FROM Robin Givhan
The Mysterious Fashion Business of Rodarte Los Angeles fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy hit it big after their New York runway debut in 2005. Their label is called Rodarte, and they’ve been the toast of high fashion ever since. Rodarte clothing has appeared on the cover of Vogue, been worn by First Lady Michelle Obama and A-list actresses. It’s been in museum shows and in the movie Black Swan. This year, the Mulleavy sisters are up for fashion’s equivalent of the best picture Oscar, the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year, which they won in 2009. For all the awards and accolades, though, fashion critic Robin Givhan wonders whether Rodarte should actually be eligible for the award .
The Economics and Politics of the Red Carpet The Oscars will be a done deal by bedtime Sunday , but the wrangling over who won the red carpet will have just begun. There’s an entire industry devoted to the pursuit of red carpet perfection. Stylists make big bucks during awards season to source the perfect gowns and jewelry and shoes, while actresses like Jennifer Lawrence or Cate Blanchett often strike incredibly lucrative, exclusive deals with fashion houses. We explore the red carpet economy.
Death of Fashion Legend Yves Saint Laurent He wowed the fashion world at the age of twenty-one, launching a career that spanned nearly five decades. In 1958, he became Christian Dior's boy-wonder successor, finding inspiration on street corners and in the canvases of modern artists. Yves Saint Laurent died yesterday in Paris, leaving behind a fashion world that still bears his indelible mark. Robin Givhan, fashion editor for the Washington Post, offers an appreciation of how his designs changed fashion on and off the catwalk.
Bidding on the border wall, new apartment architecture President Trump wants to build a border wall along the US-Mexican border, and hundreds of construction and engineering companies are lining up to help. Who’s interested, and why? Plus, as Los Angeles gets taller and denser, more of us will be living in apartments. We look to other global cities for design inspiration, and hear from an L.A. architect who is embracing an apartment-centric future.
Building homes near freeways, 'Rick Owens: Furniture' The White House wants to roll back fuel economy standards. Could that mean more air pollutants coming out of car tailpipes -- just as LA is seeing a surge of home construction along freeways? And a fashion world provocateur, Rick Owens, talks about designing furniture inspired by land art and brutalist architecture, and raising existential questions on the runway.
James Mangold on 'Logan' and fighting franchise fatigue Filmmaker James Mangold has been making character-driven dramas for more than 20 years, but lately, he's been in the X-Men superhero business. In his latest film, Logan, Hugh Jackman plays the slashing Marvel mutant one last time, so Mangold wanted to make something more nuanced than the usual comic-book movie.