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First Fashion Setters Award Show Takes a Bow

Fashion Setters

With colorful, celebratory touchdown dances, Terrell Owens made headlines during his NFL career.

Safavi Joins Caruso

Retail

Reza Safavi recently joined Caruso, the real estate development company that owns and manages prominent retail centers such as The Grove in Los Angeles, according to a Caruso statement.

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Sprawling LA Market Draws Wide Range of Buyers

LA Market

For many buyers and exhibitors, the March 13–16 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market was the last stop in a long trade-show season that included shows three weeks ago in Las Vegas and New York.

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Fashion Rally for Immigrants

The Trump administration plans to change immigration rules, and some fashion brands have entered the brewing political debate with T-shirts.

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Mario De La Torre's Into The Darkness

Mario De La Torre's Into the Darkness collection took the Style Fashion Week runway with a celebration of vinyl and latex styles for women of all sizes.

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Moods of Norway at Style Fashion Week

About a five minute drive away from its flagship on Melrose Avenue, the Moods of Norway brand produced a Style Fashion Week show at Pacific Design Center March 10.

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David Tupaz at Style Fashion Week

David Tupaz Couture took the runway Style Fashion Week March 10.He outfitted elegant styles with bouclé and silks. Take a look.

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Malan Breton at Style Fashion Week

Malan Breton kicked off Style Fashion Week March 9 with a presentation of his Fall Winter 2017 line “The 7 Deadly Sins.” Take a look.

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True Religion’s Non-Conforming Ambassadors

The faces of True Religion's This is True campaign; Nikkie Lane, Tommy Lee and Herizen F. Guardiola.

Retailers Anxious over Travel Ban

Retail

Anxiety over a “Trump Slump” in tourism to the United States has become an issue, and California retailers have wondered if a travel ban initiated by the Trump Administration could affect them.

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What’s Going On With Westfield Massive Topanga Project?

Westfield's Topanga Project

In September 2015, Westfield unveiled a $350 million The Village at Westfield Topanga project adjacent to its luxe Westfield Topanga mall, 26 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. While wrapping up this project, the international mall giant was in the midst of planning an even bigger project in the Topanga area.

Shahid to Lead LAMM Trade Show

Trade Shows

Longtime assistant show director Sannia Shahid was recently named show director for the Los Angeles Men’s Market. She will run the upcoming LAMM, which is scheduled for March 28–29 in the California Market Center showroom building in downtown Los Angeles.

Apparel Sales Stall at 3 Percent, Athleisure Remains Influential, NPD Says

Retail

U.S. apparel industry sales increased 3 percent to $218.7 billion in 2016, according to market researchers The NPD Group in a March 6 statement.

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Style Fashion Week Extravaganza with Zumanity & Insomniac

Style Fashion Week has produced runway events for events for years, but its upcoming LA Fashion Week group of shows, it partners with Zumanity and Insomniac to put on a big party.

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Hermès’ Walks in DTLA

A hit song from the 1980s claimed “No One Walks In L.A,” but heritage brand Hermès does.

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Naked Princess Moving Out of Flagship

Retail

The Naked Princess lingerie, loungewear and beauty label will be moving out of its sprawling West Hollywood, Calif., flagship, according to a statement from the brand.

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Nasty Gal Founder’s Girlboss Rally

During a season of women’s marches and political actions, Sophia Amoruso put together the first Girlboss Rally

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Meet Dapper Boi

There's a new subculture; Bois. San Diego's Dapper Boi plans to outfit some of them.

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Post Oscar, Colleen Atwood at Beverly Center’s Snoopy Fashion Exhibit

Pen and ink is not good enough for some cartoon characters. Some have Academy Award winning costumers like Colleen Atwood designing clothes for them.

February Tough for Many

Retail

February proved to be a tough month for many retailers.

Celebs, Buzzing Business at Project

Trade Shows

It was a time for celebrity endorsements at the Feb. 21–23 run of Project Womens at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Pooltradeshow Remains an Alternative

Trade Shows

Pooltradeshow, which ran Feb. 21–23 at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Convention Center, kept its status as a trade show for fashion alternatives.

Post NY Fashion Week, Good Liberty Show for Krammer & Stoudt

Trade Shows

Print media is still a powerful medium. Just ask the cofounders of the Krammer & Stoudt label.

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East Coast Sports Apparel Maker Mitchell & Ness Moving to Irvine

Mitchell & Ness Moving

The North American licensed sportswear business is estimated to be a multi-billion-dollar market, and Philadelphia-headquartered brand Mitchell & Ness is making a gambit for a bigger chunk of it. It is scheduled to open its first West Coast office and a distribution center by mid-March in Irvine, Calif.

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AGOLDE X Opening Ceremony

AGOLDE and Opening Ceremony teamed up to design two capsule collections. The collections, called Carpenter and Graphic, took a bow on Feb. 28.

