Amid COVID-19, L.A. fetish fashion designers are thriving

You might call it the roaring ’20s for some Angelenos, but maybe not in the way you’re thinking. Not everyone spent the last year stuck inside, eating frozen pizzas or making maple syrup or baking bread or catching up on the latest shows on Netflix.

Although the pandemic may have hurt retail sectors, sales figures for niche goods, particularly sex toys and fetish fashion, helped tell another pandemic story.

Sales last year were strong, say L.A. designers of fetish fashion, a category that includes bodysuits, crotchless underwear, bralettes, ball gags and pants made from materials such as leather, latex, vinyl,

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Why is NASA sending a woman to the moon?

NASA aims to land the first woman on the moon with its Artemis program. But why? 

Monday (April 12) will mark the 60th anniversary of human spaceflight, or 60 years since the Soviet pilot and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to go to space on April 12, 1961. Following this moment in history, NASA launched the first American into space and in just a few short years, landed the first humans on the moon.

Throughout NASA’s Apollo program, 12 different astronauts stepped out onto the lunar surface. These moonwalkers all had one thing in common: they

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San Luis Obispo city ordinance addresses abandoned shopping carts and illegal tents at parks

Abandoned shopping carts are littering the city of San Luis Obispo and some community members are concerned about traffic safety and pollution.

A proposed city ordinance, aimed at decreasing illegal activity, addresses abandoned shopping carts and erected tents at public parks.

When she first took over ownership of the Grocery Outlet in San Luis Obispo, Jenni Walker was fetching shopping carts weekly.

“It’s a problem. you see the carts everywhere,” said Walker. “We were being responsible and we were picking up our carts, but there are larger corporations who are not picking up their carts and you see them all

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‘Putin-style democracy’: how Republicans gerrymander the map | US voting rights

Republicans believe they have a great chance to win control of the US House of Representatives in 2022, needing a swing of about six seats to depose Nancy Pelosi as speaker and derail Joe Biden’s agenda.

To help themselves over the top, they are advancing voter suppression laws in almost every state, hoping to minimize Democratic turnout.

But Republicans are also preparing another, arguably more powerful tool, which experts believe could let them take control of the House without winning a single vote beyond their 2020 tally, or for that matter blocking a single Democratic voter.

That tool is

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5 To Watch: Fashion and design shows

Images from Flea Market Flip, Worn Stories, and Stylish With Jenna Lyons

Left to right: Flea Market Flip (Screenshot); Worn Stories (Photo: Netflix); Stylish With Jenna Lyons (Photo: HBO Max)

Shopping was one of the few activities that was never fully suspended during the pandemic. But the days of perusing the wares of businesses and vendors on some city block or commercial corridor have been put on hold. (At least, they should be on hold, if we want to avoid another spike.) Sure, you could scroll through online retailers, but there are some elements of in-person browsing and buying that just can’t be recreated: the thrill of a great find, getting

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Spring 2021 Is All About Body-Con Dressing

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Lisa Aiken, the fashion and buying director of Moda Operandi, is reminiscing about the party that followed the Jacquemus resort 2020 show—the highly Instagrammable one, set in the lavender fields of Provence during the golden hour. “So many of the attendees were in dresses that were sheer or had cutouts,” she recalls. Looking at the crowd, she says, “I was like, ‘Wow, you [all] look amazing.’ ” On that breezy summer day, she began to feel a sea change toward a new kind of effortlessly sexy dressing—“jersey [fabrics], skinny rib knits, silk slipdresses.”

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