Op-Ed

Metrosexmania: Will It Affect Men’s Fashion?

DALLAS, Apr 21, 2004/ FW/ — British writer Mark Simpson coined the term “metrosexual” in 1994 in an article he wrote for the UK national newspaper, Independent. It did not cross the Atlantic until July 2002, when he wrote the article “Meet the Metrosexual” on Salon.com, in which he cited …
Op-Ed

How The West Was Won

LOS ANGELES, Apr 2, 2004/ FW/ — As Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios, commonly called Los Angeles Fashion Week winds down, it is already evident that the City of Angels has burgeoning fashion scene that is infectious and full of life. Though Los Angeles had been celebrating a …
Op-Ed

Strong Showing By Menswear Designers

LOS ANGELES, Apr 1, 2004/ FW/ — It’s a pleasant surprise to see two menswear designers on the L.A. runways and for both of them to have strong collections. Austin, Texas-based designer Gendler Tomer (photo at left) designing under the label “Tomer” presented a cool, sassy and always in vogue collection, …
Los Angeles Op-Ed

Synergy Between 7th On Sixth & Smashbox

LOS ANGELES, Mar 31, 2004/ FW/ — What a difference 4 months make. Last November, there were two “fashion weeks” in Los Angeles, the Mercedes Benz Shows LA and Smashbox Fashion Week Los Angeles. And now, there is ONE, the “Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios.” The news of …
Los Angeles

America’s Next Top Model at Los Angeles Fashion Week

LOS ANGELES, Mar 29, 2004/ FW/ — It felt like a déjà vu during the opening day of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios, with contestants from “America’s Next Top Model” seen at the shows. First, it was Mercedes Scelba-Shorte who walked for designer Lloyd Klein, the first show …
Los Angeles

Tinseltown Fetes Tom Ford

LOS ANGELES, Mar 29, 2004/ FW/ — There were emotional goodbyes in Milan and Paris for the outgoing Gucci designer. Tinseltown had the privilege of welcoming him to Hollywood, with all the glitz and glamour expected from this town. Last night at Rodeo Drive, Tom Ford became the second recipient …
Los Angeles

A Day In Rodeo Drive

LOS ANGELES, Mar 28, 2004/ FW/ — On the eve of Los Angeles Fashion Week, designer Tom Ford received his Star of Style in Rodeo Drive. The event was scheduled at 8:00 PM, but we decided to go to downtown LA several hours before, just to enjoy a sunny California …
Los Angeles

On The Way To Los Angeles

DALLAS, Mar 27, 2004/ FW/ — I’m used to traveling alone when attending shows. So, it was a real treat traveling with Michelle and Javier to Los Angeles. In fact, this was the first time that the three of us were on a plane together. Usually, we come from different …
Los Angeles

Fashion Critics As Tourists

DALLAS, Mar 26, 2004/ FW/ — It’s hard to be a tourist when you are a fashion critic on the way to the shows. Los Angeles might be three hours by air from Dallas, and the two cities are so different from each other, yet a fashion critic’s mindset is …