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FIDM Scholarship Store holds designer fabric sale


Been itching to sew your own gown but can't find the right materials? Here's your chance to get your hands on some discount designer fabric.

The FIDM Scholarship Store will host a special designer fabric sale beginning Monday. Over 2,150 yards of fabrics will be reduced from their original $90-$250 per yard prices. The selection will include brocades, hand-loomed silks, wools, French laces, tweeds, silk chiffon, cottons, metallic, hand-embroidered silks and more.

The sale was made possible by a donation from Nora Martin, a retired private couturier who had salons in Los Angeles and Palm Springs. The FIDM Scholarship Foundation Inc. will receive all the sale proceeds and grant scholarships in Martin's name.

FIDM Scholarship Store 919 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Hours: Monday, noon to 7 p.m.; Tuesday through May 25, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (or while supplies last)


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Photo: Recent FIDM Fashion Design graduate Paul Hernandez creating a taffeta gown. Credit: FIDM.

Western Costume Co. to hold spring cleaning sale on Saturday

Western Costume Sale
Western Costume Co., which turns 100 this year, is cleaning out closets and freeing up rolling rack space by holding a centennial spring cleaning sale Saturday.

The costume house is calling it its biggest such sale ever and will be offering up costumes, accessories, footwear and some truly one of-a-kind (or, in the case of the lime-green airbrushed unitards up for grabs, four-of-a-kind) pieces. Among the treasures for sale, modeled to hilarious effect by Western employees on the company's blog: saloon girl dresses, butterfly wings, armored breastplates, sombreros, kimonos, 5/6ths of a gorilla suit and a whole lot of battered garments labeled with just one word: "Waterworld."

A couple of guys (we're guessing they're also employees) even went all multimedia and posted a YouTube video that reels off some of the sale offerings via a parody of Bill Hader's Stefon character from "Saturday Night Live," a combination that ends up being very, very funny.

The annual event, now in its fifth year, will take place 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the rear loading dock of Western's headquarters at 11041 Vanowen St., North Hollywood, (818) 760-0900. 


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Photos: Portion of the Western Costume flier announcing its centennial spring sale, which will take place 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Credit: Western Costume Co.

L.a Eyeworks annual sale starts Jan. 26

LaeyeworkssaleIt's a sale that's been known to draw hundreds of customers who are on the hunt for affordable statement-making eye wear. L.a Eyeworks' annual sale knocks a selection from the brand's sunglasses frames down 30% to 70% off the original price, and it runs Thursday through Saturday.

The event has been known to attract a sizable crowd, often with a line snaking out the front door. But when $300 frames are going for under $100, it's no wonder people are snapping up several pairs of colorful or funky frames to add to their growing eye wear collection.

Their optical frames and prescription sunglasses are on sale, too, starting Monday through Feb. 4.

L.a Eyeworks' annual sale is at their 7386 Beverly Blvd. location only; (323) 931-7795

-- Melissa Magsaysay

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Photo: L.a Eyeworks sale flyer. Credit: L.a Eyeworks

Gap gets its 'Flashion' on

Gaptrench Starting March 5, it’s a deal a day at the Gap (well, almost) when the retailer launches its Flashion program.

Similar to what sample sale websites like Gilt Groupe and Hautelook do, the Gap will choose one current item to sell at a discounted price and for a limited time (specifically, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. on sale day).

The first item is a dove gray soft trench from the spring line. It usually sells for $89.95; Flashion price: $50.

But unlike the sample sale sites, this offer is only good in stores and the Flashion sales don’t happen every day, more like once a week. The trench is on sale March 5. On March 11 it’s the Hillary flare jean at $45, regular price, $69.50.

And on April 7 the third sale will commence. No word on what the Flashion sale item is. Something to look forward to, I guess.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: Gap soft trench coat and Flashion item for March 5. Credit: Gap

Your morning fashion and beauty report: beauty, blondes and blizzards

Reese Witherspoon 
We knew it! We've been complaining about this lack of fairness for years. Now, finally, our concerns about been validated. A recent British study concluded that blondes (yes, that's one of them above) have greater earning power compared to brunettes and redheads. How much? $900 a year more. [BellaSugar]

The end of the calendar year produces many assessments (see items No. 5 and 6 below), and Women's Wear Daily has stepped in to assess L.A.'s retail scene. The economic recovery is "sporadic," WWD reports. "Prime stretches of marquee venues — Rodeo Drive, Robertson Boulevard, Melrose Place and Melrose Avenue — are starting to get traction, but second- and third-tier retail enclaves have it tougher." [subscription required]

On the other hand, the blizzard that shut down much of the Eastern Seaboard this week may have cost the economy $1 billion in post-holiday sales. [The Cut

