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N. Jayne Seward

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Happy Holidays... from Riviera Club

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!It's the holidays and my inbox has been filling up with a slew of cards. Today, the best Christmas card EVER....has arrived. Holiday wishes with some SoCal humor from those...

A Current Affair: The Holiday Edition

If you need a shopping fix this weekend, head over to the holiday edition of A Current Affair: Pop Up Vintage Marketplace. Held three times a year, the two-day pop-up has quickly become the premier stop for vintage shopping in Los Angeles....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Gen Art Returns and the LA Fashion Scene Turns Out to Celebrate

Clint Catalyst and friend Gen Art’s “Fresh Faces in Fashion” show returned to LA after a short hiatus with near capacity attendance and some very fashionable faces. Over 800 guests attended the 13th annual event which closed...

LONDON Calling: The British Fashion Council Presents Designer Showcase

West Coast buyers, stylists and press have had the opportunity to meet some of London’s brightest design talent this week. The British Fashion Council presented a designer showcase titled the LONDON show ROOMS at the ACE Gallery Oct. 17 to 19 in conjunction with Concept Fashion Week. “LA is a...

More Installations at Concept Fashion Week

Eduardo LuceroDesigners continued to show their creative side at Concept Fashion Week. Along with each night of runway shows, installations gave designers the opportunity to showcase their collections in a more creative format. Saturday night’s lineup...

Diving Into Spring With Eduardo Lucero

Eduardo Lucero is one of L.A.’s most established and well-known designers. His designs have a sexy, feminine Latin flavor, yet maintain a sophistication that has celebrities and custom clients coming back time and again. He has been honored by Gen Art and has shown on the runway at Los Angeles Fashion Week as well as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Mexico. This is Lucero’s twentieth year in business and with nearly fifty shows under his belt, the designer continues to be inspired and reinvent himself each season. I caught up with the...

Concept Fashion Week Kicks Off With Designer Installations

Henry Duarte's rockin' video installation.From video installations to a garden parties, Concept LA Fashion Week presented designers through a series of installations. There were an assortment of looks on display. Henry Duarte created a video installation in collaboration with...

LA Fashion Week Kicks Off

Concept Los Angeles at ACE Gallery/photo by Image House LALA Fashion Week kicks off tonight with an installation by Emily Factor and Alex Lee and collaborative photo exhibition by Rankin and Damien Hirst. Get set for a full schedule of runway shows...

The Elizabeth Taylor Collection Has Arrived....Viewing Hours Extended!

