• Designer Siki Im marches out vampires, but luxe vampires

    Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Are we afraid of monsters, or afraid we ARE the monsters? It's a question for the ages and one designer Siki Im decided to present in clothes of black, oxblood and aubergine Thursday night as the second New York Fashion Week: Men's drew to a close. Some of his models were painted in drips of black and yellow as they walked a stark runway in looks that included a killer pair of black leather pants and woolen blazers he should be proud of. These architectural clothes, reflecting his training as an actual architect, are for the truly urban and cultured male, not easily thrown on to run suburban errands or attend a neighbor's cocktail party. But back to his undead.

  • Singer Andra Day rises as soul songstress

    Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) — A phone call from Stevie Wonder changed Andra Day's life. He called Day and asked if he could work with her. Wonder heard about the songstress from his now ex-wife Kai Millard Morris, who discovered Day in a video clip. The clip showed Day singing in front of a strip mall in Malibu, California. The conversation with Wonder nearly six years ago was brief, but it gave Day the inspiration she needed. "I was so nervous," she said. "I kept saying to myself that he's just a regular person. But in the same breath, I was saying, 'He's a legend.' I felt like a meteor hit my house. It inspired me to keep pushing." Day said her manager "sabotaged" her business relationship with Wonder, so it took more than a

  • The one tie you don't actually have to tie

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    How's your bolo tie game?

  • The ties that bind: National Cowboy Museum exhibit in Oklahoma City explores the art and history of bolo ties

    By Brandy McDonnell Features Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    For such a simple, distinctly Western adornment, the bolo tie — a length of braided leather or cord decorated with metal tips and fastened with an ornamental clasp or slide — has become not only a fashion accessory with international appeal but also a clever canvas for many skilled artists. Starting Friday, about 370 bolo ties and materials associated with them will be featured at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in “Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary Artistry,” a traveling exhibition organized by Sandfield and the Heard Museum in Phoenix.

  • Tommy Hilfiger puts out prep aimed at younger set

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Will preppy ever go out of style? Not if Tommy Hilfiger can help it. But guardians of prep like Hilfiger most definitely need to adapt, he said Wednesday as he presented his Hilfiger Edition line aimed at "feeling necessary, youthful and ready for right now," according to the show's notes. These are wardrobe building blocks for men, American classics that Hilfiger has been putting out for 30 years, but with some notable twists aimed at the younger set. "These guys want preppy but they want preppy in a new way, and we're giving it to them a little bit oversized again," Hilfiger said in an interview ahead of his presentation on the third day of New York Fashion Week: Men's.

  • The best seats in Public School's house weren't seats at all

    Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — The best seats in the house Tuesday for the men's runway show by Public School weren't seats at all. And they weren't in the house. Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow set up a sidewalk strut for their models to the delight of waiting design students and other fans just outside the doors of Milk Studios on the sunny second day of New York Fashion Week: Men's. The standers got the first look before models meandered back inside to a packed crowd of industry insiders. "Outside was fun," Osborne said. "The idea was to give people that front-row access, but the concept was also ... the outside looking at the inside and the inside looking at the outside — and everybody gets their fair shot.

  • Harvey Weinstein honored at amfAR New York Fashion Week gala

    Updated: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Foundation for AIDS Research is recognizing film producer Harvey Weinstein at its annual New York Fashion Week gala. The organization, known as amfAR, announced Thursday that Weinstein will be the guest of honor at a black-tie dinner on Feb. 10, describing the Oscar winner as a "longtime amfAR supporter and friend." The amfAR New York Fashion Week gala has kicked off fashion week for 17 years and has helped raise millions of dollars for AIDS research. Previous honorees include Bill Clinton, Elizabeth Taylor, Clive Davis, Whoopi Goldberg and Quincy Jones.

