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Wet Seal Announces Job Cuts

Retail Report

The Wet Seal Inc. announced on Oct. 14 that it would eliminate 78 jobs as part of the beleaguered retailer’s cost-savings plan.

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MarcoMarco: Drag Queens, Underwear, Anna Wintour?

Marco Morante, the costume designer for Britney Spears and a brigade of other celebs, produced a runway show for his MarcoMarco line of underwear at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 14 The MarcoMarco line was just one part of the show. Taking the runway was a vertiable revue of drag queens with names like Mayhem Miller and GiGi Gorgeous on the runway. Since I cannot put it in a more hilarious way than Marco, you're going to have to read his letter to Anna Wintour in the show's program. It's in the blog!

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Gap in DTLA?

There’s been a much ballyhooed renaissance of high-end boutique retail in still gritty downtown Los Angeles during the past 18 months or so. Now it looks like contemporary retail is coming to the burgeoning enclave. Gap, the biggest specialty store on the globe, is coming to downtown Los Angeles.

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F21's Street-Style Simpsons Line

Fashion Collab

The Simpsons land at Forever 21 stores on Oct. 16.

Sam & Lavi Land Moss Adams Innovator Award at FBI Fashion Fundraiser

MAFI winner

The Moss Adams Fashion Innovator (MAFI) award was presented to Sam & Lavi founders Sam Arasteh and Lavi Mirzak on Oct. 14 at Union Station at the 4th annual All Aboard….LA’s Fashion Platform runway show and fundraiser for Fashion Business Inc.

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Have International Fashion Tour, Will Travel

The International Fashion Tour plans to produce runway tours of international designers in various U.S. cities in 2015, but on Oct. 13, this runway with wheels held a preview show at the California Market Center, featuring the looks of Pia Gladys Perey, Charles Cua and Melchor Guinto.

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Robert Talbott x Neiman Marcus

The Robert Talbott label has been on the move. Earlier this year, the elegant label rolled out a handful of shop-in-shops across the country. It recently announced that its Fall ’14 menswear collection will be sold at four Neiman Marcus locations and at Neiman Marcus. Stay classy!

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Max Mara’s South Coast Plaza Dolce Vita

It was a perfect California day, shorts and T-shirt weather on Oct. 12, but it still felt like the right time to view the stylish coats at the North American debut of the Max Mara’s Heritage Project Installation.

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Pink Tie Affair at California Market Center

Since 2010, Maxwell Dickson has been quietly running an art gallery in a building-full of fashion showrooms at California Market Center in Los Angeles, but the low key profile took a break on Oct. 11. Dickson put his self-named Maxwell Dickson gallery at the center of a gala Oct. 11 for the Pink Tie Affair, at Suite C919 of the CMC. One of the main activities for the night was an auction for his contemporary art to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care & Research Fund.

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Moods’ Metropolitan Fashion Week

It’s not just L.A. Fashion Week. It’s also Metropolitan Fashion Week! This fashion event was hosted by Mood Designer Fabrics in L.A. The runway is in the store window.

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Red Carpet Designer Chagoury in Scoop

Designer Gilbert Chagoury made a splash by designing red carpet gowns and eveningwear in Los Angeles, mostly sold at his atelier on 8378 Melrose Ave. Recently, he got into the ready-to-wear game. He placed several pieces at ScoopNYC at its Beverly Hills location and its online store

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Spring 2015

LA Fashion Week

Los Angeles Fashion Week events run from Oct. 8 through Oct. 19 and—so far—there are about 60 runway shows, installations and parties planned.

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Gucci’s Rodeo Bow

Gucci unveiled its remodeled emporium at 347 N. Rodeo Dr. recently. It’s the first of a few highly anticipated store remodels that will take a bow on Rodeo.

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Uniqlo’s Gala Beverly Center Debut

Uniqlo has been opening flagship stores all over Southern California, and on Oct. 10, the Japanese retailer held a pre-opening shopping event at its new Beverly Center flagship in Los Angeles

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Party for Amanda Shi

The Amanda Shi line took a bow with a soiree for the elegant line at pioneering retailer American Rag on Oct. 10.

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Showroom Profile: Summer Somewhere

At LA Market

Virginia native, opened her showroom, Summer Somewhere, in the Cooper Design Space in June. With the help of Richard Ruiz, stylist for Mara Hoffman, Spigel transformed the lofty corner space into a beach oasis, complete with a hammock hanging over a sandbox and display tables made from vintage surfboards.

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Fueled by Heritage, Contemporary by Design

AS by DF and AStars

The jewelry-like gold zippers are polished by hand in Japan, the motorcycle jackets are lined in silk, and the pattern on a leather shift dress is also done by hand. These are the exacting details Denise Fócil puts into her contemporary collection.

Gores Group Sells Scovill Fasteners

Manufacturing

Los Angeles–based investment firm The Gores Group is selling Scovill Fasteners to Morito, a 106-year-old Osaka, Japan–based supplier of apparel fasteners and components for automobiles.

Apparel Retailers—and Manufacturers—Offer Some Advice for the New Owners of MAGIC, Project and Pool

Trade Show

New ownership usually means change for any company. Following the recent announcement that U.K. company UBM PLC will acquire Advanstar for $972 million, many in the industry wondered what changes were in store for the trade show giant, whose shows include MAGIC, Project and Coterie.

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Intertextile Offerings Include Expanded Denim Hall and Sustainability Zone

Textiles

When the giant Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics 2014 trade show opens on Oct. 20 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, visitors will find a newly expanded Beyond Denim hall, featuring exhibitors from six countries and regions.