Above: Pedestrians in downtown Los Angeles in the early 1900s with Grand Avenue trolley car in the background, and a fashionable woman steps off of a trolley in 1912.
The scene in downtown L.A. certainly has changed since the turn of the last century.
Photos: Los Angeles Times archives
What’s up with all of these mustaches?
Our own Adam Tschorn, who covers men’s style, is wondering just how mustaches suddenly became so prevalent. They’re all over competitions, bottle openers, the fronts of ride-sharing vehicles, Internet searches, of course, people’s faces, with no concrete answer as to why.
As for Tschorn’s take:
My theory? The handlebar mustache, simple to render and instantly recognizable in silhouette, has become entrenched as a kind of bifurcated byword for nostalgic longing, a symbolic shorthand that’s being used to signify, key into and co-opt a larger, overarching trend — that of modern-day culture’s renewed appreciation of authenticity and heritage brands.
Or maybe I’m just splitting hairs.
Read more over at All the Rage.
Photo: Wes Bausmith
Handing out Abercrombie clothes to shame a self-absorbed brand
Recent USC graduate Greg Karper, along with a friend, has taken to the street of Los Angeles to voice his disgust with comments from Abercrombie Chief Executive Michael S. Jeffries that have recently resurfaced.
“Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.”
To counter that “exclusionary” bend, Karper has purchased bundles of used Abercrombie clothes to hand out to the homeless of L.A., and is hoping that more people will do the same.
65 years ago today, then-Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten. This article (click to enlarge) on the bride’s fashion choices was part of our coverage in the paper the next day, November 21, 1947.
'Hunger Games' fashion comes to fiery life: Costume designer Judianna Makovsky makes sure Katniss and company are dressed to impress.
The costumes in the film are wonderful to look at, but they are also an interesting study because of how they reflect today’s fashion world.
The simple beauty of the clothes in District 12, for example, recalls fashion’s never-ending fascination with vintage work wear, authenticity and Americana, which is seen in “heritage” brands such as RRL and L.L. Bean. And the outrageous clothing in the Capitol brings to mind the see-and-be-photographed blogger culture that thrives on peacockish personal style and celebrates the kookiest among us, from Nicki Minaj to Bryan Boy.
Have you all seen the film’s Capitol Couture Tumblr?
Photo credit: Murray Close
Vintage eyeglasses provide clear path to Hollywood: Russ Campbell isn’t a big-shot producer or a studio honcho. He’s the owner of Old Focals, a vintage eyewear store in Pasadena that over the last 21/2 decades has supplied glasses for movies, television and commercial productions.
Photo: Russ Campbell. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times
The “Posing Beauty” photo exhibition is making its West Coast debut at the USC Fisher Museum of Art from now until Dec. 3.
Photo: “Atlantic City, Four Women,” circa 1960s by John W. Mosley. Credit: John W. Mosley / Curatorial Assistance
If you were ever wondering… a Burbank taxidermist explains how he preserved Lady Gaga’s dress made of meat for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where it is on display. The job took more than a month, and was not the weirdest assignment he’s ever undertaken.
There’s also a little background info on the source of the, uh, fabric — a Granada Hills deli:
Daniel Vega, co-owner of Palermo Deli, said he selected cuts of beef that would hold together and would not be dripping blood, after Fernandez explained what he intended to do with it. The beef was priced at about $3.99 a pound, Vega said.
Photo: Burbank taxidermist Sergio Vigilato. Credit: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times
John Galliano testified in court that his addiction to alcohol and drugs left him unable to remember anything about his racist rants at a Paris bar.
Photo: John Galliano leaves a Paris court house. Credit: Thibault Camus / Associated Press
Photo: Rudi Gernreich unzips cover-up as bevy of beauties play statue in the barely-there swimsuits of slinky jersey and clear plastic at Los Angeles Fashion Group’s salute to Gernreich as Fashion Man of the Year on Jan. 31, 1968. Credit: Nelson Tiffany / Los Angeles Times
Models prepare backstage ahead of a David Bowie show during Australian Fashion Week at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney.
Photo credit: Mark Nolan / Getty Images
Scott Schuman’s girlfriend Garance Doré has some great photos of their California trip on her blog right now.
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Legendary costume designer Ann Roth aimed for authenticity when designing the wardrobe for HBO’s “Mildred Pierce” — the miniseries spans the 1930s, but Roth chose late-1920s styles because ”no one had any money to buy what was in the stores.”
Photo: Roth describes character Mildred Pierce’s personal style as “cautious,” defined by meek dresses and separates, “probably from Bullocks Wilshire” in the earlier years. See the photo gallery. Credit: Andrew Schwartz / HBO