Christie's has just announced extended viewing hours for The Elizabeth Taylor Collection this weekend. The incomparable collection of jewelry, clothing and Hollywood memorabilia of the late actress will be on view at MOCA Pacific Design Center from October 13 to 16 before it continues on its world tour. Tickets sold out within hours when the event was announced, but due to overwhelming demand Christie's is releasing another block of tickets tomorrow morning and extending exhibition hours. Special viewings will be available from 8 pm to midnight on October 14 and 15. Tickets are priced at $50 and will go on sale Tuesday morning, October 11 at Christies.com/elizabethtaylor.I just attended the press preview this morning and may I just say, the collection is simply stunning. The pieces on display - only a fraction of the 2000 piece collection - include some of the finest jewels in the world. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were two of the most avid and passionate collectors. According to Marc Porter, Chairman and President of Christie's America, the collection is worth over $50 million and is the single most important collection of jewelry ever sold. It includes the finest pieces from every category, every house and every gem. Not to mention all the history, Hollywood memoirs and romance that accompanies them. Known as "The Crown Jewels of Hollywood," the collection includes the 33.19 carat Elizabeth Taylor Diamond and a spectacular pearl necklace featuring the former crown jewel of Spain now worth $2 to $3 million. Angelenos will be happy to know they have an extra special addition to the exhibition. Taylor's three Oscar statutes are on display (courtesy of Taylor's family) as well as the original hard back scripts from "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" and "National Velvet." Ten thousand visitors have already viewed the exhibition in Moscow and in London. After Los Angeles, the tour will continue to Dubai, Geneva, Paris, Hong Kong and New York. Christie's New York will offer the complete collection for sale in two parts, beginning with four consecutive days of auctions December 13-16. Taylor’s collection of fine art will be offered at Christie’s London February 6-7, 2012.Why sell this collection you may ask? According to Christie's it was a decision made by Taylor herself. She considered herself only a temporary custodian of these luxurious items and wished for others to "give them a good home" and enjoy them as much as she did. Staying true to Taylor's devotion to humanitarian causes, a portion of the profits generated by ticket sales, events and select publications will be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF). Movie magic. The Mike Todd antique diamond tiara given to Taylor by Richard Burton, photo courtesy of Christie's.A Tiziani kimono from the 1968 film "Bloom" and Christian Dior haute couture evening ensemble. An emerald and diamond necklace by Bvlgari, $1,000,000 to $1,500,000, photo courtesy of Christie's. Elizabeth Taylor's Oscar for her performance in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf."Liz by Andy Warhol, photo courtesy of Christie's.Chanel shoes and clutch with matching ballgown and cape ensemble, photo courtesy of Christie's. A viewing room at the Los Angeles exhibition.The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond, a stunning 33.19 Cts., $2,500,000 to $3,500,000, photo courtesy of Christie's.Exquisite kunzite, amethyst diamond "Triphanes" sautoir, ear pendants and bracelet by Van Cleef ArpelsA gold and multi-gem charm bracelet worth $25,000 to $35,000. "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" movie script.La Peregrina, a natural pearl, cultured pearl, ruby diamond necklace by Cartier valued at $2,000,000 to $3,000,000.

The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor is Headed to LA

The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor will debut in LA before going to auction at Christie's, photo courtesy of Christie'sMovie star, fashion icon and humanitarian - Elizabeth Taylor is a legend. And so is “The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor." Christie's has announced that Los Angeles will be the...

Get Ready....It's the Next Edition of A Current Affair

Vintage lovers prepare yourselves....another edition of LA's vintage shopping mecca is on the calendar. On Sept. 24 and 25 top vintage collectors including Scout, Mercy Vintage, Tavin, New/Found and Siren Vintage will set up shop in the...

Street Style = Cyber Savvy Shopping

Street chic at NY Fashion Week, photo courtesy of Tommy Ton/Style.comStreet style is hot, hot, hot. If you live in the fashionsphere, then you’d have to be living under a rock not to know. And now what’s being worn on the street is turning into cyber savvy...

A Fashionable Fashion's Night Out at Philip Lim, Fred Segal and More....

From high heels to rock n’ roll bands and photo shoots, Fashion’s Night Out in LA was a fashionable affair. The Smashbox photo booth at Ron Herman at Fred Segal, photo by Diana Koenigsberg and courtesy of Smashbox Studios.For the third year in a row, the style set around the globe has joined forces on one night to celebrate fashion. The shopping extravaganza organized by

It's Fashion's Night Out Angelenos. Where Will You Be?

Get ready fashionistas…It’s Fashion's Night Out in LA! My inbox has been overflowing with invites for tonight and the Apparel News team will be out and about covering events from Rodeo Drive to downtown LA. Where will you be? The hot indie band Cults...

Academy of Art University Helps Kick Off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

If you are in New York for Fashion Week, no doubt you have seen the beautiful banners decorating the streets near Lincoln Center. Those fashion illustrations are by Gladys Perint Palmer, Executive Director of the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University. This is...

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim Kicks Off in South Beach

Miami Swim Week kicked off last night with poolside parties, runway shows and Kristin Cavallari wearing the world’s first glass bikini.Above: Diesel Cruise 2012; Below :Kristin Cavallari in a SKKY Vodka-inspired bikini, photos by John EckmierDiesel opened Mercedes-Benz...

