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  • The 4,000 ways the new Barbie bodies fall short

    The 4,000 ways the new Barbie bodies fall short

    Mattel announced today that Barbie, the pint-sized paragon of feminine pulchritude will soon be available in three new body types: tall, petite and curvy. The bid for Barbie inclusiveness had barely finished crossing the lips of the morning news anchor when my better half asked aloud: “But what...

  • These top-selling dresses at Macy's, Kmart and Wal-Mart show us what retail got wrong

    These top-selling dresses at Macy's, Kmart and Wal-Mart show us what retail got wrong

    Friday morning’s news that Wal-Mart plans to close 269 stores, including nine in California, will certainly have an effect on walk-in retail -- especially if you’re on the hunt for inexpensive big-screen televisions, ammunition or Garth Brooks’ exclusive-to-Wal-Mart “Blame It On My Roots” box set....

  • David Bowie's stylish shape-shifting sizzle caught our eye while camouflaging the man behind the art

    David Bowie's stylish shape-shifting sizzle caught our eye while camouflaging the man behind the art

    David Bowie's half-century career will be defined, as it well should be, by his music output. But it can't be altogether untangled from his signature look — or rather looks, each one telegraphing the arrival of a totally different Bowie: Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane (with the lighting bolt across...

  • Golden Globes red carpet trends: Sparkle, wow and deep décolletage

    Golden Globes red carpet trends: Sparkle, wow and deep décolletage

    Deep décolletage was the look of the night at the first awards-show red carpet of the new year, with celebrities at the 73rd Golden Globes on Sunday sporting necklines that plunged lower than the Chinese stock market. The look could be seen in "Blindspot" actress Jaimie Alexander's green gown by...

  • New beauty products for the new year

    New beauty products for the new year

    New Year, new you? Despite the cliché, as the calendar flips to Jan. 1 we feel compelled to shift gears, change a habit, try something new. Refreshing your makeup bag is an easy change. Moreover, you'll find that over the last few years research and development teams have been working overtime...

  • New techniques to keep hands looking younger, from simple sunscreen to injections

    New techniques to keep hands looking younger, from simple sunscreen to injections

    Even in Hollywood, where faces have been plumped, nipped, filled and pulled in a quest to look decades younger. hand care can be neglected, tattletaling the age people spend thousands of dollars to hide. Crepey dry skin, dark spots and prominent veins are the giveaways. "If you did a cross section...

  • Kanye, Apple, 'Zoolander' and more: Look who's got us talking in the world of fashion as 2016 approaches

    Kanye, Apple, 'Zoolander' and more: Look who's got us talking in the world of fashion as 2016 approaches

    Looking back The Kanye West X Adidas Originals collection's debut during New York Fashion Week in February would have been a high point for its star-studded front row alone, which included notable fashion designer Alexander Wang; pop stars Rihanna, Diddy, Jay Z and Beyoncé; and Vogue's powerful...

  • David Bromley's rambunctious creations take up residence in downtown L.A.

    David Bromley's rambunctious creations take up residence in downtown L.A.

    Australian artist David Bromley's joyous tribe of leapfrogging children, marching band elephants, flying hats and butterflies has traveled to Los Angeles to be on display — and for sale — at downtown L.A.'s Guerilla Atelier through the end of May. Although the artist is best known for his paintings...

  • Trends in over-the-counter face care

    Trends in over-the-counter face care

    In an era when a purportedly new-best-face-cream-since-the-dawn-of-time seems to be advertised weekly — and snail-slime serums, nightingale-dropping facials and bee-venom products can be bought with the tap of a keyboard — it can be difficult to know which over-the-counter skin-care products are...

  • Face the new year with a firmer grasp of cosmetic procedures

    Face the new year with a firmer grasp of cosmetic procedures

    Looking to kick-start your beauty regimen for a new season of good looks? Here are some of the latest ways plastic surgeons and dermatologists are dealing with common skin care concerns including wrinkles, acne and uneven and saggy skin. Anti-aging/wrinkle control When it comes to anti-aging products...

  • Janessa Leone just can't keep this under her hat

    Janessa Leone just can't keep this under her hat

    As business problems go, hat designer Janessa Leone's was a good one to have. She quickly outgrew both original manufacturers for her line during its first season. That was in 2012. She is now in her sixth season, with her hats selling through retailers in 14 countries around the world as well...

  • Fashion goes gender-neutral: One style for all

    Fashion goes gender-neutral: One style for all

    In fashion-obsessed circles, the sold-out shoe of the fall season wasn't some crazy-high stiletto for women or debonair monk-strap for men. It was the same shoe across the gender divide: Gucci's fur-lined flat scuff slipper, with the house's iconic metal horse-bit. The symbolic shoe made its debut...

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  • Velvet lends a touch of elegance to the holidays

    Velvet lends a touch of elegance to the holidays

    It's getting colder outside, making it tempting to leave home swaddled in that adult-size cuddle blanket. Instead, for the sake of your style reputation, we suggest snuggling up to some sumptuous and sophisticated: velvet. Lately, the plush fabric has been seen embellishing hiking boots, jewelry,...

  • Visions of espadrilles and ballet flats dance in Meghan Cleary's head

    Visions of espadrilles and ballet flats dance in Meghan Cleary's head

    When Meghan Cleary was 5 years old and growing up in Farmington, Mich., she spotted a pair of embroidered, baby blue wedge espadrilles at her local Kmart and instantly fell in love with footwear. "I had a very visceral sense that getting those shoes would change something about my life," says Cleary,...

