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Metro releases photo of person of interest in Fashion Show mall shooting

Monday, July 21, 2014 | 5:30 p.m.

Metro Police detectives are searching for this man, who is a person of interest in the July 15, 2014, shooting at the Fashion Show mall.

Metro Police are searching for a person of interest in connection with a shooting last week at the Fashion Show mall.

The man appears in a surveillance video, which is posted at right.

No suspects have been identified, police said.

The shooting at the Fashion Show occurred at 6:02 p.m. Tuesday after what witnesses say was a physical altercation between two groups of men.

One of the men fired a handgun, which reportedly struck another man involved in the fight, police said.

Both parties fled the scene. The victim took himself to MountainView Hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound before being taken to the Sunrise Trauma Center, police said.

Police say some of those involved may have been affiliated with a gang, but the incident does not appear to be gang motivated.

The shooting is still under investigation.

Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact Metro’s Gang Crimes Bureau at 702-828-3309. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or at

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LeAnn Rimes Sweats at Luli Fama Fashion Show With Eddie Cibrian By Her Side

LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian have a summer white affair while attending the Luli Fama fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2015 at Cabana Grande at The Raleigh on Sunday (July 20) in Miami, Fla.

“Sweating at the @LuliFama fashion show #mbfwswim #hairup about to go grab a bikini,” the 31-year-old country singer tweeted at the show.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of LeAnn Rimes

The night before, LeAnn rocked a blue jumpsuit while performing at the Gras Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

On the same day, LeAnn showed off her sexy bikini body while lounging poolside at her Miami hotel.

25+ pictures inside of LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian at the Luli Fama fashion show…

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TechCrunch Presents Its Spring/Summer 2014 Startup Fashion Collection

In response to Banana Republic’s Guide to Startup Fashion, we decided to show what startup people actually wear. Presenting the TC Spring/Summer 2014 Startup Fashion Collection.

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Hermès and Christophe Lemaire Part Ways

PARIS, France — After four years, Hermès artistic director of womenswear Christophe Lemaire is leaving the French luxury label. Lemaire will present his final womenswear collection for Hermès over the upcoming Spring-Summer 2015 season in October during Paris Fashion Week. His replacement has not yet been named.

The designer is leaving to focus on his own label full time. “Working for Hermès has been a great pleasure: a profoundly enriching experience on both a human and professional level. I am proud of what we have built together. My own label is growing in an important way and I now really want and need to dedicate myself to it fully,” he said in a statement.

Axel Dumas, chief executive officer of Hermès, said, “I am very grateful to Christophe for the passion with which he has addressed and enriched the expression of our house in women’s ready-to-wear. Under his artistic direction the métier has renewed its aesthetic and produced very satisfactory financial results.”

Since June 2010, Lemaire has overseen direction of womenswear and helped the heritage saddlery and leather goods brand define its women’s ready-to-wear with an elegant, pared-back aesthetic. Before Hermès, Lemaire was creative director of French sportswear brand Lacoste.

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Looking for a few good St. Louis fashion designers

Only three weeks left to apply for the Saint Louis Fashion Fund Emerging Designer Award with a cash prize of $15,000.

The competition is open to all United States-based designers but St. Louis Fashion Week coordinators are focused on attracting at least a few designers with ties to the local community.

Six designers will be chosen by the Saint Louis Fashion Fund to show their most current collection, sharing the St. Louis Fashion Week lineup with Yigal Azrouel, Timo Weiland and Tess Giberson.

One of the six will be selected for the $15,000 cash, intended to help launch or expand their fashion career.

The goal is to encourage some of the region’s best graduates, current students or fashion designer next door to compete and perhaps win an opportunity to boost their career with the help of the cash prize and consultations with fashion industry mentors.

Fern Mallis, who is most often credited with coordinating the first organized New York Fashion Week event, and other industry professionals will be on the selection and judging committees. 

After years and years of local fashion design competitions with little prize money or no real connection to top fashion professionals, St. Louis Fashion Week hopes to create an award with staying power and the potential to help establish a designer’s career.

They focus for the years to come will be on the “now what?” phase of helping designers make sense of production, manufacturing, marketing and sales. 

