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Citadel plans annual Shopping Extravaganza for charity

Ever feel kind of selfish when you're shopping? 

If so, you can shop without that nagging guilt at the Citadel Outlets' ninth Shopping Extravaganza on Oct. 18, which annually nets more than $100,000 to support 38 local charities.

Here's how it works: for admission to the extravaganza, shoppers pay $25 -- $20 of which goes to charity. In exchange, shoppers can partake of  exclusive discounts from more than 100 stores, a catered lunch from Ruby's Diner,  Stella Rosa wine tasting at San Antonio Winery, live entertainment and the chance to win more than $90,000 in prizes.

Tickets are available on or from Eventbrite.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the mall, located off I-5 between the Atlantic and Washington exits at 100 Citadel Drive, Los Angeles.


Nordstrom Santa Anita is hosting a day of beauty from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20, redeemable toward your beauty purchases that day. Planned are a beauty trends runway show, complimentary makeup,...

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Paris Fashion Week: Miu Miu's girls grown up

Miuccia Prada gathered a starry front row for her spring Miu Miu show Wednesday afternoon at Paris Fashion Week, including Shailene Woodley, Hailee Steinfeld and Liv Tyler.

What to make of the clothes was another matter. Fur-trimmed overcoats in pastel hues over tartan pencil skirts and ruffled midriff-baring tuxedo blouses. Sleeveless tops that looked like a homemade hodgepodge of vintage fabrics, over leather skirts, worn with ankle socks and bow-topped pumps.

It was winter wear for springtime, and maybe a bit of Goodwill chic. (Out with the embellishment!)

The models looked about as sad as is humanly possible, with slicked-back wet hair and dour expressions. (Not smiling is par for the course, and it was the last day of a very long runway season, but this was different.)

Perhaps what Prada had in mind was disillusioned, 1960s-era boarding school brats a la Kiernan Shipka in "Mad Men." Desperate to look sexy with not a lot to work with, they can't wait to get older.

Ah, the folly of...

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Paris Fashion Week: At Hermes, the calm after the storm

The final collection Christophe Lemaire presented for Hermès on Wednesday afternoon at Paris Fashion Week, before he heads off to focus on his own namesake label, was the perfect reminder of why he's been such a steadying force for the luxury powerhouse.

The last show of the season, it was held in the usual greenhouse space at the Luxembourg Gardens. But this time, out went the jungle of leafy greenery, and in came a Zen sand garden.

With the absence of an elaborate set, save for the sandy floor, it was as if Lemaire was cleaning up his things before he left. And the lack of distractions wasn't unwelcome.

Warm, golden light blazed the trail for a collection that was clean and serene, beginning with loose-fitting cream-colored tunic dresses, rope-tied jackets and wide legged trousers. When color came into play, it was warm, and organic-feeling—a saffron yellow oversized sweater, for example, or a deep pomegranate red abstract floral tent dress.

There were moments of obvious luxury...

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Paris Fashion Week: At Alexander McQueen, modern geishas

It was a treasured collection of antique kimonos that inspired Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton’s spring collection shown Tuesday night at Paris Fashion Week.

That translated into a modern geisha look of kimono-style jackets and coats worn over flared trousers in bold red, white and black florals.  Dresses bound in black taping had plunging necklines, or caped long sleeves and short skirts, and were decorated with floral spheres or kite prints. And evening gowns bloomed with embroidered cherry blossoms, ruffles and petals, confined in cage-like bodices.

Everything was impressively made, but that was about it. There was not much emotion or energy. Burton seemed more driven by technique than figuring out what a woman might want to wear next.  


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John Williams honored at L.A. Phil Gala

The event: The LA Phil 2014 Gala launched the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s season Tuesday with “A Celebration of John Williams” at Walt Disney Concert Hall, raising a whopping $3.5 million for the organization and its education programs. 

It was fitting that the night's honoree is a giant of the music scene, a composer who has won multiple Grammy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Emmy and Academy awards and who is considered one of the greatest of all time for his film scores.


The performance: Superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman played selections from “Schindler’s List,” for which Williams won one of his five Academy Awards. On a screen behind the stage, images of Johnny Depp, Errol Flynn, Burt Lancaster, Sir Lancelot, Captain Hook, Puss in Boots and many more crossed swords in classic film clips, as LA Phil music director Gustavo Dudamel conducted “The Duel” from “The Adventures of Tintin.” The rousing “Star Wars” finale, accompanied by the film’s artwork in a Netia Jones video, ended the official...

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Americana at Brand, Grove look for holiday workers

It's Oct. 1, so of course it's time to think about the holidays.

Caruso Affiliated, which operates the Americana at Brand and the Grove shopping malls, is doing just that with job fairs Wednesday and Thursday looking for seasonal help to work as Santa House helpers or concierge ambassadors. Qualifications include having an outstanding personality and top-notch customer service skills.

The job fairs are planned from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the park at the Grove, 101 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in the community room at the Americana at Brand, 889 Americana Way, Glendale.

Meanwhile retailers all over Southern California have announced they are hiring more holiday workers than they did last year, so if you're thinking about looking for a holiday job, now seems like the time to get started.

