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Equinox opens in Marina Del Rey

The opening of Equinox Marina Del Rey is a reminder that swimsuit season is fast approaching
If the calendar isn't enough, the location of the Equinox Marina Del Rey, which opened Monday, is more than a sufficient reminder that swimsuit season is fast approaching.

Attention to the fitness club's seaside location starts at the entrance. Aaron Richter, Equinox vice president of design, points out that the check-in desk is made of fiberglass. "An homage to surfing," he said.

The beachy vibe continues throughout the airy, 30,000-square-foot club -- Equinox's 13th in Southern California. Retractable glass doors in the cafe (think roll-up garage doors made of glass) open out to the patio, and there's driftwood-colored paneling on some walls, hand-carved stone reminiscent of waves on the walls outside the men's and women's dressing rooms and cross-cut bamboo flooring in the yoga studio. Instead of a conventional ceiling, the main exercise studio has a room-size skylight, which suffuses the room with light. The cardio and weight areas are flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows.

There's no hiding from the light -- or the knowledge that it's time to get ready for that swimsuit.

13455 Maxella Ave., Marina Del Rey. (310) 306-1000. Open 5:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  

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Photo: The check-in desk at Equinox at Marina Del Rey. Credit: Nancie Clare / Los Angeles Times

UCLA, USC mascots get a makeover in T-shirt contest

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The winning designs from Threadless' College! T-Shirt Design Challenge, which includes two local mascot makeovers among the 11 participating universities, are now available for purchase on men's and women's T's, with 10% of sales funneled back to the respective universities.

In September 2011, students, alumni and fans of the schools (listed below, with links to the winning designs) were invited by the website to re-imagine their school mascot in a design, with the only guideline being that it incorporated the school colors. 

The winning UCLA design, chosen by online voters from among 30 submitted designs, was created by Michael Mohlman, a UCLA senior studying English, with Lucas Knisley winning the USC challenge from among 27 submitted designs.

Each of the 11 winners received an iPad2, Adobe Creative Suite 5 graphic design software, bragging rights for their efforts and a chance at winning a $5,000 donation from Threadless to their university's art department.

The full list of participating schools includes:

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Photo: Lucas Knisley's "Warrior" redesign of the USC mascot, left, and Michael Mohlman's "We Are the Mighty Bruins" T-shirt, right, were among the winners of Threadless' college T-shirt design challenge, and are available online for $20. Credit: Threadless.com.

Clippers' Blake Griffin holds court — on cover of Men's Health [Update]

Blake Griffin in Men's Health magazine

Clippers power forward and NBA rising star Blake Griffin graces the cover of the January/February issue of Men's Health magazine that hit newsstands Dec. 27.

In the accompanying article, the Legend of Lob City holds forth on his NBA lockout routine (he supplemented his routine shooting drills with an hour-a-day, three-days-a-week of yoga, followed by a trip to the gym), his standard off-season training regimen (just reading it may strengthen your core), the performance he's most proud of from last season (hint: it was in a game against the Pacers) 
Men's Health JanFeb 2012 coverand life after the NBA (yes, already).

We bring this up not because we consider it some kind of late-breaking hard news but because we think it's a refreshing change of pace for a two-team town in which the magazine covers (and appurtenant articles) tend to favor the Lakers.

And because the beefcake cover shot of a bare-chested Griffin rising out of the water unintentionally reminded us of the last time we saw an NBA player without his shirt on — which was last year's  playoffs when Lakers center Andrew Bynum ripped off his jersey after he was ejected from the game, a wardrobe dysfunction that earned him a $25,000 fine from the league.

A reminder, perhaps, that timing is everything.

[*Updated 12:10 p.m., Jan. 3, 2012: Shortly after the original post went live, the folks over at Orlebar Brown reached out to let us know that it's their swim trunks Griffin is wearing. According to a company rep, he's sporting Orlebar Brown's Dane tailored board short style in both the cover photo (in red) and inside photo (in blue), which pretty much makes it a slam-dunk style statement for the upscale brand that sells said shorts for $250 a pop.] 

