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Wednesday, November 30

Forecast: Strong November Sales

Spurred by the big sales of the Black Friday weekend, retailers were forecast to report strong sales performances for November.#8232;...

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LED catwalk at the Centro Fashion Week (Digital Production Middle East)Victoria's Secret revealed: Mothers apparently wear bras...

Industrie Denim Parties!

Industrie Denim in Scottsdale.American Rag’s Mark Werts and Levi Strauss Co. took a gamble by debuting new jeans emporiumIndustrie Denim this year, and it looks like the bold, new jeans shop will get into the promotional spirit of...

Splash of Inspiration

Michele Collet has a piece about Heinz Maier’s water-splash images on Environmental GraffitiInspiration can be found in a bottle, apparently. Crowd-sourced online magazine Environmental Graffiti has beautiful collection of images by Heinz Maier of water droplets...

Welcome Stranger: VSTR Site Launches

Jesse Faen formerly of Insight is now working with VSTR, a new steezy men's brand that's under the big umbrella of Quiksilver, but supposedly operates completely autonomously. VSTR set up rack during the...

Tuesday, November 29

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British fashion awards: women rule the roost (The Guardian)Vintage Fashion on the Auction Block(New York Times)Stella McCartney hints at...

Miranda Kerr at South Coast Plaza

Miranda KerrNone other than Miranda Kerr dropped by the South Coast Plaza Victoria’s Secret to celebrate the store’s big remodel Nov. 29. One of the stars of the mall-based lingerie chain’s bevy of beauties, Kerr saw the shop's new exterior design, which is inspired by...

Have You Had Work Done?

Girl, you look hot. Wired’s story includes images of popstar Fergie retouched to various degrees. The colors indicate “intensity of alteration.”In the future, you can request your fashion magazines sans Photoshop....

LA Designers Returning for 'Project Runway All Stars'

Five of the 13 designers returning to compete in “Project Runway All Stars” in January are from California. I’d prefer 13 of 13, sure, but it’s a better West Coast showing than we’ve seen in recent seasons of the reality show, youknowwhatI’msaying? The California...

Wek Words

Alek Wek in Newsweek/The Daily BeastSupermodel Alek Wek has a fantastic essay on her journey from South Sudan to the international catwalk in Newsweek (via The Daily Beast). The essay is about the cultural attitudes towards...

Monday, November 28

Black Friday Crowds Lift Holiday Hopes

Black Friday crowds broke records....

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Colored Cords for Men (Wall Street Journal)Vancouver Fashion Week.: How to make 32 dresses in 30 days (The...

Call Your Textiles

I got a heads up on this one from John Marshall, owner of JM International Group Inc.The lovely black lace featured in the lovely Dolce Gabbana dress, worn by the lovely Scarlett Johansson, above, is by French lace mill Darquer, which is...

Zero the Hero

“Each [online] transaction is a potential mine of valuable personal and financial information for the cybercriminal.” Yikes! (Image of X-Men character Storm courtesy of the Marvel Universe Wiki)It’s not often I hear a call for a “global cyber nation,” much less one that comes from...

Unique LA Returns to CMC

I’m calling it Indie Sunday and Made in USA Monday. Unique LA returns to the California MarketCenter for the 4th annual holiday sale on Dec. 3 and 4. The marketplace for hand-crafted and locally made apparel, accessories, home décor, art, food...

The First Day of Christmas Lasts All Week!

First there was Black Friday, then came Cyber Monday. This year, several retailers kicked the Holiday shopping off on Thanksgiving night, although there’s no consensus on a catchy name for it (may I...

Friday, November 25

NRF Sues Over Debit Fees

Debit-card reform became law last year, but the fight over the law’s extent has not ended....

Designer Profile: Raquel Allegra

Raquel Allegra is perhaps best known for her avant-garde T-shirts made with elaborate shredding techniques and tie-dyed prints. But in just five short years, her collection has matured into a full rea...

