with former business partner Shauna Stein, who left the store in 2008.Los Angeles boutique On Sunset served as a prominent spot for high fashion....

Apparel News Daily Reader

Getting the Boot. A veteran vintage shopper discovers where to score the coolest, most covetable vintage boots in the city. (Style...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: The Battalion

The Battalion’s Spring 2010 show Oct. 15 at Downtown L.A. Fashion Week was all body-conscious knits and moody hues. Draped blouses and...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: David Alexander

Designer David Alexander had short, shiny and shoulder pads on the brain when he designed his

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Future Heretics

Many designers dream of creating a look for the elegant and the beautiful, but Bryden Lando and Alex Kosters resolved to develop a fashion collection for the sexy survivalist. They ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Fremont

Fremont took a 1930s-style safari trip for its

Urban Expositions Cancels Material World Shows

After a 10-year run, the organizers of Material World, a textile and technology trade show, have quietly shuttered the event. ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Chelsea Rebelle

Chelsea Rebelle’s muse bounced between short and shiny and slouchy and see-through for the

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2010: Juuml;nker

The presence of skins, furs, feathers and bones of dead creatures is a given in Juuml;nker’s designs, but...

Swap Clothes for a Cause

While you’re still recovering from dressing up for Halloween festivities, the holidays are creeping up right around the corner. Scaling back on holiday parties and seasonal shindigs may leave no room in your budget for new...

Sunday, November 1

CIT Board Votes for Reorganization, Plans to Proceed With Bankruptcy Filing

CIT Group Inc. will file for voluntary bankruptcy with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York after the commercial lender’s board approved CIT’s prepackaged plan of reo...