The Best of LA Fashion Week
There are some talented designers in Los Angeles, but uncovering them can be quite a challenge. With the onslaught of “LA Fashion Week” events, which – by the way – run for almost two weeks, it’s difficult to uncover the diamonds in the rough.
LA Fashion Week is more about performance art than runway shows. Everything from drum circles to moody videos to choreographed dance routines mark either the beginning or the end of anything happening on any runway. I guess Angelenos just can’t resist the urge to make a spectacle and throw a little glitter around.
To a certain extent, this is just LA’s identity, so “putting on a show” certainly has its place here. But it’s also too bad because all the distractions and shiny fabric mean you might miss the real talent coming through town. Luckily, there were a couple of shows that offered refreshing reverence to serious design and quality construction.
Gen Art’s Fresh Faces in Fashion event at the Sofitel gave a glimpse of what an LA Fashion Week event can be. Opting against a runway show, Gen Art curated both indoor and outdoor fashion installations featuring established designers with a higher taste level than seen elsewhere in town this season.
“Project Runway” alum Mila Hermanovski presented a refined collection of geometric lines with menswear inspired pieces, showcasing a line that is edgy, comfortable and sophisticated all at once.
SF native Joseph Singh also presented at the Gen Art event, traveling from New York to show a collection inspired by his grandfather’s funeral and the interior details of his casket, creating a collection of dark, powerful avante-garde outerwear.
Cut leather and knit mesh details were hallmarks of Mansoor Scott’s presentation and offered a lighter juxtaposition against some of the other designer’s more subdued collections at the Gen Art show. The cropped jackets and tops were stand-outs of the collection and were paired with slim pants, leggings and pencil skirts.
At the CONCEPT shows on October 12th at Quixote Studios, stand-out designer Camila X Castillo presented an edgy collection of mostly black and white designs, including sheer tops, and fitted, structured skirts and dresses with twisted, reflective gold panels. The Venezuelan designer is known for her “sexually charged” collections. Models rotated against a plain white studio backdrop that was both simple and powerful.
Emerging label Yoze showcased its first collection at CONCEPT in a runway show. Created by Dr. Davin Enoyoze Odia and designed by Creative Director Miguel Rodriguez, the Yoze S/S ’14 collection features one-of-a-kind prints developed with artist J.T. Burke and applied through an eco-friendly digital print sublimation technology. The collection features sharp silhouettes in a pallet of whites, mauves, yellows and gold. Hallmark designs included angular dresses, printed crepe jersey sundresses, and raglan jackets in printed satin.
LA Fashion Week is still having a bit of an identity crisis, and the pay-to-play criteria of some shows drives down the week’s overall quality and industry relevance, but thankfully, Gen Art and CONCEPT have been successful in producing shows worthy of serious attention.