West Hollywood Fur Ban Passed

The City Council of West Hollywood, Calif., on Nov. 21, passed the first municipal ban on fur apparel in the United States. ...

Casey Exits American Apparel

Tom Casey, acting president of American Apparel, resigned from the Los Angeles–based vertical manufacturer and retailer. Casey joined the company in late 2010. ...

Stop Staring! Wins Trade-Dress Suit

A jury awarded apparel brand Stop Staring! $500,000 in a trade-dress dispute with Bettie Page Clothing. ...

Wet Seal's Blink Debuts

Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based The Wet Seal opened a Blink store at Downtown Disney West Side at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. ...

California Label Products

California Label Products has been servicing the apparel industry for 20 years. With our full-service in-house Art Department, we can create your branding identity from design to del...

New Gift Tenants at the CMC

New wholesale gift and home deacute;cor companies are moving to the California Market Center in Los Angeles, joining the building’s growing Gift and Home Showcase o...

Thursday, November 24

Tel Aviv Fashion Week Has a Stylish Debut

Tel Aviv Fashion Week celebrated its inaugural edition with a three-day event showcasing the country’s rich culture and design talent.Honorary designer Roberto Cavalli showed his support for the Israeli fashion community by presenting his Spring 2012 collection on the event’s...

Wednesday, November 23

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Designer Cavalli launches Israel's first fashion week in over 30 years (Daily Mail) Which Fashion-Forward Pop Megastar Shocked Fans With...

Last 'Dance'--Finale!

"Val Chmerkovskiy, Carson Kressley (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC)Hi Everyone!FINALE! YEAH!Last night’s finale of “Dancing With the Stars” started with a big dance number featuring all of the castoff celebrities and...

Tuesday, November 22

Freestyle: Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose

Hi Everybody!At last, finally the finals!Well, last night was the finals for Dancing With the Stars. The last surviving couples in the competition had to strut their stuff one more time to prove that they are worthy of taking home the mirror ball disco trophy. Each couple had to perform two routines— one ballroom dance that they didn’t perform...

Nobody Jones' Independent Stance

Odessa Bowden, in burgundy dress, with models wearing styles from her Nobody Jones label.It was the 8th anniversary of the Nobody Jones boutique selling independent fashion in Los Angeles’ Leimert Park neighborhood. There was no better...

Monday, November 21

Bohbot, Jackson Brothers Reach Settlement

After a weekend of negotiations, a settlement was announced Nov. 21 in the lawsuit brought by three of Michael Jackson’s brothers against manufacturer and showroom owner Steeve Bohbot.Eric Farber,...

Retail Spending on Anti-Theft Technology 'Lumpy,' Study Finds

Retail shrink, including shoplifting and internal theft, has hit its highest level since 2007, according to a recent study that saw the shrink rate hit $119 billion worldwide. ...

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Paul Smith to be honoured at British Fashion Awards (Telegraph)Turkish Women's Magazine Searches for Intersection of Islam and Fashion (The Atlantic)Israel Fashion...

Beware of the Grinch who Stole Cyber Monday

Watch where you surf, employees! A new survey, released just in time for the holidays, found 60 percent of companies plan to squelch online shopping during work hours by blocking employees’ access to e-tail sites. The survey, conducted by Robert Half Technology, an IT placement agency,...

Unis Debuts On West Coast

Unis owner/designer Eunice Lee, left and Devendra Banhart, who is wearing a Unis suit.Baggy pants made way for the slim chino awhile back. When you see them on the street, thank Eunice Lee for this ubiquitous men’s look.The designer said she started making the slim chino around 2000 when she...

Saturday, November 19

FIDM Prepares Design Students for Global Success!

