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  • South Carolina woman makes clothes from castoffs Jul 29, 2014 6:00 AM
    For Jillian Owens, some of her passion for fashion was motivated by a desire for new garments without the creation of more waste. And, she says openly on her blog, “I was also quite broke and couldn’t afford new clothes.” Since 2010, Owens has been delving into thrift store racks around her Columbia, South Carolina, home, taking what some may see as outdated castoffs and whipping them into hip, trendy fashions. She says she’s made hundreds of creations, donating many to charity and at times opening up her closet to friends for their perusal.

  • Russell Westbrook: Basketballs and baskets of clothes Jul 23, 2014 6:09 AM
    Go shopping with powerhouse basketball player Russell Westbrook — whose colorful style has made headlines outside of sports — and you'll probably be surprised by his favorite section: the sale rack. The Oklahoma City Thunder star player says he's not going to buy the most expensive clothes just because he can afford it. “I may look at it, see how much it costs and then decide if I'm going to get it or not.”

  • Swimwear on Miami Beach runway goes sporty chic Jul 22, 2014 5:30 AM
    Surf’s up next summer. From rash guards to zipper-brief bottoms, sporty-chic looks made waves on the runway in Miami Beach for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, which celebrated its 10th year with more than a dozen shows ending Monday. The shows previewed summer 2015 swimwear. “Sport luxe is making a big impact into swimwear,” said Sue Di Chio, creative director of Suboo.

  • Beyonce exhibit to debut at Rock Hall of Fame Museum Jul 19, 2014 7:00 AM
    A fashion exhibit centered on Beyonce will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in a section previously featuring only Hall of Famers. The Rock Hall announced Friday that outfits from Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance and music videos will debut Tuesday in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall in its Legends of Rock section, next to iconic pieces from Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen.

  • In search of natural hues? A garden ‘to dye for’ Jul 18, 2014 5:30 AM
    Homegrown botanical dyes are in, part of today’s shift toward more natural and organic living. And you don’t need a degree in chemistry to create your own hues for scarves, sweaters or even Easter eggs. All it takes is a garden plot or a few pots and a kitchen.

  • Cork. It’s not just for wine and bulletin boards Jul 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    Cork. It’s not just for wine stoppers and bulletin boards anymore. Embraced by some progressive furniture makers decades ago and a staple in housewares, cork has found a larger place among shoes, handbags, jewelry and other fashion accessories. Some upsides are that cork is renewable, feather light and water-resistant.

  • Exhibit features wedding fashions from 1800s to today Jul 9, 2014 5:45 AM
    Wedding dresses from the 19th century to the present day are featured in a new exhibit in Denton, Texas, showcasing the changing styles of American brides. That includes a 1900s dress featuring a lace choker collar, a beaded flapper dress from the 1920s and a 1980s satin confection with an explosion of organdy ruffles.

  • World Cup fandom that's beyond rose-colored glasses Jul 1, 2014 4:56 AM
    The success and hopes for the U.S. team has Americans seeing the World Cup through new eyes this time around. But will any fans see matches through red-white-and-blue contact lenses? Online shoppers can buy USA lenses featuring some white stars on a blue background with a few red and white stripes for about 25 bucks.

  • Textiles convey emotions, complexity of Civil War Jun 28, 2014 5:45 AM
    An exhibit of quilts, clothing, uniforms and other Civil War-era textiles reveals a complicated and heart-wrenching time. “Each rip and stain in the clothing tells a story,” said Margi Hofer, curator of decorative arts at the New-York Historical Society, where the show runs through Aug. 24. “And the remarkably well-preserved quilts, some wrapped and safely buried during the war, reveal what treasured artifacts they were.” The exhibit, “Homefront and Battlefield: Quilts and Context in the Civil War,” was organized by the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts.

