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  • 5 spring trends from London Fashion Week

    Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — They came, they saw, and now they've jetted off to Milan for another round of catwalk shows. Fashion insiders got a taste of spring style trends at London Fashion Week. Here's a round-up of some of the hottest looks, from girly ballerina skirts to sporty sandals: ___ FLAT IS FAB Comfort is no longer the enemy of style. London designers have collectively rebelled against the high heel. Sensible flat shoes — be they sneakers, sandals, rubber boots or brogues — were everywhere on the London catwalks. Burberry Prorsum favored lace-up sneakers and flat, Birkenstock-like sandals in colorful leather. Christopher Raeburn models sported similar sandals with Velcro straps.

  • Bradley Cooper drops in at London Fashion Week

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — London Fashion Week reached its glitziest day Monday, with big names like Burberry and Tom Ford packing in the crowds, the supermodels and the celebrities. Day 4 of the style spectacle also saw the latest offerings from young talents Christopher Kane and Erdem, as well as Issa, Giles and Peter Pilotto. Among the day's highlights: ___ BRADLEY COOPER DROPS IN AT TOM FORD Tom Ford has taken his runway to the disco — and with the dark room and all those sparkly sequins, guests almost missed one VIP sitting in their midst. Actor Bradley Cooper took his seat on the front row at the U.S. designer's London Fashion Week show Monday, chatting amiably with Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

  • Rainbow hues, jean jackets at Burberry's show

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — As if to perk up audiences ahead of a dreary grey winter, Burberry Prorsum on Monday showed off a spring collection bursting with bright rainbow colors and cheerful prints of beetles, bees and dragonflies. The luxury British clothing label's show at London Fashion Week, always a highlight that packs in the crowds and celebrities, also confirmed that the humble sneaker and the flat sandal — the sporty, thick-strapped kind — are definitely the footwear of the moment come spring. The casual shoes were worn with romantic tutu-like tulle dresses in jewel shades such as emerald and amethyst, finished with a pretty silk ribbon belt tied in a bow. Also notably back on trend is the jean jacket, though here it

  • Jean Paul Gaultier to stop making ready-to-wear

    Updated: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — The house of Jean Paul Gaultier has announced that it is stopping women's and men's ready-to-wear collections. A short statement Monday said the 62-year-old designer — one of the most famous names in fashion — would be concentrating on the lucrative world of haute couture and perfume lines such as "Le Male." It didn't elaborate on the reasons for the closure. Gaultier, known as Paris fashion's enfant terrible, has been designing ready-to-wear for nearly 40 years. The house's ready-to-wear swan song for spring-summer 2015 will be presented later this month in Paris.

  • Urban Outfitters sorry for bloody 'vintage' Kent State University sweatshirt

    Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    There's "vintage" and then there's a different level of retro-style that Urban Outfitters has sold with its Kent State University sweatshirt, according to USA TODAY. The Outfitters sweatshirt is attracting attention across social media platforms Monday because of its blood-splattered appearance. Many people are incensed by its apparent connection to the fatal May 4, 1970, shootings in which four students were killed by the Ohio National Guard during Vietnam War protests.

  • London Fashion Week Day 3: Temperley, Westwood

    Updated: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — London Fashion Week swung into Day 3 Sunday, packed from morning to night with next season's womenswear offerings from dozens of designers. Fashionistas were spoilt for choice, with Temperley, Topshop Unique, Paul Smith and Pringle of Scotland all showing their spring and summer collections. And amid the blur of models and catwalks, British fashion's grandest dame Vivienne Westwood was keen to draw the fashion crowd's attention to politics, using her runway to help campaign for Scottish independence. Among the day's highlights: ___ TEMPERLEY GOES CASUAL WITH SNEAKERS Looking cool and stylish has never been so comfortable: Just ditch the heels, and stick to sneakers.