FIDM is an internationally recognized forcein the Fashion, Graphics, Interior Design, and Entertainment Industries.Whether creating strong industry partnerships with companies who mentorstudents inside and outside the classroom or cultivating relationships with topbrands, our goal is to create incredible career opportunities for our studentsand graduates! Hands-on experience is anintegral part of FIDM’s educational program. Our dedicated CareerCenter staff, with an unparalleled ratio of staff to students, assists studentsin finding part–time positions in their respective fields while they are incollege. FIDM students have had opportunities to work for Michael Kors, GUESS?,Bloomingdale's, Old Navy, Forever 21, Juicy Couture, Saks Fifth Avenue, andmany more, all before they graduate! TheFIDM Career Center also offers FIDM Students on–campus recruitment and jobfairs throughout the year part–time jobs can lead to career positions aftergraduation. Career Center events help promote FIDM talent, establish importantconnections with industry professionals, and ensure the success of FIDMStudents and Alumni in their industry careers. Many of the industry’sbest-known retailers, from high-end designer labels and luxury brands towell-known department stores and specialty boutiques, show up for FIDM JobFairs. Our graduates are happy to come back to campus and share theirexperiences, offer advice, and network with students from every major. Upon graduation, FIDM Alumnibecome a part of global FIDM network that includes more than 40,000 graduatesranging from buyers for the hottest stores, to creators of award winning movietrailers, to Oscar®, Emmy®, and Ifyou are an employer interested in posting job positions for FIDM Students orGraduates, and becoming a part of our vast fashion network, please contact theCareer Center ( FIDM.  The college of creative thinking.

Friday, November 18

#039;Thriller#039; Jacket Lawsuit to Be Resolved, Bohbot Says

After a lawsuit was filed by three brothers of music superstar Michael Jackson, manufacturer and showroom owner Steeve Bohbot said...

New COO, Talent Chief Named to JC Penney

Plano, Texas–based JCPenney Co. Inc. named Michael W. Kramer chief operating officer, beginning in December. Kramer was previously president and c...

Nike's 'Back to the Future' Sneaker Auction Nets $9.4M for Parkinson

After a 10-day auction on eBay, Nike helped raise $4.7 million for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research with the sale of 1,500 pairs of limited-edi...

Port of Long Beach Names New Executive Director

There will be a new captain at the helm at Southern California’s Port of Long Beach....

New Nordstrom Rack to Open in San Diego

Seattle-based specialty retailer Nordstrom will open a 39,000-square-foot Nordstrom Rack next fall at Carmel Mountain Plaza in San Diego. The new store wi...

Torrid to Expand to Strip-Mall Locations

For Hot Topic Inc.’s Torrid division, the future is in strip malls....

Visual Display: Designing a Better Trade Show

David Winston has an antidote to cure the common trade show blues....

L.A. Investor Alec Gores Sees Future in Apparel and Retail

For 25 years, Los Angeles billionaire Alec Gores has made his fortune by turning around underperforming technology and industrial companies and selling them for a nifty profit....

Kitson Takes a Holiday

Prominent Los Angeles boutique chain Kitson has cultivated a reputation as the go-to place for fun pop-culture gifts and premium denim since starting business in 2000. It showed a different side of its fashion per...

Agenda: Filling Up Empty Space

For Aaron Levant, the interior of the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center is nothing but empty space....

American Apparel Expands Cosmetics Offerings

First T-shirts, then underwear, then denim and now cosmetics. Los Angeles–based American Apparel followed up the launch of nail polish under the American Apparel brand with a collection of Ame...

’Thriller’ Jacket Lawsuit to Be Resolved, Bohbot Says

After a lawsuit was filed by three brothers of music superstar Michael Jackson, manufacturer and showroom owner Steeve Bohbot said...

Dressed to Dance

Trade Talk’s Jeffrey Younger has been following “Dancing With the Stars” all season giving us the dancer’s take on the show. This week, we look at the fashion on the show when Trade Talk’s Deidre Crawford goes...

Gen Art Parties With Ted

Look who's partying at Ted Baker: from left Amanda Parenti, Jen Egan and Liz Jaeger.Gen Art always puts on a good party. On Nov. 17, it was a shindig at the Ted Baker boutique at 131 N. Robertson Blvd.There was champagne, there were chocolates and...