Kate Moss wants to ...what else? ....record an album. The supermodel has the right boyfriend for it -- Kills guitarist Jamie Hince, who has allegedly told friends that she wants to record a "set of edgy urban songs." [Daily Mail]

Will this be our last mention of  best- and worst-dressed lists this year? Perhaps. New York magazine points out that some names -- Carey Mulligan and Anne Hathaway, for example -- appear on multiple lists. Naturally, Michelle Obana is "widely adored." Rihanna and Victoria Beckham popped up on some best-dressed lists as well. Taylor Momsen? Not so many mentions on the best-dressed lists. [The Cut]

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Diamonds? Did we hear mention of large diamonds this week? The engagement kind? Let's see, LeAnn Rimes seems to have acquired a 5-carat oval sparkler, and Reese Witherspoon is sporting a 4-carat Ashoka diamond "stunner." How do we know this? People, of course.

--Alice Short

Photo: Reese Witherspoon. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

Swim in a sea of Chanel during Decadestwo.1’s annual event

Been pining for a pair of two toned ballet flats that don the double C’s? Well, you may be one step closer to getting those and other coveted Chanel items, because Decadetwo.1 is holding its annual Chanel extravaganza during which loads of everyone’s favorite French label will be flooding the Melrose Avenue boutique.

On Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Chanel items from the 1990s through present day will be available for up to 70% off retail. Not in the mood to fight aggressive shoppers for the bounty of boucle jackets and quilted bags they’re hoarding? Then you can visit the decadestwo.1 site and shop online from Dec. 11 through Dec. 18.

Good place to get a very lucky friend a holiday gift and of course a little something for yourself. One for you, one for me …

Happy Shopping.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos: Chanel quilted bag and boucle jacket from the Decadestwo.1. Credit: Decadestwo.1

Weekend Shopping: Nicole Richie at Nordstrom; Faith Connexion sample sale; Sperry's anniversary party

Sperry A few notable happenings for a more stylish weekend:


Faith Connexion Friday and Saturday: Rock 'n roll-inspired contemporary brand Faith Connexion is moving showrooms and needs to purge its old digs of all past-season gear. Expect discounts up to 75% off retail price on slinky, dark evening dresses and separates. Credit cards and cash accepted.

8428 Melrose Place, Suite A, West Hollywood. (323) 966-2896. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.


GQ's Sperry Top-Sider party Saturday: GQ magazine celebrates the 75th anniversary of the ultimate preppy shoe -- the Sperry Top-Sider -- at an in-store event featuring drinks, edibles and a live DJ. Stop by to shop the fall collection and get fashion tips from GQ style correspondent K. Cooper Ray.

Nordstrom Santa Monica Place. 220 Broadway, Santa Monica. Men's shoes department. (310) 752-2700. 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Nicole Richie appearance Saturday: Pint-sized fashion plate Nicole Richie will be promoting her fall collections for Winter Kate (apparel) and House of Harlow 1960 (jewelry and shoes). She will also be signing autographs, so get there early if you're interested.    

Nordstrom Santa Monica Place. 220 Broadway, Santa Monica. (310) 752-2700. Savvy department. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Koh Gen Do Cosmetics launch Friday and Saturday: Japanese skin-care and makeup collection Koh Gen Do, which is free of petroleum-based products, synthetic fragrances and composite pigments, debuts at Barneys New York this weekend. The new counter will be staffed with expert makeup artists treating guests to "mini-makeovers." Spend $175 store-wide and receive Koh Gen Do’s Cleansing Spa Water and Pure Cotton Pads.

Barneys New York, 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 276-4400. Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 12 p.m  to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Helms Design District Vintage Boutique Saturday: Peruse vintage fashion, wearable art, repurposed vintage and designer apparel at this pop-up shop-cum-vintage expo. Organizers hope to make the show a regular event. 

LightSpace Studio at the Historic Helms Bakery Building. 8755 Washington Blvd., Culver City. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

--Emili Vesilind

Photo: The invite to the Sperry Top-Sider/GQ magazine event. Credit: GQ magazine



Weekend Shopping: The Spectacle at Fred Segal; Junior Drake sale; Space 15 Twenty flea market

Jayla A few notable happenings for a more stylish weekend:


The Spectacle at Fred Segal: This new high-end eyewear nook is tucked inside Fred Segal Santa Monica and boasts an array of chic glasses and sunnies from brands including Barton Perreira, Salt, Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, Moscot and Anne et Valentin. Best of all, it's a full-service eyewear boutique -- so you can buy frames and get them filled with your prescription right at the shop. Eyewear runs from $230 to $490; lenses range from $75 to $900.

500 Broadway, Santa Monica, (310) 394-2075. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Monday through Saturday; 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.