It would be a bonus if that opportunity went to a St. Louis-based designer, so tell a friend. Last year’s cash prize winner was a worthy contender from New York City, so expect the competition to be stiff.

The event will take place Oct. 15 at St. Louis Union Station, but applications must be submitted by Aug. 8 at

Another marathon St. Louis Fashion Week event calendar will take place from October 8 to October 18. See for details. 

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Style for all sizes: Fashion brands branching out with more plus-size options

Everybody needs clothes, but clothes aren’‍‍t always designed to flatter every body.

In the United States alone, more than half of women identify as plus-sized, which typically means they wear a size 14 or larger. Yet their spending traditionally has accounted for less than a quarter of women’‍s clothing purchases, largely due to apparel options that are deemed poor in fit and quality or unimaginative in their style sense.

Now designers are kicking up a notch their creations for ladies with curves — and it‘‍s showing. According to a recent NPD Group report, the plus-sized women’‍s clothing category has grown 5 percent from last year. It generated $17.5 billion in the 12 months that ended in April, up from $16.7 billion in sales during the same period the previous year.

“There’‍‍s just opportunity across apparel, even intimates as well, to capitalize on that,” says Nicole Haase, senior director of merchandising at Pittsburgh-grown e-retailer ModCloth. Last month marked one year since the business expanded its plus offerings. In that time, plus sales have doubled and are the company’s fastest-growing segment.

Rather than just introducing a plus clothing collection, ModCloth chose to work with vendors to offer “extended sizes” for pieces also carried in straight sizes. So a dress that comes in a size 2 or 4, for instance, would also be available in a size 22 or 24. This approach provides for a more inclusive shopping experience for consumers, Ms. Haase says, instead of making women with curves choose from their own group of clothing styles.

Encouraged by its initial success, ModCloth has teamed with New York-based style blogger and Marie Claire contributing fashion editor Nicolette Mason on a collection of dresses, tops and bottoms in sizes XS through 4X that will be available at in October. ModCloth also plans to direct more attention to improving its extended sizes for pants and tops.

Meanwhile, other brands have created websites that are set up exclusively for plus-sized apparel. Earlier this year, the revamped launched a website stocked with trend-inspired styles. It initially existed under the retail chain The Limited as a plus-sized sister brand but was shuttered not long after it started in 2011.

“There was so much outcry among the customers saying, ‘‍Once again no one has given [a plus] business a chance,’”‍ says creative director Jodi Arnold. Much of the team stuck together and ventured out on its own.

Like ModCloth, strives to squash the stigma often associated with plus-sized style by branding its business as “a fashion site that happens to cater to sizes 14 to 24,” Ms. Arnold says. It also tries to fill the void for trend-focused, sophisticated fashions for fuller figures by debuting new collections every two weeks.

More and more plus-centric brands are looking to the runway when shaping their collections. In the fall, plus clothing chain stalwart Lane Bryant will debut its new 6th Lane line, flavored with runway fashions including structured moto jackets, vivid prints, leather skirts and sexy sheath and mini dresses. Lane Bryant also has received rave reviews in recent months for its collaborations with Isabel Toledo, widely known as the designer behind the sparkling yellow dress with coordinating overcoat that Michelle Obama wore to the first inaugural parade in 2009. More designs by Ms. Toldeo for Lane Bryant are expected for the fall.

Pop culture figures and celebrities are pitching in, too. Fashion consultant and television personality Tim Gunn of “Project Runway” has expressed an interest in having a season with plus-sized models on the reality TV show. Since 2009, multiple days of runway shows in New York City have been held as part of Full Figured Fashion Week, which showcases the beauty of everyday women and designer fashions for them. Actress Melissa McCarthy also has been very vocal about her struggles to find designers willing to dress her during awards season.

“When I go shopping, most of the time I’‍m disappointed,” she told Redbook in a recent interview.

Putting to work some of what she learned during her stint at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she is working with friend and couturier Daniella Pearl on a plus collection called Pearl.

“It‘‍s so amazing to see how far [the industry has] come,” says Mandy Fierens, 25, of Crafton.

Five years ago, she started writing about looking for attractive, stylish plus fashions on her website,

“I would get all of these emails saying, ’‍‍I had a similar experience in my life, and you‘‍re inspiring.’‍ That was such a big surprise back then.”

