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  • Annual holiday party for fashion industry canceled because Donald Trump won the election

    Annual holiday party for fashion industry canceled because Donald Trump won the election

    Publicist James La Force and husband-writer Stephen Henderson have decided to forgo their annual holiday party known for its somewhat raucous atmosphere, due to the outcome of the presidential election. In an interesting approach to this years’ election drama, the couple went ahead and printed...

  • PETA, L.A.-based shoemaker Rebecca Mink team up to create vegan flats

    PETA, L.A.-based shoemaker Rebecca Mink team up to create vegan flats

    Ostrich skin has cachet in the world of luxury accessories, but like most exotic materials, it comes at a price to animals. In an effort to raise awareness and offer a stylish alternative, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has teamed with Los Angeles-based shoemaker Rebecca Mink to create...

  • Tommy Hilfiger to stage spring 2017 see-now-buy-now show in L.A.

    Tommy Hilfiger to stage spring 2017 see-now-buy-now show in L.A.

    Tommy Hilfiger is taking his see-now-buy-now consumer fashion show on the road come February.The designer will stage his women’s spring 2017 fashion show in Los Angeles on Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. PT. There will be no New York runway show. The West Coast runway event is a continuation of the brand’s commitment...

  • Rachel Zoe sets fall 2017 fashion presentation in Los Angeles

    Rachel Zoe sets fall 2017 fashion presentation in Los Angeles

    Rachel Zoe, who hosted a dinner for her winter edition Box of Style on Wednesday night at Chateau Marmont, is already thinking ahead to fall 2017. The Los Angeles-based designer and stylist decided to present her next collection in L.A. at the beginning of February ahead of New York Fashion Week,...

  • It's not your grandma's Book of the Month Club

    It's not your grandma's Book of the Month Club

    Before Oprah Winfrey anointed bestsellers with her book club picks, there was the Book of the Month Club. And now it’s coming back for another round.   The Book of the Month Club, a pioneer of book distribution and marketing, relaunched late last year with a new approach and new attitude. The reboot...

  • Jonathan Gold didn't expect a Nick Erven vegan restaurant, but it might be L.A.'s best vegan dining

    Jonathan Gold didn't expect a Nick Erven vegan restaurant, but it might be L.A.'s best vegan dining

    When you walk into Erven, Nick Erven’s newish restaurant in Santa Monica, you may not immediately place it as vegan. There’s a kind of deli counter up front selling salads and sandwiches to go, and the guy at the host station may hand you a shot glass of sangria as a gesture of goodwill. The smell...

  • Farmers market report: Broccoli is in season. We have recipes

    Farmers market report: Broccoli is in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: Generally in season from the winter months well into spring, broccoli gets its name from the Italian word for “cabbage sprout,” and it is related to Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and other members of the cabbage family. Where standard broccoli is known for its thick, tree-like...

  • An almost-lost gem: 'Whatever Happened to Interracial Love'

    An almost-lost gem: 'Whatever Happened to Interracial Love'

    Kathleen Collins was a professor of film history at New York’s City College who made a groundbreaking contribution to the subject that she taught. “Losing Ground” (1982), which Collins wrote and directed, was one of the first feature-length dramas made by an African American woman. Collins, who...

  • How hip-hop legend Russell Simmons plans to save the world with yoga

    How hip-hop legend Russell Simmons plans to save the world with yoga

    Few people have their finger on the pulse of American culture like hip-hop godfather and fashion-film mogul Russell Simmons. The New York native, who has lived in L.A. for the last three years, co-founded rap’s first major label in the ’80s and went on to distinction in clothing, movie and TV production,...

  • A look inside the luxe L.A. hotspot for Hollywood hopefuls

    A look inside the luxe L.A. hotspot for Hollywood hopefuls

    California isn’t just about palm trees, eye-popping colors and Midcentury design, if one were to go by Kelly Wearstler’s interpretation of California living inside Hollywood Proper Residences, an extended-stay accommodation geared toward the musicians, writers and creatives who will inevitably...

  • Holiday Books Gift Guide: 170 titles to give and to get

    Holiday Books Gift Guide: 170 titles to give and to get

    Holiday Books Gift Guide: 170 titles to give and to get Dec. 1, 2016 Welcome, readers! This year our Holiday Books Gift Guide has more titles than ever before — more than 170 in all, with books for everyone on your list. Find your new favorite book: Fiction Fascinating fiction to give and get this...

