Although the Los Angeles fashion industry is often associated with the most recent designer jean craze, pricey T-shirts and swimwear, stalwart brand Belldini is still going strong after several decades for a number of reasons. One of them is that even the trendiest L.A. career woman will be more likely to wear Belldini’s feminine-but-streamlined pieces to the office instead of Kitson-influenced denim or tank tops.
Some of the top names in fashion today are Jewish: Donna Karan, Anne Klein, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors.
Fashion designer John Galliano was fired from his own designer label over accusations of anti-Semitism and racism.
Your best friend is soon to wed. You're in charge of the prenuptial ladies fete but your buddy is an iconoclast and so are you. If you're looking for bachelorette parties that score points for originality, you might consider these unusual substitutes.
Last year was a big one for Jewish cool. Articles in The Forward; Time Out New York; conservative Candian newspaper, The National Post; and staid British dailies, The Times and The Observer all trumpeted the reinvention of Jewishness as hip and cool. Amalgamate the headlines of those articles and you get something like: "It's Hip to Be Hebrew: Edgy Jewish Chic Gets a Jewcy Makeover."
ead in by a uniformed maid, Michele Bohbot glides into the marbled entrance hall of her Beverly Hills mansion with her long, dark hair swaying and her tall, well-toned body suggesting a balletic athleticism. She wears elegant casual clothes that she designed herself -- loose green linen pants and a laurel-colored ruffled tank top -- and her French accent completes this portrait of chic.
But Bohbot is far from a European dilettante. The 43-year-old mother of seven (ages 21 to 5) is the president and sole designer of Bisou Bisou, a global fashion line she started herself in 1989 that now takes in more than $80 million in annual sales, a figure expected to increase following an exclusive distribution deal with JCPenney. She also teaches yoga at her home, is writing her autobiography and bakes her own challah for Shabbat.
The jewelry Lily Rachel Kaufman creates has been turning up everywhere.