Nowadays she authors the occasional body image blog post and uses the site mostly to display inspiration photos and fashion shots. She also does some modeling on the side, including for ModCloth, in between her full-time work as a wedding photographer. She is a “huge thrifter,” she says, and likes to makeover her finds into fashions fit just for her. She also lists ASOS‘‍ Curves collection and the online Hey Gorgeous! boutique among some of her favorite places to shop.

There’‍s still room for improvement, though.

“I think when it comes to stores that just started carrying plus sizes, I think they‘‍re still trying to figure out what the plus-sized customer wants,” Ms. Fierens says. “They’‍re treating her differently.”

A recent ModCloth plus fashion survey of more than 1,500 women across the country found agreeable results: 77 percent said they have a difficult time finding well-fitting outfits, and most picked words such as “frustrated” and “excluded” to describe their shopping experiences rather than more positive ones such as “excited” and “comfortable.” (Read the rest of the survey’‍s results here.)

But as more brands recognize the growth potential that lies in listening to — and satisfying — the desires of a range of sizes and body types, things will continue to get better — one dress, pant and shirt at a time.

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4-H members take to runway for annual fashion revue

See clothing and design up-close and personal at the annual 4-H Fashion Revue event on Thursday evening, July 24, in Yorkville. The “Rewind Runway” Show begins at 7 p.m.

“In the morning, clothing and textile 4-H project members will wear their garments and be judged on the fit and quality of their workmanship, showing their sewing skills, along with clothing decisions which includes their purchasing skills,” said Kim Eisnaugle, 4-H Youth Development Program coordinator. “Then in the evening, 4-H members showcase their hard work and outfits for the public on the runway.”

The show will be at Cross Lutheran Church, 8609 Route 47, Yorkville. Snacks and drinks will be available after the show.

“Clothing and textiles is just one of more than 100 projects in 4-H,” Eisnaugle said. “To see and learn more, join us at the annual Kendall County Fair, which is scheduled for July 31 to Aug. 3 this year.”

Projects on display at the fair include: visual arts, woodworking, electricity, animals, technology, horticulture, photography, and more. These project areas are judged before the fair, but open for viewing throughout the week.

4-H offers positive youth development programs that provide the opportunity for youth to feel a sense of belonging, develop independence, practice generosity, and experience mastery. Learn more about 4-H in Kendall County by contacting Eisnaugle at 630-553-5823 or at


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The Fresh Prints of Men’s Fashion

Photographer: Cameron McNee @ ONE Represents / Stylist: Marcus Love @ ONE Represents / Grooming: John Mullan @ The London Style Agency using Kapello hair / Model: Richard Biedul @ Elite  Retouch: The Laundry Room. Thanks to The Production Factory

FLORALS AND PLAIDS are the new weapon in the male sartorial arsenal.

Why? Because for the first time in a long time—perhaps since Beau Brummel dictated the mode of men’s fashion in Regency Britain—men who dress like dandies are not to be dismissed or sneered at as peacocks.

FIT TO PRINT Paul Smith coat, £1,530 , pocket square, £35, and shirt, £139, all; Louis Vuitton trousers, £870,; Cutler Gross sunglasses, £310,
Photographer: Cameron McNee @ ONE Represents / Stylist: Marcus Love @ ONE Represents / Grooming: John Mullan @ The London Style Agency using Kapello hair / Model: Richard Biedul @ Elite  Retouch: The Laundry Room. Thanks to The Production Factory

Florals are everywhere in men’s fashion, from Gap to the heady heights of Gucci. This fall they will be joined by plaids in the male mainstream, moving toward the somewhat unglamorous label of everyday.

For regular men, this is a very good thing. Can you remember ever being able to consider wearing a floral shirt without fear of disapprobation from colleagues and friends? Or not having to worry about the ripples that a pair of rose-covered beach shorts might create on your vacation? Precisely.

It’s true that for years wearing a floral tie was considered the mark of a daring city dresser. These days, they are the domain of history teachers and 20-somethings newly released into the workplace. So, take up the proper floral mantle without fear of disapproval. You know you want to.

