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Feb 9, 2012

Family, fashion dominate the days of Carolina Herrera

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Designer Carolina Herrera didn’t grow up dreaming of a fashion career. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, she spent her childhood riding horses and pursuing favorite pastimes on the family estate.

But fashion became her calling and after a lifetime of design, winning awards and providing red carpet looks for stars ranging from Oscar winner Renee Zellweger to Grammy winner Lady Gaga, industry watchers know that family is the thread that runs through Herrera’s personal and professional success.

Oct 25, 2011

“Project Accessory” seeks fashion’s next big name

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lights, camera, accessorize!

“Project Accessory,” the latest spinoff of the long-running hit reality show “Project Runway,” pits 12 unknown designers against each other for a shot at becoming the next big name in fashion.

It debuts on Thursday on the Lifetime television network.

“This is the biggest money maker in fashion,” executive producer Rich Bye told Reuters of the accessories business.

Oct 26, 2010

“Fairy Jobmother” brings tough love to U.S. TV

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Call it post-recession reality TV. What the world needs now, it seems, is love, tough love from “The Fairy Jobmother,” a new television show that is the latest British import for U.S. audiences.

Hayley Taylor, 43, a former hairdresser turned career coach, stars as a tart-tongued Mary Poppins with a clipboard who visits the home of one unemployed family per episode to help them get control of their personal lives and find jobs.

Oct 18, 2010
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Broadway actor Rob Riley talks football and fitness


What do football and fitness have to do with a life in the theater? For Broadway actor Rob Riley, the answer is simple: “Passion.”

Riley is appearing on Broadway in “Lombardi,” a new play about Vince Lombardi, the legendary Green Bay Packers coach. The actor talked about football and fitness while he waited on line in New York City on Saturday morning to enter the Hot Body Model Search contest sponsored by the Wilhelmina modeling agency. (One man and one woman will be chosen winners of prizes that include a five-year Wilhelmina fitness modeling contract and a magazine spread in either “Shape” or “Men’s Fitness” magazine.)

Oct 18, 2010
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Reem Acra: Brides just want to have fun


Not everyone would be able to pull it off — pairing bunny ears with bridal gowns that evoked the Hollywood glamour of iconic movie stars. But Lebanese fashion designer Reem Acra did just that at her Fall 2011 bridal show on Sunday. 

“I loved the ears,” said buyer Dorothy Kelly, who together with her daughter owns  J.J. Kelly Bridal & Formal Wear in Oklahoma City.

Sep 15, 2010

Nikki Blonsky rocks at plus-size NY fashion show

NEW YORK (Reuters) – She barely stands 5 feet tall even with her black stilettos.

But actress Nikki Blonsky — famous for her 2007 star turn in “Hairspray” and more recently as a rebel teen at fat camp in the TV drama “Huge” — made a big splash on the red carpet at New York Fashion Week on Wednesday.

Sep 13, 2010

Fashion exhibit pays homage to NY style icons

By Jan Paschal

NEW YORK, Sept 13 (Reuters Life!) – Fashion may be for
followers but style is original is the message of a new exhibit
which gives a glimpse into the closets of 81 women who made
their mark on Manhattan.

“Notorious & Notable: 20th Century Women of Style,” which
opens on Tuesday during New York Fashion Week, includes
fashions and jewels worn by glamorous newsmakers such as
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and stripper Gypsy Rose Lee.

May 27, 2010
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Coming Attraction: Sex and the Silicon Valley


Samantha gives a whole new meaning to the personal computer in one outrageous scene in the movie that opens on Thursday.

The bold PR exec Samantha, portrayed by actress Kim Cattrall, is shown multitasking in ther Times Square office — on the phone with a client and working on her Hewlett-Packard computer with one hand, and applying a hormonal cream to her menopausal self with the other.

Mar 26, 2010
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Forget lights. See your name in jackets, bags, dresses…

For the self-promoting designers out there who have always dreamed of having their own initials printed on fabric, a la Louis Vuitton, Fendi or Coach, Hewlett-Packard has brought you a step closer.

“Anyone could design their own fabric” with HP’s new TouchSmart notebooks and PCs, said Emilio Sosa, an independent designer and contestant on Lifetime television’s reality show “Project Runway”. Sosa won Thursday night’s episode, in which the designers were challenged to design their own textiles using the computers, and then use it to design an outfit.

Feb 19, 2010
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At NY Fashion Week: LVMH invests in next-gen artisans


Inside a loft at Milk Studios , the DJs pumped up the beat and Champagne flowed as Renaud Dutreil talked about the future of fashion. As the chairman of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc, the North American arm of the world’s largest luxury goods company, Dutreil has a lot invested in the subject.

The scene: A preview show mobbed by photographers and beautiful people.

“Louis Vuitton was an artisan,” Dutreil told Reuters, referring to the French company’s founder. “He worked with his hands. It’s important to transmit this value proposition to the next generation. They are the Web generation.”