Hale Bob Takes Robertson

A Hale Bob look.Hale Bob is best known as a contemporary brand, and it will celebrate the debut of its first flagship store on Dec. 8.The flagship will be located at 104 S. Robertson Blvd., where Swedish brand Odd Molly formerly ran a boutique.With branded...

Kitson Opens Santa Barbara

Kitson's new shop in Santa Barbara. Photo credit Kitson.Kitson started the holidayswith a splash. The high profile Los Angeles-based boutique chain opened a new store Nov. 18 inthe stylish and affluent town of Santa Barbara. Kitson owner Fraser Ross...

It's All In The Show

Lifestyle blogger Marcus Troy gives California Apparel News the scoop on connecting fashion bloggers to brands. “Personally, I’ve always had this dream of putting together a trade show for bloggers…. my blogger friends were always wanting to know ’How do we reach brands?,’ and brands were always...

Thursday, November 17

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Is the Fashion Week Scheduling Stand Off Over? New York and London Offer to Move Dates (Fashionista)Rabia Z. Fashion Show Brings 'Modest' Couture...

Three Stores in One: Undrest Opens on Melrose

Undrest is stretching out its limbs and growing new branches. The brand’s new store on Melrose Ave. (formerly on Robertson Blvd.) is like three mini shops under one roof: the original Undrest lingerie and loungewear; Undrest By The Sea swim and resort...

Marco Marco Tones Down the Rock Star

The new line Collection 1 by Marco Marco. Photo credit. MarcoMarco.Just a few nights before the American Music Awards, studio for designer Marco Marco was atwitter with activity creating red carpet dresses for the atelier’s music industry clients....

Jessica Alba Sparkles with Swarovksi for the Holidays

Jessica Alba sparkles in Swarovski.Jessica Alba and Swarovski Elements are celebrating the holidays with plenty of sparkle. The actress hosted a private dinner last night to fête Swarovski Elements’ and Rodeo Drive’s first holiday...

Take a Load Off Metal

Photo by Dan Little, HRL Laboratories LLCResearchers at UC Irvine, HRL Laboratories and the California Institute of Technology have introduced a new metal material that is “about one hundred times lighter than Styrofoam,” thanks...

Wednesday, November 16

New Media Technologies Put Trade Shows on Path to Innovation

For years, trade shows were saddled with the reputation of being disconnected meet-and-greets in over-air-conditioned convention centers, but now they offer distinct personalities, online communities ...

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Gwen Stefani’s New Kids Clothing Line (Wall Street Journal’s Heard on the Runway blog)Collette Dinnigan is famous by design (New Zealand...

No Save for Hope

Derek Hough, Karina Smirnoff, Cheryl Burke, Rob Kardashian, Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez (photo by Adam Taylor/ABC)Hi Everyone,Last night was elimination night no. 9 on “Dancing With The Stars”—countdown to the finale!The show opened with Len Goodman’s encore performance of Rob and Cheryl’s carnival rainbow...

Tuesday, November 15

What's Checking: New Faces and Traditional Vibes on Vermont

Call 2011 a year of change for Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighborhood....

Samba Surprise

Tom Bergeron, J.R. Martinez, Karina Smirnoff, Cheryl Burke, Rob Kardashian, Hope Solo, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ricki Lake, Derek Hough (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC)Hi Everybody!It’s SEMIFINALS! On “Dancing With the Stars” and each celebrity had to perform three dances—The...

Loving the Suit

Yaroslaw Szychulda takes Thomas Pogue's measurements for a made-to-measure shirt. Looking on is Aaron Cordell, managing partner for Klein Epstein Parker.Los Angeles is famously a jeans and T-shirt town, but Dutch transplant Jeroen Bik thinks he can...

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Miss Piggy's moment in the fashion spotlight (Telegraph)Lady Gaga gets nasty in split with her longtime stylist (Chicago Sun-Times)Mexican Runways...

