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How L.A. designer Rudi Gernreich shifted fashion politics

Wander the new exhibition “Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich” at Skirball Cultural Center in Brentwood and you’ll quickly see how Rudi Gernreich, a gay, Jewish dancer-turned-designer and an activist, was ahead of his time in terms of the scope of his designs and how he saw the future and humanity...

Longchamp brings its new pieces with a Bauhaus-inspired logo to Westfield Century City

The might of the monogram continues with a new pop-up for Longchamp LGP by the luxe Paris brand Longchamp. In this case, the logo on the LGP items was inspired by Bauhaus art. The new collection was hinted at during Longchamp’s February New York fashion show and launched globally on Tuesday. A...


Cassandra Grey, L.A.’s high priestess of beauty, is doing just fine. Really.

On a cloudless afternoon in May, Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey was sitting on the floor in the living room of her Richard Neutra-designed home in the Hollywood Hills. Behind her, through retractable glass walls, one could see a panorama of the surrounding canyons and, closer in, a turquoise swimming...

How RuPaul’s DragCon became big business for the beauty industry

On a sunny spring morning in April, the founders of World of Wonder Productions, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, were at their headquarters in Los Angeles, a grand 1930 building on Hollywood Boulevard. The Art Deco relic once housed the Directors Guild of America, and it still retains much of...


Your guide to the best women’s surf gear — made by women

Just a few years ago, the gear options available to women surfers were woefully lacking. But a new crop of brands is beginning to change this — with pieces designed specially for women surfers, by women surfers. In a market once dominated by string bikinis and revealing board shorts, there is now...

Spotted: Prince Harry wears J.Crew to welcome new son, Archie

The beleaguered American retailer J.Crew got a major PR boost this month when the most famous new dad in the world was photographed wearing one of its suits. When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their first child — a son they have named Archie — as the latest member of the British royal...


At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, camp is in the eye of the beholder

Trying to define the aesthetic known as camp is like trying to domesticate a feral squirrel. Part of the problem is that camp often gives mixed signals. To wit: Camp usually seems to be targeting gay men of a certain age — or addled 5-year-olds. Camp can’t always make up its mind whether it wants...

A Rebellion twist? ‘Star Wars’ Darth Vader costume withdrawn from Bonhams auction

Darth Vader might have ended up muscling Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor aside as a marquee entertainment name among high bids in the auction world. However, the galaxy may never get to find out. The “Star Wars” villain’s costume was suddenly withdrawn from a Tuesday auction, according to auctioneer...


Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ ‘Veep’ costumes go up for auction after show finale

TV’s barely-crazier-than-life political satire “Veep” came to an end Sunday after seven seasons, during which Julia Louis-Dreyfus projected a vision of feminine presidential power in body-con dresses, designer handbags and shoes. Now fans can bid on Louis-Dreyfus’ West Wing wardrobe, including...

Race to Erase MS gala honors Selma Blair, raises $1.8 million

Shouts of “You’re amazing,” “You’re awesome” and “You’re unreal” greeted Selma Blair during her impromptu remarks from onstage at Friday’s Race to Erase MS gala. Dealing with a recently diagnosed, aggressive form of multiple sclerosis, which appears to have caused spasms in her vocal cords, Blair...


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19 May 2019 14:15

Busy Philipps, Taraji P. Henson, Olivia Wilde, Jessica Alba join in for Goop's summit

<p>“I think of you as trailblazers,” Gwyneth Paltrow told a gathering of famous Hollywood friends Taraji P. Henson, Olivia Wilde, Jessica Alba and Busy Philipps during an end-of-day panel discussion at her lifestyle brand’s <a href="https://www.latimes.com/fashion/la-ig-in-goop-health-summit-20180612-story.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">In Goop Health Summit</a> at Rolling Greens Nursery in Los Angeles.</p> <p>Topics during...</p>

18 May 2019 16:20

Composer Stephen Schwartz is the guest of honor at the Wallis’ spring celebration

<p>Before launching into her signature song, “Defying Gravity,” Idina Menzel stopped to thank the evening’s honoree, Broadway and film composer Stephen Schwartz, who was seated in the first row at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.</p> <p>“Having Stephen Schwartz in my...</p>

18 May 2019 14:55

About the other night: Celebrating artists and top songs at the Screen Music Awards

<p>From onstage at Wednesday’s ASCAP Screen Music Awards, after “Wicked” composer <a href="https://www.latimes.com/fashion/la-ig-ascap-music-awards-stephen-schwartz-20170517-htmlstory.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Stephen Schwartz </a>presented the Vanguard Award to <a href="https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-ca-mn-oscars-benj-pasek-justin-paul-20180227-htmlstory.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Benj Pasek and Justin Paul</a>, the young composers talked about the time back in college when they first reached out to Schwartz.</p> <p>While meeting Schwartz at an event, Paul...</p>

18 May 2019 08:00

Shopping in Paris with my haute-couture Sherpa

<p>“This ribbon is very couture,” Marie-Noëlle Demay said to me, gripping a grosgrain ribbon between her elegant fingers, demonstrating how it was sewn into a blouse to avoid the indignity of a skin-adjacent zipper. “And so are these pleats.” She motioned to the different stitches, some visible, some...</p>