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.
In 'Free Fire,' Ben Wheatley wants to "meet the audience halfway" British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has built up a cult following with his hyper-violent, darkly funny movies. His newest film Free Fire is an action comedy starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and a whole lot of guns. The movie has the broadest commercial appeal of any of his work to date, but it's still a Ben Wheatley film, which means, spoiler alert...a lot of people die.
Neutra landmark, Thom Mayne's home, I.M. Pei turns 100 Pioneering architect Richard Neutra's Silver Lake home has been added to the list of national historic landmarks, with an assist from Rep. Adam Schiff. Thom Mayne's new house in Cheviot Hills replaces the former home of writer Ray Bradbury, and the neighbors like it! Paul Revere Williams posthumously gets AIA's top prize, and I.M. Pei turns 100.
What does the Paris terrorist attack mean for Europe? There was another terrorist attack in Paris Thursday. A police officer was killed, two other officers were wounded, and the shooter was killed. Officials are calling the attack terrorism. There have been more than a half dozen terrorist attacks in France over the past two years.