CityTarget Moving into Westwood

There's going to be a new retail kid on the block in Westwood next year.Target Inc. is planning to take over an empty retail space once occupied by Home Depot's Expo store, the higher-end version of the home supply...

Monday, November 14

Silver & Freedman to Dissolve in 2012

After 36 years, Silver & Freedman is taking down its shingle. ...

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Should the Kardashians be considered a brand? (All the Rage)Extra long coats reign for fall and winter (Wall Street Journal)Street Style: Winter Whites (The...

Brigade LA Takes A Bow

Models showing Brigade LA's contemporary, casual styles.There’s always a crowd around the Bottega Louie restaurant at the corner of West 7th Street and South Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.It’s a great spot to open a fashion boutique,...

Hunger For More?

I think Harry, Hermione and Ron are collecting Social Security by now. And Bella and Edward? Please, they’re procreating. Eww. It’s time for the next hit teen book to hit the silver screen—and in this one, fashion plays a central (albeit supporting) role. Today, Lionsgate released a...

Hedi Slimane's "California Song" Opens at MOCA

LA’s art and fashion set turned out in full force to celebrate the opening of Hedi Slimane’s “California Song” at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Kirsten Dunst and Tilda Swinton are just a couple of the artsy celebs who made an appearance to fête...

Makeup That Makes You Say 'Whoa.'

Rick Genest (a.k.a. Rico the Zombie), Canadian artist, model, friend of Gaga and, apparently, pitchman for DermaBlend makeup. Go behind the tattoos in this brilliantly cast video. (Shout out to The Daily Beast for this...

Friday, November 11

CFA, CIT: Industry Issues Discussed at Industry Meeting with Mayor

“Designed in L.A.” carries cachet around the world and is worthy of a place alongside Hollywood in promoting Los...

OptiTex's Daz 3-D Draping Tool Released for Mac OS

Israel-based OptiTex recently released a new version of its Dynamic Cloth Engine plug-in for Mac OS and updated its version of the Dynamic Cloth Engine plug-in for Windows, enabling it to sup...

Welcome Stranger Tries New Denim Look

San Francisco has one of the world’s great denim pedigrees. It is the hometown of the brand that began it all, Levi Strauss & Co. It is also the headquarters of denim emp...

Otis: Fashion's Role in 'Creative Economy'

The apparel industry is still the second-largest employer in the region’s creative economy, second only to the entertainment industry. But employment in all facets of the creative economy has declined ...

Rebecca Taylor Takes a Bow on Robertson

Rebecca Taylor has been primarily known as a boutique brand in California, and the New York–based label is scheduled to open its first West Coast boutique on Nov. 18....

Kingpins Launches '67-Second Sell' Videos on Vimeo

Boutique denim sourcing show Kingpins—which hosts editions in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Delhi and Bangalore—launched a new video series, titled “67-Se...

Technology in Application: Lessons Learned Along the Supply Chain

NEW YORK—The phrase “slow and lumpy” may be anathema in the bridal business, and yet, the supply-chain executives at David’s Bridal are perpetually challenged with squeezing effic...

Lectra: Color From Forecast to Finished Product

NEW YORK—Pantone set the color forecast for Winter 2012/2013, and Lectra brought it into the supply chain. ...

Rodeo#039;s Contemporary Influx Not an End of Luxe Era

When Amsterdam-based denim label

Container Traffic at Ports Declines in October

With retailers taking a cautious view toward the holidays, the number of cargo containers arriving at U.S. ports in October was expected to decline 2.3 percent over last year....

Best Collective's Colorful Winter

Dale Rhodes bet against the market for his winter designs for Best Collective, his new label....

Patagonia: Environmental Ethos Is Built Into the Business

Telling customers to purchase less clothing is not something many companies would do, but

Rodeo’s Contemporary Influx Not an End of Luxe Era

When Amsterdam-based denim label

Yoki Shop's New Digs

Welcome to Yoki ShopJeff Yokoyama is moving up.You probably remember Yokoyama from his days at the Modern Amusement label.Post Modern Amusement, in 2004 he debuted a shop for his Generic Youth label in Newport Beach. He later moved the shop to the hip...

