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
The Guardian has an interview with designer Hedi Slimane, the highly influential designer of Dior Homme up until 2007 (“Not ‘Dior Homie’!” Kanye yells in the background).
Did you know he lives in L.A.? But, thankfully, he doesn’t take the “L.A. is shallow” route in describing our city:
“I love California,” Slimane says, who, after time in Paris and Berlin, now lives in the Hollywood hills. “It has such a strong contribution to the history of culture, and popular culture. For better and worse, of course. Even the worst can be interesting to some degree sometimes for somebody creative.” (Slimane’s English isn’t flawless. He once told a journalist that he stayed so thin because he ate “baby food” but he meant “comfort food”, leading to the oft-repeated and not entirely unbelievable notion of him subsisting on Cow & Gate Yummy Harvest Chicken.) Yet he seems so European, such an aesthete – doesn’t he find California a little, well, shallow? “There is that scene!” he says. “But there was so many things born there of counter culture. So many political movements. Skate starting there. The surf culture is very connected to California, of course. The hippies.”
On hats — “The wider the brim, the more confidence the individual has.”
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“My Dad pointed out that part of being a successful professional was about putting your best foot forward, and how you looked was the first thing the world saw. I followed his teaching in this matter.” - Dr. Andre Churchwell
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