  • Last-minute holiday gifts for the fashion-minded

    Last-minute holiday gifts for the fashion-minded

    Still shopping? We've got you covered with these last-minute inspirations for gifts that span the spectrum from pretty to practical to reach-for-the-stars. (We are in Hollywood, after all.) —— Kelly Wearstler Douglas fir Avant dog house with down-filled cushion, $2,500, with a portion of proceeds...

  • Spirituality and style: Luxe interpretations of mala beads

    Spirituality and style: Luxe interpretations of mala beads

    Step into a Bikram yoga class or vegan cafe and chances are you'll see any number of people wearing strings of beads coiled around their wrists or necks. Some version of these beads — called mala, mantra or prayer beads — are used in a multitude of religions, including Buddhism and Hinduism, to...

  • Modern twists on tweed

    Modern twists on tweed

    Tweed, that borrowed-from-the-boys fabric that Coco Chanel began reinventing for female clients in the 1920s, is in soft focus again this season. Vibrant color, metallic threading, embellishments such as ostrich feathers, jewels, sequins and soft fringe feminize nubby tweeds, as do nipped-in silhouettes...

  • Weddings head out of the banquet hall

    Weddings head out of the banquet hall

    A cookie-cutter wedding just would not cut it for urbane lovebirds Brittany Mrsnik and Jason Barnes of West Hollywood. When their wedding planner recommended Millwick, a hip new venue in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District, they were immediately smitten by the industrial chic of the 80-year-old...

  • Wedding trends today? Well, they're glamorous but less fussy too

    Wedding trends today? Well, they're glamorous but less fussy too

    What we generally think of as the "holiday season" could also be called "engagement season."' One-third of all engagements happen between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, according to WeddingWire, an online wedding planning site. So if you or someone you love is setting the date, here's our holiday...

  • Lee Hogan Cass, who redefined power dressing in the '80s, dies at 95

    Lee Hogan Cass, who redefined power dressing in the '80s, dies at 95

    As vice president and fashion director of Broadway department stores, Lee Hogan Cass catered to tastes of L.A. women who were breaking barriers in button-up professions. It was the heyday of the power suit — of padded shoulders, trussed-up necks. But by the mid-1980s, Cass had had enough. What...

  • Sweaty Betty brings its British 'sports luxe' looks to Venice's Abbot Kinney

    Sweaty Betty brings its British 'sports luxe' looks to Venice's Abbot Kinney

    Local fitness fanatics looking to buck athletic wear's black-and-stretchy standard have a new best bet, courtesy of the Brits. London-based fitness empire Sweaty Betty opened its first California brick-and-mortar location in Venice on Nov. 20, selling figure-flaunting workout attire in splashy...

  • The close-knit partnership at Kit and Ace

    The close-knit partnership at Kit and Ace

    Ask Shannon Wilson what's different about her new luxury athleisure brand Kit and Ace, and she's clear. "We call it 'improving the perfect,'" she says of the brand's proprietary luxury-meets-function fabric, a "technical cashmere" dubbed "qemir." "Cashmere itself is pretty amazing, but we wanted...

  • Dita Von Teese knows how to make 'Your Beauty Mark'

    Dita Von Teese knows how to make 'Your Beauty Mark'

    Heather Sweet was just a freckle-faced strawberry blond from small-town Michigan until she discovered the makeup and beauty regimen that would transform her into the raven-haired, pale-skinned, scarlet-lipped Hollywood burlesque queen and style icon Dita Von Teese. In addition to splish-splashing...

  • Holiday party makeup tips from a makeup artist who's worked with Rita Ora and Pink

    Holiday party makeup tips from a makeup artist who's worked with Rita Ora and Pink

    With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, the season of merry, bright and cool has arrived. Bold beauty looks are so slick, so chic right now that it's tempting to venture beyond the go-to, holiday party smoky eye and red lip. Covet the seemingly born-with-it swagger of women like Gwen Stefani,...

  • 16 celebratory accents for your holiday party outfits

    16 celebratory accents for your holiday party outfits

    It's that time of year when a flurry of invitations comes rolling in. There's tree-trimming, caroling, cocktailing and canoodling with colleagues at the annual office party (oh joy!). Add black-tie soirées, family feasts, boat parades and all manner of pageantry. The dress code for a.m. and p.m....

  • Florsheim X Esquivel features the first women's collection from the venerable shoe brand

    Florsheim X Esquivel features the first women's collection from the venerable shoe brand

    Hip Orange County shoemaker George Esquivel and Wisconsin-based Florsheim have joined forces for a holiday capsule collection of shoes that not only manages to perfectly meld the former's flair for artisanal touches with the latter's old-school dress-shoe silhouettes but also marks the 123-year-old...

  • Want to rock an ear cuff? Here are 7 holiday-ready designer versions

    Want to rock an ear cuff? Here are 7 holiday-ready designer versions

    The glorious ear cuff has decorated female ears for thousands of years, from ancient ornate kaffas to feminine mid-20th century Earrites, which were worn by stars such as Lucille Ball and Marilyn Monroe. Today's ear cuffs, worn by Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lawrence, Miley Cyrus and others, lend...

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