• Sophia Loren graces Armani front row at Milan Fashion Week

    Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — Giorgio Armani had the last word at Milan Fashion Week, which wrapped up six days of womenswear previews for next spring and summer on Monday, launching a book that looks back on his life. Armani, one of the founders of the Milan ready-to-wear scene, celebrates 40 years of his fashion house this year, and he said he wrote the book because "inside of me there are memories and sensations that I needed to let out." But the 81-year-old designer said the book was less than an autobiography, which he still intends to write, describing it instead as text accompanying photographs. "An autobiography involves people that are close to you and you don't always feel authorized to expose them," he said.

  • Fashion crowd applauds US open winner Pennetta at Ferragamo

    Updated: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — A calm is permeating many Milan runways, as designers tone down the colors and focus on form, creating quieter moments that nonetheless have much to contemplate. As with any trend, it wasn't unanimous and there were some unbridled fashion moments. Here are some highlights from the fifth day of Milan Fashion Week previews of womenswear looks for next spring and summer: ___ HEROINE'S WELCOME U.S. Open winner Flavia Pennetta got a spontaneous round of applause from the front row of Ferragamo on Sunday, the fifth day of Milan Fashion Week. The all-Italian final game between Pennetta and fellow Puglia-native Roberta Vinci captivated the nation, and Pennetta, who has announced her retirement,

  • Heidi Klum cajoles boyfriend to buy her plastic snail

    Updated: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — Heidi Klum gently, but persistently cajoled her boyfriend Vito Schnabel buy her a giant plastic snail at the 7th annual Milan amfAR auction, nudging up the price of the sculpture and helping raise a Milan record of $1.6 million for the charity. "Vito, I thought you were going to buy me the snail!" the model, who chaired the event, pleaded from stage Saturday night, as bidding heated up. A few bids later, the 29-year-old art dealer won the 3-meter (11-foot) snail by the Europe-based Cracking Art Group for 20,000 euro ($22,000). Klum, a mother of four, said she planned to put it in her garden. The amfAR charity raises money for AIDS research, with the goal of finding a cure for AIDS by 2020.

  • Peter Dundas underlines brand's ease in Cavalli debut

    Updated: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — The fourth day of Milan Fashion Week belonged to ex-Pucci designer Peter Dundas, who made his celebrated debut as creative director for Roberto Cavalli. But he wasn't the only one getting his day in the sun: Young designer Daizy Shely made her Milan runway debut Saturday, showing her womenswear collection for next spring and summer in Giorgio Armani's theater. The focus of the day was on youth, freedom and renewal. Here are some highlights from Saturday's shows in Milan: ___ ROBERTO CAVALLI Peter Dundas sought to underline a sense of ease and freedom in his much-celebrated debut collection for Roberto Cavalli.

  • Dundas restores ease, freedom to Roberto Cavalli brand

    Updated: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — Ease and freedom were Peter Dundas' guiding principles in designing his debut collection for Roberto Cavalli, which previewed Saturday during Milan Fashion Week. Dundas had the delicate task of reviving a brand that was widely viewed as past its prime while retaining its most iconic elements and paying due homage to the brand's founder, who hand-picked Dundas and remains an important stakeholder in the fashion house bearing his name. "I wanted to accentuate the ease and the freedom that the brand represents to me," Dundas, who just completed a seven-year run as Pucci creative director, told The Associated Press backstage. Dundas' debut was also a return home.

  • More business buzz than Hollywood vibe at China state dinner

    Updated: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Dinner is supposed to be a chance to unwind after a tough day at the office, but the extravagant dinner that President Barack Obama put on in honor of Chinese President Xi Jinping served up plenty of opportunities to keep the business talk going well into the night. The head table where Obama and Xi sat was studded with top brass from many of America's leading corporations, including Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Disney, DreamWorks and others eager to chat up the leader of the world's most populous country.

  • Michelle Obama chooses Vera Wang gown for China State Dinner

    Updated: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama chose a dress by a Chinese-American designer for Friday's White House dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping. Mrs. Obama wore a custom-made black, off-the-shoulder mermaid gown by Vera Wang Collection for the occasion. Fitted, with sheer sleeves, it skimmed the floor with its silk organza flounce. Mrs. Obama swept her long hair off to one side. The first lady has worn Wang's designs before, winning raves for the draped, strapless, electric blue column she donned at The Kennedy Center Honors in 2011. China's first lady Peng Liyuan, also a fashion icon, selected an embellished silk gown in a rich aquamarine hue. With three-quarter-length sleeves, it boasted intricate beading

  • The Latest: China's Xi calls state visit 'unforgettable'

    Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest developments from the state visit that President Barack Obama is hosting for Chinese President Xi Jinping. All times local: 8:30 p.m. It's time for the dinner toasts at Friday's lavish state dinner for China. President Barack Obama raised a glass to the American and Chinese people. "May they work together like fingers on the same hand in friendship and peace," he said. Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng), in his remarks, called the state visit an "unforgettable journey." Xi said that from the West Coast to the East, the American people have "a lot of goodwill toward the Chinese people." He added that such good feelings will be "fully reciprocated" by the

  • Versace launches camo-glam looks for next summer

    Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — Light and transparent fabrics — from organza to lace to netting — dominated the shows Friday at Milan Fashion Week. Milan womenswear designers experimented with all manner of sheer fabrics, creating decidedly feminine looks for next spring and summer that new materials gave a contemporary modern flair. Here are some highlights from Friday's shows: ___ VERSACE Donatella Versace created spectacular camo-glam looks for next summer, deploying military accents and materials with flair and precision. Versace's eye-catching animal prints mimicked camouflage, and with acid yellow, green and purple accents, they are best deployed in the urban jungle.

