Design

Without End-of-Year School Fashion Shows, How Are Design Graduates Showcasing Their Work?

Finishing thesis collections and showcasing them from quarantine has created both challenges and opportunities for fashion school grads.

Michelle Hill, a B.F.A. Accessory Design graduate at SCAD, presents her final collection digitally.
Michelle Hill, a B.F.A. Accessory Design graduate at SCAD, presents her final collection digitally.

While marquee-name designers are still trying figure out if and how they’ll approach Spring 2021 fashion shows come September, a different group of designers has already been forced to navigate this challenge, and without much time to prepare.

Typically, May is when prominent design schools hold runway events — sometimes doubling as fundraisers — where at least a selection of graduating students get to showcase their work. They might also get their garments judged in-person by faculty and/or a jury of industry professionals. Potential employers can be among the audience members. 

For many graduating students, these runway shows represent everything they’ve been working toward throughout their undergraduate and graduate careers. They enter fashion school as freshmen or first-year

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10 things you need to design a stylish outdoor oasis for summer

 <span class="copyright">(Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)</span>
(Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

Summer will look different this year as we continue to shelter in place. Now, when warmer weather hits, many of our favorite places to cool off won’t be open. Outdoor living, whether a balcony or patio or backyard, will have new meaning as we seek solace in the outdoors. So if you are lucky enough to have some outdoor space, we have some ideas for making it special, and we’ve included some images from our photo archives for inspiration.

A Hollywood front porch is transformed into a stylish outdoor room with a recycled plastic rug from Mad Mats. <span class="copyright">(Bethany Mollenkof / Los Angeles Times)</span>
A Hollywood front porch is transformed into a stylish outdoor room with a recycled plastic rug from Mad Mats. (Bethany Mollenkof / Los Angeles Times)

1. Recycled rugs

Outdoor rugs are a great way to add style while helping to define your “outdoor room.” Sustainable rugs made from recycled plastic work well outdoors because they are colorful, pet-friendly and washable. Available in

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11 TV Shows to Binge for Design Inspiration

There’s never a wrong time to turn to quality television as home design inspiration. But now that we’re all self-isolating and social distancing within our walls because of the COVID-19 pandemic, plunging through your streaming queue and gazing at a show’s visual style—one that seamlessly complements its story and characters—is a flat-out essential activity. Beyond the benefit of providing some good old-fashioned escapism, the right series with the right set-design eye candy can spark your own creativity and innovation. And in this current golden age of television, a plethora of swoon-worthy options are just a sanitized finger-click away. Check out these all-time greats, whose aesthetics span from the polished world of 1950s New York City to contemporary white-trim California cool. Welcome home.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

<div class="caption"> <em>The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story</em> offers plenty of opulence, plus shots of Miami’s Art Deco architecture. </div> <cite class="credit">Courtesy of FX Networks </cite>

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story offers plenty of opulence, plus shots of Miami’s Art Deco architecture.

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Here’s How Design Brands Are Giving Back During Coronavirus

The design industry has a long history or giving back to the community. Long before designers and textile and furniture brands came together to support causes like the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, many of our favorite brands were offering support when it was most needed. During World War II, Schumacher donated yards of fabric to be used to make parachutes for the U.S. Military. Now, as the country struggles with the coronavirus pandemic, more and more companies are stepping up to help healthcare and frontline workers, sick patients, and others at risk. Here’s a breakdown.


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