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Brigade LA’s Awards Night Show With Elevate

While movie and red carpet fans were viewing the Academy Awards, more than nine emerging California lines presented a runway show at the Brigade LA boutique in downtown Los Angeles.

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Farewell Fashion Bookstore

In another blow to the printed word, The Fashion Bookstore, which has been serving Los Angeles’ fashion industry and the region’s stylish people, is calling it quits.

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Coach…In Virtual Reality

The runway show for Coach 1941 made fashion headlines during New York Fashion Week earlier this month, the brand unveiled a virtual reality experience of the show available at some of its stores.

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Fabiana Milazzo to Melrose Place

Fabiana Milazzo’s styles have graced red carpets and glamorous salons in her native Brazil since 2000. On Feb. 22, she officially bought her brand to America.

Herbert Fink, Rodeo Drive Founding Father, 93

Retail

Herbert Fink, one of the founding fathers of Rodeo Drive’s designer and high-end retail scene, died Feb. 18 at his home in Los Angeles’ Bel-Air neighborhood. He was 93.

Brooks Joins Element

Manufacturing

David Brooks was named global general manager of Irvine, Calif.–headquartered brand Element, a division of Billabong International Ltd.

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Change Is Good for Las Vegas Trade Shows

Change Is Good

Attendees returning to the Las Vegas apparel and textile trade shows found the landscape changed again.

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Celine Dion's New Gig

Singer Celine Dion introduced her self-named Celine Dion Collection accessories line at the Project Womens show on Feb.21.

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Ivan Bitton Style House’s Runway Show

Ivan Bitton Style House keeps a focus on emerging fashion. On Feb. 13, it produced a runway show for International Condom Day.

Outdoor Retailer to Leave Salt Lake City Over Utah Gov's Stance on Public Land

Trade Shows

The Outdoor Retailer show is saying goodbye to Salt Lake City after exhibiting there for more than 20 years, the major trade show is shopping around for new venues in other cities.

Gap Inc. Cuts 216 Jobs

Retail

Gap Inc. recently reported that it laid off 216 people at its corporate office in San Francisco.

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Liberty’s Art Fashion Fundraiser For Africa

If you are going to Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs trade show in Las Vegas from Feb 20 -22, get ready for some fashion art.

Althouse Closes Store, Rejoins American Rag

Retail

Jennifer Althouse rejoined prominent retailer American Rag Cie shortly after closing her self-named Althouse boutique in downtown Los Angeles in January. She will serve the retailer as an executive vice president.

Source British Trade Show to Take a Bow

Trade Shows

London trade-show producer Upper Street Events will take new trade show Source British to the California Market Center showroom building for the LA Fashion Market. It is scheduled to run March 13–16.

Airport Retail Next Big Step for M.Fredric

Retail

For one store in the Los Angeles–headquartered M.Fredric chain, some of the busiest and most lucrative hours are between 6 and 9 a.m., long before most bricks-and-mortar retail stores are thinking about opening their doors.

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Meet Sebastien of Merakai Imperial Garments

For the next generation of Los Angeles design talent, you sometimes do not have to scout farther than the people working in the metropolis’s boutiques. Meet Sebastien Amisial.

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Ten Years for The Hundreds

A decade is an eternity in the boutique business, and Los Angeles’ streetwear brand The Hundreds is taking the month to celebrate its big shop.

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Streetwear Farewell to Obama

We've seen the laudatory memes and Thank You notes to Barack Obama, but what about the streetwear T-shirt?

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Los Angeles’ Metro/Mall Bridge Opens

There’s a new connection between public transportation and shopping.

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Tommy Hilfiger’s Carnivalesque Tommyland Show

Tommy Hilfiger

Veteran designer Tommy Hilfiger showed his Tommy Hilfiger Women’s Spring ’17 line and the Tommy X Gigi capsule at Tommyland, a carnival-esque installation that took over Windward Plaza Park.

Business as Usual is Good at CALA

Trade Shows

The last time the contemporary trade show produced its San Francisco event, Nov. 8–9, it opened on the day of the hotly contested presidential election. News of Donald Trump’s win dominated the trade show, said Lauren Butler, a sales representative for the Focus Showroom.

Retail Sales Forecast To Increase in 2017, NRF Says

Retail

Business will be good in 2017, according to a forecast released Feb. 8 by National Retail Federation, the Washington D.C. trade group.

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ROW DTLA's Spring Collective Blossoms

ROW DTLA, Los Angeles' newish retail enclave, recently debuted a set of new shops and creative spaces called The Spring Collective.

Gap Reports Gains

Retail

Gap Inc. reported gains after posting sales results for its fourth quarter for its 2016 fiscal year and in January.

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South Coast Plaza Kicks off 50th Anniversary with a Gala

South Coast Plaza kicked off its 50th anniversary set of celebrations with a gala dinner in Malibu.