  • Vuitton VIPs boil, Miyake make attire from bananas Jun 27, 2014 5:45 AM
    Louis Vuitton boiled guests in a sweltering greenhouse. Rick Owens caked models in chalk paint, while Issey Miyake made clothes from bananas. Such was Thursday, an average day of vibrant eccentricity, in Paris’ spring-summer 2015 menswear calendar. Here are the highlights and show reports from Day Two of ready-to-wear.

  • Garment Extravaganza deadline: Jun 27, 2014 6:04 PM
    The Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair is seeking entries for the Garment Extravaganza, Aug. 1-3, in the Expo Center at the Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake.

  • Chunky slides and white shirts made new for summer Jun 25, 2014 5:45 AM
    What’s hot for summer? Chunky slides, wide pants and white shirts reinvented. The season, it seems, isn’t cluttered with neons and bright prints in apparel, said Dana Avidan-Cohn, a senior editor at InStyle magazine. Florals and gingham popped up on runways, but she’s feeling more classic touches in solids made modern for summer’s easy living.

  • Prada classics recall ’70s with topstitched denim Jun 24, 2014 5:45 AM
    Miuccia Prada apparently does what many of us do when searching for fashion inspiration: She fishes the back of her closet. “You pick something that is old-fashioned. It is the only new thing,” Prada said backstage Sunday after the preview of her menswear looks for next summer at Milan Fashion Week. The collection’s foundation was classic denim looks with top-stitching, the only embellishment on very basic looks, worn mostly with simple a blue shirt, for a 1970s vibe.

  • Fashion museum exhibit looks closely at lingerie Jun 21, 2014 5:45 AM
    From a 1770 corset to a 2014 bra-and-panty set in lacy stretch silk, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology has put the focus on lingerie and ladies foundation garments in a new exhibition. The exhibition, which spans the 1760s to present day, opened June 3 and runs through Nov. 15.

  • Modern meets tradition at London’s menswear shows Jun 18, 2014 5:30 AM
    In the world of women’s fashion, London often plays second fiddle to other style capitals — it lacks the allure of Paris’s haute couture or the polish of Milan’s luxury labels. Yet when it comes to dressing the gentleman, no city can rival the British capital’s heritage. As trendy designer labels like Alexander McQueen and Burberry kick off the new season’s menswear shows in London this week, the catwalks will be staged just blocks away from the elite tailoring houses that have been perfecting their craft for over a century.

  • Fashion experts weigh in on World Cup jersey style Jun 13, 2014 5:30 AM
    The World Cup uniforms will provide a carnival of color and fashion, from Brazil’s bright yellow jerseys to the Netherlands’ classic orange to Croatia’s red checkered home kit and the superhero-inspired looks of Mexico. The 2014 tournament features the classics, the creative and the downright outlandish.

  • Sharapova signs with Avon for new fragrance Jun 11, 2014 9:15 AM
    New French Open champion Maria Sharapova has something else to celebrate: a new fragrance. Avon Luck will be launched in Europe in September and then will be rolled out in North America and Asia after that.

  • Fashion awards celebrate modeling diversity Jun 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Council of Fashion Designers of America is not a governing entity for the fashion industry. But to say the trade organization has sway over the thousands of designers, buyers, publicists and staff members who create and disseminate fashion in the United States would be a gross understatement. “Technically they really can’t tell anyone what to do, that is not what they are,” Bethann Hardison, this year’s recipient of the founder’s award in honor of Eleanor Lambert, says of CFDA. “But they have a natural influence.”

  • Rihanna honored for style at annual fashion awards Jun 3, 2014 11:18 AM
    Fashion rules are made to be broken, Rihanna told a glittering crowd of fashion industry leaders on Monday, and her outfit dramatically conveyed that message: a sheer fishnet gown, sparkling with thousands of embedded crystals, that left little underneath to the imagination. The singer cemented her role as a fashion luminary by receiving the 2014 Fashion Icon Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

  • Bittersweet farewell to Barrington bridal shop Jun 2, 2014 6:35 PM
    After more than 24 years in business, A L’Amour, a bridal and special occasion retailer in Barrington, is closing its doors at the end of the month.

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