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The reams of news stories on the new French ban on smoking in cafes, restaurants and night spots have invariably focused on the aura of glamour those little death sticks once conveyed. In newspapers around the globe, nostalgic descriptions of the likes of...
'BEING COPIED is the ransom of success," Coco Chanel once said. The fashion designer laughed when people dug through the trash outside her Paris atelier looking for fabric scraps from a forthcoming collection. She smiled approvingly when she passed...
Tags: Labor Markets, Eyewear, Fashion Shows, France, Piracy
As we mark Memorial Day Monday and approach the 65th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, let's look back on a war that sprang from incredible human evil, inspired astounding personal bravery and produced amazing facts. 1. On May 5, 1945, Elsie Mitchell...
James Brady, a longtime celebrity columnist for Parade magazine and prolific author who brought graceful writing and sharp observations to worlds as disparate as those of the tycoons of the fashion industry and the Marine "grunts" of the Korean War, has...
Special to the TimesIf John Updike had written nothing but novels, his career would still have an almost Victorian amplitude. Since 1959, he has published 22 stout, supple fictions crammed with the minutiae of American life and perfumed, much of the time, with sexual...
Tags: Defense, Armed Forces, Book, Society, Martin Amis
Zap2It.comThe movie is called "Doubt," but members of the Screen Actors Guild seem to have few misgivings about it. The film is the leading nominee for the 15th annual SAG Awards, which were announced Thursday (Dec. 18). It picked up five nominations -- individual...
Special to The TimesAUDREY TAUTOU became famous for playing a naif in "Amélie" seven years ago, but clearly, she's over it now. In "Priceless" (Hors de Prix), a new comedy directed and co-written by Pierre Salvadori, Tautou stars as a woman dependent on the kindness of...
Tags: Fashion Shows, New York, France, Audrey Hepburn, Prostitution
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer"WHAT does it feel like to wear a corset?" asks Keira Knightley, looking amused. The actress rolls her molasses-brown eyes and starts to gasp as though she's choking on a fish bone. "Your ribs are crushed in and you can't get your breath. Oh, and if you...
PEARL: A dense variously colored and usually lustrous concretion formed of concentric layers of nacre as an abnormal growth within the shell of some mollusks and used as a gem A step down from a diamond, at least in the hierarchy of the court, a pearl...
Zap2It.comPrepare for fierceness. "Project Runway" is back. Bravo's "Project Runway" returns for its fifth season on Wednesday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with 16 designers vying for the $100,000 cash prize, an editorial feature in Elle magazine, the opportunity to...
Tags: Edith Head, Fashion Shows, Alexander McQueen, LL Cool J, RuPaul
Zap2It.comLast year, the Writers Strike ended up canceling the NBC Co-Chairman's "prom," but for the time being -- pending the SAG vote, that is -- all things are full steam ahead for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 66th annual Golden Globes honoring...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIF SHIRLEY MACLAINE and Coco Chanel fought over a parking spot, pearls would roll. "She was tough and she never backed down," says the Academy Award-winning actress, who's known for her own flammable personality and eccentric philosophy. The Parisian...
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