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FASHION FLASHBACK

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It’s the building that has hardly changed since serving its first passengers in May 1939, 75 years ago. Even in a year of splashy debuts, this one stood out. Just months before “Gone With the Wind” set Atlanta ablaze and “The Wizard of Oz” torndoed into Grauman’s Chinese Theater, downtown Los Angeles had a star-studded blockbuster premiere all its own. A three-day celebration drew half a million fans. Such was the momentous launch party for L.A.’s Union Station in May 1939. Decades in the making, the bold $11 million edifice finally gave Los Angeles the grand train station it so deserved.

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TREND REPORT

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Fall Fashion for 2014 is all about options.

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FANTASY TO RUNWAY

FASHION WEEK

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Last October, the top 10 fashion programs from The Art Institutes’ (Ai) nearly 50-campus strong corporation were asked to send three nominees to a final selection committee in New York, who was putting together a show highlighting Ai fashion designers for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in February 2014. Final selections would be made the beginning of November. Geetika Gupta, the San Francisco campus director, gave us a mere nine days to put together a presentation inclusive of a minimal biography, professional photo, mood board, 10 sketches, fully swatched, all mounted on designated dimensions, in addition to two to three fully finished garments, which were to be made to specific measurements.

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THE HACIENDA IN THE HILLS

WHEN IN HOME

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Warmth. The moment you step inside Phil and Kathy Stypula’s Valley home, you are enveloped by warmth.  This home feels as though it is a world apart, standing idyllically among the trees and succulents – an oasis from the city, where eclectic style and taste leave an indelible mark on its guests.

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GRAPHIC PROPORTIONS

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Vivid lines caress the skyline from the site of Dio Stefanopoulos’s latest build. We first met Dio last spring and toured his homesite. A lot has changed
since then. Walls are taking shape, angles are being formed and the structure is coming to life in front of our eyes. Where lumber stood, now stands a massive structure covered in stucco and metal sheeting.

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