  • Correction: Pets-Fetch-And-Sketch story

    Updated: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Jan. 27 about artist Rafael Mantesso and his dog Jimmy Choo, The Associated Press reported erroneously that their apartment was in New York. The apartment is in Belo Horizonte in Brazil, not New York. Also Instagram account first used was @rafaelmantesso, not #jimmythebull. A corrected version of the story is below: Instagrams of 'Dog Named Jimmy' turned owner's life around Rafael Mantesso turned 30 in an empty Brazilian apartment after divorce left him with nothing but a dog and a phone, but it turns out that's all he needed By SUE MANNING Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rafael Mantesso turned 30 in an empty Brazilian apartment after divorce left every wall, floor

  • Tips of the hat

    By Linda Miller For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    Crystal Bland, self-proclaimed lover of hats and owner of Milo & Lily Boutique, says hats are timeless and remind her of a time in the 1940s when women and men weren’t fully dressed until they put on their hat. Today, women often reach for a hat because it’s stylish or fun.

  • Fergie applauds Jean Paul Gaultier's couture homage to '80s

    Updated: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) — It was probably before the time of his front row stars singers Fergie and Beth Ditto — but they laughed and applauded nonetheless at Jean Paul Gaultier's fashion homage to the Palace club, France's answer to New York's once-famous Studio 54. Here are the highlights of Wednesday's spring-summer 2016 couture collections in Paris. ___ THE PALACE PARTY The glamorous, underground theater was the hippest place in Paris from its inauguration in 1978 by Grace Jones, who famously serenaded the guests with her version of "La Vie en Rose," all the way to its end in 1983.

  • Designer Norma Kamali working on health and beauty book

    Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fashion designer Norma Kamali is teaming with physician Dr. Jingduan Yang on a book about looking and feeling young. HarperCollins Publishing announced Tuesday that it was releasing "Facing East: Ancient Health + Beauty Secrets for the Modern Age." The book is scheduled to come out March 1. According to the publisher, advice will range from reducing processed sugars to exercising in the afternoon to washing your face with green tea. Kamali, who turned 70 last year, is known for her "sleeping bag" coats and for designing the red bathing suit that Farrah Fawcett wore in her famous poster from the 1970s.

  • Gwyneth Paltrow hits Chanel's eco-couture show in Paris

    Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    PARIS (AP) — A relaxed Gwyneth Paltrow looked very much the part as she arrived at Chanel's "atmosphere of calm" eco-show inside Paris' Grand Palais. Here are the highlights of Tuesday's spring-summer 2016 celebrity-filled couture collections. THE CELEBRITY MOOD GARDEN A huge "mood" garden decor — replete with a relaxation pond, forest and grass — greeted the 43-year-old Oscar-winner Paltrow, who posed for cameras in a check Chanel skirt suit with high collar near some steps leading up to a minimalist wooden hut. It was so realistic there was even a small swarm of flies buzzing around on the verdant lawn — and with it Lagerfeld may possibly have created the world's first couture ecosystem.

  • Jennifer Lopez wears bracelet made by Glenpool artist on 'American Idol'

    BY RITA SHERROW, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    “ American Idol ” showed off some Tulsa style recently. During the Little Rock, Arkansas, auditions, judge Jennifer Lopez was seen sporting a Rustic Cuff  bracelet — a gift relayed to her by Glenpool makeup artist  Loni Licciardello . Licciardello, a singer, songwriter, vocal impressionist and a contestant on the reality show, said she was on a Rustic Cuff Facebook page and saw an “American Idol” bracelet someone had made for her daughter and posted on the website.

  • Thurman, Ora at Paris couture as Dior shows without designer

    Updated: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    PARIS (AP) — Spring-summer couture shows blossomed into focus Monday — parading their silken, and often sexy, savoir faire to front rows spilling with celebrities from Uma Thurman, Kate Bosworth to Rita Ora. Here are the highlights of the 2016 collections. ___ RITA ORA HITS VERSACE WITH INVISIBLE UNDERWEAR All eyes were on British singer Ora who arrived at the Versace Atelier show to a flurry of paparazzi flashes. The 25-year-old star wore a red cutout mini dress — with invisible underwear — and sandals inspired by the Italian house's spring-summer 2016 collection. "I love Versace," she purred from the front row in a carpeted pavilion in Paris' exclusive Place Vendome.

