Erika T. Bailey

Fred Segal, LA celebrity fashion retailer, dies at 87

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fred Segal, a notable Los Angeles-based celebrity fashion retailer, died Thursday. He was 87.

Segal died from the complications of a stroke at a Santa Monica hospital, his publicist said Friday.

Segal “was an innovator, a forward thinker, a rule-breaker, a mentor to so many, such a lover of life and a humanitarian,” his family said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “Anyone who knew him felt his powerful energy. He worked his whole life to have self-love and to teach all of us to love one another.”

His company’s website counts the Beatles, Diana Ross, Elvis Presley and Farrah Fawcett as his earliest fans.

Segal opened his first shop in West Hollywood in 1961, where he sold denim jeans and flannel and velvet ensembles, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Hollywood Reporter said Segal’s ivy-covered location in West Hollywood became a celebrity

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Hilary Duff On Slow Fashion, Motherhood And Her Clothing Lines Of Past And Future

Within one minute of chatting to Hilary Duff, via transatlantic Google Hangout, I feel like I’ve known her all my life.

Of course, like many women my age, I kind of have.

The 33-year-old grew up in the limelight—first, as the face of one of Disney’s most successful franchises, and then, as a singer-cum-designer-cum-producer-cum-just about anything else she set her mind to.

As we sit down to chat through her latest venture, a mom-and-child collection with slow fashion brand Smash + Tess, it becomes clear that Lizzie McGuire—and the estimated $100 million she earned through filming and franchising—was truly just the beginning. Even with two children and a third on the way.

“When Ashley [Freeborn, founder of Smash+Tess] reached out about the collaboration, right when quarantine was happening, I had been a second grade teacher to my oldest son Luca for about 11 or 12

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When the Romance Ends, but the Brand Goes On

Normally in January, Tamara Ralph presents a runway extravaganza as part of Paris couture week. This year, however, Ms. Ralph, the creative director of Ralph & Russo, alongside her longtime partner in life and business, Michael Russo, decided to postpone the latest collection because of the pandemic.

A few days later, the Australian fashion designer also unveiled a look of a different kind: motherhood. Not to mention the redesigned relationship status between her and Mr. Russo that first made headlines last year.

It turns out that the pair quietly ended their engagement. Instead, Ms. Ralph has started a family with her new partner, the Anglo-Indian billionaire Bhanu Choudhrie. Their first child, Haliya, was born on Jan. 28 — the same date as the Ralph & Russo couture show that didn’t happen.

“It’s a complete blessing,” Ms. Ralph said a week before the birth on a call from her

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BLM in Italian Fashion campaign shows early tangible results

MILAN (AP) — A digital runway show by five Italian fashion designers of African origin opens Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday, one tangible result of a campaign launched last summer by the only Black Italian designer belonging to the Milan fashion chamber.

After some initial resistance and a slow start, designer Stella Jean credits the Italian National Fashion Chamber with “a lot of goodwill” in pushing through an enhanced collaboration with five young designers, including financing and partnerships with Italian suppliers.

“When you want to do something, you can do them immediately,’’ said Jean, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matters in Italian Fashion campaign. “I have been working hard to overcome this gradualism that is part of the mentality of a certain part of the Italian fashion world.”

She launched the campaign with designer Edward Buchanan and Afro Fashion Week Milano founder Michelle Ngomo after fashion houses

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