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Kids' clothes: Dress them up or dress them 'green'

There's been a boom in eco clothing for kids

It's not always easy to dress the little darlings who keep you up at night and drool on your jacket before you walk out the door to run errands or go to work.

If you are a "green" parent, for example, the landscape of "environmentally friendly" clothing was, until recently, grim -- think hemp fabrics and muddy colors. Today, however, there's quite an array of kids' clothing whose manufacturers boast of eco street cred. Which is fine, but what does the word "organic" guarantee, anyway? What about labor practices? And water use? Where were the goods manufactured?

Heather John surveys eco offerings for kids and details the lengths manufacturers will go to in order to maintain their green status.

If chic is your thing, you're in luck. Many parents are buying designer wear for their kids, much to the delight, no doubt, of luxury houses that have expanded to include tiny sizes.

In fact, many houses (think Fendi, Missoni, Prada, Armani, Gucci, Dior, Burberry, Marc Jacobs and Phillip Lim) now have a children’s division. Some of the designers churn out mini versions of their men’s and women’s ready-wear lines or logo-heavy accessories; others merely riff on the aesthetic of their already established brand. Melissa Magsaysay reports on kiddie couture. Maybe bringing up baby isn't so tough, after all.


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 --Alice Short 

Photo: Ashley wears a Kate Quinn yellow dress; John, a Kate Quinn button-down top and jeans. Photo: Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times

Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Fur flies at Fendi. Oprah scores Ralph Lauren. Lily Aldridge marries in Vera Wang.

A dispute over fur may jeopardize Fendi's plans to stage a fashion show for 1,200 invited guests in Seoul, South Korea. The government, in response to concerns from civic groups, won't allow Fendi to show any garments with fur. “Fur is part of the DNA of Fendi,” says a brand spokesman. Two days of talks ended Monday without a resolution. [WWD]

Aoprah Oprah has scored the first television interview with Ralph Lauren in 20 years. It is scheduled to air Wednesday and was shot at his Telluride, Colo., ranch. [WWD]

Speaking of Oprah, her dermatologist, Dr. Harold Lancer of Beverly Hills, is expanding his skin care line to reach more customers through department store sales this summer. [Styleite]

Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge wore Vera Wang for her wedding to Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill late last week at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, Calif. The bespoke strapless gown featured delicate Chantilly lace around the bottom of the mermaid skirt and train. The groom wore a dapper gray Gucci suit.  [Telegraph] 

It was Carolina Herrera for actress Tamera Mowry when she married Fox News Channel correspondent Adam Housley on Sunday in Napa Valley. [People]

Designer Jason Wu launches a new Twitter account Monday, under the name “MissWu_NY.” The tweeting will be done in the persona of Wu's owl logo. "Having a bird that tweets — it just seemed natural, right?” Wu said. Next up: A redesign of the Wu website.   [WWD]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Oprah Winfrey. Credit: Evan Agostini / Getty Images for CFDA 

Milan Fashion Week: The top shows and takeaways


The big news in Milan was the continued interest in updating classic couture shapes with unusual colors, fabrications and surface embellishments.

We saw it done best at Jil Sander, where designer Raf Simons made outsize drop-shoulder coats, tunics and dresses with martingale belts look completely modern, by showing them with sleek, skiwear-inspired knits and stirrup pants.


At Bottega Veneta, Tomas Maier used ladylike, 1960s-inspired coats and sleeveless shift dresses as canvases for incredible work with layers of lace and print.


The 1960s trend took a mod turn at Versace, Alberta Ferretti and most notably at Prada, where coats and coatdresses with low-slung belts came in solids, windowpane checks, decorated with contrast piping, shag fur or silver-dollar sized paillettes.


Fashion's love affair with fur is still going strong. Marni's Consuelo Castiglione was the most inventive with fur, showing a modern-looking, zip-front mink blouson jacket, a full-length fur coat sheared into a diamond pattern, and a stiff, molded black leather jacket with a broadtail hem.


Also carrying over from spring, vivid color, seen most clearly at Gucci. Forest green, rust, mustard yellow, peach and teal blue were all hot hues, used to spectacular effect in Fendi's collection of arty, English country chic.

As for accessories, the Mary Jane with a chunky heel is the must-have. And why carry just one bag when you can carry two?

Now onto Paris. But not before naming the top five collections out of Milan: Bottega Veneta. Fendi, Marni, Prada and Jil Sander.

--Booth Moore in Milan

PHOTOS: Milan Fashion Week fall-winter 2011 top five shows photo gallery

Photos: Looks from the Jil Sander, Bottega Veneta, Versace, Alberta Ferretti, Prada, Marni, Gucci and Fendi fall-winter 2011 runway collections shown during Milan Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.

Milan Fashion Week: At Fendi, English countryside chic by way of the art studio


After years in the ready-to-wear doldrums, the Fendi collection keeps getting better and better.

