The Marni for H&M collection launched in L.A. with a star-studded soiree that included
Fred Segal, the brand?
Worldwide rights to the Fred Segal name, a retail brand that has come to define the Los Angeles fashion-shopping experience, were purchased by
Not sure what size you are? The Westfield Culver City shopping mall debuted a body scanner that will tell you. Shoppers step into the "Me-Ality" ("measured reality") full-body scanning machine and in less than 20 seconds receive a printout listing some of the clothes they can buy in the mall that will fit them. There's still no word on when we can look forward to a machine that will tell us if this blouse clashes with that skirt. (July)
Barneys New York is known for its elaborate holiday displays, so there was much anticipation when the retailer announced it would be teaming up with Disney for this year's holiday display titled "Electric Holiday." The centerpiece of the display is a three-minute animated video in which Minnie Mouse imagines herself and some of her Disney friends as ultraslim fashion models wearing designer clothes. Naturally when the first concept art came out, there was outrage from Disney fans who felt that making Minnie a size zero sent an unhealthy message about body image. The finished project wasn't quite as extreme as the concept art. Minnie maintains her classic form, except during a short dream sequence. (October)
This year saw several major names in fashion and retail take up causes. Nike and
Change on Rodeo Drive
This year Rodeo Drive saw the opening of a new
In an effort to make the city's contributions to apparel design and manufacture as instantly recognizable as its flora and famous folk, Los Angeles Mayor
Black Thursday, Giving Tuesday
It seems that
Sales of two of the year's most buzzed-about cheap/chic designer collaboration collections — the
Growth in the use of tablets and smartphones meant that the store was always open. Retailers and Web entrepreneurs responded with a torrent of new mobile applications to use in and out of the store. They allowed shoppers to browse and buy items in tastemakers' closets (The Cools), to purchase celebrity-recommended items (Opensky), get a second opinion in the dressing room (Go Try It On) and more.