  • California health officials report first death of flu season

    California health officials report first death of flu season

    California health officials on Thursday confirmed the state’s first death of this year’s influenza season and reminded everyone to get a flu shot before more people get sick. “As this unfortunate case illustrates, the flu can be deadly and causes thousands of fatalities each year in the United...

  • Time to switch to a standing desk? Here are three to check out

    Time to switch to a standing desk? Here are three to check out

    Have you wondered whether the “sit-stand” movement really offers a long-term health payoff? According to research from the University of Iowa, sit-stand desks in the workplace do indeed offer significant benefits, once you get in the habit of working on your feet consistently.  Study subjects who...

  • Warren Ellis' 'Normal' is a fast-paced dystopia about a burned-out futurist

    Warren Ellis' 'Normal' is a fast-paced dystopia about a burned-out futurist

    These are good times for literary techno-dystopias. Even setting aside the freighter of thrillers full of malevolent hackers, discriminating pessimists have plenty of ways to imagine technology enabling our doom: The Googles and Facebooks of the world are erasing our privacy (Dave Eggers’ “The...

  • Make your Christmas tree great again with a $99 Donald Trump red hat ornament

    Make your Christmas tree great again with a $99 Donald Trump red hat ornament

    If you’re a President-elect Donald Trump fan who has been searching frantically for that one piece of holiday décor that would proudly showcase your political leanings, look no further than the teeny-tiny version of Trump’s signature red “Make America Great Again” cap the Trump folks are offering...

  • Warm up with this quick chili recipe

    Warm up with this quick chili recipe

    Chili is one of those dishes we don’t normally think of as “fast food.” A great pot of chili has to take its time cooking, a medley of flavors slowly simmered to bring out the best in each ingredient. Given what a project chili can be to make, you might never guess how quickly this recipe comes...

  • Designing a workplace to keep millennials healthy and happy

    Designing a workplace to keep millennials healthy and happy

    “You’re only one yoga class away from a good mood,” says the lean but muscular yoga instructor, who encourages us to smile as she leads us through a flow of warrior poses. Natural light floods the room through wall-to-floor windows and a skylight that breaches the lofted ceiling. Acoustic folk...

  • Victoria's Secret Fashion Show mixes lingerie, models and music from Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, the Weeknd

    Victoria's Secret Fashion Show mixes lingerie, models and music from Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, the Weeknd

    Ahh, Paris: The cradle of couture, a hot spot for lingerie, and the birthplace of the expression “ooh la la!” Victoria’s Secret, what took you so long? “It’s been a dream for a long time,” Ed Razek, chief marketing officer of Victoria’s Secret, confessed about the brand’s first French showing here...

  • World’s first synthetic spider silk outerwear prototype comes to N.Y.

    World’s first synthetic spider silk outerwear prototype comes to N.Y.

    The world’s first outdoor apparel prototype to feature synthetic spider silk touched down in New York. At a press event held at The North Face global flagship on Fifth Avenue Tuesday night, The North Face Japan and biotech start-up Spiber unveiled the Moon Parka in the U.S. — a novelty item being...

  • At 94, Pierre Cardin stages his 70th anniversary show

    At 94, Pierre Cardin stages his 70th anniversary show

    Pierre Cardin practically upstaged his big 70th anniversary show here by declaring that his fashion house, founded in 1950 and synonymous with Space Age chic, is on the block. “Of course, it’s for sale. You know my age,” the 94-year-old couturier told a scrum of reporters gathered at the Institut...

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  • 4 ways your smartphone is your ultimate holiday helper this season

    4 ways your smartphone is your ultimate holiday helper this season

    The holidays have always been the elf's time to shine. Decorating, wrapping, toy making—it's what traditional holiday helpers spend all year prepping for. But in a world of online shopping, on-the-go recipe planning and streaming carols, a smartphone and wireless plan actually does the holidays...

  • 4 easy, meaningful ways to give back this holiday season

    4 easy, meaningful ways to give back this holiday season

    More than a third of overall charitable giving happens during the holiday season, according to the Blackbaud Index, but Americans can give more than just cash when they're looking to help others. It is possible to find easy ways to make a difference this holiday season, without adding to that holiday...

  • 3 ways to plan ahead for the 2017 tax season

    3 ways to plan ahead for the 2017 tax season

    With the tax season approaching, now is the time to start thinking about creating a strategy to help maximize tax refunds in the year ahead. From the passage of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act to the increase in health insurance penalties, here are a few items to keep in mind...

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