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  • U.S. military issues fashion challenge to find a better protective suit

    U.S. military issues fashion challenge to find a better protective suit

    The U.S. military is soliciting help from fashion designers and textile experts to assist in redesigning the protective suits soldiers wear against chemical and biological attacks. The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense, a division within the U.S. Department of Defense,...

  • French burkini ban puzzles, upsets Muslim fashion designers

    French burkini ban puzzles, upsets Muslim fashion designers

    Puzzled — and upset. That’s how some women working in the Islamic fashion industry view the furor in France over burkinis, the body-concealing swimsuit that has been banned in a growing number of seaside towns. “I am quite upset to say the least. Wearing a burkini is not a political statement,...

  • Jenna Dewan Tatum is the new face - and body - of the Danskin brand

    Jenna Dewan Tatum is the new face - and body - of the Danskin brand

    Danskin has decided to step it up by signing actress and dancer Jenna Dewan Tatum as its latest spokeswoman. The 125-year-old dance label, owned by Iconix Brand Group Inc. since 2007, is in the midst of a brand reimagining that couldn’t come at a better time. Women’s brands account for 40 percent...

  • Michelle Obama choose a Jonathan Simkhai dress for Variety cover shoot

    Michelle Obama choose a Jonathan Simkhai dress for Variety cover shoot

    Jonathan Simkhai’s signature fit-and-flare macramé lace dresses have gained a new fan. First Lady Michelle Obama, who graces the cover of the Aug. 23 issue of Variety on newsstands yesterday, wore a custom-fit style from Simkhai’s pre-fall collection for the magazine’s cover shoot, photographed...

  • Stampd throws a Hollywood Hills house party to celebrate its latest Puma collaboration

    Stampd throws a Hollywood Hills house party to celebrate its latest Puma collaboration

    Given designer and 2016 CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund finalist Chris Stamp’s mantra “Made to Make It” — which glows in neon on the wall of his La Brea Boulevard boutique — it’s hard to think of a more appropriate setting than a Ciroc- and Red Bull-fueled house party in an $18.5-million Hollywood Hills...

  • New Burberry fragrance campaign stars actress Lily James

    New Burberry fragrance campaign stars actress Lily James

    Burberry has recruited British actress Lily James to help it get in touch with its social side for the launch of My Burberry Black parfum, a more intense formulation than last year’s My Burberry fragrance, which was inspired by the black Burberry Heritage trenchcoat. The My Burberry Black television...

  • Speedo, Ralph Lauren among sponsors dropping Ryan Lochte

    Speedo, Ralph Lauren among sponsors dropping Ryan Lochte

    Two days after Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte apologized to NBC’s Matt Lauer, Speedo USA announced it has ended its sponsorship of Lochte. In addition, Ralph Lauren said in a statement Monday, “Ralph Lauren continues to proudly sponsor the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team and the values that its athletes...

  • Objects Without Meaning opens a pop-up shop in the DTLA Arts District

    Objects Without Meaning opens a pop-up shop in the DTLA Arts District

    Momentum around the Los Angeles Arts District’s development aligned well with designer Alexandra Michelle’s desire to grow her five-year-old women’s line as she further develops her distribution strategy. Her recently opened pop-up store will test company-owned retail for the designer. The gallerylike...

  • Chloe Sevigny, Natasha Lyonne among attendees at Women in Cinefamily's closing night bash

    Chloe Sevigny, Natasha Lyonne among attendees at Women in Cinefamily's closing night bash

    While most cities experience a slowdown in August, Hollywood was hopping on Sunday night when Brie Larson and director Jodi Wille hosted a dinner to celebrate The Women of Cinefamily Festival’s closing night. The all-female offshoot of the organization of filmmakers and cinephiles hosted its first...

  • 11 and gender fluid: suits, ties and other staples from my daughter’s closet

    11 and gender fluid: suits, ties and other staples from my daughter’s closet

    My daughter and I walked into J. Crew. We were at the Americana at Brand in Glendale on a stiflingly hot June day, one of the many we’ve suffered this summer. She flew through the patterns and pink clothes of the girls department and landed squarely in front of the tie rack, in the belly of the...

