Street style at Venice Biennale as captivating as the art

VENICE - The recent opening of the 56th Venice Biennale sparked a parade of collectors, curators and editors trekking through the Giardini, the gardens on Venice's east side, which have been the venue for the International Art Exhibition since 1895. Most were dressed in creations as fantastic as the art that they came to see.


Inspired by her son, Kelly Lane fashion designer launches kids' clothes line

PITTSBURGH - As a womenswear designer, Kelly Simpson-Scupelli and her line of colorful clothes done in pretty prints with flattering fits were a hit - not only at boutiques in Pittsburgh but across the world. At the peak of the Kelly Lane line (the name a reference to the designer's first and middle names), new collections were created twice each year and carried as far away from her Pittsburgh studio as Paris, Italy, Switzerland and Japan.


Independence is just the right fit for designer Maria Cornejo

In a sea of slavishness to trends and corporate dictates, Maria Cornejo stands alone. One of the longest-lasting independent designer brands, Zero + Maria Cornejo stays true to its name on more than one level. Cornejo wants her clothing to be a baseline for women to express their own style. She wants no one telling her how to make it so.


Underground world of ballroom surfaces loud and proud at the Banjee Ball in L.A.

LOS ANGELES - Strutting from the back of a long black-lit room, two gay men try their best model walk. On the tips of their toes, as if they have on heels, they pump their legs to the beat of the music in front of a panel of five judges. Behind them a crowd of about 50 forms a half-circle belting out affirmations, while commentator Enyce Chanel yells over the speakers.


Inessential, luxurious: The confusion of fur-hating carnivores

Come July, the Italian fashion house Fendi will present its first haute couture collection on the Paris runways, and every garment will be made of fur. "It's time to do the highest level of couture fourrure," said creative director Karl Lagerfeld. He's not alone in this assessment: The price of pelts reached a record high in 2013, and two-thirds of recent fashion shows in London and New York have included furry pieces.

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