Paul Smith Gets Stony

Paul Smith: Turn on the Black Light!Fashion windows are typically pretty, not mind-bending. So what’s up with the stoner friendly head shop art gracing the window of the Paul Smith store on Melrose? Flanked by mannequins wearing the Paul Smith...

Vanessa Bruno Celebrates One-Year Anniversary, Chats Film Collabs and Parisian Chic

Vanessa Bruno fêted the one-year anniversary of her Melrose boutique with a star-studded cocktail party and dinner. Celebs including Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson, Mena Suvari and Molly Sims turned out for the occasion - all dressed in the Parisian designer’s smartly chic attire. Rachel Bilson, Kate Bosworth and Vanessa Bruno, photo: Donato Sardella/WireimageThe intimate celebration, which included Los Angeles’ stylists, editors and trendsetters, was held at Lucques restaurant on Melrose located adjacent to her flagship boutique. It’s no wonder Bruno has attracted Hollywood’s chic set to her brand. Her clothing is designed with an...

Funky Soul

Addicted to Denim Funky Soul is created for denim junkies. The word addiction was originated in the 16th century denoting a person'8217;s inclination. Since then the world has been able to realize each one of us has one of those: an...

Gen Art's Live Photo Shoot at Andaz West Hollywood

Gen Art and the Andaz West Hollywood celebrated LA’s 2011 “Fresh Faces in Fashion” designers with a live photo shoot and party last last night.Gen Art members and the fashion set turned out to fête this season’s honorees and get a...

Thursday, November 10

Michael Jackson Returns: Amazon's Thriller Deal

E-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. has sold thousands of Michael Jackson books and CDs. Now, Amazon is betting that Michael Jackson fans will open their wallets for the Seattle-headquartered retailer...

Kathy Hilton Launches Special-Occasion Dress Collection

The Hilton name rings synonymous with the luxury lifestyle and red-carpet events thanks to socialites Paris and Nicky. And now their mother, Kathy Hilton, designer and entrepreneur, has launched a rea...

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Free People’s Spirited Ball Gowns (New York Times)Sneak Peek: Look Inside Colombia Fashion Week (Fashionista)A Fashion Designer's Second Act (New York...

Addicted to Denim

Addicted to Denim Funky Soul is created for denim junkies. The word addiction was originated in the 16th century denoting a person's inclination. Since then the world has been able to realize each one of us has one of those: an...

Wednesday, November 9

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Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Sneak Peek: 30 Pound Wings and Lots of Bling (ABC News)A Host of Brazil Fashion Friends (New York...

Bowing Out With Grace

Hi Everybody!Elimination night no. 8 opened with a hot, saucy! and sexy! performance by the female pros to Jordan Sparks’ anthem “I Am Woman.” All female dancers shaking and shimming in fringe. WOW!Then we were entertained by the Dance Center analysis consisting of Len Goodman and former contestants Jerry Rice and...

Tuesday, November 8

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Fall Street Trends from Around the World (Elle)Nicole Richie takes the plunge as she's crowned style influencer of the year (Daily Mail)Vionnet comes to...

Jive Talking and a Musical Surprise

J.R. Martinez, Karina Smirnoff (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC)Hi Everyone!Last night’s Dancing With the Stars” was called “Instant Dance Night.” The couples had to learn two dances last night: Their required routine and the instant dance, which was the Jive. But here’s the catch: They didn't know what...

West Hollywood Bans Sale of Fur

West Hollywood’s City Council approved a controversial ban on the sale of fur apparel products just before 1 A.M. Nov. 8, three council members supported the new law, one opposed it and one abstained.The law will go into affect 2013 and will prohibit the sale of new...