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Photos: At top, Los Angeles Clippers' power forward Blake Griffin as he appears in the January/February 2012 issue of Men's Health magazine. Credit: Randi Berez / Men's Health. At bottom, the issue's cover. Credit: Men's Health.

New Nike Kobe VII System Supreme drops Dec. 22

Nike Kobe VII System Supreme

Coming on the heels of the news that there will, indeed, be a 2011-12 NBA season, is the announcement that there will be a new Kobe-endorsed pair of kicks to accompany it. The shoes will hit stores just three days before Bryant and company hit the hardwood on Christmas Day against the Chicago Bulls.

Photo Gallery: The new Nike Kobe VII System Supreme

The Nike Kobe VII System Supreme, scheduled to launch Dec. 22, isn't just an athletic shoe, it's a "system," apparently, because it has two inserts. One provides ankle support and a second cushions the midfoot. They can be switched out by the wearer depending on the style of play. (Take that, cross-trainers!)

Here's the description of the different inserts from Nike: 

If a player’s game is based on speed, there is the Attack Fast insert that features a Phylon midsole with Nike Zoom units in the forefoot and heel for the ultimate in lightweight responsiveness. It also has a low-cut, power-stretch cuff that hugs the foot for support. Its sock-like fit eliminates the need for a traditional tongue and innersleeve, keeping the shoe lightweight.

For games that get intense and physical in the paint, there is the Attack Strong insert. It offers a full-length Cushlon midsole and an ankle cuff for a plush, comfortable ride with great support.  The sensory cuffs are made of an engineered power-stretch material that is padded and perforated for comfort and ventilation.

There's a predator theme to the new shoe, with a polyurethane outer shell that boasts a raised pattern inspired by the coloration and textures of leopard, great white shark and black mamba. (On some versions of the shoe, a separate graphic pattern layered beneath the outer skin will reference one of several deadly creatures: leopard, great white shark, poison dart frog or gray wolf.)

The Nike Kobe VII System Supreme, which comes with two midsoles and sleeve heights, will retail for $180. The non-supreme version, a.k.a., the Nike Zoom Kobe VII System, which comes with a single midsole, is priced at $140. 

Those who don't find the specifics of the new shoe exactly to their liking can customize the fit, cushioning and color options through the Nike ID program. A preview of the customizable Kobe kicks is scheduled to debut at the Nike ID Facebook page Dec. 12. 

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Photos: The new Nike Kobe VII System Supreme has a predator-inspired textured exterior, left, and inserts, right, that can be swapped out depending on the wearer's style of play. Credit: Nike

Speed style: A lightning fast chat with Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt Hublot Race Challenge
Just 10 days after running his last official race of the season in Brussels (and placing his fastest time of 2011), three-time Olympic gold medal winner Usain Bolt sprinted into Los Angeles for a whirlwind week of clinics, photo shoots, store openings and an event in Beverly Hills' Greystone Park in which the fastest man in the world purposely lost a race against a handful of grade-schoolers to earn a $100,000 charity check from luxury watch brand Hublot.

All The Rage caught up with the Jamaican sprinter during a rooftop photo shoot high above Sunset Boulevard for a lightning-fast face-to-face chat about his personal style, his ongoing apparel collaboration with Puma (which launched in July 2010) and to try and find out the meaning of his signature victory pose.

Faas 200 Bolt JAM All The Rage: How long have been in Los Angeles?

Usain Bolt: Since Monday [Sept. 26].

ATR: What's been the highlight of your visit?

UB: The Hublot [fundraising] event at Greystone with all the kids. I love working with kids and there were these little break-dancing kids there that were just amazing.

ATR: I'm told you're leaving for LAX in an hour. Where to?

UB: Vegas.

ATR: Is the Las Vegas trip work or for pleasure?

UB (with a wide grin): It's four days of vacation.

