One of the wonderful aspects of writing this blog is being invited to events in the fashion industry. Unfortunately I cannot attend very many as they usually occur on weekday evenings. So When Kelsi Smith of 2 Point Oh LA invited me to a preview of the Chemline holiday collection on a Saturday I immediately responded “Yes!” The event was held in downtown Los Angeles and it felt a lot like a gallery opening, except the elegant people who attended were looking at garments and jewelry rather than paintings or sculpture. Wine and mini cupcakes were served, the local chantuese Jessica Fichot sang her beautiful songs accompanied by an accordion and quartet, but the real star of the show was the clothing.
Designer Averi Bell (wearing two pieces from her collection in the photo below) has created a line of sustainable, retro-inspired jackets, coats, fitted tops and trousers with delightful vintage inspired details like scalloped edges and zippered cuffs. Everything is manufactured here in Los Angeles which I found really inspirational. Averi tells me the line was named after a character in a graphic novel she’s creating with her husband. She lives and works in Downtown Los Angeles and is so dedicated to sustainability that she takes the bus to work rather than driving. (Here in L.A. that’s saying a lot.) You can find her line of clothing and curated selection of other sustainable designers the Chemline retail store located at 504 Chung King Court.
The collection reminded me of the costumes in the movie “Blade Runner”, which I mentioned to Averi at the party. She had heard it before, and I’m sure if you’re familiar with the film you can see why. Her designs are both wonderfully retro and yet completely up to date. I can’t decide which piece I like best, though the coat above with its dramatic collar and scalloped sleeve details is a favorite.
Have you ever been to an event like this one? What do you think of the clothes?