Of course, there are rules. In women’s fashion, these are made to be broken. In menswear, they are made to keep you on the straight and narrow—and to save you from ridicule. So listen up. What you read now about florals will fast apply to plaids in the fall, too.

Floral on floral isn’t a look, it’s a sartorial car crash—unless you are striding down a fashion designer’s runway, are under the age of 20 or are in bed (but that’s another story). So banish all thoughts of wearing the Givenchy floral sandals with a floral shirt, or that floral Gucci bomber jacket with some floral shorts. That way, victim lies.

Here’s our head-to-toe guide on how to pull off the print trend without looking like a pansy:

THE TEE // There are two ways to wear a printed T-shirt: under a baggy linen suit (think creative industries only) or with scruffy jeans and beaten-up trainers on the weekend. Floral tees and smart suits do not work; and there’s an end to it.

THE CLASH Paul Smith coat, £1,265 , shirt, £145 , and loafers, £300, all; Louis Vuitton ribbed tank, £250 , and classic slim pants, £575, both
Photographer: Cameron McNee @ ONE Represents / Stylist: Marcus Love @ ONE Represents / Grooming: John Mullan @ The London Style Agency using Kapello hair / Model: Richard Biedul @ Elite  Retouch: The Laundry Room. Thanks to The Production Factory

THE COAT // I like the trend for floral jackets and frock coats, but there’s a time and a place. A printed sports jacket is perfect for vacations and weekends, though the pub might be pushing it. Wear it with simple, neutral separates. As for frock coats—as seen on the spring runways of fashion houses like

Alexander McQueen,

and now a major trend—wear them to weddings (even to your own), parties and black-tie events. A shiny chinoiserie-inspired number worn on a gray, sweaty afternoon on any city street, however, will simply mark you as that very antithesis of the stylish male: a MTTH (Man Trying Too Hard).

THE TROUSERS // Men in floral pants are regarded by females as untrustworthy. It’s a sweeping statement, I know, but there it is. By all means go for it if you want to, but don’t expect anyone to tell you they like your pants unless they are saying it with a lip curl of irony. Plaid trousers for the fall, however, are quite another matter. Yes, you can: to work, in suit form (and there are a number of big check suits coming through for fall, including from Ermenegildo Zegna and E. Tautz) or at the weekends, with a rugged sweater or a long-sleeve tee and sneakers.

FIELDS OF GOLD Vivienne Westwood shirt, £150, and overshirt, £320, both; Louis Vuitton lounge trousers, £870, COVER: Louis Vuitton jacket, £1,680, shirt, £515, and crew-neck jumper, £415, all; Umit Benan hat, €295,
Photographer: Cameron McNee @ ONE Represents / Stylist: Marcus Love @ ONE Represents / Grooming: John Mullan @ The London Style Agency using Kapello hair / Model: Richard Biedul @ Elite  Retouch: The Laundry Room. Thanks to The Production Factory

THE SHOES // Just because Givenchy can take responsibility for kick-starting the floral trend doesn’t give you permission to try out poor imitations. There should be no floral footwear in the city in any case. Rather, try a floral-inspired sneaker for the weekend—scuff it up before you leave the house, please—or experiment with the trend while on vacation with a flip-flop. If you must, wear floral socks like Duchamp’s Butterfly Garden set under your Savile Row suit.

The Guide // How to Get the Look


City males can do florals, but you should keep them subtle. A friend who recently retired from a senior position at

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and admits to a long-term floral fascination suggests pashminas or floral scarves worn confidently over relatively somber suits. The trick, he says, is to line the suits with vibrant silks. Otherwise,These days it’s perfectly acceptable to wear a floral shirt with a single-color tie to work. The trick is to make sure the tie and suit are suitably somber, letting the shirt bring all the pop to the outfit. Alexander McQueen scarf, £265,;

Richard James

jacket, £765,; Gucci shirt, £315,; Turnbull Asser tie, £95,


Evenings should be the easiest time to wear prints but, in actual fact, this is when careful dressing is key. Pair a statement jacket with a neutral tee or button-down in a dark color and a simple pair of pants or jeans. Shoes? Strictly non-shiny brogues or good sneakers, no socks. A.P.C. T-shirt, €65,; Alexander McQueen blazer, £1,083,; Tod’s brogues, £285,; Ami trousers, £215,


This is when prints come into their own, because they’re at their best when worn by disheveled males. Wear with shorts (baggy), jeans (no creases) or khakis (crumpled). Lanvin bomber jacket, £1,605,;

Paul Smith

tee, £65,; Canali trousers, £175,;

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shirt, £210,; Lanvin sneakers, £315,

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Little Rock Fashion Week has a big night

It’s been a big week for Little Rock fashion, but Saturday night was the big night.

