How Hollywood's Post-Election Mood Is Remaking The Red Carpet: "More Armor, Not Frilly-Fluffy"

The Hollywood Reporter | January 6, 2017

The nastiest election in recent memory may be history, but many Hollywood image makers still are feeling the blues. Stylist Karla Welch says that this awards season, she and Golden Globe-nominated client Sarah Paulson are "going severe" to reflect the Democratic Party's current mood, while Welch and Elizabeth Stewart, both fervent Hillary Clinton supporters, are making plans to attend, in between A-list fittings, the Million Woman March on Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C. And Jeanne Yang, who dresses Globe presenter Diego Luna, as well as Robert Downey Jr., Scott Eastwood and Vin Diesel, is still so angry post-election that she's toying with running for public office herself. Read more.

What Instant Gratification Retail Means for Hollywood

The Hollywood Reporter | September 22, 2016

Two days after the premiere of his film Nocturnal Animals at the Venice Film Festival, film director and THR top red-carpet fashion designer Tom Ford held a premiere of another sort, his first “see-now, buy-now” show at New York Fashion Week. (Instead of showing to a fashion insider group of editors and buyers six months ahead of time, ‘see now, buy now’ shows feature in-season merchandise available in stores or online to be purchased by anyone.) Read more.

Red Carpet in the Age of Feminism: "It's All So Double-Edged"

The Hollywood Reporter | September 16, 2016

Before her twitter was hacked, exposing virulent racism on social media, Leslie Jones was worried about finding something to wear to the Ghostbusters premiere. (Ah, simpler times.) After Jones tweeted that fashion designers didn't want to dress her, Christian Siriano came to her rescue. "I was happy to help," says the New York-based designer and Project Runway winner. "We are always open to anyone." Read more.

The Jeweler Irene Neuwirth, Right at Home

The New York Times | May 12, 2016

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif.--What does a kitchen stove have to do with selling a $100,000 necklace? Everything if you're jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth. Read more.

The Jewelry Legacy of Millicent Rogers

The New York Times | May 12, 2016

LOS ANGELES--Throughout her whirlwind romances with some of the most famous men of her time, Standard Oil heiress, socialite and fashion heroine Millicent Rogers was a mistress of reinvention. Read more.

The Future Of Luxury is Now, as Heritage brands Meet New Demands

The Robb Report: | May 2016

The world’s most exclusive brands—many of which cling to tradition—are reshaping their long-standing practices to provide smarter, more immediate, more sustainable, and healthier products and services. Yet technological advances and innovative new business models are not the only forces driving the rapid evolution of the luxury marketplace. At the heart of these changes are dramatic shifts in the values, attitudes, priorities, and expectations of you—the consumer.

It was one of the most exclusive fashion shows of all time. When Tom Ford debuted his comeback women’s collection in September 2010, he invited only 100 people to watch Lauren Hutton, Julianne Moore, Daphne Guinness, Beyoncé, and his other famous muses model sexy python-print gowns and fringed coats on the runway. The event took place months before the clothes would arrive in stores, and no photographs were allowed. 

When Ford introduces his latest fall/winter collection this September, by contrast, anyone will be able to view the pieces online, and those with sufficient means will be able to purchase items as soon as they come down the runway. This is part of a new see-now-buy-now approach that Ford is testing. Burberry, Diane von Furstenberg, and several other fashion brands have launched similar programs. Read more.

The Social Side of Decorating

Metropolitan Home | April 2016

Ready to Rock

C Magazine | April 2016

In Hedi Slimane’s ultimate love song to Los Angeles, the Hollywood Palladium plays host to a raucous Saint Laurent fall runway show.

The Left Bank met the left coast in a glam, grunge and bohemian heaven on earth at Hedi Slimane’s presentation of his Fall 2016 men’s collection and Part I of his women’s collection on February 10 at the Hollywood Palladium. It marked the first show the provocateur has staged in Los Angeles since moving here in 2008 and taking over as creative director of the house he renamed Saint Laurent in 2012. Read more.

High Above Beverly Hills, LACMA Fetes the Goldstein House

T: The New York Times Style Magazine | March 24, 2016

It was a party--as in, a party for an actual house. On Wednesday night, an art crowd shuttled up the hill and down the driveway of the famous Sheats Goldstein house in Beverly Hills, the midcentury masterwork recently bequeathed to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Read more.

