Last week I did something I haven’t done in a long time: I went to a fashion show. Back in the 90’s I saw Jean Paul Gaultier and Lolita Lempicka, worked back stage at Cerruti 1881 and presented my own line of pale pink chiffon skirts and oversized hand-knit sweaters at my school’s fashion show. In 2012 I attending the Otis school of Art and Design fashion show so it really hasn’t been twenty years since I’ve been to one, but it still felt momentous watching the models strut by in full hair and makeup to the beat of carefully chosen music and the frenetic snap-snap-snap of many cameras.
The Los Angeles Fashion Council Fall/Winter 2013 fashion shows took place over two days in a sleek renovated storefront in the garment district here in downtown Los Angeles. The fashion shows “…were designed to provide a legitimate platform for L.A designers, press and buyers to converge and celebrate L.A talent.” There is a lot of talent in fashion here in LA, but it’s such a big city it can be overwhelming to find it. I was excited to be invited and I wasn’t disappointed. The shows were intimate, nothing like the massive performances put on in Paris, but I enjoyed the scene regardless.
There were two things I didn’t recognize from my time in Paris: Cell phones and wild outfits. Both were in heavy use, with some local fashionistas coming dressed to the nines in truly wonderful ensembles for the event. I don’t need to tell you they were popular with the photographers.
Due to a scheduling conflict I only saw three of the five shows, and due to camera issues only photographed two, ISM Mode and Sarine Marie.
Inka Sherman, ISM Mode
ISM Mode felt organic and textural. The collection included wearable, casual knit tops and some more striking separates like the striped pants above. Dip dye and tie dye was evident on a number of pieces including the skirt below, which is dark on one side. It was my favorite piece in the collection.
According to the press release the Sarine Marie Fall/Winter 12-13 collection was inspired by lady-like silhouettes and tailored jackets. It certainly looked that way. The colors were mostly soft and pretty, but my favorite piece was a simple yet carefully constructed sheath dress with a dramatic ruffle sleeve.
I want that dress in my closet!
I’m not sure what was more fun, meeting fellow Los Angeles fashion bloggers or watching the shows. It was a fabulous day and a wonderful opportunity to come out and support local fashion designers.
If you’d like to see more of the collections please check out these excellent reviews by A Sunny Day in LA: Los Angeles Fashion Council Collections Day 1 and Day 2. My good friend and fellow blogger Anne Bray of Spy Girl also posted images and sketches in her post on the collections.
Have you been to a fashion show? What inspired you more, the scene or the show?