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Fashion Alert wins Schuylerville

George Bolton and Barry Hall’s Fashion Alert remained undefeated in two starts and picked up her first graded stakes victory in the process July 18, but had to work hard to do it in the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

The 2-year-old Old Fashioned filly, coming off a June 14 victory at first asking in the Astoria Stakes at Belmont Park, was given a battle from the start by Willis Horton’s maiden winner Take Charge Brandi, who comes from the same female family as defending 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge.

Also making her second outing and graded stakes debut, Take Charge Brandi took the lead in the six-furlong test, but Fashion Alert went after her straight away after breaking inward at the start. Regathered and sent on her way, the 1-5 favorite pressed the frontrunner on almost even terms through a quarter in :22.41 seconds and a half in :45.21 seconds.

Those two opened a six-length advantage on three others coming around the final turn, and a dogged Take Charge Brandi dug deep inside as Fashion Alert challenged for the lead under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez.

After running five-eighths in :57.86 seconds, Fashion Alert finally shook loose of her rival and edged away to win by 1 ½ lengths. D. Wayne Lukas trainee Take Charge Brandi held second under Corey Lanerie, while Tulira’s Star finished a non-threatening third with Joe Bravo. Final time from the Todd Pletcher-trained winner was 1:11.78 on a fast track.

“I know that Wayne likes his filly a lot,” Pletcher said. “They got into a prolonged speed duel. You could tell they were both getting a little tired, but she showed some guts. It’s nice to get it done in the Schuylerville, a race we’ve always held in high regard.

“It’s pretty hard to win your first two, especially both in stakes, so you have to give her a lot of credit for that. You hope those kind of efforts move them forward. Those two separated themselves from the field pretty much the entire race. Two very nice fillies.”

Fashion Alert returned $2.40, $2.10, and $2.10. Take Charge Brandi brought $3.40 and $2.20 at 5-1, while Tulira’s Star paid $2.40. Evrybdymstgetstonz and Mast Cove completed the order of finish.

“She’s definitely very talented,” said Velazquez. “We wish we had a better break and got a better position at the first part. She kind of recuperated right away and got a good position going to the half-mile pole. From then on, I wanted to give her a little breather and see how she did, and down the lane she started leaning into the horse on the inside. Finally, she started getting away from her the last sixteenth of a mile.”

Lanerie said he was pleased with the effort of Take Charge Brandi as well.

“It was good,” he said. “She outbroke the field and just put me out there. I thought she was going pretty easy; she was well within herself. Coming to the quarter pole, I thought I had more [horse] than him [Velazquez]. I was kind of watching what Johnny was doing, and it looked like he was trying to nudge his horse a little bit. He obviously had more horse than I thought, but I thought I was going to run away with it.

“I think my filly probably needed the race. Last time she won so easy, and she probably got a lot more out of this race. I think the next race will be even better. She was in tight, and she ran professional.”

Bred in Kentucky by Mike Abraham and Jacob Nance out of the Tiznow mare Titan Queen, Fashion Alert was a $125,000 purchase by Bolton from the Keeneland September yearling sale in 2013 when consigned by Bluewater Sales. She failed to meet her $25,000 reserve earlier that year at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale when consigned by Taylor Made. The Schuylerville winner’s share improved her earnings to $250,000 when bolstered by a $100,000 NYRA bonus offered to any 2-year-old to break their maiden at Belmont or Aqueduct Racetrack and go on to win a graded stakes at Saratoga.

“We’ll see how she comes out of it,” Pletcher said of Fashion Alert’s potential next target. “I’m not going to rule out the [Aug. 10] Adirondack, but we’ll likely wait for the [Aug. 31] Spinaway.”

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