Junior Drake Warehouse Sale Friday through Sunday: Slouchy handbag brand Junior Drake (sold at Nordstrom, among other stores) is holding a warehouse sale downtown — featuring past-season small leather goods and bags that typically retail for upwards of $250, marked down to as low as $25. Spend $150 and get a free reversible tote; shop Friday or Saturday and receive an extra 10% off on Sunday.   

740 E. 60th St., Los Angeles. 10 a.m to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 


Space 15 Twenty flea market Sunday: The Hollywood specialty boutique will host its monthly flea market, featuring "goodies we've picked up from our recent travels and some various clothing, shoes, and accessories from our group of fabulous flea market vendors." Stop by the Hollywood Farmer's Market around the corner.

1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 465-9202. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the store's courtyard.

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: "Jayla" handbag from Junior Drake. Credit: Junior Drake

Weekend Shopping: Catimini opens at South Coast, Labor Day sales at Camarillo and Desert Hills Premium Outlets

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French children's clothing company Catimini opens its first Southern California boutique on Friday (Sept. 3) at South Coast Plaza. The clothes (prices range from $40 to $70) feature fun colors, prints and kid-friendly themes that changes with the seasons. You can find clothes here for babies, toddlers, boys and girls.
3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. (800) 782-8888. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.


On Friday (Sept. 3) through Monday (Sept. 6), pick up a back-to-school or back-to-work wardrobe for less dough at Camarillo and Desert Hills Premium Outlets. Outlet stores are taking additional discounts off fashions already marked down from 25% to 65% off. Camarillo now features new boutiques from Tory Burch, Talbots and K-Swiss along with deals from stores like Chico’s (buy one get one full-price Addition’s by Chico item at 50% off). Desert Hills has Splendid joining Coach, Prada, J. Crew and Jimmy Choo with stores like William Rast offering men’s printed T-shirts for $13.75 (reg. $55).

Camarillo Premium Outlets, 740 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. (805) 445-8520. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Desert Hills Premium Outlets, 48400 Seminole Drive, Cabazon. (951) 849-6641. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

-- Max Padilla

Weekend Shopping: A. Kinney Courtyard sale and session, J Brand experts at the new Santa Monica Bloomies

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A. Kinney Court in Venice is holding a Courtyard Session sale on Friday and Sept. 3. Eyewear will be marked down as much as 70% off retail, including makes by Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, Mosley Tribes, Thierry Lasry, Mykita, KBL and Rare Vinatge. Session music will be provided by DJs Mathieu Schreyer and Osamu, and complimentary wine and beer will be served to over 21s with ID.

1423 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 392-3400. 6 to 10 p.m.

Jenny Dayco is having an end-of-summer sale Friday and Saturday  featuring her eponymous jewelry collection at 60% to 70% below retail, with prices starting at $10.

7428 Hollywood Blvd., #305, Los Angeles. (310) 621-0680. Noon to 7 p.m. 

Sample Sales

L.A. designers Kristinit and Anita Arze host a one-day sample sale Sunday at Being in L.A. Spa, with a percentage of sale proceeds donated to Oceana, an oceans advocacy nonprofit. Locally manufactured brand Kristinit was picked as a women’s collection to watch by Lucky Magazine. Choose from the designers’ tops, sweaters, dresses and jumpsuits, priced from $50 to $95 (regular prices $225-$450). Perfumer Sanae Barber will be selling her custom scents, while Being in L.A. is offering spa services such as facials and massages. RSVP to

2016 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles. (323) 428-3221. 2 to 8 p.m.


On Saturday,  J Brand, Vogue editor Anna Wintour's favorite blues,  is having a fall fashion preview at the new Santa Monica Place Bloomingdales, Meet Jeff Rudes, the JBrand CEO, who is bringing a denim team to help shoppers find the perfect jean. Buy a J Brand pair and receive a gift with purchase. A drawing will be held for a $1,000 JBrand fashion wardrobe (no purchase necessary to enter).

315 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica. 2 to 4 p.m.

Also on Saturday, Happy LA   is having a third anniversary sale and trunk show featuring brand Paige Premium Denim, Christy’s of London and Bordeaux. Buy three items at the anniversary sale and receive 30% off.

542 1/1 Palisades Dr., Pacific Palisades. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


On Sunday: Frederic Fekkai  wants you to have the red carpet experience if you’re attending the Emmys on Sunday or not. Book three signature services -- blow-out, polish change and makeup – for $75 ($170 value). Clients also get complimentary glasses of champagne.

8457 Melrose Place, Los Angeles. (323) 655-7800. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

-- Max Padilla

Photo: A. Kinney Court interior. Courtesy of A. Kinney Court


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