  • Gen Art's Fresh Faces in Fashion showcase returns to Los Angeles

    Gen Art's Fresh Faces in Fashion showcase returns to Los Angeles

    Snakes slithering across chunky signet rings, models clad in vegan shoes see-sawing on a patch of fake grass and a runway show that includes skeleton-shaped knapsacks sounds like a scene straight out of Los Angeles’ twice-yearly fashion week. But this particular event unspooled in early August,...

  • Fresh styles and gender-neutral colors that pass the test for back to school in L.A.

    Fresh styles and gender-neutral colors that pass the test for back to school in L.A.

    School is back in session. With the mid-August to September return to classrooms and daycare centers everywhere, here’s a look at of-the-moment, different and, in some cases, Los Angeles-area-made style options for the little ones in your life who might be eager to rule the hallways or step on...

  • L’Eclaireur sets opening date for L.A. flagship store

    L’Eclaireur sets opening date for L.A. flagship store

    Parisian boutique L’Eclaireur is set to open its first U.S. store next month, tapping the West Hollywood Design District for its outpost. The store at 450 N. Robertson Blvd. is expected to open Sept. 9, placing it in the same block as H. Lorenzo and Bel Bambini. The actual building is a Sixties mansion...

  • ‘Coco Chanel,’ a new illustrated biography, details the highs and lows of the designer’s life

    ‘Coco Chanel,’ a new illustrated biography, details the highs and lows of the designer’s life

    Today’s release of the illustrated biography “Coco Chanel” falls on what would have been the late designer’s birthday. Zena Alkayat penned the heavily researched quick read and Nina Cosford provided the images. Published by Chronicle Books, “Coco Chanel” features “lovely, jolly” drawings on every...

  • Blossom Atelier takes root in Santa Monica

    Blossom Atelier takes root in Santa Monica

    Slipping into colorful kimonos prior to getting their hairrefined and reshaped by Jamie Leonard at the new Blossom Atelier, patrons can’t help but sense they’re figuratively about as far away from Supercuts as is humanly possible. “I always thought it was really boring to wear ugly smocks,” reasoned...

  • Insect-inspired jewelry puts the bug in the spotlight

    Insect-inspired jewelry puts the bug in the spotlight

    Butterflies, dragonflies, bees, spiders, beetles, ants, scorpions, wasps and a slew of other multi-legged and winged creatures are in the spotlight thanks to several new and recently introduced jewelry styles. Insects are turning up in statement pieces from Gucci, which is all about the bees, as...

  • Which 2016 Rio Olympic athletes could win fashion and beauty deals?

    Which 2016 Rio Olympic athletes could win fashion and beauty deals?

    Every four years, the Olympics herald a major opportunity for competing athletes: the glory of victory, the agony of defeat and the promise of payday. Along with millions of people around the world, marketers are tracking the performances at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro to see who could shine...

  • Ryan Lochte keeps sponsors for the time being

    Ryan Lochte keeps sponsors for the time being

    Ryan Lochte may have hightailed it out of Rio de Janeiro in the wake of his much-disputed tale of being a victim of an armed robbery, but his sponsors haven’t abandoned the 12-time Olympic medalist. A Speedo spokesman confirmed Thursday that the now-notorious swimmer continues to be sponsored by...

  • Vanessa Hudgens and Kohl’s kick off school year in South L.A.

    Vanessa Hudgens and Kohl’s kick off school year in South L.A.

    As kids across the U.S. head back to school, Vanessa Hudgens certainly can relate. The actress remembers vividly the routine she followed at the start of the new academic year and the one ensemble that stuck out in her mind. “It was literally polyester shorts with a matching button-down T-shirt...

  • Justin Bieber teams with Forever 21 and Bravado for Purpose World Tour limited-edition apparel

    Justin Bieber teams with Forever 21 and Bravado for Purpose World Tour limited-edition apparel

    Justin Bieber may have axed his Instagram, but he will soon give fans a signature capsule collection. Through a collaboration with music merchandise label Bravado, the pop star has created an exclusive eight-piece collection of his Purpose World Tour. The Forever 21 x Justin Bieber Purpose Tour...

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