A Taste of Trade Show from Kingpins--With Love

Ever been to a Kingpins show? Now you can get a sampling of the boutique denim sourcing show, which hosts editions in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Delhi and Bangalore, through its newly launched “67 Second Sell” video series. Shot at the recent Los Angeles show,...

Monday, November 7

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Christian Louboutin celebrates 20 years in business (All the Rage)Street Style: Winter Shorts (The New York Times)Gucci Celebrates 90th...

Certo Takes Avedon

Dino Certo at AvedonBeverly Hills boutique Avedon held a party for Dino Certo Nov. 3, where Certo told spectacular tales about Hollywood’s fashion past.In the 1960s, he ran a shop which made suits for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy...

STYLEFILE: LEAH KRAEHLING

Leah likesleather, but...

Apolis: Common Gallery Grand Opening

Apolis Film: Behind-the-Scenes, Creating Apolis: Common Gallery from Apolis on Vimeo.Apolis describes its philosophy as a “social enterprise that equips and empowers people through opportunity instead of charity.” Its special projects have provided...

Personal Style Knows No Age

Advanced Style: Age and Beauty from Ari Cohen on Nowness.com.Filmmaker Lina Plioplyte and luxury storytellers NOWNESS know color, creativity, individuality, style, and the right to dress up are not reserved for the young. “Too many...

Betsey Johnson Rocks Out

Betsey Johnson, on the mike, rocks with the band The Mulhollands. Photo credit Felix Salzman/LookBookLAWhen the Betsey Johnson label promised that the venerable designer would entertain during her first Los Angeles area appearance in five years, they...

Don't It Make my Brown Eyes Blue

It’s not a recessive genetic trait, it’s a trend. An entertainment lawyer-turned-doctor has developed and patented a procedure to turn brown eyes blue—and unlike the colored contacts pictured above, the change is permanent. Apparently the 20-second...

Caught Red-Handed

When it comes to movie poster marketing, one thing you can count on for sure is formulaic archetypes, like the little red dress.Feel like you see the same movie posters again and again? It’s not a re-release.Beyond the ever present little red dress...

L'ecole: School's in Session on Melrose

The headmistress, the teacher’s pet, the troublemaker. L’ecole, (meaning “school” in French), has a cheeky uniform for every academic character. The new shop marks Laura Sfez’s resurrection of L’ecole after pausing production for 2 years. But the...

Friday, November 4

Levi's Brand President Steps Down

Robert Hanson, global president of the Levi’s brand, announced Nov. 3 that he would be stepping down from his job at one of the world’s most influential denim labels.“After my incredible, almos...

City of Hope to Honor Apparel Maker Gerard Guez

For more than three decades, Gerard Guez has been at the center of the Los Angeles apparel industry....

Vans Co-Founder James Van Doren, 72

A memorial mass was scheduled for Nov. 4 for Vans Inc. co-founder James Van Doren at St. Juliana Falconieri Church in Fullerton, Calif....

General Quarters' Golden Age of Chinos

The fashion world has taken inspiration from retro styles for years, but Blair Lucio cultivated his own category of retro with his General Quarters boutique at 153 S. La Brea Ave. in Los Ange...

October Sales Solid, but Slow

The winners in retail sales this October were discounters and off-price stores while specialty stores showed mixed results.Overall, October retail sales increased by 3.7 percent on a year-ove...

Bloomingdale's to Open in Glendale Galleria in 2013

A 120,000-square-foot Bloomingdale’s will be built at the Glendale Galleria shopping center, with construction starting next year.#8232;...

New Apparel Customs Chief Has a Mission

John Leonard has barely been on the job for more than a month, but the new head of apparel and textiles enforcement at U.S. Custom...

Apparel Executive Irving Kaplan, 99

Apparel maker Irving Kaplan died peacefully on Oct. 2. His daughters—Barbara Kaplan, Sandra Gonsalves and Joan Main—were by his side. He was 99. ...