  • Backstage: Local hairstylists at New York Fashion Week

    Linda Miller | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    Two Trichology Salon stylists experienced firsthand the exciting experience of styling models’ hair backstage during New York Fashion Week

  • Booties take fall by storm

    FashionInsight | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    Whether tied, zipped, fringed, flat, platform or studded—there's an ankle boot out there for you this fall. And they aren’t your wardrobe staple of yesteryear. “It is a very comfortable look that accommodates any calf size and offers varying heel heights,” said Holly McGowen, owner of Sweets and Spurs that sells boots and booties of many styles.  “Booties can be dressed up or down and right now consumers can find styles from boho to western to high fashion.” They are a practical, yet stylish fashion statement, and can be paired with jeans just as well as a skirt or business attire. If you want to make a bolder statement pair your ankle boot with a contrasting pair of textured

  • Massimo Giorgetti makes Pucci debut

    Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — Milan designers looked to the sea and the forest for inspiration for warm weather looks being previewed during Milan Fashion Week. After a drenching opening day, the sun came out for the second day of womenswear previews for next spring and summer on Thursday, lightening moods and allowing the fashion crowd again to show off its style prowess on the streets of Milan, after a day spent dashing from cabs and cars to umbrellas. Some highlights from Thursday's shows: ___ FENDI Maid Marian wouldn't have needed Robin Hood to defend her in these threads and skins.

  • Fashion show in Oklahoma City will benefit Children's Hospital Foundation

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    Classen Curve and Nichols Hills Plaza tenants will host the second annual Fall Fashion Show event Oct. 1, featuring fashions from some of the Oklahoma City area's favorite boutiques.

  • Kevin Durant’s fall eyewear collection

    Linda Miller | Updated: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    Kevin Durant’s eyewear collection for fall has been expanded, plus there’s a chance to win a limited-edition KD optical set.

  • Courtney Love headlines for Plein at Milan Fashion Week

    Updated: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — While the Milan fashion scene cultivates youthful womenswear designers, some of the world's most iconic female rockers are taking the stage during Milan Fashion Week. Courtney Love and Debbie Harry are headlining on the sidelines of the six-day run of fashion previews for next spring and summer. Love sent the audacious German designer Philipp Plein's catwalk reverberating Wednesday night as fashion week kicked off, while Harry performs this weekend at the amfAR charity auction to raise money for AIDS research. On the runway, it's a season of musical chairs. Designer Peter Dundas has left Emilio Pucci's fashion house for Roberto Cavalli's, replaced by Massimo Giorgetti formerly of MSGM while Arthur Arbesser make

  • New York Film Festival to host Albert Maysles tribute

    Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lincoln Center will host a tribute to the late documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles during the upcoming New York Film Festival. The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced Monday that the event, co-hosted by the Maysles family, will take place October 4 at Alice Tully Hall. Maysles will be celebrated with in-person guests, clips from his work and special attention to his work with Maysles Documentary Center, the Harlem nonprofit he co-founded. Maysles died in March at the age of 88. His 60-year career spanned seminal documentaries of so-called "direct cinema," including "Gimme Shelter," ''Grey Gardens" and "Salesman." The 53rd New York Film Festival begins Friday.

  • Box Office Top 20: 'Maze Runner' scorches 'Black Mass'

    Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" sprinted away with the box office lead with a $30.3 million debut that came in below its 2014 original but was still enough to surpass Johnny Depp's "Black Mass." Warner Bros.' Whitey Bulger drama opened with $22.6 million. A solid return for an R-rated adult drama, the debut brought relief to a bad box-office run for Depp following failures like "Mortdecai," ''Transcendence" and "The Lone Ranger." Opening in 545 IMAX and large-format screens, Universal's mountaineering thriller "Everest" took in $7.2 million ahead of its wider expansion. The top 20 movies at U.S.

  • Survey: Men who tuck their undershirts are happier and more successful

    Linda Miller | Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    Fruit of the Loom surveys men about their shirt-tucking habits and here is what was discovered

  • Benedict Cumberbatch joins fashion crowd at Burberry

    Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — A live orchestra, a starry front row, clothes boasting a proud British heritage and craftsmanship: Burberry knows how to put on a crowd-pleasing spectacle. The luxury British design house blended fashion with entertainment in its biannual display at London Fashion Week Monday, a well-oiled production and a key event to boost sales and brand prestige. Actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Sienna Miller and Naomie Harris squeezed in the front row, joining a posse of models led by Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne. A new talking point this season was the live music: Burberry has put on music performances before, but not like this. Models sashayed around an orchestra pit housing a 32-piece orchestra and singer Alison Moyet, wh

  • London Fashion Week: Burberry, Erdem draw the stars

    Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — London Fashion Week got into full swing Monday with a lineup of all the big names - Burberry's glamorous runway show drew stars from Benedict Cumberbatch to Sienna Miller, while fashion favorites Erdem and Christopher Kane impresssed with their signature designs. Here are the highlights from Day 4: ___ A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT AT ERDEM The theater where Erdem staged his show was so dark that countless guests tripped as they arrived. But it soon became clear it was so dangerously dim for a reason. The designer was trying to create an atmospheric Gothic landscape of swirling blue mist, relentless rain, thunder and howling winds - a perfect backdrop for his ethereal, darkly romantic dress collection.