Miami Prepares to Get In the Swim

Mara Hoffman Cruise 2011, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, photo by Volker CorellMiami is heating up as swimwear designers, retailers and editors prepare to get in the swim in South Beach.With SwimShow2012 and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim as anchor events...

Enamored With "L'amour fou"

From Le Smoking to popularizing prêt-à-porter, Yves Saint Laurent is one the most influential designers in the history of fashion. And with the release of “L’amour fou,” the extraordinary career of the couturier can be more fully understood and appreciated. I am personally...

Balenciaga and Spain

Often I have wondered how Balenciaga envisaged those bold voluminous shapes of the ’50s, a mid-century fashion innovation. While in San Francisco covering the Academy of Art University’s fashion show, I was lucky enough to attend a private tour of the “Balenciaga and Spain”...

Jasmin Shokrian's Chic Event

Jasmin ShokrianJasmin Shokrian fêted the season with an informal presentation last night at her design studio in West Hollywood. A stylish group of friends, family and chic industry insiders turned out for the event.Guests enjoyed wine and cheese...

Sample Sale Season Is ON!

It's that time of year! Sample sale festivites kick off tomorrow in downtown Los Angeles. Everyone from Alternative Apparel to EM Productions, Showroom Seven and Brand Equity Showroom will be hosting sales at The New Mart, Cooper...

A Conversation With Kate and Laura Mulleavy

MOCA on Vimeo.Among the many fashion exhibitions to debut recently, “Rodarte: States of Matter” tops the list of must-sees in Los Angeles. And yesterday, the public had the chance to learn more about the exhibition directly from the source. Kate and Laura Mulleavy sat down for an in-depth conversation about the history of...

"Beauty Culture" at The Annenberg Space for Photography

Backstage at the Paul Smith Women fashion show, London 09/13/2002, photo courtesy of Felicia WebbWhat is beauty and how is it defined in modern culture? That is what The Annenberg Space for Photography will attempt to answer in it’s next....

Levi's Film Workshop Opens at MOCA

Imagine attending a four month long interactive collaborative film workshop with some high tech film making equipment and some of most talented filmmakers and artists in the business. Well….that’s exactly what Levi’s has created. Following on the heels of its successful Print Workshop in San Francisco and Photo Workshop in New York, the iconic denim brand is set to debut...

Going to Camp, That is RetailCamp

Stylesight presentation on fashion forecasting.Do the terms Instagram, SEO, Quora and Klout leave you dazed and confused? Then it might be time to head to RetailCamp. This weekend technology gurus, PR experts, bloggers, retailers and fashion brands gathered at...

"Everything Went Black" at COMUNE

"Everything Went Black" photos courtesy of COMUNE/Jimmy FontaineGet ready for COMUNE's next über-cool event. The street-wise, creative culture brand will present a photo exhibition by photographer Jimmy Fontaine....

Otis Toasts Bob Mackie and Santa Monica Place

Otis College of Art and Design fêted legendary costume designer Bob Mackie and Santa Monica Place with a cocktail reception at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. The event kicked off the annual scholarship fundraising efforts for the college which will culminate on May 7...

Lunching With Moschino and Fred Segal Couture

The L.A. fashion flock turned out over the weekend for an exclusive preview of the Moschino Fall/Winter collection in Hollywood. Held in collaboration with Fred Segal Couture, the event was a chic poolside affair. Stylists, clients and editors...

Hurley X Brandon Boyd: Surfing, Art and Activism

Hurley and Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd have launched an exclusive art-inspired T-shirt collection to benefit H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everywhere). The fashion, art and surf communities gathered last night to celebrate the launch at the Sea-thos Foundation headquarters in Venice, Calif. Brandon Boyd, Bob Hurley and friends fêted...

Sophomore Plays Truth or Dare

Films aren't just for the big screen. Today, they're in fashion. During L.A. Fashion Week, New York-based fashion label Sophomore presented its Spring/Summer 2011 collection via a short video. Titled "Truth or Dare," the short debuted at Paul and Andre's in Hollywood in collaboration with Kanon Organic Vodka. Frankie Rayder, Samaire Armstrong, Nicky Hilton, Roxy Olin, Leo Fitzpatrick and Aaron Bondaroff all turned out for the screening and party.

