Coachella festival's fashion influence is everywhere

Coachella festival's fashion influence is everywhere

Is Coachella the biggest gift to the fashion industry since Kate Middleton?

It certainly seems like it from the marketing blitz that has blown up around the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which wraps up a two-weekend run Sunday in Indio.

We all know that brands have been flocking to the festival for years, hoping to make an impression on tastemakers who attend by hosting star-studded parties at nearby venues. This year, Old Navy, Lacoste, H

Susan Rockefeller says, "My hope is that my collections serve as a platform for education and activism."

Filmmaker's jewelry line is also a platform for raising awareness about oceans' plight

Documentary filmmaker Susan Rockefeller's eponymous ocean-inspired jewelry line is filled with treasures inspired by an overworked sea. Sea creatures carefully crafted in gold, silver and precious gems are the tools she uses to spotlight the plight of our world's oceans.

Married to fellow sea-lover and philanthropist David Rockefeller Jr. in 2008, she launched the jewelry line on World Ocean Day in 2012. Her pieces ($190 to $16,600) use natural-colored cultured freshwater Honora Ming pearls and recycled metals. .

"My company's tag line is 'Protect what is Precious,'" says Rockefeller, whose...

Los Angeles designer Kimberly McDonald's playful 18-karat rose gold sea turtle ring has rose cut diamonds on its back along with black rhodium. $26,400. Available at Kimberly McDonald Boutique, Los Angeles. (310) 854-0890.

Jewelers who take design cues from the sea

In honor of Earth Day on Tuesday -- and looking ahead to World Oceans Day on June 8-- take inspiration from the sea. These jewelers took cues from the deep blue waters to remind us of the life that dwells there. - By Janet Kinosian
No-coral campaign leads to faux coral jewelry

No-coral campaign leads to faux coral jewelry

Along with ivory and conflict diamonds, the jewelry aficionado now has another exploited treasure from which to refrain: sea coral, which is finding itself under attack worldwide.

In 2007, SeaWeb, an ocean conservation nonprofit based in Maryland, teamed up with the Tiffany

The Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Prince William, left, and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, dressed in Diane von Furstenberg, pose in front of the Three Sisters rock formation in the Blue Mountains during a tour of Echo Point in Katoomba.

DVF wrap dress worn by Duchess of Cambridge sells out in minutes

On Wednesday the Duchess of Cambridge's husband compared her to a banana when she wore a yellow dress. On Thursday, as the couple's tour of New Zealand and Australia continued, the former Kate Middleton wore a blue ikat-batik patterned Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress. And reportedly within minutes, the $325 DVF dress sold out. [People]

And on Friday, the duchess wore a white laser-cut frock by Australian designer Zimmerman when the couple visited the Sydney Royal Easter Show agricultural event. [Daily Mail]

A private funeral is planned Monday for socialite-model-television personality Peaches...

Treats magazine fetes Dylan Penn cover, inaugurates Club James

Treats magazine fetes Dylan Penn cover, inaugurates Club James

Midchella madness was in full swing Wednesday night as Treats magazine simultaneously celebrated cover subject Dylan Penn (who wasn't actually there) and the completion of Jim Goldstein's long-gestating (and not yet actually finished)  nightclub on a Beverly Hills hill.

Treats, for those of who might be unfamiliar with it, bills itself as a fine arts quarterly though our copilot at Wednesday night's festivities found the NSFW content, mostly in the form of artfully staged photos of bare-breasted women, virtually indistinguishable from the likes of Playboy. While it is different from the mag...

Minimalist-meets-cheap chic brand COS pops up at Opening Ceremony stores in Los Angeles, New York and online at in advance of a full U.S. launch later this year.

COS pops up at Opening Ceremony L.A.

COS, the London-based, minimalist-meets-cheap chic brand owned by the same parent company as H

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walk near the Sydney Opera House.

Duke says Duchess of Cambridge looks like a banana in Australia

Even princes can be less than tactful. Prince William and the former Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrived in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday, Day 10 of their tour to New Zealand and Australia.  Kate wore a yellow dress with white modular details designed by Roksanda Ilincic to attend a reception. The duchess said her husband opined that the dress made her look like a banana. [Marie Claire]

Solange Knowles was the DJ at a party Tuesday night celebrating Jimmy Choo's new-concept boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. [Los Angeles Times]

The opening of the boutique...

Jimmy Choo celebrates in L.A. with Solange, Bastille

Jimmy Choo celebrates in L.A. with Solange, Bastille

Bastille rockin' the stage, Solange at the turntable, a caviar bar on ice and a Jeff Koons on the lawn.

Jimmy Choo knows how to party alright. And party the brand did on Tuesday night in L.A. when creative director Sandra Choi hosted a launch for the new, tomboyish rock 'n' roll-themed CHOO.08 collection and newly redesigned Rodeo Drive store.

The bash was held at the Beverly Hills Mid-Century home of Eugenio Lopez Alonso, the international art patron who recently sponsored the opening of the new Museo Jumex contemporary art museum in Mexico City.

And indeed, wandering the rooms was like...

Looks from the Kate Spade, far left,  and Jack Spade,  far right,  collections. The brands have collaborated with Gap for a kids line, following in the footsteps of designers like Diane von Furstenberg (2013) and Stella McCartney (2009, a piece from that collection is shown center) to move into childrenswear.

Gap to partner with Kate Spade, Jack Spade on kids collection

Is the world ready for kid-sized Kate Spade cardigans and jaunty Jack Spade jackets for Junior? 

We're not sure those particular pieces will be in the merchandise mix when the GapKids collaboration with the Kate Spade New York and Jack Spade brands hits retail in November  -- since no descriptions or images accompanied Wednesday's announcement of the coming limited-edition collection.

Childrenswear will be a new category for the pair of Spades (the women's line, Kate Spade New York,  started with handbags in 1993, the Jack Spade men's brand followed with satchel and carry-alls three years...

The new Catimini boutique features clothing for boys and girls.

French luxury children's label Catimini opens in Beverly Hills

French luxury children's label Catimini plans to celebrate the grand opening of its new Beverly Hills boutique with a family-friendly event from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Kids can enjoy a balloon artist, coloring station, popcorn and juice while adults sip champagne, munch on snacks and, of course, shop.

The two-level store at 9511 S. Santa Monica  Blvd. contains clothing, accessories and shoes for boys and girls from newborn to around age 14.

Regular store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.


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