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Fashion News: Alex Wang the frat boy, celebs abound in New York

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New York Fashion week is in full force and Booth Moore is reporting on all the most drool-worthy designer shows. Case in point: Alexander Wang sent out a sporty spring/summer 2012 collection that Sirianoklumss2012 referenced BMX and NASCAR. Models wore graphics print, body con ensembles, some even carrying motorcycle helmets done in a floral motif [Los Angeles Times] 

Alexander Wang continued his sporty theme with one of his famous after parties, turning Pier 40 in New York into a raucous frat party. The event attracted Tyler the Creator (who performed) and Bryan Greenberg, who plays a designer in the HBO show "How to Make it in America." Guests enjoyed table tennis, Astroturf and Budweiser. Oh, and the party was sponsored by PlayStation, natch [WWD]

Rumors are swirling about who will replace John Galliano as artistic director at Dior. The latest front-runner seems to be Marc Jacobs, who is reportedly asking for about $10 million to make the big move to the French house [Fashionista] Dellorussoroitfeld   

Heidi Klum and Christian Sirano reunite, Swizz Beats and Alicia Keyes step out and the male hunks from Gossip Girl, Twilight and the New York Jets make an appearance at Tommy Hilfiger. There doesn't seem to be any slowing of the celebrity quotient at New York Fashion Week [People Style Watch]

They may give off an air of mystery for photographers, but Anna Dello Russo, editor-at-large at Vogue Japan, and Carine Roitfeld cut a rug and grabbed the mic, singing karaoke at a party to celebrate Barneys New York's fall campaign collab with Roitfeld [Stylelist]

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Photos, from top: A piece from the Alexander Wang spring 2012 collection; Christian Siriano and Heidi Klum backstage at Siriano's spring show; Anna Dello Russo and Carine Roitfeld sing onstage at the Barneys New York party. Credits: Mary Altaffer / Associated Press; Michael Loccisano / Getty Images; Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

The U.S. Open, diamond bracelets and cute tennis clothes

21tennisdress It may not be as trend-setting as a designer runway, but the tennis court has made its share of contributions to the world of style. French player Jean René Lacoste's on-court tenacity, for example, earned him the nickname “Le Crocodile” -- with that creature eventually becoming the instantly recognizable logo for the Lacoste brand he founded in 1933.

So as we near the 2011 U.S. Open, which is slated to start Aug. 29, it's only fitting to revisit how that tournament had a hand in the popularity of what's known today as the tennis bracelet.

The relatively simple bracelet, in a precious metal (gold, platinum or silver) and set with a single line of faceted diamonds, traces back to the 18th century, according to the Fairchild Dictionary of Fashion. It was quite popular in the 1920s and '30s, when it was referred to as a straight line or classic diamond line bracelet.

But today, jewelry stores from Zales (where a 1-carat version in sterling silver retails for $749) to Tiffany & Co. (3.6 carats set in platinum, $17,000) call them tennis bracelets. For that we can thank Chris Evert, who was wearing a diamond and gold version of the bracelet on court at the U.S. Open when it broke and fell off her arm, requiring the game to be stopped until she could find it.

Most tennis observers pinpoint the incident as occurring in September 1987. Evert, when contacted for this article, couldn't say for sure, but recalled it taking place much earlier than that -- during an early-round match the first or second year that the Open was held at its current Flushing Meadows location. That timeline would place it in 1978 or 1979 -- which seems more likely, given that the term “tennis bracelet” appears in newspaper ads as early as July 1986.

In any event, as a result of the high-profile wardrobe malfunction, people began to refer to that style of wrist candy -- then called an eternity bracelet -- as a “tennis bracelet.” By the 1987 holiday season, retailers were reporting brisk sales of the accessory. The bracelet remained at the height of its popularity, a go-to gift for anniversaries and graduations, for most of the '90s.

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Meanwhile for amateur players who are inspired by the summer's big Grand Slam tournaments -- the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open -- there are some new answers to the age-old question, "what to wear on the court." Writer Laurie Drake profiles four tenniswear designers who are offering high-performance, high-style garb for women that's a little different than what you'd find at a big box sporting goods store.