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

    Updated: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    A dreamy fashion show in Hong Kong, a rally against radicalism in Jakarta and the discovery of a new genus of tree frogs in India were all captured in images from around Asia last week. Students in Jakarta attended an interfaith rally against radicalism, terrorism and drug abuse several days after an attack by Muslim militants in the heart of Indonesia's capital. Paramilitary forces sporting colorful headgear marched during India's annual celebration of Republic Day, which included displays of missiles and other military hardware. In many countries, an economy growing at 6.9 percent would be considered robust, but for China its growth last year was the slowest rate in 25 years.

  • Will Poulter hits Lanvin at finale of Paris menswear season

    Updated: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    PARIS (AP) — Rising star Will Poulter, who stars alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the Oscar-nominated movie "The Revenant," led the list of front row celebrities Sunday at Lanvin as the Paris menswear shows reached their final creative crescendo. Here are the highlights of the fall-winter 2016-17 menswear collections at Paris Fashion Week — including reports from Lanvin, Hermes and Paul Smith. LANVIN MENSWEAR As Lanvin womenswear experiences seismic, identity-changing shifts with the departure of the hugely talented Israeli creative director Alber Elbaz — Lanvin's menswear, under the care of Lucas Ossendrijver, seems to be doing just fine.

  • A little old, a little new and a lot of feminine texture make up 2016’s bridal trends

    By Melissa Howell Staff Writer mhowell@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    Bridal trends for this year offer both new looks and a return to nostalgic designs, say Oklahoma City bridal boutique owners Jane Kelly of JJ Kelly, 12325 N May Ave., and designer Meg Guess of Meg Guess Couture Bridal & Boutique, 7941 N May Ave.

  • Macklemore explores his 'White Privilege' in new rap song

    Updated: Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Macklemore explores racism and hip-hop in a new song called "White Privilege II," rapping about a white person's position in society with black people fighting injustice and even namechecking Iggy Azalea for appropriating black culture, along with himself. The track, released Friday, is close to nine minutes long and starts with the Grammy-winning rapper at a march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. "I wanna take a stance because we are not free, and I thought about it, we are not we," he raps on the song, released with musical partner Ryan Lewis. "Am I in the outside looking in? Or am I in the inside looking out?" Essence magazine entertainment director Cori Murray said she appreciated Mac

  • Christian Slater hits celebrity-filled Dior Homme show

    Updated: Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    PARIS (AP) — It was all about the celebrities and the parties at Paris Fashion Week menswear shows Saturday as the buzz around the French capital geared up ahead of the weekend change-over to the glamorous haute couture season. Here are the highlights of the fall-winter men's collections. CHRISTIAN SLATER HITS CHRISTIAN DIOR Fresh from his Golden Globes win for playing a mysterious hacktivist in the techno-thriller "Mr. Robot," actor Christian Slater was seen admiring the new looks from Dior Homme's front row in Paris — decked out in head-to-toe Dior. Although he seemed comfortable in this new fashion environment, the attention of the dapper 46-year-old didn't stray from acting for too long.

  • Designer makes gowns out of car interior material

    Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) — One auto supplier is taking the term "ready to wear" to a whole new level. Inteva Products LLC commissioned a fashion designer to produce four gowns using the same thermoplastic material the maker of engineered components and systems places in the instrument panel surface of a number of General Motors Co. vehicles. The results were on display during a recent pop-up fashion show at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Four models outfitted with formal dresses made from Inteva's Inteather material strutted up and down a carpeted area, passing by dumbfounded auto show attendees as well as the GMC Yukon and Sierra, both of which feature instrument panel exteriors made of Inteather, a therm