Art + Design at Concept Fashion Week

Skingraft, photos by N. Jayne SewardDesigners showing at Concept Fashion Week showed off their creative side. The event held at the Ace Gallery, included an installation format which gave designers a unique opportunity to express their vision. Videos, artwork and live models were...

Celebrating the Art of Costume Design

"True Grit," costumes by Mary ZophresReady for the Oscars? If you're like most fashionistas, besides the red carpet extravaganza, the Costume Design category is a highlight of the Academy Awards. Now is your chance to get up close and...

Kevan Hall's Photo Extravaganza

Kevan Hall debuted his Spring 2011 collection last night with a photo installation at Agenda Loft in downtown Los Angeles. Guests enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres in a salon style setting while viewing the ’30s inspired collection...

Surfer's Rejoice......The Superkini Has Arrived

So just what is the Superkini?O'Neill Superkini, photos courtesy of O'NeillThe suit that sticks with you. O'Neill has created a new technically advanced bikini with a revolutionary grip material. NANOFRONT has 200% more grip than...

Trend Spotting at Agenda

O'NeillWhat will the kids be rockin' this Fall? If the Agenda trade show is any indication, we’ll be seeing an eclectic mix of ethnic inspiration, '70s music festival attire, a touch of vintage and plenty of floral and leopard prints. These were some of...

Get Ready...It's Almost Time for the Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition

Oscar winning costumes for 2010 designed by Sandy Powell for "The Young Victoria." With the box office race heating up over the holidays and the Golden Globes just around the corner, the stage is set in Hollywood for a glamorous award season....

Edith Palm Exhibition and Pop-Up Showroom at Eighth Veil

Painting by Egon SchieleSarah Aaronson has a flair for story telling. On Dec. 10, the designer of the Edith Palm collection, will present an installation and pop-up showroom at Eighth Veil in Hollywood. The L.A.-based designer and visual artist, who was featured in...

Sample Sales - Tis The Season

Sample sale season is upon us and just in time for the holidays. The Apparel News calendar has a full listing of sales which kicked off today. Check the site for deals and steals on brands such as +Beryll, Raquel Allegra, Hurley, Vince and...

Otis Announces Mentors & Debuts 27 Years of Fashion Online

photo courtesy of Otis.eduOtis College of Art and Design is known for its fabulous year-end fashion shows. And next years seems to be shaping up to be equally as fabulous. Otis has just announced that Cynthia Rowley, KaufmanFranco and...

Reef Hearts Guatemala on Facebook

Reef fans have a unique opportunity to collaborate with the brand and help the global community. The Carlsbad, Calif. based surf brand has launched its “We Heart Guatemala” design initiative on Facebook. Reef will be asking fans to participate...

Fashion Meets Art at Concept Fashion Week

Concept Fashion Week was a great place to find upcoming design talent. There were multiple fashion shows and a series of art meets fashion installations that ranged from conceptual to avant-garde. The opening night included installations by Valerj Pobega,...

New York Celebrates L.A. Fashion Week

Helmut Lang creative directors Michael and Nicole ColovosA fashionable fête at the Palihouse Holloway Hotel celebrated L.A. Fashion Week New York style. The cocktail party was hosted by designers of leading contemporary New York-based brands Helmut...

Vintage, Hipsters and Style at Fashion's Night Out

The fashion crowd was out in full force for last night’s Fashion’s Night Out in Los Angeles. Vintage lovers, deal hunters and hipsters dressed the part as they scoured the...

Get Ready for Fashion's Night Out in Los Angeles

Fashion’s Night Out is almost here... You would have to be living in your own little fashion bubble to not be aware of the global shopping extravaganza. But we know that you know because you’re “in the know.” Sooooo, now the...