Saturday, February 23, 2019

Stringing It All Together

Crimson statement necklaces made from authentic coral reef are layered precisely and delicately fastened onto the neck of a woman that embodies cultural pride. In Nigerian culture, the color red represents the strength and endurance of people that live there. Pamela Adewoyin is the CEO and founder of Lola Ade, a jewelry line influenced by her West-African heritage. The name Lola...

Curve Fashion

Mannequins resembling life-size Barbie dolls and photos of fashion-standard models wearing the latest trends are displayed at every corner of each store at a Los Angeles mall. Alexus Gregg, who wears sizes 12-14, has been at the mall for more than an hour, trying to find a trendy outfit in her size, with limited success. Most of the stores only...

Bird & Vine Loves L.A.

  The first of the Santa Ana winds blew a warm fall breath into the day. A petite blonde in denim pants and a jacket, black booties and a graphic T-shirt with a heart on it enters. Her hair, long ice blonde and wavy blows radically gold against the blue of the October, California sky. Pausing at the doorway, she smiles. Bird...

Fashion With A Purpose

Millions of pounds of plastic waste is created globally every year. With only a small portion being recycled at facilities, the rest is sent to landfills. The creators of Wolven Threads decided to do neither, and put recycled plastic into the fabric of their clothes. Wolven Threads is a sustainable brand that gives back to the earth and to the...

Saving the World One T-shirt At A Time

Hiding behind prison-like bars and faded paint that’s covering graffiti on a rundown Downtown Los Angeles warehouse sits a rack of dozens of high-end fabric creations, including a top-selling shirt called the Wearever T. Like the warehouse, the best parts of Project Social T are not always in the looks, but in action — 10 percent of the proceeds from...

Melrose By Any Other Name

Psychedelic threads and suggestive advertisements bulge like beer bellies on the Fourth of July across 1.3 miles.   If one isn’t familiar with L.A. culture, some may mistake peacocking locals for models and Dr. Seuss inspired storefronts for film sets.   In reality, it is the boulevard between Beverly Hills and Silverlake that is the Los Angeles epicenter of shopping and...

In the In-Between

Going on television to sell clothing on a 24 hour broadcast that reaches 94 million people is a daunting task for anybody, especially when they have never been in front of a camera. Although Susan Hart, president of Niche LA, was given training on how to host the show, it did not inspire confidence. “I felt barely confident in the training...

Indian Runway Dazzle

Models representing India stride down a long, pearly-white and polished runway wearing colorful and carefully beaded traditional dress. Each outfit that sashayed down the catwalk shimmered when it caught the light. Each side of the stage has two large boards with the writing “LA India Fashion Week.” Just three days before the world-famous LA Fashion Week, LA India Fashion Week was...

Opinion: Fast Fashion

Fast fashion is like fast food. The two industries feed off of the fact that the cost is low and the consumers receive instant gratification from their purchase. Like fast food, however, the quality is matched by price and the long term consequences of it are detrimental to the environment. During February and September the most important events in the fashion...

Head Wraps in the Park

  The sound of hands pounding on an African drum enticed people to dance as the rhythm of music flowed through their bodies. A celebration of diverse skin colors and culture was on full display at Grand Park in Downtown, Los Angeles. As the sweet smell of incense perfumed the air on Sept. 29, the third annual Head Wraps in the...