  • Westwood show highlights Scotland, not fashion

    Updated: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Vivienne Westwood may be staging a catwalk show, but Scotland — not clothes — is foremost on the designer's mind. Never one to shy away from making a political statement, the eccentric 73-year-old grand dame of British fashion used her London Fashion Week runway Sunday to campaign for Scottish independence. Scots are voting on whether to break away from the United Kingdom in a historic referendum on Thursday. Westwood proudly wore a "Yes" badge, and sent her models down the catwalk sporting the same badge prominently on their lapels or hats. "I am so excited. Fingers crossed they will win. Because, if they do, it could be the turning point towards a better world.

  • An emotional Beyonce, Jay Z end tour in Paris

    Updated: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    PARIS (AP) — An emotional Beyonce was in tears as she and husband Jay Z wrapped up their "On the Run" stadium tour Saturday night in Paris, where the duo said they got engaged years ago. The performers told the audience at Stade de France that Paris was also where their 2-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, was conceived. "We love Paris. It's special to us because we got engaged here and this is where baby Blue was conceived," the rap star said. Beyonce and Jay Z were married in 2008. Nicki Minaj joined Beyonce onstage for their collaboration, "Flawless," which excited the crowd of nearly 80,000. Beyonce and Jay Z off kicked the three-hour show with "'03 Bonnie & Clyde.

  • Jazz-funk pioneer Joe Sample dies at 75

    Updated: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    Pianist and composer Joe Sample, a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died. He was 75. Sample died of complications due to lung cancer Friday evening at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, his manager, Patrick Rains, told The Associated Press on Saturday. Rains said Sample's family was at his bedside. Sample was "a seminal figure in the transition from acoustic to electronic music in the jazz field in the late '60s and early '70s" with his band, Rains said. The group, which later called itself The Crusaders, became a successful crossover act with such hits as the 1979 rhythm-and-blues-flavored single and album "Street Life" featuring singer

  • Pia Zadora to have ankle surgery after accident

    Updated: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — According to her spokeswoman, entertainer Pia Zadora is resting comfortably at a Las Vegas hospital with serious injuries after a fall from a golf cart near her home. Spokeswoman Eileen Koch says the singer-actress remained in intensive care at University Medical Center. Zadora suffered a head injury and a compound ankle fracture in a fall from a golf cart driven by her teenage son near their Las Vegas home on Thursday evening. Koch says Zadora hopes to travel to a Los Angeles hospital for ankle surgery after her condition improves in the next week or two. Zadora was a child Broadway actress and appeared in movies before becoming a singer of popular standards.

  • 'The Simpsons' toast 25 years with songs and stars

    Updated: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bart and Lisa Simpson, Chief Wiggum and son Ralph, bartender Moe and Apu from Kwik-E-Mart celebrated 25 years of "The Simpsons" in Hollywood on Friday. Those characters are performed by three actors — Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria — who hosted the world premiere of "The Simpsons Take the Bowl" at the Los Angeles concert venue the Hollywood Bowl. The program featured music, stars and reminiscences from TV's longest-running scripted show. The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, which featured several members wearing tall, blue Marge Simpson wigs, performed as classic clips from the show's past 25 seasons played on big screens above them. The 26th season of "The Simpsons" begins Sept. 28.

  • 'The Simpsons' toast 25 years with songs and stars

    Updated: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bart and Lisa Simpson, Chief Wiggum and son Ralph, bartender Moe and Apu from Kwik-E-Mart came to the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate 25 years of "The Simpsons." Those characters are performed by three actors — Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria — who hosted the world premiere of "The Simpsons Take the Bowl" at the legendary concert venue Friday. The program featured music, stars and reminiscences from TV's longest-running scripted show. The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, which featured several members wearing tall, blue Marge Simpson wigs, performed as classic clips from the show's past 25 seasons played on big screens above them. The 26th season of "The Simpsons" begins Sept. 28.

  • Miss America contestants showcase shoes in parade

    Updated: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Contestants vying for the Miss America title showed off some fancy footwear along a New Jersey boardwalk. The traditional "Show Us Your Shoes" parade on Saturday featured 53 Miss America hopefuls riding down Atlantic City's boardwalk in convertibles, each sporting creatively decorated shoes to evoke their home state. The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/1sNaGkz) says Miss Louisiana, Lacey Sanchez, wore feathered magenta and green stilettos and carried a feathery umbrella in a nod to New Orleans' Mardi Gras tradition. Miss Oregon, Rebecca Anderson, had tiny bicycles on her shoes and wore a bike helmet since Portland is known as a bike-friendly city.