Ace!

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Photo: Danish company Pure Lime makes tennis wear in fashion-forward colors and styles. Credit: Pure Lime.

Amare Stoudemire, Rachel Roy discuss upcoming collaboration

Amare Stoudemire and Rachel Roy

When Amare Stoudemire and Rachel Roy hit a Hollywood Hills basketball court for a little one-on-one last week, the New York Knick was dripping with sweat, talking trash and baring his teeth in intimidation.

The fashion designer, on the other hand, was the model of calm, cool collectedness, clad in sweat pants, a T-shirt and flip flops, breaking her poise only at the last minute to throw a well-placed elbow that sent Stoudemire player reeling off balance.

It was all for the benefit of a video crew that had decamped to Stoudemire’s rented house in the hills to film footage promoting the duo’s collaboration on a women's clothing collection. Some of that video is slated to appear on in-taxi video ads in New York City starting Sept. 8, when the fall and winter 2011 collection hits retail (which just happens to be the date of this year’s shop-stravaganza Fashion’s Night Out).

The professional basketball player is the most recent in a string of creative collaborators tapped by the

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Giorgio Armani to outfit Italian national team for the 2012 Olympics

Armani 2012 olympics
Giorgio Armani has been tapped to design the Italian Olympic team's complete wardrobe for the 2012 London games, the company announced Wednesday.

The deal with the Italian National Olympic Committee will have Armani designing the team's official opening ceremony outfits as well as equip members with a range of clothes and accessories from the brand's sports-focused EA7 line.

It's the most recent -- and certainly not the last -- manifestation of the fashion world's Olympic fever that started to show up on the men's runways in Milan last month. Other designers who've been tapped for Olympic duty include Stella McCartney, who the U.K. Telegraph reports will serve as creative director for Great Britain's team (which will include performance wear and village wear but not the opening ceremony wardrobe), and Cedella Marley (daughter of the late reggae legend Bob Marley), who has been hired by Puma to design what the Jamaican team will be wearing at the opening ceremony, in competition and on the podium.

Marley told the Associated Press she took inspiration for the uniforms from "music, various cultures and Jamaica from the 1970s and '80s."

"I want to bring the old and the new Jamaica together," she said."It should be Grace Jones meets Bob Marley on the track, and we're going to have fire on the field."

One year out and we're already stoked.

--- Adam Tschorn

Photo: Giorgio Armani, pictured at the finale of his spring and summer 2012 Emporio Armani runway show in Milan in June, has been tapped to design the Italian team's outfits for the 2012 Olympics. Credit: Matteo Bazzi / EPA.

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Danica Patrick to be the face of William Rast eyewear [Updated]

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Dan Wheldon may have been driving the William Rast sponsored* car that won the Indy 500 over the weekend, but it's race-car driver Danica Patrick who has been chosen as the designated driver for the brand's new eyewear line.

According to the recently announced multi-year endorsement deal between Patrick, Los Angeles-based William Rast and its eyewear licensee Viva International Group, the racing superstar will be the face of the recently launched William Rast eyewear (which includes optical frames and sunglasses) and racing eyewear collection, and she'll also wear the brand on the racetrack and in upcoming ad campaigns.

Co-founded by Justin Timberlake and Trace Ayala in 2005, the denim-focused William Rast clothing line has recently expanded beyond that base, adding footwear (in October 2010), and, most recently, the eyewear collection, which debuted in March.  

*[Updated 6/3/11, 12:25 PM: An earlier update to this post incorrectly identified the sponsors of Wheldon's car. The William Rast brand was the primary sponsor, Curb and Big Machine Records, Forsythe and Aiago were secondary sponsors.]

-- Adam Tschorn 

Photo: Race-car driver Danica Patrick has inked a multi-year endorsement deal to be the face of William Rast eyewear -- both on the racetrack and in upcoming advertisements. Credit: Michael Voorhees / William Rast.

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