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Paris Fashion Week: At Louis Vuitton, luxe meets lava lamp

The Paris runways have been a youth quake of swinging '60s and '70s style. And on Wednesday morning at Louis Vuitton, designer Nicolas Ghesquiere joined the march, showing a collection that was ‎luxe-meets-lava lamp, crushed velvet, “Partridge Family” florals and all.

It could have just looked like a bunch of old clothes (ahem, Saint Laurent) had the materials, workmanship and details not been so luxurious. Plus, there was more here than just a retro rewind. The collection’s success was in its broad reach, from wearable sportswear elevated by that je ne sais quoi French touch, to the kind of vision pieces that get fashion editors' hearts pumping. 

The location, at the new Fondation Louis Vuitton in the Bois de Boulogne park on the outskirts of Paris, was a treat to visit. The building, constructed as a museum for LVMH boss Bernard Arnault's ‎ art collection, was designed by architect Frank Gehry, and opens to the public Oct. 27.

It's a gorgeous structure, all angles and light,...

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Paris Fashion Week: Iris Van Herpen

When people want to be dismissive of the fashion industry, they often say something like, "Fashion is not astrophysics."

Except sometimes it is.

As inspiration for her spring collection titled "Magnetic Motion," Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen visited the world's largest particle collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland to check out the thousands of high-powered magnets that make it work. (Cool, right?)

The resulting collection was a beautiful collision of nature, technology, engineering and art. "I find beauty in the continual shaping of chaos," she wrote in the show notes, explaining that she had collaborated with architect Philip Beesley and artist Jolan van der Wiel on some materials, as well as creating a 3-D-printed dress with architect Niccolo Casas.

All a bit pretentious? Maybe, but you have to admire the intensity of her future-thinking vision. And the workmanship was equally audacious.

She brought unique, 3-D effects to clothing by using...

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Justin Bieber, Kendall Jenner meet up at Paris Fashion Week

Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner were spotted grabbing a bite to eat -- they are "just friends," her reps told TMZ -- as Jenner took a break from her modeling duties at Paris Fashion Week. She's been seen on the runways at Chanel, Givenchy and Sonia Rykiel, so far, after walking runways in Milan and Paris earlier this season. (And, yes, Bieber has also been making the rounds in Paris with Selena Gomez.) [TMZ]

Ukrainian prankster Vitalii Sediuk, who goes about trying to hug celebrities, was accused of trying to tackle Kim Kardashian as Paris Fashion Week got underway last week. On Tuesday, he ambushed singer Ciara outside the Valentino show, shed a black trench coat to reveal that he was clad in a thong and sequin top, and then posed with his arm around the R

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Paris Fashion Week: Valentino's grand tour

Street style is really giving the runways a run for their money in Paris this season.

The white carpet leading up to the Valentino show Tuesday afternoon in the Tuileries was so thick with looky-loos waiting to snap pics of look-at-mes, it might as well have been a runway. In fact, by the time the show was over and we were all exiting -- including blog star Bryanboy, dressed in a shorts romper and carrying the latest Louis Vuitton trunk bag, and another personality with a plush flower pot atop her head -- the photographers had pulled up chairs and formed their own pit to better catch the action.

Yet, despite the distractions, the afterglow of the show stuck with me.

Reading about George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's Venetian wedding already had me dreaming of Italy, then Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaulo Piccioli showed a collection that went down like a fine aperitivo and left me dreaming of la dolce vita all the more.

They were inspired by the tradition of the...

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Paris Fashion Week: Sacai's march of must-haves

If you are wearing a T-shirt with a lace panel in back, or a sweater with shirt cuffs, it has something to do with Sacai designer Chitose Abe, who has made her haute hybrid, masculine/feminine sportswear into a booming business over the last couple of years, and influenced a host of other brands while she's at it.

On Monday at Paris Fashion Week, Abe took many of the spring season's trends, including Army and Navy uniforms, stripes, eyelet and delicate florals, often combining them in the same look.

The result? A march of must-have pieces, including a fatigue green military shirt dress with pretty floral pleats in back, a Breton sailor stripe dress intricately worked with white lace, and an Army -meets-Navy jacket with buttoned lapels and a romantic peplum.

Black eyelet was worked through plaid on a pleated kilt, and cut into a swingy skirt with pleats on one side. Crisp, cap sleeve shirts in black watch plaid or Army green had contrasting fabric or eyelet in back. And there were bushy...

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Audrey Hepburn remembered with Blu-ray set

Audrey Hepburn was considered the epitome of grace and charm during her career heyday in the 1950s and '60s.

On Tuesday, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment celebrates the actress' career by releasing a Blu-ray collection of three of her films: "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961), "Sabrina" (1954) and "Funny Face" (1957). She received Academy Award leading actress nominations for the first two and was nominated a total of five times for an Oscar over her career, winning for 1953's "Roman Holiday." 

Hepburn also won several Golden Globe awards, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, among other accolades. She was a U.N. ambassador as well as fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy's muse.

And all of that is why we're using the release of the Blu-ray set (list price, $29.99) to take a look back at Hepburn's iconic style.

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