  • McCartneys and wellies at London Fashion Week

    Updated: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — The sun's out, and so are the celebrities, style mavens and paparazzi. London Fashion Week turned up the heat on its second day, with a hectic schedule of catwalk shows that drew stars to the front rows and had editors scurrying from one end of London to the other to see the latest trends. Hunter Original, best known for its rubber wellington boots, showed it could do glamour with a swimming pool-themed show that drew Paul and Stella McCartney to its front row. Marchesa, the New York-based brand synonymous with red carpet style, brought its sumptuous dresses to London for the first time. Emilia Wickstead did pared-down elegance with a collection of modern ball gowns, while Orla Kiely delighted with a cheerful retro

  • Paul, Stella McCartney front row at Hunter's show

    Updated: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — It's not every day that you see not just one, but two McCartneys on the front row. Paul McCartney and his fashion designer daughter Stella caused a stir as they sat down to watch the catwalk show staged Saturday by Hunter Original, squeezing in next to pop star Rita Ora and Vogue editor Anna Wintour. The brand, best known for its rubber wellington boots, is headed by Stella McCartney's husband Alasdhair Willis. Hunter has only recently branched out into clothing — it was just the label's second season on the London Fashion Week circuit — but it proved it can put on a fun and slick show to go with its display of sporty casualwear.

  • Handbag designer Patricia Nash coming to Macy's, Penn Square

    Linda Miller | Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    What makes a purse special? For this designer, it’s luxurious Italian leather and Old World craftsmanship

  • Hillary Clinton among speakers at Angelou memorial

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — It was New York's turn to say goodbye to Maya Angelou. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison were among those sharing memories of the late author and Renaissance woman artist Friday at The Riverside Church in Manhattan, a few blocks west of a Harlem town house that Angelou owned in recent years. From a stage brightened by beds of white roses, it was a chance for friends and family members to pay tribute before hundreds of attendees and for the city itself to claim at least part of her legacy. Angelou, who died May 28 at age 86, had lived off and on in New York in the 1950s and '60s and visited often even after she moved to North Carolina, her primary residenc

  • Style goes digital as London Fashion Week opens

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — What to wear to London Fashion Week? The hottest designer heels, the latest fall jacket — or perhaps a tech accessory like Google Glass. Hundreds of models, stylists and fashion insiders descended on the British capital Friday as the five-day whirlwind of catwalk shows kicked off, bringing the usual heady mix of glamor, parties and beautiful people. This season, however, organizers are also focusing on pairing technology with fashion, launching a series of talks and projects with Google to help British-based designers go digital. The aim is for London to be "the most tech-savvy fashion capital in the world," according to British Fashion Council chairman Natalie Massenet, who paired up with Google's U.K

  • Some weird & wonderful moments of NY Fashion Week

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Modern dancers, writhing half-naked in front of giant weather-themed video installations. Miley Cyrus, not twerking, but working — in a new gig making jewelry with children's beads. A guy mowing a fake indoor lawn in a suit, top hat and fishnet tights. We didn't need to tell you that Fashion Week isn't only about hemlines and tailoring, did we? Some weird or wonderful (and sometimes both) moments of New York Fashion Week: BUT WHERE WERE THE CLOTHES? Making a splashy trip across the pond, British avant-garde designer Gareth Pugh put on a "live immersive fashion experience" involving scantily clad modern dancers undulating in a vast, darkened pier space on the East River that, in daytime, houses seven

  • Q&A: Mathis on new box set, yoga and 'Simpsons'

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chances are you haven't heard these Johnny Mathis albums — but that will change. The 78-year-old singer is dropping a 13-CD box set of unsuccessful commercial albums released from 1963 to 1967, when Mathis left his longtime label, Columbia Records, for Mercury Records and Global Records, his own production company. "The Complete Global Albums Collection" will be released on Nov. 17. It includes 10 albums that have been digitally mastered. It also features an unreleased album of Broadway show tunes and two albums that contain other unreleased songs and non-album singles.