Vintage Street Style From Mali, Now on T-shirts

T: The New York Times Style Magazine | March 14, 2016

Long before street style photography became a bonafide pop-culture phenomenon, there was Malick Sidibe. As a portrait artist, he captured the hope of postcolonial Mali in the '60s and '70s, documenting that country's vibrant youth culture--batik print Mod minidresses, bell bottoms and all. Now 80, Sidibe has lent some of his most iconic images to a new, limited-edition T-shirt collection with Zainab Sumu. Read more

A Jewelry Designer Draws Inspiration From Peggy Guggenheim

T: The New York Times Style Magazine | March 11, 2016

In the 1920s, the American heiress Peggy Guggenheim plunged into the bohemian swirl of Paris, where she stayed on and off for two decades, acquiring artist lovers and their paintings with equal gusto. And this week she returned, at least in spirit. Read more.

Spring Fashion Acquires a Spanish Accent

Wall Street Journal | March 3, 2016

There’s a sense of pageantry in the fashion world for spring, as designers at Oscar de la Renta, Proenza Schouler and Erdem say olé to hot hues, flamenco flourishes, off-the-shoulder tops and embroidered matador jackets. Read more.

Westward Leaning

C Magazine | March 2016

New York, Paris…Los Angeles? As the fashion world looks to the West Coast for its next style cue, Booth Moore confirms L.A.’s status as the capital of cool.

Don’t you wish the fashion gods would just go ahead and move all the runway shows to Los Angeles already? The way designers all over the world are fawning over and riffing on California, they really might as well. Read more.

Booth Moore’s NYFW Diary: Marc Jacobs’ Thought-Provoking End to Fashion Week
Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA.com) | February 19, 2016

Was it a requiem for fashion as we know it? That’s what went through my mind watching Marc Jacobs’ finale to New York Fashion Week.

It was a hauntingly beautiful runway spectacle that was itself a comment on the runway spectacle, and from American fashion’s master showman no less, who helped bring us to this moment of runway as stage in the Internet age. Read more.

Booth Moore’s NYFW Diary: See Now, Sell Now
Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA.com) | February 17, 2016

It’s the million-dollar question: can a shift to in-season, consumer-driven fashion shows really impact a designer’s sales? For Rebecca Minkoff, the answer is a resounding yes.

Following Minkoff’s first #SEEBUYWEAR show on Saturday, during which she offered her spring collection online and in her stores at the same time it walked down the runway, the brand had its best sales day in history, beating Black Friday and Boxing Day, CEO Uri Minkoff told me on Tuesday. Read more

Booth Moore’s NYFW Diary: The Changing Runway Model
Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA.com) | February 15, 2016

More than any single designer, show or trend, the chatter in the seats this season is about the system and how it’s a-changing.

Recalibrating the runways can be a messy affair. As more designers announce plans to switch to consumer-driven shows, a lot of questions will need to be answered; at the most basic: who’s in-season and who’s out-of-season, and what season is it outside anyway? Read more.

At Opening Ceremony, a Contemporary Vision of the Future
T: The New York Times Style Magazine | February 14, 2016

Syd Mead, 82, has been designing the future for more than a half-century. The Los Angeles-based visual futurist and illustrator is known for creating dazzling cityscapes, flying cars, solar sailors and light cycles for such films as “Blade Runner,” “Aliens” and “Tron,” as well as industrial designs for cars, yachts, wristwatches and more at Ford Motor Company, Phillips Electronics and U.S. Steel.

But he has never lent his vision to a fashion collection — until now. The Opening Ceremony designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim turned to Mead for their fall/winter 2016 show, which takes place tonight, tapping him to create a runway set of inflatable hovercrafts and using his archival illustrations for graphic prints. One drawing from 1988 imagines what Los Angeles would look like in 2013, complete with a building in a sweeping architectural style that seemed to predict Frank Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall. Read more.

How Los Angeles is Changing the Way Men Dress
The Wall Street Journal | January 21, 2016

ONCE UPON A TIME, men’s style in Los Angeles was laughable. Think loud, logo-driven and larded-up with more skulls than a pirate cruise. Remember the jeans with back-pocket stitching visible from a block away? What about the faux-vintage concert T-shirts? The flaming eyeball Von Dutch trucker caps? I’m sure Ashton Kutcher wishes he could forget.

But the cheesy L.A. of the mid-aughts—when paparazzi swarmed West Hollywood store Kitson and Mr. Kutcher hosted “Punk'd”—is a thing of the past. Kitson will close its doors forever this week, Mr. Kutcher is now a budding tech mogul and the city’s fashion scene is associated less with Ed Hardy and more with Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane, who maintains his design studio in L.A. instead of at the brand’s Paris headquarters. In fact, Mr. Slimane recently announced he will show his fall 2016 men’s collection (and part of the women’s range) at the Hollywood Palladium on February 10 instead of in the French capital. Read more.