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.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.
Scathing audit finds UC President's office hid $175 million A state audit says the Office of the President at the University of California has kept secret more than $175 million. The report says salaries are a lot a higher in that office than in comparable offices. The audit comes just months after the UC system won approval for its first tuition hike in six years.
Symbols of protest, lighting up EDM festivals The Women's March made a huge impact, in part because of its widely worn pink knitted "pussyhat." Does the March for Science need its own unifying symbol? Lighting designer Steve Lieberman is "the man behind the lights" for the country's leading electronic music festivals and nightclubs. He talks about his early experiences with rave culture, and what it takes to spark the excitement of today's EDM fans.