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Trendzilla: The Return of Quiksilver's '80s Stylesnew

One long-standing company that's actually making good on the '80s is Huntington Beach sports-action giant Quiksilver, which has re-introduced elements of its most iconic pieces from the '80s, when people weren't afraid of color (in an un-ironic sort of way) and thigh-bearing short shorts.
OC Weekly  |  Vickie Chang  |  12-23-2008  |  Fashion

Trendzilla: Chanel Jackets and Cheap Chicnew

If you feel the need to binge on a dress or something for an upcoming event or those impending holiday parties, forego your usual standbys of Neiman Marcus or Barney's that we all love dearly. Start looking elsewhere. It isn't as bad as it sounds.
OC Weekly  |  Vickie Chang  |  12-02-2008  |  Fashion

Trendzilla: Feathers and Fringe, the Native American Looknew

Ethnic-inspired clothing and accessories are still here, and the Laurel Canyon hippie thing is still definitely favored by many. The next natural, obvious progression? Native Americans.
OC Weekly  |  Vickie Chang  |  11-18-2008  |  Fashion

Orange County Sings the Obama Bluesnew

Election night in California's bastion of conservatism: Frolicking Dems, Dana Rohrabacher unbound, praying for fag hags, and booze all around.
OC Weekly  |  Matt Coker, Vickie Chang and Daffodil J. Altan  |  11-11-2008  |  Politics

Trendzilla: Purikura (a.k.a. Giant Expensive Japanese Photo Booths)new

These are digital booths that can be as large as a storage closet and can comfortably fit four or more. Inside, you'll find props to sit on -- anything from a bench with a green screen behind you to padded diner booths.
OC Weekly  |  Vickie Chang  |  11-11-2008  |  Fashion

Trendzilla: Accent Piecesnew

A particularly striking coat with a great silhouette, a universal pair of heels or a timeless handbag usually fall under that category. These are accouterments for which you should be more willing to shell out cash -- items that make a statement on their own, that would look amazing even if paired with the snooziest of basics.
OC Weekly  |  Vickie Chang  |  11-04-2008  |  Fashion

Trendzilla: Babies for Obama!new

Instead of pastel pinks and powder blues, has been selling its unique range of baby and toddler clothing since 2003 -- lately it's Baby Wit's political tees that have been receiving the most attention.
OC Weekly  |  Vickie Chang  |  10-14-2008  |  Fashion

Trendzilla: The Return of Grunge Fashionnew

I wouldn't go so far as breaking out those floral Laura Ashley baby-doll dresses again to wear with Doc Martens, but the same concept still looks great, if you're careful.
OC Weekly  |  Vickie Chang  |  10-07-2008  |  Fashion

The Handmade Revolution Will Not be Televised -- It'll Be on Etsy.comnew

The women of the Long Beach Craft Mafia come from varying backgrounds: Some went to fashion school in Manhattan, some work cubicle jobs, one even worked as a go-go dancer at Stinky's in San Francisco. But all of them share a need to create.
OC Weekly  |  Vickie Chang  |  09-30-2008  |  Culture

Trendzilla: 'Gossip Girl' Paves Way for Prep-School Chicnew

The show has made a nation of kids attempt the WASPy, conservative, Upper East Side look -- in short, Ralph Lauren's suddenly cool again to 16-year-olds.
OC Weekly  |  Vickie Chang  |  09-23-2008  |  Fashion

Trendzilla: Faux Leather Jacketsnew

There are a couple of cruelty-free, wallet-friendly alternatives out there if you search intently, ones that look better than those Target and H&M shiny "leather" finds.
OC Weekly  |  Vickie Chang  |  09-16-2008  |  Fashion

Trendzilla: Harveys Bags Get Sophisticatednew

The husband-and-wife team behind the Harveys name, Dana and Melanie Harvey, spawned the first seatbelt purse in 1997 after installing the restraints in their 1950 Buick.
OC Weekly  |  Vickie Chang  |  09-09-2008  |  Fashion

Trendzilla: Designer Richard Chai for Targetnew

Chai, a Korean-American designer who’s the latest to take part in Target's popular GO International line, which has previously included Luella, Erin Fetherston, Jovovich-Hawk (RIP), and Paul & Joe.
OC Weekly  |  Vickie Chang  |  09-02-2008  |  Fashion

Trendzilla: Goyard Tote Bagsnew

La Maison Goyard has yet to enter mainstream consciousness, but it has a rich history involving all sorts of fancy things like catering to the whims of maharajahs, kings, queens and dukes.
OC Weekly  |  Vickie Chang  |  08-26-2008  |  Fashion

Trendzilla: Skater-Boy Fashionnew

To acknowledge is to sell out, to be lame and, yes, to be a poseur (note proper spelling).
OC Weekly  |  Vickie Chang  |  08-12-2008  |  Fashion

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