Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Fashion Facts, What to Watch

Trendsetting Designers: Who’ll be popular and hot next? Look for Trina Turk, Catherine Maladrino, Rebecca Taylor, Kulson, Anna Sui, Rozae Nichols, Blugirl and Vivienne Tam. For men, it’ll be Paul Smith. Trends include embellished sweaters, 50s Femme, 9-to-5 Knockout, Glamour 24/7, Great Outdoors, Contemporary, Tweed and various Hues (of color, of course).

Hot New Designer: Rory Beca is the creation of 22-year-old Central St. Martins-trained designer Rory Edelman. This Los Angeles-based designer infuses European sophistication and “couture” type detailing. From Madeline Vionnet’s stunning fabrics to Madame Grés’ use of color and draping to the work of surrealist French designer, Elsa Schiaparelli, Rory Edelman finds inspiration in some of the most revered fashion icon’s past and present, whose work serves as a benchmark for Rory’s romantic one of a kind creativity. Her first collection, introduced in 2003, was a line of hand knit scarves created from rare and unusual yarns and vintage pieces. The scarves were featured on both “Friends” and “Crossing Jordan” and noted in the 2003 “Best of LA” issue of Los Angeles Magazine. Rory transitioned into a collection of dresses, skirts, tops and suits, introduced for spring 2004. The L.A. native and avid traveler finds treasures to make each piece she creates a work of art. From vintage French lace to rhinestone broaches, appliqués, ribbons, buttons and trims, to printed silks, silk charmuese, chiffon and wool fabrics, Rory scours flea markets, vintage shows, private collections, and antique shops all over the world to find the materials that will bring her imagination to life. Celebrity clientele includes Daryl Hannah, Rosie Perez, Beck, and Jenna Elfman. Rory Beca is currently sold at A. Mason and Xin in Los Angeles and Selma and Syd in New York City.

What Happened with Jon Stewart on Crossfire:

Fashion’s Most Fun Footwear: Havaianas flip flops are once again favorite sandal on the catwalk at LA Fashion Week. Designers from NAQADA, Paul Hardy, Jenni Kayne and Gen Art have selected Havaianas as their sandal of choice during the week long events.

Letters Home: The soldiers' last words. Their families' last memories. This Veterans Day, HBO and The New York Times, in association with LIFE Books, present LAST LETTERS HOME: VOICES OF AMERICAN TROOPS FROM THE BATTLEFIELDS OF IRAQ, a poignant tribute to America's fallen troops who sacrificed their lives in the war in Iraq. From the troops' hometowns, family members of eight men and two women share and read aloud their Loved ones' moving and eloquent letters, which tragically turned out to be their last. The words are powerful, complex and often poetic personal expressions from the front that serve as lasting memorials to the spirit and humanity of the brave men and women who were killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Produced and directed by Academy Award(r) winner Bill Couturié (HBO's "Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam"), the documentary special debuts Thursday, November 11, 2004 at 9 p.m. on HBO.

Cox’s Post-“Friends” Deal: TBS has inked a deal with comedy stars Courteney Cox and David Arquette's Coquette Productions to create several comedic reality show concepts for the network, announced Steve Koonin, executive vice president and chief operating officer for TBS and TNT. These show concepts will be targeted for development into pilots or full series in 2005. "This deal with Coquette Productions demonstrates TBS's strong commitment to working with the best talent in the industry in developing our programming slate," said Koonin. "The ideas Coquette brings to the table will be invaluable as TBS continues to build upon its 'very funny' branding with innovative and comedic reality show concepts."

"Over the past year, TBS has established its credentials as a major destination for innovative reality television," said Thea Mann, Coquette's head of development. "We are thrilled to have the chance to add our own unique concepts to TBS's terrific slate." Coquette Productions is the Los Angeles-based production company formed by Courteney Cox and David Arquette in 2004. Coquette is currently under a first look agreement for scripted programming with Warner Bros. Focusing on a variety of genres, Coquette's recent projects in development include The Fall and Rise of Taylor Kennedy for HBO; Dirt for F/X; Midnightly News and Daisy, the All-American Girl both for FOX.