OptiTex Sets Expansion Plans for the Global Market

Computer-aided design software maker OptiTex is expanding its horizons. ...

Gerber Unveils New Version of AccuMark Software

The abilities to create sleeves more quickly and improve pleat gradings are just some of the features in the newest version of AccuMark by Gerber Technology....

History and Elegance Reign in Vionnet's Spring Collection

In a nod to the past, French fashion house Vionnet showcased its Spring 2012 runway collection at upscale restaurant Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills....

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Vogue's Talley Prepares Museum Exhibition (The New York Times)Tom Ford Has Designs on James Bond (The Telegraph)Marc Jacobs Appears on South Park (Styleite)The Hepburn Look...

Zegna Parties For Its New Look

Zegna revelers from left Maria Menunos,Amaury Nolasco,Topher Grace,Odette Annable and Dave Annable.Venerable Italian menswear house Ermenegildo Zegna celebrated the remodel of its Rodeo Drive store on Nov. 3.DJing music for the stylish party was...

Tokidoki, Phone Home!

Tokidoki's Simone Legno with the Huawei M835 Sanctioned by Tokidoki.Tokidoki’s stable of stylish collaborations is on a growth spurt, and you can call home with the pop culture brand’s most recent collab, which was released Nov. 3 during a party at Tokidoki’s Melrose...

Get Ready For Winter at La Jolla Group's Shopping Event

Brrrr....It's cold out there! So get ready for winter at La Jolla Group's Friends and Family Shopping Event. The company is hosting a 50% OFF sale at it's O'Neill - Irvine location. Pick up apparel, sandals and backpacks at half the cost. And...

A Lingerie Addicts Support Group Meets at Faire Frou Frou

Faire Frou Frou’s Lingerie Social co-hosted with blogger Treacle aka “The Lingerie Addict” and Claudette bras was indeed a lingerie junkie’s version of an alcoholic’s anonymous gathering. These were the truly obsessed. “Is that Miss...

Thursday, November 3

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Vogue Encyclo Looking for Contributors (The New York Times)Trending: Down Jackets (The Telegraph)HM to Release Lisbeth Salander Clothing Line (USA...

That Dress Was Unforgettable

Some unforgettable frocks at the Decades signing for Hal Rubenstein's 100 Unforgettable Dresses. Photo credit Felix Salzman/LookBookLA.Designers, fashion nerds and the fabulous turned up at high end vintage shop Decades Nov. 2 to take in Hal Rubenstein...

Wednesday, November 2

Jill Roberts to Open Store in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Manhattan Beach is one of Los Angeles County’s most affluent towns, a fact not lost on Jill Roberts. The retailer is opening her third self-named Southern California boutique—this one in the small, seaside encl...

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Haute Halloween (Elle)Bid Your Way Into 15 Minutes of Milan Fashion Week (Wall Street Journal)Shrugging Off the Chill with Ponchos (New York Times On the...

One More Down at "Dancing With the Stars"

Kym Johnson and David ArquetteHi, Everyone!It was elimination No. 7 on DWTS.The show opened with a performance with teen-age heart throb Justin Bieber. He performed the song "Never Say Never"...

Tuesday, November 1

Levi#039;s Launches Sustainable-Cotton Jeans

As one of the largest denim producers in the world,

Levi’s Launches Sustainable-Cotton Jeans

As one of the largest denim producers in the world,

Spooky at "Dancing With the Stars"

Kym Johnson with David ArquetteHi Everyone!Halloween Night With “Dancing With the Stars."Monster Mash!Last night's DWTS theme was Halloween with almost everyone in costume. I have to give kudos to the costume...

Oh My Gee

Gee GaGa in front of Alexander McQueen ready to walk the streets of West Hollywood Halloween night.Who says all that glitters is not gold?While the competition may...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Shearling Breaks Out (The New York Times)Kate Middleton Tops Harper’s Bazaar’s Best-Dressed List (The Telegraph)The Python Chloe Bag Is Illegal In...