For fall, the look was English countryside by way of the art studio. That meant relaxed, smock-like coats with colorful piping, worn with ankle-length pants, all in autumnal shades of rust, moss and mustard.


Sheer plaid blouses and little black dresses came with detachable jabots with wool ruffles that resembled paper cutouts. There were also patchwork furs, colorblocked croc coats and a great inside-out shearling.


For cocktail hour, off-the-shoulder little black dresses came with sheer, blousy, sparkly sleeves.


Accessories included quirky headbands, block-heeled shoes, colored stockings and structured, high-polished calf bags with top handles.

This was a collection full of graphic lines and shapes, as if designers Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Fendi had drawn it with pen on paper. Even the models' hair was given an artists' touch -- their untidy updos were tinged with bright color.

-- Booth Moore in Milan, Italy

Photos: Looks from the Fendi fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Milan Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times


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Photos from the top 10 spring-summer 2011 runway collections


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Photo left: A look from the Fendi spring-summer 2011 runway collection. Photo right: A look from the Gucci spring-summer 2011 runway collection. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.

Fendi celebrates new Beverly Center store


The Beverly Center got hit with a big dose of glamour Thursday night during the official opening of the mall’s new Fendi Boutique. Until now, the only luxury store in the mall worth mentioning was Louis Vuitton, but it looks like things are going upscale, now that Fendi and the yet to open Prada store have nestled in.

 A large crowd that looked way too dressed up against the gray and white setting of the Beverly Center, Osbourne_VanPraag_Osbourne but just right once past the amber-colored façade of Fendi, gathered to celebrate the store. Once inside, guests quickly got to drooling over the men’s and women’s accessories housed throughout the 2,000-square-foot store. Some women bought shoes, mostly a red suede style with circular cut outs. Men mingled by the logo sneakers and eyed the small leather accessories. A portion of the night’s sales benefitted LACMA.

And though the Champagne and shopping kept everyone extremely occupied, it was hard to ignore the absence of the event’s host, Chloe Sevigny. She was not present at the store or the dinner at the Chateau Marmont that followed, but people didn’t seem fazed and focused on the night’s next biggest star, Kelly Osbourne.

Osbourne, a recent fixture on the E! Channel’s “Fashion Police,” was dressed in a black strapless Fendi cocktail dress and a diamond bib-style necklace from Amrapali, all of which showed off her newly svelte figure. “I work out half an hour every day and 2 to 3 days a week with my trainer,” said Osborne during the Fendi dinner held under the colonnade at the Chateau Marmont. “If I get too busy to work out, I really miss it. I never thought I would be that girl.”

Other dinner guests included Brad Goreski, Perrey Reeves, Cameron Silver and Osbourne’s partner in crime on “Fashion Police,” stylist George Kotsiopoulos, all of whom excitedly opened the slim yellow Fendi box placed at each table setting to find the latest style of sunglasses from the Italian house. The oversized retro frames managed to look right on everyone who put them on. Don’t be surprised to see more and more of the interlocking double F logo around town.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos: At top, the atmosphere at the Beverly Center Fendi boutique opening party; at bottom, Kelly Osbourne; Stacy Van Praagh, president of Fendi North America; and Sharon Osbourne./Photo credit: Stephanie Keenan

Milan Fashion Week: In the bedroom with Fendi

Fendi spring 2010

The boudoir trend was in full swing at Fendi, where Karl Lagerfeld showed a romantic collection of featherweight sheer layers of silk, tulle and lingerie laces.

Everything looked as if it had been loved--silk tap shorts with frayed edges; blouses with embroidery and lace coming unraveled, tucked into fluffy full skirts.

Even the bags had a kind of sentimentality, covered in interchangeable, vintagey needlepoint pouches. Clever--two bags for the price of one.

-- Booth Moore


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Photo: Fendi Spring-Summer 2010 runway; photo credit: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times

Sonia Sotomayor's Fendi connection

Sonia Sotomayor supreme court nominee fendi fashionIt's tough being a Supreme Court nominee. Everything you've said about everything suddenly comes under scrutiny.

Sonia Sotomayor has been grilled on gun ownership, property rights, abortion and integration. To say nothing of the "wise Latina" remark. And those rotten media types pick on your family too! Sotomayor's twin nephews were photographed, well, it might be interpreted that they were dozing during the first day of her confirmation hearing. (At least Al Franken,  make that Sen. Al Franken, thinks her nomination is "pretty cool." )

We want to know why no one has grilled her on her connection with Fendi, the purveyor of luxury leather goods, accessories and clothing. (In case you missed it, the Washington Post reports that Serena Williams, relatively fresh from her Wimbledon triumph, recently purchased Fendi shoes and pearls at a Chevy Chase Bloomingdale's.)

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